IMPROVING Your Health with a Plant-Based NUTRITION PLAN
Alternative Medicine|December 2020
As the plant-based trend continues to bring healthy alternatives to restaurants and grocery aisles, millions of Americans are opting for a nutrition plan that centers on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, beans, and legumes.
Shayna Komar
Within the healthcare space, more and more medical professionals are prescribing a plant-based nutrition plan for patients experiencing chronic illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease and certain cancers, because of its proven health benefits, including decreased inflammation, higher energy levels, improved gut health, and weight maintenance.

For instance, while most cancer treatments cause patients to lose weight, new research presented at the European Society for Clinical Nutrition & Metabolism (ESPEN) Virtual Congress demonstrated that adult oncology patients gained or maintained weight when prescribed Kate Farms plant-based, oral, enteral formulas (PBEF), allowing them to receive the treatment they need in their battles against cancer.

While a plant-based nutrition plan offers improved health outcomes, the first step to incorporating whole foods into your diet is overcoming barriers to a plant-based lifestyle. Some may consider a plant-based lifestyle expensive or time-consuming. For others, transitioning to this nutrition plan can cause digestive issues as the body adapts to increased amounts of fiber and nutrients.

Ultimately, making the transition is different for everyone and finding the right plant-based lifestyle can benefit your health and well-being. Here are five strategies for overcoming these obstacles and incorporating plant-based foods into your diet.

Transition One Meal at a Time

Making a slow transition to a plant-based nutrition plan will allow the body to adjust and reap the benefits of eating whole foods. One way to prevent any potential digestive issues and build the foundation of a plant-based lifestyle is to start adapting one meal at a time.

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