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Benefits of eating plant based!


All the veggies!


The earth is covered in plants that provide living creatures with food to keep us healthy. It makes sense that plants are an essential part of a healthy way of eating. There have been many studies over the years, showing the many health benefits of eating a plant-based diet. For me, it went far beyond the health benefits. I knew it was the right thing to do for the animals and the planet! My eating mentality shifted from "living to eat" to "eating to live." By making plants the core of my diet, I was making great strides for my health! While making a stand for more compassion towards animals and environmental concerns. 


What exactly is a plant-based diet? A plant-based diet focuses on whole, minimally processed foods and adding in more vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, and grains. This way of eating altogether eliminates or minimizes animal products, including meat, dairy, fish, and eggs from your diet. Not to worry, when done correctly, contains all the protein, fat, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals that a person needs to for a healthy diet.


7 Health Benefits of Plant-based eating


1.  Decreases the risk of disease. Studies have shown eating less meat or giving it up entirely, reduces the risk of many chronic diseases, including heart disease, obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and type 2 diabetes. Plant-Based diets are likely to improve insulin sensitivity and lower cholesterol levels. 


2. Less inflammation. Meat, dairy, and farm-raised fish contain many steroids and another toxic residue that contribute to inflammation in the body. Consuming more fruits and vegetables and reducing the consumption of animal food can help limit your exposure to toxins. 


3. Healthy BMI. Following a plant-based diet that includes a variety of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts, and seeds are more likely to have a healthy BMI and less likely to be overweight. 


4. Longevity. Plant foods are high in antioxidant compounds like vitamin C, selenium, and vitamin E. These compounds assist in reducing oxidative stress in the body, which reduces disease risk and supports healthful aging. Therefore, positively contributing to a longer and healthier lifespan


5. Good for the planet. The demand for animal products is a significant cause of deforestation as land is cleared to make room for animals. The production of meat and dairy have been proven to significantly contribute to climate change and to 60% of greenhouse gas emissions. Plant-based foods require less energy, space, and water than animal foods and are less saving on our resources. 


6. Animal welfare. To meet the high demands for animal foods, animals are often raised under poor conditions and crowed together. By eating plant-based and through supporting humane farms it is a great way to place your vote against animal cruelty


7. Budget. Eating a plant-based diet can help save money on grocery costs. Whole grains, beans, and in-season produce are economical and incredibly nourishing.



Sweet cows of the Blue Ridge Mountains

Regardless of how you eat, paleo, whole-30, plant based, or a carnivore know that incorporating more plants into your diet will help you live a more vibrant and healthy life. Instead of getting caught up in "labels" focus on including more plant-based foods in your diet so you can "eat to live"!




Looking for some vegetarian inspiration!


Try one of may favorite salad combinations.


Minimal ingredients but still bursting with flavor!

INGREDIENTS:

Mixed greens Baked sweet potato Corn Red Onion Pine nuts Avocado

Cumin, paprika, garlic power

Salt & Pepper

Olive Oil

INSTRUCTIONS

Preheat oven to 400F.


1. Chop your sweet potatoes in small bitesize pieces for even cooking. Toss with olive-oil or avocado oil, a blend of dried cumin, paprika, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.

2. Roast sweet potatoes for 25-30 or until evenly browned.

3. I used frozen organic corn. Allow to thaw while cooking sweet potatoes. You can also use canned version but be sure to wash first.

4. Slice avocado and red onion.

5. Pull out sweet potatoes and allow to cool.

6. Mix greens, corn, onion, pine nuts, avocado, and sweet potato together with dressing of our choice and enjoy!



**looking for more protein I like adding chickpeas on top**

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