Making the Switch to Plants: Plant-Based Products Can Ease the Transition
If you’ve considered making the switch to a plant-based diet, you’re not alone. Endless studies suggest that the foods we consume have more of an impact on our health than we ever thought possible.
But what’s alarming is that there is a growing epidemic of overweight kids with health issues such as, high blood pressure, heart problems and a variety of other health issues that used to show up only in adults, and it’s got many of us paying attention.
The good news is that last year, according to a Nielsen Homescan survey, about 39% of us made a switch to plant-based foods and with growing popularity of the health benefits, we should see that number grow even more.
For anyone that hasn’t been sold on switching to plants, most of them insist it’s because the options are too limited. They want their food to be flavorful and they aren’t willing to give up taste, even for a promise of better health.
But things are changing. More and more companies are paying attention and offering delicious plant-based options that are a big improvement over the old staples of tofu and brown rice.
The interesting thing is that in a recent study by NPD Group, out of more than forty million consumers who enjoy plant-based alternatives, 86% of them don’t even consider themselves vegetarian or vegan, which shows us that the public is changing their perception and adopting a new mindset on what being plant-based means.
The Health Benefits
If you’re thinking of making a change in your diet and adopting a plant-based lifestyle, you won’t have to do it alone. There is information to help and it’s easily available on the internet, in your favorite bookstore, and your nutritionally informed physician.
One of the most talked about reasons for switching to plants is the health benefits that come with it. The main benefits are:
► Naturally lower blood pressure
► Eliminate digestive issues
► More energy
► Keep blood sugar levels low
► Weight loss
► Lower cholesterol
► Gain health
► Lower risks of illness
► An overall feeling of wellness
Making the change to a plant-based diet will take some commitment and work especially in the beginning. You’ll have to learn a new way to eat and cook, but it doesn’t have to be difficult with the many options available.
The transition will allow you to reap all the benefits, but the biggest one is a future of good health that will allow you to live fully as you get older. To get started, ease into it at your own pace and focus on getting the nutrients your body needs to thrive. It won’t be long before you’re looking and feeling your very best. As with any new health choice, please be sure to check with a qualified nutritionally informed physician prior to beginning any new health regimen.
Health & Wellness Writer Bio
Maria Pease is a freelance health & wellness content writer based in Southport, North Carolina. She has written about health & wellness for more than twenty-five years and has partnered with a variety of companies doing the most amazing work. She loves being able to write about health topics that can change lives for the better.