Many people are considering switching to a plant-based diet to address their health concerns originating from high-fat non-vegetarian diet. Some studies suggest that switching to a plant-based diet partially or wholly reduces the risk of developing heart disease primarily because plant-based foods are generally lower in cholesterol and saturated fat.
Here are some tips that will help you switch easily to a plant-based diet.
Do Not Eliminate Animal Products Altogether But Find The Right Plant Substitutes For Them
When you completely eliminate an animal product from your diet, you will lack the nutrients that it supplied to your body. You have to find the right plant-based substitutes for all animal products you are eliminating from your diet. If you are avoiding protein-rich animal foods, substitute it with protein-rich plant foods like legumes. They are excellent sources of protein as well as fiber.
Make Sure That Your Plant-Based Meal Has Flavors You Are Familiar With
Switching to plant-based diet will be difficult if you are going to taste flavors that are altogether new to you. You may not find it pleasant. If you are a fan of chicken salad sandwiches, substitute chicken with chickpeas and devour the recipe. You can use excellent plant substitutes in almost every recipe.
Before Placing The Order, Call The Restaurant
It is not always that every restaurant offers many vegetarian options. Planning ahead is always recommended. Call the restaurant, explain your dietary needs and find out what special foods they have.
Eat More Non-Starchy Vegetables
Plant-based diet is mostly rich in carbohydrates. You might sometimes be getting more carbohydrates than you need. Therefore, add non-starchy vegetables to your diet in order to get a high amount of nutrients with fewer carbohydrates. Non-starchy vegetables have high water weight but low overall energy.
Cut Down On Processed Foods
There is no denying that plant-based diet has its advantages but eating too many processed vegan foods is not a healthy habit. Eating too many processed plant-based alternatives for junk foods like chips, candy, pizza and ice cream is not a healthy habit.
Limit The Amount Of Natural Sugars In Plant-Based Foods
Everything that comes with the “natural” label does not mean they are beneficial to our health. You get so many added sugars in the market that are labeled healthy but not very different from regular table sugar.
Even if you follow a plant-based diet, limit the intake of added sugars you get from foods and beverages to support your general health.
A diet change should not compromise your general health. The new diet you have chosen should supply all necessary vitamins in the exact required levels.