Everyone asks me “Why did you go plant-based?” And the answer is simple: Health. I want to live my healthiest right now. Everyone thinks it’s some big sacrifice, and at first, I thought that too. But when you start to eat more plant-based foods you realize it’s easy to do. There are so many versions of nut-based cheese, almond or oat milk and non-dairy creamers, ice creams, meatless burgers and bean and vegetable alternatives that are delicious and healthier for you, the truth is once you start to explore this world the possibilities are endless.
The reasons to go plant-based (or eat more plant-based foods): Health, the planet, and yes animals, for those who think that’s obvious and those who prefer not to think about it. Here are the top 3 reasons for going plant-based in 2021. If you want to try it, we’ve created a 28-day plant that makes it easy, fun, and delicious. It’s all laid out here.
First, health. In a year that has seen healthy people felled by an unpredictable virus, our first job is to be healthy. How we do that includes several strategies that allow us to: Stress less, sleep more, exercise daily, and eat the healthiest foods we can find. That last part “healthiest foods we can find” has been up for debate, since the meat lovers will tell you they need animal products for protein, but the truth is when you eat plant-based you get your protein from the same place the animals do: Plants.
1. Number One Reason to Eat Mostly Plant-Based: Your Health
The Mediterranean diet is known to be heart healthy so most people get to that level and think “I’m doing just fine.” But doctors including respected cardiologists, will tell you that studies have found the healthiest way to eat is not that (which includes oils and fish and some animal protein) but what they are now calling the Green Mediterranean Diet, which is essentially a diet of whole plant-based foods that is high in antioxidants, rich in fiber, and gets its protein from vegetables and legumes, whole grains like quinoa, fruits, nuts, and seeds.
Why does the American College of Cardiologists (ACC) and The American Heart Association (AHA) continue to recommend both? It’s because “America typically eats crap,” says holistic cardiologist Joel Kahn, MD. “Mediterranean is healthier than a meat-based diet.” In other words, they’re being practical—bad habits, especially bad eating habits, die-hard for many people. Healthcare professionals want to see some improvement. But ultimately, how you choose to care for your heart isn’t up to your cardiologist. It’s up to you, and you can do better by choosing low-fat, plant-based eating.
Studies: If longevity and wellbeing is the goal, then switch to a mostly plant-based diet
There are studies upon studies, that show eating a diet high in plant-based foods benefits your health and reduces your risk of disease by delivering more fiber, which keeps blood sugar steady, and your fuel system a healthy blend of carbs and fat. There are…