True Health starts in the Kitchen
As the old adage says; “you are what you eat,” and along with a rising number of people we believe the only way this planet can sustain itself is by eating a vegetarian or plant based diet.
We believe the only way this planet can sustain itself is by eating a vegetarian or plant based diet.
If you’re already eating a plant based diet or you’re thinking about it, there are quite a few things to consider in terms of getting your nutrition right. If you’re just starting out, you will need to learn new habits and find alternatives to your old food choices. If you’re a meat eater, you will still benefit from eating a healthy well balance diet. Balance balance balance… it really is all about balance.
Thankfully eating out is not as much of a challenge as it was thirty or forty years ago, when it was nigh on impossible to find a veggie option on a restaurant or café menu.
What we mean by a Healthy Diet
“A healthy diet – means a diet which includes essential nutrition from different food groups and drink which can help maintain and increase health and well-being. It should include macronutrients, micronutrients and sufficient calories for the individual’s lifestyle”Dictionary Definition
In simple terms you need to be making sure you’re eating the correct number of calories per day based on your body’s requirements. Factors that can determine this are age, gender, height and activity level, and there are plenty of online apps that can help you work out your needs. Once you know how many calories you should be eating, it’s a case of making sure they’re eaten eaten from all five main food groups in suitable amounts. The table below shows average values taken from the NHS Eat Well campaign.
It’s all about Balance
The right amount of calories, in the right portions from all the food groups
Longevity and Improved Health
A balanced diet – preferably vegetarian (in our opinion) improves overall health and longevity and lowers your chances of getting many lifestyle diseases associated with unhealthy eating such as: –
- Type 2 diabetes
- High Blood Pressure
- Coronary Heart disease
- Dental disease
More reason’s why a Plant Based Diet is so Healthful
Plant based diets are normally higher in dietary fibre and vitamin C, both of which have hugely beneficial effects on health. Animal products don’t contain vitamin C
High in Dietary fibre
- Lowers cholesterol
- Reduced risk of heart disease
- Decreases risk of constipation
- Lowes risk of colon cancer
- Gives increased feeling of fullness after a meal, promoting weight loss.
Many kinds of dietary fibre are also prebiotics which help to improve colon health by promoting the growth of beneficial gut friendly bacteria.
High in Vitamin C
Vitamin C is found in abundance in fruit and vegetables in it’s most natural form
- helps protect against age-related medical decline;
- helps reduce blood pressure,
- improves the health of blood vessels, possibly cutting your risk of developing clogged arteries
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