There are just too many reasons that I use as my turning point. For me, it all happened kind of instantaneously after watching a documentary called “What the Health” on Netflix. I was already eating very healthy and trying to lose some of the weight I’d gained after my third pregnancy but I was also eating chicken and eggs and definitely kept dairy in the house for the kids because they loved cheese and milk and yogurt. After simply learning where all those products actually come from I felt like it was my moral responsibility to make this choice and remove them completely from my diet.
The book contains recipes to help you get started. It is a fantastic read and a great reference to turn to when you are starting your plant based journey. You can find it here:
At first everyone feels a little confused when transitioning to a plant based diet. They don’t know how to replace the foods they have been so used to eating for their entire lives. For me, I got excited about researching ways to make fulfilling meals for me and my family out of all plant based foods, and I also started reading the labels of every single thing I bought at the grocery store. It comes to the point where you want to be really aware of what’s in your food and if you can’t read the ingredient, or you don’t know what it is or what it possibly could be, you have two choices:
1. Google the ingredient to see if it’s natural
2. Don’t buy it if it contains added chemicals or preservatives
As I transitioned to my plant based lifestyle I learned to like things like tofu (although I don’t make it at home that often), and the first time I ever ordered bean curd from a Chinese restaurant, I was in love. You see, you can still eat all of the things that you love just be aware of what you’re eating and take out all of the animal products from it. For example, if you like to eat out you can always just order a baked potato, a side of Rice or steamed vegetables, salad, and if you’re lucky they might even have a plant based burger on their menu. Soon you’ll start looking up vegan restaurants to try. You’ll find that that’s so much easier that way you don’t have to worry about what’s in your food. Most of the time there are vegan restaurants, if you live near any, and they are so super cute and quaint and comfy. Their foods are absolutely amazing. I’ve had cheese made out of cashews, learned how to make Alfredo made out of pine nuts and almond milk, and I have just literally learned how to veganize anl to everything we eat.
For my kids, I still make them french fries by cutting up organic potatoes and sticking them in the air fryer. You can season them with sea salt and give them some organic ketchup. They can still have Chick’n tenders made out of soy or pea protein (Gardein has a great brand) that you can throw in your Ninja air fryer and dip in your favorite barbecue sauce. We still make spaghetti with marinara, and tacos with Gardien crumbles that look just like ground meat and honestly the kids cannot tell the difference. You can buy all of these things in your local grocery store, it’s not expensive, and it is definitely the most healthy alternative if you want to prepare your kid’s favorite meals. Take a look at all of their amazing plant based products.
We usually find them at grocers including Winn Dixie, Publix, Sprouts, Whole Foods, or Earth Fare. .
You can even order them online and have them delivered in many areas, especially with new apps like Instacart. It makes shopping so convientant, and you would be shocked at how many great plant based products you can find at the stores that use Instacart.com
We can’t live a day without some of these tried and true products and the ease of cooking we get with our Ninja. It’s the easiest way to prepare our kids favorite quick meals, and we couldn’t live without it. If you are just starting your journey into a plant based lifestyle, I highly recommend trying out Gardein’s products and get even closer to your goals of a healthier you by cooking them in an air fryer. The Ninja is the highest quality one we have ever used in our house. Check it out.
Once you make that choice to transition to a plant-based lifestyle, you will begin to look at everything in a new light. Your mindset will change, your body will change, what you crave will change, and most importantly, how you see the world will change. You can choose to go wfpb (whole food plant based), vegan, raw vegan, or whatever label you choose, but what you are doing is making the only choice you actually have every single day and that’s what you choose to put into your body.
So, your first step is to log into Netflix, or go online, and search for some of the most powerful documentaries that support the transition to a plant based lifestyle. This step is crucial to get you truly moving in the right direction and for the right reasons. Some great documentaries to get you started are Forks over Knives, Earthlings, Food Inc, Vegucated, Food Matters, Dominion, and of course, What the Health. Just taking the time to educate yourself on the reasons why you should choose a plant-based lifestyle will be your first step in the right direction to becoming a healthier, happier, and the best version of you. I hope I’ve inspired you to research, find your passion, cause, and reason to join the revolution to transition to a plant-based lifestyle.
One of the best and easiest things I will always remember and will always tell you is that fruits and veggies are fast food.