Tips For Converting To A Healthier Lifestyle
- Commit! If you only sort of commit, it is highly unlikely that your transformation will ever begin. With a full mental commitment and a list of goals to achieve, this process will be far easier.
- Reflect and ask yourself, 'why am I doing this?', 'how will I handle social settings?', 'how will I handle cravings at the beginning?', 'am I willing to put so much energy into bettering my health?', or, 'what is my objective, purpose, etc?'. Questioning your actions can help you formulate answers and keep you on the right path. Make sure you're aware of how well you handle change. If you need a gradual change, then it's okay to do it slowly! I've been there, and it isn't easy. Start by eating produce before you eat something that's been packaged or processed. Once you've achieved that, try to eat a fully raw, plant based meal once a day. Then, try one plant based meal a week, and so on! Journal what you eat, or log it in a phone app like My Fitness Pal (my personal favorite). This journey is a challenging one and can be very intimidating at times. It requires a lot of mental strength. However, the benefits far outweigh the challenges.
- Educate yourself! I have been loving going to the library every few weeks and picking out a few good books to read. A recent book I've read is Forks Over Knives, and I firmly believe this book is a great source of knowledge if you'd like to learn more. They have a few different versions, like a family edition, if you're interested in, but unsure of, how to convert your family to a more plant-based lifestyle. My parents have been cutting back on their red meat intake for a while now, which is awesome! Another great source of knowledge is documentaries! Cowspiracy, Food Inc., and Forks Over Knives offer great information and insight. See more documentaries below.
- Clear your pantry/fridge. If you wait until everything is 'gone and eaten up' from your pantry, it is very unlikely that you will ever begin your transformation! Start now by surrounding yourself with fruits, vegetables, and simple pantry goods. You should never feel guilty about purchasing good quality food. You're spending more on a healthy lifestyle and less on those very expensive doctor visits and prescriptions. I have a meal plan set up here if you're unsure of where to begin.
Helpful Books To Read
Forks Over Knives (family edition is great, too)
My Beef With Meat
The China Study
Forks Over Knives