Take an Inventory of Your Current Eating Style
Just take a few minutes and jot down what you eat during a typical day. Then sit back and evaluate how you’re doing. Look at how many minimally processed whole plant foods you’re getting in every day, such as whole grains, vegetables, fruits, beans, lentils, nuts, and seeds in their natural form. Your goal should be that at least three-fourths of your plate is packed with these plant foods, leaving one-fourth or less dedicated to animal foods if you’re an omnivore. If you’re like most people, you’ll probably find that your portions of whole plant foods are too few and far between.
Now consider what your health goals are this year. Maybe your blood cholesterol levels are up, your blood pressure is borderline, or perhaps you’d like to lose 10 pounds. Or maybe you just want to feel better about how the foods you purchase and eat every day impact the planet. A whole foods, plant-based diet can help you with all of these concerns. Establish some clear, reasonable health and personal goals for yourself today. Tomorrow you’ll be asked to take action on them.
Whatever your goal, here’s some motivation to get you started.
Did you know that?
- Plant-based eaters live longer.
- Plant-powered eaters weigh less. Vegans weigh on average 30 pounds less than meat eaters of similar height.
- Vegetarians have lower cancer and heart disease rates.
- Animal agriculture is responsible for 18% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions.
- Americans eat three times the global rate of meat
Reading: Follow along with The Plant-Powered Diet, pages 1 – 42.
While you’re pondering your health goals, here’s a delicious, simple recipe to get you started!
You Can Win a Prize!
We will be watching your comments on the blog and social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) during the challenge, so be sure to let us know how you are doing. We are going to select one winner at the end of the challenge on January 21, 2018 based on participation and comments on the blog and social media.
- Prize: An Organic Plant-Powered Farmers Market Bag filled with Plant-Powered Goodies! (Value $75)
Read the full rules here.
Main image: Herbed Lentil Patties with Mushroom Sauce, Sharon Palmer, RDN