The thing many of us in the office- and I’m sure if you’re a plant eater, you know this all too well- have experienced, is the support from friends and family on your plant based lifestyle, but then the popular “oh, but I couldn’t do that” response.
The thing with integrating plants into your diet is that it’s not an ‘all or nothing process.’ You have to start with what is attainable and work your way up to a fully plant based diet. The surest way to make yourself fail is to completely switch your diet, especially if you aren’t used to the new foods you will be eating.
I came across an article that explained a few (of the multitude) of reasons why plant based diets are beneficial for you (better energy, clearer skin, healthier body, better for maintaining weight, etc). But my FAVORITE part of the article were the practical ways you could start to substitute plant based foods into your diet. Here are the tips:
- Instead of cereal and cow’s milk for breakfast, try cereal and soy milk, almond milk, or other non-dairy milk.
- Instead of spreading butter on your bread, try delicious and rich avocado.
- Instead of meat at your next meal, try a delicious plant-based alternative such as edamame, spiced-grilled tofu, quinoa, beans, or “faux-meats” like seitan.
- Make scrambled tofu with sautéed vegetables instead of scrambled eggs.
- Have a whole-grain panini with hummus, grilled eggplant, zucchini, and other vegetables.
- Try a Portobello mushroom burger with all the fixings instead of a meat burger.
- Instead of cow’s-milk yogurt, try non-dairy yogurt.
Check out the rest of the article on Shape.com by clicking here. It was really inspiring- and made this lifestyle seems so attainable…because it IS so attainable. Enjoy!
Original article from self.com