A Guide To Living A Healthier, More Plant Based Lifestyle

By Hand On The Hip - 10/09/2019

Living a healthier, more plant based lifestyle might sound daunting at first. However, there’s some good news: you don’t have to do it all at once. In fact, you can make small, meaningful changes at a time that you can stick to, that will eventually lead to you living a far healthier lifestyle than the one you lead previously.

The ideas presented below will help you to achieve this:

Make One Small Change At A Time

Start by making one small change at a time. That’s all you have to do! You can stick with this change for a couple of weeks, and then when you feel confident, implement the next change. For example, you could start with finding a nice milk alternative for the first few weeks. Test almond, oat, and coconut and see which you like best. When you’re confident about that, you could switch to a cheese/butter alternative. All it takes is small changes consistently.

Trying to change too much at once will likely lead to struggles, and you may end up giving up from overwhelm.

Try Not To Put Labels On It

Although you’re trying to live more ‘plant based’ you don’t have to put labels on it. You don’t have to call yourself vegan, vegetarian, or any of the other labels out there. When you put a label on yourself, you will likely feel under so much more pressure to stick to that label. Pressure can mean sabotaging yourself and giving up! Try to stay relaxed and just see how things go. Resist the urge to label.


Invest In Some New Seasonings

If you’re going to enjoy your plant based lifestyle, you need to like what you’re eating. Invest in some new seasonings and you'll be surprised at how delicious certain vegetables can taste! Stock up and make sure you can experiment.

Invest In Some New Cooking Appliances

Different cooking appliances allow you to test out different cooking methods, and this can be extremely valuable. Air fryers are perfect for making things like sweet potato discs, but slow cookers can help you to make delicious plant based dishes and snacks, too.

Here’s a quick overview of the major food categories you’ll likely enjoy on a plant-based diet:

Fruits - any type of fruit! This may include apples, bananas, grapes, strawberries, citrus fruits, and more.

Vegetables - any and all the vegetables you can think of! Avocados, lettuce, spinach, kale, peas, and so on.

Tubers - root vegetables like potatoes, carrots, parsnips, sweet potatoes, beets, etc.

Whole grains - grains, cereals, and other starches such as quinoa, brown rice, millet, whole wheat, oats, barley, etc. Even popcorn is a whole grain - and you can add seasonings to make it much better!

Legumes: beans of any kind, plus lentils, pulses, and similar ingredients.

Plus, nuts, tofu, and similar products.

It’s a good idea to think of this sort of lifestyle not as eliminating foods, but adding foods. Think of all of the amazing things you will now eat that you wouldn’t before!

P.S. This post is a collaborative post and not written by Hand On The Hip.

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