Over the years, more and more people are becoming plant-based. The benefits of this diet include positively impacting the environment. A plant-based diet also helps reduce the risk for diseases like diabetes and heart disease.
Now that we know some of the benefits of a plant-based diet getting started may be more difficult. Here are some ways on how to make the transition smoother and less daunting:
- Eat lots of vegetables: when beginning a plant-based diet, vegetables and fruits will be the main food groups—getting used to eating more vegetables and finding more vegetables you like that you can incorporate into your diet.
- Choose good fats: Your diet cannot just consist of fruits and vegetables. Doing your research on how to get enough fat, protein, and carbohydrates into your diet is crucial.
- Cook an authentic vegetarian meal at least one night a week: As you start the transition, make one entirely vegetarian meal a week. As you become more comfortable with plant-based dishes, you will be able to incorporate more vegetarian dishes into your week.
- Include whole grains for breakfast: To ensure you keep a balanced diet, make sure to include foods like oatmeal, cereal, bread, among others, into your breakfast meals.
- Build a meal around a salad: This is one of the easiest ways to develop vegetarian plates when you feel stuck or bored with repetitive dishes.
Overall, going plant-based is not for everyone. Some health conditions might not allow people to go plant-based. But if that is something you’re looking to get into, this is a great way to start.
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