I would like to share parts of an article from Forks Over Knives. Forks Over Knives is one of my favorite websites, where I find healthy eating articles, which aligns with my education. It’s also a great source for healthy recipes. I feel this article explains way I choose to eat this way and why I help others do the same.
Animal Products vs. Plant based (Forks Over Knives)
The nutrient makeup of animal foods (for example, high in fat and cholesterol; low in fiber and antioxidants) is the main reason why consuming these foods will increase your chances of getting chronic diseases. Replacing animal foods with whole plant-based foods will greatly improve your chances of achieving good health.
1.Eating animal & processed foods, elevates inflammation in your body causing heart disease, stroke, diabetes, auto immune diseases plus more. Cutting out or minimizing meat, cheese and processed foods and eating plant-based diet will reduce inflammation.
2.Studies consistently show when people go plant based, their blood cholesterol levels drop by up to 35%, reducing cardiovascular risk. Whole-food, plant-based diets are very low in saturated fat and they contain zero cholesterol. Also, plant-based diets are high in fiber, which further reduces blood cholesterol levels.
3.The trillions of microorganisms living in our bodies are collectively called the microbiome. These microorganisms are crucial to our overall health. Not only do they help us digest our food, but they produce critical nutrients, train our immune systems, turn genes on and off, keep our gut tissue healthy, and help protect us from cancer, obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, autoimmune disease, inflammatory bowel disease, and liver disease. Plant foods help shape a healthy intestinal microbiome. The fiber in plant foods promotes the growth of “friendly” bacteria in our guts.
4. On average, those who eat animal products, in the US gets more than 1.5 times the optimal amount of protein, most of it from animal sources.
Contrary to popular perception, this excess protein does not make us stronger or leaner. Excess protein is stored as fat or turned into waste, and animal protein is a major cause of weight gain, heart disease, diabetes, inflammation and cancer.
Protein found in whole plant foods protects us from many chronic diseases. With plant-based diets; when meeting your daily calorie needs, you will get plenty of protein. The longest-lived people on Earth, those living in the “Blue Zones,” get about 10 percent of their calories from protein, compared with the US average of 15 to 20 percent.
Plant-based food diet benefits
Increased weight loss
Reduces the risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, auto immune diseases plus more
Decreasing the number of pills, you take or reduce the likelihood of needing to take them in the first place.
If you would like help with changing your lifestyle, I would love the opportunity to help you. Please schedule a free consultation, to discuss what would be the best approach for your lifestyle change.
Pam Moore, Certified Health Coach
Change Your Health, Change Your Life!