Eating more plants (aka fruits, veggies, nuts, legumes, whole grains), even if it’s just cutting out meat and processed foods a couple time a week, can feel really daunting.
For some people, it’s just downright scary!
You might want to check out these 10 scary things that can happen when you start eating more plants. Number eight might be the craziest!
1.Veggies will start to sound delicious.
Veggies won’t just be the side dish anymore, you’ll want them as the main meal! But that’s a good thing because veggies are full of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients your body needs to stay healthy.
You’ll be a pro at coming up with flavorful recipes that are bursting with color, each Instagram worthy.
2. You’ll lose your interest in sugary drinks and treats.
When you cut soda, candy, and other processed junk from your diet you start to feel better. Your energy will increase, you’ll “crash” less.
You’ll feel so good that the thought of downing a soda like you used to doesn’t even sound appealing. Forget the soda, a smoothie sounds way better!
3. Your favorite pants won’t fit anymore.
Since eating more plants and less processed stuff means fewer calories overall, you’ll probably find your pants fitting better. That evening bloat you used to deal with has been way better! This is because plants aid in digestion and can help balance gut bacteria, both lessening bloat.
Looks like you better get rid of those baggy clothes and go buy some new ones. #ShoppingSpree… a tough day I know.
4. Your family will eat better.
Your good example is starting to rub off on your family, and you can’t help but be proud of them. (And yourself!)
Your kids will start asking for more veggies and might even stop begging for that candy bar in the grocery checkout.
Shockingly, even your picky spouse even likes your veggie filled meals and is ok with eating less meat.
5. You’ll pay attention to food labels more.
You used to ignore food labels because they didn’t matter to you. Now that you’ve been eating more plant-based, you read everything and check for funky chemicals or ingredients you’d rather avoid.
6. You’ll be more regular.
Say goodbye to constipation and irregularity. Eating more plants will give you a boost in fiber your digestive system has been needing. Trips to the bathroom will be quick, painless, and, well, relieving!
7. You’ll save money.
You’ll think twice before you throw down $10 bucks on fast food meal that’s colorless and leaves you hungry an hour later.
Eating more plants, especially those in season, will help fill you up, is more satisfying, and cheaper than most quick meals.
8. You can eat more.
No, seriously. Plants are mostly water and fiber and low calorie. This allows you to eat way more of them and not gain weight. Like I said before, you’ll probably lose weight.
Plants are super filling so you won’t be as hungry either. Since hunger is a huge barrier to weight loss, plants are definitely a good thing to eat more of!
9. Your skin will clear up.
This one’s pretty scary, but weirdly enough your skin will look better and have a really nice glow to it. Must be all those vitamins you’re getting from the plants that help clear up acne and balance hormones.
Since what you eat can make or break your skin’s health, choose vibrant veggies and foods high in healthy fats.
10. You’ll be helping the environment.
“You’re making this one up, Lisa.”
No, I’m really not! There’s loads of evidence to back me up too.
Crops require a lot less land than cattle or other animal sources of protein. In fact, 30% of the earth’s land mass is used for raising animals for food.
If you think about it, that’s 30% of land used for feed and grazing, as well as living space for the animals themselves. That’s a lot of land that could be used to grow crops to feed more people!
Livestock and other animal food sources also produce a lot of waste. This yucky animal waste contains ammonia and other substances that have a negative impact on the soil and the air.
Livestock is one of the top five contributors to higher methane levels and greenhouse emissions our planet has to deal with.
A Not So Scary Ending
Ok, so none of the things I mentioned are scary at all. They are all really positive, really awesome things that can happen when you include more plants in your diet!
In fact, the really scary stuff happens when we don’t eat enough of these wholesome foods, but I’ll spare you for now!
Hopefully taking those baby steps towards healthier eating isn’t so daunting anymore. It will only help ourselves, our families, and the environment!
Hope you all have a very fun Halloween!