There a ton of health benefits to be experienced by those who chose to stop eating meat. They range from weight loss, reduce risk of disease, a better state of overall health, more energy, and so on.
Over the past 5 plus years through my transition from the traditional western diet to one that is primarily a whole foods plant-based I have been asked a ton of questions from:
Where do I get my protein?
How do I feel?
Why would I want to do such a thing?
Is’ t it hard?
Doesn’t it mess with your digestion?
Accompanied by a fair share of snickering at family gatherings, eye rolls, and "know it all" commenting. LOL.
Through all of this, I have been able to identify 1 commonality between it all. FEAR!
Fear of change, fear of unknowing, fear of having to learn something entirely new, fear of messing up, fear of having to admit they were doing things wrong, you name it, it leads to fear.
Diet has become such a massive part of our identities that it creates this enormous level of insecurity, helplessness, and fear to change it. Even when we know how much better our lives can be if we just make the commitment to do it.
I hope after you read this, it will increase more of your curiosity and tame down that fear so you can see the plant-based lifestyle through a whole new set of eyes.
Here are 5 things you can expect to happen to you when you give up meat.
#1. YOU WILL NEVER LOOK AT PROTEIN THE SAME WAY AGAIN
The average meat-eating, American adult consumes almost twice the recommended daily amount of animal-based protein. (according to The National Food and Nutrition Board)
All the hype you’re hearing about not getting enough protein when you’re eating a plant-based diet is a bunch of nonsense. It is effortless to meet those daily requirements.
The average adult woman only needs about 46 grams of protein per day, and for adult men, it’s about 56 grams.
To show you how easy this to obtain even with eliminating animal products here is an example:
2 pieces of wholewheat peanut butter toast and a banana = 18.5 g.
¼ C of mixed nuts with an apple = 5.5 g.
Chickpea quinoa salad bowl with cashew caesar dressing = 15 g.
Hummus with crackers = 3 g.
Lentil soup and garlic breadsticks = 12 g.
Not including your matcha latte made with almond milk = 1g, post-workout protein shake = 20+ g., and anything else you had that day. This was calculated without even really trying with all foods that a typical man or woman would eat on a plant-based diet.
See how easy that was.
# 2. YOU WILL BE REG. ON THE REG.
Fruits, veggies, and whole grains are full of soluble fiber, which keeps everything moving along efficiently. By allowing more water to remain in your waste, it is easier to pass through your intestines and eliminate more effectively and frequently.
# 3 YOUR BLOOD CHOLESTEROL LEVELS WILL TAKE A PLUNGE
A significant contributor to high cholesterol is saturated fats. They are most commonly found in meats, cheese, milk, butter, and other animal-related products.
Studies by NCBI.com show that participants who went on a plant-based diet reduced their cholesterol by up to 35%.
# 4. YOU WILL LOSE WEIGHT NATURALLY
Again this due to all that fiber. Your body will retain less waste weight through your regular movements, and fiber also helps to keep you feeling fuller longer.
As long as you are making good choices about your plant-based options, you will be consuming less refined sugars, junk foods, and empty calories. You will not even have to try to lose weight, it will just happen.
# 5. YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM WILL SOAR
Plants are high in all kinds of vitamins, minerals, nutrients, and antioxidants that you would typically not absorbed in these quantities.
All of them contribute to boosting your immune system, natural detoxification, and reducing inflammation. This leads to less illness and disease of many forms from the common cold to the prevention of diabetes, cancer, and heart disease.
Ditching meat will have you feeling better, stronger, and overall healthier in no time.