The Benefits of a Plant Based Diet and How to Get Started

Over the years, more and more people are becoming plant-based. The benefits of this diet include positively impacting the environment. A plant-based diet also helps reduce the risk for diseases like diabetes and heart disease.

Now that we know some of the benefits of a plant-based diet getting started may be more difficult. Here are some ways on how to make the transition smoother and less daunting:

  1. Eat lots of vegetables: when beginning a plant-based diet, vegetables and fruits will be the main food groups—getting used to eating more vegetables and finding more vegetables you like that you can incorporate into your diet.
  1. Choose good fats: Your diet cannot just consist of fruits and vegetables. Doing your research on how to get enough fat, protein, and carbohydrates into your diet is crucial.
  1. Cook an authentic vegetarian meal at least one night a week: As you start the transition, make one entirely vegetarian meal a week. As you become more comfortable with plant-based dishes, you will be able to incorporate more vegetarian dishes into your week.
  1. Include whole grains for breakfast: To ensure you keep a balanced diet, make sure to include foods like oatmeal, cereal, bread, among others, into your breakfast meals.
  1. Build a meal around a salad: This is one of the easiest ways to develop vegetarian plates when you feel stuck or bored with repetitive dishes.

Overall, going plant-based is not for everyone. Some health conditions might not allow people to go plant-based. But if that is something you’re looking to get into, this is a great way to start.

Sources: Harvard Health | Everyday Health

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