Why Go Plant Based ?
Whether you are curious about a plant based diet, in transition, a novice or a long time vegan VegTable strives to help people of all stages with eating a healthy, and well balanced diet. We know that beginning a transition towards plant based eating can be overwhelming and difficult to navigate, and we also know that everyone and their mother asks “what do you eat” whenever the subject is brought up. Here we offer some guidance about the benefits of plant based eating as well as some strategies to navigate the transition.
How To Go Plant Based
Take Your Time
The best way to transition to a plant based lifestyle is to take it one step at a time and at your own pace. If you aren’t ready to go completely plant based, start by eating one plant based meal a week.(Our VT1 is a great way to start!) Begin by eliminating the least healthy foods first (like processed meats and cheese) and start including fresh fruits and vegetables with each meal.
It’s Not Just Salad
You can’t just substitute a steak with a “small salad’ and expect to be full and nourished. Choose meals that contain a healthy combination of beneficial fats, complex carbohydrates, and protein – even if it is “ just a salad”!
Explore the World of Plant Based Foods
Go global when you go plant-based! You will be surprised to find how many other cultures offer plant based meals as a normal part of their cuisine.
Have a Plan
Lastly, it is important to tackle any new project in life with a plan. Your chances for success will improve if you have clear goals, different cuisines to try, and the mindset to learn new things and accept that you won’t be perfect all of the time. Choosing VegTable for one or several of your meals each week makes it easy with nutritionally balanced, delicious plant-based meals that are on the table in under an hour. You’ll learn new recipes and techniques, enjoy flavors both new and familiar, and eat amazing, satisfying food.
Remember the goal is to become plant based over time. If you have a “slip up” or “fall off the wagon”, it’s not the end of the world – or the transition. Keep moving forward.
Am I Eating Enough?
Consider how many calories you need each day to maintain health, energy, and strength. The caloric density of meat is higher than that of plants, so you will need to eat a larger volume of food in order to get the same caloric intake. And who doesn’t love a meal plan that tells you to eat more? Your caloric needs are based on several factors, including gender and activity level. A quick online search will yield guidelines to help you determine your daily caloric needs.
It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken!
When you begin your plant based transition, you may be tempted by the plethora of “faux meat” products you encounter in the freezer section of your grocery store. While these foods can help to satisfy a craving for the familiar, they are highly processed and should be enjoyed in moderation. Instead, consider healthy meat alternatives such as tofu, tempeh, and our favorite, seitan.
Where Will I Get My Protein?
All plant foods have protein! When you consume a diet that includes plenty of vegetables, fruits, beans, legumes, tofu, and whole grains, you are consuming all 9 essential amino acids provide your body with “complete protein”. Recent studies indicate that Americans eat entirely too much protein (your body stores excess protein as fat), so switching to a plant based lifestyle will allow your body to regulate itself back to normal levels.