Blog #58: How to Begin a Plant-Based Diet Today

 

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Plants heal

A plant-based diet is a lifestyle change.  The full transition takes time and patience.  The great news is: You can easily start a.s.a.p.! 🌿💪💚

Here are some guidelines:

1) Know why you’re doing it:  What is your reason?  Is it to improve your health?  Is it due to your love of animals?  If you don’t know why, then you won’t stick with it.

I had to change my diet to improve health.  Nobody told me to go vegan or to eat a plant-based diet.  I did my own research over time, tested different foods on myself (and removed a lot too) and noticed positive changes in my health (severe chronic eczema, digestive issues, food allergies/allergic reactions).

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Some different plant proteins: Beans, nuts and pumpkin seeds.

2) Do it Gradually:  Rome wasn’t built in a day, so don’t expect to overhaul your deeply engrained eating habits overnight.  Just make 1 small change per day, every day and watch how much progress you can make in 1 month!  Drop by drop fills the bucket.

You can easily start today.  Baby steps my friends, baby steps!  For example:

  • Everyday, add at least 1 fruit or veggie to your meal (an apple, grapes, salad, breadfruit, asparagus, carrot sticks, cucumber, spinach, kale, etc)
  • Mix things up with one vegetarian meal per week.  Start including chickpea, bean, or tofu dishes into your diet 1 or 2 times per month until you get used to it
  • Consider a meatless Monday.  If that’s too much eat smaller flesh portions or just remove flesh from one meal in your day
  • Explore vegan egg options: For eating only (like pancakes & eggs on a beautiful Sunday morning) try vegan egg; and for baking try flax egg or vegan egg
  • If you are a visual person (like me) and get motivation from seeing written achievements, write down on your calendar (or wherever) the days you added fruit/veggies/a vegetarian meal (optional suggestion)
  • Are you an ice cream addict?  No problem.  Try non-dairy, coconut based frozen treats or make ‘nice cream’ (made from frozen bananas) at home in your food processor
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Some fruit and veggie options.

3) Variety is the spice of life:  Delve into other cuisine types to delight your taste buds. If you’re not already a food adventurer…now is a good time to start!  Go check out Mexican, Thai, East Indian, Caribbean and Mediterranean foods to begin with.  They all have delicious plant-based options to choose from.  There’s more and more American cuisine options available now that are plant-based such as burgers, hot dogs and pizza.

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Vegetarian burger.

4) Be patient and gentle with yourself:  You will encounter setbacks at some point.  It’s part of the process of change.  Don’t beat yourself up because it won’t help you in your journey.  Just take it day by day.  And if you really do take my advice and make one small change per day, you can really crush the transition period.

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Try non-dairy ice cream brands like Screamin’ Brothers and Coconut Bliss.  You can easily whip up your own ‘nice cream’ (made from frozen ripe bananas) at home.

5) Health benefits: More energy, weight loss and minimal effort weight maintenance, anti-inflammatory effect on your body, anti-aging clearer mind, better mood, improved digestive health to name a few.  The renowned Mayo Clinic in the U.S.A wrote about the benefits of a plant-based diet here.

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It is much easier to lose weight, maintain a healthy weight, keep fit, feel energetic and look fantastic with a plant-based diet.

Always do a bit of research on your own to find out more info about new eating and lifestyle methods you aim to embark on.

Let me know if this information was helpful to you.  Leave a comment below letting me know where you are at in your dietary adventure (examples: You’re thinking about it? Just starting? Already doing it? You are way advanced?  Never happening? lol).  If you have questions perhaps I can help 🙂

Cheers to your health,

-Chrissy

 

 

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. HowlinBooks says:

    Really great post. Very helpful. I’m going plant-based in January for health reasons. I done it and really noticed a difference. Sadly I went back to my naughty ways. I’m vegetarian so not to naughty but still not what I wanted to be.

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    1. Chrissy says:

      Hi HowlinBooks! Thanks for leaving a comment! :# I’m happy you found this post helpful. High-five for going plant-based in January again! And, it’s all good regarding going back to your naughty ways, we all fall off the tracks in various areas in life at some point. It’s all about getting back up after being knocked down. Don’t beat yourself up, we are all on our own journey. It’s part of the process of making a life change. I wish you loads of luck next month, you will rock the pants off of that plant-based diet! :# You will crush it!

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  2. really love your page and your vibe 🙂 new here to WordPress but been vegan 2 years and grew up vegetarian 🙂

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    1. Chrissy says:

      Thanks so much! 🙂 Thank you for visiting and thanks for the kind words! 🙂 Welcome to the WordPress world, we’re neighbors now, lol! And about growing up vegetarian, that’s awesome! Being vegetarian can definitely make it easier to transition to going vegan (at least that’s what I found). High five for being vegan for 2 years! How has your body reacted to it? Do you feel better overall? Did you have any bumps in the road going vegan? Because it’s definitely a learning process. Thanks again for visiting, neighbor 🙂

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