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What is the secret to failing on a plant-based diet?
Not eating properly.
Since I am not a doctor or a scientist, I can only share with you resources that helped me learn about how to eat healthy as a vegan.
The most important thing to do before you commit to this lifestyle is to know what foods to eat, how to get all the nutrients, and what foods are the staples of most recipes.
You can find some really delicious and healthy recipes on my Pinterest board here. But today I am not here to share what to cook or bake. I want to tell you about a few resources that I recommend to every new vegan who wants to know how to be a healthy plant-eater.
I want to encourage you to learn about how to create a healthy vegan lifestyle because some people failed to do that and it came back to bite them.
Remember, veganism is not about dieting, counting calories, starving or doing detoxes. Veganism is a lifestyle and a plant-based diet is at the core of it. It just means you eat plants, nothing else.
I can sit here and write about the benefits of eating a whole food plant-based diet, but you are as vegan as I am even if you survive on chips and candy. It just sucks when you then die because of it and others blame it on veganism.
Here are some of my favorite resources to keep learning about what and how to eat as a vegan:
- Proteinaholic by Dr Garth Davis is all about, you guessed it, protein and how way too many people are obsessed with getting it from the wrong sources.
- How Not to Die by Dr Michael Greger is a thick book that provides information about everything you need to know about eating a healthy plant-based diet.
- My Beef With Meat by Rip Esselstyn is the first book on nutrition I ever read and it sums up everything you need to know to start eating plant-based. It also contains delicious recipes that you can try as a new vegan.
- NutritionFacts.Org provides the latest news when it comes to nutrition, backed by science. It is non-commercial and nonprofit which indicates that there are no industries paying them to tell me what to eat.
- The Nutrition Rounds Podcast by Dr Danielle Belardo offers amazing conversations with a variety of doctors who promote a plant-based way of eating.
I am very careful with who I follow when it comes to getting my dose of science. There are way too many vegans who may have great diet advice but are anti-vaccines and promote CBD oil over medicine.
I encourage you to go straight to the study itself and read it carefully if you are not sure whether or not these well-known doctors are honest.
I say this because even though I trust the people I mentioned, I am always keeping my eye on what they promote because people are flawed. Someone can be a doctor and promote eating plants but is blind to the research that shows vaccines are not causing children to die.
But to come back to eating plant-based.
Learn the basics, know the facts and keep educating yourself on how to eat healthy foods on a daily basis. After the first few weeks of eating plant-based, you realize that it’s not hard at all, and then it becomes fun!
Food is good and it really should be fun – no restrictions or food phobias.