Changing from your regular regimen to a plant-based diet can be difficult if done incorrectly. It can be tempting to be disheartened during the process, but a change in diet, if done right, can improve your overall health and disposition. It’s not always a pleasant experience, but it can nevertheless have pleasant results.
If you’re thinking about switching to a plant-based diet, here are some tips that just might help you with the change:
1. Plan ahead
Changing to a plant-based lifestyle often means having to spend longer at the grocery reading the labels of various products to see which ones are appropriate for you. It also involves learning to prepare your own food in more careful ways, since your food needs to be delicious in addition to entirely plant-based.
That being said, it’s good to be ready and familiar with pre-packed, plant-based products that you can just pick up, open, and eat when you need them.
2. Cold turkey doesn’t always work
Not all of us have the help of a nutritionist or dietitian. Not many of us have the luxury of always buying pre-prepared meals. There are skills that need learning when switching to a vegan lifestyle, such as cooking and meeting your nutritional goals. There’s also finding and familiarizing yourself with the sources of plant-based goods in your area.
While you are not yet used to a plant-based lifestyle, it might be good to take your time with it.
3. Don’t overload on the carbs.
While pasta, bread, fries, and potato chips are vegan foods, they are not the only vegan foods around. The body needs more than just carbohydrates to operate, vitamin deficiencies can come with a laundry list of problems.
Diversify your diet by eating a variety of fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and grains. Be aware of the nutritional value of the things you eat, and make sure to adjust your consumption to your needs.
4. Familiarize yourself with vegan products
There are plenty of plant-based substitutes for nearly every type of food you can think of. Being a vegan doesn’t have to mean being condemned to boring bowls of vegetables. There is as much variety in the vegan lifestyle as any other. You just have to put more effort into discovering all the different ways to prepare your food.
The beauty of modern technology and culinary arts is that there are plant-based substitutes that are nearly indistinguishable from the products they’re replacing.
5. Surround yourself with people who have similar goals
It can be isolating and lonely changing from a lifestyle you and your loved ones are familiar with. Finding a group of people who already live a vegan lifestyle—or better yet, people who are also slowly transitioning to a vegan lifestyle—can help give you the feeling of solidarity you need to carry on with your transition.
With vegan friends, you can share recipes and secrets and talk about your experiences in a judgment-free space.
However, you decide to go about transitioning to a plant-based lifestyle, remember that it doesn’t have to be a negative experience. While it can be a difficult road, the end result is definitely worth it.
If you want to learn about better ways to transition to a plant-based diet, send us at Lyfe Fuel a message. We are there to guide you through the process as best as we can!