Inside: Start-off with these 10 simple steps before beginning a plant-based diet.
100 + pounds gone! Little did I know, five years ago, the decision to eat a whole food plant based diet would change my life forever! The impact, beyond my imagination.
And then it happened.
Like rushing water, one after another the flood of questions raced through my mind.
Where do I start?
What will I eat?
At the time, not realizing the most important unasked question.
What should I do before starting?
The best tips for starting a plant based diet
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Starting Point, Plan of Action
Consistency feeds permanent change, but it doesn’t happen on it’s own. Tweak, evaluate and review the data.
But, first set the foundation. Then focus on the next action to take. Each step lays the groundwork.
The most significant step, already taken – deciding to make a change!
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1. Consult Your Doctor
Always consult your doctor before beginning any health/habit changing program. Changes can happen fast when transitioning to a whole food plant-based diet. Your doctor will need to monitor and/or adjust your medicine as your health improves.
2. Before picture
Yes, that’s correct!
Take a picture even if you don’t want to. No one has to see it. Take your own photo, in front of a mirror (selfie) or have someone else take it.
Take a front and side view.
Along the journey, each month, continue taking pictures of yourself in the same location if possible.
So much to see in a photo besides weight loss, a person’s face, a facial expressions, or how they stand.
Don’t focus only on the weight-loss.
Improve your health from the inside out.
Natural weight loss, as a result of a healthy change is a wonderful side effect.
And then it happened
The vivid memories are still ingrained in my mind. Easter weekend 2012, I wasn’t a happy camper when my husband snapped this picture.
Very few pictures exist of me during this time in my life, I preferred avoiding the camera.
That year – I decided to make a change.
Related: My Photo Journal
3. Current Medication List
List each medication and/or supplements. The list may be long, short or nothing at all, but write everything down.
- Medication name
- Reason or Purpose of the medicine
- Dosage and How many times taken per day
- Name and Phone number of the doctor who prescribed the medicine
Good thing my list wasn’t long. Since I wrote everything down later on in my journey. I hadn’t thought about doing this before I started.
Grateful it disappeared overtime, instead of growing.
Bonus: The free Plant Based Progress Tracker includes a long and short medication forms. Download your free copy.
4. Health Issues/Concerns
Write down all health issues you deal with. No matter how small, insignificant they seem, or the length of time you’ve had it.
Some questions to help with this section:
- How do you feel most days?
- How do your clothes feel?
- How is your physical or mental state?
Add to this list, as you remember other health issues. Even the items which occur on rare occasions.
Nothing’s too small.
5. Vitals and Lab Results
Request a copy of your latest vitals / lab results from your doctor or have them done.
- Blood Pressure,
- Heart Rate
- Glucose levels
- Total Cholesterol
- HDL Cholesterol and LDL.
6. Body Measurements
Have someone take your body measurements, also write down your starting weight.
- Biceps (Left & Right)
- Forearms (Left & Right)
- Thighs (Left & Right)
- Calves Left & Right)
Check and record your weight only once or twice a month or not at all.
Step on the scale at the same time of each day. I prefer morning before breakfast.
When the scale affects your attitude, actions or eating habits, throw it out. Otherwise, have it removed from the house or have someone hide it.
As the saying goes, “Out of Sight, Out of Mind”.
For me, I noticed my weight came off in clumps, instead of gradual. As soon as I thought the scale wasn’t moving, is when it moved.
Measurements are a powerful tool, not just the scale.
7. What is your Why!
Why did you decide to make the change? Something occurred, either good or bad, that brought you to this point.
The decision to change is huge, so write the reason down. Writing down your why will help you through difficult times.
Related: My Plant-Based Journey
8. Start Date
I didn’t write my start date down, when I started my journey. In the end, I estimated.
Are you waiting for, Monday? What’s so great about Monday? Are people more successful starting on a Monday?
Also, Don’t wait for the beginning of the month. And don’t wait to start after an event is over. Events happen all the time.
As time passes, you’ll learn to navigate through them.
9. The Plan
Now, the biggest decision.
What’s included in the plan? What excluded? But, most important discover new and exciting foods.
It’s hard to navigate and implement, without a plan.
One more decision left to make.
Will you incorporate a plant based diet slow over time, or jump in now with both feet.
Food choices become easier, as the plan is decided and implementation begins. Eliminate future confusion and frustrations.
The do’s, don’ts, along with a time frame, increases the success of sustaining a plant-based lifestyle.
Bonus: Download the free Plant Based Progress Tracker
10. Keep it Simple
Now let’s keep it simple, review and select recipes from the plan decided earlier. Pick out a simple breakfast, lunch, dinner and don’t forget the snack.
Let’s make it even easier, dinner the night before is the following day’s lunch. Before sitting down to eat dinner, add a portion into a container. Lunch is done!
Eliminate the overwhelm that accompanies change to a whole foods plant based diet. Let’s start cooking our way to better health choices!
Nowadays, taking photo’s don’t make me – the unhappy camper.
- Track your progress, download: The Plant-Based Progress Tracker
- Meal ideas: The Best Recipes for Switching to a Plant-Based Diet
- Create a meal plan gather recipes from Pinterest.
What steps have you taken when beginning your plant based diet? How do you keep track of things? Let me know below in the comment.
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