Essential Guide to Plant-Based Diet
It feels like plant-based diets are being discussed everywhere you look.
You hear about health benefits, weight loss, environmental impact, and more, but are these claims true, and if so, how can you switch to a more plant-based diet?
To answer all your questions, we’ve put together an essential guide to the plant-based diet.
What Is a Plant-Based Diet?
As we mentioned in our recent article, “How to Have a Healthy Relationship with Food,” our connection with what we eat isn’t straightforward. Different foods mean different things to different people and they elicit different emotions.
In keeping with this, a plant-based diet can mean different things to different people.
For some, it means eating no animal-based products, for others, it means supplementing a mainly plant-based diet with some dairy and meat products. The key factor is finding what works for your relationship with food.
If you do choose to adopt a plant-based diet (in whatever format), then it will be made up of:
- Whole grains
- Nuts and seeds
Even within a plant-based diet, different people will incorporate these items in different ways.
The Benefits of a Plant-Based Diet
Plant-based diet benefits can be broken down into three key areas:
- Easier weight management
- Disease prevention
- Environmental impact
Many nutritionists see a plant-based diet as a cost-effective, low-risk way of protecting against health issues such as high blood pressure and cholesterol. Plant-based products can offer all the nutrients humans need without the processed extras that we don’t need, and this is one of the main reasons people turn to a plant-based diet.
This also has an impact on weight management. Because plant-based products are packed with fiber, which helps keep you full for longer, a plant-based diet can help with weight loss. This helps you to listen to the natural hunger cues of your body and regulate your food intake in a healthy way.
While eating healthy foods, we also want to make sure we’re having a positive impact on the planet, and this is another common reason for people to consider switching to a plant-based diet. Many studies suggest that moving to a more plant-based diet can reduce your environmental impact, meaning more fruits and veggies is a win-win.
Maintaining a Well-Balanced Plant-Based Diet
Whatever diet you choose to follow, it’s important there’s a balance and that you’re getting all the nutrients you need.
For example, potato chips might be made from potatoes, but if that’s all you eat, then it’s not going to lead to a healthy lifestyle. This is why many people focus on whole plant-based foods - food that has been minimally processed and is as natural as possible.
Still, one of the main worries people have when considering the plant-based diet is whether they will get the nutrients they need, particularly protein. It is possible to get everything you need though, and by making balanced plant-based meals, you can get the right levels of protein.
It’s not always easy to know exactly what nutrients you’re getting from a given meal, and this is why Wellory allows you to simply take a picture of your food and get professional feedback from a nutritionist.
With any diet, it’s not about restricting yourself, it’s about making the decisions you want to make, and doing so in a balanced way. It’s perfectly possible to do this with a plant-based diet.
Getting Started with a Plant-Based Diet
When it comes to food, you need to make decisions you’re comfortable with. If you’re forcing yourself into something, then it’s going to be much more difficult to follow through and achieve your goals.
Some people might be ready to fully embrace the plant-based diet from day one. For others, it might mean making gradual changes and slowly replacing meat and dairy with plant-based products.
At Wellory, we want to support your decisions and encourage a healthy relationship with food, which is why we make it easy for you to get expert advice.
How you get started with a plant-based diet is up to you, but it’s important you feel comfortable with your decisions.
A plant-based diet will be slightly different for everyone, and it’s important to understand how it fits in with your relationship with food.
Switching to a more plant-based diet can bring some great health benefits as well as helping you to maintain a healthy weight and offset your environmental impact. However, changing your eating habits isn’t an easy process.
Often, it’s much easier with the help of a professional, and the Wellorist are here to make sure you get this.
We make it simple to get the advice you need to create a healthy, well-balanced plant-based diet, so start your 1:1 nutrition coaching today!