Minimise or cut out consumption of foods containing animal products. Read labels as milk solids, eggs and fish sauces are often hidden in many products you’d think are vegan.
Minimise consumption of fried foods.
Minimise consumption of processed oils and fats. This means any butters, margarine, processed/pressed nut or seed oils. (Wholefood based oils in nuts or avocados are fine.)
Minimise consumption of processed foods (typically found in packets).
Make sure you are getting enough dietary fibre. If you are eating a 100% wholefoods plant-based diet, you will no doubt be doing this easily by default.
Minimise consumption of foods with artificial ingredients or artificial preservatives. If the shelf life looks too good to be true, be a skeptic. Where possible, it is better to have fresh foods without anything artificial. This is how the Okinawan’s eat.
Eat less frequently. Our society thinks its normal to eat from the moment we wake to just before bed. Try to reduce your eating window to an 8 hour window maximum per day.
Master 4-5 different healthy plant-based cheese recipes (starting with the Plant Proof Cashew Cheese).
Focus on habits that improve your gut microbiome. This healthy bacteria in your gut is at the centre of how you feel daily and how your body will resist disease/cancers over time. Eat probiotic rich foods, get out in fresh air on hikes in the nature or by the ocean and eat as much organic plants as you can that are free from harmful chemicals like glyphosate (round up weed killer). If you simply eat processed, non organic foods and sit within 4 walls containing stale air, your microbiome will not be optimal for thriving.
Have Fun. Knowing you are fuelling yourself without any animal products is super liberating. Enjoy working with new ingredients & flavours and continuing to improve on the number of meals in your repertoire.
Simon is a qualified health professional having completed a Bachelor of Physiotherapy with Honours in 2008 and is currently studying a Masters in Nutrition. With his experience of understanding the human body from the inside out and having worked closely with Professional Athletes he is well equipped to help you explore and adopt a plant based diet.