Tips for a Plant-Based Diet

I've been living as a vegetarian for years now, and I've learned a lot about how to make sure you're properly sustaining yourself on a plant-based diet. I'll be sharing some of what I've learned on this page. If you have questions or even tips of your own, feel free to contribute to this page as well! However, as this is CLEARLY a touchy subject on here (even though it shouldn't be), I will be closely monitoring this page and deleting anything irrelevant. It's not a personal attack, just maintenance.

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Everyone should be eating way more vegetables and fruits in proportion to any meat, carbs, fats, etc. If you don't like fruits and vegetables on their own, especially vegetables, you can find ways to incorporate them into recipes. Even really basic things like smoothies and soups. Smoothies especially are wonderful because it's so easy to slip in the healthy foods you don't like without tasting them.
I'm very picky when it comes to leaf vegetables, but I need to eat a lot of See More▼
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on August 07, 2019
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Chickpeas are your friend! They're a great source of protein and you can put them in essentially anything
I'm a huge fan of spicy foods so I make a lot of chole
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Bames
I hate a lot of vegetarian food, but chole is fantastic.
on August 06, 2019
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on August 06, 2019
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A plant-based diet is actually super affordable! Produce, even the expensive organic shit, is way cheaper than most grocery and deli meat. So, in the long turn, a plant-based diet or plant-heavy diet will help out your bank account quite a bit.
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on July 13, 2019
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It's okay not to make the switch overnight. Some people need a long time to gradually swap out foods and meals, and that's okay. Not everyone can just do it, you know? I didn't really eat meat before, so it was a pretty easy transition for me, but I have friends who have been in the transition stage for years.
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on July 12, 2019
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A lot of vegan replacement foods are actually really bad for you- many times worse than the meat version. Vegan ≠ healthy. For example, tofurkey is LOADED with all sorts of salt, sugar, saturated fats, transfats, and cholesterol. This is the reason why I prefer to say "plant-based" instead of vegan or vegetarian.
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on July 12, 2019
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If you plan on completely switching to a plant-based diet and you don't know where to start, start with a dietitian! It's my personal opinion that EVERYONE should see a dietitian. They know what they're doing, and they'll help you make sure you're still getting all the nutrients you need to sustain yourself. They can also tell you where your limits in regards to a plant-based lifestyle are. For example, I'm anemic, but I'm not so severely anemic that I can't just take iron supplements See More▼
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on July 12, 2019
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