The journey to a plant-based diet and lifestyle is different for every one of us. You may be looking for a detox, striving to make a lesser impact on our precious planet, or wanting to take your vibration to an entirely new level. Whatever it may be, here are five tips to aid you on your wonderful new adventure!
Take It Slow
Ease your body into this new lifestyle by making small changes in a timeframe that works best for you. Take little steps week by week, month by month, to start eliminating animal products from your household. Start with something simple like swapping out milk and dairy products for coconut milk creamer and almond milk. Animal products tend to have a different texture than plant based ones, so this is something you may need to ease your mind and body into. Each week experiment with a new vegetable, recipe, or plant protein that you've never tried before. This is a new relationship after all, so take it slow.
Take a trip to your local farmers market where you can pick up seasonal, organic produce. You’ll learn to love your veggies and appreciate them on an entirely different level when you buy them locally. Trust me when I say your taste buds will be thanking you! You can also start planning social events at local cafes and restaurants that offer plant-based options. It’s a wonderful way to expose yourself, and your tribe, to new ideas and recipes to vibe with at home!
Power Up With Protein
The biggest concern for a lot of us when switching to a plant-based lifestyle is 'where will I be getting my protein from?' Your raw veggies contain a surprising amount of protein but you want to make sure to incorporate plenty of quinoa, lentils, legumes, nuts, seeds, and even sea vegetables to make sure you're fueling your body properly. Whole, plant-based foods are easier for your body to digest, which then allows you to spend less energy on digestion and more on keeping you sustained throughout the day. Tune into your body. If you feel you aren’t supplying yourself with enough protein, bump it up by purchasing a vegan plant-based protein powder like Sunwarrior.
Drink Your Greens
Blend it up, baby! Homemade smoothies and juices are the easiest and quickest way for you to get those vibrant nutrients directly into your system. Be mindful of how much fruit you’re adding, it only takes a little fruit to balance out the greens so don’t over do it. Smoothies are a great way to get a blast of vitamins and nutrients as well as keeping you sustained so add as many super foods and powders that your beautiful soul desires. Juice on the other hand is absorbed directly into the bloodstream within 15 minutes so it makes for great fuel or refuel pre and post workout.
Our most loving tip of all is to tune into your body. The beautiful thing about a plant-based lifestyle is that there are no rules, there are no guidelines, and it’s a lifestyle – not a fad diet or quick fix. Listen carefully during and after a workout, how do you feel? Your body is running off the highest vibration of nutrients so in return you’re going to feel stronger, happier, more in tune, and more energized than perhaps ever before.
Take time to enjoy this experience and you’ll easily turn this into a sustainable lifestyle. Appreciate the new glow coming from within you. Enjoy this new and exciting ride and find your own rhythm, love.