The Power of Plants

by | Oct 8, 2022 | Nutrition

The Power of Plants

by | Oct 8, 2022 | Nutrition

We live in a century where everything we eat, see and do has passed through a process eliminating what’s natural about it. There are 9.7 million American vegans according to a 2022 study from Ipsos Retail Performance. The American plant-based population has been increasing throughout the years reaching new heights in 2022. We have begin changing our perspective on the meat industry and how it not only affects animals and the planet, it affects us people as well. We are on a journey to teach and educate people on the importance of eating what the nature has to offer.

PLANTS. PLANTS. PLANTS!

Plants are not just big source of energy for the planet but it has taught us that it can help improve our digestive system, reduce inflammation, clear our skin, boost our mood and so many more. We like to called it power of plants because they really do what the title says. By saying plants people automatically think of eating plain grass like cows, but have you wonder how the most strong animals on the planet feed on nature? Plant based eating patterns focus primarily from everything that comes from the land… vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, seeds and nuts. You are choosing more of your food mainly from plant sources.

When transforming your eating habits it’s important to consider your personal genetics, activity level, medical conditions but most importantly nutritional deficiencies. Plant Based diets offer the necessary needs for optimal health, protein, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals, and lots but lots of fiber! Plants are powerful but you have to be wise in choosing what to eat, and getting the sufficient levels of vitamins and minerals from B12- Omega 3 fatty acids your body requires.

Do you want to start eating Plant-Based?

Here are some tips to get you started (always consult with your doctor before changing your eating patterns):

Eat lots of vegetables

They are the prime source of vitamins and minerals your body needs. They made seem small but are the prime source of body functions. Fill your half your plate during lunch and dinner with vegetables. Make sure you include the RainBow (vegetables with plenty of color). You can also enjoy vegetables as a snack (carrots and hummus are my go to) or make your favorite salsa (habanero, mango, chives and cilantro make a the best salsa for dipping).

Choose good fats

This doesn’t include fried potato chips. Opt for fats in olive oil, nuts and nut butter, seeds, and my favorite of all time…avocado! They are a great ally for maintaining a healthy heart and cholesterol.

Include whole grains

Whole grains have been in the human diet for many years and should still be since they are high in fiber helping you feel full and satisfied. Many diets have banned whole grains clamming they are bad for your health when they actually help lower risk of heart disease, diabetes and lower blood pressure. What actually causes health problems are refined grains but in this section we are thanking whole grains for their existence. Some examples of whole grains include quinoa, amaranth, oats and many more. Even though they are really good for your health they are not for everybody specially people with IBS, celiac disease and gluten sensitivity. Don’t be afraid to incorporate whole grains into your daily diet, it will help your digestive health and improve health and longevity.

Greens. Greens and more Greens

When I say greens I don’t mean by drinking green powder. Greens means eating every vegetable that the nature has gave us with the obvious color.. green! They are low in calories yet very high in fiber and vitamins. From my point of view the greens take the winning title, this includes kale, spinach, arugula, and chard. Whether you prefer eating them in a salad, blended in a dressing or smoothie it’s the same, just make sure you eat it whole not in a juice since juicing it eliminates the fiber in it. Greens helps with your brain function, combat bloating, clears your skin make it more glowy, supports bone health and promotes longevity, and this are just to name a few. Greens gives us super power to our health.

Eat Fruit

There is not more satisfying as eating fresh fruit on a hot summer or a cinnamon cook apple on winter. They are an excellent source of the essential vitamins and minerals and very high in fiber. Throughout the years people have demonize fruits such as banana and mango, but why if they are so powerful, DON´T BE AFRAID TO EAT FRUIT, of course they have sugar but its natural sugar, why do you drink beverages with fake sugar that provide us with no nutrients instead of eating a whole piece of fruit that does give us the nutrients we need. They provide us a wide range of antioxidants and flavonoids ( it has anti inflammatory effect on our body). Eating a diet high in fruits and vegetables reduces our chances of developing heart disease, inflammation and diabetes.

Change the way you think about meat

I’m not saying to crucify meat nor talk bad about it when surrounding yourself with people who don’t share the same mindset as you. Big changes are made with small steps don’t try to eliminate them when you are so used to eating meat. Take baby steps, and use the meat as a garnish, not as the main dish.

When opting for a change in your eating pattern make sure you are making that change for yourself and not to prove something to the world nor following a trend. When it comes to health it’s important to prioritize yours above everything, it’s the one thing we are allowed to be selfish about.

Invest in yourself and I don’t mean spend all your money on “healthy packed chips” try to eat as clean and whole as you can, yes, you are allowed to be flexible most of the time, in life everything is about balance and making sure you feel good with yourself and your health.

Health is measured by how you feel on the inside!

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  1. Excellent article and very interesting!!!

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