WHAT TO EXPECT
a Plant-Based Diet
Changes can cause stress, and when you’re stressed, you’re less likely to resist temptation. Learning what to expect when eating a plant-based diet sets you up for success and reduces stress.
NEW FOODS: There are many foods that will help you make the transition. Some might be familiar to you and others may be completely new. TAKEAWAY: Take time in the market to find these new foods. NEW WAYS OF COOKING: Along with new foods, comes new ways of cooking. TAKEAWAY: Read articles and try something new each week..
CHANGING TASTE BUDS: It’s best not to compare your new plant-based recipes to your old favorites, or to think of the things that you’re missing. Instead, think about the plethora of new foods! TAKEAWAY: Try everything “for the first time” all over again. TIME: The added time and effort you put in at the beginning of this endeavor will balance out to much less time in the future, once you get the hang of it. TAKEAWAY: The extra effort will pay off.
YOUR BODY: One of the most common issues is that you might feel hungrier if you’re not adding enough carbs in the form of grains, beans, or legumes. TAKEAWAY: A plant-based diet is not just about fruits and vegetables. YOUR EMOTIONS: Along with the physical symptoms, there will likely be mental and emotional symptoms. TAKEAWAY: Be prepared for the emotional aspect. As with the initial physical concerns, they fade with time and the results are worth the perseverance.
YOUR FRIENDS & FAMILY: Unsupportive people may even try to get you to change or start to feel guilty themselves for the way they eat. TAKEAWAY: Keep being the example of a better you and a better world.
– have more energy – sleep better – simply feel better Many people say they – feel happier – worry less – feel less overall stress
If you have health concerns related to pain & inflammation, you will see improvement as your body experiences a reduction in inflammatory load. You may develop better markers for a healthy heart & brain. You may experience better digestion, better blood sugar, clearer skin, weight loss, and feeling fuller.