The science is clear. Eating more plant-based foods improves overall health and reduces our risk of suffering from a litany of chronic illnesses.
“There are variations on the theme of optimal diet for human health, but all of them are made up mostly of whole, wholesome plant foods.”
— Dr. David Katz
While going all-in and saying goodbye forever to meat and dairy products may not be your style or convenient for your life, you can start by swapping at least one plant-based meal a day to take steps toward a more nourished body and vibrant, long life.
Food’s Impact on Our Bodies
Food can be medicine or spiral us into chronic poor health.
5 Reasons to Skip Meat and Ditch Dairy:
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5 Reasons to Eat More Plant-Based:
The science community is finding more and more how eating a plant-based diet can reverse chronic illness, help you fit into that pair of neglected jeans and enjoy longevity. Imagine the gift of being able to watch your grandchildren grow up, chasing them around the yard because your heart is healthy, and you’re not bogged down with excess baggage.
Did you know, according to a study by Harvard researchers, swapping just 3% of processed red meat for plant proteins reduces your chances of an early death by 34%?
Read on to learn more about the power plants have for your health.
1Supports Strong Hearts
Compared to a typical diet, eating a vegetarian diet reduces the risk of coronary heart disease by 20-26%.
Eating plant-based helps reduce inflammation in the body, lessening symptoms like joint pain and stiffness of autoimmune diseases.
3Heats Up Your Sex Life
Researchers who put impotent men on a Mediterranean diet (high in plant-based foods) saw that 37% regained normal sexual function after two years.
4Lowers Risk of Diabetes
Eating a vegetarian diet reduces the risk of type II diabetes by 16-41%.
5Helps Maintain a Healthy Weight
According to the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, only 9.4% of vegans are obese.
OMD Spills the Milk on Protein and Dairy.
Milk. It does a body good? Not so much.
Many of us have fond memories of rocking a milk mustache to get a rise out of mom, yet dairy is no laughing matter for our health. Here are some of the negative impacts of dairy consumption on our bodies:
Milk has been shown to put people at higher risk for various cancers — especially cancers of the reproductive system. Most significantly, dairy product consumption has been linked to increased risk for prostate and breast cancers.
A 2005 review published in Pediatrics showed that milk consumption does not improve bone integrity in children.
According to Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, “Approximately 70% of African Americans, 90% of Asian Americans, 53% of Mexican Americans, and 74% of Native Americans are lactose intolerant.
Interested to learn more? Visit the OMD Blog to read up on facts the dairy industry doesn’t want you to know.
What’s the first thing people think about when pondering the switch to eating more plant-based?
“Where will I get my protein?”
We get it. We’ve all been told the pervasive tale that we need ample protein to be healthy and build muscle. While protein is an important part of a healthy diet, rest assured that you’ll still thrive on a plant-based diet. In fact, did you know that 66% of average Americans eats too much protein a day?
The good news is you can still source yummy protein-rich foods on a plant-based diet. Open your mind up to creative possibilities in the kitchen — like swapping lentils or black beans in your favorite chili instead of beef, or by using different nuts and seeds like sunflower, cashews and walnuts to get a healthy dose of protein and healthy fats in creamy sauces or salad toppings.
Interested to try One Meal a Day and need some plant-powered inspiration? Check out our blog on our favorite protein-packed meals.