Eating healthier can feel like a tricky whirlwind of feelings and impulses. Whether you are new to the game, or just want to get back on track, a little support goes a long way. So we’ve compiled some tips to help you make the switch from start to plant-based success (because who wants to eat hotdogs for the rest of their life, anyway?).
1) It’s not a one size fits all
There are no one-size-fits-all solutions for food and your diet, so take heed and keep your eye on the rest of the herd. Embracing an exclusively plant-based lifestyle can free you from the pressure of counting macronutrients like fat, carbs, and proteins, but it might not fit in your routine if you work out a lot and need additional energy to recoup.
When you cut out dairy, you’ve eliminated saturated fat and cholesterol. When you eliminate meat, you are also going to cut out animals genes, hormones, antibiotics, and death. So if you’re in the middle of a health-kick or even just heading off to the grocery store, swapping out a non-plant-based meal for a plant-based meal can help prevent disease, shrink cancer cells, and lower heart disease, while giving yourself a softer glow and a piece of mind.
3) Start with subbing
One easy way to start the transition is to just swap out a meal. Instead of a standard sandwich, meat with buns, or a pizza that’s loaded with pepperoni, opt for a plant-based version. A great option is a vegan Reuben sandwich. There are many restaurants where you could also jump on to a pre-built and plant-based dish, like District Taco’s plant-based protein tacos, or vegan sushi.
4) Transition outside the kitchen
While you’re cooking for your friends and family, why not suggest a plant-based recipe or try cooking a delicious meal and not telling them what’s in it (once the praises start pouring in, you can let them in on it). You might also consider hosting a plant-based potluck or eve expressing a desire to take a one week break from meat. Friends and family will be more likely to join in as well if they believe they are not to be the only one to make changes.
5) Bring on the veggies
It’s that time of year, and what goes better with the changing leaves and cooler evenings than some warm comfort food? It can be as easy as swapping out your ground beef for some ground vegetables in your chili recipe for a seasonal twist. This also means bringing more veggies to the table in general. Research even now indicates that people with higher intakes of vegetables and fruits, like broccoli or green beans, can significantly reduce risks of heart disease, stroke, and cancer.
What’s so hard about making the switch?
Heading off to the grocery store, swapping out a non-plant-based meal for a plant-based meal can help prevent disease, shrink cancer cells, and lower heart disease, while giving yourself a softer glow and a piece of mind.