Plant Based Plans
A plant-based diet can improve your health, boost your energy level, prevent chronic disease, and reduce the destructive environmental impact. These plans do not need to be all or nothing – the key is to fill the majority of your plate with vegetables, fruits, legumes, plant-based protein, whole grains, nuts and seeds.
There are many types of plant-based programs:
- Vegetarian (no animal products)
- Lacto-ova vegetarian (includes dairy and eggs)
- Pescatarian (similar to the lacto-ovo vegetarian diet, but with the addition of fish).
- Flexitarian (encompasses a spectrum of “semi-vegetarianism”: heavy on plants and light on meat and animal products)
- The Mediterranean Plan
- The Dash Plan
- The MIND Plan
Research has shown that shifting to a whole-food, plant-based diet may help prevent, treat, or reverse some of our leading causes of illness and death, including heart and vascular disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, chronic inflammation, and obesity.
Working with a dietitian takes the guesswork out of implementing a plant-based diet without losing vital proteins and nutrients. Consultations include dietary evaluation, nutrition education, and an individualized food plan. Dietary recommendations include specific foods and patterns of food choices with consideration for each person’s lifestyle and food preferences as well as specific health needs.
As a NYS certified dietitian and Registered Dietitian, Nancy works to develop healthy, sustainable eating plans for vegetarians and flexitarians.