KNOW THE LINGO
A plant-based diet consists mostly or entirely of foods derived from plants, including vegetables, grains, nuts, seeds, legumes and fruit, with few or no animal products.
A vegetarian diet contains no meat, poultry or fish. Some vegetarians eat eggs, dairy products and honey.
A vegan diet contains no ingredients of animal origin. This includes all meat, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy products and honey.
WHY GO PLANT-BASED?
Industrial animal farming practices result in a poor quality of life for the animals. They are confined to feedlots and cages, and given hormones and antibiotics that affect their normal functioning and development.
Plant-based foods tend to use less water, require less land and emit fewer greenhouse gases in their production.
A plant-based diet is rich in phytonutrients and fibre, reduces or eliminates the intake of the hormones and antibiotics found in animal products, and may put less strain on the digestive system.
A HEALTHY PLANT-BASED DIET
As with all ways of eating, it is possible to follow either a healthy or an unhealthy diet. A healthy plant-based diet should mainly come from whole, natural and unprocessed plant sources. As this way of life has become more popular, manufacturers have begun to produce more foods that are suitable for vegans. These are often processed, and may not always contain healthy ingredients. Avoid manufactured plant-based foods containing cheap, processed oils, as well as soya products that have been altered to make texturised protein products.
A healthy plant-based diet should be balanced and varied, and made up of the following unprocessed foods:
- Fruit (in moderation)
- Nuts and seeds (preferably raw or lightly roasted)
- Legumes (including beans, chickpeas and lentils)
- Grains (preferably those with better protein content, like teff, amaranth, quinoa and spelt)
- Sprouts made from seeds and legumes
- Cold-pressed and extra virgin oils
Speak to our in-store health consultant to help you make sure you are getting enough:
- Omega 3
- Vitamin B12
- Vitamin D
NEW TO A PLANT-BASED LIFESTYLE?
- It’s a good idea to transition slowly. It can take time for your body to adjust to the new way of eating. Slowly remove or reduce foods that you no longer want to eat. Start with meat, and then move on to poultry and fish. Finally, remove eggs, honey and dairy products if you would like to go strictly vegan.
- At each stage, make sure you are eating plenty of whole, live plant foods. Focus on vegetables, legumes, nuts, seeds and healthy oils.
- Do your research! There are many websites providing valuable discussion and support platforms, recipe ideas, etc.
- Going plant-based is often a lifestyle choice rather than just a diet. Find your tribe and surround yourself with people on the same journey who can support and inspire you.
Have you visited the Plant Power Pop-Up at Wellness Warehouse Cavendish Square? The exciting store-within-a-store is a one-stop plant-based shop set up as an experiential space where you can browse, learn about and engage with plant-based products and information. Products on offer include everything from plant-based foods to specialised supplements and cruelty-free beauty and baby solutions. A dedicated plant-based Wellness Consultant is on hand to guide and inform, and regular tastings and events aim to create a community of like-minded customers with a local go-to for their plant-based needs and inspiration.