For Your Health:
Lower cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar
Prevention and management of heart disease
Prevention, management and regression of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus
Decreased risk of developing certain cancers
Improved symptoms of certain auto-immune conditions like Rheumatoid Arthritis
Lower food costs
Improved recovery after exercise
For The Environment:
Adoption of a plant-based diet could significantly reduce our contribution to climate change. What we choose to put on our plate can make a BIG difference!
Currently, the global food system accounts for one third of all greenhouse gas emissions and the GHGs from animal-based foods are twice those of plant-based foods, accounting for nearly 60% of all food-related emissions.
A typical reef and beef dinner would burden the atmosphere with approximately 816 kg of CO2e - thats the equivalent of driving a fuel efficient car across America, from LA to New York!
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Tips To Get Started
Keep canned and frozen vegetables and legumes on hand for when you are time poor.
Change your favourite recipe to be plant based. For example:
Make burritos or tacos with black beans, rice and vegetables and skip the meat
Replace meat patties with grain and legume patties or a grilled Portobello mushroom next time you make burgers
Get adventurous - try new recipes, cuisines and flavour combinations.
Remember it’s about progress, not perfection. If making a big change overnight seems too daunting start slowly and build on it - You could simply start with Meatless Monday, or just incorporate more legumes into meals and increase the amount of vegetables you eat.
Think about the meat free meals you already cook at home and expand on them– this may include pasta with marinara sauce, lentil and vegetable soups or salads.
Link in with like minded people – whether your support comes from the person next door or through a facebook page you’ll widen your world of plant based products, cooking tips and techniques and recipes.
But what about protein?
Let's put this one to bed right now - plants have protein too, and you actually don't need a huge amount! Be sure to include lots of legumes, whole grains, nuts and seeds.
But what about iron?
The type of iron found in plants is different to the kind thats found in animals. Good sources of plant based iron include legumes, spinach, pumpkin seeds and leafy greens. Be sure to consume with vitamin C to help absorption!
But what about Calcium?
Be sure to include lots of asian greens, broccoli, low oxalate leafy greens, almonds, sesame seeds and calcium fortified plant based milks
But what about vitamin b12?
Vitamin B12 is hard to come by on a plant based diet. The best sources are fortified foods like nutritional yeast - or take a supplement!