What Tips to Know When Starting a Plant-Based Diet and How to Transition

7 TIPS TO START A PLANT-BASED DIET

1: START SLOW

So, you’re finally ready to change your poor eating habits! Make sure you don’t shock your system or your lifestyle – slow and steady wins the race.

2: KNOW YOUR MOTIVATION

Be clear about the goals you want to achieve by hopping into the plant-based lifestyle. Decide what’s important to you and why, and then commit!

3: SURROUND YOURSELF WITH HEALTHY FOODS

Help yourself! Healthy options can help tame cravings for junk food. It’s easier to make changes when you always have heaps of fruits, veggies, potatoes, rice, beans or nuts on hand. Make sure you’re well-stocked with whole grains, pumpkin and legumes, too. All are easily accessible healthy choices that will be your #1 source for energy.

4: START WITH BREAKFAST

Breakfast foods are the easiest way to “veganize” – especially with foods like pancakes, fruits, chia pudding, smoothies, and oatmeal with fruits. Use almond or rice milk. These plant-based foods are simple but will inspire you to continue your healthy regimen. An array of plant-based choices will easily carry you through lunch and dinner.

5: KEEP THINGS FUN AND EXCITING

Nobody wants to stick to a diet consisting of four different meals. On your next visit to the grocery store, pay a deeper attention in the produce aisle. Try new fruits and veggies to help transition to your new plant-based diet/lifestyle. Don’t forget nuts, legumes and seeds to munch on!

6: GENTLY CREATING NEW HABITS

Be gentle and kind to yourself. Remember, take the journey step by step. Your thoughts have a bigger impact on your perception and reality than you know. Success comes down to creating new habits, so plant-based eating feels like second nature to you. Negative self-talk and putting yourself under constant pressure can put you into a downward spiral of unhealthy beliefs and events. When you become your own biggest fan and supporter, your possibilities are endless!

7: MAKE A SOLID COMMITMENT

Choose a few weeks or a month during which you’ll try to put everything into action and follow through. Have plant-based staples on hand. Keep your favorite plant-based meals and snacks around. Enjoy every single bite! Joining a group or online forum centered around plant-based eaters can boost your motivation and inspiration, so you can stick to your commitment. You’ll be glad you did.