7 Tips For Transitioning to a Whole Food Plant-Based Diet
2. Clean House
Go through your pantry, cupboards and refrigerator. Get rid of anything processed. Snack, crackers, chips, cheese, white flour, sugar etc. This will eliminate the temptation to eat these items. Instead buy snacks like apples, blood oranges, pears, chickpeas, and other beans that you can season and toast in the oven or an air fryer. These make a great crunchy snack similar to chips but healthy!
3. Start With Your Favorites
Experiment with cooking. Start by creating vegetarian or plant-based versions of your favorite meals! Things like BBQ lentil loaf and garlic mashed potatoes, sweet potato and black bean quesadillas, lasagna, grilled portobello burgers, beans and greens. Yes, all of these are plant-based! Eating plant-based does not mean boring or lacking flavor. In fact, there's more flavor than you would've ever imagined!
3. Play Around With New Ways Of Cooking
Experiment cooking without oil. Sautée an onion and some other vegetables in a little bit of vegetable broth or water. Learn the plant-based substitutions in cooking. For example 1 tablespoon of flax and 2 tablespoons of water create a flax egg, which can be used to replace eggs as binders in several dishes such as muffins and burgers. Nutritional yeast is a great replacement for things such as Parmesan cheese.
4. Find Some Good Cook Books
Invest in some plant-based cook books. We started with The China Study cook book, Plant Strong cookbook and The Campbell Plan. There are so many out there! Once you begin cooking, you can experiment and add in your favorite seasonings.
5. Remember Why You Started
Continue to learn. Continue to read new research and articles regarding the health benefits of going whole food plant-based. Reminding yourself of why you're doing this, whether it's weight-loss or reversing early heart disease, will help you stay on track.
6. Step Back and Notice The Difference
Approach food differently. Look at what you eat as one of the most important decisions you make each day. Notice the positive difference in your body, and let that also be your motivation to continue.
7. Focus On Variety to Get The Nutrients Your Body Requires
Make sure you're eating wide variety of fruits, vegetables, legumes and whole grains. As long as you do this, you will be getting plenty of the nutrients you need.