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Revolutionizing your health is more than eating vegan or following a whole foods plant-based diet. It is a lifestyle change. One that you must make it you want to be successful in revolutionizing your health. A key factor is discovering your “why”, why do you want to change, at times it may not be easy to stay focused. I talk from experience as I have been a plan-based vegan for over 12 years now and must admit that at times I have fallen off the wagon so to speak. However, it is like everything in life you must get up and get moving again. You can be successful if you make the commitment.
The State of Our Health in the United States
Smoking used to be the number one cause of death in the United States but has now been bumped down to number 2. Know what has replaced it? It is our diet – namely food-related diseases like obesity, diabetes, and conditions related to it like high blood pressure. The Global Burden of Disease Study, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation—indicates the number one cause of death in the United States is the way we eat. Smoking kills a half million Americans every year, but hundreds of thousands more die from food-related conditions. NutritionFacts.org.
It is odd to think that one of the richest nations in the world could have starving people in it. But it is true. People in this country are malnourished because the food we eat has little to no nutritional value to it. Our food is laden with chemicals, preservatives, fat, cholesterol, and calories. The standard American diet has always been meat and potatoes but in today’s society that has changed to mean burgers and fries. Fast food meals have replaced many of the home-cooked meals we used to enjoy. If this is true, you may come to the realization that you need to revolutionize your health, diet and lifestyle.
The Problem - Our lifestyle including the way and what we eat!
How do you feel? Overweight, tired, and feel rundown by noon? As a nation, we should be tired of being sick and tired. We function on less sleep than we used to, eat more takeout food, and take more prescription medications than most other countries. If you are eating the Standard American Diet, which is linked to poor Nutrition and health, this could be the reason for how you are feeling.
Does the food we eat really determine how healthy we are? Yes, it really does. When you eat healthy food with all the nutrients, antioxidants, and amino acids the body can function the way it is supposed to and we as people thrive. The point is that we don’t have to accept disease and death as a prognosis for our lives. We have tremendous power over our health destiny and longevity. Many of these conditions are preventable and manageable through diet. Diabetes, heart disease, cancer, hypertension, kidney failure, obesity, and high cholesterol are all diet-related diseases, which means they can be prevented through proper nutrition and a plant-based whole food diet and a healthy lifestyle.
The Solution - Revolutionize your health with good dietary choices
You can consume a healthy plant-based diet inexpensively, or you can spend an astronomical amount of money depending on which path you choose. No matter which route you chose you might consider a plant-based whole food diet. Also see Plant-Based Primer: The Beginner’s Guide to a Plant-Based Diet, by the folks over at Forks over Knives. These resources will help you begin your journey and guide you in the steps to transition to plant based diet for a healthy life.
To be successful in any endeavor or undertaking you must "Find your why" why do I want to do this! To find your why is one of the most important things we do when we set goals to make changes in our lives. It is important to have a very clear understanding of why do I want to do this.
Looking at the plant-based options available may be the best starting point. You may want to start out cutting meat or diary out several time a week. Go into it slowly seems to be the best approach for most individuals. It is important to note eating a plant-based vegan diet is not just a new fad. It is a proven way to for you to become healthier, while also helping improve the environment. There are several different types of plant-based diets, which one you choose will depend on your reasons for pursuing a plant-based diet and your budget.
Does the food we eat directly impact our health? You bet it does! Feeding your body foods with the highest nutritional value is one of the best things you can do for your health. In fact, diet is responsible for some of these problems and one of the easiest things to change, but is often overlooked. Here are some reasons why a plant-based whole food diet is better than the Standard American diet we have been eating to improve are health.
For example: Do you want to lose weight? Do you want to feel better? Do you want to improve, stabilize, or even reverse a chronic condition such as heart disease, high cholesterol, diabetes, or high blood pressure?
If you know your "Why" and are ready to change your health and lifestyle, it makes the Transition to a whole food plant based diet much easier.
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