Disclaimer: this is a Splendid Spoon publication.
You know that sluggish feeling after a weekend of indulgent foods? Or that frustration that comes with decision fatigue around meal times? We’ve all been there, and we’ve all struggled with getting back on the healthy train. From lackluster attempts at intermittent fasting, compromising on “Meatless Mondays,” to just wanting to give your body a break from processed foods… We know how hard it is to reset our bodies and digestive systems. Let’s break it down.
The Benefits of One Plant-Based Day a Week (AKA Meatless Monday)
You may be thinking, Mondays are already bad enough – now I have to make them meatless?! No, not necessarily, although you may want to after learning about the benefits. Studies have shown that one full day of plant-based eating per week not only improves your overall health, but also reduces your carbon footprint.
Healthwise, eating less meat can improve your heart health and reduce the risk of heart disease, as well as promote kidney health, and help maintain a healthy weight. Worried about protein? The right combination of nuts, beans, seeds, and vegetables can provide all of your protein for a day!
Planet-wise, eating less meat reduces your carbon footprint by decreasing the production of greenhouse gases. Did you know that skipping one serving of beef once a week for a year saves the equivalent emissions that driving 348 miles in a car would give off?
Why is a Soup Reset Best?
Splendid Spoon meals are a great way to prevent spikes in blood sugar on a reset day. Our meals are low in sugar and high in fiber (the average sippable soup contains 7 grams of fiber) to make you feel fuller.
- You’ll get your gut back in shape. Plant-based whole foods make a better environment for lots of different ‘good’ bacteria to flourish, allowing ‘bad’ bacteria to be released.
- Increase nutrient absorption. Fibrous veggies in soups are broken down in the cooking process, making the insoluble fiber a little softer and easier to pass through your system. Some of those plant fibers are also probiotics which feed good bacteria, in turn making your digestive system more efficient at expelling waste.
- Stay on track with healthy habits. Eating more fruits and vegetables every day is one of the simplest ways to strengthen immunity and prevent disease. Regular resets make sure you stay aligned with your veggie goals.