There’s a variety of different diets that might fit your nutrition needs, but if you’re looking to focus on minimizing processed foods and eating fresh ingredients, a plant-based plan might work best for you.
While a plant-based diet may vary for everyone, the general rules are: focusing on minimally processed foods, limiting or avoiding animal products and including mainly vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, seeds, and nuts as the majority of what you eat. Those following a plant-based diet eat mostly plants, but animal products are not off-limits, making it different than a strictly vegetarian or vegan lifestyle.
By consuming the right ingredients, plant-based diets have shown to be beneficial for weight loss and improving your overall health, such as controlling your heart health and blood sugar, and reducing your risk of certain illnesses.
To get started, you should seek out ingredients you already know you enjoy that fit into the plant-based lifestyle. Find the major categories and some examples below:
- Fruits: apples, bananas, grapes, strawberries, oranges, berries
- Vegetables: peppers, spinach, lettuce, avocados, kale, peas
- Tubers: root vegetables like potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots
- Whole grains: quinoa, brown rice, whole wheat, oats
- Legumes: beans, chickpeas, lentils
Once you recognize your basic ingredients, you can explore different types of fruits and vegetables you may not be familiar with. By adding variety, you can consume some vitamins and minerals you may lack.
Then, search for recipes that can guide you and make it easier to gradually incorporate this diet into your life. You can find hundreds of delicious and simple meal recipes here.
With the right combination of ingredients, a plant-based diet can be nutritious and beneficial to you and your health.
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