First of all, before trying any new diet it’s important to consult with your physician. However, one other consideration for those of you who are ready to begin a new diet or lifestyle change, is to implement a transitional period or phase. During this time you will learn all you can about what you need to be successful in this lifestyle and spend time introducing yourself (body) to the new things that will be making a greater impact as time goes on.
For some people that transition make take days, months, and even years to complete. So before I continue I want you to understand one thing. If it takes you a year or even two years to transition THAT IS COMPLETELY FINE! I can’t stress enough how important it is for us to prep our bodies for the changes we are about to experience. So often life puts us through unexpected changes and it becomes very stressful to deal with. Positive changes can be just as stressful and when we are the ones to make these changes we need to take better care to respect the stress that comes with it and give ourselves time.
With that being said I’m glad you’re interested in a Whole Foods Plant Based Diet and I want to share with you some important things you may want to consider to help ease the transitional phase for you.
Start with Smoothies
Someone once jokingly told me one day that “There’s a smoothie out there for everyone.” Today that message means more to me than ever. The reality is smoothies are a great way to pack a cup full of nutrition and get your daily servings of fruits and veggies. There are so many different combinations that you can make to mix a smoothie that you love. It is also easier to digest and retains the fiber from fruits so you don’t get the sugar rush you may get in some juices. This makes it a great recommendation to start out with when beginning a WFPB Diet.
Processed foods are a huge no-no on the WFPB Diet. When you visit grocery stores you will probably find yourself spending less time going up and down the aisles and more time in the produce section. One way to avoid the temptation in picking up that fresh bag of Oreos is to visit your local farmers markets. You can meet a lot of great people there, many of which can share there experiences with you. It is extremely valuable to connect with people who are going through the same things as you and you may find many of them lurking around these farmers markets. If you need extra assistance there are also some wonderful Facebook groups dedicated to sharing ideas of this nature.
Eat Colorful! Maybe one of the most important things in a plant based or vegan diet is variety. You will hear me talk about this a lot because of how strongly I feel about this topic. People often get sick, age quickly, have pain, or even lose their hair, simply because their bodies don’t receive an adequate supply of essential nutrients on a day to day basis. Mixing up your veggies, fruits, nuts, and seeds are a great way to ensure you are getting all of the nutrients you need.
Congratulations, you have now been introduced to a couple helpful tips that hopefully makes your transition a “fruitful” one 😉
Thanks for reading!
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