I could not be happier that you’ve decided to join forces with our website and help animals with your kindness. Plant-based lifestyle is proven to contribute to your good health, it will make you energised and help prevent a multitude of diseases.
Majority of us are currently programmed to buy a generous piece of meat and then think of veggies as a garnish, sometimes an optional extra. Meats, dairy, processed foods, refined sugars and trans-fats are causing high levels of cholesterol, high blood pressure, they are carcinogens and trigger inflammation in our bodies. Unfortunately, those industries are massive and they want you to be programmed in this way.
On top of that, animal agriculture is a major cause of pollution, waste and greengas emissions. If you are still in doubt, just make a family visit to a big industrial farm with thousands of cows or other farmed animals. I am convinced that there is no horror film made in comparison with what you are going to see there. Actually, many big industrial farms won’t let you or any animal activists in.
Only your decision to go plant-based for the next week will save half a dozen animal lives.
Plant-Based Lifestyle: What to do next?
1. Why? What’s your motivation to try plant-based for a week? See our Why Plant-Based Lifestyle? for more details on health benefits to you, and how our kind approach to animals can save lives, help our environment and eliminate world hunger.
Now, what is that you are passionate about? Why would you go plant-based for you and your family? If you know why, it will make this transition a very pleasant thing. You will no longer feel that you are missing out on something, but rather contribute to a greater good. What is that greater good for you?
2. Your commitment is a powerful thing. It ties up with your personal values, your inner desire to help and make a better living for you and your family.
Discuss this with them. To learn more, watch a few documentaries about plant-based lifestyle. My personal favourites are Earthlings (search for it, it is available online for free, but just a word of warning, it contains scenes of animal violence and killing, so just see if kids will be allowed to watch), What the Health and Cowspiracy.
If you have a Netflix subscription, you can find the latter two available there. On top of that, a few more to broaden your horizons: Food, Inc., Hungry for Change and Forks over Knives.
You will see a multitude of references and sources that back the health and environmental claims.
Reaffirm your commitment. Share your thoughts with your friends, in person or online.
3. Draft your own Plant-based Meal Plan. As you can see, you can get all nutrition you need and more from plant-based wholefoods. Your average 2000 calories intake is split between carbohydrates (70%), good fats (15%) and protein (15%). The latter is a very frequent concern I hear from meat-eaters. Do not worry, you only need 50-66 g of protein per day, and you can easily get it from plants. These proportions are average figures and you will need more energy from carbs and protein if you live an active lifestyle, or lower if you are trying to lose some weight.
This website has a collection of very easy plant-based recipes which you can use for your own meal plan. These vegan recipes are organised by a course, so it is easy for you to pick a few for your breakfasts, lunches and dinners.
Having a meal plan will help you to start eating plant-based vegan food without stressing out about ingredients or having nothing to eat.
4. Organise your grocery shopping. Our calculations show that for an average family of 3, the cost of groceries on a plant-based diet will drop. You will save innocent animals but also save money. Supermarket aisles are full of refined and processed foods, so you will start making your shopping quicker.
I love browsing organic aisles, checking the labels to ensure that there is no occasional dairy, cream or chicken stock creeping in.
I wish I’d have more time to go and browse farmer’s markets – this is a great way to eat locally grown veggie produce and support passionate artisans.
5. Get cooking. If you are going to say you do not have 15-20 minutes to cook your dinner from scratch I beg you stop right here.
This ‘lack of time’ has been also programmed for you, so you will buy fast food products, ready meals and takeaways. These are all deficient in nutrients, cooked in trans fats and many of them use a very dangerous high fructose corn syrup to make these meals appeal to every palate.
You only need 20 minutes to prepare a very nutritious plant-based meal. More if you enjoy cooking like me and wish to experiment with flavours, try cooking something new or more elaborate.
You are now equipped with easy recipes and your shopping is done (or on the way if you like me prefer to shop online for bulk groceries and savings) -you are ready to cook.
Big change will come from your first steps, pick a recipe now and start cooking. Have your enjoyed it?
Post your creations on Instagram to showcase your creativity and should you be so kind to tag them to our @kindhealthylifestyle account, I would be grateful!
6. See the results. Reflect, after a week of plant-based eating how do you feel? Do you have more energy? Does your body feel lighter and more energised?
Do you feel great by knowing you are making first steps towards a kinder and healthier lifestyle now. You have saved animal lives!
This inner feeling is priceless.
7. Get involved. This website do have enough recipes for everyone to have a varied diet every week. Yet you can help too – share your recipes with us (it might be published with a link to your personal blog or website). You will need to send an image (vertical 640 x 900 would be best), a summary that includes preparation and cooking time, ingredients including measures and quite detailed instructions.
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8. Nominate a friend. It all starts with you now, but I am sure it will spread. You get convinced and you’d want to better the lives of your family and friends. Some of them will be apprehensive to simply share this page to them and nominate them to follow the steps and try to eat plant-based for a week. For each nominations, I will personally plant a new tree in a nearby park. A photo report to follow soon!
Many thanks and let’s reconnect with our kindness and get healthier along the way!
Should you have any questions, please contact me and I will be happy to help.