Diets are exhausting. A lifestyle is forever.
When it comes to foods choices, everyone has their own goals.
I never followed any diet, nor do I count calories, but I do believe in trying to eat a healthier diet..always.
Whole Foods Plant-Based style of eating caught my attention a couple of years ago and it completely resonated with the food choices I have been following for long.
There are no strict eating rules, and is a much friendlier and a health-focused way of eating that does not feel restrictive.
The whole foods plant based diet or WFPB is more of a lifestyle. It is a ‘holistic approach to food‘ to include people who make dietary and lifestyle changes to minimize harm to the environment and to their health.
COVID19 has shaken up every aspect of our lives. And this is the BEST time to choose Plant based foods which provide good defense to our immune system.
General guidelines for plant-based eating are:
Some benefits of eating Plant-based foods:
- Antioxidants and phytochemicals boosts immune system by grabbing all the free-radicals that can cause disease and inflammation.
- Plant Fiber is to feed the good bacteria or gut microbes in our gut so that we can maintain good digestive system.
- Plant protein provide less saturated fat which support heart health than animal-based proteins.
- Our immune system relies on white blood cells that produce antibodies to fight bacteria, virus and other pathogens. Plant eaters have more effective wbc ‘s due to a high intake of vitamins, phytochemical, antioxidants and low intake of fat.
This style of eating should not be confused by being vegans or vegetarians. People following plant-based diet may or may not completely avoid animal-derived products. The idea is to fill majority of your plate with plant foods and the other food stuff should take minor portion.
When selecting a plant food, the type of plant and their sources are also important to get the best health benefits. Refined grains (maida, white rice, pasta, bread), sugar, sugary beverages/juices are examples of unhealthy plant-based foods.
Plant-based eating style emphasizes on eating more of the following:
“Thanks to our traditional Indian diets which include a combination of cereal and pulses such as dal-chawal, Idly-sambhar, Khichdi to increase the quality of plant protein.” says our expert nutritionist Ms. Payal Talesra.
It feels more empowered that you are eating for a healthy body and a healthy planet, and your food choices are making a difference in the world!
I am not perfect and I am not a food scientist, I am just a normal human being trying to make ethical choices in all aspects of my life..food included.
What works for me may not necessarily be good for you. But if you find that sharing my food experiences helps you make healthy eating easier and more enjoyable. I’m happy.
What we eat should not inflict guilt or impose any restrictions, it should be fun and more enjoyable.
Whichever style of eating or diet you select, focus on every step you have made during your journey to healthy eating …every step counts.
Disclaimer: The following article is my interpretation of information I gathered from my nutritionist, internet references and friends working in the same field.
The views and nutritional advice expressed here are not intended to treat or prevent any disease or to replace the advice of your doctor.