When you start eating food without labels, you no longer need to count calories. ~ Amanda Kraft
Hey guys, hope everyone is doing good and enjoying the warm (almost summer) days, kids being home for the summer and all in all a different pace of life for a few months. Does life seem busier when the kids have to go to school or when they are home? We homeschool, so our pace is pretty steady year round. Today I wanted to share some tips on how to be successful on a plant strong diet. Maybe with a change in pace good habits slip, you go back to your old ways, you just want to fit in as much as you can so time for healthy options is limited. Well, here are my tips to staying on track.
- Prioritize ~ The best gift you can give yourself is your health. All the things that you love to do can’t be done if your health is compromised, so prioritize yourself and make Healthy be #1.
- Take the Time ~ Healthy eating habits may take a little more time, a little more planning, but your health is worth it. YOU ARE WORTH IT. To be honest, once you adjust to your healthier habits, it really does not take more time. A lot of it is much more simpler. The easiest grab and go food are fruit and nuts. Simple, tasty, and filling no prep needed. There are also several things that are healthy, delicious and quick to make. Have a few different options on hand so that when you are in a hurry you can make healthy choices.
- Be prepared ~ Being prepared is a life saver when it comes to sticking to healthy eating habits. Plan your meals out for the week. What will you have for breakfast, snack, lunch, snack and dinner each day. Once you have planned your meals, make a list for the store and then go shopping. Stick to your list and don’t go to the store hungry as there are many temptations.
- Keep it simple ~ Yes, gourmet food is delicious and nice to have, but leave it for special occasions. Keep your meals day to day, week to week simple so that you will feel like making them, and leave the gourmet for the weekends, or maybe once a month for a dinner party. I like my meals to take me 30-45 min. from start to finish. Sometimes my meals might take 15 min. to prep and then leave alone and let cook for 30min. to and hour. Either way, figure out the amount of time you have each day for each meal and plan accordingly. If you don’t want to cook everyday, pick a day to meal prep, or when you do cook make extra so you can have left overs a couple days.
- Eat Enough ~ This is hard when you are new to eating more plants, but it is so important. If you are not eating enough you will think and feel like your body needs what you used to eat, and that is not the case. When I first transitioned to this lifestyle, I would crave meat around 4 pm everyday. I was craving it because I was hungry, and that is what my body was used to. I would then eat some fruit, and overtime my cravings changed. I never think of meat when I am hungry now. It is the calories your body is craving, so give it some nutrient dense calories. Plants are less calorie dense than animal products so you need to eat larger portions, but are more nutrient dense so you will be getting way more nutrients than you do from animals. And lets face it, we all like to eat so being able to eat more and get more nutrients is a WIN WIN!
- Have snacks handy ~ This kind of goes with eating enough, but have healthy snacks on hand for when you get hungry so it is easy to make good choices. Fruit is a great, easy snack as are nuts and seeds. Veggies and hummus are a great option as well, or even some organic corn chips with beans and salsa.
- Team up ~ If you can get someone on board with you it makes it easier and more fun and helps hold you accountable. If you can’t physically find someone I encourage you to step out and do it on your own and be a leading example. There is a ton of inspiration online, like minded people you can friend and confide in. I being one of them!
I hope you find these tips helpful. If you are not yet Plant Based, check out my tips on How to transition to a Plant Based Diet .