How to Go Plant Based in 5 Easy Steps

How to go Plant Based

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A plant based diet doesn’t have to mean vegan or vegetarian. It can mean many things and it can really help to boost your health.

Plants are great for our bodies and many help to heal our bodies from horrible things, such as cancer and other illnesses. Eating more green leafy plants is vital to your overall health and going plant based with your diet will ensure you get plenty of greens.

When it comes to going plant based, it only takes a few steps. Here are my five easy steps for going plant based.

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Ditch the Meat Until Dinner

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Meatless Mondays are a start, but taking it a step further and ditching the meat until it’s time for dinner will ensure you have more plants in your diet. Of course, this is assuming you don’t turn to carbs and junk food your body cannot really use for fuel.

When you go meatless until dinner, or better yet Vegan until Dinner, you give your body a break from the hard to digest foods you’ve been shoving down your throat. Red meat is very difficult for the human body to digest, while chicken may be the dirtiest meat and fish is the most contaminated with chemicals.

Going meatless until dinner could mean you have a large salad for lunch, switch up the breakfast to include a scramble of quinoa, fresh veggies and your favorite beams or even substitute some of the vegan options, such as a bean burger. There are plenty of great vegan and vegetarian meals you can enjoy that will give you more plants in your diet without all the meats.

Cut the Cheese (Not in the Stinky Way)

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Cheese is often one of the hardest things for people to give up. For me, it was difficult until I learned the FDA and USDA allow a certain amount of puss from cows to end up in milk and cheese. This did it for me, as I found a video I watched of the cow’s sores opening into the milk and cheese to be too gross for me to handle.

Cheese is rather addictive because it contains a chemical that acts much like an opiate. This is one of the biggest reasons restaurants put cheese on everything and even extra cheese if you ask.

You can ditch the cheese for good or you can substitute one of the many great vegan cheeses out there. Personally, I am not much for the substitutes, but haven’t missed the cheese as a vegan. Even on pizza, I don’t miss it as I enjoy the flavor of the sauce more.

This step is very difficult, but very necessary, especially if you want to go plant based to lose weight. I remember when I bought a vehicle many years ago, one of the men I worked with said he had quit cheese and it was the only change he made that led to losing more than 30 pounds in about three months. That’s pretty amazing!

Replace Milk & Dairy

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While cheese is a part of the dairy category, it’s often harder for people taking steps to go plant based to give up than milk, yogurt and other dairy products. You can replace milk with the many nut milks available and butter is pretty easy to replace, too with the Earth Balance brand of spreads available.

Milk has been advertised with taglines, such as “does a body good” but it’s simply not true. It’s nature’s perfect food…for baby cows. It’s not good for humans, but the good news is, if you go plant based, you can still enjoy those great treats such as ice cream and sour cream with a few vegan substitutes.

Many stores are starting to carry ice cream alternatives made with no dairy. They might be made with almond milk or coconut milk instead. I don’t eat much sugar, but the few times I have found a low sugar variety, these substitutes for ice cream have been delicious. Even Ben & Jerry’s has come out with a vegan option!

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Pile on the Vegetables

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While there are many reasons why I went vegan, one of my favorite is the fact that I don’t have to worry about portions anymore. If you look at 100 calories of any meat compared to 100 calories of most vegetables, you will quickly realize there’s a huge size difference. This works to the advantage of the plant based eater.

When you want to go plant based, one of the most important steps is to start piling on the plants. Leafy greens should be incorporated into meals often, but don’t forget to try the rainbow…not Skittles, however. Get as many colors into your diet as you can from both fruits and vegetables. This will help to ensure you get all the nutrients your body needs.

The best way I have found to get great vegetables is to hit up a local farmer’s market. Not only will they have a variety of options, but they will also carry what’s in season. Eating what’s in season and what can be grown locally is a huge plus for the plant based eater!

Open Up to Trying New Things

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A plant based diet is something we should all be striving for as it has been proven to be the healthiest way to ward off illness and disease. In the book, How Not to Die the vegan diet comes out on top time and time again, followed by vegetarian, pescatarian and flexitarian, which are all forms of a plant based diet.

One of the stumbling blocks people run into when becoming vegan or vegetarian is actually finding new meals to eat. Too often, people just start buying the vegan/vegetarian substitutes for the meats they used to eat and they don’t really eat enough plants.

As a vegan, I know the importance of loading up on plants and you’d probably think you stepped into a produce aisle when you open my fridge. I try something new every grocery trip. I pick a recipe from my Vegan Recipes for Beginners book or from somewhere online and I pick up what I need. Often, I try to make sure the recipe has things in it I can use for other dishes, too.

Do I always like everything I try? No, but more often than not, the recipes I try are very good. Many have become new staples in my plant based diet, which keeps me from craving the old things I used to eat all the time.

Open your mind and your taste buds. Vegetables and fruits are delicious. Beans are also very good and so are many nuts and seeds. If you give it a real try, you might be surprised at how many great dishes can be made without meat, dairy or any kind of meat substitute.

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There you have it, how to go plant based in 5 easy steps. These are very simple things to implement, in theory, but the difficultly level will be based on how much you love certain foods or think you love them.

Often, we base our diet far too much around taste, when you have the ability to change what your mouth thinks tastes good. Go plant based for just two weeks and you’ll start to see radical changes in what your body and your mouth crave.

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