It was Mahatma Gandhi who said ‘It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver’. The rewards of a plant-based diet as part of healthy living is as life affirming as it is about preventing an managing chronic diseases, feeling amazing, looking amazing and paying less for healthcare.
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If you’re the type of person who dislikes being dependent on pharmaceutical medication, or having to fork out substantial amounts of money for such medication, hates all the side effects that come with it, a plant-emphasized diet is the best route to take.
So what is a plant-based diet? To put it simply a plant-based diet incorporates healthy whole plant foods such as foods that have not been processed and which can be consumed as they are found in nature. Good examples would be the fruit itself and not the extracted juice, and brown rice and not refined white rice.
Types of foods on a plant-based diet include:
Vegetables of all colors including lots leafy greens (kale, spinach) and starch (potatoes, squashes)
Whole grains (oats, brown rice, amaranth, quinoa)
Legumes (beans, lentils, peanuts, peas)
Nuts and seeds (almonds, walnuts, hazel nuts, sesame seeds, flax, pumpkin seeds)
On deciding to implement a plant-based diet as part of regaining control of your health, body and life, consider keeping a food journal. Make note of any disorders or conditions you may have before you begin and record the changes (in mood, sleep or digestion) you experience in your body once you begin your new lifestyle. Be sure to listen to your body as well. Your body is designed to feel and look amazing, naturally.
Why a plant-based diet is so beneficial to us
Heart disease is the number one cause of deaths in the Western world, and the number one cause of death among women. Unhealthy cholesterol levels can effectively be lowered with a plant-based diet including whole foods. A plant-based diet has a favorable effect on reversing heart disease as well as other illnesses.
Many types of cancers can be prevented or slowed down through switching to a plant-based diet. The power of plant foods is derived from it being packed with anti-aging, anti-cancer antioxidants, which is said to be on average 64 times higher than in animal foods.
A plant-based diet also has phytochemicals (these are naturally present in plant foods) which has been known to contribute to repair DNA damage. They can help to protect our body’s cells from damage by cancer-causing agents, help support our overall health. Other chronic disorders which can benefit from a plant-based diet include the prevention and successful management of diabetes, stroke, obesity, and high blood pressure.
Control your weight with a plant-based diet and see a reduction in waist circumference and improve mental functioning. Plant-based foods are naturally lower in calories than foods made from animals and animal products. A plant-based diet is part of an effective management plan (include lifestyle changes such as daily exercise) to preventing and reversing a number of serious chronic health diseases. In addition a plant-based diet can not only save lives but help in reducing exorbitant medical costs.
Don’t worry about your health, manage it. With all the benefits of a plant-based diet, wait no longer to switch!