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How Exactly Does a Plant-Based Diet Help Your Athletic Performance

How Exactly Does a Plant-Based Diet Help Your Athletic Performance

The plant-based scene is booming in Whistler and we’ve listed some of our favourite spots here on Whistler Yogacara where you can get your fill of delicious smoothies, salads, soups, wraps, burgers, pastries, and even lots of international dishes. While some of the diners are just vegan-curious, many of the patrons are health and fitness enthusiasts. A plant-based diet offers many positive aspects related to physical fitness as well as athletic performance. It can minimize the risk of illnesses related to eating animal-derived products, like hypertension and heart disease. In addition, a plant-based diet can boost your energy levels, manage weight, and reduce joint pain— benefits that many athletes can stand to gain.   What is a plant-based diet? Before going into how a plant-based diet can change lives, let’s first talk about what it is. It’s similar to a vegan diet wherein a person abstains from eating any products sourced from animals. It means eliminating meat, seafood, dairy, and eggs. However, some vegans still indulge in unhealthy or processed food as long as they don’t come from animals, while plant-based eaters are mostly concerned about personal health. This is the main reason why those who adhere to this type of diet consume whole foods and organic products in order to maximize their health benefits.   What are its benefits? Better Weight Management For athletes, eating plant-based can mean many things. One, it’s a healthier alternative to a diet laden with meat and processed food. This can go towards weight management and it goes without saying that athletes need to stay in tip-top condition. Excessive weight is tied to many illnesses...
4 Good Reasons To Go Plant Based

4 Good Reasons To Go Plant Based

Progressively working towards a diet that is centered around plants is one of the best things you can do for your health and the sustainability of our planet. Regardless of your beliefs or practices in regards to consumption of dairy, poultry and other various meat sources, the perks of eating more plants are undeniable.   If you still need some convincing, it’s worth considering that some of the strongest, most robust creatures on the planet thrive on a plant based diet. Elephants, rhinos, hippos, bison and horses all thrive and healthily reproduce on a vegan diet.   Increased Energy Digestion is one of the most taxing processes that your body undergoes. Since we are digesting food several times a day, it’s best to stick with foods that are easiest for our system to digest. Doing this will minimize the energy that your body is expending. You can expect to see a noticeable difference in your energy once you start looking to vegetables and fruits to make up the majority of your diet. Some good foods to look to for maximum digestion are water-dense fruits, vegetables like leafy greens, squash, cucumbers, carrots and healing roots like ginger and turmeric. Aim to keep your diet ever changing and vast. Strive to eat what’s in season; you may even find that you save money by buying most of your produce at your local farmers market.   Athletic Performance Contrary to popular belief, plant do contain protein. Plants are actually a primary source of protein, while meat is a secondary source. In fact, a sea green vegetable called spirulina is, pound for pound,...
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