HABIT 1: Eat Plants

Plants create life. Plants promote incredible health, energy and longevity. Plants are absolutely amazing.

They’re packed full of the vitamins and minerals that your body craves for optimum health, and offer generous quantities of cancer-fighting antioxidants and essential fiber that will keep your gut working great. The best and simplest way to feel fitter and stronger is to enjoy an abundant quantity of fresh fruits and vegetables. And of course, if you’re looking to reduce your waistline you’ll be pleased to hear that fruits and veggies are high in nutrients whilst low in calories, and absolutely delicious – so, eat up!

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But of course, you already know all of this, don’t you? You’d have been living on Mars for the past few decades to have missed this essential information. Yet somehow along the way, we can all succumb to temptations, fall off the wagon, and slip into unhealthy habits, filling our diets with unhealthy processed foods and health-damaging quantities of saturated fat.

As well as increasing your consumption of plants, I’d also urge you to reduce animal products from your diet, 

such as meat, fish, eggs, milk and other dairy products, and opt for healthier, plant-based alternatives such as non-dairy milk (almond, coconut or rice milks, for example), generous daily servings of whole-grains (gluten free if you are intolerant), hearty and wholesome root vegetables, and protein-rich legumes, nuts and seeds. Although we perceive animal products to be a healthy source of protein, compared to plant sources they are harder to digest, high in saturated fat, aggravate health conditions such as eczema, acne, asthma and arthritis, and can contribute to more serious long-term conditions such as diabetes and heart disease. So, why not enjoy incredible health by simply replacing these ‘dead’ foods with energy-rich, nutrient rich, live plants?

Challenge yourself to eat a plant-rich diet for 30 days. You’ll be amazed to see your energy levels increase and the pounds melt away.

It’s super easy to get started. Simply fill your plate with as many veggies, legumes and whole-grains as you can and enjoy. Then instead of eating health-damaging cakes, cookies and ice creams, enjoy a delicious fruit smoothie or colorful fruit salad to round off your meal.

You can also add extra veggies into any recipe that you are cooking to boost your nutrients, especially cruciferous ones like broccoli, cauliflower or for even more health-boosting effects, plenty of green leafy veggies. By making these simple changes, your body will thank you!

 

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