Clearly, we are passionate about plant-based foods and nutrition, but adopting this way of eating can can be challenging for a number of reasons. Here are some common concerns we hear, and our answers to them.
1. How do I only eat plants?
Some people may not know how to properly plan and prepare meals that are based on whole, plant-based foods. Check out our easy and delicious recipes, as well as our comforting meals cookbook. We also organise regular plant-based cooking workshops where you will learn all about plant-based cooking and receive a recipe booklet with everything you made. Check the next dates here. For delicious and quick plant-based lunches, check out our guide on how to make the perfect bowl.
2. How do I handle the social pressure?
Eating a plant-based diet can be difficult if the people around you don't follow the same diet or don't understand it. It can be tough to stick to your dietary choices when friends and family are eating differently. We like to address this concern by having friends and family try some super yummy plant-based food (make them a recipe!), remain positive, and offer to teach them a few things about plant-based diets.
3. Will I get enough nutrients?
- Legumes (beans, lentils, peas)
- Whole grains (quinoa, oats, barley)
- Nuts and seeds (almonds, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds)
- Tofu, tempeh and other soy-based products
- Green vegetables (spinach, broccoli, kale)
4. Will I get enough variety?
- seasonal vegetables & fruits
- different herbs & spices
- using a different grain every day or every other day
- using different nuts & seeds for each different meal. For example almonds for breakfast, toasted cashews on your lunch, hazelnuts as a snack, blended pine nuts instead of parmesan
- different sweeteners like maple syrup, dates, agave, birnel and coconut sugar
- as many different sources of fat & oils like olive oil, coconut oil, avocado oil, sunflower oil and cacao butter oil
5. Isn't it expensive?
Conclusion on transitioning to a whole food and plant-based diet
We believe that with proper education, meal planning and preparation, it's possible to overcome these challenges and to follow a healthy whole foods, plant-based diet. As with any lifestyle change, it takes time and effort to adjust to new habits and to learn new ways of cooking, but it can be done.