Change can be daunting. Sometimes we feel like we have to make a huge change all at once. We tend to be impatient and want to see immediate results. Have you ever felt this way? The truth is, it's much more sustainable to make small changes over time. For example, if you want to eat more plant based, instead of clearing out your pantry and fridge and going to the store for every vegetable available, why not get rid of one processed food item that may not be so good for you (pop-tarts anyone?) and buy a new vegetable to incorporate into your lunches this week. Instead of swinging through the coffee shop on your way to work for a vanilla latte and a bagel sandwich, how about making a big batch of steel cut oats on Sunday that you can have for your breakfasts all week? Small changes over time turn into big results.
Another reason we often resist change is we feel as though we are depriving ourselves of something. "If I'm plant based I can't eat meat or eggs or yogurt"? "What can I eat?" I hear that last question quite a bit. But instead of looking at this change as an exercise in what you'll be missing from your dinner plate, look at it as an opportunity to add good, nutritious options to your meals. It's the crowding out method. The more leafy greens and colorful vegetables you put on your plate, the less room you have for the items that may not be as beneficial.
So what is one small, plant based change that you can incorporate into your meals this week? Leave a comment and let me know!
If you're unsure of where to start, try the following smoothie recipe for breakfast; my oldest daughter loves it!
To a blender add (in order): 1 cup almond milk, 1 scoop of plant based protein powder (optional but helps create a nice consistency), 1/2 cup frozen blueberries, 2 big handfuls of spinach or kale. Blend until smooth.
Eat more plants!