A plant-based diet is the new craze, its all about celebrating and enjoying the foods that naturally grown and that help fuel our bodies. Also one of the major health benefits is that you will be eating minimally processed. Switching to a plant based diet can be a key to proper nutrition. But before you make this decision you should learn the basics.
As a quick disclaimer don’t dramatically change your diet without consulting your doctor to make sure that there will be no medical issues, such as problems with medications you may currently be on. Also any change in diet should be gradually change to the plant-based diet if you are a heavy meat eater.
There is no portion control, no carb counting and no calorie counting with this diet plan. You can eat when you’re hungry, and you can eat until
you get full. Simply make sure that you choose food from the right categories. Of course, there are going to be exceptions that you’ll need to make occasionally. You need to be sure that you aren’t eating too often from your sparingly food category for example.
WHAT YOU’LL BE EATING
You’ll be eating the following.
Starchy Vegetables: This includes all kinds of potatoes, including sweet potatoes, legumes, which is all kinds of lentils and beans, whole corn, root vegetables and quinoa.
Non-Starchy Vegetables: This includes your leafy greens, broccoli, eggplant, tomatoes and more.
Whole Grains: This includes things such as brown rice, oats, whole wheat and more.
Fruits: All fruits are included if they’re found in nature. This doesn’t include juice or dried fruits.
Spices: You can use all spices
Beverages: Your beverages are limited on this diet. You can drink unsweetened plant “milks”, decaffeinated coffee, decaffeinated tea and water.
Omega Three Sources: Your omega 3 sources are flax seed and chia seeds.
EAT THESE SPARINGLY
These are foods that you can have once in a while, but you should eat them sparingly.
Nuts: The nuts you can eat sparingly are almonds, cashews, walnuts and peanuts.
Seeds: The seeds you can eat sparingly are sesame, pumpkin and sunflower.
Sweetener: Use maple syrup, fruit juice concentrate and natural sugars sparingly
Drinks: You can have caffeinated tea and coffee occasionally as well as the occasional alcoholic drink.
Refined Protein: You can have refined soy and wheat protein sparingly Tofu, Wheat Gluten Protein & Soy Protein Isolate