Most holistic practitioners talk about the benefits of consuming a diet that is primarily natural plant based foods. This shift in nutrition can increase your health and prevent disease, and it may not be as difficult as you think, or even require the complete abandoning of eating meat.
What is a plant based diet?
A plant based diet emphasises vegetables, fruits, legumes and wholegrains. These foods are good sources of protein, carbohydrates, fat, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. What makes a plant based food diet work is consuming a greater amount of food from plants as opposed to animals. They also are lower in calories than foods made from animals. The range of eating styles can range from raw vegans to a balanced diet that still includes animal protein in moderation. It is always more beneficial to eat foods from a colourful group as you will get a wider range of phytochemicals. These phytochemicals are naturally present in plants foods and help protect the body from damage by disease causing ailments.
Taking a holistic approach to this lifestyle change can allow you to observe a change in diet from what it is to primarily plant based foods.
What are the health benefits to primarily consuming plant based foods?
Choosing a diet that is focused around nutritiously dense plant based foods can increase your longevity and help prevent disease.
It is always more beneficial to eat foods from a colourful group as you will get a wider range of phytochemicals. These phytochemicals are naturally present in plants foods and help protect the body from chronic illnesses and cancer.
Some of the major benefits include:
-increased consumption of fibre
-can provide all of the protein required for healthy muscle repair
-nutritiously dense providing high amounts of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants
-lower caloric density (vs. animal protein), allowing you to eat more without gaining weight
Making healthy lifestyle changes, including transitioning to a diet that consists primarily plant based, will help to increase your vitality and help you to look and feel your best. Start small, stay consistent, and listen to your body for the best holistic results.
Colour Rainbow for Fruits and Vegetables
Yellow beta cryptothanxin- oranges,orange juice, peaches, papaya, mandarins, nectarines.
Orange carotenoids- carrots, mangos, apricots, rockmelon, pumpkin, squash, sweet potatoes
Red lycopene- tomato, passata sauce, pink grapefruit, watermelon
Purple/Blue anthrocyanins- blueberries grapes, grape juice, cranberries, strawberries, red apples, red wine.
Yellow/Green luetin/zeaxanthin- spinach, turnip, corn, green peas, avocados, honeydew melon
Green indoles/sulforaphanes- kale, cabbage, brussel sprouts, broccoli, turnips, bok choy
White/green allicin/quercetin/falvinoids- onions, leeks, garlic, chives, white grape, white grape juice, white wine