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My guess is that your doctor has asked you time and time again what kind of diet you follow. He or she wants to know if you are choosing healthy options and I can guarantee they'll for sure give you the recommendation to eat more fruits and vegetables. I imagine we could all assume this is safe advice.
When you eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables it may reduce risk for heart disease, protect against certain types of cancers, reduce the risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes, lower blood pressure, reduce the risk of developing kidney stones, and help to decrease bone loss. These aren't my words; these come directly from the USDA's choosemyplate.gov website. Harvard's School of Public Health lists these same facts as does the National Institute of Health along with a cornucopia of prominent nutritionists and dietitians. If you're curious why I would feel the need to repeat this very obvious advice I don't blame you. Here's the thing though, people aren't following this advice.
PLANT STRONG isn't just my catchy motto; I, like many of you, ate the Standard American Diet (SAD) growing up and I loaded my plate up at each meal with some variation of bread and cheese. Bagels and cream cheese, pizza, cereal with milk, grilled cheese- you name it, these were everyday staples of my diet. In my 20's I started eating salads and was introduced to new vegetables every so often. My doctors never told me told eat healthier or ever asked too many details about the foods I ate, but I know had they, I wouldn't have known what to do with the information.
Being told to eat healthy isn't as easy as it sounds for everyone. Eating a variety of fruits, vegetables and whole grains doesn't have to be difficult though either. PLANT STRONG is about supporting a healthy body, and one that prevents illness and reduces recovery time after long and difficult exercise and training. You don't just have to take my advice though. I love to share other resources as well and one of my favorites is Onegreenplanet where they share a really helpful article about how being vegan makes you a better athlete. When you give your body the nutrition it needs in it's whole and natural form, you will be able to turn on your beast-mode and accept any challenge that comes your way. Turn to this recommendation and let me challenge you to reach new goals.
Not ready to go completely vegan? That's okay. PLANT STRONG is about learning how to make leafy greens and veggies the main part of your daily diet, in each and every meal. If you feel like you need to eat meat for now, go for it, but challenge yourself to eat it as a condiment rather than the main dish. If you're ready to give up animal products, awesome. There are so many resources waiting for you to find them and I'm happy to help you find your way if you need some accountability. Schedule your Breakthrough Session with me today if your ready to get started on your PLANT STRONG journey.
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