Have you ever wondered why some of the health problems we face today were never there during the days of our ancestors? Well, I know you have, but what could have changed over the years? One thing we are both sure of is that the current advancement in medical knowledge should have served to make life better for us. The secret lies in the diet of our ancestors. Unlike us, they had to survive on natural, plant-based foods because they lacked the necessary knowledge, tools and equipment to process food.
Experts in nutrition and diet are recommending we go back in time and join these ancestors in their diet to eliminate some of the diet-related health problems we face today. It is the idea of whole food, plant-based diet. The question is, “what is whole food plant based diet?” “And how can it benefit you and me?” We will seek to answer these questions.
Whole Food Plant-Based Diet – What Is It?
This is a type of diet centered on whole, minimally refined or completely unrefined plants. Let’s go over that again- it is a diet which specifically include whole plants that have not been altered in any way, or just minimally altered (as in cooking).
By adopting this diet, you will only include vegetables, fruits, whole grains, tubers and legumes in your recipe for daily meals. You will have to avoid dairy products, meat (including fish and chicken), eggs as well as highly refined foods such as refined sugar, bleached flour and oil. At times, you may be allowed to eat minimal amount of meat.
The first reaction by many who get to learn about Whole Plant-Based Diet is how such a diet would taste and what recipes can be used. It is understandable if you feel so, but be assured you will find the foods and the diets extremely appetizing, tasty and satisfying.
The choice of vegetables, fruits, whole grains and legumes among other plants depends on many factors. For instance, vegetables do not refer only to green leafy vegetables such as spinach, collard greens and kales. This diet considers high-calorie vegetables, tubers, fruits, legumes and whole grains that are starch-based.
Good examples include starchy vegetables (such as peas and corn), tubers (such as sweet potatoes and Irish potatoes), whole grains (such as millet, brown rice and quinoa) and legumes (such as chicken peas, kidney beans and black beans).
Whole Food Plant-Based Diet- The Benefits
I believe you now understand what this diet means. The next question is how you can benefit from it. There are numerous benefits of sticking to plant-based foods and kissing meat, eggs and dairy products goodbye. The most important of these benefits include:
- · It is a sure way to prevent diabetes mellitus.
- · Worry no more about developing hypertension and related disorders.
- · It will keep your heart health and working optimally thereby reducing chances of cardiovascular disease.
- · Whole food plant-based diet is the easiest, safest and most effective way to lose weigh naturally.
- · Taking fiber regularly means you will not experience indigestion and constipation ever again.
- · Whole foods like carrot are well known to contain high amounts of vitamin A essential for night vision.
- · Fruits and vegetables contain high amounts of vitamins, phytochemicals and pigments that can help improve your skin health. They can stimulate collagen production and protect your skin from UV light.
From our discussion, I believe you learned a lot about Whole Food Plant-Diet. It is the way to go if you want to enjoy long, healthy, comfortable, and disease free lifestyle. The recipes are palatable, mouthwatering, delicious and satisfying. It you couple this diet with a good workout regimen; you will enjoy an amazing, happy and fulfilled life, something many of use just dream of.