Now you know that I have embarked on a new healthy plant-based journey. You can read more about it here.
So here are some tips to help keep you going:
- Make salad the main dish, eat it first at lunch and at dinner.
You will find that you eat more of what you have first. So eat the salad when you are hungriest. Raw foods fill you up and encourage weight loss.
- Eat as much fruit as you want to.
4 fruits are about 250 calories and you can splurge as much as you would like to. So for dessert eat fresh fruit or even blend some frozen fruit to satisfy your frozen fruit.
- Have variety when it comes to greens.
Make a variety of vegetable salads, including the following; lettuce, watercress, celery, spinach, cucumbers, tomatoes, mushrooms, broccoli, cauliflower, peppers, onions, radishes, carrots, beats, cabbages and sprouts.
Have some cooked vegetables too like; kale, bok choy, okra, zucchini, turnip greens. Cooked greens are low in calories but are very nutrient dense
- Beware of starchy vegetables as mentioned here
- Eat beans or legumes every day.
Eat a cup of beans daily. beans are a powerhouse of super nutrition. they help in reducing cholesterol and blood sugar. They have a high nutrient per calorie profile and help prevent food cravings.They digest slowly. Throw a cup of beans on your salad for lunch. Eat bean soup.
- Eliminate animal and dairy products
Eliminate animal products completely if you can. If not use lean meat once or twice a week and an egg once a week.
- Have a tablespoon of ground flaxseed every day.
This will help you with omega-3 fats. These fats help protect against diabetes, heart disease and cancer. An additional source of omega 3 would be walnuts or soybeans like Edamame
- Consume nuts and seeds in limited amounts, which is no more than one ounce per day.
- Eat lost of mushrooms all the time.
They make a great meat replacement. It adds interesting texture to your foods. Mushrooms contain phytochemicals that have been linked to decreased risk of chronic diseases.
- Keep it simple.
You don’t have to prepare fancy recipes all the time. I’ll also be adding recipes here from time to time to help you through this journey., So please don’t think you are in this journey alone. I’m also going through this with you. You can start anytime in your journey, even if it is months from now or weeks from now. I just hope to help and support you through this journey.