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Why You Should Consider Trying a Plant-Based Diet for 30 Days

You know how they say you are what you eat? Well, it’s so true!

The foods you consume have such a huge impact on your energy levels, your weight, your overall health, and even the way you feel!

That’s why it’s super important to feed your body wholesome, nutritious foods.

And one way to help make sure you’re doing right by your body is adopting a plant-based diet!

You might already be living a plant-based lifestyle. If not, you might consider going plant-based for the next 30 days!

There are so many benefits, and really – what do you have to lose? You might just find that you love it!

Today I’ll cover the benefits and basics of a plant-based diet as well as how to get started.

A 30-Day Plant-Based Diet

a bunch of vegetables

A typical Western diet is made up of high-sugar, high-fat foods and includes things like burgers and fries, pizza, chips, candy bars, and all sorts of junk food.  

While these things are okay as treats (believe me, I definitely indulge from time to time 😉), many people choose to include them on the everyday menu.

Then, as a society, we ask why we’re overweight, sick, and tired all the time. It’s a little wonder!

Over the long term, a diet high in sugar, fat, and salt can lead to a host of problems including high blood pressure, diabetes, and even cancer.

That’s why you may want to consider adopting a plant-based diet for the next 30 days! If you do, your experience might just be so positive that you’ll want to make it a full-time lifestyle!

If not, at least you’ll gain a greater appreciation for just how big an impact your diet has over the way you feel.

Because that’s really what it’s all about, right? The way you feel!

Consider swapping out processed animal-based foods for plant-based whole foods. You’ll be glad you did!

Plant-Based Diet Benefits

Switching to a plant-based diet has a ton of benefits for your body, mind, and the earth.  

Here are 4 of the biggest in my opinion.

1. Weight Loss

A woman holding up too-big pants after losing weight with a colon cleanse

If your goal is to shed a few pounds, consider trying a plant-based diet for weight loss! There are a couple of reasons why this can be effective.

First of all, a diet high in plant-based foods is naturally higher in fiber than one consisting primarily of animal products and processed foods.

This is important for weight loss because studies show that a diet high in fiber is linked to both lower body weight and a lower BMI.

Another weight management benefit of a plant-based diet is the digestive health boost it provides. The healthier your gut, the better it is at digesting food and utilizing the energy.

This can help promote weight management!

2. Increased Energy

A woman running using energy she acquired from a plant-based diet

When you eat primarily junk food, you feel sluggish and tired a lot of the time. I hate to break it to you, but it’s a fact of life!

On the other hand, adhering to a plant-based diet that’s rich in nutrient-dense foods can help to improve digestion which, in turn, can increase your energy levels!

Eating primarily whole foods can also help regulate blood sugar, which also improves energy, prevents the afternoon crashes, and can even help you sleep better at night!

If you feel like your energy levels are less than optimal, a plant-based diet might be just what you need to turn them around.

To help boost your energy even more, check out these 10 healthy energy hacks.⚡

3. It’s Better for the Environment

Cows eating hay from a tire

The fact is, it takes a lot of energy to raise animals on a large agricultural scale. The waste produced by these farms contributes to the worldwide pollution problem.

According to ScienceDaily,

“While the pollution generated to produce a typical 8-ounce steak is equivalent to driving a small car for about 29 miles, replacing that steak with the same weight of a vegetarian meat substitute is like driving the same car just three miles.”

Eating a plant-based diet can play a part in helping reduce the effects of agriculture on the environment!

4. Reduced Risk of Disease

A bowl of delicious plant based food

A diet that is high in added sugars, sodium, and unhealthy fats has been linked to obesity, heart disease, and other health problems that you don’t want.

Most processed foods are usually high in sugar, fat, and sodium, and, when eaten in excess, can take a real toll on your body.

When you eat plant-based meals, you naturally avoid a lot of processed junk food that does your body no good.

Over time, this creates a healthier internal environment and can reduce your risk of many health problems!

Plant-Based Diet Foods

The primary idea behind trying out a plant-based diet is not just to avoid animal-based foods. Your main goal should be to cut out as much junk food as possible while replacing it with healthy, wholesome options.

To help give you a better idea of what a plant-based diet looks like, here are some foods to watch out for as well as those which you should target.

Foods to Avoid

2 donuts with sprinkles

Refined Sugar

The obvious offenders:

  • Candy
  • Ice cream
  • Baked goods (cake, cookies, donuts, pastries, etc.)
  • Soda

Sneaky culprits:

  • Granola bars
  • High-sugar dairy-free yogurt
  • Fruit juice
  • Flavored oatmeal

Bad Fats

The obvious offenders:

  • Anything deep-fried
  • Pizza
  • French fries

Sneaky Culprits:

  • Processed veggie burgers
  • Processed snack foods
  • Baked goods (again)
  • Most faux meats

Foods to Target

Good Fats

  • Avocado
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Coconut oil
  • Nuts & seeds

Complex Carbs

  • Oats
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Brown or jasmine rice
  • Quinoa
  • Lentils

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How to Get Started

Making any big life changes can be a little bit scary.

Especially when it comes to things like your diet since you probably have some pretty firmly established habits.

It can be tough to step out of your comfort zone, say no to the foods you’re accustomed to, and adopt an entirely new lifestyle, even if it’s just for 30 days.

So to help you make the transition, here are my top 4 tips for getting started!

Tip 1 – Don’t Put It Off

A calendar on a computer

The best way to start something new is just to start. Putting it off until “the perfect time” almost always means you won’t start at all.

While it’s good to have a solid plan of action before you get started, it can be too easy to procrastinate until you feel like you have absolutely everything figured out.

I hate to break it to you, but you probably will never have absolutely everything figured out prior to beginning something new.

My advice is to pick a starting date in the near future (no more than a week away at the most, ideally sooner) and commit to starting on that day no matter what.

Research as much as you can beforehand and do your best to make the most detailed plan possible, but when the starting day comes, just start!

Tip 2 – Track Your Current Diet

A person tracking their meals

After you’ve selected your starting date, track everything you eat up to that point. You can use an app like MyFitnessPal, but you don’t have to.

This practice is not so much for the purpose of tracking calories and macros (although that can be a useful endeavor!), but rather to get a good overview of the foods you’re currently eating.

You may realize that many of the foods you frequently consume fit within a plant-based diet. Or, you’ll find that most of what you eat will have to be abandoned during the next 30 days.

Either way, you’ll have a good idea of where you currently sit and how big of a change this is going to be for you.

Knowing where you are is one of the most important parts of beginning a new journey.

Tip 3 – Plan Your Meals

A woman planning her meals

When you’re starting a new way of eating that you aren’t accustomed to, it can be easy to find yourself a little lost when meal time rolls around.

That’s why I suggest making a meal plan for yourself, at least at the beginning.

Try doing a little research, checking out some plant-based recipes, and writing a menu. That way you won’t be left wondering what to eat for your next meal.

You can plan out your meals for the day, for the week, or even for the month. Decide what’s best for you and stick to it!

(And for meal prep tips, check this out!)

Tip 4 – Go Shopping

Once you have a starting date, a good idea of where you currently stand, and have formed a plan for what you’re going to eat, it’s time to head for the grocery store.

You may already have many of the items you’ll need, but some will likely be new to you. It’s critical to make sure you’re fully stocked well in advance with all the ingredients you’ll be using.

If you find that you don’t have all the supplies necessary to prepare the meal you had planned, you might just panic and turn to unhealthy yet convenient foods that you’re familiar with.

Conclusion

Making any change can be tricky and a little scary. Keep reminding yourself that it’s only for 30 days!

If this is something you’d like to try, I know that you totally have what it takes to do it! Hopefully, you’ll learn a lot from this experience and come away with a few new habits.

Who knows, you might just decide to make it a permanent change!

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