Diet has a tremendous impact on our overall health; that’s why Almased has taken a nutrition-first approach for the last 30 years. However, most of us living in the West make refined, processed, and low-fiber foods the foundation of our diet, a combination that supports a number of metabolic diseases, such as diabetes and obesity.
Curbing the Western diet and opting to give a whole-food plant-based lifestyle a try stands to improve our metabolism, gut health, immune system, blood sugar, and the environment.
For starters, what makes a whole-food plant-based diet?
The food industry has made eating so complicated that this idea of a whole-food plant-based diet may sound intimidating, but it’s quite simple. We recommend consuming whole grains, vegetables, (low sugar) fruits, legumes, beans, and small quantities of nuts and seeds.
To get the most nutrition for your buck, buy locally-grown and organic when possible.
There are immediate benefits
Going green with your diet will show immediate results. You’ll notice initial weight loss and improved energy levels. This change happens because a whole-food plant-based diet introduces more fiber to your body, which allows for slow digestion as fiber passes through the digestive system. A high-fiber diet also aids with hunger control and stabilizes blood sugar, an added benefit for people with diabetes.
Begin your journey with a whole-food plant-based diet slow: Start by eliminating red meat and processed foods from your diet. Instead, add beans and legumes. If cutting out animal protein feels too drastic for you, head over to our recipes page and try out the fish (lean protein) options. Eggs are also a great protein source and may help ease the transition.
If you have concerns about not getting enough nutrients as you transition to a whole-food plant-based diet, speak to your doctor and make an Almased shake one of your three meals. Our unique multi-protein formula is created from different sources to fit the amino acid profile the human body needs for optimal function. Almased is also packed with vitamins and minerals.