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How to Start a Plant-Based Diet

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plant-based diet shopping listWith many established health benefits, a plant-based diet is focused on encouraging whole, nutrient-dense plant-based foods such as whole grains, fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, and healthy oils like olive oil. It discourages processed foods, and reduces and limits the types of meats and dairy.

What is the Plant-Based Diet?

The plant-based diet isn't the same as eating vegetarian or vegan. In fact, dairy and meat is allowed (although some who follow it choose not to consume any or certain animal-based foods).

Additionally, a vegan or vegetarian diet doesn't necessarily mean a focus on whole foods or avoiding processed food and refined flours and sugars, while plant-based diet does.

The plant-based diet is also focused on what is allowed/encouraged rather than what is banned. 

Benefits of a Plant-Based Diet

There are a number of well-established benefits of the plant based diet, including:

  • Improved immunity
  • Reduced risk of heart disease
  • Reduced weight
  • Reduced risk of stroke
  • Reduced risk of diabeted
  • Reduced inflammation

See more benefits of the plant-based diet.

Getting Started on the Plant-Based Diet 

The great thing about the plant-based diet is its focus on what TO eat instead of what NOT to eat. That makes it easier to transition, and means it requires a lot less overthinking. 

Here are a few tips to get started:

  • Load up on fresh vegetables, and add them throughout your day whenever possible.
  • Start with plant-based foods you and your family love.
  • Be more selective about any non-plant-based foods. If you're consuming dairy, make it organic from grass-fed cows as a source, for example.
  • Build up pantry staples of whole grains and healthy oils to have on hand to build any meal, such as barley, quinoa, rolled oats, brown rice, olive oil and coconut oil.
  • Rethink snacks to shift to plant-based. Get nuts and vegetables, and package these into small portion-sized amounts that are easy to grab and eat.
  • Rethink the way your plate is arranged. Make vegetables the bulk of each meal, with whole grains next. Fruit, dairy, meats and fats should be an accent and not the main ingredient.

Plant-Based Recipes

Here is a sampling of plant-based recipes to get you started:

Hearty Veggie Stew

Sweet Potato Kale Farro Salad

Zucchini Enchiladas

Vegan Chocolate

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Xtrema® redefines healthy cooking by crafting products with the highest integrity and versatility to help cooks everywhere make the best food possible for themselves, their families and their friends. Xtrema® cookware was developed by experts to be a healthy, non-toxic alternative to metal, nonstick or ceramic-coated cookware. Xtrema® cookware is entirely ceramic, from the glaze to the core, for consistent heating and exceptional versatility. Most importantly— unlike cookware that is metal, nonstick, or merely coated in ceramic—Xtrema® will not leach chemicals or metals into food, for a safer cooking experience.

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