What’s a physical fitness regime without the benefits of nourishing your inner self? Plant-based eating is
a vibrant alternative to the carnivorous and food processing eating lifestyle. As plant-based eating
emerges into mainstream consciousness, it is often interchanged with “veganism” or “vegetarian,”
however plant-based eating has its own subcategories, the table below details the various types of
plant-based eating lifestyles.
What is Plant-Based Eating?
A plant-based eating lifestyle focuses on filling up your plate with plant foods.
Below are some examples of plant foods:
● Fruit (with seeds are recommended for full nutrients)
● Legumes (like lentils and chickpeas)
● Whole grains
Feeding your body food that has less processing and can be found in nature provides nourishment for the
This way of eating does not encourage restriction. People who eat a mainly plant-based eating lifestyle
may still choose to eat small amounts of meat, poultry, fish, seafood and dairy (also known as
semi-vegetarian, flexitarian or pescatarian). The beauty of this is that there is no ‘one-size fits all’
If you’d like to challenge yourself for healthier eating, for 2 days,try not to eat the following:
❖ No Animal Products
❖ No GMO’s (Genetically Modified Organisms)
❖ No Soy
❖ No Gluten
❖ No Gums
❖ No Artificial Flavors
❖ No Artificial Colors
❖ No Artificial Sweeteners
❖ No Lactose
❖ No Dairy
What are the benefits of a plant-based eating lifestyle?
Utilizing an eating lifestyle that shifts the focus on consuming whole, minimally processed plant foods
lowers your risk of heart disease, obesity and benefits your overall health.
Vegetables, fruit, legumes, whole grains, nuts and seeds are low in saturated fat, contain heart-healthy fats
and are low in saturated fat, contain heart-healthy fats and are an excellent source of fiber. They give our
bodies vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytochemicals, which offer protection against diseases.
As we researched dietary patterns, the results clearly show that vegan and vegetarian eating lifestyles
associate with lower risks of heart diseases. People that consume primarily vegan or vegetarian based
eating lifestyles generally have lower blood pressure and low density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol than
A key note to remember when looking at the evidence is that vegans and vegetarians tend to lead a
healthier life overall, which explains some, but not all, of the lower risk seen. For example, people who
follow a vegetarian eating lifestyle may be more physically active and drink less alcohol.