5 Things You Can Do Right Now To Go Plant-Based

Plant-based eating

Are you thinking about going plant-based and not sure where to start?

This article is going to give you a few ideas on how to dip a toe into plant-based eating without feeling overwhelmed.

 

Create a list of plant-based recipes you like

This is a great starting point as especially at the beginning it’s important to believe you are not going to sacrifice taste.

Plant-based meals are delicious but if you are new to eating this way, it may be hard to imagine that anything without meat is going to taste good. That’s why it’s important to let your curiosity and taste buds lead when choosing plant-centered recipes to make at home.

Think about what you love today and how you can put a plant-based spin on it. There’s no need to go overboard though. Just pin down 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners.

We are creatures of habit and regardless of what style of eating we prefer we tend to rotate just a couple of meals a week. When you have 9 healthy plant-based options under your belt, you’ll feel much more confident that eating this way is doable.

 

Find plant-based friendly restaurants

Fear of missing out on eating out can stop you on your plant-based journey before you even start.

We are social creatures by nature and food is about so much more than just fueling our body. It’s also about connecting with others, about being part of a group, be it your family, friends or co-workers. The good news is there are so many places today that cater to plant-based enthusiasts and even have specific vegan menus. When choosing a restaurant just think about cuisines that have a lot of vegetable dishes. The safest bet would be Thai, Japanese, Lebanese, Chinese and even Italian restaurants. There you are much more likely to find tasty plant-based options on their menus.

 

Try out different dairy alternatives 

One of the easiest ways to move towards plant-based eating is swapping dairy milk for plant milk.

You can choose from nut-based milks like almond, cashew or hazelnut or try the very popular oat milk. Depending on what you’re looking for you may find that you love oat milk in your cereal and the creaminess of almond milk in your curry. When it comes to cheese as a spread you can always use avocado or herb and nut-based pesto as an alternative.

If you’re looking for some cheese as a filler for your sandwich, there are nut or coconut-based cheeses out there too.

 

Include beans in your favorite recipes

Beans, peas and lentils are a great source of plant protein and beneficial fiber to support the health of your gut, and they’re very satisfying and should eventually become a staple in any healthy plant-based diet.

Despite their health benefits, your gut may need some time to get used to them. Introduce them slowly. Pick one of your favorite curry, stew or stir-fries and add just a couple of tablespoons of beans in.

Chickpeas, black or cannellini beans usually work really well. You can also add them to your salads – garden peas are great for this, or make your own hummus! After a while when you feel comfortable you can make the full swap and create your own bean dishes.

 

Find your Why

As with anything new, introducing plant-based meals into your life may create challenging or uncomfortable moments, whether it’s due to convenience, social or some other pressure.

To make sure that you stay motivated and keep exploring plant-based eating, it’s worth finding your why. It may be for environmental, health or ethical reasons. Or it may be that you like to have more healthy and lighter options to eat.

Whatever the reason, it truly helps if you’re clear on what initially sparked your curiosity. Once you know your starting point, you can learn and explore further and learn what impact your food choices may have on your life and lives of others. In addition, it will be also easier to find like-minded people you can share insights from your own journey with.

These are just 5 tips on what you can start doing right away to eat a more plant-based diet.

They are meant to inspire and whether you choose one, all or none, it doesn’t matter. What matters is that you’ve started your journey. After all you’re here!

So just go with the flow and enjoy.

A plant-based nutritionist, using healing, high vibration foods to help others detoxify and find a loving relationship with food and themselves.
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