Seems like everyone is jumping on the plant-based bandwagon. Why? Because it is healthier for you. There are many examples of how people are able to reverse damage done to their bodies after eating meat their entire lives by simply eating more vegetables just a few days a week.
Read Peaceful Dumplings success story about how she was overweight, eating the typical American diet (full of processed foods), not eating vegetables or cooking her own meals and had IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). Digestive problems are a hidden warning that something is wrong with the body's ability to absorb nutrients and digest food in order to get rid of waste.
Eating more fruits and vegetables helps promote beneficial bacteria in the gut. When we have enough good bacteria in our guts, it helps our body fight pathogens in order to keep us healthy. Plus, our immune system is regulated by our gut. If our gut is unhealthy, so is our immune system. When our immune system can't fight for us, the rest of the body will suffer with illness and disease.
I'll never forget when I made the decision to reduce meat and start eating more vegetables the measurable results I had with my health. I didn't have a specific health concern I was trying to solve. I was just reading about how eating meat all the time is not good for our overall health. So I decided to try eating only fruits, vegetables and whole grains 3 to 4 days a week.
The first year I made the change my cholesterol levels dropped 20 points. My cholesterol wasn't even high! I was shocked! In addition to lowering my cholesterol, energy levels increased and I just felt better overall. Also, I don't get sick as often which means my immune system is strong and working well.
It wasn't hard. I think when we decide to do something that is going to benefit our health, it just becomes another decision we've made in our life. The same as making other decisions in our lives. We may decide to get married or not. We may decide to have children or not. We may decide to go to college or not. These decisions make an impact on our lives. We have to learn how to do something different because we decided to.
After eating mostly plant-based for several years, I started making the transition to organic food. I would buy organic food infrequently when I went plant-based but I didn't realize how it would take plant-based living to the next step. Avoiding chemicals and pesticides has become important to me. While I know there is cross-contamination that occurs, eating organic helps reduce the amount of chemicals that goes into my body. Chemicals not only disrupt our digestive system, immune system and hormonal system (known as the endocrine system), they can promote weight-gain.
Below I've complied a list of recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner will help you get more vegetables into your lifestyle and help reduce the amount of meat you eat daily. I typically eat plant-based 3-4 days a week. I find it easier to stick to a schedule during the workweek and allowing myself the flexibility to choose how I want to eat on the weekend.
If you are thinking of going plant-based but are unsure where to start, working with a Certified Holistic Nutritionist can help. A Certified Holistic Nutritionist (CHN) can determine what nutrients you need to focus on, which will help you achieve your health goals. The plan that is developed for you will be customized to fit your lifestyle.
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I hope this post inspired you to eat more plant based meals. It is so much better for your health! Leave me a comment below if you are thinking about making the move to a mostly plant-based lifestyle or have made the move. I'd love to hear how it is going for you.
If make any of the recipes above, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram as @heather_lee_donahue and use the #heathershealthhabits hashtag. I love seeing your takes on the recipes I share!