What is the plant based diet?
First of all its not Vegan, its not even vegetarian. It means that you primarily eat plant based foods.
Plant based foods are – fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds, wholegrains, legumes and beans.
It does not mean you cannot eat meat or dairy it just means these are occasional foods. Say 80% plants and 20% other.
What is so special about the plant based diet?
In terms of health it just ticks all the boxes. If done in the right way you are getting protein, healthy fats and carbs. You will be getting a good mix of fibre, vitamins and minerals. You will find it difficult to over eat when eating plant based therefore you will have weight management, because of this you will have lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes and heart disease. You are more likely to have stable blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
Why you need to get it right?
It require planning and discipline until it becomes natural to you.
If you are limiting your meat, dairy and oily fish then you may start to develop vitamin deficiencies in iron, vitamin B12, vitamin D and calcium and iodine. You also need to know how to get the right amounts of protein from your plant sources. I would suggest getting help from a Nutritionist if you are thinking about changing your diet to a plant based one.
Tip – try to go plant based one day a week a month at a time. Don’t jump straight into it. Say Mondays will be plant based for a month. Then in month 2 add in a Wednesday and so on until you get where you need to be.
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