You are most likely pretty used to a meat substance taking center stage on your dinner plate, which may be one of the biggest hurdles new plant-based ‘dieters’ face when first starting this way of eating. Instead, a good portion of your plate should contain starch-based foods, such as legumes, grains and tubers, which we call ‘starchy plant-food sources’. You may have been taught starch-based foods are unhealthy, but in reality, that is far from the truth. What makes starch-based food items unhealthy are the methods in which we prepare them, typically using a lot of unhealthy oils and dairies, and also the types of starch-based foods we choose to eat.
The recipes shown in this book will be Vegan in nature, however as mentioned above feel free to tailor the recipes to your desire. If you wish to follow a plant-based diet as closely as possible, the first step is cutting out meat and substituting it with plant-based food items that will be shown in the recipes to follow. Once you have successfully eliminated poultry and red meats from your diet, you are considered a ‘piscatorial’, meaning you still consume seafood. Once you erase seafood from your diet, you are officially a vegetarian. If you still wish to consume dairy products and eggs, you are known as a “lacto-ovo vegetarian” – which does sound pretty fancy!
Once you have erased all animal protein from your diet, it’s time to slowly start removing diary and eggs as well. Eliminating dairy from the diet is the hardest step for many individuals, since it is in SO many consumables. While there are great alternatives for your daily glass of milk, people love cheese and hate to rid themselves of it. Thankfully, there are many cheese substitutes to choose from as well. A rule of thumb for a positive mindset: focus on all the amazing things you will be fueling your body with, not what you are giving up, but what you are gaining.