Weight gain, depression, and stress are some of the occupational hazards of the corporate environment.
The key to navigating around these hurdles is to be aware of what you eat, so that you can choose wisely what you feed yourself. This principle is known as mindful eating.
Choosing wisely, means choosing plant-based foods. Here’s the reason why.
During the early 90s the average American consumed about 1850 calories per day. Today, the number of calories consumed has increased to 2150 calories per day. This increase in calorie consumption is enough to add an extra pound of weight every 11 days! Fortunately, researchers have identified the main culprits:
- Increase in portion size per meal
- Calories consumed from unhealthy sources
The good news is, these problems are easy to fix, and this article has all the information you will need to make a strong start.
Amazing Advantage of Plant-Based Food That You Can’t Miss
A study conducted on 71,768 women aged between 38 to 63 years reveals that a dietary pattern consisting of higher intake of red and processed meat, along with refined grains, sweets, and desserts could increase the stroke risk.
On the other hand, diets rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains protect against the risk of stroke.
Moreover, plant-based foods negate the impact of large portion sizes; and the example below illustrates how.
A Big Mac has 563 calories, which is equal to three and half pounds of broccoli.
Therefore, if your meal consists of mainly plant-based food, you can actually increase your portion size and generally not over-consume too many calories.
Build A Plant Based Menu with This Simple Tip
Before building a menu, you must have a clear picture of everything you eat over a one-week period. Begin with a food diary where you either write down or photograph everything you eat. Do this for one week; and at the end of it you will literally have a “clear picture.”After reviewing the diary, you’ll see what needs to be eliminated. Once you decide to eliminate certain foods, the next step is to replace these foods with something plant based. Remember, replacing what you remove is essential; otherwise, the undesirables will find their way back into your diet.
Three Easy to Cook Plant-Based Recipes
Contrary to what many think, maintaining a plant-based diet isn’t difficult, dull, or tasteless. Here are three recipes that prove that eating vegetarian food can be just as pleasing to your palate.
Cauliflower Fried Rice
This recipe, from Living Sweet Moments, is a delicious way to replace Chinese takeout food. It’s also an excellent replacement for rice. All you need is one large head of cauliflower, half a cup of corn, a clove of garlic, half a cup of frozen peas and carrots, half a piece of shallots, some soy sauce, and sesame oil.
Vegan Tofu Meatballs
Despite the name, this delicious recipe, will help you during those dark times when you crave for some meat. To better prepare for the week, you can cook a batch of them, put them in the fridge, and then munch on when you feel hungry.
Customized Nourishment Bowl
This recipe is unlike any other because this recipe can actually help to create other recipes. Using a simple color coded chart, you can put together a healthy bowl of food that gives plenty of nutrition.
Execution is the Key
Reducing your risk of disease and weight gain can be assisted by adopting a plant-based diet, which is healthier than the average diet that families tend to follow. You can start small by incorporating 1-2 plant-based meals per week. Thereafter, you can progress to swapping more of the meat-filled meals with healthier plant-based recipes, such as the ones shown here. They are not only better for our bodies, but also better for the future of our environment.
Have you swapped for plant-based meals yet? Tell us your favorite recipes!