Whether you try out the plant-based diet for health reasons, animal rights, or spiritual reasons, making a drastic change is not so simple. So many people nowadays struggle with sticking to the plant-based diet because they don’t do their research first, don’t know where to begin, a lack of knowledge or give up when one mistake has been made.
As a soon-to-be holistic nutritionist, I’ve been in your shoes before. My journey started as a vegetarian > vegan > plant-based > raw-foodist then back to being plant-based. Has my path been perfect? Absolutely not. The mistakes and new teachings while being plant-based has been the backbone of my journey and sticking to it.
If you are someone who is ready to make the change, there are a few things I must share with you. The following key points are notations from my own personal experience and studies in which might help you better determine what’s best for you. Adjusting your diet changes to your lifestyle and goals gives you a better chance of achieving it and being successful.
Research About The Different Non-Animal Diets
If you are thinking about eliminating meat from your diet, you should be aware there are different diet options.
Vegetarian: Do not eat meat, fish, or poultry. Occasionally consumes dairy and eggs.
Vegan: “Vegetarians do not eat meat, fish, or poultry. Vegans, besides being vegetarian, do not use other animal products and by-products such as eggs, dairy products, honey, leather, fur, silk, wool, cosmetics, and soaps derived from animal products.”
Whole Foods Plant-Based Diet (WFPB): “[..] doesn’t include any meat, poultry, fish, dairy, or eggs. It’s not, however, the same as a vegan diet, which is defined only by what it eliminates. A WFPB diet is also defined by what it emphasizes: a large variety of whole foods.” WFPB does not consume processed foods or products.
Once you have a basic understanding of the different non-animal diets, you can analyze which ones appeal to you or which one is best for your goals or intentions.
In your research, it’s wise to read the scientific studies backing each diet. For example, if your intention of eliminating animal products is because you heard it affects our planet earth, research that. Do the same thing with anything else, like the benefits of the plant-based diet for weight-loss.
Have A Clear Intention and Goal
When you are thinking about making a diet change, don’t allow other people’s opinions to be the source of your choice. Take a moment for yourself after researching the different diets why you want to transition.
Having a clear intention that you truly believe in will help you stay on track if you switch. Using my personal experience as an example:
I switched to a whole plant-based food diet for multiple reasons, but ideally to better my health. When I am in a tough situation that presents for I choose between a donut or fruit, I fall back to my original decision of becoming plant-based. Which in this scenario, I want fruit because it’s better for my health versus eating a donut.
Hence, having a clear intention and goal will be your wing in tough situations. You can always fall back to why you chose this new diet, so it helps you to make better food choices. Take a sheet of paper and write down all of your goals and intentions. Hang that somewhere in your room or home so you are always reminded.
Don’t Be Afraid and Take It Easy
What I mean about that is when you finally transition, if you slip up here and there, don’t beat yourself about it. It’s essential not to have a fear of making mistakes, especially at the beginning. Take it easy on yourself and don’t rush the change. If you want to know what the first leaping steps are, click here, as I highlight some pointers.
In summary, creating a base for yourself that includes researching about becoming plant-based, setting your intentions, and not being afraid to take the leap – will be a great help for you to make a concrete choice that best suits you.