Since following a plant-based ‘diet’ (whole grains, legumes, vegetables and fruits) my: energy levels have increased, skin and mental space has become clearer, and my understanding about vegetables and fruit significantly grows as I continue to go eat more and more plant products.
However one thing I DID struggle with at first was ensuring I was consuming an adequate amount of protein…. but after researching and talking to professionals about the best and healthiest sources, I began replacing animal protein with their recommended, and some of my favourite, plant-based choices:
Green leafy vegetables (spinach, broccoli, kale) Maca, Gluten-free oats and sweet potato are also considered sources, too.
It took a while to get used to the change but within 2 weeks I saw immediate changes. The biggest change was my digestion. I’m not bloated as often, my bowel movements are regular (sooo TMI but #sorrynotsorry), my complete digestion time frame has shortened (3.5 hours instead of 5) and I feel healthier, happier and fitter.
Throughout transitioning I have learnt a lot and still have so much more to learn, but I thought I would share with you my Top 3 tips I think are useful for entering into the plant life:
- Slowly Adapt. Over a span of 2-3 weeks slowly incorporate more vegetables and fruits into your diet. Start by adding vegetable snacks such as carrot snacks or chickpea cookies then aim for a full meal like a whole vegetable salad (lunch/dinner) or raw granola (breakfast), before trialing a FULL day on plant-based food. If it gets too much, try planning your meals or take a step back and try again in a few days.
- Read and Follow Wholefood Blogs. Before I started I did A LOT of blog reading on vegan and vegetarian sites like Oh She Glows, Sprouted Kitchen, Plant Based Dietician Forks Over Knives and Vegan.com. I also tested my cooking skills on popular recipes/meals like Zucchini Pasta and took a few notes on food combinations, preparation techniques (turns out Food Technology in high school was a bonus when it came to this! Ha!) and even healthier adaptions suggested by other food bloggers in the recipe comment section.
- Have Fun and Colour Up Your Plate! Having fun makes the whole transition easier and exciting! Aim to have as many colours as you can on your plate and as many types of vegetables – don’t be afraid to experiment. My favourite combination at the moment is chickpeas, spinach leaves, red onion, corn and peas over the top of slowly baked sweet potato. Be creative and see what you can come up with!
Hopefully this post has been helpful to you or you found it interesting!
If you have any tips of your own or plant based foods you swear by that arent mentioned, please feel free to share below!
– Love, Kaelli
p.s Please note: I DO still eat eggs, fish, seafood, and grass-fed meats but when I can, I choose to eat wholesome vegetables and fruits as my daily nourishing sources.