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 a life-long meat focused diet by simply eating more vegetables just a few days a week. Read Peaceful Dumplings story - she was overweight, eating the typical American diet (full of processed foods), not eating vegetables or cooking her own meals and had IBS. Jane Plant's success story is when she changed how she ate she was able to cure the cancerous tumor she had in her neck.
I've had my own experience with measurable results. After deciding to eat more vegetables and cut back on meat, 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, I had more energy and just felt better overall. Also, I don't get sick as often which means my immune system is strong and working well.
Unfortunately, our culture thinks that being healthy means losing weight. What we need to focus on is how eating clean, organic food can help us avoid illness and disease. Weight loss may occur when you eat more vegetables but that should not be the goal. Your body will naturally move towards the weight that is right for you when you give it clean, organic food.
While eating clean, organic food will help you be healthy, it can be hard to get all the nutrients you need to be healthy. A routine vitamin regimen will help give your body the nutrients it needs to stay healthy and fight disease. At the bare minimum, a Multivitamin, Vitamin D, Probiotic, CoQ10 and Omega-3 are the supplements to take. If you have a health condition you are dealing with, a holistic nutritionist can determine what other nutrients you may need. Also, make sure to check with your doctor when adding vitamins to your routine if you are taking medications.
So you've decided to eat more plant-based foods but you don't know where to start. I've compiled a list of recipes below for breakfast, lunch and dinner that will help you get more vegetables into your lifestyle and help you reduce how much meat you eat. 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.
I hope you enjoy the recipes and see how easy it is to eat more vegetables. If you would like more recipes and healthy living tips for free, follow my blog on Bloglovin.
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Creative Toast Ideas from The Conscientious Eater.
Veggie Hash Brown Casserole from EatPlant-Based.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars from Skinny Ms.
Super Antioxidant Boost Smoothie Bowl from Creative Green Living
Almond Molasses Protein Bites from Healthy Grocery Girl
Berry Quinoa Breakfast Bowl from Emily Kyle Nutrition
Chickpea Scramble Breakfast Bowl from Well and Full.
Spicy Buffalo Chickpea Wraps from Minimalist Baker
Cozy Quinoa and Sweet Potato Chili from Plant Based on a Budget
Thai Chili Corn Salad from Fit Foodie Finds
Braised Cauliflower with Pasta from Monkey and Me Kitchen Adventures
Garden Vegetable Lasagna from Tastes Lovely
Mushroom Barley Soup from Two Peas and Their Pod
Cuban Black Beans and Rice from Well Plated by Erin
Cauliflower Hash from An Edible Mosaic
Slow Cooker Barley and Chickpea Risotto from Foxes Love Lemons
I hope this post inspired you to eat more plant based meals. It is so much better for your health! 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!