When you think of a plant-based diet, what comes to mind? For most people, the answer is probably fruits and vegetables. While fruits and veggies play a major component in a plant-based diet, individuals who are primarily plant-based eat much more than just apples and carrot sticks!
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What is a plant-based diet?
A plant-based diet primarily consists of foods that are not processed or refined in any way. This of course includes fruits and vegetables, but also whole grain breads, pastas, beans, seeds, and nuts.
Some people who follow plant-based diets are strictly vegan and don’t eat any meat, eggs, or dairy but that’s absolutely not a requirement. Even if you stray occasionally, if you commit to primarily following a plant-based lifestyle, you will definitely experience the benefits that it provides!
If you don’t want to give up meat and animal products entirely, I recommend following the 90/10 approach where 90% of your daily caloric needs will come from plant-based foods. For example, if you typically eat 2,000 calories per day, then 1,800 of your calories would come from plant-based sources.
What’s Wrong With Animal Products?
There have been various studies ending with the conclusion that eating animal products may lead to an increased risk of certain types of cancer, heart disease, and premature death. Some people consider these results controversial but many of these studies have been led by large institutions such as Harvard and were controlled for other lifestyle factors, which only adds to their plausibility. In my free guide, you can find more details and links to these studies and their unsettling results.
Can You Get All Your Nutrients From a Plant-Based Diet?
A common misconception about plant-based diets is that a person cannot possibly get all of the nutrients they need without eating animal products. That is just not true! Everything the body needs can be provided to us from plant-based foods.
For example, many plant-based foods are a significant source of protein including certain vegetables (like broccoli), rolled oats, beans, seeds, tree nuts, and peanuts. For those who continue to eat fish, low mercury sources can also provide much-needed protein. (Check out my free guide for my thoughts on fish consumption!)
As for calcium, it can be provided by dark leafy greens, beans, peas, fortified plant-based milks, nuts, seeds, and even some vegetables! It truly is possible to provide your body with everything it needs without consuming animal products.
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If you’re getting ready to go plant-based, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed in the beginning, but just remember that it’s okay to take baby steps. Even making small, gradual changes to your diet can make a big difference to your health over time.
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