FIVE AWESOME TIPS TO GET YOU STARTED ON A WHOLE FOOD PLANT- BASED DIET

Nov 13, 2019

Are you keen on a whole food plant-based (WFPB) diet but don’t know where to start? Here are five great tips to make it simple! Leave your comments below and tell us how you went – we’d love to hear from you!

TIP 1: KEEP IT SIMPLE & START SMALL

For the next week, commit to making at least one meal daily that consists of only WFPB and, if possible, go for two. It doesn’t need to be an elaborate meal that takes you hours to prepare. Try not to overcomplicate things! Some simple yet tasty examples are:

  • Chia seeds soaked in Almond milk and some banana or mango.

  • Avocado on toast (100% Ray or Spelt bread) with finely chopped cilantro and some coconut butter.

  • Smoothie consisting of a banana, blueberries (fresh or frozen) and almond milk.

  • Salad – lettuce, rocket, spinach, small tomatoes, cucumber, avocado, hummus, croutons (whole grain) or pasta (whole grain), some pumpkin and sunflower seeds.

  • Quiana, brown rice, steamed or frypan veggies, falafel and hummus.

  • Snacks: nuts, raw or dark chocolate, and fruit.

TIP 2: SHOP LOCAL & IN SEASON

Food needs to be fresh, and what better way than getting it from your garden (when possible) or visiting a local farmer’s market and buying it directly from the farmer? Talk to the farmer and ask questions about the food they produce and how it is farmed.

If you don’t have a local farmer’s market near you, then travel a bit further or find a local grocer that buys directly from farmers (ask which day they get their products delivered and eat as fresh as possible).

The last option should be your big chain supermarkets (although they now have organic sections). Always buy produce in season. Most likely, it has not been in cool houses for months.

TIP 3: PANTRY & FRIDGE CHECK

Take a look in your pantry and fridge and clear out anything that has been:

  • Genetically modified (GMO)

  • Heavily processed (white flour, sugars, synthetics, etc.)

  • It contains animal products

  • Reads more than five ingredients on the label

  • Sits in a can or plastic container

If that’s mostly everything in your pantry and fridge, it is a valuable exercise to re-think what you consider food! Buy food that grows in the ground on and above the ground. It is fresh, in season, and locally grown when possible. Make it simple for yourself. Look on YouTube for simple, healthy WFPB meals to eat. You might be pleasantly surprised by what is possible!

TIP 4: INTERMEDIATE FASTING

Fasting is one of the most effective ways of kick-starting the process of gaining better health. Start with what’s an ‘intermediate fast’ where you abstain from eating any food for 16-18 hours (make sure you stay hydrated during this period).

A great way to do this is to eat your last meal at 6-7 pm and start your first meal the next day around 12-1 pm (again, ensure you drink plenty of water during this period). Your body will have the opportunity to rest to rejuvenate and strengthen itself.

Fasting = strengthening of the body. During our sleep, we truly fast, meaning no food, no hydration (we do a dry fast).

If you want to be a bit more adventurous, you can extend the fast to 24 hours from 6-7 pm to 6-7 pm the following evening (again, drink plenty of water during this time). Similarly, you might be surprised at how well your body reacts! 

BTW If you think two meals of WFPB meals is not enough think again! If you want to take a snack (nuts, seeds, fruit, dark chocalete. oats cooky etc.) go ehead but not after your last meal and not before you first.

TIP 5:  BE CURIOUS

Ask other people eating a healthy WFPB diet what they do, where they go shopping, and why. Pick their brains and soak up knowledge. It can make a big difference to you and your family’s health.

Remember, you are an accumulation of food and drinks!

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