Dr. Vikki Petersen is a Certified Clinical Nutritionist, Chiropractor and Functional Medicine Specialist who has one major message for the general public as we head into Spring 2021: consider adopting a plant-based diet. These diets can have a tremendous impact on your health and overall wellness due to the many nutrients found in plants. Plant-based diets reduce inflammation which can lead to fatal degenerative diseases. If implemented correctly, plant-based diets can be satisfying, energizing, mentally balancing, and an excellent way to shed excess weight. Dr. Vikki Petersen offers 5 top tips to help the average person get started on this healthy path.
- TIP #1:Start slow
Begin your plant-based journey with one day each week—such as “Meatless Mondays”—that you eschew animal-derived products. Make sure you eat enough and include beneficial fats such as nuts, seeds, avocados and healthy oils. Start with a single meal and go from there.
- TIP #2: Identify your favorite plant-based foods
Be sure to identify some plant-based foods that you already enjoy such as certain fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, beans and legumes. Then, make a list of your favorite animal-based dishes and research plant-based alternatives.
- TIP #3: Plan Ahead
Plan your meals ahead and make sure each one contains adequate protein, healthy fats, and complex carbohydrates. Find recipes and resources online that offer ideas for plant-based products into your meals. For instance, use a coconut-based creamer rather than traditional cream.
- TIP #4: Get help from outside sources
If you dislike cooking, find restaurants, grocery stores, and/or food services to assist you. There are reasonably priced food services that provide step-by-step cooking instructions and/or fully prepared meals for every meal and snack of your day.
- TIP #5: Always aim for high-quality
If you eat an animal-based product, make sure that it is of the highest quality such as organic, free-range, grass-fed meats or wild-caught Alaskan salmon. These high-quality offerings provide higher nutritional value and are less inflammatory because they have not been fed GMO foods, eaten pesticides or been given antibiotics. Eating cleaner animals will align well with the nutrition that you are receiving from your plant-based diet and you will enjoy improved health and vitality.
To learn more, visit the official website of Dr. Vikki Petersen.