Getting Started With A Plant-Based Diet

 

Are you thinking about starting a new, plant-based diet? Have you started the diet and you’re now feeling a little lost? Have you been considering eating plant-based but the idea is just too much of a commitment? 

 

There’s an array of reasons as to why someone might turn to a plant-based diet; whether that be health-related or not, it can be extremely tricky at the beginning. From trying to decipher if a product has the slightest bit of dairy among the hundreds of ingredients, to finding recipes that actually taste good, the beginning can always seem frustrating. 

Health benefits?

 

The extensive research into plant-based diets has proven that cutting back / completely halting meat and dairy intake has a positive impact on your health in a multitude of ways. These include:

 

→ Lowering your blood pressure

→ Potential prevention of type 2 diabetes

→ Losing weight

→ Living a longer life

→ Keeping your heart healthy

 

Whilst these health benefits are great, it’s still important that you’re distributing your vitamin and protein intake - eating the right foods and sustaining a well-balanced diet. 

 

Other benefits?

 

If you’re someone who cares about the environment, a plant-based diet may be a perfect solution for you. In farms today - there are more than 3 times the amount of livestock to humans, meaning an unbelievable amount of co2 is being produced into our atmosphere. This co2 further increases the greenhouse effect and traps thermal energy, causing our planet to heat up (resulting in global warming).  Plant-based diets (when done the right way) can be entirely sustainable.

 

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Starting up with a new diet

 

As previously mentioned, beginning this new lifestyle can seem like a very heavy commitment. In hindsight - it’s not as scary as it looks. Sure, it can be frustrating when you’re shopping in a supermarket and having to stop and read every ingredient, but over time, you’ll begin to pick up on what is / isn’t plant-based. Start out by researching recipes online - get an idea of the type of food you want to make. Try and work out the balances in nutrition, make sure you’re consuming enough protein, vitamins etc (just as you would with any other diet). 

 

Is plant-based living expensive? 

 

Plant-based eating is often perceived as an expensive, unaffordable lifestyle - however, this sentiment is a myth. Buying processed “meat-free” ready meals may hurt your pocket as a lot of capitalizing companies understand that there are limited options, however, cooking your own fresh meals at home allows you to cook with a budget. Fresh fruits and vegetables are most likely going to be the main foundation of your diet.

 

What about vitamin deficiency? Will this affect my workouts?

 

Another myth about meat consumption is the exclusivity when it comes to vitamin and protein intakes. Every beneficial vitamin we can find in meat, can also be found in plants, bacteria etc. One of the most common vitamins found in meat is b12, which can also be found in things like almond milk, soy milk, certain cereals, meat alternatives, and so on. As mentioned prior, when starting out it may be a good idea to keep a diary in order to balance out your diet as best as you possibly can. 

 

Carbohydrates are our number one energy source for our body, which is very much needed for workouts. Carbohydrates and foods high in protein are not exclusive to meat and can be found in things such as peanut butter, bananas, avocados, oats, and more. 

 

In conclusion, there’s no need to worry. Whilst a new diet may take some getting used to, the way you feel in the long run is what’s most important. 

 

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