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How to embrace plant-based meals

Are you contemplating a transition to a (more) plant-based diet? Or perhaps you have already started this journey? Great! After all, a plant-based lifestyle is bursting with vitamins from vegetables, fruit, nuts, grains and seeds. But what exactly does it entail? What are the benefits? And how is it different from a vegan lifestyle? You can find all the answers… below!

Plant-based lifestyle

As the name suggests, a plant-based lifestyle revolves around plant-based food. The concept here is to reduce animal-based ingredients in your diet. With this lifestyle, the aim is to choose natural and minimally processed plant-based foods more frequently. Did you know that exotic fruits and vegetables can take centre stage on your plate? Adopting a plant-based diet need not be challenging at all!

Plant-based vs. veganism

These terms often cause confusion. Do they mean the same thing or is there a difference? The latter is true, plant-based is not the same as veganism. In short, a vegan lifestyle is plant-based, but a plant-based lifestyle isn’t necessarily vegan. How so? In a plant-based lifestyle, meals consist mainly of (exotic) fruits and vegetables, legumes, tubers and grains. Consequently, animal products may still be used, although they are limited. This is different with veganism, where all animal products are excluded.

Advantages for you

The transition to a more plant-based diet might pose challenges, given that meat and fish offer vital nutrients for us. The good news is that plant-based options available today are endless. As a result, you can effortlessly meet all your nutritional needs. Research has shown that following a plant-based diet has positive effects on your health. According to the Nutrition Centre, for instance, you reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Beneficial for the planet

Embracing a plant-based lifestyle doesn’t just benefit your body; it also has positive implications for the environment. For instance, it reduces water consumption and deforestation, alongside curbing greenhouse gas emissions. This is positive, as these emissions are a major contributor to climate change. So, all in all, consuming plant-based foods contributes to a healthier living environment overall.

The difference

By eating plant-based food more often, you’re making a meaningful impact on yourself and the planet! You might consider this transition a significant step, and we understand that. However, every small step counts! And don’t forget, Discovered is here to help you. With our endless plant-based inspiration, tips and tricks, adopting a plant-based lifestyle will be a piece of cake! What are you waiting for?

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