After hearing Jessica Murnane’s interview (episode #2) on The Lively Show, I immediately wanted to change to a plant based diet. I have always tried to eat clean and avoid processed foods when possible. Changing my eating habits to plant based would be a natural progression. I am lactose intolerant and I also have a sensitive stomach. My main goal with this diet would be to reduce my stomach issues.
For those who are not familiar with a plant based diet, it consist of the following components:
- Fruits: mangoes, bananas, grapes, strawberries, blueberries, oranges, cherries, etc.
- Vegetables: lettuce, collard greens, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, carrots, etc.
- Tubers and starchy vegetables: potatoes, yams, yucca, winter squash, corn, green peas, etc.
- Whole grains: millet, quinoa, barley, rice, whole wheat, oats, etc.
- Legumes: kidney beans, chickpeas, lentils, lima beans, cannellini beans, black beans, etc.
A plant based diet incorporates whole foods and excludes or minimizes meat, dairy products, eggs, and highly refined foods like bleached flour, sugar, and oils.
To make the transition easier, it is best to make gradual changes and not try everything at once. I don’t know if I will change my diet to be completely plant based, but I am trying to slowly incorporate most of the elements.
Eating like this requires you to cook everything. I don’t cook. But I have found that preparing these meals is simple and doesn’t require a lot of time.
Eating out can be challenging. Depending on your location, it can be difficult to find menus that fit this lifestyle.
Next week I’ll share some of the changes I have made, and the breakfast smoothie I’ve been drinking.
Great resources to get you started:
- YumUniverse: How to Start a Plant-Base Diet
- Jessica Murnane: One Part Plant (awesome recipes)
- Mind Body Green: Plant- Based Diet for Beginners: How to Get Started
Do you follow a plant based diet or something similar? Share your experience in the comments.