When my husband and I decided to go full on plant-based with our diets, it was completely unexpected, out-of-the-blue and surprisingly easy for us because we were doing it together! It hit us both at the same time because we wanted to be healthier and better for our kids. It may have been easy for us, but not everyone finds it to be so simple. Here are a few tips to help you get on the right track with starting your new life-style change.
1. Get Organized
This one can be a bit overwhelming, but hear me out. Go on your favorite websites/apps like Pinterest and the like and research. Get some ideas on meal plans, menus and recipes that would appeal to you and your family. Create a board, chart, or folder that has all of your research compiled into one place so it's easy to find.
2. Survey Your Family
Ask your family what they want to eat, what they would like to see on their plates. If you are taking this on with your whole family, they should have say in what they all eat. There's nothing worse than preparing a feast and no one wants to eat it. Have a family meeting and discuss this. It will really make your kids feel involved and excited about the process and will make them more prone to eat their food if they know they had a hand in making it happen.
3. Plan Your Menus In Advance
Planning family meals are hard enough, then you throw in food you've never really made before, it can be brutal! Try planning your menus out a week in advance, then try a month and so on. I use an app call "What's on the Menu". It helps you organze your menus and you can even convert them into PDFs for easy printing. Just start small and put items on the menu you know your family will eat.
4. Make Shopping Lists
If you know me at all, you know that I am HUGE on shopping lists! I even make my lists according to the way the store is laid out (you DO NOT need to do that lol) By doing this, it makes your life so much easier and also helps you stay on budget.
5. Check Out the Plant-Based Scene in Your Area
There are a lot more places that are becoming hip with the plant-based diet. Panera Bread has a current campaign for their new Plant-Based Menu. We have several vegan and vegetarian restaurants in our area and more are coming. So before you go out to eat and get frustrated and only order a salad, check out what's out there. Try something new!
I hope this helps your in your endeavor to better and healthy eating. No matter what diet you choose, always stay focused and make sure you have support!