Why Go Plant-Based?

People of all ages are choosing a plant-based diet for a combination of reasons that include health, animal rights, and the environment. The facts are astonishing. 70% of the grain in the US is fed to farmed animals living in stressful inhumane conditions on factory farms. Raising animals for food in this way produces more greenhouse gas emissions than all of forms of transportation combined and requires 15 times as much water per pound of meat that pound of soy protein. Looking at our nation’s health, the number one killer is heart disease, a preventable lifestyle-related chronic disease that is responsible for 1 in 3 deaths each year. Risk factors for heart disease include Diabetes, overweight and obesity, and poor diet. All of these risks can be reduced through a plant-based diet and switching to a vegetarian diet may cut your chances of developing heart disease by 32%!

Benefits of a Vegan/Vegetarian Diet

A vegan or vegetarian diet not only reduces the demand for factory farming and the use of water and food that goes into meat production, but it also has significant health benefits. Plant foods are naturally high in fiber, low in saturated fat, and cholesterol-free.

In general, vegans and vegetarians tend to experience the following benefits compared to an omnivorous diet:

  • lower body weight
  • lower serum cholesterol
  • lower blood pressure
  • lower risk of heart disease, obesity, Type 2 Diabetes, and some cancers
  • higher intake of fruit and vegetables, whole grains, soy, and nuts
  • higher dietary intake of fiber, magnesium, folic acid, Vitamins C and E, and phytochemicals
  • lower dietary intake of Calories, saturated fat and cholesterol

Nutrition Therapy for Lifestyle Change

With all the benefits of going vegetarian, there are also potential nutritional shortfalls if done incorrectly. There are also many new foods to learn how to cook and incorporate into your diet to provide sufficient protein and nutrients of concern. Proper supplementation is also beneficial to both prevent deficiencies and promote optimal health.

We will help make your transition to a plant-based diet easy, tasty, and fun. We provide individual guidance to ensure nutritional adequacy and take into account current health conditions or health risks as we coach you towards better health.