Eating plant foods is beneficial beyond disease prevention. High in dietary fiber, they can help to moderate regularity and keep you feeling fuller for a longer period of time. The fiber also supports good gut health by helping the good bacteria (probiotics) flourish and possibly alleviate gastrointestinal problems.
If you’re interested in shifting your eating pattern towards plant-based, but aren’t quite ready to completely eliminate some of your favorite foods, don’t worry: the semi-vegetarian diet, also called “flexitarian,” focuses on plant-based foods like fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains but occasionally includes meat, fish and dairy. It’s easier to do than you may think.