I’ve have been getting a lot of texts, emails, calls, etc. from family and friends who have recently watched “What The Health.”
They all basically ask me the same thing…
how to get started! They want to try it out but are hesitant to take the plunge…
(hint: Veganism is really not scary.. at all.)
This is more of the “Plant Based” eating than actual full on Veganism, which I will dive into at a later date.
Which is pretty complicated… but not.. at the same time.
If you want to go plant-based, here are some of my best starter tips!
1.) Commit to giving it your best shot. Commit to love yourself unconditionally. Commit to getting out of your comfort zone.
2.) Do not make any assumptions about what the result will be. Enjoy the journey.
3.) DO NOT STRESS OUT ABOUT EVERY LITTLE NUTRIENT OR VITAMIN YOU NEED. Trust your body. As long as you are eating lots of vegetables, leafy greens, legumes, fruits, nuts, and seeds you will be fine. The only supplement I take is B12.
4.) Base your transition on your personality. Some people thrive off of the “cold turkey” method, while others prefer taking it slow.
5.) Prepare yourself for a spiritual, emotional AND physical transformation.
6.) Focus on health. because you love yourself! Love yourself.
7.) Start by incorporating as many plants in your meals as possible. Veggies, fruits, legumes, whole grains, nuts, seeds.
8.) “Crowd out” meat and dairy with plants instead of with faux cheese, faux meat, substitutions, etc. You will find vegan food to be QUITE flavorful and delicious.
9.) In the supermarket, try to stay mostly on the outer edges of the store (produce, bread, bulk)… the aisles near the center contain all the processed and boxed junk to stay away from.
10.) Be open to experiments. Experiment with different foods. Veganism is an experiment itself, it may not be best for you body.
12.) Quality over quantity.
13.) Find a support system. Try it with a friend or family member or find other plant-based eaters in your area. Share and c0mpare!
14.) Focus on all areas of you life, not just your diet. Balancing your primary food is key to a healthy life.
15.) Cook at home more often. Find peace and meditation in your time cooking.
16.) Research. Research. Research. Read books, listen to podcasts, look up recipes. Get educated so you have more motivation and passion!
17.) Push past the “well it’s awkward when I go out to eat with friends..” kind of thoughts that are holding you back. Your friends don’t care and if they ask you a million questions just answer them honestly! It’s your body no one can force you to eat something you don’t want to.
18.) ENJOY EATING! Find ways to enjoy your food. Food is great! It’s supposed to be one of the most pleasurable things in life! Enjoy eating, it is not a chore or a burden.
19.) Rely on your intuition. Intuitive eating promises us a lifetime of health. Diets that force us to rely on external sources like lists, tracking or meticulously counting take away that intuition, therefore making it very unlikely that it will last. This is sustainability. “Give a man a fish, feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, feed him for a lifetime.”
20.) 4get the h8ers.
I’ve been a vegan for a couple years now and I’ve gotten medical exams and my blood work done and trust me that I am PLENTY HEALTHY. I don’t take a million supplements, I just eat healthy! I’m not low on iron or completely deprived of any major nutrients. I don’t stress, count calories or restrict myself from enjoying my food. I eat a ton. I don’t lose or gain a ton of weight. I’m constantly trying new foods and experimenting with how my body reacts and feels! I maintain a healthy weight, I have energy to exercise daily and I sleep wonderfully.
Lastly, I just want to emphasize: BALANCE in all areas of your life and TRUE ACCEPTANCE are the two major contributors to overall health and happiness.
Good luck, my friends!
I’m also curious to know some of your best tips to starting a vegan diet! Email or DM me on instagram.