How Do I Transition to a Plant-Based Diet?

Virtually every diet that has ever been published has touted the benefits of increasing consumption of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. While going 100% plant-based would be the best thing for your body, it’s OK to transition over time or at least be mostly plant-based. Any positive changes you make will have a positive impact on your health.

Take baby steps.

Start with having Meatless Mondays, or changing one meal per day to all plants. See how that goes for a while, and then add another meal or another day.

Change your plate.

Make meat your side item, filling most of your plate with plant foods. One reason people in Asian countries have much lower rates of lifestyle diseases is that they use meat to flavor foods, not as their main staple.

Start with dairy.

I have to say it: Dairy is Scary! The best first change you can make is to replace dairy products with plant-based milk, cheese, yogurt, and ice cream. If you are one of those people who think they are addicted to cheese, read The Cheese Trap by Dr. Neal Barnard or my article on Medium: Breaking Up With Cheese.

Assess your motivation.

I started out concerned mainly for my health, but learning about the way the animal product industry hurts animals and our planet has become my motivation for staying with it. It’s such a win-win-win for me, my environment, and animals.

You’re not alone.

There are so many great support groups out in the world to help you learn and meet like-minded people. You will find Facebook and Meetup groups, local veg festivals and potluck dinners, and countless blogs, websites, books, and videos to give you information and support. Of course, you can also sign up for coaching or a consultation with me. I’d be happy to help you make some changes to your diet.

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