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!
Tips To Get Started
Keep canned and frozen vegetables and legumes on hand for when you are time poor.
Get adventurous - try new recipes, cuisines and flavour combinations.
Think about meat-free meals you already cook and expand on them (e.g. pasta with marinara sauce, lentil and vegetable soups or salads).
Change your favourite recipe to be plant based e.g. Make burritos or tacos with black beans, rice and vegetables and skip the meat
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.
Link in with like minded people – whether via meet-up groups or a Facebook page, you’ll widen your world of plant based products, cooking tips/ 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 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!