There are a handful of scientifically-supported health benefits to keeping a plant-based diet. According to U.S. News & World Report, a plant-based diet helps to prevent diabetes, control hypertension, induce weight loss, improve heart health and more. Not to mention, there are countless social and environmental reasons for eating plant-based, too. Whatever your inspiration may be, it may not be easy to give up animal products cold turkey (or should it be cold tofu?). Here, we’ve gathered our best tips for easing into a plant-based diet.
Do Your Research
There is a lot to know about switching to a plant-based diet, like how to get the nutrients you’d ordinarily get from animal products. Protein can be found in foods like nuts, beans, lentils and seeds. Vitamin B12 and iron are harder to come by in a plant-based diet, so make sure to figure out the best source for you.
Stock your kitchen with nutrient-rich ingredients that will make it easy to whip up a snack or meal according to your new diet.
The digital world is a great place for plant-based inspiration. From Instagram to Pinterest to sites like Epicurious, it’s not hard to find delicious recipes. If you’re ready to commit, consider ordering a beautiful cookbook.
Do A Trial
The best way to see if a plant-based diet is right for you is to just try it. Perhaps you want to start with four days of plant-based eating per week or go all out for a month and see how you feel. There’s no wrong way to do it.