March 5, 2019
Grace Chao, M.S., RDN, LDN, Clinical Dietitian at Northwest Community Healthcare
Interested in improving your health, boosting energy levels or helping the environment? Consider eating plant-based foods.
There are many benefits to consuming a diet composed primarily of plant foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grain, nuts, seeds and legumes. These foods are low in less-desirable ingredients such as saturated fats, and high in health-promoting, disease-fighting phytochemicals and fiber. Plant-based diets have been associated with lowering the risk of most chronic diseases including obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease and diabetes.
There are varying degrees of plant-based diets, ranging from decreasing the consumption of animal products to completely eliminating them. In order to enjoy the health benefits of a plant-based diet, it’s not necessary to make sudden, drastic changes. Begin by making one change at a time.
Below are eight ways you can start a plant-based diet. This week, try taking one of the following steps:
Need more help? NCH has registered dietitian nutritionists who can teach you how to make better choices when shopping, preparing or ordering food. Learn more about the NCH Nutrition Clinic and call 847-618-3700 to schedule an appointment today.