Letting Nature Nourish You: 5 benefits of a plant-based diet
Gut Health Series: Part 4
The food industry has worked hard to make processed foods super alluring, which is why about 62% of the average American diet is packaged and full of preservatives. But it turns out creation has an even more convincing advertisement scheme. I’ll never promote specific diets on my blog, because I believe that there isn’t a one-size-fits-all guide to nutrition. However, I am definitely an advocate of being educated around the basics of nourishment and being able to make educated decisions around what’s best for your unique body and lifestyle. When it comes to digestive health, food from the earth takes the gold medal every time.
What is a “plant-based diet”?
A plant-based diet doesn’t mean eating raw salad 5 times a day….actually, please spare yourself of that. Think of it as “food that grows.” That means a giant bowl of fresh berries, roasted sweet potato fries with warm coconut oil, hot oatmeal smothered in cashew butter and almond milk…. those all fit the mold!
How does eating plants benefit your gut health?
Eating food that grows from the earth —> a strong gut —> full health in your body and mind = the ability to live the life you desire
1. Food that grows nourishes your body in a way that nothing else can and ultimately allows you to experience more life. Plants contain vitamins and minerals that allow for every system in your body to function. This means your ability to think, to watch a beautiful sunset, to walk up the stairs with your groceries, to experience your heart beating faster when you’re watching a romance or a thriller movie….all of it is made possible by nourishing your body with food from the earth.
2. Plant fiber acts like a squeegee for your intestines. Without proper motility, your body can become toxic, leading to discomfort and illness. The fiber provided by plants moves food through your system and clean the lining of your GI tract to keep your body functioning optimally and allow for detox rather than re-tox, which can happen when toxins stay in the intestines and get re-absorbed back into the system before exiting.
3. Plants contain amino acids. Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins which allow your body to thrive. They’re critical to your metabolic process and allowing nutrients to reach every cell in your body.
4. Plants allow your body to regulate its mass so that you can experience optimal energy and do that things that you love.
5. Plants (especially leafy greens) contain antioxidants that can’t be found in any other food source. When you consume these antioxidants, your body becomes a nutrient rich host, which is ultimately an environment where disease and infection don’t like to hang out.
Do you have to give up all of your favorite foods?
No way. Transitioning to a plant-based lifestyle doesn’t mean you have to give up other things you enjoy, it just means you eat more of what grow from the earth, and less of what doesn't. Food shouldn’t be about all or nothing, but about increasing what benefits you and decreasing what doesn’t. As you eat more of what nourishes your body, you’ll start to gradually crowd out other foods that aren’t serving you, your taste buds will shift, and you’ll start to actually crave more of what the earth has to offer and less of what gets stacked in the aisles of the grocery store.
What’s the bottom line?
The ability to eat food that grows from the earth is a GIFT. Media has led us to believe there’s better and more alluring, quicker, tastier options, but the message is ultimately a stack of cards. Choosing to eat more in rhythm with nature doesn't mean being deprived, in fact it can satisfy your taste even moreso once you find what you love, and it will satisfy your body in a way that will ultimately lead to a fuller life. Choosing food that grows over food that withstands a 10 year shelf life is a gift that will cause ripple affects through your whole life, giving you more vitality, clarity, drive, more ability to do the things you love, and more margin to really enjoy the things you crave, knowing that the plants have make your digestive system strong enough to process out whatever it doesn’t need.
So are you ready to trade out packaged and processed foods for more nourishing subsitutes? Here are a few recipes to get you started in adding more nutrient rich alternatives to your day!
Are you ready to overhaul your pantry and fridge but just don’t know quite where to start? Book a 60 Minute Focussed Personal Session with me and we’ll get you set up for success with foods that you ENJOY, work for your lifestyle, and benefit your body!