Love eating? You may be wondering is plant based the same as vegan or vegetarian and why naming another way of consuming habits, by the way?
My answer for you is modesty and no strictness that last and let you set your own pace with making choices to your taste. There is so many things we focus on and there always be some ups and some downs to it. So isn’t finding the balance going through journeys we set for ourselves the right thing to do? Supplying your body with energy and good feeling through your food choices starts with consciousness. And need to look at what is being presented to you on the shop shelves. When it comes to the inspiration I like to look back to see traditional ways of doing things for sustainable living. Taking the best out of what we have learned through the life and use it in our current lifestyle. When we all have clearer sight experiencing the need for needing a little less today. We now recognize it is actually better than getting entertained. It’s time to behave wiser and turning to self to feel good. Food is so creative and inspiring in our everyday life. So much that I think it’s a pity to leave it all packed in premade packages and miss out on the fun part of preparing own food.
“It can change the whole day when you take care about the foods’ journey to your plate.”
Even If someone doesn’t have time to cook should consider supporting a business who serves her or him food prepared with love…
What does it mean to me eating plant based?
I would say I am conscious, inspired and curious about the ways I enjoy my time eating. Not for the full belly but through all my senses. Eating plant based is centered mostly around whole foods. I strive to eat unprocessed and unrefined vegetable meals, fruits, beans. And limit foods like meats, dairy, and eggs. There is a place for vegan eating I totally get it. There are seasons I find myself naturally avoiding the rest of the non plant based foods which leaves me with even lighter feeling about my body. How strict about animal foods you want to be depends on your own preferences. I love finding inspiration in different cultures’ cooking from all over the world. I found some area specific kitchens that might be called plant based for their food compositions. To name a few so you can check to discover some tasteful and maybe your future favorite foods ; )
They are Mediterranean, South Indian, Mexican, Korean or Southern Italian.
How can we by eating plant based help the environment?
Once you start taking care of the food journey and its origins you become aware about own environmental impact. Quite naturally… Beside not supporting the livestock farming and its consequences. There is your personal environment that comes straight after becoming a part of the global environment movement. The first change I noticed happened after enjoying the meal and that is cleaning my dishes! The thing here is – cooking with plant oils is actually easier to clean and I found looking for natural cleaning detergents as a logic move. On top of that as an asthmatic I am very conscious about cleaning products. I pay careful attention to my personal environment and home cleanliness. Thanks to plant based eating I see the difference. Especially in my waste and oil residues. Between animal and plant fat. As well as clear sense of my transition to eco cleaning products.
Is it good for you and how to start a transition to plant based eating?
How you eat is very much up to you. I began eating plant based for what I started noticing after several periods of eating vegetarian, vegan and all in between. How different meals composition influence my daily life.
Between the meat and non meat diets (ways of eating by lifestyle choice not for health issues) is a huge gap that I find is hard to set the right mindset for. It takes long enough time to transition to any diet change. There are times of keeping up and sometimes loosening a bit for yourself. These ups and downs might leave you with low feelings about own perseverance. Just to mention a bit the emotional states that food has on us from my own experience. Plant based eating is not just following a prescribed “do this and don’t do that” diet. Like every change in life there is a personal challenge. Use own creativity. It will result in your mood improvement and help you build own ways that suits you. That not only help you but also the piece of environment you have an impact on.
“Eating plant based requires creativity and developing the right mindset to choose foods.”
I am passionate cook. And so first that comes to my mind that I think is good for plant based mindset is how mindful we are about what the food on our plates had gone through before we served it. So processed and refined foods is an unwanted shortcut when you imagine the food journey. But there is one thing I like about the labels on the packaging. They make me curious about the recipe that I than find online to see its origins and traditional ways of preparing it.
Plant based eating is a part of lifestyle. Here you can have a look at my shopping list base. I usually tick foods I know are in season and cook accordingly. I limit animal food products to only organic eggs and fish. Or avoid them at all and focus on plants, including vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, seeds and nuts.
I use One Note app to make it little simple on me taking it all the time with me and make my mind about shopping on the go
- Lemon, limet
- Berries (blueberries, raspberries, currants, strawberries, cherries)- usually picked in the forest during the summer and frozen
- Pears, apples – aslo seasonal garden – from garden, grated and frozen
- Water melon
- All colors peppers
- Starchy vegetables:
- Butternut squash
- Whole grains:
- Brown rice
- Rolled oats
- Whole grain pasta and cous cous
- Whole wheat bread
- Healthy fats: Always trying new ones
- Avocado oil
- Olive oil
- Coconut oil
- Grape seed oil
- Red lentils
- Black beans
- Green lentils
- Seeds, nuts and nut butters:
- Macadamia nuts
- Pumpkin seeds
- Sunflower seeds
- Natural peanut butter
- Poppy seeds
- Chia seeds
- Sesame seeds
- Unsweetened plant-based milks:
- Coconut milk
- Almond milk
- Cashew milk
- Soy cream
- Spices, herbs and seasonings: I love all kitchen mixtures that I learn but keep spices seperately
- Fresh frozen:
- Basil, Dill, Parsley, Chives, Mint, Oregani, Sage, Ginger, Horseradish
- Curcuma, Red Pepper, Cayenne papper, Cumin, All spice, Bay leaf, Sage, Thyme, Marjoram, Coriander, Rosemary, Cinnamon, Mustard, Nutmeg, Black pepper, Cloves, Saffron, Fennel, Asafoetida, Fenugreek, Cardamom, Cacao powder, Vanilla, Sea salt,
- Pepper Salsa
- No sugar mustard
- Nutritional yeast
- Apple cider vinegar, lemon juice
- Plant-based protein:
- Tofu – make sure it is organic
- Unroasted Cacao powder
- Herbs for tea or green tea
- Mineral sparkling water
- Wine : )
To conclude here I give you some more plant based diet benefits
I prefer to say plant based eating over plant based diet. Simply because there aren’t strict rules that you might feel from the word “diet”. Plant based eating is a lifestyle and it is a lot about your own mindset and preferred foods that you choose to eat. I love it for its possibility to adapt to my holistic approach to wellness and life.
Eating locally, seasonally and as organic as possible is what to focus on. It’s easy when we’ve got some great transparent companies that produce wonderful superfoods. I get cheered up when I see new local business that made it to the market and I am more than happy to support them.
Beside the social aspect there is plenty of health benefits. Just the fact that you naturally prepare a very colourful meals with plenty of vegetables. You will recognise soon that the more variety the more fulfilled you get and you can make your plate nice full which is always great to look forward to.
Meals with lots of vegetables are generally lighter which I find a big reason for me as an asthmatic. I don’t get a heavy feeling after eating anymore. And it can help keeping my body weight more manageable.
Seasonal food choices are wise because our bodies ask for different sets of vitamins, minerals, and other essential nutrients which I wouldn’t notice as easy as when focusing on taste entertainment and actual emotions instead of what’s good for my body through the year.