Sustaining It All
Now that you've completed 30 days of gradually adding more plant-based products into your day, you should have a pretty good idea of how to incorporate more plant-based ingredients into your day.
Since the title of this course is, *part-time* plant-based, I don't expect you to go gung-ho and become a vegan right off the bat (unless you get so inspired to do so that you can't help yourself). But the whole idea is to constantly be aware of how you can consistently and effortlessly incorporate more plant-based eating into your diet. Here are some ways that you can easily sustain this new lifestyle of yours.
Maintaining Your Plant-Based Diet
Focus on making plant-based ingredients your "main" dish.
Continue eating your favorite types of meals using "swaps". Keep all of the guides and substitute handouts from this course and incorporate them into your favorite dishes, like adding extra kale to your next pasta recipe.
If you simply want to continue being part-time plant-based, focus on doing two days a week completely vegetarian or vegan, or at least one meal a day vegetarian or vegan. Remember, this is a long term lifestyle and taking baby steps is crucial.
Do your best, but don't be hard on yourself. Don't beat yourself up if you eat completely plant-based for a month straight, and then have a burger at a BBQ. We are human and no one is perfect, and sometimes we have to simply work with what we have in any given situation.
Remember that you don't have to follow any "rules". Ever individual diet and person is different, so don't put a label on what you eat if you don't want to. There may already enough pressure in so many different areas of your life, why add extra pressure to what you are eating when you don't need to.
While dining out, choose hearty salads, soups, side dishes, or just ask! Many restaurants are happy to accommodate any type of diet and can create or customize many of their menu items.