Diabetes has been called “the fastest growing health crisis of our time”. At the same time, plant-based diets are gaining popularity.
Randomized controlled trials and epidemiological studies indicate that plant-based diets were associated with significant improvement in emotional well-being, physical well-being, depression, quality of life, general health, Diabetes, CVD, weight management, total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol.
Plant-based diet refers to eating habits that avoid the consumption of most or all animal products and support high consumption of fruits, vegetables, legumes, seeds, whole grains and nuts.
- Eat lots of vegetables. Fill half your plate with vegetables at lunch and dinner. Make sure you include plenty of colors in choosing your vegetables. Enjoy vegetables as a snack.
- Choose good fats – Fats in olive oil, olives, nuts, seeds, and avocados etc.,
- Include whole grains for breakfast – Whole wheat, maize, Barley, Millets etc
- Go for greens – Try a variety of green leafy vegetables
- Eat fruit for dessert – Apple, peaches, a slice of water melon, cherries and berries will reduce the food cravings. It has antioxidant properties.