It doesn't have to be hard going plant-based
The new year is just around the corner and you want to set some goals, make a few changes towards a better you.
Going vegan is the new craze, it became such a trend that somehow it might have lost its value. With lots of influencers going plant-based many people want to copy them and give this "vegan thing" a try. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but chances are, you're much more likely to stick to something if you actually do it because you want it, not because someone else did it.
There's the wrong way of trying this new "diet" and there's a right way which starts by not looking at veganism as a new "diet".
I always tell everyone wanting to work with me that what I believe in is a change in lifestyle. When looking at a change in your lifestyle as a "new diet" you might start thinking "I'll try this for a few weeks to achieve my fitness results, suffer, and then go back to my old ways."
Diets are bound to fail in the long-term. That's why I will go over the right steps with you in order to make the plant-based lifestyle as easy as possible, so that you can stick to it in the long-term.
1. Find tasty food substitutes to your favourite foods
When doing the transition to plant-based it will be more sustainable and easy on you if you jump on the substitutes wagon.
Some substitutes are healthy but the more processed a food item is the less healthy it will be. Still, they taste similar to dairy, meat, eggs which aren't good for you.
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When I visited the United States back in 2016 I fell in love with a brand called "Gardein", they offer some amazing fake meats like chicken strips and beef etc.
Let's go over some of the best vegan substitute brands that are worth a try:
- Just Egg
Honey substitutes (not brands but products in this case):
- Agave syrup
- Coconut syrup
- Date paste
- Maple syrup
- Yacon root syrup
2. Get a meal plan for ideas
A meal plan will give you a rough idea on some healthy, high protein meals that you can incorporate throughout the week. You don't have to go 100% vegan at once, just slowly increase your plant-based meals and decrease your meat and dairy dishes.
Meal plans are great because they are done by professionals who will be including the right amounts of foods so that you hit all your daily recommended intake of vitamins and minerals.
Something a lot of people fail to do so, when they go the solo route.
For tailored meal plans whether you are transitioning to a plant-based lifestyle or whether you are already vegan but are struggling on your own contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
3. Buy a cookbook and/or find recipes online
Cookbooks, e-books, these "books" are filled with delicious recipes that actually teach you how to make your own vegan dishes.
You can also go the route of Googling different recipes and checking the reviews etc but I find that having a printed book or an e-book with you in your kitchen when cooking is much easier as you have everything together in one place.
4. Watch the "Game Changers"
This recent documentary has literally exploded all around the globe with its popularity. It shows the story of an MMA fighter in the UK who during a couple of months of recovering from an injury researched how to better recover and how to better improve his performance and health.
The documentary reached so many people and became so popular simply because of the many celebrities involved like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jackie Chan, Lewis Hamilton, Novak Djokovic.
But in my opinion definitely worth a watch. "Game Changers" can be viewed/streamed from many platforms, for more info check out their website here.
Other noticeable vegan documentaries to watch are:
*viewer discretion is advised
5. Take it one step at a time
Last but not least, this is probably one of the most important tips I can give you if you're transitioning to a plant-based lifestyle.
First of all, you might feel the urge to cut out all meat, dairy and eggs from your diet but hear me out. Very few people have managed to do that successfully long-term, I'm not saying it's impossible and heck you might even have it in you!
But, what I see from my experience over the years is that you are much more likely to stick to a plant-based lifestyle if you gradually cut out the animal foods you are eating today.
Start slow like meatless Mondays, incorporating one vegan dish a day, substituting cow's milk for plant milk, trying out vegan restaurants or the vegan options at local restaurants etc.
This is it for this Friday, I hope you found this article helpful and I wish you an amazing weekend!