Reading time: 2 minutesPublished: March 13, 2018
Did you know that eating a plant based diet can be beneficial to your health in many ways? One of the first things you might notice when you change your eating habits is an immediate sense of overall well being...and who doesn't want that? Very often we eat food on the go and we fall prey to pretty packaging and well wrapped wraps!
I have just finished a raw food retreat in our stunning Welsh converted chapel and I am simply buzzing. The group came together on Friday night and was amazing from the get-go. We held the space until Sunday afternoon and during that time we ate nothing but raw vegan food. There were demos and education classes with plenty of opportunity to ask our experienced team loads of questions. The weekend was all about learning!
Everyone left us on a high and inspired to try some of the dishes at home. Trying a more plant based diet can certainly give us some real measurable benefits so it could be worth a try.See what you think and how the points below might benefit you or someone you know.
- By adopting a plant based diet you will automatically be eating one that's lower in fat and processed sugar. By eating more fibre, you'll feel fuller and maybe will even want to eat less. Over a two week period you should be able to lose 5lbs without feeling deprived or hungry.
- I've already written that by eating more fibre you will feel fuller for longer, but did you also know that eating more fibre can also help combat high blood sugar. Basically, it slows down absorption of sugars in the blood stream and as a result can help curb hunger, not to mention balance your cortisol levels which cause stress.
- A low fat, whole foods plant-based diet is a great way of reducing the risk of cancer (while also avoiding smoking and alcohol, of course).
- If you're looking to lower your cholesterol levels you're in the right place because plants don not contain any cholesterol....yes, even coconut and cacao! Keeping the levels of fat you eat under check is a good idea not matter how you eat but plant foods like vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts, and seeds can actually lower rates of cholesterol and heart disease.
- Eating a plant based diet can lower blood pressure as plant based foods contain more potassium. Most whole grains, legumes, nuts, seeds, and all fruits and vegetables contain high amounts of potassium and Vitamin B6 (which also helps lower blood pressure), whereas meat and animal products contain none and may even contribute to increased blood pressure.
It seems such a shame that plant based eating focuses so much on what is not available to eat rather than the benefits of what is available. Also remember that beans, peas, and lentils are some of the cheapest foods you can buy and fruits and veggies are more economical than we have been led to believe.
Whilst you may not be vegan or veggie and may not even be thinking of joining the growing number who choose to eat this way, it may be worth just swapping out a few meals a week to see how you benefit. Within a very short space of time you might even have a little more energy. A great place to start is by visiting forksoverknives.
You'll get loads of hints and tips to get you started and you can also check into the lifetrainme academy for more inspiration from our team. However, you get your inspiration, remember that eating a plant based diet can be beneficial to your health in many ways.
Written by: Mimi