The process of transitioning to a plant-based way of eating requires dedication. It’s truly a lifestyle choice and major changes can be mentally, emotionally, and spiritually challenging. It can even be tougher if you have more than one mouth to feed in your home.
Nature Has Flavor’s founder, Chef Liron Meller is a trained chef, and making this dietary change wasn’t even easy for him. The key was in discovering ways to make the meals as delicious and interesting as possible. And he succeeded!
Here are some important tips to get you started:
1. Mental Preparedness
You need to be mentally prepared for this positive lifestyle change, and accept that something of this magnitude will require work and dedication. The benefits of plant-based eating are many, and the peace of mind that comes with taking care of your health is immeasurable.
2. The Benefits Of Having A Support Network
Ask for support from family or friends, and/or Nature Has Flavor’s support. During your transition, it will be important to have someone to speak to during difficult times, as well as a safe place to express your concerns.
3. Organize Your Kitchen
You’ll need to learn kitchen reorganization skills, to help get rid of items that aren’t helpful to your new lifestyle. Check our list of basic foods here and fill up your fridge and pantry with these wonderful whole foods.
4. Cook Delicious Food with Nature Has Flavor
Cooking basics are required, and if you don’t have them, we’ll teach you. Even if you’re a great cook, you’ll need our collection of delicious plant-based recipes, especially for inspiration. Click here for our mouthwatering recipes.
5. Eating Out Can Be Fun!
Many restaurants and vegan cafes do offer vegan/plant-based food selections. By trying these different dishes, eating out will be a great way to research and enjoy a whole new range of flavors and possibilities.
Restaurant menus can be a real trap, so don’t be shy with your server. Ask if there are any ingredients that are not plant-based in dishes you are interested in trying.
6. Be Kind to Yourself
It’s important to understand that LIFE HAPPENS and that no one makes perfect food choices every time. Sometimes when we make a mistake, we have a tendency to feel guilty. Not only does that not help the situation, but it can have a terrible effect on our digestive system.
In this program, we don’t label our mistaken human desires as cheating. We’ve discovered that by placing our focus on plant-based whole foods, the desire for processed foods and animal products is reduced. So we’ll be scheduling in certain times when you can eat your favorite “cheat” foods, and still feel good about it!