What is a Plant-Based Diet?
A whole food plant-based diet is just that: a way of eating in which there is a strong emphasis on including whole plant-foods into the diet. Adopting a plant-based diet doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to declare yourself a vegetarian or vegan. But it does mean that the majority of your diet will come from a range of colourful vegetables and fruits, legumes and whole grains.
Why Choose to Eat This Way?
A whole food plant-based diet packs a punch when it comes to being nutrient-dense, thanks to the emphasis on vegetables, fruits, legumes and whole grains.
The benefits of eating more plant-foods are well-known and numerous. Fruits, veggies, beans, lentils, nuts and seeds, and whole grains are fabulous sources of vitamins, minerals antioxidants and other life-giving phyto-nutrients, and they’re cholesterol-free. Most of these foods are high in fibre, so they help to fill you up and keep your digestive tract running smoothly.
If you are struggling with any kind of chronic disease: your weight, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, skin conditions or even cancer, choosing a whole-food plant-based diet will provide your body with the nutrients essential for healing. In some cases, complete reversal of chronic disease can occur when a whole food plant-based diet is adopted.
Why do Vegan/Vegetarian’s Get Sick?
Over the years, a stigma has developed regarding vegetarian/vegan diets and how unwell some people become when they decide to eat this way.
It’s all about what you choose to eat! If a person decides to avoid animal products but continues to eat a diet high in refined, processed foods, and low in fresh, whole plant-foods they will end up with nutritional deficiencies and ill health. Many of the highly processed foods eaten today are nutrient-deficient and full of chemical additives, sugar and other ingredients which create imbalances with our bodies.