Diet - Types of food

A plant-based diet is one that emphasises whole plant foods, such as fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, and whole grains. Studies have shown that following a plant-based diet can increase longevity. This is likely due to the fact that plant-based diets are rich in essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, which can help protect against many chronic diseases.

Plant-based diets are also low in saturated fats, refined carbohydrates, and processed foods, which can have a negative effect on health. 

Studies have found that people who eat plant-based diets have lower risk of cardiovascular disease, obesity, type 2 diabetes, certain types of  cancer, and respiratory disease. 

Blue Zones are geographic areas where people tend to live longer and healthier lives. Some of the most well-known Blue Zones include Okinawa, Japan; Sardinia, Italy; and the Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica. The diets of these areas tend to be plant-based, with an emphasis on whole grains, legumes, fruits, and vegetables. These plant-based diets are rich in antioxidants and other nutrients, which can help protect against chronic disease. They also tend to be low in saturated fats and processed foods, which can have a negative effect on health.

In addition to the health benefits, plant-based diets can also be beneficial for the environment. Plant-based diets rely less on animal products and processed foods, which can have a negative impact on the environment. Plant-based diets also tend to be more sustainable, as they require fewer resources to produce. The environmental impact of meat production compared to plant-based diets is also significant. Meat production requires more resources, including land, water, and energy. Livestock production is also a major source of greenhouse gas emissions, which are a major contributor to climate change. Plant-based diets, on the other hand, require fewer resources and have a much lower environmental impact. Plant-based diets can also help reduce water pollution and reduce the need for deforestation.

Personally we eat predominantly plant based and incorporate fish into our diets. But, if we are going to a friend’s house for dinner and they prepare a lovely lamb dish, we will enjoy it wholeheartedly with appreciation for the fact that it is cooked with love. When we are travelling we love to savour the local delicacies and if it isn’t plant based and we feel like trying it, we do. For us, it is about living life to the fullest and enjoying our food. 

At the Longevity Lab, we offer personalised nutrition plans, tailored specifically to meet your individual needs and goals. The plans are designed to help you reach your optimal health and longevity. We also provide information and guidance on the most healthful plant-based foods, as well as guidance on how to incorporate them into your diet.