It seems that more than ever before, people everywhere are adopting a plant-based diet; giving up animal-based products for nutritious, plant-based alternatives. Plant-based eating has been touted as one of the top macro trends shaping the food and beverage industry in 2019, with almost a third of Americans and Britons actively making a conscious effort to cut down on their meat consumption.
The benefits of a plant-based diet are two-fold: its good for you and for the environment. Studies have shown that adopting a wholefoods-based plant-based diet can reduce your risk for chronic illnesses, increase your energy levels, improve digestion and boost your overall health. It’s also a sustainable way of living which enables you to lower your carbon footprint and improve animal welfare.
Whether you are toying with the idea of going plant-based or are simply curious about what it might entail, here are some pointers that we feel would help you along your way.
Start off with a plant-forward diet
Instead of diving headfirst into a fully plant-based diet, start off with adopting a plant-forward mindset. This means consciously cutting down on your consumption of animal products to shift your habits and get a better understanding of the food options available to you. Eating a wholesome plant-based diet involves replacing meats, eggs and dairy with wholesome, plant-based foods alternatives which are an incredible way of introducing variety to your diet. Start off with perhaps limiting meat to one meal a day, or replacing dairy with almond milk in your coffee or cereal, or introducing plant-based days. Whatever step you decide to take, we guarantee you will feel better for it.
Invest in plant-based cookbooks
The most frequent question that plant-based eaters are asked in, “What do you eat [then]?”. The answer is, literally everything else! We live in a society where our meals are so heavily centered around animal products, that everything else becomes an afterthought or a side dish. Animal products are the smallest of the food groups; eating plant-based opens up an endless world of nutritionally superior grains, legumes, vegetables, fruit, seeds and nuts. The choices are infinite, but it does require a shift in mindset. We recommend investing in plant-based cookbooks that can help you in understanding how to cook and what to eat to accommodate your new eating habits. The Deliciously Ella cookbooks are our absolute favorites for their simplified, fuss-free approach to wholesome, nutritious plant-based cooking.
Plan your meals
When you have delicious, nutritious foods available, you are less likely to turn to convenient, overly-processed, nutritionally-limited options. Plan your meals for the week in advance and buy all the ingredients upfront so you have no excuse. Plant-based cooking is quicker and easier than regular cooking, it just requires more fresh ingredients which is the best thing you can do for yourself. We love using Dubai-based fresh fruit and vegetable store Kibsons’ online delivery service to stock up on fresh produce and nutritious pantry essentials. Use the Fab Four formula for a foolproof way to creating perfectly balanced meals, whereby you aim to ensure that every plate of food contains healthy protein, fat, fiber and greens.