Starting a plant-based diet: 4 do’s and don’ts

A plant-based diet, also known as a plant-forward diet, emphasizes whole plant foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes, while incorporating limited amounts of animal products like meat, poultry, fish, dairy and eggs. 

Savannah Duffy, an oncology dietitian with Northside Hospital Cancer Institute, explores the four essential steps to help kickstart a plant-based lifestyle.

“Eating a plant-based diet does not have to be complicated,” says Duffy.

Firstly, don't forget your protein. Protein is crucial for muscle health, immune function and hormone balance. For those opting for a plant-based approach, it's essential to incorporate sufficient plant-based protein sources into your meals and snacks. Aim for 1-2 servings of plant-based protein sources per meal, including nuts, seeds, beans and high-protein grains like quinoa. 

Incorporating more plant foods into your diet doesn't have to be complicated. Watch to learn four tips to embrace the world of plant-based eating. 

Find more health tips from Northside’s nutrition services. 


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