Eating plant-based food has become a popular trend in recent years. It has been proven that eating this kind of food provides many benefits. However, what are the benefits of combining a plant-based diet with Cross Training and Fitness?
What happens when they come together? In this new article, we'll tell you what you can expect if you try out this diet. Continue reading to learn the pros and cons of applying veganism or vegetarianism to your life.
The first thing to note is that people eat whatever food is available to them when they’re hungry. Imagine someone in the jungle: he can’t choose Whole Foods or McDonalds! He’ll eat anything he can get. He would mostly eat fruits and vegetables, and if he gets lucky while hunting, he could even get some meat.
However, we’re not in the jungle anymore! We live in an age where almost every kind of food is available to us. We don’t hunt anymore, which is good, but it’s also very bad for your body and the planet.
If you are an athlete, you may already have a healthy diet, so the change to a plant-based diet could be quick and easy to get used to. The only change you’d make would be eliminating animal protein and finding new, vegan and vegetarian-safe proteins.
Some people who consume a lot of junk food, such as hamburgers or fried chicken, or eat too many carbohydrates with no fruits or vegetables. If this sounds like you, changing to a plant-based diet will require a little extra work.
But don't be sad-- there are veggie burgers, vegan sausages, and a wide variety of other plant-based products you can buy. Still, we believe that processed products such as these would not be appropriate. It would be best to avoid processed food and try healthier plant-based foods. Take a chance and reap the benefits of change!
In my case, I've been doing Cross training for more than six years, and it didn't take me much work to become a plant-based consumer. It was easy because I avoid eating processed foods.
I almost always prepare the food I eat. Previously, when I ate meat, I would buy organic ground beef and make my burgers. If I ate chicken, it was not fast food or processed. I would always try to eat organic food. With a plant-based diet, I still almost always prepare my food.
Following a balanced diet, you would fill 50% of the plate with salad, another 25% is carbohydrates and the last 25% is protein. So, the only change you would make in the transition to vegetarian or vegan was removing all animal protein from the plate. In exchange, you would add new products such as tofu, tempeh, beans, lentils, nuts, and other vegetables with high protein.
Since changing my diet, I highly recommend sauces and dressings to pair with salads. It can be apple cider vinegar, olive oil, or a lot of different ones; using dressings on your salads make the diet much tastier.
When you convert to a plant-based diet, you will probably eat twice as much salad, because you won’t get any more protein from meat. Veggies, and other plant-based products, can be very nutritious and enjoyable at the same time.
A fundamental part of food is preparation. Preparation takes a bit of time because it takes a wide variety of products to create a balanced meal. If you’re a very busy person, you’ll have to buy pre-made vegan and vegetarian-friendly food. This can be expensive, and some products aren’t as healthy as self-prepared food.
If you prepare food yourself, you will save money. Remember that everything you used to spend money on, organic protein products (beef, chicken, fish), can instead be spent on protein-rich fruits and vegetables. By becoming a vegetarian or vegan, you can save a lot of money if you prepare your food.
Now, what are the cons of switching to a vegan or vegetarian diet? After converting to a plant-based diet, I felt quite weak at the gym for the first 20 days. However, every person is different and this could have just been my body. Other factors are that my diet wasn’t well-balanced when I first made the switch.
Different portions of food work for different people’s bodies. Another problem is the gas: your body has to adjust to eating a lot of beans and lentils, so you can have this evil gas anytime-- not cool… But, after about 30 days, the gas wasn’t a problem anymore.
Let's now talk about the benefits of a plant-based diet. By implementing this diet in your life, you reduce your cholesterol levels because animal products have higher levels of cholesterol.
Another benefit of being a vegan or vegetarian while practicing Cross training is that it improves digestion since you would eat a lot of fiber, vegetables, grains, and nuts. Meals with these foods won't be a heavy meal like animal protein, so you won't end up with blood decompensation (a blood pressure problem that can be caused by eating meat).
One long-term benefit is that plant-based diets are much better for the Earth. We all know the many natural resources and plots of land that are used to raise cows and other animals. By eating vegetables, we will help take care of the planet. How nice is that?
If you want to see evidence of how switching to a plant-based diet can benefit your body, have a general medical examination (measure glucose, cholesterol, and triglycerides) before making the switch.
Then, after 30 days, have another medical examination done to see how much your health has improved. You'll see on paper how the consumption of vegan and vegetarian food has been beneficial for you.
If you want to live healthily, train safely, avoid medical conditions, or even simply break your routine and try something new, a plant-based diet may be ideal for you. If you ate a lot of junk food and didn’t take care of your body, switching to vegan and vegetarian meals will be surprisingly great and beneficial!
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If you already ate healthy meals and went to the gym, the change will be not too much, but you will still feel much better and it can provide you benefits.
I made the switch with the support of a Registered Dietitian, who helped advise me and taught me what I should eat. She told me how to combine meals correctly and created a personalized diet based on my daily activities.
The advice that a Registered Dietitian can give you is unbelievable; it's not like reading a blog or watching a YouTube video about diets. My RD didn't just change my diet-- she changed my life. Thanks to her advice, I have learned so much about how to combine and balance my food.
My RD did not simply give me a diet. She taught me how to eat balanced forever. Therefore, from Unbrokenshop, we advise all friends who practice Cross training, or anybody who wants to eat healthier, to consult with a real Registered Dietician for detailed and personalized information and guidance to start eating plant-based food in the best way. Your body will thank you.
Let us know about your experiences, or if you need any help from us. We will be glad to reply to you!