National Nutrition Month: Plant-Based Diet

March is National Nutrition Month so let’s talk about your diet. When you hear the word diet do you think of a restricting, short-term diet that focuses on weight loss?
 

Unfortunately, that is usually what comes to mind.  
 

When we use the word diet we are referring to a person’s overall consumption of food and drinks and we want to focus more on a long-term, healthy diet. 
According to an article in the Permanente Journal,  healthy eating may be best achieved with a plant-based diet, which is defined as a regimen that encourages whole, plant-based foods and discourages meats, dairy products, and eggs as well as all refined and processed foods.1 The article goes on to describe that research shows that plant-based diets are generally cheaper and may lower body mass index, blood pressure, HbA1C, and cholesterol levels. 
 

This month we will be providing tips on the benefits of a plant-based diet and ideas of how you can add more plant-based items to your diet. 
 

Information Sourced from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3662288/