7 Tricks to Healthy Eating on a Plant-base Lifestyle
Plant-base healthy eating diet, do we need it?
Yes, but starting and sticking to a healthy eating plant-based lifestyle is more important. Cutting out or cutting back on meat is not easy for anyone.
Sure, some of us can go cold turkey, but for most people meat is life. However, I think it not so much the meat that’s a problem, but that people don’t know how to correctly prepare healthy simp foods.
Did you know that not all herbs, spices, or condiments are created equal? It’s true. People often get confused as to what herbs and spices to use for overall health.
Below I will share with you the top seven best tricks to healthy eating on your plant-based journey to get all your nutrition.
When I became a vegan in 1997, I was uneducated and naïve about the ins and outs of healthy eating and proper nutrition.
However, lucky for me, I was coming from a background where onions, garlic, thyme, allspice, and other herbs and spices were a part of everyday cooking. So, I cooked all my dishes with herbs and spices trying to duplicate the taste and favors of meats.
Guess what? it worked.
I am so glad, back then, I knew nothing about nutrition or even how to supplement with minerals and vitamins. So, I was fully able to listen to my body and effortlessly make the transition to a healthy eating plan with all the noise and confusion I hear surrounding the topic of food and eating healthy today.
In the age we live in today, going vegan or plant base has become such a breeze, due to all the substitution of fresh products, dairy products, and egg products. However, I think it’s also more confusing for many because of information overload.
And that’s where I can help because it doesn’t have to be that hard.
Why is Going Plant-based so Hard?
Why is it so hard to choose healthy foods, to make the right choice, to find the one item that will fix all my eating problems? Those are questions that get asked a lot. Well, It’s not that hard. We just need to clear the noise around us and listen to our bodies.
Our bodies were made with intelligent and it knows what it needs. If your diet is not working for you; your body will tell you. If you need more salt or less salt your body will tell you that too. So the first step to health is to learn how to listen to our bodies.
What is the first thing a doctor ask you when he or she walks into a room. They ask what is wrong. So, right there you must already know what’s wrong with you, why? because your body already told you. But, now what do you do? You put your life in the doctor‘s hand and take what he prescript to you solely on how you told him you are feeling. Why now just listen to your bodies and make the lifestyle changes that will correct or turn back the problems in the first place.
Why do People Shy Away from Eating Healthy?
Eating brings us pleasure. Eating is a way of socializing with family and friends. It’s something we do fix in. So, if our pears or family are not on the same eating plan we feel left out or ashamed. However, in the end, it’s your body and your life.
What will you choose?
When I decided to go vegan in 1997 not one of my family members was on board with me. My mother thought I was crazy, and I was going to die. Nevertheless, after a few months of seeing positive changes in my body and health, I decided to stick with it regardless of what others were saying. Also, it was easy for me, back then because the internet was a new thing and I was clueless to all the noise we have today, God and my body was the only signal I relied on.
Top 7 Best Tips to Eating Healthy on a Plant-base Lifestyle
Okay, before I share with you those seven tips, let me say, the vegan lifestyle is just that, a lifestyle. It is not a fade diet or a short-term way to lose a few extra pounds. Also, in no way should you read anything I have written here and feel pressured to become vegan. Make the lifestyle change because you deserve it.
I am not a fan of anyone making quick lifestyle changes overnight. Start off with one meal change at a time by incorporating more plant-based dinners or meals into your weekly routine.
If you or your family have any medical conditions talk to your doctors or dietitian first before beginning.
Tip 1: Start at The Beginning.
First, don’t start with a negative attitude. Do some research before you talk to your family. Don’t make the change harder than it has to be. Jump in with an open mind. Sit down with your family and decide on a game plan for the week. Talk to them about eating plant-based once a week and make it sound exciting. Keep that meal simple and affordable, by using beans for the meat that night.
Tip 2: Give Yourself Grace and Time
Any change you decide to make in your life is going to be hard in the beginning. But give yourself time. Sure, prepping some beans and vegetables the night before or the Sunday before you plan to eat it may be time-consuming in the beginning but over time you will figure out a routine. Simply add beans and water to a glass bowl Saturday night, then Sunday when you are cooking dinner, add an extra pot to the stove and cook the bean, when cool add them back to the glass bowl and put in the fridge for Monday’s dinner.
Tip 3: Keep the Pantry and Fridge Stock-Up.
Any lifestyle change you make is going to be difficult if you don’t have the right supplies to work with. So, give yourself some time and stock up on pantry and fridge basics. Remember now, just the basics. As you go deeper into your change you will discover that you may have a lot on hand all ready to go. And don’t forget the treats. Treats like Good quality dairy-free dark chocolate, chips, vegan baked goods like cookies and muffins are all acceptable treats to have on hand. In addition, fresh produce, herbs and spices, bread, plant-based meal alternatives, and your condiments-check you labels- are essentials to have stock up also.
Tip 4: Remember you are Adding, not Subtracting
The vegan lifestyle is not a scarcity or malnourishment diet. When you cut meat and dairy out of your diet you will be able to eat more in abundance. Get rid of the mindset of lack, think abundance.
As an alternative to what you think you can not eat focus on what you will be adding to your life and plate. Foods, like soy, almond, rice or coconut milk is an alternative to dairy milk. More whole grains, beans, lentils, tofu, fruits and vegetable along with nuts and seeds to keep you full for longer.
Also, look into all the different ‘imitation meats’ that are on the market today. In the beginning, use all the resources that are available to you. when I started out, none of these products today was around and I have lived and strive as a vegan for over 25 years. These will help to make your transition so much easier. Work with what you have available to you and what you can afford. In time you will learn how to easily cook all your beans, tofu, lentils and tempeh the same way you have always cooked fresh meat.
Tip 5:Listen to Your Own Body
Listen to your body, list to your hunger cravings. If you are hungry eat. Remember that a plant-based lifestyle food is lower in calories than foods like meat and dairy. Foods like fruits, beans, and legumes are simpler and much easier to digest. Vegetables. Eat more at the table if you feel the need to. Keep vegan snacks like nuts, seeds, and fruit bars on you for those times.
Respect your body and listen to it and in time it will adjust to the changes.
Tip 6: Supplement.
As I have mentioned in another blog post. Supplements are very important for our overall wellbeing. Many of us eat too many process foods and process foods that can be depleted the vitamins and minerals form out bodies. So, good supplements are important when transitioning to a plant-based lifestyle. Vitamin B12 supplement is recommended along with Vitamin D supplements for people who get no sun contact. These are not just for vegan, but for everyone lacking a proper diet.
Tip 7: Learn to Cook your Favorite Meals Plant-based.
It can at time feel overwhelming in the beginning if you are unsure of what you need to cook or eat. So, I say, start with a meat dish you love but without the meat. Say you like Bean chili, cook some but leave out the beef crumble and add in more beans and spices or try out a vegan ‘meat crumble’. Learn to recook a few of your favorite dishes and keep using them.
The Last Thing You Need to Know about Eating Healthy on a Plant-based Lifestyle.
The only way to win on this lifestyle journey is to start small. Don’t try to change and do it all at once. You will learn as you go. Practices the small step you have accomplish over and over until they become second nature, then move on to something else. Don’t watch what others are doing online or how far they are ahead of you. listen to you—your body and made the change slowly for your overall health and wellness.
Talk to me what else do you want to know? How will you start off regaining your health?
To your health.
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