Why we decided to go on a Plant-based Diet

We didn’t just wake up and decide to go on a plant-based diet, this actually some time. It was a long journey. Over the years the husband and I have been trying to live healthier. The minute we had our kids, we made our goal prolong our lives. We want to be able to see our great-grandkids.

What is a Plant-based diet

Plant-based or plant-forward eating patterns focus on foods primarily from plants. This includes not only fruits and vegetables, but also nuts, seeds, oils, whole grains, legumes, and beans. It doesn’t mean that you are vegetarian or vegan and never eat meat or dairy. Rather, you are proportionately choosing more of your foods from plant sources.

Main benefits of Plant-based diet

Health Reasons

Our biggest motivation was my husband’s high blood pressure diagnosis. We were so freaked out because he was so young. For such a fit family, we where quite disappointed. We did our research and decided that working on our diet is worth a try. We also discovered that type 2 Diabetes is largely a preventable disease, yet nearly 400 million people suffer from it. Eating more fruits and vegetables lowers the chances of developing diabetes and Cardiovascular disease. One shocking study even found that animal proteins “turn on” cancer genes, and reducing intake of animal products could “turn off” cancer genes. The plant-based diet has been shown to lower blood pressure and cholesterol, aid digestion, and prevent constipation from increased fiber intake.

Weight loss

While I was a normal size, I knew I was starting to gain some weight from my terrible food choices and my metabolism is clearly slowing down. I never meant to lose weight, but I found I went from my mother-of-two weight back down to my mother-of-1 weight . At the end of six weeks, I’d dropped 6kg of that stubborn fat, and I have no intentions of going back to my old, processed and sugar filled diet.

Tips to help you get started on a plant-based diet

  1. Eat lots of vegetables. Fill half your plate with vegetables at lunch and dinner. Make sure you include plenty of colors in choosing your vegetables. Enjoy vegetables as a snack with hummus, salsa, or guacamole.
  2. Change the way you think about meat. Have smaller amounts. Use it as a garnish instead of a centerpiece.
  3. Choose good fats. Fats in olive oil, olives, nuts and nut butters, seeds, and avocados are particularly healthy choices.
  4. Cook a vegetarian meal at least one night a week. Build these meals around beans, whole grains, and vegetables.
  5. Include whole grains for breakfast. Start with oatmeal, quinoa, or barley. Then add some nuts or seeds along with fresh fruit.
  6. Go for greens. Try a variety of green leafy vegetables such as kale, collards, Swiss chard, spinach, and other greens each day. Steam, grill, braise, or stir-fry to preserve their flavor and nutrients.
  7. Build a meal around a salad. Fill a bowl with salad greens such as romaine, spinach, or red leafy greens. Add an assortment of other vegetables along with fresh herbs, beans, peas, or tofu.
  8. Eat fruit for dessert. A ripe, juicy peach, a refreshing slice of watermelon, or a crisp apple will satisfy your craving for a sweet bite after a meal.

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23 thoughts on “Why we decided to go on a Plant-based Diet

  1. I’ve always heard that plant-based is so much healthier for you. Honestly, the thing that almost has me moving to plant-based is all the animal videos you see on social media. I mean, come on, a cow resting its head in a guy’s lap? How am I supposed to eat a burger after that?

  2. This is so inspiring and looks so delicious too. I’m trying to eat more natural foods these days too.

  3. Your post has inspired me to try more on plan diet, look delicious and there are so many benefits with plant diet. High blood and cholesterol are the things made me wanted to move to plant diet so much.

  4. Plant based diets have always interested me so it was really interesting to find out the reasons behind you going plant based. I can totally understand your reasons for doing so.

  5. i think if someone did this with me, i would be able to do. definitely good for your body and keeps you healthy

  6. Thank you so much for sharing this. I am actually thinking if we could try a plant based diet but there are things that I need to consider first.

  7. You know what today I just watched a video of this Swedish 15-year-old who’s cutting class to fight the climate crisis and it made think, you know. I am considering to try a Vegan diet, to see how it goes. I will follow your tips.

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