Eat More Plants to Energize Your Life

Darin Olien
by Darin Olien

Recently, when researchers compared the medical evidence for and against every mainstream diet (low carb, low fat, low glycemic, Mediterranean, mixed/balanced [DASH], Paleolithic, vegan, and elements of other diets), no diet single diet was proven best. The interesting part was the study concluded that “a diet of minimally processed foods close to nature, predominantly plants, is decisively associated with health promotion and disease prevention.” What does that mean? It means we should eat more plants.

There is a growing wave of scientific evidence that the more plants you can eat, the healthier you are! It’s because plants fuel your body on a rich, cellular level. When you focus on eating more plants, you aren’t taking away processed sugar, unhealthy cholesterol, animal protein, cheese and dairy products. You are adding more of an incredible array of phytonutrients, micronutrients, antioxidants, fiber, minerals and more from plants!

Simple Ways to Eat More Plants

Shop the produce section first—Start planning your meals around what vegetables you will be eating instead of what protein. This starts with focusing your shopping to the perimeter of the grocery store.

Have plant-based choices in your pantry—If your pantry has it, you will cook it. Many plant-based foods including beans, lentils, quinoa, millet, olive oil, spices, and canned tomatoes or artichokes are shelf-stable, convenient, and economical.

Ask friends and family for their favorite plant-based recipes—This may seem obvious but don’t be afraid to ask. You will be amazed at the wonderful ideas for plant-based dishes you can get from other people.

When you eat right (including more plants), you get the benefits not just today and tomorrow but 20, 30 or 50 years from now. When you eat poorly, the opposite is true—you do harm in the here and now but also support conditions that may be deadly in the future. Make good choices now and it will benefit you now and in the future, period!

When you’re eating more plants as part of a nutrient-dense diet, your body naturally can lose weight, have more energy, heal itself and feel its best.

I can’t wait for you to finally experience (or remember) how incredible you can feel!

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