Transitioning to a Vegan Lifestyle 1.0 - Part 2

Transitioning to a Vegan Lifestyle 1.0 - Part 2

So now that I've decided to go vegan, what do I eat?  How do I begin?  How do I move from eating bagels and cream cheese, tasty meats, Starbucks muffins, eggs and bacon, and processed cereal?  

Great questions!

Transitioning from the standard American diet to a vegan lifestyle takes intentionality in order for it to become a successful transition.  Many who have made this transition can tell you that telling that you're vegan is easier than knowing what to eat on a daily basis to sustain yourself over time.  

But I love when people "go vegan."  It's the beginning of a healthy life.  Rest assured that eating a plant based diet feeds cells, regenerates organ tissue, heals the body, gives you meaningful energy, and drops unwanted body fat.

But what do I eat?  

Here's a SIMPLE SAMPLE PLAN for you to consider on this new journey:

Upon waking up

- Drink at least 32oz of purified water (spring, reverse osmosis or alkaline water) before eating anything.

- OPTIONAL - Drink at least 16oz of ginger tea and lime or lemon (prepare the ginger in advance by blending a cup of chopped ginger in the blender with three cups of water, pour it in a pot (filling the pot up with more water) and then boil it.  You can dilute the ginger as much as you desire by adding more water.  It depends on how strong you want your tea.  Also, keep in mind that it stores well in the fridge or either on the stove.  

When preparing the tea, use a 1/2 - 1 whole lime or lemon and squeeze it into a mug.  Sweeten it with honey or organic agave, stir and enjoy.

What does ginger-lime or lemon tea do for you?

It rehydrates your body after a full night of sleep and rids your body of toxins that have been accumulated and processed in your body while you were asleep.  The ginger and lime have huge benefits.

BREAKFAST

- Make a smoothie and drink as much as you want.  Feel free to substitute the fruit below with some of your favorites.

  • Frozen organic strawberries
  • Frozen organic pineapple
  • Frozen organic bananas
  • 7-8 organic pitted dates (for sweetness)
  • water or coconut water (as much as needed to achieve your desired thickness) 

MID-MORNING SNACK

- Eat as much fruit as you desire.

- Drink coconut water (keeps you hydrated and mineralized).

LUNCH

- Drink another smoothie if you like.

- Eat a large salad full of some of your favorite vegetables.  Make your own dressing w/ extra virgin olive oil, apple cider vinegar, honey, salt, cumin, paprika, and basil.

- Sesame kale salad (see Blog)

DINNER

- Any of my recipes 

- Favorite steamed and seasoned veggies over black rice or wild rice

- Gardein "mock food" with black rice, and sautéed kale or spinach

Here are a few things to consider when deciding what to eat:

1.  Make a list of your favorite fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds.  Stock your fridge with these items.

2.  Always buy organic if you can.  Buy in bulk from Costco or your local farmers market.  If you can't afford organic, make sure you use a fruit and veggie wash to clean your fruit and vegetables of residues, toxic preservatives, and pesticides.

3.  Eat enough calories.  Determine what's your favorites and eat until your stomach is content.  You can't get fat eating fruits and vegetables.  Many people quit the vegan lifestyle because they aren't simply eating enough food.  The good thing to remember is that you can't eat to much in a plant based lifestyle.

Please let me know how I can help you by commenting on this post.

Have a healthy day.

D