Note: this post has been updated in September 2019.
Are you overweight, tired and taking prescriptions medications and knowing all is not right with your body? If you are like most people you are eating the Standard American diet, which is linked to poor Nutrition and health. You can change this!
Okay you have decided that you might consider a plant-based diet and work toward a plant-based lifestyle. Even if you are not ready yet, at least you should investigate how the transition could change your life for the better!
With a rise in concerns over health risks associated with meat, and with the blossoming awareness of the treatment of animals, many people are switching to a vegetarian lifestyle. No matter what your personal reasons for researching a plant-based diet or lifestyle may be, it is clear that cutting back on your meat intake can have a very meaningful impact on your health and other factors. At this point, you may be asking yourself, “What’s next?” The following information is designed to give you a few tips on how to start a plant-based lifestyle.
With any sort of diet or lifestyle change, success is controlled by how much motivation and momentum you are able to keep. Part of this is setting realistic goals, so it might not be advantageous for you to suddenly stop eating everything you’ve been eating and immediately switch to kale salads. Try adding a vegetable to your diet with only a minor reduction in your food regimen. For example, reduce your dairy intake to 3 days a week, and add a smoothie that includes kale for your breakfast or lunch 3-4 times a week. Once this becomes natural for you, try to go 5-7 days without dairy. Eventually, you will notice a difference and your body will tell you it prefers to go without it.
Try reading about and making the vegetarian versions of your favorite foods. The more familiar the food is, the easier it will be for you to edge over into these new recipes. Begin by adding vegetables to them, and after about 3 weeks, remove the dairy and meat contents. As you reach weeks 4-6 without meat and dairy, many of the withdrawal symptoms will have already vanished.
You are likely to have a noticeable increase in energy, and the thought of going back to eating meat and dairy products will not be as attractive as it once was.
Sometimes, it may be more difficult to ease into the plant-based lifestyle. It may be easier to just do it all at once. About 8 years ago, during the Christmas holidays, I decided that after New Year’s, I would jump in with both feet and become plant-strong. For me, it worked! I have never looked back and plan never to change my direction.
The bottom line: you – and you alone – are responsible for your health. This may necessitate changing how you eat, drink and live your life. Even small lifestyle changes can make a world of difference to how you behave and feel.
If you are curious about the plant-based movement, one of the best sources I know of is the Whole Food, Plant-Based Diet Guide developed by The T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies. It answers the question “What Do I Eat?” You eat whole, unrefined plants; how simple is that!
More people than ever before are making the decision to adopt a plant-based diet as the benefits cannot be overshadowed. They are drastic and life-altering. If you are ready to join the movement, you will need the guide Plant-Based Diet for Beginners. This guide will provide you with the insight and motivation you need to start a new positive lifestyle change.
The Forks Over Knives Plan shows you how to put this life-saving, delicious diet into practice in your own life. This easy-to-follow, meal-by-meal makeover is the approach Doctors Alona Pulde and Matthew Lederman (featured in the documentary) use every day in their nutritional health practice—a simple plan that focuses on hearty comfort foods and does not involve portion control or worrying about obtaining single nutrients like protein and calcium.
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