Kate Wilson on Why She Eats a Plant Based Diet

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This week we’re back with another guest post from talented green living writer Kate Wilson. This time round, Kate shares her reasons for adopting a plant based diet. Check it out.

Why Eat a Plant-Based Diet?

You probably know someone who eats a plant-based diet, but maybe you’ve always wondered why.

What could possibly entice someone to stop eating roasted meats and wheels of cheese?

Or maybe you’ve thought about trying it yourself just for curiosity’s sake, but haven’t yet mustered up the effort to make the switch. Either way, this post could be for you.

Check out these benefits of eating a plant-based diet and learn how it could potentially lead you to a healthier way of life.


Let’s start with the facts. The health benefits of a plant-based diet are hard to debate against:

Weight Loss

For many people, this is the holy grail of consuming a plant-based diet. By upping your consumption of nutrient dense foods like fruits, vegetables, legumes and whole grains, your caloric intake will naturally decrease while your micro-nutrient intake will increase.

Now you might not need or want to lose weight (I’m right there with you), but a plant-based diet can also help you build and maintain muscle, keeping your body healthy and in top form. Just ask these plant powered athletes.

Prevention and treatment of diabetes

Diabetes is an increasingly common disease worldwide. Unfortunately instances are predicted to increase, based on recent figures. However, all is not lost. Research has shown that one of the best ways of treating and preventing diabetes is to take up a plant-based diet.

Reduction of cancer risk

If you read the news with any regularity, you’ve probably noticed that there’s always a new study indicting another food or behaviour of causing cancer. It can be hard to keep up.

It’s irrefutable, however, that plants have the minerals, vitamins, antioxidants, and phytochemicals that work to reduce your risk of cancer and extend your life expectancy.

Lowered blood pressure

One in three adults worldwide has elevated blood pressure. One of the easiest ways to reduce your blood pressure is to increase your consumption of plants, naturally increasing your potassium, magnesium, and fiber intake.

Those are excellent benefits, don’t get me wrong, but here’s why I actually eat a plant-based diet:

Low-cost

My plant-based diet experiments began in college right after I gained the dubious responsibility of purchasing my own groceries. What is the quickest way to slash your grocery expenses? Easy – stop buying pre-packaged foods, meat, and other animal products. Plant-based diets can be ridiculously cheap if you’re willing to put in the time preparing food.

Reducing my environmental impact

So many harmful chemicals and other gases are released into the air during the production of meat.  By eating a diet based on plants, you’re helping the environment by reducing your carbon footprint.

You can reduce your environmental impact even further by striving to buy local, or by growing your own fruits and vegetables. Starting a garden is simple, but do be prepared for the time and effort of maintenance if you’re hoping to collect some serious produce come harvest time.

Feeling better

After keeping up with this diet for a while, you’ll slowly start feeling more energized and healthy. It’s hard to describe, but ask anyone and this will be one of the first things they say about their plant-based diet. Nebulous and intangible as it may be – eating a plant-based diet just feels better.

Healthier Eating, Healthier Environment

If you’re keen on natural living, a plant-based diet could be perfect for you.  With as many problems that could arise during our lifetime, it’s important to realize we can prevent many health issues by simply changing our diet.

Not only will we become healthier over time, but we can also feel good about everything we’re doing to help our environment.


Kate Wilson

About Kate

Kate Wilson is a green living writer who loves helping others to live better. When she’s not writing, you can find her tending her balcony garden or existentially ruminating on the meaning of life.

For more on all things green – with the occasional squirrel picture – follow her on Twitter @kateowilson.



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