I've always mentioned plant based diets as in being a vegan. For most people it is way easier said than done. They can maybe go a couple of days before they aren't getting enough protein or go out to dinner with friends and give in to a burger. It is totally normal and okay when you are trying to rewire the way you think about food and what you actually eat.
For me, I always found that while I loved sausage and fish I felt much better after a day jam packed of vegetables, legumes , fruits and whole grains. At first I was doing it for weight loss reasons, until I realized it was more than that. I was feeling better physically, my skin was glowing and my stomach felt more toned then ever before. I thought maybe I wasn't eating enough so I was starting to get the starving model look. But that wasn't it! My body was finally starting to adapt to my new ways of eating. I now follow as planned on a usual day:
Breakfast consists of either:
-Vegan chocolate protein mixed with berries and a banana
-Avocado toast with 2 whole eggs (usually if I eat out)
-Vegetable and fruit shake (literally any that I have in my house - usually a lot of spinach, zucchini and fruits)
-Salad with all vegetables, chick peas, beans, quinoa
-Brussel sprouts with grilled shrimp
-Chickpea pasta with spinach and tomatoes
-Vegetable tacos in a lettuce cup
-Mixed veggies with a fish protein
-Vegan protein shake with berries
-Spaghetti squash with vegetables
-Coconut milk yogurt with fruit
-Hummus with celery
-Vegan protein bars (RXbar)
I don't completely deprive my body of animal proteins because I haven't gotten there 100%. With my schedule sometimes it's just easier to throw shrimp on a skillet (and cheaper) then go out and buy a $13 salad. I know, excuses! But it's baby steps for me. Some other small steps you can take is changing over your favorite condiments and what you cook with like I switched to vegan ranch dressing for when I want something more creamy then just balsamic. I cook with way more spices and much less oils and marinades that are loaded with salt and sugar.
Let me know some of your healthy tips! Leave me comments below :)
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