How can I change to a plant based diet?

By: Kim Ruzycki - Certified Integrative Health & Nutrition Coach Jun 20, 2018
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Simple Changes for a Healthy Plant Based diet

Making simple changes towards a healthy, clean plant-based diet doesn't have to be as restricted or hard as it seems!

And guess what - you also don't have to commit your entire life to it.

You can easily make some small modifications to what you usually eat and you might realize how much better you feel! The benefits include less saturated fat, hormones, cholesterol, more fibre, antioxidants and vitamins and overall less inflammation in your body.

Here are 5 super easy plant-based swaps to try...

1. Swap dairy milk for almond milk

Almond milk has less skin disrupting hormones and inflammatory sugars and fats than dairy milk. You can choose a fortifies brand that contains vitamin D and calcium. Also be sure to choose unsweetened to avoid unnecessary sugars. Your tummy and your skin will thank you! Read more about eliminating dairy here:

Is It Time for You To Ditch Dairy?

2. Spread hummus or mashed avocado on your bread or toast instead of butter or mayo

This will give you more protein, more nutrients and less saturated fat and cholesterol. With so many different flavors of hummus to choose from right now - you will be surprised how much better it does taste! If you go with avocado you will also benefit from its amazing healthy fats (i.e. fuel for your body). Read more about the benefits of healthy fats here:

The Skinny on Healthy Fats

3. Drop the meat and cheese from your pizza or sandwich and go with lots of veggies!

Surprise! You won't miss them...Add onions, mushrooms, peppers, spinach and whatever other veggies you love and enjoy. Less fat, no inflammatory dairy, no nitrates or hormones from the meat and tons of vitamins and antioxidants for disease prevention and overall amazing health!

4. Go egg free for breakfast

Try sprouted grain toast with almond butter (tons of protein), make gluten free oatmeal with blueberries and flax, hemp and pumpkin seeds for fibre, protein, and antioxidants - plus this will keep you full until lunch. Sauté up leftover veggies and black beans with a little salsa on a tortilla for a southwestern wrap. Check out three healthy plant-based breakfast options here:

My Three Favourite Healthy Breakfasts

Kim is passionate about teaching others how to eat mindfully and live vibrantly. A series of chronic health issues gave her the motivation to learn about the relationship between her health and her diet. After embracing a plant-based diet and figuring out how to maintain a social life, enjoy travelling and ensuring she was getting all the correct nutrients and minerals - Kim realized how great she felt and how happy she was in her lifestyle.

She founded Picky Diet to share this with the world so that they might realize that they too can live happy and healthy with only a few small changes. A graduate of the Health and Nutrition Coaching program from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, she is a Board Certified Integrative Health & Nutrition Coach and works with both individuals and corporations on nutrition and whole-body wellness.