Plant Based Nutrition Specialist

Complete Care Physicians

Shruja Patel, M.D.

Board Certified Family Practice Physician located in Katy, TX

If you’re looking for a way to improve your overall health and wellness, eating more plant-based foods can help. At Complete Care Physicians in Katy, Texas, board-certified family practice physician Shruja Patel, MD, and her team offer plant-based nutrition counseling to reduce chronic disease risks, help you gain energy, or aid in weight loss. Schedule an appointment over the phone or online to learn more about plant-based nutrition.

Plant Based Nutrition Q&A

What is plant-based nutrition?

Plant-based nutrition focuses on foods and supplements derived from plant-based foods. Replacing foods from animal sources and highly refined grains with whole-plant foods offers numerous health and wellness benefits. The Complete Care Physicians team helps you plan meals and menus using plant-based nutrition guidelines to optimize the way you look and feel.

Which foods can I eat when following a plant-based diet?

Following a plant-based diet means consuming foods derived from plant sources. Examples include fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts, seeds, and oils. Almond milk, nut butter, tofu, seitan, and plant-based protein powders are also sourced from plant foods. Plant-based protein shakes make excellent meal replacements or pre-workout snacks.

What are the benefits of plant-based nutrition?

Some of the numerous benefits associated with following a plant-based diet vs. a high-meat diet include:

  • A lower body mass index (BMI)
  • Reduced blood cholesterol
  • Lower blood pressure
  • A lower risk of Type 2 diabetes
  • Reduced cancer risks
  • A lower risk of heart disease
  • More energy

Plant-based diets offer an abundance of vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants that can strengthen your immune system, optimize energy, and aid in healthy weight management.

What happens during my appointment?

To determine which type of plant-based diet is right for you, Complete Care Physicians specialists review your medical history. They check your weight, blood pressure, and other vital signs and complete a comprehensive physical examination. 

Your doctor might recommend blood tests, urine tests, electrocardiogram (EKG), or imaging procedures to find out if you’re at a high risk for or have a chronic condition requiring lifestyle changes, medications, or other treatments. 

They personalize each plant-based nutrition plan to meet your calorie needs, food preferences, and weight-management goals. Custom menus and recipes help you adhere to your diet over the long term. In addition to eating healthy foods, get regular exercise and plenty of sleep, don’t smoke, and keep stress levels low.

Don’t live with obesity, fatigue, and chronic disease risk factors when plant-based diets can drastically improve your health and quality of life. Schedule an appointment with Complete Care Physicians over the phone or online to get started with plant-based nutrition today.

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