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4 Things That Happen to Your Body When Switching to a Plant-Based Diet

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So you’ve heard of plant-based eating, but don’t know what goodness to expect after making the switch?

Give me 5 minutes of your time and read on for 4 effects you can expect when transitioning:


MORE ENERGY-

This is an incredible result that plant-based newbies rave about! Depending on your lifestyle before transitioning, the change in your energy levels can be drastic. Attribute it to more nutrients, quicker digestion, increased complex carb intake, stable blood sugar and/or better sleep.

Relying on fresh, whole foods and juices for lasting energy is much more effective than starting the day with sugar-laden caffeine and relying on processed snacks whenever the cravings strike. The longer you keep up with these healthy habits, the more you will notice you no longer need the energy drinks, coffee drinks and sodas to keep you going.

In short, you can expect to wake up refreshed and have more energy throughout the day. Win!



CLEAR SKIN-

For people who have suffered from acne or dull skin since adolescence, this result can be life-changing. Dairy is a common culprit for breakouts and acne, so removing animal products from your diet can help change your skin ASAP.

Also, your skin is the largest organ of your body which reflects your inner state. If you are loaded with good nutrition, hydration and rest— your skin will glow.

Get those vitamins in and show off that gorgeous, clear, shining skin!



WEIGHT LOSS-

Losing weight can feel like a losing battle at times, doesn’t it? What if I told you that eating more food and making conscious replacements to the foods you love could make weight loss almost… effortless? I know it sounds too good to be true, but weight loss without the deprivation is a beautiful side effect of a plant-based lifestyle.

Why? The foods you will be eating in abundance (i.e. fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, foritfied nut milk etc.) are nutrient dense and calorie poor. This means that you can consume larger quantities of these whole foods and still use more energy in your daily activity which results in weight lost.

Also, by focusing on fresh fruits and vegetables as well as juices and smoothies… you are bulking up on the high water content and feeling fuller, longer. The volume of the foods you eat has an effect on how much you end up taking in at each meal, which is why common advice is to have a salad, soup or glass of water before dinner to eat less calories overall.

Bottom line: don’t obsess over calories and focus on health over appearance. However, if you follow a whole foods, plant-based diet and give your body what it needs it will likely shed the extra pounds without cutting back on portions.


QUICKER DIGESTON-

If bloating, constipation or digestive woes affect you on a daily basis, then you might find some relief with a plant-based diet plan. Unlike the short digestive systems of carnivorous animals (like lions), our tracts are long and winding and perfect for a more herbivorous eating style.

Meat, fish, eggs and dairy can be taxing on your digestive system and spend way too much time breaking down. On the other hand, fresh fruits and vegetables essentially fly through your tract with high water and fiber content which keep you regular and bloat-free.

Most Americans are too focused on whether they are consuming enough protein when the fact is they typically over-consume proteins and fat and are lacking adequate fiber. Eat lots of fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds, whole grains and legumes to have a balanced diet that sweeps your intestines clear of any debris and keeps bathroom trips short, regular and effortless.

Let food be thy medicine, and medicine by thy food.
— Hippocrates

These four points are just the tip of the iceberg lettuce when it comes to how plant-based living can help your body. (Also, that was for the sake of punning please stick to dark leafy greens!)

Beyond these benefits many people experience immediate improvements in health markers, reduced or eliminated need for prescription medications, better sleep, mood and mental health improvement as well as the reduced costs of plant-based groceries and healthcare expenses.

Before beginning this lifestyle, it is best to speak with a holistic doctor, nutritionist, dietician or certified health coach (like myself). If you could use some help making the change send me a message or sign up for my monthly newbies coaching program here!

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