Guide to Building Solid Plant-Based Diet Habits

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Are you vegan, plant-based, or just trying to eat less meat? Still can’t build solid plant-based habits? Well, you’re not alone, so don’t beat yourself up. But you will need to build solid plant-based eating habits, so as not to snap back into your old eating habits. To build these habits, you have to stay on track, and take steps that are easy to measure and track, weekly or monthly, so you can see your progress and feel motivated to keep going.

Eating a plant-based diet is one of the most important things you can do to improve your overall health – up to 80% of sudden heart attacks and strokes can be avoided with positive life choices and habits, such as eating a healthy plant-based diet and being physically active.

Here are 6 ways to build solid plant-based diet habits:

 

Start Slowly and Practice Mindful Eating

 

First and foremost, you have to start slowly and practice mindful eating. Rushing into a new diet might make you rush out soon. That’s why it is necessary to start slowly by removing one meat or animal product from your diet each week. When meat is not on your plate, it can be hard to figure out what to replace it with. Learning how to properly build your meals by replacing meat with fruit, vegetable, whole grain, or plant-based proteins, will leave you nourished, happy, and healthy.

Also, embracing a mindful eating habit can help you achieve a better relationship with food and may reduce binge eating as a plant-based dieter.

Take your time to enjoy your food and recognize its ability to nourish you. This increases your chances of building solid, lasting plant-based diet habits.

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Finding Support

 

Find a plant-based support group! Adapting to a new eating habit as a plant-based dieter can seem difficult and that’s why it’s very important to find other people who share the same eating habits as you.

Support groups can be one of the most important things to help build solid plant-based diet habits. Being around and talking to like-minded plant-based dieters will help you stay on track and not fall off the wagon. Bonding over vegan food and having discussions on the subject of food, choices, challenges, and how to defeat them is a great talking point when you all follow the same lifestyle.

Connecting with other plant-based dieters in your country, city, workplace, or school is very easy and can support your needs: health, cultural values, animal welfare, ethics, and the environment. You can make friends and connect with colleagues who share the same passion and interests as you. Joining a vegan club can dramatically improve your cooking skills, eating habits, and vegan awareness.

Wanting help and seeking advice is not a weakness, consider it a strength as you increase your understanding, compassion, and awareness of the world. Therefore, be excited to ask for tips and seek support or advice from other people that have gone before.

 

Make Meal Plans That Fit Your Schedule and Budget

 

Once you master how to cook at home you’ll know how to prepare your meals yourself as well as your budget.

Prepping all of your meals at home makes it easier to build solid plant-based diet habits throughout the week. You don’t have to break the bank to eat healthy plant-based meals. Make an eating plan each week – this is the key to fast, easy meal preparation. Find the nearest market and get the most out of it. Buy only what you need and can eat within a week.

Planning your meals ahead of time can save you a lot of time and money, then you can keep this in line with a weekly budget. Food is fuel, be sure you are loading up on enough plant-based foods throughout the week.

Check out the PlantStand Creators that can help you plan your meals with ease.

Give Yourself a Treat Now and Then

 

While eating plant-based foods is vital in getting all the nutrients you need on a plant-based diet, it’s also important to give yourself some treats now and then. Maybe like vegan chocolates, ice cream, desserts, cakes, snacks, or alt-meat burgers when you feel like It. Because, if you don’t enjoy your food, you might never find fulfillment in your plant-based journey.

Always find an eating pattern that you are happy with, one you can truly enjoy, and that can meet your plant-based nutrient needs. Only then can you build a solid plant-based diet habit.

 

Try New Recipes Often

 

It’s easy to get bored eating the same kind of foods all the time. Choosing recipes from cookbooks, food blogs or YouTube with plenty of whole grains, herbs, spices, beans, healthy fats, vegetables, and fruits is the ultimate goal. So try new options as often as possible. It not only keeps things exciting but also introduces your taste buds to healthy new plant-based foods. Vegan or vegan option restaurants or meet-ups are also great places to try out new recipes.

 

Consider supplementation

 

Supplementation is very important for plant-based dieters. Meeting nutrient needs is key, and for some plant-based dieters, this includes nutritional supplements like vitamin D, B12, and calcium.

It’s important to pay attention to the amount of calcium-rich foods you eat, like fortified plant-based milk, tofu, almonds, almond butter, and tahini, as well as iron-rich foods like dark leafy greens, lentils, and beans.

 

Conclusion

 

I know it can be a tough ride trying to build plant-based habits. But it’s super possible if you’re determined to give up the things that want to draw you back. With the guide mentioned above, I’m sure you’ll be able to finally build a solid plant-based diet.

Vegan Recipe Developer, Professional Health & Nutrition Writer/ Vegan-Health Consultant, with 4 certifications in Health & Nutrition related fields, and over 3 years of experience in Vegan-Health Consultancy.
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