How to Transition to a Plant-based Diet

Thursday, August 17, 2017

About two weeks ago I announced my commitment to a plant-based diet on social media. Although I began this transition for quite some time now (earlier than that particular post), I only recently felt comfortable sharing this due to the fact that getting into the groove of this lifestyle is no walk in the park! Although the rewards have been wonderful and not limited to increased energy, clearer skin, improved mood and better sleep, these did not come without struggle. For this reason, I decided to share with you some tips that would be important to know for one transitioning to this way of eating. 

Disclaimer: I am not a dietician, although I have thoroughly researched this way of eating prior to my transition. I would recommend doing your own research prior to committing to a new way of eating.

1. Understand that detox is normal
This will depend on your body, however I would say that the first two weeks are always the hardest. You may have stomach pains and gas, you may break out and you may feel somewhat grouchy. As long as you are eating nutritiously (remember that you need to consume more while on a plant-based diet), understand that this is a normal process that will come to pass.

2. Don't stress about being perfect
You won't go vegan overnight and you may very well be comfortable landing somewhere in between. You may even slip-up once and a while and find yourself in the McDonald's drive-thru (real talk). My particular transition was slow and quite imperfect. I started by cutting out meat, and then moved on to dairy and cheese and I now only eat those things on special occasions (which is why I consider myself a flexitarian). 

3. Use pinterest for ideas
Pinterest is probably your best bet when it comes to plant-based recipes. Since you might not be 100% certain that you will commit to this diet long-term, this is a good tool find meal ideas that won't require you to go out and buy several new cookbooks. 

4. Cultivate inspiration
There are many sources to keep you motivated on this journey. From vegan youtubers to health conscious bloggers and film-makers. These are worth checking-out since you will need to keep yourself motivated as you transition into this way of eating.

5. Make plant-based foods fun
Just because you have changed your diet doesn't mean you can't still go out to eat, or enjoy fast-food. I personally love the veggie burger from Burger King and have also discovered several vegan restaurants in my area. I am thankful that this experience has opened my eyes to meat-alternatives when it comes to a night out.

Have you tried a plant-based diet?

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