Transform Your Microbiome and Health With Plants

You’re probably wondering…‘How Do I Transform My Health With Plants?’

It’s easy to be suspicious hey? In the health world there are so many crazy claims and unbelievable promises.

But when it comes to eating PLANTS you shouldn’t be thinking…“is this going to work”… you should be thinking… “Do I want to Change my Life?” and if the answer is yes then you’re on the right track because…

Eating Plants

Is Going To Change Your Life

Pretty bold statement hey? But from working with hundreds of clients I have seen first-hand how lives have been transformed.

Read on as I explain five reasons why eating Plants will change your life…

You’ll learn why it’s so effective – and how to get off to a flying start!

Five Reasons Why Eating Plants Transforms Your Health

REASON #1: Fibre is Your MICROBIOME’S Main Food Source

You’re probably wondering.. “What’s  the Microbiome? And why am I feeding IT and not me??”

Because your Microbiome IS YOU. Yes you have a Inner Garden (that needs feeding) that outnumbers your human cells 10:1. In fact there are 150 times more bacterial genes than there are human genes!

Your Microbiome FLOURISHES with Fibre and you can find it abundantly in plants… fruit, vegetables, whole grains, beans and legumes, nuts and seeds… the list goes on…

Feed your Microbiome and it will do this for YOU…

  • Sustain your gastrointestinal tract, keeping it in good condition.
  • Assist in the digestion of food, harvesting calories and extracting vitamins and minerals.
  • Help you to maintain an appropriate appetite.
  • Keep your metabolism working at optimal speed so you effortlessly remain at an ideal weight.
  • Stimulate gut hormone release, slowing gastric emptying and small intestinal transit.
  • Inhibit fat accumulation associated with obesity.
  • Metabolize nutrients.
  • Regulate your immune system: 70-80% of immune cells are located within your intestines.
  • Regulate neurotransmitters – one in particular – Serotonin which regulates your mood, appetite, sleep and gastrointestinal motility.
  • Produce Vitamins B & K – giving you an abundance of energy (Vit B) and keeping your capillaries healthy (Vit K)
  • Produce natural antibiotics – to ward off infections, colds and flus etc.

REASON #2: When you Eat Plants You Can Eat MORE!! And lose weight!

Eating LESS and trying to DIET will leave you feeling hangry (hungry and angry) not a good combo 🙁 

The stress of watching ‘calories’ harms your Microbiome which can see you Putting on Weight! Aaaaggghhh!

You see when you’re stressed it takes your body through a process.  It sends a message to the brain to release cortisol – to get your body ready to take on the stress. Oh, and a side note, the brain doesn’t differ from a ‘real’ or ‘perceived’ threat. So just the action of you thinking about ‘dieting’ can cause the release of cortisol.

So how does this cause weight gain? A number of ways but I’ll just cover a couple of the most relevant…

  1. The release of Cortisol slows digestion by about a third. What this means is you don’t metabolize food properly. Lack of nutrient absorption equals the body producing more ‘hunger’ signals to the brain – making you ‘crave’ more food.
  2. Cortisol is an inflammatory response. Inflammation is the opposite of fat-burning. More inflammation = increased weight.

Eating plants equals eating nutrients, that don’t stress your body, is the secret for sustainable health without ever having to restrict food again or go on another fad diet.

This leads me into my next reason…

REASON #3: Inclusion NOT exclusion

While Vegetarian and Vegan diets are defined by what they exclude, eating PLANTS is defined by what it includes — lots of plant foods! This means eating more veggies, fruits, beans, peas, lentils, whole grains, nuts and seeds.

It’s no longer front page news that many of our nations are over-fed and under-nourished from foods high in empty calories with little or no nutrition – leaving people ravished with hunger, and fatter as ever!

What this means for you?   Your body needs 100% of nutrients – vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients (nutrients from plants), fibre, protein, fat (essential fatty acids omegas 3&6), carbohydrates (glucose for energy) etc.

On the other side let’s look what happens when you eat a meal with meat, white rice a butter bun with a side of veggies.  A meal – that frankly – is low in the body’s nutrient needs.

And, has less than 60% of your body’s nutrient needs…

Well, guess what? Your body is going to send you out to get more food to meet its nutrient requirements.  So, you eat more – another dinner roll, more meat, larger serving of rice…

But, if you eat more of the same you’re going to keep eating and eating, craving and craving, until your body’s requirements are met. Unfortunately, by then you have a bulging waist-line!

You see, the body needs nutrients for survival. Sorry to say, but it cares little about you or your waistline. So, if the body’s nutrient requirement is not met, then your body signals you to keep eating.

Eating Plant-Based works incredibly well because the foods included are nutrient rich. They are whole, fresh, natural, vitamin and mineral-rich, chlorophyll-rich, antioxidant-rich, anti-inflammatory delicious foods.

The body is nourished and doesn’t need to send you out to get more food!

REASON #4: Drastically, Decreased Inflammation  

Eating predominantly plant-based provides a significant reduction in body inflammation as they are naturally anti-inflammatory foods. Also when your Microbiome takes all this fibre and ferments it – it produces Short Chain Fatty Acids (SCFA) that are your body’s anti-inflammatory workers.

Anti (meaning, opposed to or against) – inflammation!

I bet if I asked you right now to name the most inflammatory (worst) foods off the top of your head your list would look something like:

– sugar
– deep fried
– chips
– pizza
– cakes
– pastries
– processed meats
– chocolates
– alcohol
– trans fats
– coffee and so on…

And if you name the best ones, what would they be?

– vegetables
– fruit
– nuts n seeds
– beans and legumes
– whole grains

Eating Plant-Based gives your body the tools it needs to thrive, while removing the foods and drinks that cause the body stress / inflammation.

And, when you fuel your body with these foods, your body will shine!

Eating Plant-Based focuses on eating whole, natural foods and advocates the reduction or complete elimination of these top inflammatory foods:

  • Meat
  • Dairy
  • Sugar (processed)
  • Alcohol

These create an ‘inflammatory response.’

Experience any of these?

Itchy watery eyes, sneezing, hives, heartburn, bloating, gas, irritable bowel, hiccups, headaches?

These are some typical (acute) inflammatory responses when the body is inflamed.

Eating Plant-Based not only remove this stress/ inflammatory ‘irritant’ but you also give your body the tools it needs to thrive.

REASON #5:  Common Sense – Its pretty simple

I can’t imagine I’m the only one who ever told to… “Eat your fruits and veggies”

There’s a very important, but simple reason for this…

Sickness, Dis-ease, Illness in the body thrives in an environment that is either one or a combination of either:

— Acidic
— Inflammatory
— Oxidative

Eating Plant-Based combats these all simultaneously.  Yep, it’s that easy!

Here’s an idea of the most highly Acidic, Inflammatory and Oxidative foods:

— Meat
— Dairy
— Alcohol
— Sugar
— Fried Foods
— Processed Foods
— Packaged Foods
— GMO Foods

See a pattern here…See the same culprits emerging time after time?

Something missing from the list?

Fruits and Vegetables!

That’s because, as mentioned above, they are anti-oxidants (anti-oxidative), anti-inflammatory, and alkaline (opposite of acidic).

Want to live a long, healthy, dis-ease free, ideal weight for life, LIFE style?

EAT PLANTS

How can you start incorporating more Plant-Based today?

Firstly, buy one veg/fruit that you already enjoy, and make this routine to include into your meal plans this week.  Example: spinach – add into smoothie, wrap it up with hummus/veggies for lunch, use as a bed for a salad at supper.

Secondly, think about adding-in plant foods during each meal. Typically have eggs/toast for brekkie?  Try adding some sliced pineapple on the side, or strawberries.

Replace muffin time.  Opt instead for an apple and a handful of pistachios.

Take-Away Lunch?  Ask for the veggie wrap/sandwich, swap the cheese for pesto or hummus.

Dinner showcases meat as the staple on your plate?  Try flipping the balance by increasing the portion size of your veggies and replacing the meat with a veggie burger.

So Why Does Eating Plant-Based Work So Well? 

It’s chalked full of living, thriving nutrient rich, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant-dense, easily enjoyable, deprivation-free, nutritionally balanced…

…delicious food that will see your Microbiome flourishing and that means YOU FLOURISHING!!!

Knowing what you know now, feeling reassured and confident that this way of LIVING is for you – jump into eating Plant Based and learn how to finally eat for LIFE and make your health goals a true reality.

Nat xx

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