We know making any lifestyle change can be scary. Those “vegan” folks seem crazy and little cult-ish, and some look starving.
Hey…. we can say this because Ivy technically is one! It can be intimidating and certainly can be done inproperly, which can leave you hungry and turning back to those meats. We are here to help! Here are some tips to help you better make that transition!
1. Eat enough! So many people continue to eat small portions. Meat, dairy and oil are caloric-ally dense but nutrient deficient. When you go to plant based, you have to intentionally eat enough of the right foods.
2. Leave room for mistakes. You are not perfect. It takes time, but you have to start somewhere. Be prepared to offer yourself grace. It is a learning process. Your body has been neglected for so long. It takes time to rebuild that relationship.
3. Leave room for Nay-sayers. People will not understand you, and may even criticize you. That is ok! You are only responsible for your health and well-being. Welcome their questions and answer with grace. Offer understanding for their non-support. We are all on a different journey, you must respect theirs, even if they are not respecting yours.
4. Pack in the carbohydrates from fruit. Get your fruit In. This will fuel you and assist in the detoxification that will occur while transitioning. It is high water, mostly low in calories and the easiest to digest, thus offering us energy. Fruit IS natures fast food.
5. Don’t cut everything at once. We must remember, slow and steady wins the race. Be realistic and start slow. Cut out the things you know you can live without first. Your new found energy will encourage your ‘hard to give up foods’ to hit the road.THAT IS OK!
6. Say yes to delicious. Going plant based is amazing. Get creative, there are no strict rules on taste or concoctions! You will need variety. Eat up, mix it up and enjoy.
7. Find vegan options of your favorites. It is important to be satisfied and not feel deprived. Find vegan versions of your favorite cheeses and meat substitutes. Are these always healthy, no, but keeping a realistic approach will get you there. There are so many options now that really offer a realistic taste to their counterparts. Dive in, and find what you like.
8. Eat what makes you feel good. It is your journey, listen to what your body says yes to! Again, their are no rules. If you feel like eating an entire watermelon for dinner, go for it. Nourish your body from the inside out.
DISCLAIMER: We are not suggesting any particular diet. Each reader should consult their health practitioner prior to making any drastic health change.