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Eating a plant-based diet isn’t just a new fad. It is a proven way to for you to become healthier, while also helping improve the environment. There are several different types of plant-based diets, which one you choose will depend on your reasons for pursuing a plant-based diet and your budget. You can consume a healthy plant-based diet inexpensively, or you can spend an astronomical amount of money depending on which path you choose. No matter which route you chose you might consider a Plant Based Whole Food Diet. Also see Plant-Based Primer: The Beginner’s Guide to a Plant-Based Diet, by the folks over at Forks over Knives. These resources will help you begin your journey and teach you the steps to begin to revolutionize your diet and lifestyle.
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The Problem - Our lifestyle and the way we eat in the United states
Does the food we eat directly impact our health? You bet it does! Feeding your body foods with the highest nutritional value is one of the best things you can do for your health. In fact, diet is responsible for some of these problems and one of the easiest things to change, but is often overlooked. Here are some reasons why a plant-based whole food diet is better than the Standard American diet we have been eating to improve are health. We need to revolutionize your diet and lifestyle.
The State of Health in the United States
One might assume that a country as big as the United States would have the lowest rates of health-related diseases due to its economic status. However, even a large country with its many resources can suffer nutritional inadequacy. In the US we have high rates of obesity, cancer, Type 2 Diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, and a list of other chronic illnesses related to eating and nutrition.
Malnutrition is as big a problem in the US as it is in 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. We eat around our schedules, often stopping for convenience food rather than a sit-down dinner.
How do you feel? Overweight, tired, and feel rundown by noon? As a nation, we should be tired of being sick and tired. We function on less sleep than we used to, eat more takeout food, and take more prescription medications than most other countries. If you are eating the Standard American Diet, which is linked to poor Nutrition and health, this could be the reason for how you’re fee ling.
How can you change your diet to be healthy. It’s odd to think that one of the richest nations in the world could have starving people in it. But it is true. People in this country are malnourished because the food we eat has little to no nutritional value to it. Our food is laden with chemicals, preservatives, fat, cholesterol, and calories. The standard American diet has always been meat and potatoes but in today’s society that has changed to mean burgers and fries. Fast food meals have replaced many of the home-cooked meals we used to enjoy. If this is true, you may come to the realization that you need to revolutionize your diet and lifestyle.
The Solution - Revolutionize your diet and lifestyle with good choices
Choosing what to put in your mouth is one of the most important decisions you can make for your health and the health of your family. 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 plant-based whole food diet and a healthy lifestyle.
Does the food we eat really determine how healthy we are? Yes, it really does. When you eat healthy food with all the nutrients, antioxidants, and amino acids the body can function the way it is supposed to and we as people thrive. The point is that we don’t have to accept disease and death as a prognosis for our lives. We have tremendous power over our health destiny and longevity. Many of these conditions are preventable and manageable through diet. Yes we change the situation, however, it is often difficult if you revolutionize your diet.
Smoking used to be the number one cause of death in the United States but has now been bumped down to number 2. Know what has replaced it? It is our diet – namely food-related diseases like obesity, diabetes, and conditions related to it like high blood pressure. The Global Burden of Disease Study, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation—indicates the number one cause of death in the United States is the way we eat. Smoking kills a half million Americans every year, but hundreds of thousands more die from food-related conditions. NutritionFacts.org
I am interested - what is my next step?
To be successful in any endeavor or undertaking you must "Find your why" why do I want to do this! To find your why is one of the most important things we do when we set goals to make changes in our lives. It is important to have a very clear understanding of why do I want to do this.
For example: Do you want to love weight? Do you want to feel better? Do you want to improve, stabilize, or even reverse a chronic condition such as heart disease, high cholesterol, diabetes, or high blood pressure?
If you know your "Why" and ready to change your lifestyle, it makes the transition to a whole food plant based diet much easier.
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