How to get started or back on track with a whole-food, plant-based diet:

Know your Why

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How to get started or back on track with a whole-food, plant-based diet:

 

Know your WHY

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  How you approach changing your diet, and knowing why you want to change your diet, are key points in being able to succeed.   Sometimes when we think of food and diets we are overwhelmed… will it be a whole 30, vegetarian, vegan, keto, whole-food, plant-based, Mediterranean? The list goes on…

If you’ve decided to change to a whole-food, plant-based diet it can be useful to know what brought about the decision. Common reasons include:

 

·      Health

·      Weight loss

·      Concern for the environment

·      Animal cruelty

·      Food budget

·      Cooking creatively

·      A friend is on the diet

 

Once you decide to change and know your reason(s), you need to do some research.   Educating your self will contribute to your success by helping you stay focused and on track. Research also gives you time to contemplate your decision, prepare and be successful. Habits are changeable but sometimes not as easily as we hoped. However, eating is a learned behavior and one we can change over time. We need to look at our relationship with food. Are we too busy to cook, do we hate cooking, do we have an attachment to sugar or other processed foods options?

 

At first glance we might think: “It’s too expensive to eat a whole-food, plant-based diet.” However, when we start buying whole foods, prepping and cooking more at home we start to see our food budget go down. Think of all the times you stop for a coffee and bagel on the way to work, or go out for lunch since you didn’t have time to make a lunch.  It all adds up at the end of the month.  When we have whole foods prepped and ready in our fridge we eat better and have options for our lunches.

 

For me there were a number of reasons to move to a Whole-Food, Plant-Based Diet. Over the last 12 months I have added more whole plant-based options to our meals. Animal products are still part of our diet, but we now source local ethically raised.  Vegetables are sourced locally whenever possible and we are eating seasonally. By eating this way, I’m not counting calories, keeping a food log, worried about food costs and how much processed foods we consume. I feel healthier eating foods that are packed with nutrients, vitamins, minerals, protein and healthy fats that keep my body healthy and strong.

 

In upcoming posts I’ll address how to get started and succeed along with whole-food, plant-based on a budget.

 

What is your Why?  Comment below.