The wide spectrum of benefits of a plant-based diet encourages many to swap their animal food-based diet with a plant-based one. It takes some time before your body adjusts to any change in diet, and a major diet change is never going to be too easy, but it isn’t impossible either.
In this article, we cover the common mistakes that new plant-based dieters make. This guide will be useful to all who are planning to adopt a plant-based diet.
Expecting To Make The Diet Swap Within An Overnight
Even if you have all the determination to make a major diet change like a shift to a plant-based diet (from an animal-based diet), your body might not be ready for a quick diet change overnight. Don’t keep any unrealistic expectations. If you are working towards a goal that is not an easy task, do not rush. Make small diet changes until you reach your goal.
If a plant-based diet is something that you have never followed before, try eating plant-based meals once or twice a week and see how it goes. Then try plant-based meals three times, four times, and more.
Failing To Identify The Objective Of Your New Diet
Sometimes it could be something that you read about the benefits of going plant-based or a friend who kept telling about how a plant-based diet improved his health, the factors that might instantly make you want to try a plant-based diet are many. However, the motivation doesn’t need to remain after a few days.
If you are convinced enough about the health benefits of a plant-based diet, sticking to one will not be tough for you. Before you adopt a plant-based diet, ask yourself why you want to do it to ensure that the reason is strong enough to help you continue the diet despite your cravings. Some see the contribution that plant-based diets make to animal welfare as a good-enough reason to follow one. However, it has to be noted that plant-based is a generic term. It is used to refer to diets that are primarily based on plant foods but also include animal foods in moderation. But now, the term is also used to refer to vegan and vegetarian diets that are devoid of animal foods.
Not Drinking Enough Water
Plant foods are rich in fiber, meaning that you do not need to worry about fiber deficiency when on a plant-based diet. Whole grains, legumes, fruits, and vegetables are all rich in fiber.
If your diet has high fiber content, you will have to drink plenty of water for the digestion process to be smooth. Drink at least 8 glasses of water every day so that you do not feel any discomfort while the stomach is adjusting to the high fiber foods.
Thinking All Vegan Foods Are Healthy
It is wrong to assume that a food is healthy just because it is vegan. There are plenty of vegan foods that have undergone a high level of processing. If you fill up your plate with junk vegan foods and expect health benefits, you are wrong.
However, you can eat processed plant foods to get adjusted to plant-based meals and make an easy shift to a plant-based diet.
Not Using Spices
We often hear new plant-based dieters telling their diet is boring but is it true? Could they be complaining because they are not planning their meals the right way? Well, yes. A plant-based diet is never boring but only if you add spices that you like to your dishes to make a hearty meal that is tasty and healthy.
Not Seeking Enough Support
If you are the only plant-based dieter in your family, sticking to your diet will not be that easy for you especially if your family is not happy with your diet choice. In that case, join communities of plant-based dieters so that you will no longer feel you are alone.
If you are on a plant-based diet and always feel hungry, know that you are not consuming enough calories. If you are in the same position, include more calorically dense plant foods like avocado, seeds, and nuts in your diet.
Excessive Worry About Getting Protein
Getting enough protein is the common concern of new plant-based dieters. Many animal foods are rich in protein but they aren’t the only protein sources. Plant-based options rich in protein are available in plenty and it is all about planning a diet that includes those foods.
Protein anxiety is mostly found among vegan dieters, and it is fueled by the common misconceptions about vegan diets. Educating yourself about vegan diets will help relieve the unnecessary worries about becoming deficient in some nutrients.
Use this guide to make a smooth transition to a plant-based diet that you find useful.