Are You Ready to Go Plant-Based in 2018? | Work It Training

Plant-based Meal

After years of being personally interested in plant-based nutrition, I have officially completed my certification through the T. Collin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies in cooperation with eCornell University. This will allow me to offer a more holistic approach to health and fitness by integrating more lifestyle and nutrition guidance for my clients. These two aspects, in addition to physical exercise, are crucial for overall health goals to be met.

So, why have I decided to focus on plant-based nutrition? Personally, I have a number of reasons, but for my practice, the health benefits can be substantial. There is a growing body of research which suggests that choosing a mostly plant-based diet can have a profound impact on a person’s health. Research shows that eating more plant-based meals can help to reduce your risk for cardiovascular disease and diabetes, reduced your risk for some cancers, and lower your cholesterol. Choosing a plant-based diet could also help improve your mood and energy, help you lose weight, and help you maintain a healthy weight.

Increasingly, nutritionists and health organizations around the globe are acknowledging the health benefits that can come from greatly reducing and even eliminating animal products from our diets. The food pyramid and plate recommendations for many countries are also shifting to recognize the fact that healthy, plant-based foods should make up most of a person’s diet. Canada’s new plate recommendation even accounts for a fully plant-based diet. Belgium recently changed their pyramid to focus mostly on plants and even placed many meats in a “consume rarely or never” category. If you are interested in seeing what governing organizations of other countries recommend those can be found here on the Food and Agriculture Association of the United Nations.

However, you must choose the right type of foods to include in your diet to receive many of the potential benefits. French fries fried in vegetable oil and ketchup made from tomato paste and high fructose corn syrup are all plant-based food items but they are far from being considered healthy. Choosing a variety of whole, minimally processed vegetables, grains, legumes, and fruits is essential to benefiting the most from what a healthy plant-based diet has to offer. If someone isn’t familiar with how to prepare these foods this shift can seem overwhelming but it doesn’t have to be. It can actually be quite easy. Many resources are available online to help those who feel lost in knowing where to start.

If you would like to know more about a plant-based diet, drop me an email. If you are really serious and ready to make a positive health shift consider setting up a consultation and kickstart your new plant-based diet lifestyle in 2018!

-by Kyle Golden, Founder and Certified Personal Trainer

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