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Staying plant-based on birthdays can be tricky! First, if you are the parent of a child and it is their birthday, you may not want to dictate a whole food, plant-based dinner. But, if it is you or a loved one who is already plant-based, then it is both easy and fun to create a special celebration. Here are several ideas to try:
As you begin to make whole food, plant-based (WFPB) eating part of your new lifestyle, a key skill that needs to be sharpened is learning to plan. In the past as a SAD (Standard American Diet) eater, you might have run to a drive-thru or popped a frozen pizza in the microwave when you were hungry. The problem is that these habits harm your health and well-being.
When it comes to the hectic nature of our lives, many people feel like, on a scale of one to 10, they’re at an 11. If that describes you, the thought of cooking a meal every night may seem like a daunting, if not impossible task. Fortunately, whether you like to batch cook all your meals for the week on the weekends or only have time to cook one or two nights each week, there are several whole food, plant-based meal ideas out there that will leave you with lots of delicious leftovers
As you transition to a plant-based diet, you may be asked “tough” questions by your friends and family about your new way of eating. The good news is that after the transition, these questions often begin to disappear. Plus, with all of the information on the benefits of plant-based eating penetrating deeper into the mainstream, these types of questions seem to be diminishing.
Recently, my daughter received all of her textbooks before heading off to college this fall. A required class for first year students is Health. She started reading through the book and was surprised that they said to approach a plant-based diet with ‘caution’ because you had to watch your nutrients very closely. They also referred to the “importance of combining vegetarian proteins during a meal to get a complete protein.” The amazing thing is that this book was published in 2015!
So you have watched the videos and documentaries and are now excited to change over to a plant-based diet and experience for yourself the amazing health benefits! The only problem is that you are the only person in your household who wants to make this change. If this is your situation, realize that you are not alone.