First Steps To Adopting a Plant-Based Diet

When people first decide to try a plant-based diet two things typically go through their heads:

1) So I can’t eat: eggs, cheese, meat & dairy….

2) What do I actually get to eat?

I’m here to tell you that there are THOUSANDS of things you can eat on a plant-based diet and it’s not all lettuce and raw fruits/veggies! (Cheer with me now, WOOHOO!)

Let’s break it down.

If you have decided to follow a plant-based vegan diet, I want to encourage you to eat the following things in abundance:

  • Non-starchy Vegetables: Leafy greens, broccoli, zucchini, cabbage, asparagus, etc

  • Starchy vegetables: Potatoes, sweet potatoes, legumes, beans, lentils, peas, corn, squash, etc.

  • Fruits: All whole fruits - fresh, not dried, as juice, etc.

  • Whole Grains: 100% whole wheat, oats, brown rice, etc. For weight loss, choose whole cooked grains and pastas over bread or crackers.

I want you to find ENJOYMENT and EXCITEMENT about eating plant-based foods. They are delicious, life giving, and HEALING. Find ones you love and indulge in them. The idea is it get yourself in a head space that says “Wow, these foods CAN and DO satisfy me.”

And guess what — These foods can be done in the ways of soups, stews, casseroles, “cheeses”, “meats”, and SO much more. The skies the limit with this.

Here are THREE things I did (or wish I had available to me) when I started a plant-based diet:

1) Join a community. We have a great free community on Facebook that invites you to share your experience and journey towards eating more plant-based foods. It’s a judgement free zone and we would LOVE to have you!

2) Keep learning. I find that the most enjoyable way to live is to know WHY and HOW about the things we are choosing to consume. What many people don’t realize is that the foods we are feeding ourselves are very often the ones doing the physical damage. It’s not always genetics or luck. We have more control than we think!

3) Consider talking to someone. There are TONS of amazing and encouraging nutrition coaches out there. Find someone who speaks to you. Someone who you can relate to and who you feel aligned with. Having a mentor, coach, friend, etc, to go through this journey with you will make all the difference! If you are a mama like me, I would love to talk to you!

I wish you the best of luck as you embrace this new way of living. Share in the comments if you are currently plant-based or if you want to become plant-based and why! I can’t wait to hear your stories.

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