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Ways To Get Started On A Plant-Based Diet

If you’re looking to eat more plant-based and transition slowly, there are many ways a beginner can quickly get into a plant-based lifestyle. A plant-rich diet will be most beneficial to your life and health.

The first beginner’s guide into a plant-based diet is changing your mentality and how you view meat. If you can do this, all the other steps won’t be so hard. Do some research and see how animals are treated. You can also check out the side effects of meat on the quality of your life. When having a meal, start viewing meat more like a condiment and not the main meal. Doing this will tremendously reduce your meat consumption.

Tips For an Easier Transition Into a Plant-based Diet

We all have been in the transitioning phase, and the experience is different for everyone. But most times, it is a bit difficult to transition overnight if you’ve had meat in every meal all your life. These tips are for those having a hard time making the transition. Here are tips to get you started on this new journey.

Find High-Quality Plant Fats

Plant fats are filling, balances hormones, good for the heart and skin, and promote good cholesterol (LDL). Good fats include; coconut shreds, olive oil, coconut oil, avocado oil, nuts, and seeds.

You can add seeds to your morning cereals or salads. Use healthy fats like coconut/ olive oil to cook food. Olive oil, shredded coconut, nuts, and seeds are delicious on salads.

Prepare Your Meals

The most successful people getting on a plant-based diet did most of the work by themselves. Most restaurants either over-price simple meals you could make at home, or they don’t cook them well. To sustain this lifestyle, you have to learn how to make your meals to prevent going back to old habits.

Making your meals will make you fall in love with your health and appreciate the process. You also get to choose what goes into your food and the flavors you love.

Substitute Meat With Plant-Based Food

Instead of entirely omitting meat from your plate, find some other plant protein to take its place like; beans, legumes, tofu, among others. This way, the transition will be seamless, unlike altogether omitting the food from your plate, which could cause you to go back to meat.

After doing this for a while, you won’t even notice the absence of meat on your plate. You’ll start enjoying plant foods even more.

Plan Ahead

Lack of plans is what leads to last-minute pizza delivery. Instead, you can meal prep, prepare ingredients, or batch cook once a week. Choose a method that works best for you. Planning meals ahead prevents you from making regretful mistakes out of a hurry or fatigue.

When you know you have food in your fridge that is ready for you, you’ll be calm coming home after a day of hard work and stress. Planning is the key to success.

Start With Your Breakfast

Replace all the animal products on your breakfast table with rich and filling plant-based foods. Committing to eating at least one plant-based meal a day will help you shift swiftly. After this has become routine, you can now look into turning your snacks, then lunch, then dinner into entirely plant-based meals. Such a method is slow but sure.

Stock Healthy Foods

Think of those days you get from work and don’t want to touch a single utensil in the name of making a meal. Will you find something healthy to consume in your pantry? When shopping, remember such days. Make sure you have stocked up healthy meals, mainly in your pantry.

Having healthy meals in your pantry will prevent you from indulging in unnecessary fast unhealthy foods. Healthy options also prevent you from consuming foods with empty calories.

Educate Yourself

As a common saying goes, “knowledge is wealth,” and I a hundred percent agree with that. Knowing your food and knowing how to make it taste great while still eating healthy is the ultimate goal. Most highly processed “meat substitutes” contain just as many chemicals as we avoid by not eating meat.

Knowing what you are consuming will benefit your health because that knowledge will prevent you from being deficient in any vitamins. Also, knowing what’s on your plate will help you develop a better relationship with food.

Find New Recipes

It is high time you bought yourself a new cookbook. Discover new hearty recipes so that you don’t get bored with your regular food. You can also find new recipes online and try them out. Making delicious plant-based meals is a talent worthy of praise.

Final Words

It can be a bit difficult to switch to a plant-based lifestyle. These tips are very instrumental to your transition. Learn more about the benefits of a plant-based diet on your health and environment. It will help you stick to this lifestyle.

Written By: Catherine Kakenya

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