Switching to a plant-based lifestyle can be a big change, but it can also be very rewarding. If you’re considering making the switch, here are some tips to make the transition as smooth and easy as possible: 

  1. Start slowly: You don’t have to go fully plant-based overnight. Consider gradually incorporating more plant-based meals into your diet and gradually reducing your consumption of animal products. 
  1. Familiarize yourself with the types of plant-based foods that are available. This includes vegetables, fruits, grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds. There are many different types of plant-based foods to choose from, so it’s important to explore and find what works best for you. A great place to find some plant based alternatives is our PLANT BASED SWAPS guide which highlights the substitutions available for common everyday foods. 
  1. Don’t be afraid to try new foods. When transitioning to a plant-based diet, it’s important to be open to trying new foods and flavors. 
  1. Plan your meals and snacks in advance. By planning ahead can help you make sure you have the ingredients you need to prepare plant-based meals and snacks. Consider our MEAL PLANNING PRINTABLES and GROCERY LIST PRINTABLES to help keep you focused and on track. 
  1. Experiment with new ingredients, recipes, and flavors: There are so many delicious plant-based ingredients and recipes out there to try. Experiment with different grains, beans, vegetables, and plant-based proteins like tofu and tempeh. You might be surprised at how tasty and satisfying plant-based meals can be. We have some great EASY PLANT BASED RECIPES to get started with, but there are so many online, spend a little time checking them out. 
  1. Find plant-based alternatives to your favorite dishes: If you have a favorite dish that you’re not ready to give up, try finding a plant-based version of it. For example, if you love lasagna, try using eggplant or zucchini slices instead of noodles and using a plant-based cheese or tofu ricotta. 
  1. Keep plant-based options on hand: Make sure you always have plenty of plant-based options in your pantry, fridge, and freezer so you have something to turn to when you’re in a pinch. This might include frozen veggies, beans, grains, and plant-based protein sources like tofu or tempeh. Snacks, including nuts, seeds, fruit, or vegetable sticks, prepared and available can help keep you on track in a pinch. 
  1. Don’t be afraid to ask for help: If you’re feeling overwhelmed or unsure about how to make the switch to a plant-based lifestyle, don’t be afraid to ask for help. There are many resources available, including cookbooks, websites, and plant-based communities that can provide support and guidance.  Facebook Groups, such as BEGINNERS FOR PLANT BASED DIET SUCCESS, are a great way to find out what questions other people may have as well.
  1. Most importantly, be patient with yourself. It can take time to adjust to a new way of eating, so be patient with yourself and don’t be too hard on yourself if you have a hard time at first. 

By following these steps, you can make the transition to a plant-based diet easier and more enjoyable. It’s also a good idea to speak with a healthcare provider or a registered dietitian to get personalized advice on how to make the transition to a plant-based diet. With a little planning and experimentation, you’ll be able to enjoy delicious, healthy meals that are kind to both your body and the planet.