A quick "hello" before leaving on an 8 day trip to Baja to see the gray whales in San Ignacio Lagoon. Hopefully, we'll capture some good photos! The safety of the whales is always a top priority and we're going with the marine mammal institute director, a very experienced guide from Oregon State University. Eating a plant-based diet might be more challenging, but I am bringing some staples... Wish us luck.
Let's discover how to speed-start your plant-based diet!
A 10-10-10 Guide to starting a plant-based diet
Spend 10 minutes a day for the next 10 days implementing these 10 tips and you’ll be on the path to a healthier, slimmer you. Or do more per day if you're inspired!
10 Ways to Speed-Start Your Plant-Based Diet
Make a Meal Plan
1. Make a meal plan for the week. Include a soup with some beans, lentils, tofu, or tempeh for protein. Add a variety of fruits and veggies and whole grains to your list, as well. Here’s one day to get you started. Breakfast: oatmeal with berries or bananas, .5 oz walnuts, and soy milk. Lunch: large salad with sliced peppers, red cabbage, red onion, black or pinto beans, 1 tsp. pumpkin seeds and dressing (non-fat preferred). Snack: apple and hummus. Dinner: Thai curried potatoes with chard.
Discover New Items
2. Spend 10 extra minutes in the grocery store locating any new items on your plant-based grocery list – like quinoa, tempeh, soy milk and fat-free pasta sauce (the 365 brand from Whole Foods), or nutritional yeast.
Clean Out Your Pantry
3. Go to your pantry (or fridge) right now and spend 10 minutes throwing out (or recycling) the following items: sugary cereals, soft drinks, packaged chips, cheese, milk, meat including deli meats, white bread, creamy sauces. There must be more - just do it!
Put Healthy Items on the Top Shelves
4. Although it'd be ideal if you didn't have unhealthy food in the frig, it can happen, especially if you have other members of your household eating a different diet then you SOooo, put your healthy snacks and food, like sliced carrots or peppers or tofu and tempeh, in clear containers on the middle 2 shelves. That way you’ll see them and choose them over less healthy choices. Put the unhealthy items in the drawers so they're out of sight. (From Slim by Design)
Make Your Own Salad Dressings
5. Make a dairy and fat-free salad dressing.
Purchase Glass Containers
6. Find glass containers at your local kitchen store or on the Internet* for storing your plant-based snacks, like hummus and carrots, or your leftovers.
7. Print our your recipes for the week and keep them in a folder in the kitchen somewhere.
Find Your Why
8. On 3 x 5” cards, write the reasons you want to stick with a plant-based diet. Keep them in your pocket or purse for the day and read them often. (Ideas: be able to hike 2 miles, look better in my clothes, walk without pain, live to see my grandkids, get off my meds, etc.) (From The Beck Diet)
9. Meditate for 10 minutes visualizing your goals and imagining yourself thin and/or healthy.
10. Tell 3 friends that you are starting on a plant-based diet and have them ask you how it’s going in one week.
BONUS: If you are a sugar-user, order erythritol* sugar substitute online (it's hard to locate in the store). It’s the best sugar substitute to use and it’ll help you transition to eating less sugar.)
Finally, read through the "Getting Started" page, too. I hope these suggestions help you more quickly get started on your journey to a plant-based diet and awesome health.