A plant-based diet is something that has been getting a lot of attention, especially in the fitness world.
This diet excludes ALL animal products like meat, eggs and dairy. People who follow this diet are known as Vegans (someone who doesn’t eat or use any animal products). Vegans have to get their protein from plants, not animals.
Do you have to be Vegan to be Plant-Based? Not at all! But there are two different types of people who can follow a “Plant-Based” diet – vegans and vegetarians. For vegans, they do not consume ANY animal products AT ALL. This means no meats, cheeses or even honey! And if you are following neither diet then usually people refer to you as a vegetarian.
Vegetarians are people who do not consume meat or animal products like dairy, eggs and honey.
To start this off I’m going to go over the pros of being Vegan/Vegetarian but keep in mind that everyone is different so these may not be the reason why you want to become plant-based!
1)It will help your Health
Did you know that many medical organizations recommend people to reduce their risk of heart disease by eating more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes & nuts? Sounds good huh? And did you know that it has been found in research studies that there are certain substances in plants known as phytochemicals that have antioxidant properties? They can stop damage to cells caused by free radicals. They are also good for helping your body fight off infections, viruses and bacteria.
2)Plant-based diets are more environmentally friendly
Did you know that livestock production takes up 1/3 of the ice-free land on Earth? And did you know that according to researchers at the University of Chicago, switching to a plant-based diet could cut food-related greenhouse gas emissions by 70 per cent! This means that if everyone lowered their meat intake it would reduce global warming considerably even just by just cutting back one meal a week! That’s HUGE!!
3)You don’t have to eat large amounts of carbs
when following this diet. There is actually an eating plan called the LCHF (Low Carb High Fat) diet that stands for Low Carbohydrates, High Fats. It is said that this kind of eating plan can help improve your health and it’s also very popular among bodybuilders. Since vegans don’t eat meat or dairy products there actually aren’t many carbs in the first place so they are forced to eat more protein. This means even if you do follow a plant-based diet it doesn’t mean you have to avoid carbs!
CONS OF EATING VEGAN/VEGETARIAN:
1)It can be extremely hard at times. Vegans mostly survive off vegetables, beans and other legumes (peas, chickpeas etc), lentils, tofu & tempeh, peanuts, seeds and nuts! A lot of these foods can be very hard to find depending on where you live. This is why it’s hard for them to get their protein from food alone. Just a fair warning that it’ll take some time to get used to cooking all these new recipes!
2)It can be expensive. Some vegetables they eat like spinach, kale and broccoli are actually pretty cheap but fruit and other veggies can get pricey. You also need to spend money on some kind of meat substitute so I’m sure your grocery bill will go up if you don’t plan out your shopping properly!