Back in 2016 I became interested in learning about nutrition primarily due to my unhealthy relationship with food and my body.
I further enhanced my knowledge about nutrition in Home Economics, then came across a food blog called Deliciously Ella, and started cooking more plant-based cuisine.
I also watched a documentary called ‘Cowspiracy’, which made me aware of how the food we eat impacts the environment and welfare of animals.
It’s been 5 years since I started my plant-based journey, even though at the beginning it was challenging to make this change as a student, I can say that I managed to develop a sustainable way of eating and now love the food I eat!
Plant-based meals include foods which are derived from minimally processed plant sources.
These include fruit, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, beans, nuts, seeds, herbs, and spices. The following are simple steps to take in order to integrate more plant-based meals in your lifestyle:
Write down Your Why
Find out why it is important for you to include more plant-based meals in your lifestyle e.g., environmental, ethical, health reasons.
This will be a reminder for you to not give up when you find yourself reverting back to the old habits of eating.
Look up recipes on YouTube and websites / blogs (e.g., Pick Up Limes, Rachel Ama and Deliciously Ella).
Experiment with Recipes
Try two new easy recipes every week for example: oat bars, bean burgers, pasta sauces, smoothies.
Add a variety of seasonal and local fruit and vegetables
It’s a more sustainable option, the produce is usually cheaper and has a higher nutrient value.
Cook in Bulk
Make a large dish and freeze small portions for e.g., a bean chili for a Mexican food night.
Switch it Up
When eating out at a café or restaurant, opt for the plant-based option if possible.
Plant-based meals can be delicious, it’s not about restricting food groups, the main focus should be on including more plant sources in every meal.
Remember that it takes time, patience, and consistency to maintain habits.
Every small change is significant, the most important factor is not giving up!
Food is meant to be enjoyed – it’s fuel which nourishes the mind, body and soul.