3 Benefits to eating more plant-based foods:
- Eating dark leafy greens (like kale & spinach) helps your body produce new healthy copies of the cells that line artery walls, keeping your blood vessels relaxed. Which is a win for your heart!
- Replacing animal based proteins with plant-based proteins reduces the effects of bad bacteria in your digestive system, reducing inflammation.
- Plant focused eating is typically higher in fiber and lower in fat, which naturally lowers your triglycerides (a blood fat) & helps your body absorb blood sugar more easily.
I’m not telling you that you have to become a vegetarian or a vegan to reap these rewards. I believe everything in moderation and I enjoy a good steak from time to time but not every day and not even every week.
“Yea, flesh also of beasts and of the fowls of the air, I, the Lord, have ordained for the use of man with thanksgiving; nevertheless they are to be used sparingly;” (Doctrine & Covenants 89:12)
If eating more plant-based foods is a challenge for you right now start slowly with small changes in your diet. Here are some suggestions for you to try.
- Remove prepackaged foods packed with saturated and trans fats, sweetener & syrups as well as extra sodium.
- Twice a week replace your animal protein with beans. Any type you find tasty. Beans go well with whole grains like quinoa and barley.
- Find new ways to get dark leafy greens into your diet every day whether it be a smoothie or salad, sauteed or in a soup. Get them into your daily life!
- Start your day with oats & fruit like this whole grain oatmeal, seriously one of the best oatmeals I’ve ever made. Oatmeal is packed with soluble fiber that helps lower cholesterol. You could also try any of these great recipes with oatmeal.
All it takes is a series of small steps put together – You got this!