Does the food you eat have an effect on your health? Of course, it does! Getting proper nutrition is one of the best things you can do to have a long, happy, healthy life. It is also one of the areas in life that are most often overlooked. We are going to look at some reasons why a plant-based diet is the way to go for health and longevity.
We live in one of the richest nations in the world, but many people in this country are malnourished. They eat a diet based on convenience and habit, which means a lot of saturated fat, preservatives, chemicals, and low-value nutrients. Burgers and fries are the standards for meat and potatoes these days. The problem with this lifestyle is that it is lacking in nutrients essential for health and a long life.
What we eat is the most important decision that we make for ourselves and our families. How we eat will determine how long we live and what diseases we will die from! Diabetes, heart disease, cancer, hypertension, kidney failure, obesity, and high cholesterol are all diet-related diseases, which means they can be prevented through proper nutrition and a healthy lifestyle.
Are you feeling lousy? By lousy, I mean overweight and tired. Maybe you are taking a number of prescription medications but you feel things still are not right with your body. And more importantly you are likely eating the Standard American Diet, which is linked to poor Nutrition and health.
Did you know that malnutrition is a problem in the US? This is not something that only affects third-world countries. If the food you are eating is not rich in vitamins, minerals, proteins, and fats you can easily become malnourished. It’s not about not having access to food, it’s about eating food with no nutritional value.
If you answer “Yes” to any of these questions, then a plant-based diet may be for you. This way of eating incorporates whole foods into your diet that provides you with the essential nutrients that you may have been missing this whole time. Many people report that they have much more energy and can think clearly after starting a plant-based diet. Brain fog (the inability to think clearly, confusion) is one sign related to malnutrition, although it has other causes as well.
Making the transition to a plant-based diet is not that difficult and there are resources that can help answer a lot of the questions you may have regarding nutrition and how to get enough protein. Plant-based sources of protein include lentils, chickpeas, red beans, walnuts, almonds, peanuts, chia seeds, hemp, tofu, and seitan.
Essential nutrients like Vitamin A, C, D, calcium, magnesium, and zinc come from vegetables like spinach, broccoli, kale, tomatoes, potatoes, beets, bok choy, edamame, bean sprouts, and more. If you are a fan of Asian cuisine, you might be surprised to know that seaweed (wrappers used in sushi) and kimchi (spicy fermented cabbage) are very high in nutrition and good as probiotics for digestion and gut health.
I want to share everything I’ve learned about health and nutrition with those who want to learn about the whole foods plant-based diet and subsequent lifestyle. I want to provide information which will help you stay healthy. The information is current and accurate, with the intent to provide issue-solving content, so you make the right choices for you, your family and your health. Then you can focus on living.
The blog is here to provide you with jargon-free, easy-to-understand information about a healthy lifestyle, and nutrition certainly plays a large part. Real-life examples are provided to ensure you truly understand what a plant-based lifestyle is like and how you can get your health back! Information is provided on how to start and transition to a plant-based diet and lifestyle.
The Forks Over Knives Plan shows you how to put this life-saving, delicious diet into practice in your own life. This easy-to-follow, meal-by-meal makeover is the approach Doctors AlonaPulde and Matthew Lederman (featured in the documentary) use every day in their nutritional health practice—a simple plan that focuses on hearty comfort foods and does not involve portion control or worrying about obtaining single nutrients like protein and calcium. Now you can make a conscious decision to change your health and why a plant-based diet is beneficial to accomplish that goal.