Health Benefits of a Plant Based Diet
Hi Planted Table readers, it’s Megan here with a little story about my transition to vegan eating. For a long time I suffered from IBS along with acne breakouts, constipation, bloating and carrying excess weight in my mid-section. Super fun stuff!
A friend of mine recommended watching Forks Over Knives so, being the documentary lover that I am, I decided to give it a view. It really opened my eyes to a new way of thinking about the food I put in my body. How food can cause inflation, constipation and basically affect everything about our health.
I decided it wouldn’t hurt to give this plant-based eating thing a try. I told myself I would eat plant-based for two weeks and see what happens. Well, at the end of two weeks, I felt AMAZING and have never looked back. My skin cleared up, my IBS and constipation disappeared and I learned the absolute joy of regular bowel movements, (I know…TMI, but once you start eating plant based you find yourself thinking about bowel movements quite a big. Hello fiber!).
I decided to keep going with this plant-based thing and after a few months, I dropped about 10 pounds and my stomach bloating was gone! What started as a health motivated diet change became an absolute overhaul of my lifestyle, hence Planted Table! I can’t wait to share all I’ve learned and hopefully inspire you to add a little more plants to your plate.
Enough about my experience, here is what the science say…Researchers have shown that a more plant-based diet may help prevent, treat, or reverse some of our leading causes of death, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and high blood pressure. Studies have shown plant-based eating can improve not only body weight, blood sugar levels, and ability to control cholesterol, but also emotional states, including depression, anxiety, fatigue, sense of well-being, and daily functioning. Meat is often loaded with cholesterol and saturated fat, which have starring roles in poor heart health. And processed meats like deli meat, bacon and sausage often have too much sodium as well. On the other hand, lean meats, skinless poultry, and fish can be good sources of protein.
“Only one way of eating has ever been proven to reverse heart disease in the majority of patients: a diet centered around whole plant foods.”- Dr. Michael Gregor, author of How Not to Die.
To learn more about the health benefits of a vegan diet, we recommend watching Forks Over Knives and reading How Not to Die.