Beginner’s Guide to a Plant-Based Diet

Beginner’s Guide to a Plant-Based Diet

If you’ve found yourself thinking about your health and are curious about switching to a plant-based diet, you’ve certainly come to the right place! Our beginner’s guide to living plant-based will go over the crucial information you need before diving into the world of plant-based diets. Many plant-based diets are popular at the moment, so we’ll go over what they are, their advantages, and tips on what steps will help you transition away from an omnivorous diet.

What Kind of Plant-Based Diet Is Right For Me?

 As you’ve undoubtedly heard, there is a wide variety of plant-based diets that are popular around the world. The phrase “plant-based” is a catch-all phrase used to describe diets that consist mostly of food from plants; this means that vegan, vegetarian (with or without dairy or eggs), and sometimes pescatarian diets are considered plant-based. Which diet is right for you depends on your own personal desires!
  • A Pescatarian diet consists primarily of food from plants but includes occasional consumption of fish and shellfish. 
  • Vegetarian diets are limited to almost entirely plant products, but may also include eggs or dairy products.
    • A vegetarian diet that keeps eggs and dairy products is known as an ovo-lacto vegetarian diet.
  • A Vegan diet consists only of foods harvested from plant sources, such as vegetables, fruits, legumes, and grains.

How to Change Your Habits

 Many people that consider switching to a plant-based diet have a hard time committing to the idea of the change because they think it’ll be too difficult. We’re here to tell you that it’s much easier than you might think! The most common advice you’ll hear when starting a plant-based diet is to take it in steps. Eliminating one food at a time makes it simple because you’ll only be altering your grocery shopping trip by one item! This is a great way to try out new plant-based foods and to see what recipes work for you. A famous phrase among plant-based eaters is to “add to your diet before you subtract from it.” One month you might cut out red meat and consume more beans, and then the next month you might also cut out chicken and poultry while adding tofu, and so on. By following this tip, you will also make it easier for your digestive system to adjust.  Changing your diet is a hugely significant lifestyle change, so while it is important to try hard and hold yourself accountable, don’t forget to be kind to yourself! Mistakes happen, so keep trying and soon enough you’ll be enjoying the benefits of a plant-based lifestyle. Looking to try some new recipes but don't know where to start? Check out PlantX's recipe section for nutritious plant-based meals that you can easily make at home.