Are you considering a healthier diet but you have no clue where to start? Are you afraid of trying something new, in fear of failure or rejection? Are you attempting an alternative diet but you do not know how to respond to critics. Have no fear, an article is here.
If you have read the title you know that this article is going to explain plant based diets. Since this topic has a lot of information, there will be external links and suggested articles as well as documentaries.
Your first question may be, “What is a plant based diet?” A plant based diet is an eating habit that involves at least 50% of fruits and vegetables in one’s daily intake. Most plant based diets are vegetarian or vegan, but to your surprise a plant based diet can include meat. To further understand, you have to know the types of vegetarians and vegans.
The types of vegetarians are: Lacto-vegetarian, Lacto-ovo vegetarian, Pesce-vegetarians, Pollo-vegetarians, and Flexitarians. To read the difference between these types of vegetarians please click here. Veganism is similar to vegetarianism except vegans do not consume any form of animal products. The types of vegans are: Vegans, Fruitarians, and raw food vegans. Within each sub-group there are sub-groups, for example a high carb vegan, is still a vegan but consumes more carbohydrates than a regular vegan.
Switching to a plant based diet may be more difficult for you than other people. For some this transition can happen overnight but for other ig may take months or even years. The best thing you can do is to listen to your body, follow your doctor’s instructions, and create your own conclusions. Depending on your diet, the process may be over whelming. The following paragraphs will give you a guide line for switching to a plant based diet.
The first diet step towards a plant based diet is Meatless Monday. Meatless Monday is exactly what it sounds like. Every Monday for a month you should consume no meat. It’s just one day a week, excluding meat from your diet. Doing this has numerous benefits for your health as well as the environment. According to MeatlessMonday.com, the health benefits of this diet are: limiting cancer risks, reducing heart disease, fighting diabetes, curbing obesity, living longer and improving your diet. The environmental benefits are: reducing your carbon footprint and minimizing your water usage. To read more about the benefits of Meatless Monday, please click here. You can also watch two short videos here and here.
Once you have completed having a meatless Monday, you can move on to the weekend and weekday vegetarian diets. First, pick which type of vegetarian you’d like to be, excluding Flexitarianism. Then during the weekend for a month, follow that diet. Once you've completed that task you can become a weekday vegetarian. These diets will help you see how easy it is to have a plant based diet. Think of this as training towards your plant based diet marathon.
After completing Meatless Monday, Weekend and Weekday vegetarianism, you may be ready to cleanse your body. A lot of people have said that once they have switched to a plant based diet, their taste buds have changed and they wanted to consume even more fruits and veggies. If you are at this stage, your body may want to detox. One of the most common types of detoxes are smoothies and juice cleanses. They allow your body to restart its self and work properly. The difference between a smoothies and juices are the natural fiber. When juicing you remove most of the fiber from the fruits and veggies, smoothies are the fruits and veggies blended together which keeps the fiber. The wisest way to cleanse is to do a seven day cleanse once a month. The three weeks you are not cleansing you should maintain a vegetarian diet. The following links are a few tips and recipes as well as more explanation on cleansing. Please click here, here, here and here. Netflix also has a few documentaries about the benefits of this diet. Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead is one of the most inspiring documentaries available.
When you are fully ready to detox, you should try the 30 Day Raw Food Diet. This vegan diet is amazing at cleaning out the body and detoxifying. For 30 days you are to consume raw fruits and vegetables. It may seem challenging but you need to push yourself. Change never happens in the comfort zone. There are numerous articles and videos that have been published to support this life style. A popular Netflix movie titled, Forks Over Knives, has often led people to think about their diet. A famous young woman by the name of Kristina Carrillo-Bucaram has made a well-deserved living from this diet. She ended up fighting diabetes with her diet. To read more about her story click here and to watch her videos click here. If you need step by step help, feel free to read previous examiner articles about the topic here.
Now that you've read through the meal plan and guide on transitioning to a plant based diet, you need to take action. Figure out when you will start to transition, what you will eat and when you will eat. Planning ahead makes a new diet much easy. If you slip up one day and fall off your diet, that’s okay as long as you’re trying. As a disclaimer, having a plant based diet does not make you more or less than anyone. You are not a more spiritual person because you’re a vegan; you’re also not a horrible person because you eat meat. The world is not black and white. As long as you are mindful about what you are putting into your body or feeding your family, you are doing well. Remember to listen to your body’s needs. A flower will not grow without nourishment, neither will your body. Listen to your doctor, stay active, plan ahead and try your best.
Best wishes to everyone on their journey towards a plant based diet.