Getting started with a plant-based diet is actually quiet easy. Staying with a plant-based diet is often a journey for many people which can sometimes feel like one step forward and two steps back. The key to sticking with it is finding your WHY, which is strong enough to keep you there.
10 Steps to Healthy Plant-Based
Discover your WHY
Find foods you love
Eat an abundance of raw fruits and vegetables every day
Allow the body time to adjust and heal
Get a health coach if needed
Get a blood test
Understand social pressure & side stepping
1.Discover your WHY
Your WHY could be any number of reasons. Some examples might be:
I’m sick and want to… (example: have more energy, heal from a disease, heal my depression, get rid of my acne etc. be specific)
I love animals and will not contribute directly or indirectly to hurting and killing them
I understand the environmental impacts of eating animals which pollute the planet we live on
Once you’ve discovered any combinations of WHY which are powerful for you write it down in a positive tone.
My WHY: I’m live a healthy plant-based lifestyle because I want to thrive in my body, mind and spirit. I choose whole plant based foods, with an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables. I love animals and will do what it takes to protect and respect them each day by what I choose to eat. I’m voting with my fork and knife to take care of this planet, my health and the animals.
Keep your WHY somewhere you can see it everyday. The inside of a bathroom mirror is a good place to keep it and look at it while brushing your teeth in the morning 🙂
Watch documentaries on Netflix and Youtube. Read books, blogs and magazine articles. We’ve been brainwashed in our society and by our family’s since we were born (not always in a bad way). It’s now time to consciously brain wash yourself in another direction. To do this you must saturate your mind with new information.
Find plant based documentaries, books and blogs HERE
3. Find Foods You Love
Make a list of all of the conventional foods you normally love and next to those foods research and write a plant-based alternative to it that includes as many whole foods as possible. To feel your best, use as many whole foods, or foods that are not (or minimally) packaged and processed, as you possibly can. Additionally, read the label of the foods you choose. There should be minimal ingredients without chemicals, numbers and preservatives you don’t understand. The best alternative is to make the ingredients when you can such as sauces etc. Keep processed pre-packaged plant-based junk food to a minimum. This includes pizzas, burgers, soy products etc.
Italian Lasagna ****** Plant-based Lasagna using gluten free quinoa pasta, fresh tomato sauce, cashew nut cheese.
Cheesecake****** Raw plant-based Cheesecake using cashews, dates etc
Bread****** Manna Bread. Ingredients include: Sprouted organic wheat kernels, filtered water, organic dried banana, organic walnuts, organic flax seeds, organic hemp seeds.
As you progress in your journey you will refine your list and the goal is to always eat as many fresh fruits and vegetables as you can.
4.Eat an abundance of raw fruits and vegetables every day
Nothing will make you feel better than eating an abundance of raw fruits and veggies. They are packed with everything you need to feel great and nothing you don’t. Your plate should look like a rainbow in each meal. How colorful can you get?
To easily increase your amount of fruits and veggies you eat each day do the following:
Eat whole ripe fruit or a green fruit smoothie each morning
Eat ripe fruit as a snack between meals
Have a salad and vegetables with lunch and dinner