I never use to be a vegetarian, until I decided to try it out for 40 days for fun. The results of the 40 days vegetarian/plant based diet were astonishing, and were definitely were able to persuade me to follow it for longer period, more than 10yrs now. Our bodies are designed to digest plant foods more easily than the meat and sea food and the health benefits are extensive. If you are not sure, just start small –by adding more fruits and veggies in your diet and see the difference.
Why should we be eating more plants?
Plant based diet has more fibers and nutrients than meat. Because they have more fiber and less calories, they make us feel full on fewer calories. Furthermore, when your cells are nourished with the nutrients they need your body stops craving fatty and sugary foods that are typical of the American diet. You can easily maintain a healthy weight with a plant-based diet.
Plant based is full of fiber and nutrients and easy to digest than meat and dairy which are harder and take more energy for the body to digest.
High animal protein intake increases metabolic acid, causing the body to draw calcium from the bones, weakening them and leading to osteoporosis and bone fractures. Asians consume less than 1/3 the dairy we do and have almost zero cases of osteoporosis. Eating dark leafy greens while avoiding animal foods and processed foods provides plenty of dietary calcium without increasing risk of osteoporosis. A cup of cooked collards has 348 mg of calcium, while a cup of 2% milk only has 246 mg!
Plant base diets offer use long term protection against cancer and other diseases. Proteins and Vitamins found in the plant based diet can turn the cancer cell growth off. Particularly, casein, the protein found in all dairy products and not just cheese, promotes cancer cell growth. Yikes
Dairy products are linked to acne and skin irritation- fruits and veggies are full of vitamins, phytochemicals and antioxidants such as lycopene and vitamin C to nourish your skin.
Thrive: The Vegan Nutrition Guide to Optimal Performance in Sports and Life(by Brendan Brazier ) talks about how the plant based put less stress on the body so athletes who eat a plant based diet can train more because they recover from training in a shorter time. Whether you like to casually workout or seriously train for an event, a plant based diet benefits all active people.
A plant based diet is the only diet with over years of scientific data proving not only does eating plant based prevent disease, but it can also reverse disease including diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Plant-based diets are good for the environment, your heart, your weight and your overall health.
Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet. – Albert Einstein - Physicist, 1921 Nobel Prize recipient