Nutritional Tip of the Day

Would You Prefer a Gradual Change to Whole-Food, Plant-Based Eating?

From: Laurel Esty - Clinical Nutrition Manager LTC

We know that a sudden shift to plant-based eating isn’t for everyone. One advice is that… “Add around 1,000 calories of legumes, whole grains, and starchy vegetables to your everyday routine. These starchy foods keep you full and satisfied, so you’ll naturally eat less of the animal products and processed foods that are making you sick.”

Don’t sweat the small stuff; look at the big picture instead: “Focus on the big changes like switching from meat, milk, and eggs to whole plant foods. Such changes dramatically improve the nutritional composition of your diet, so this is where you will find the most noticeable and measurable improvements in your health.”

The time to start making the change is now. You’ll be glad you did.

How do I know if a whole-food, plant-based diet is for me?

You don’t—until you try it! So many people who make the switch report feeling much better, having less fatigue, and losing weight, and otherwise enjoying a healthy lifestyle.

Once you get started, it’ll be easier to keep going. “Once you have more energy, have lost some weight, or your stomach pain has disappeared, then it’s easier to continue eating healthfully. One of the best motivators for people transitioning to plant-based eating comes from how great they feel and how much more they can do in their lives once they’re feeling healthier.”

Can I eat a plant-based diet on a budget?

Whole-food, plant-based eating is cheaper than you think. Fresh produce goes a long way, and whole grains, potatoes, and beans are some of the most affordable bulk foods you can buy. Create meals around these staple items and you’ll definitely spend less than you do on a diet rich in meat and other animal products.

Reference: Naomi Imatome-Yun

If you have any questions, please call Laurel Esty, Clinical Nutrition Manager LTC at ext. 6979.

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