Advice to a Novice Approaching a Plant Based Lifestyle
Like any addiction, a food addiction (Standard American Diet - http://publishing.wf4hl.com/addiction_to_food.html) has to be approached 'One Day at a Time'. It is as much a mindset as it is a discipline and we found making sort of a game of it helps. Focus on Food, read labels and always ask questions. Keep it simple. Beans, greens and brown rice will support your body; but it's more fun if you kick it up a notch with lots of garlic, spices and such. Practice and learn how to make delicious tofu dishes to mix in with the rice, beans and greens (get a tofu press as described in Chef Nancy's book). Try marinating and grilling tofu outside, add some mesquite chips and smoke it a while. It won't get carcinogenic like beef does!
Make eating an adventure in experimentation of new delicious things. Explore Chef Nancy's Pinterest site (https://www.pinterest.com/Gramstein/) for loads of possibilities. Her book, Restoring America’s Health, points you in the right simple direction to a few options. You won't like it all. I still don't like peas, but you have to TRY different things. The good thing is that the food is cheap so if you screw up; just toss it and try again. Not like your tossing out a $45 steak!
I will admit it is much easier for us; but hell, we have been doing this for 8 years! It had better be easy! If you give it a try for just 30 days, you will truly be AMAZED with the results. Dairy is the worst, but meat, fish and eggs follow close behind. Experiment with the meat analogues (Gardein, Beyond Meat, etc.) as well as the many dairy alternatives.
Just remember, you are fighting an addiction so treat it as a condition you must overcome. The first week is the toughest and it gets easier from there. Soon your taste buds will rebuild and flavors will begin to emerge you never experienced before. Energy levels begin to rise and you just 'feel better'. You WILL spend more time and frequency 'on the porcelain throne' so stock up on TP!
Life is an adventure. Treat this as a new adventure into delicious plant based Cuisine (http://plantbased-cuisine.com/) and ENJOY@ Remember, you can call Chef Nancy or myself at any time with questions, issues or just to say hi!
Skip Stein is COO and Lifestyle Counselor at Whole Foods 4 Healthy Living near Orlando Florida. Under the subsidiary, Plant Based Healthstyle they promote a Plant Based Lifestyle for Nutritional Weight Loss, Disease Prevention and Disease Reversal.