Benefits of a Plant-Based Diet

Happy World Vegan Day!

In honor of World Vegan Day, I challenge you to eat a vegan meal today or one day this week! 

Why? 

A plant-based diet is extremely healthy, so eating one vegan meal can't hurt. Many studies have shown that a plant-based diet can improve digestion, sleep, vitality, physical health, mental health, blood sugar levels, cholesterol levels, emotional states, and increase energy[1]. Also, an article published in the official journal of Kaiser Permanente entitled, "Nutritional Update for Physicians" shared some interesting information that I have quoted for you below[2]: 

  1. "Healthy eating may be best achieved with a plant-based diet, which we define as a regimen that encourages whole, plant-based foods and discourages meats, dairy products, and eggs as well as refined and processed foods"
  2. " Too often, physicians ignore the potential benefits of good nutrition and quickly prescribe medications instead of giving patients a chance to correct their disease through healthy eating and active living"
  3. "Physicians should consider recommending a plant-based diet to all their patients, especially those with high blood pressure, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, or obesity" 

There are so many benefits to transitioning to a plant-based diet, so why not take the step and start by having one plant-based meal. 

Where can I find plant-based options?

A lot of people complain about not knowing what to eat while being on a plant-based diet. Below I have listed some common plant-based dishes that you can find at various restaurants in your area. Go to your favorite restaurant and try something new!

Asian Restaurant 

Veggie roll, Vegetable Hibachi w/o egg, Vegetable Lo Mein, Cucumber salad, adjust your favorite entree by replacing the meat or eggs with extra vegetables

Hispanic Restaurant 

Vegetable Burrito, Vegetable Fajita, Vegetable taco, Burrito bowl, Vegetable salad, Black Bean Soup, Lentil Soup, adjust all of the dishes by substituting the sour cream and cheese for a healthier fat, guacamole. 

American Restaurant 

Black Bean Burger, Salad, Vegetable Submarine Sandwich, Smoothie, Oatmeal with fruit, Vegetable Wraps, etc.

Caribbean Restaurant

Curry Vegetables, Vegetable Plate (cabbage, rice and peas, and plantains), Curry Chickpeas, Doubles, etc. 

Mediterranean Restaurant 

Salad, Veggie Plate, Hummus and veggies, Vegan Gyro, etc.

 

Source

[1] https://nutritionfacts.org/topics/plant-based-diets/

[2] http://www.thepermanentejournal.org/issues/2013/spring/5117-nutrition.html

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