So, many people ask me: ‘why are you vegan?’ Followed by: “You are qualified BSc (hons) nutritionist, surely that can’t be good for you.”
Well, actually, it can. The American Dietetic Association recently released it’s position of vegan and vegetarian diet. It stated that a planned vegetarian and vegan diet can be healthy and nutritiously adequate.
A whole food, plant-based diet is very high in health promoting compounds (ie, antioxidants) and low in health damaging compounds (saturated fat and cholesterol).
So, below I have listed some of the benefits and reason I advocate a whole food, plant-based diet to my clients.
– Reduced risk of cancers (colorectal, prostate, stomach and breast)
– Reduced risk of cardiovascular disease
– Reversal of Atherosclerosis
– Reduction in blood pressure
– Improved blood glucose control
– Management and reversal of T2DM
– Decreased weight and body fat
– Increased energy
– Improved athletic recovery and performance
– Less CO2 emission
– Less deforestation
– Increase availability of food
– Minimise cruelty to animal
Do we need anymore reason? 🙂
So, enjoy the sun!!! Take it as a great opportunity to kick out the confort foods and adopt a whole food, plant-based diet. Eat lots of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds.
Ps. As a nutritionist I must also acknowledge my patient’s habits and food preferences and counsel them to make healthier choices and achieve optimum nutrition.