The whole foods, plant-based diet deserves this special feature on SeniorHealthSuccess.com.
I’m not writing this page to promote a plant-based diet for cultural, ethical, religious and medical reasons.
I am writing it because I strongly believe that a diet based on plant foods helps you, the senior, the baby boomer, and the young-at-heart live a longer, healthier and more satisfying life.
Scores of straight-forward science back me up.
There are several types of plant-based nutrition lifestyles, such as vegetarian, vegan, raw foods, macrobiotic, flexitarian, and others.
All are aimed at increasing your consumption of health-promoting plant foods.
You can reduce your intake of meat, fowl, fish, eggs and dairy products while increasing your consumption of fresh or minimally processed plant foods.
Your focus then is more on the rich abundance of vegetables, fruits, legumes, whole grains, nuts and seeds. Yes, it includes root vegetables and mushrooms.
Some call this a plant-strong diet.
Or you decide to whole-heartedly adopt an all-plant diet - like Vegan Nutrition - to experience the benefits of a tremendous variety of plant foods.
As long as you choose an adequate variety of the right foods in moderate portions, this can be a very healthy, if not the healthiest, way to eat.
Plant foods come with lots of dietary fiber, vitamins, phytonutrients, minerals and antioxidants. The greater the variety the better.
Fiber helps specifically with digestion, elimination of toxins, and contributes to even lower cholesterol levels. You will not find any fiber in animal products.
An increase in the consumption of vegetables and fruits has shown to reduce the rates of chronic illnesses, such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and some cancers.
These plant foods, lower in calories than animal products, but higher in the aforementioned fiber and water, can also assist you with weight management.
Limiting animal-based foods means less intake of saturated fat and cholesterol. Limiting processed foods means less trans fats and excess sugar and salt.
Merely avoiding animal flesh and other animal-based or otherwise processed foods does not make your nutrition much healthier.
I said it before and say it again - what makes the plant-based diet such an incredibly healthy choice is the consumption of a great variety of fresh plant foods - not just the reduction or elimination of animal products and processed foods.
Anyone living on a plant-based diet, but still consuming lots of refined flours and highly processed plant foods loaded with sugars, such as high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), is NOT eating a healthy diet.
Why is a whole foods, plant-based diet contributing so immensely to senior health and fulfilling longevity?
Simply consider the alternative…
The vast majority of Americans eat the so-called Standard American Diet - SAD for short. And sad it is. Why?
The SAD diet consists of more than 26 percent animal foods, 62 percent processed foods, only 5 percent plant food. The rest is made of worthless and toxic “edible food-like substances.” Mainly excess sugar, salt, and fat.
Result? Almost 70 percent of older adults are now overweight or even obese.
This leads to a host of chronic, degenerative illnesses, such as coronary artery disease, stroke, osteoporosis, hypertension, hyperglycemia, diabetes, cancer, and others.
I know, I mentioned some of these before, but I want to drive this SAD fact home - America is now the sickest, most overweight and overmedicated country on earth.
A majority of seniors are taking multiple prescription drugs, yet they are getting sicker and sicker.
All this pill popping comes with additional terrible side effects.
Health care costs are rising at a “sickening” pace. Shouldn’t they really be called sick care costs?
Ready for some good news?
The vast majority of senior health problems are responsive to appropriate lifestyle changes - such as a plant-based diet.
Most chronic conditions affecting seniors can be halted and even reversed.
The science to prove this is undeniable.
You can find more about the senior health benefits on the page titled Anti-Aging Diet.
Lifelong poor eating habits can sometimes seem hard to overcome.
But there are highly successful tools available to those willing to make changes.
A brand-new book was just published by two physicians that I highly respect. It is a guide that can help you transition much more easily to a health-promoting lifestyle.
With or without help, you can rejuvenate and extend your life with a plant-based diet.
With the guidance and support of Health Coaching you can easily achieve senior health success. More than you ever thought possible.
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