Are you keen to get started eating plant based whole food but don't know where to start? Here's our top five tips to make it simple! Leave your comments below and tell us how you went - we'd love to hear from you!
Tip 1: DETOX
Fasting is one of the most effective ways of kick-starting the process to gain better health. Start with what's called an 'intermediate fast' where you abstain from eating any food for 18 hours (but make sure you stay hydrated). The best way to go about this is to eat your last meal at 7pm and not eat any food until the next day until 1pm (ensure you drink plenty of water). Your body will have the opportunity for a rest to rejuvenate and strengthen itself.
If you would like to be a bit more adventurous, you can extend the fast to be a full 24 hours (from 7pm to 7pm the next evening). You might be surprised at how well your body copes!
Tip 2: PANTRY & FRIDGE CHECK
Take a look in your pantry and fridge and clear out anything that has been:
Genetically modified (GMO)
Processed (not a plant-based whole food)
If that's mostly everything in your pantry and fridge, then it's a useful exercise to re-think what you consider to be food! Throw at least 10 items of food in the bin that you know cause harm to the body. Decide now that you won't buy these products again and that you'll only buy food that meets the above conditions.
Tip 3: KEEP IT SIMPLE & START SMALL
For the next week (after your detox), commit to making at least one meal a day that totally consists of plant based whole foods. It doesn't need to be an elaborate meal that takes you hours to prepare. Try not to over-complicate things! Some simple yet tasty examples are:
Breakfast: oats and a few raisins
Lunch: salad of lettuce, rocket, small tomatoes, cucumber, avocado, pumpkin and sunflower seeds
Dinner: brown rice, steamed veggies and falafel
Snack: smoothie consisting of a banana, frozen blueberries and an apple and a soaked date
Tip 4: SHOP LOCAL & IN SEASON
It's vital for food to be fresh and what better way than actually getting it either from your own garden (when possible) or get to a local farmers' market and buy it directly from the farmer! You can talk to the farmer and ask questions about the food they produce and how it is made. If you don't have a local farmers' market, then find a local traditional or organic grocer that buys directly from farmers (don't be too shy to ask which day they get their produce delivered). The last option should be your big chain supermarkets but if you have to, always buy produce in-season as it'll be more likely to be locally produced.
Tip 5: BE CURIOUS
Ask other people who are living a healthy plant based whole food life what they do, where they go shopping and why? Pick their brains and be inquisitive and curious. Soak up the knowledge that will make a big difference to your health (and the health of your family).