If my blog has a theme, it’s that the reasons to eat plant-based are too many to count. They include:
Preventing or reversing arteriosclerosis, cancer, diabetes, arthritis, obesity and other chronic diseases.
Reducing climate-changing deforestation and the greenhouse gas emissions linked to animal agriculture.
Protecting us against age-accelerating free radicals.
Protects our fresh-water resources and the health of our oceans and marine life.
And – crucially for the time in which we live – it supports our immune systems’ ability to fend off sickness.
But what if you’ve already tried a vegan diet without success? Maybe you’ve decided that trying again would be just too difficult.
If so, don’t give up just yet! I have a plan to transform what was a short-lived, miserable experience into a lifetime of eating fresh, delicious health-giving foods.
If your area’s coronavirus situation requires eating at home:
Pick some favorite animal-based recipes and search online for plant-based versions. Get whatever fresh, whole plant-based ingredients you’ll need to cook for a week.
Don’t skimp on your portions. But don’t be surprised at how quickly you’re satisfied with meals built around greens, veggies, fruit, whole grains, non-dairy milk or cheese and beans, legumes nuts or seeds.
Don’t succumb to the temptation of “junk” vegan foods. Diet soda and a best-selling chocolate sandwich cookie qualify as vegan, but they’re far from healthy.
Keep track of how you’re feeling physically and emotionally. Start a daily journal, or share your ups and downs with a supportive family member, friend or social media support group.
Every day, remind yourself why being plant-based is a good thing. Read a book from my Top Ten list or watch some of the many excellent documentaries I’ve reviewed.
Take time for daily exercise. Even indoor stretching will make a huge difference in your sense of wellbeing.
Drink plenty of water throughout the day. Get eight or more hours of nightly sleep, enough for your body to put the nutrients you’ve been eating to work.
If you’re lucky enough that vegan restaurants are an option, choose those known for fresh, locally sourced ingredients and salt-, oil- and sugar-reduced dishes.
Finally, stay in the moment. Savor each meal and each bite as it comes, knowing that you’re creating a healthier body, Earth and animal kingdom.
Most impressively, you’re doing it in the time of coronavirus!