During this pandemic time, we have been hearing a lot about vegetarian food and its benefit on improving our immunity. Dieting based on the seasonal foods and also local and natural food sources have been always in demand. However, with the influence of western diet culture and over indulgence in fast foods, we have moved away from the soul-filling diet. Mindfulness in eating emphasise on knowing the origin of each food items we eat and also to ensure they are sourced locally within a close proximity to our living. Keeping a lower carbon foot print also ensure that there is very low environmental impact with a vegetarian diet. When compared to non-vegetarian diet forms, a plant-based diet is more sustainable and have less impact on the environment. They use fewer natural resources such as water for the production and have lower impact on the environment. In addition to consuming abundant water resources, livestock farming also contributes to water pollution and damages the ecosystem.
Meat based dieting also impact the environment due to the increased emission of greenhouse gases. This is considerably reduced when there is a shift towards plant-based or flexitarian diet forms. These dietary forms have been proven to be great for improving your skin, nourish all the vital organs, improved cognitive functions, memory and concentration.
The most important benefit of a plant-based diet is the abundance of most of the micronutrients including vitamins, minerals and various kinds of phytonutrients and anti-oxidants it provides. Vegetarian diets help in lowering cholesterol and unhealthy fats. It contains very high amounts of dietary fibre when compared to meat-based diet and are rich in potassium, zinc, magnesium, folates, vitamin A, C, E and K and other vital anti-oxidants and phytochemicals. A plant-based diet has been known for its efficacy of treating and preventing many different types of cancers and also for reversing cardiovascular issues, diabetes, stroke and many other chronic lifestyle diseases.
A plant-based meal plan requires one to change your eating habits slightly especially if you were consuming animal-based food as prime source of proteins. This needs a conscious effort and it takes time to put together a balanced meal that provides you with adequate macros and micros. Another factor to keep in mind is the consumption of grains and lentils as part of this meal plan. We should consider portioning the grains as excess of grain intake can lead to many inflammatory conditions leading to heart problems, diabetes, insulin resistance, fatty liver, high cholesterol etc. when you are on a plant-based food plan, it is also important to consider intake of some essential nutrients which we may not get from a plant based diet such as vitamin B12, Omega 3 etc.