The In's & Out's Of Eating Plant-Based
The first week of new and exciting changes - hooray! So the first thing I want you to do is watch or listen to video number one.
This video will explain all the ins-and-outs of eating plant-based, and WHY it's all about being intuitive, flexible, and NOT intimidating. There is ZERO pressure on you to be or eat a certain way. This entire course is all about educating you so that you can make your own decisions about your diet an the food you consume. I am not trying to talk you into becoming a vegetarian or vegan, I am simply showing you the ropes of eating more plants, and how fabulous it is for your health and life! So let's look into what week 1 looks like. And three important things you need to do.
Why? Because I'm going to be talking about flavors and foods that you might have never tried before, and you might have an already existing opinion on it. So your mantra this week should be "I am receptive and open to all that comes my way."
What do you have to lose by trying something new? Nothing.
HAVE AN OPEN MIND
EVALUATE YOUR MINDSET
Why are you trying this? To lose weight? To look a certain way? Are you coming into this hating how you look and are you feeling negative? It’s important that your mindset is in check before you get started. Think of eating as nourishing and healthy. Not based on looks. Remember - we are all of different shapes and sizes and our healthy weight or ideal weight will be different than others. Get excited about how healthy and how much energy you will feel. And you’ll naturally realize that you will lose weight as an extra bonus - not as the main entree.
THINK OF THE EASIEST CHANGES YOU CAN MAKE FIRST
If you go all hog wild and try to eliminate everything you know you shouldn’t eat right away. Then you’ll fail. So don’t give up your favorite foods just yet. Figure out what you can’t live without - maybe that’s craft macaroni and cheese, maybe its pizza, maybe it’s ice cream. Whatever that is...save that elimination for later.
Set some milestones and goals for yourself that you can follow. Create a roadmap that you can follow. Use our calendar and guide sheet to set these for yourself and get to it!
Start by setting goals of increasing your plant-based itake - and then you will naturally be decreasing your intake of oter foods. Example: start by minimizing dairy, then minize red meat, then minimize poultry, then minimize seafood, then minimize processed foods..don’t worry TOOOO much about timelines but having some sort of deadline for youself that you can accomplish will make you feel good about yourself.
Need Some Inspiration For Where To Get Started? Check Out These Ideas Below
DIP YOUR TOES
Figure out one change you can make today. If you’re feeling feisty, maybe 2 steps. Here are some first steps you can make:
Sneak veggies into your morning omelet
Sneak veggies into your sandwich
Add 1 salad or soup a day to your meal
Try to have one plant-based meal for 3 days
Try to minimize dairy for 3 days
Add kale to your next pasta or mac dish
ADD 2 NEW VEGGIES A WEEK
Some of us are master chefs. Some of us only know how to scramble eggs. Whatever our level of cooking is. It’s OK - start with 2 veggies and experiment with different ways that you can cook them. In our grocery and essential plant-based shopping list. There are many different veggies added. Don’t let it overwhelm you. Start with one or two. For me- I find that spinach is the easiest veggie to get started with. Here are some suggestions on how to sneak more spinach into your diet.
Blend it in with your smoothie...you’ll never taste it.
Add it to your omelet
Stuff your chicken with it
Sautee it with mushrooms and garlic for a yummy side (or main) dish
Add it to your pasta