Plant-Based Diet – A Beginners Guide

A Plant-Based Diet is essentially a Vegetarian Diet. This means replacing animals meats with plant based food instead.

Around 2-3% of the population follow a Plant-Based Diet and this is increasing all the time.

A good and well planned plant based diet can provide higher amount of certain vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, antioxidants and essential fatty acids when compared to a meat based diet.

People will follow a Plant-Based Diet for different reasons. It may be for health reasons, ethical reasons, cultural reasons or something else.

Below is an example of what you can eat on a Plant-Based Diet.

There are a lot of reports around about Plant-Based Diets being the best way to eat for health and environment. I can always see strengths and weaknesses in all of these arguments and I will always see both sides of the story.

I completely understand that as a growing population, and the way that we have gone about our existence, it cannot go on thew ay it has gone on. The system is just not sustainable. So following a Plant-Based Diet does take the strain off the requirement for meat.

However saying that I personally do still eat meat. If you do decide to start to follow a Plant-Based Diet there are some things you may want to be aware of when it comes to possible deficiencies.

The supplements you may wish to consider are;

  1. Vitamin B-12 – Typically found in animal based products.
  2. Omega 3 – Found in oily fish.
  3. Greens Powder – Great to boost daily fruit and vegetable intake.
  4. Protein Powders – On a PB diet it can difficult to get adequate Protein in your diet so taking a PB Protein Powder can be very beneficial. For example Pea, Hemp and Rice Protein Powders.
  5. Calcium – On a dairy free diet calcium can be hard to find so a calcium supplement or fortified PB milk is recommended.
  6. Vitamin D – Animal based foods contain the most valuable form of Vitamin D, the D3 variety. It is important to either supplement with Vitamin D or increased sun exposure.

Within Active-Rest you will find in-depth courses about modern diet types and Advanced Nutrition. This is designed as just a brief introduction.

I wanted to include a BONUS and offer some examples of Plant-Based Recipes. Below follow the link to get access to 5 delicious Plant-Based Recipes including;

  1. Breakfast
  2. Lunch
  3. Dinner
  4. Snack
  5. Smoothie

I hope you enjoyed finding out about the basics of a Plant-Based Diet and I hope you enjoy the recipes.