What is a Plant-Based Diet?

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As a dietitian I counsel patients through a variety of topics such as disease management, meal planning, cooking, wellness, and eating behaviors. Every one of my patients have a different need but I find that the majority of them just need to know what to eat in order to feel good, and prevent or reverse diseases. For these patients, I recommend a whole-food, plant-based diet. This is the only diet that has been proven in clinical settings and backed up by peer-reviewed studies to prevent and reverse many of the diseases that we have today. In addition, while following a whole-food, plant-based diet you don’t have to worry as much about how much to eat because these foods are nutrient dense and not calorically dense. Eating nutrient dense, whole foods allow you to get in touch with your internal hunger signals and thus it is harder to overeat/gain weight.

 

A whole-food, plant-based diet is often the end goal but that is unrealistic for all of my patients. Therefore I work with them in many different ways to inch them closer to a healthier diet and get them to understand the effects that food has on their body. By following a diet consisting of fruit, vegetables, legumes, nuts, seeds and whole grains, the body is given proper nutrition and thus it no longer has to fight against the poor diet that it once received. Clinical studies show that health markers improve within days when the body receives the proper food.

 

Watch the following video, created by PlantPure Nation, to learn more about a plant-based diet:

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