How to enjoy a healthy plant-based life!

Animals Australia

Animals Australia team

Last updated 16 February 2017

What you eat matters and every mouthful counts! Here are some tips to help you enjoy a healthy, happy, plant-powered life.

“Appropriately planned vegetarian diets, including total vegetarian or vegan diets, are healthy and nutritionally adequate. Well-planned vegetarian diets are appropriate for individuals during all stages of the lifecycle." — Australian Dietary Guidelines 2013

 

For a list of Accredited Practising Dietitians who specialise or have an interest in plant-based nutrition head to the Dieticians Association of Australia website. They’ll be able to devise a personalised health and eating plan that is best for your lifestyle and energy needs! (For a more general guide to living a healthy plant-powered life, see our top tip below.)

Simply choose ‘Vegetarian Nutrition’ from the ‘Area of Practice’ drop-down list to find an Accredited Dietitian in your area:

Find a plant-based nutritionist!

‘Daily dozen’ for a healthy, plant-based life

Enjoying varied and colourful plant-based meals, rich in fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, beans, legumes and grains is the single most powerful way you can be kind to your health, the planet — and the animals!

The basis of healthy plant-based meals: A cornucopia of fresh fruits and vegetables!

To help you understand and meet the daily meal targets for your best health, Dr Michael Greger M.D., a leading nutrition expert and the physician behind NutritionFacts.org, has spent years researching and creating more than a thousand evidence-based (and ‘bite-sized’) videos. During that time, he’s whittled down a list of what he considers the most important foods to include in a healthy daily diet. Yes, greens are good for you, but how much should you try to eat each day? How about nuts? Fruit? Beans?

“Some foods and food groups have special nutrients not found in abundance elsewhere. So as the list of foods I tried to fit into my daily diet grew, I decided to make a checklist." — Dr Michael Greger M.D.

Remember: It’s not all or nothing, and every healthy mouthful is a win! If you don’t manage to get your greens in one day, just try your best to tick more healthy boxes tomorrow.

There’s no need to be obsessive about the list. Dr Greger describes that on busy days he sometimes burns through his snacks and struggles to piece together a healthy meal in a food court. If you find that happening to you don’t stress — you can bounce back!

The Daily Dozen checklist is simply a tool to serve as your helpful reminder to try to eat a variety of the healthiest plant-based foods every day. You can even turn it into a competition and compete with your friends about who can score the most healthy eating ticks per day 😉

“Quite simply, the more you substitute plant foods for animal foods, the healthier you are likely to be." — Dr T Colin Campbell, nutrition expert at Cornell University


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Keen to encourage friends and family to join you on your plant-based journey of discovery? Why not order them a free copy of our Veg Starter Kit? 🙂

Or, if you’re ready to get cooking right away, then you might like to browse our collection of 100+ scrumptious plant-based recipes at VegKit.com!