• Aria Zoner

3 Tips for Transitioning to a Plant-based Diet


Are you interested in shifting your diet from artificial to plant-based foods? Have you been unsuccessful at fully bridging the gap between junk food and produce because of sensations you’re experiencing that are holding you back? In this post I offer 3 Tips for Transitioning to a Plant-based Diet which are useful during this period.

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3 Tips for Transitioning to a Plant-based Diet

1. Expect Taste Overwhelm:

One of the initial complaints of plant-based foods vs artificial ones is oftentimes the taste. But not for there being a lack of it, for there being too much. It’s important to understand that the sting you taste in foods like garlic, the zest you experience in foods like citrus, and the bitterness that makes you cringe in foods like kale ARE the antioxidants, nutrients, and essential oils reacting with your taste buds.


That sting IS the antioxidant. That zest IS the vitamin C. And that bitterness IS the anti-cancerous compounds.


Once you taste plant-based foods for what they are you’ll have a much easier time understanding their nature and incorporating them into your meals.

2. Expect Cleansing:

Sorry but, you gotta get the old stuff out somehow!


When my brother was first transitioning to a plant-based diet he began losing weight. He was excited about this part but said to me in concern regarding his movements: “Dude, I’ve been taking the worst dumps lately.” I quickly replied: “How do you think you’ve been losing all that weight!” The next day when I saw him again he said “Man, I took the best dump ever this morning!”


Since making the switch, at 52, he’s lost 50lbs and can now walk without excessive pain in his knees - which he had been experiencing for the previous 10 years.


In any case, toxic salts and rancid oils are commonly found in heavily processed foods. But once these things have been given time to be removed by the body (or better yet are no longer being reintroduced into the body) and a flushing of new mineral-rich and nutrient-dense foods has taken place, the more unpleasant forms of movements should fade away and an improved feeling of mobility and overall lightness should fill the body. This is the light at the end of the tunnel, or so you may think.

3. Expect Temptations:

With improved health comes a longer life, and during that longer life you’re going to be faced with a lot of temptations. But in my opinion, the worst thing that you can eat – healthwise - is not artificial foods or the thing you may be tempted by, it's the guilt that you feel afterwards.


Achieving your greatest health potential takes more than just eating healthy food, it takes having a healthy relationship with your food.



Below here I’ve included a mantra that I use for monitoring my daily food choices. This is what I call a well-balanced diet. I use this to determine my food choices, regardless if the circumstances are within my control or outside of them.


The Well-balanced Diet

Summary:

As with starting anything new, there’s going to be some learning involved in transitioning from artificial to plant-based foods. But if you can manage to:

1. See the taste of food for what it is - nutrition.

2. Get past the initial detoxifying stage of getting-off artificial foods.

3. Begin to develop a diet that’s uniquely yours.

…then, I feel confident that you’ll keep going forward on this path and achieve great things.

BONUS TIP:

Expect to Sleep Well:

On a plant-based diet, not only will you be eating in good conscious knowing that you’re eating healthy for yourself, but you'll also know that your consumer dollars are going towards supporting a healthier habitat for us all to play and explore in.

What kind of plants do you eat?

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