Becoming Plant Based
Updated: Feb 7, 2019
10 Ways to become a flexitarian without killing yourself and breaking the bank!
In 2018, we are surrounded by the numerous plant based diets, vegan communities and noticeably increasing number of gluten free dessert menu options when dining out (useless invention in my book because if I want a donut, I WANT A REAL DONUT). Many of these changes came about with the new and improved healthy living and lifestyle trend. We all spend/spent hours at some point trying to work on those abs, tighten those arms and flatten that stomach. Flat tummy tea being forced down your throat by celebrities is Not the answer! It can be intimidating to hear “change your diet” when you’re a foodie like myself and always thinking about the budget. However, everybody has a different approach. Some people go vegan overnight, while others crawl before they walk. Who just jumps up running right? I became a pescatarian for 2 months last year before my birthday, needed that flat stomach for the culture, the bikini, and the IG pics 😏 I hated it!! I wasn’t very fat or flabby to begin with but I wanted some tone, I needed to get rid of that kangaroo pouch. Welp, barely!!! The drastic change in diet was the hardest part. I’m so used to eating decent through the week and trashed out on weekends, it was hard to focus on veggie burgers and quinoa. Seafood can get annoying to, you start to smell like what you eat. NO THANK YOU!! Nevertheless, I stuck to it and decided to become part-time vegetarian/flexitarian afterwards. So now, I swap and play. I replace certain proteins with vegetarian sources and meat-like alternatives, how I want and when I want. I found quite a few helpful tips and tricks to becoming flexitarian without killing yourself and breaking the bank.
Check Them Out:
1. Start slow with Meatless Mondays (Eat No Meat), Fish Fridays (Eat Only Seafood) and Salad Saturdays or Sundays (Eat Only Salad) Throw a dairy-free day or 2 in the schedule
2. Gradually cut out unnecessary animal products and increase your plant based foods
3. Incorporate more fruit into your everyday diet (Swap snacks with fruits)
4. Consider vegetarian junk foods when in temptation (veggie potato chips, granola bars, veggie pizza, vegan ice cream, dried fruits, vegan popcorn, hummus, etc..)
5. Begin incorporating more whole grain, beans, legumes, nuts, seeds, and tofu into your diet. Raw form is the best form!
6. Avoid soy products in excess and buy more organic produce
7. Start researching and experimenting with quick and easy vegetarian/vegan recipes that are similar to your normal meals (Dine out at restaurants with vegetarian options)
8. Do juice cleanses/diets to get all your nutrients (Make veggie/fruit blend drinks)
9. Don’t expect all veggie burgers to taste like real burgers (shop around)
10. Don’t intend to compare meat-free flavors to real meat (you’ll be disappointed)
People become vegetarians, pescatarians and vegans for many reasons. Some are health and weight loss related while others may be religious, environmental or passion about animal rights. Either way, the change is good for body health and promotes a cleaner environment. If you like fruits and vegetables or just want to cut out fat and sugar, try changing your diet, become a 'tarian (I just made this word up) of some sort! If you’re unsure if this will be healthy for you, be sure to meet with your doctor or dietician for a meal plan to ensure you eat balanced meals and get all your nutrients. You don’t have to break the bank making this transition. Shop at the same stores you normally would, just do more research on the labels and look for the organic seals. Hope to see you out there somewhere eating a salad, next to me, stuffing my face with the best burger in town! Please don’t judge me! Flexitarians Rule!!!
Have you ever considered going vegan, vegetarian or pescatarian? If so, I recommend you try it!! What is your biggest concern or fear about the change in lifestyle?