Eat food. Not too much. Mostly Plants. ~ Michael Pollan
I hope you all have had a wonderful week. Mine has been pretty good. I am excited for the weekend and to have Justin home with us.
As of this past week I have been Plant Based Vegan for 2 years… WOW time flies. Making this transition to a Whole Foods Plant Based diet has been the best thing I could of done for my health and I truly believe it is the way we are supposed to be eating. It has been quite the journey. I have gained so much knowledge on how food affects your health, I have learned so many new amazing recipes, my kids will eat leafy greens, my husband is eating way more veggies than he used to and actually likes them, AND I have amazing amounts of energy…w/out caffeine!
So, today I wanted to share with you how I transitioned to this lifestyle. Weather you are wanting to go VEGAN or want to simply add more whole foods to your diet this is how I went about it. Of course there is the “Go Cold Turkey” way that may work for some, but I feel that the majority would find it easier to transition a bit slower than overnight, but if overnight works for you then more power to you! I transitioned over a 3 month span, starting with breakfast, then lunch and then dinner.
Breakfast~ I started by elimitaing all animal products from my diet, and focused on whole plant foods. I also find that keeping it simple helps me stick to a healthy diet. Smoothies are simple, delicious and are a great way to get lots of plant nutrients in and get good and satiated. Here is My Favorite smoothie, and my Go to Green Smoothie both simple and delicious. Overnight Oats and Chia Pudding are other great options and are easy to make ahead and take with you on the go! On the weekends we tend to change it up a bit and do Banana/Oat Pancakes or even a tofu scramble! When I transitioned I did just breakfast and kept my normal diet for about a month before I changed another meal. That next meal was lunch.
Lunch~ A lot of times for me I will make another smoothie. As a busy mom I just find that they are easy for on the go and well I love them. They are delicious and simple! Some days I will eat a mono meal of fruit(a mono meal is where you eat one thing for a meal, like a plate of mango until you are full) or a big salad with a sweet potato, or Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad or left overs. I feel best when I eat an abundance of fruit, but sometimes I crave the savory taste of a sweet potato with a grain and a sweet chili sauce or SIRACHA! I did breakfast and lunch that second month, and then the third month I added dinner and have not turned back.
Dinner~ Most of the time we have a cooked dinner. Some of our favorite dinners are a Tofu Stir fry, Tacos, a Burrito bowl, veggie sushi, a veggie Mac-N-Cheese or Creamy Avocado Pasta. I try to make a point to have greens with most of my dinners as well as most of my meals. Here is my post on how important it is to include greens in your diet.
While you are transitioning I highly recommend that you educate your self on the health benefits of a Whole Foods Plant Based diet. For documentaries that I recommend click here. If you have not watched it, I highly recommend that you first watch Forks Over Knives. For books that I recommend click here. If you have not already read it I recommend that you first read the China Study. If you wish to purchase the book you can click on the link on this page to order through Amazon and by doing so you will help support the blog.
If anyone has any questions I would love to answer and help in any way!
Again this can help you even if your intention is not to cut out animal products. The more plants you eat the better your health will be! Hopefully you find this helpful either way!
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!