Transitioning to a plant-based diet can seem like a daunting task, I want to help you, here are 5 Simple Things I Did To Transition To A Plant-Based Diet.
One of the biggest trends we saw in 2019 was a move towards a more sustainable diet and that can mean different things to different people based on culture, race, religion and many other factors.
We do know that the meat industry plays a big part in global climate change and let’s face it factory farming is not sustainable or ethical at all. Animal abuse is rampant and we clearly need to make a change when it comes to our food system.
Starting a low or no meat diet can be a challenge for so many of us, it was for me.
For this post, I am sharing MY tips that helped me make my transition to being a vegetarian so much easier.
This article is not a debate on the politics of being a vegan or vegetarian, it’s simply meant to provide you with support if you are looking to make some changes. And a reminder to always talk to your health care provider before starting any new diet plan.
1. Don’t go cold turkey! In my experience transitioning slowly leads to more success. If you cut out meat and dairy all at once it’s going to be really hard at first. I don’t want you to give up, so slowly start reducing meat and dairy consumption in the first week.
2. Eat more! Lots more! A plant-based diet requires you to eat more than you normally would, just ensure you are eating the right kinds of foods. Try to avoid anything that is too processed and stick to fresh fruits and veggies, dried legumes, pasta, rice etc.
3. Be prepared of cynics! Choosing to be a vegan or vegetarian can come with a lot of negative comments from people around you and that’s ok, this is YOUR journey, not theirs. I used to get so irritated that I had to explain myself but now I see it as an opportunity to educate. If you feel you don’t want to go that route you can simply say “I’ve read so much about it and really wanted to give it try, I will let you know how it goes”. This takes the pressure off.
4. Be super prepared with recipes. Go to Pinterest and do a recipe search. The key here is to search for vegan or vegetation recipe alternatives for the dishes you love. Like a vegan Mac n’ cheese, or chilli, or tacos, or anything really. There is a veg alternative, I guarantee it! I like to plan a weeks’ worth of meal ideas. Make sure to take the recipes to the grocery store when you shop.
5. Don’t forget about fruit. This is one of the things I love most about being a veggie, I get to eat lots and lots of delicious fruit. It’s a good idea to eat on its own, so an hour before or after the main meal.