October is Vegetarian Awareness month

October is Vegetarian Awareness month, which I'd personally change to Plant-Food Awareness month. A plant based-diet can be vegan or vegetarian, but it doesn’t have to be. It's not an all or nothing game. By eating more plants and less animal products you'll be benefiting your health and the health of the planet. If your plate is colorfully veggie filled, has some whole grains, and also a moderate portion poultry or fish you’re eating a plant-centered, or plant-forward diet.

As cold weather sets in consider immersing your body in vegetables and fruits throughout the day so it’s teeming with antioxidants, plant-based nutrients and more. 

Here are a few ideas:

  • Try Meatless Monday
  • Try vegetarian before 6 -- Eat fruit & veggies, whole grain and unprocessed until dinner, eat as you normally would in the evening
  • Shift your meat-to-plant ratio in favor of plants

Here are a few plant-based recipes, with love, from my kitchen.

October's the month to think green.

Dr. Ayala