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    3 Ways a Plant-Based Diet Supports a Healthy Body and Planet

    By Megan Faletra | July 17, 2018
    Plant-Based-Diet-WEBAs an integrative dietitian, I am thrilled to see that many people today are choosing to take a hard look at their food choices and the way they may be positively or negatively impacting their overall health. But, while most people may be thinking more about their food in terms of how it is impacting their bodies, there still is a large gap between how our food impacts our health and how it impacts the health of our planet. 

    When it comes to the health of our planet, the industries that usually take the brunt of the global warming conversation are the coal, oil and transportation industries. While these industries are playing a big part in affecting climate change, what usually gets left out of the conversation is the global meat industry and the significant role it also has on impacting global warming.

    Today, the Food and Agriculture Organization links roughly 15 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions back to agriculture with half of those emissions coming from livestock. With the estimated consumption of meat expected to double by 2020 to keep up with ever-growing population demands, scientists and public health professionals alike are advocating for more plant-based diets as a solution to combating global warming.

    Since plant-based diets are estimated to produce roughly half the greenhouse gas emissions of a meat-based diet, a reduction in the consumption of mass produced meat products could have a significant impact in combating climate change, while also supporting the health and wellbeing of people around the world.

    So, how can an individual get started in supporting the health of his or her body and the planet with more plant-based foods? It really is easier than you may think.

    1. Choose a Plant-Based Breakfast
    Breakfast is one of the simplest meals of the day to add more plant-based foods into your diet. Personally, I love making overnight oats with a scoop of Protein & Greens Essential Blend or during the warm summer months, I will make a green smoothie loaded with local fruits and veggies, a scoop of plant-based protein and a healthy fat like Chia Seeds.

    2. Shop Local and In Season
    If you want to fuel your body with the most nutrient-dense foods while also supporting the planet, shopping locally and in season is one of the best things you can do. By connecting with your local food system, you are supporting your local farmers and gain much more information about the way in which your food was grown, and when it was picked for optimal taste and nutrition.

    3. Stock Your Pantry with Plant-Based Snacks
    Opting for plant-based snacks is a great way to help keep your blood sugar and energy stable throughout the day and is such a simple way to get more plant-based foods into your diet. Navitas Organics has a wide variety of plant-based snack options – from organic seeds, nuts and superfood snack bars to convenient Power Snacks. The Blueberry Hemp Power Snacks are an absolute favorite of mine

    By making just a few small changes to include more plant-based foods into your diet, you will be well on your way to supporting your health and the health of the world around you. You don’t need a dietary label or to become a strict vegan or vegetarian to make a difference. Simply adding more plant-based foods into your diet and encouraging others around you to do the same is a great way to make a big impact!