I’m not going to lie, I’ve always been interested by people who have taken on a plant based diet. I mean giving up meat, cheese, and bacon wouldn’t be that easy. Well, not a lot of people know about plant-based diets and that we’ve lived off them for thousands of years. A plant-based diet is centered around minimally refined fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes. It also excludes all dairy and meat products such as eggs, cheese, fish, and chicken. Would going on a diet like this be safe? How else would you get your protein or calcium?
So many people think that when you go on this diet, all you’re going to be consuming is leafy greens. I can tell you right now that that is not that case! The starches and fruit form the base of a plant-based diet. The leafy greens are there to complement the other foods. Most people tend to quit this diet because all they are consuming is vegetables and lettuce. They are looking at the greens as a source of energy, when really they should be reaching for starches. Healthy starches such as corn, sweet potatoes, and brown rice would be 2/3 of your plate. Not only that, combing those starches with legumes such as navy beans, chick peas and black beans is a great source of fuel.
Our culture has centered around meat as it’s main source of protein. So most people are worried about eating a certain vegetable for calcium and another for protein. They associate one vegetable with one purpose and will only consume that food for that purpose. Remember that all whole foods contain countless nutrients. Variety is key! As long as you consume a variety of whole plant-based foods, you can meet a healthy intake of nutrients.