As I mentioned in my introductory article, I will share with you recipes and tips that I’m learning, as my family and I transition to a plant-based eating plan.
There are two schools of thought when it comes to implementing change: 1. Change is swift and complete. 2. Change occurs gradually over time. While either could be true and useful, I would recommend that if you do not have a pressing health issue, you make your transition as stress-free as possible. You don’t need to throw out all the “bad” food in your pantry, but if you choose to do that, take the time to donate any usable items to your local food bank or shelter. In the thread of gradual change, as you run out of things, purchase plant-based alternatives.
Now, off to the grocery store. My first tip: Go to your local grocery store with fresh eyes and extra time. We are all creatures of habit and if you’re like me, you know exactly where things are in your grocery store. You go in, get what you need & get out as quickly as possible. When you give yourself time, you can make this trip an adventure to see what treasures you can find.
You may have heard to shop the perimeter of the store because interior aisles have less healthy options. This is true for the most part. The produce section is where you will spend a great deal of time choosing your fruits and vegetables, however you will also venture into the aisles containing ethnic foods, grains, pastas, dried and canned beans, rices, frozen fruits and dairy and meat substitutes. This is why the first trip to the grocery store should be a way for you to familiarize yourself with what is available, not necessarily to purchase. Go aisle by aisle. Continue reading “Getting Ready with Meat & Dairy Alternatives”