Going Green: How to Design a Plant-Based Diet

More and more people are opting for a plant-based diet. Whether they’re going completely vegan, going vegetarian, or cutting out animal products a few days per week for their health and the environment, plant foods are in.

Are you considering making the switch?

Starting a vegan diet doesn’t mean committing to “rabbit food” or losing all of the things that you love. You can eat all of the things that you love and stay fit and healthy without the animals.

Not sure how to start? No problem. Keep reading to learn all about transitioning into a vegan or vegetarian diet.

Keep Your Needs In Mind

One of the biggest things that people struggle with whenever they transition to any kind of new diet is their overall nutritional needs.

Many people think that you can’t give your body everything that it needs if you don’t eat meat or dairy. This isn’t true. While you may need supplements to fill in the gaps, you can live a very healthy life as a vegan or vegetarian.

Make sure that you know what you need. Learn all about vitamins and minerals, as well as your ideal macros.

The things that most plant-based people will struggle with are protein, vitamin B12, and omega fatty acids. Luckily, there are things on the market for all of these.

If you don’t find that you’re getting enough protein from beans, tofu, and mock meats, try vegan protein powder. Plant proteins are healthy, clean, and they’re great for anyone who’s sensitive to whey. Fitppl has a few great options.

You can use supplements for b12, but you can also try nutritional yeast. This is a cheesy yeast that makes a great replacement for grated parmesan and it’s full of b12.

Omega fatty acids are tricky. While you can get them from food, we suggest using algae oil instead.

Always Read the Labels

Did you know that some products look vegan, but aren’t? Some of them aren’t even vegetarian! Reading the labels will be second nature once you’ve established your diet.

One of the worst offenders is gelatin. Gelatin is made from the bones of animals. It’s often used as a stabilizer.

While you already know that it’s in Jell-o, it can also be in toaster pastries, cereal, chip dips, and even certain yogurts (though for vegans, yogurt is a non-issue).

Use the Web

Are you struggling to find tasty plant-based food? Worried that you’ll be eating limp and tasteless tofu for the rest of your days?

Take advantage of the internet. Not only can it help you find local restaurants with vegan-friendly options, but you can also find recipes for plant-based versions of all of your favorite foods.

A Plant-Based Diet Isn’t Just Lettuce and Tofu

Adapting to a plant-based diet is easy once you have the right resources. Design your perfect plant-based diet by finding tasty treats on the web, learning to find sneaky animal products on food labels, and keeping track of your nutrition.

The animals (and planet) will thank you.

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