5 Reasons to Try a Plant Based Diet in The New Year
The New Year is at our front door, leaving us with new choices, goals and resolutions for the year ahead. Whether you are seeking to make better choices, to lose weight or to improve overall health, at Jubilee, we encourage you to consider the impact of a plant based diet in the New Year. Enough with unsustainable fad diets that leave you feeling irritable and frustrated. The goal for 2019 is to eat better, feel better and make healthier choices. Enough counting calories. Let’s start counting the benefits of a plant based diet.
Did you know that a plant based diet serves as the basis for other popular food styles including Mediterranean, vegetarian, vegan and paleo? These approaches all have one common goal; to fill plates with plant based foods. Phytochemicals found in plant foods are an amazing source of vitamins, minerals and fiber in addition to offering many disease fighting properties that a laboratory simply cannot duplicate. Nutrient dense plant foods promote long term health and have been shown to be effective in preventing diabetes and cancer, controlling hypertension, increasing heart health, decreasing heart attack and stroke risk. It also aids in proper digestion and weight loss.
Promotes Healthy Skin
Our skin is our largest organ and one we should care for. A plant based diet doesn’t just benefit our internal organs, it is also vital to outer beauty and vitality. Looking for some easy ways to get glowing, youthful skin? Vitamin C, known for supporting collagen and elastin production, is abundant in strawberries, sweet potatoes, apples, peppers and avocados.
Fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds and legumes are packed with the nutrients that help our bodies thrive. Vitamins E and C are known to protect skin from sun exposure, decrease wrinkles and reduce skin damage. Vitamin B is needed to keep our skin and nails strong and protected. Minerals such as zinc, copper and selenium also help with protection against free radicals and acne prevention.
Avocados, bell peppers, leafy greens and broccoli, just to name a few, are vegetables and fruits that have an impact on skin health. Think of all the money spent on treating skin conditions that could be treated holistically with a plant based diet.
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Supports Digestion and Gut Health
When we eat fiber-rich, satisfying meals packed with micronutrients, we don’t crash hours later from a sugar induced, chemical-laden, manufactured high. Replacing unhealthy foods with nutrient dense fruits and vegetables, not only resets our internal preferences and hunger drive, it assists with weight loss and gives us more energy. Eliminating constipation and digestive problems is an added benefit. Broccoli is once again a star veggie that improves intestinal health but other veggies and fruits include: cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, kale, cabbage, asparagus, jicama, apples, bananas and garlic. Eating real food that is working as nature intended to fuel our bodies properly.
Food has become too complicated when, in reality, it is very simple. True food grows in rich soil without any chemical enhancements. Real food is found at farmer’s markets and local farms, both of which represent a bounty of seasonal offerings. Real food has an owner, someone who planted, tended and harvested what they bring to market. Nature did have a plan, but in an effort to make life more convenient, food has become mutated, treated and manufactured. Think about how far that bag of corn chips has come from its original form; or fruit juice that is made without any juice at all. Compare this to fresh picked corn or a mango straight from the tree. There is no comparison.
In a life with too many complications, food should not be one of them. Educate yourself and think through what plant based eating means to you. You may find that this new and improved diet includes modest amounts of fish or lean meats. You may find yourself consuming less animal products as you supplement your diet with nutrient rich vegetables. The choice is yours. Each day presents us with new foods to try and better choices to be made.
Eating a plant based diet is better for us and the environment. We are more aware as each day passes of the impact that food and the environment have on our health and lifestyle. For many who choose a plant based diet, health is not the only consideration. The typical western diet, consisting of meat, dairy, and animal products has a much larger carbon and water footprint, which can impact land degradation and long term climate change. Do your research, explore options and read all you can to make the best choices for you and the life you live.