10 TIPS TO GOING PLANT-BASED

TOP TIPS TO TRANSITIONING TO A PLANT-BASED, VEGETARIAN, OR VEGAN DIET

1. Educate yourself

Watch documentaries and Youtube videos, read books and articles, and do your own research! By educating yourself on plant-based and vegan diets, stories, benefits, etc., you’ll not only be informed, but inspired!

Some of my favorite resources include...

Documentaries:
“Cowspiracy” on Netflix

“Earthlings” on Netflix

“Forks over Knives” on Netflix

Speeches:

“101 Reasons to Go Vegan”

Ted Talk:

“Beyond Carnism” by Melanie Joy

Books:

“How Not to Die” by Dr. Michael Gregor

“The 80/10/10 Diet” by Dr. Douglas Graham

2. TAKE IT EASY

Some people go vegan overnight, but others go vegan over weeks, or even months. If switching completely to a vegan diet intimidates you, start slow! Try incorporating more plant foods into your diet, and dedicate 1-3 days a week to eating vegan.

3. EAT A LOT + EAT OFTEN

Plant foods are typically lower in calories, so you’ll need to eat more in volume. Also, waiting too long in between meals affects your blood sugar levels and leads to a crash in energy, which increases the likeliness that you later reach for poor-quality foods (foods high in sugar, or caffeine). This cycle can create feelings of irritability and exhaustion, so be sure to eat at consistent times and try not to skip meals.

4. buY the basics

Luckily, you can find many plant foods that are cheaper than animal foods! These foods are typically whole foods that are simultaneously the healthiest for you! By sticking to the basics: vegetables, fruits, grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds, you’ll ensure a healthy body, mind, and bank account.

5. KEEP IT SIMPLE

You might be wondering how only whole foods can sustain your appetite and/or cravings, but you can keep your recipes simple, then add herbs, spices, hot sauce, hummus, salsa, or guacamole’ to spice things up and add some more flavor!

6. include fats

Be sure to have a balanced plate full of protein, carbohydrates, and fat at every meal. This will create optimal blood sugar levels and may reduce cravings later on. Including fats in your plant-based diet is extremely important, as it will keep you full and satisfied!

7. RESEARCH RECIPES + RESTAURANTS

Craving comfort food, pizza, burgers, pasta, desserts, etc.? Research recipes online, and vegan-friendly restaurants in your area. I like using Yelp, HappyCow, or simply Google to find great restaurants with great options. Although I encourage at-home cooking, eating out is fun! Make it a social event, and you might even inspire others to eat more plant foods! Eating out can also inspire dishes for you to recreate at home! 

Some of my favorite resources for recipes:

Pinterest

“Liv B” on YouTube

"Ellen Fisher" on YouTube

“Raw Alignment” on YouTube

“Bonny Rebecca” on YouTube 

“Simply Quinoa” on YouTube

Forks over Knives

Minimalist Baker

8. GET RID OF ANIMAL FOODS

The easiest way to stop eating animal foods: stop purchasing them/keeping them in your home, dorm, or apartment. If you have an abundance of whole, delicious plant foods, you will be more than happy to eat them! If you live with family members or roommates who are not plant-based, try having a separate pantry/shelf or drawer in the fridge. This way, you won’t be tempted to go for their animal-based products. Eventually, you won’t be tempted at all, but until you have fully transitioned, this should be helpful.

9. BE KIND TO YOURSELF

It's okay to make a mistake or have a slip-up. Simply get back to it!

10. CONNECT WITH LIKE-MINDED PEOPLE

It can be extremely motivating and heartwarming to connect with others who are transitioning, or are already plant-based! Use hashtags on twitter and Instagram, watch/follow vegan YouTubers and Instagram accounts, reach out to people who you know follow a similar diet, etc. Connecting with others who are on the same journey as you will help inspire you, allow you to share and get ideas, and you may even cultivate some great friendships!!


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Lots of love!!

Lanie Lu