We all know that eating healthier should be a top priority, so when top researchers and doctors ("The China Study" by Colin T. Campbell, "Forks over Knives" documentary, and "Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease" by Caldwin Esselstyn) suggest improving your diet, there's no more denying that the time to start is now. However, food addictions caused by refined sugars, emotional issues, personal beliefs, and lack of willpower can make the journey to eating healthy pretty difficult.
For that reason, below are ten ways to start incorporating more plant-based foods into your lifestyle to achieve better health, a longer life, and improved vitality.
1) Start slowly
Everyone knows that the mighty oak didn't just become a sturdy and wise patron of the woods in one day. No, from the time it was a young sapling it endured pests, competition, scary loggers, and drought. The journey is its legacy, and great change didn't happen overnight. Like your journey to better health, it starts with a first step; take it slow, be kind with your efforts, and in time you'll look back and realize how far you've come from that choice to just start.
2) Green smoothie rule
Every morning, make an effort to include a green smoothie as your main staple for breakfast. Although they might look a little funny, green smoothies are one of the best ways to jumpstart your day with nutrition and easily digested foods which will give you more energy, mental clarity, and a strong start to your healthy lifestyle.
The following recipe is very basic, delicious, and liked by everyone!
1 banana, cut into chunks
1 mango, peeled and cut into chunks
1-2 handfuls spinach
1 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 to 1 cup of fruit of your choice, cut into chunks
1 to 1.5 cups of water or your choice of nut/seed milk
*Once you get used to the taste, try adding some green powders, spices (cinnamon), or more greens to your blend!
1. Puree ingredients in blender on high until smooth.
2. Eat all at once, or divide into two servings and store in an airtight container in the fridge. When it comes out of the fridge, it will have thickened, so give it a brisk stir (or use a small whisk) and enjoy!
3) Eat fruit first
You don't want to explain the gas you're experiencing through the day as resulting from "eating healthier," do you? You (or we) don't want that to occur in the first place, and since gas can turn anyone off to eating healthier, follow this simple rule: Eat fruit first! When you consume fruit on top of other foods, it can start to ferment in the digestive tract and cause gas! When you eat fruit first, not only do you get filled up with healthy fiber, antioxidants, and nutritious, hydrating food, but you will offset the "gaseous" problem and will feel a lot better in result!
4) Choose your snacks wisely
Snacking: the dreaded culprit many try to avoid, then end up binging on unhealthy foods later because they're so starved! There's nothing wrong with eating small portions throughout the day -- as long as they are healthy options -- as this can actually boost your metabolism and keep your blood sugar stable.. The following are some great healthy snacks: