Eat your vegetables
If you’re transitioning to a more plant-based diet, you’ll be happy to know that new studies confirm that the vegetarian diet—typically high in fiber and low in fat—is beneficial to many aspects of your health. And if you’ve been a vegetarian for years, these findings will give you good cause to pat yourself on the back.
Here, highlights from new research explain just why the veg diet is good for you:
Reason #1: You Need a Change
Seriously, you wouldn’t be here if there wasn’t something that bothered you about your diet, or that you don’t look/feel as good as you used to (or want to). Guaranteed, a plant-based diet can help you with that.
Reason #2: Save Money
Meat is expensive! Replace that with salad, beans, and other healthy food that costs a fraction of the amount and pocket the difference.
Reason #3: Live Longer
If you’re starting to feel your morality, then it’s time to make a change that will help you live longer (and healthier). Studies have shown that plant-based people live 4-7 years longer than others, particularly if their lifestyle includes a limited intake of alcohol and tobacco products.
Reason #4: Increased Energy
Feeling lethargic? This probably has a fair amount to do with your diet. Ditching meat means finding replacements that offer more nutrients and a more even delivery of energy throughout the day.
Reason #5: It’s Delicious!
Gone are the days of mushy tofu and boring beans – there is a stunning variety of plant-based recipes and many meat eaters don’t even miss the meat.
Reason #6: Clear Skin
Tired of rough skin, acne, oil, or just don’t have the skin of your youth anymore? A plant-based diet high in essential fatty acids and skin clearing vitamins like C and A can help your inner beauty shine through.
Reason #7: More Heart Health
Well, all know that most meat isn’t great for our bodies; high in saturated fat and other artery-clogging nutrients, we can get complete nutrition without meat while helping our bodies find the road to better health.
Reason #8: Kick Obesity to the Curb
Now, choosing a plant-based diet certainly helps curb extra fat in the diet, but what most don’t realize is that it helps food cravings too. With more even nutrient delivery, you’ll find it easier to stay full without reaching for unhealthy snacks.
Reason #9: Help Animals
Animals that are raised for human consumption do not have great lives. Even if they are raised organically and free range, they have short lives with not much freedom. Choosing a plant-based diet means turning your back on animal cruelty – period.
Reason #10: Curb Carbon
The size of carbon footprint created by a meat eater is impressive – 3.3 tons per year, per person. Over half of that amount is due to meat (mostly red meat, but chicken and fish as well). Cutting out animal products including dairy can cut your footprint to less than half that amount, as well as freeing up valuable resources to grow food crops, rather than feeding stock.