5 Ways a Plant-Based Diet Will Change Your Life
There has been a ton of research recently on plant-based diets and we wanted to summarize a few key points for you. The benefits of substituting traditional protein sources with plant-based protein is endless, but address some key points. We understand meat and dairy is part of most people’s lives, but we are suggesting curbing your diet toward a more plant-based slant. It’s tough to eliminate something entirely from your life, but let’s aim to reduce our overall meat and dairy intake – hopefully after reading this article you will agree! Below I summarized 5 key ways a plant-based diet will change your life.
Increased Energy Levels:
A plant-based diet helps boost and maintain your energy level by stabilizing your glucose levels. The reason for this is because your body can process and digest plant-based foods more consistently, meaning other foods will cause your glucose levels to spike quickly only to then crash down at the same rapid pace. Whereas plant-based foods will spread the digestion much more evenly, avoiding that high spike of glucose levels – which can lead to many health issues. Maintaining a healthy glucose level and avoiding significant spikes reaps many benefits, including burning more fat, healthier liver, better focus, more energy and overall better mood. The problem is when your body ingest a highly processed, sugary food it goes straight into your bloodstream causing your system to go into overdrive. This causes the production of more fat and many organs to become overworked. By ingesting more foods that maintain a steady glucose level you can improve your overall health. This can lead to improved mood and increased energy levels.
By adopting a plant-based diet you will inject nutrient dense superfoods into your diet. Your body runs off vitamins, minerals, protein and fats – so what are you doing to fuel your body with nutrients it desperately needs? By shifting to a more plant-based diet you will increase your chances of fueling your body with great superfoods it needs to run smoothly. Additionally, you will decrease your overall caloric intake, thus reducing body fat! You will eliminate empty calories and train your body to become a calorie burning machine. Our human bodies are fascinating, it is truly incredible how adaptive we can train our bodies to become. Start thinking about everything you eat becoming part of your body and how it will contribute to fueling your machine! Oh, and by the way there is a reason why Tom Brady is still performing at such a high level, check on the link below to find out more!
Increased Wealth – you will spend less money!
By simply eating a more plant-based diet you will spend less money. You can easily buy plant-based products in bulk and avoid buying expensive meats and dairy products that spoil quickly. For example, if you purchase a bag of rice or quinoa it can last you weeks or months. Then you will only need to purchase items weekly to add to your rice dish (vegetables, beans, etc.) and your total grocery bill will decrease. Also, this will help you better plan your meals and help maintain better eating habits. Check out our post for healthy plant-based recipes!
Support Environment Sustainability
As population continues to go rapidly in the world, we need to start considering living a more sustainable lifestyle and curbing your diet to become more plant-based is doing your fair share. In order to produce meat, vast resources are required – labor, feed, chemicals, fertilizers, animals, housing, etc. This all puts a severe strain on our environment, causing greenhouse gas emissions to rise. Consider what is required to raise animals versus grow plants. Plants require much less maintenance and resources, which make them better for the environment.
So, should you entirely give up meat and dairy? Well we are not encouraging total meat and dairy abandonment, but rather to think about how you can incorporate more plant-based foods in your life. Look for great tasting plant-based alternatives, supplements or healthy snacks that can give you a sustainable balance to your diet. Given the reasons above all being positive, with limited downside, we hope you will give some consideration to doing your own research on how you can incorporate more plant-based foods into your life!