A Plant-Based Lifestyle for Beginners
In recent years, people have been proclaiming that a plant-based lifestyle is great for you, especially for your health. Because of this, people have been trying this lifestyle to see if it works for them.
However, it is important to know about this lifestyle before you start it as there are some problems associated with this lifestyle if it is done incorrectly. That being said, this guide should give you a basic understanding before you decide to start a plant-based lifestyle.
In this quick guide, you will learn such things like what a plant-based lifestyle is exactly and the pros and cons of this lifestyle.
What Is a Plant-Based Lifestyle?
A plant-based lifestyle is exactly as it sounds as it is a lifestyle focused on eating fruits and vegetables. In this lifestyle, people eat whole grains and legumes in addition to fruits and vegetables.
Meat (including fish and poultry), eggs and dairy are at least reduced if not excluded completely. While processed or refined foods like sugar and bleached flour are completely cut out of a person’s diet.
Is This Lifestyle Similar to A Vegan or Vegetarian Lifestyle?
It depends on what you mean. If you mean adding more fruits and vegetables and eating little to no meat, then yes. However, there are big differences between the lifestyles.
Firstly, people on a plant-based diet choose not to eat processed foods such as Twinkies or Chips Ahoy. They focus their diet on vegetables, fruits, and other healthy food.
For example, instead of eating brownies made from regular flour, a person on a plant-based diet will eat brownies made from black beans instead.
Meanwhile, vegans and vegetarians may choose to eat processed foods. This is why a plant-based diet is similar but very different from vegan and vegetarian diets.
The most important pro of this lifestyle is the health benefits that come along with it. A plant-based lifestyle has been shown to lower the risks of health conditions such as heart disease, colon and breast cancers, diabetes, and obesity.
Besides lowering the risks of various health problems there are other positive benefits from this diet. Studies have shown that people who have a plant-based lifestyle which includes vegan and vegetarian, are shown to live longer than those who eat a lot of meat.
People on a plant-based diet are also shown to have more energy, which is great for those either do not like coffee or want to lower their caffeine intake.
What to Consider
While there are many things to consider before starting this lifestyle, here are the main three things to consider:
- Your personal health
- The health of the environment
- Your budget
The pros of a plant-based lifestyle is vast including having a healthier life by eating more fruits and vegetables and less meat.
A plant-based lifestyle is easier on the environment and uses less resources including fossil fuels and water. A plant-based lifestyle also causes less air, land and water pollution.
You should pick food that fits your budget. Traditionally, beans and whole grains are cheaper than meat. Some fresh produce are generally low cost depending on where you are located. You can also grow herbs easily for little cost.