My transition has been gradual, and I still slip up sometimes. I started in the fall, around Halloween time. I have been reducing my meat intake for quite some time now, so that was not the hardest part for me. The hardest part was dairy. I decided first to start with cutting out red meat and cheese (because that seemed to me to be the worst offender in the dairy department). So, I started slowly. I cut out a few foods at a time. After a few weeks of eating with less animal products and experimenting with new ways to make old favorites it got easier for me to cut out more. I now am eating entirely plant-based with very little sugars or oils.
As for my family, they are not on the same page as me. I have been doing this alone, which can be a challenge. Luckily, my family is supportive of me. Dinnertime is the most challenging meal for me to figure out. What I have been doing, though is making meals that can easily be separated. For example, I make a stir fry with the vegetables in one pan and the meat in another. This way I am still pleasing my family while eating the way I want
Resources to Help you Eat a Plant-Based Diet
Like I mentioned, I have been reading like crazy. When I want to learn about a topic, there is really no stopping me! I have compiled a list of books & websites that have helped me along on this journey.
5 Books on Plant-Based Eating:
- The China Study by T. Collin Campbell
- Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition by T. Collin Campbell
- Disease Proof Your Children by Joel Fuhrman
- How to Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease by Caldwell Esselstyn
- The Starch Solution by John McDougall
My Favorite Websites for Plant-Based Recipes:
- Oh She Glows
- Minimalist Baker
- One Ingredient Chef
- Happy Herbivore
- No Meat Athlete
- Healthy. Happy. Life.
- My Whole Food Life
- This Ransom Vegan Life
- Post Punk Kitchen
- FatFree Vegan Kitchen
There are also some pretty awesome Vegan/Plant-based cookbooks that I am beginning to collect. I am kinda a cookbook addict! This new lifestyle is fueling that addiction. 🙂
And… I started a new Pinterest board for Plant-based recipes. I am slowly transferring pins over from my other recipe board, but it has some awesome stuff on there already!