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Transitioning to a plant-based diet - All you need to know

There are many ways someone can transition from any diet to a plant-based diet. In general, the result counts more than the way, even if, depending on the situation, some ways are more suited than others.

Before looking at them, let’s explain why it is desirable to transition to a plant-based diet. 

What is considered a healthy diet?

A healthy diet is necessarily plant-based, but a plant-based diet is not necessarily a healthy diet. In other words, to adopt a healthy diet, transitioning to a plant-based diet is mandatory but not enough. 

Nonetheless, it’s definitely the best stage to see major changes in overall health. 

If you want to know more about what is a healthy diet, go ahead and read our article: What is an optimal vegan diet?

Importance of a healthy diet

“We are what we eat”. You surely heard this phrase over and over again. It is simple and true at the same time. Our body is literally composed of the food we eat, among other things. 

This alone should be a big enough reason for anyone to care about what they eat, yet most people are just eating whatever is available without even thinking about it.

Still, here are more arguments for the importance of a healthy diet:

  • Essential in the prevention of diseases of civilization (today’s most common diseases)
  • Mandatory for good life expectancy 
  • Essential for good brain and body performance
  • Sustainable and ecological for nature, humans and other animals 
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Signs and symptoms that you need to transition to a plant-based diet

Even without any signs or symptoms, you should transition to a plant-based diet as soon as possible.

Not waiting on signs, symptoms, or even worse diseases to improve your diet is a very smart choice. 

In a sense, when signs, symptoms, or diseases occur it’s already quite late, as your body will always do everything it can to adapt and counterbalance your mistakes at a more or less heavy price depending on the gravity of your mistakes. 

If you are suffering from any disease you should improve your diet immediately.

If not, you should still be particularly motivated to transition to a plant-based diet if you experience one or multiple of the following:

  • Post-prandial fatigue
  • Bloating
  • Digestive pain
  • Heartburn
  • Slow digestion
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Skin rashes
  • Poor focus
  • General tiredness
  • Bad mood 
  • Depression
  • Eating disorders

Most common challenges to transitioning to a plant-based diet

Keep in mind that a plant-based diet is only a step toward a healthy diet, it’s not an end goal in itself.

Like for all in life, if you want to increase your chances of succeeding at what you do, you need to first identify the major challenges to overcome. 

So, let’s look at the most common challenges people face when transitioning to a plant-based diet:

  • Lack of knowledge
  • Cravings and taste preferences
  • Judgment of relatives
  • Social life

Lack of knowledge

This is the main reason why we have built this online health teaching platform. Like we like to say: “Ignorance is the mother of all evil”. If you don’t know what you are doing and why, you will be more likely to quit or fail, and even if you succeed, you will never gain independence.

In other words, knowledge is freedom, and ignorance is slavery. Also, there is no magic, shortcuts, or tricks to acquire knowledge. It requires effort, time, and commitment. 

Luckily for you, if you are interested to learn more about a healthy diet and any other health topics, you will find everything you need and much more by becoming a member of Holistic Natural Health Experts.

Cravings and taste preferences

Cravings are normal during the transition process. They are part of the natural weaning process of getting away from toxic, unhealthy foods. It’s important to understand that when you have a craving for something, it is, first and foremost, a sign of addiction and nutrient deficiency. 

You can love specific food but never have an urgent need for it like a craving does. If you switch to a healthy diet full of good nutrients, the cravings will go away naturally after a couple of weeks, unless you have severe deficiencies and health issues. In that case, you will need the help of a holistic natural health expert to address those. 

Taste preferences are not mandatory to address. You can do without your preferred taste in your mouth just fine. Of course, depriving yourself of your favorite food taste can definitely create frustration and discontent. 

Those feelings are not ideal when transitioning to a healthy diet and they turn into excuses to quit. 

Luckily for you, nowadays, all the substitute products to address taste preferences are available on the market. For example, if you are a big fan of cheese, you can eat plant-based cheese that is just amazingly tasty, and it’s the same for meat, fish, etc.

We don’t necessarily recommend those substitute products as they are often not as healthy as a regular plant-based diet. Also, as we mentioned previously, a plant-based diet should just be a step towards a healthy diet that is full of marvelous tastes, colors, smells, and textures. The sooner you get rid of your old habits the faster you will achieve a healthy diet. 

Judgment of relatives

This might actually be the hardest challenge people face when transitioning to a plant-based diet. To the best of our knowledge, there are no miracle solutions to this problem.

No matter what you do in life, there will always be people judging you. Of course, when it comes down to relatives, friends, and in general, people that you care about, it’s more complicated. 

In our opinion, you should not care for the judgment of others over you. It’s your life, your choices, your responsibility. 

When it comes down to your loved ones, they should be supportive and caring, especially when doing something good for your health. 

Social life

In our experience, this is a question that often comes up when people change their diet, even though there aren’t many reasons for it, especially these days.

30 years ago, when “vegan” was just a weird word used by a few, we can definitely agree that maintaining a good social life was quite tricky when transitioning to a plant-based diet.  

Today, with a vegan, plant-based diet being overwhelmingly available in most parts of the world, there is no problem with maintaining a good social life. 

In any case, you have to ask yourself the question: is my health more important than hanging out with some friends? 

Finally, like for anything in life, the moment you start doing new things or changing your values or habits, you will lose people and meet others. Therefore, you should rejoice in making new friends that will share your new habits!

How to transition to a plant-based diet

All the ways to transition to a plant-based diet are good on the condition that they give you a lasting result. 

The plant-based diet is not for one day or one week, it’s for life. Therefore if the way to make you change your diet ends up making you reverse back after a couple of weeks or months, then it’s useless. 

To successfully transition to a plant-based diet, you will need to overcome one or more of the challenges we mentioned before. 

For that, it’s important to have strong motivations like the necessity to improve your health state, but it can also be the desire to not torture and kill animals to eat them. 

No matter what your motivation is, you need to be aware of the choices you make and their impact on your health. Also, you need to be conscient of the efforts you need to make that transition successful. 

What you should eat as a human should be a priority topic to study. Alas, this is never taught at school. It’s something that you need to learn by yourself, by finding the people that are teaching it. 

Luckily for you, if you are reading this it means that you found us. We are dedicated to teaching all you need to know about holistic health topics and you access our complete ebook on the healthy diet by subscribing now.  

Once your motivation is high and you are determined to jump into it, you need to take action. 

If you are the type of person to wake up one morning and decide to make drastic changes during the day, then we recommend you go for a direct transition. You will be pleased to see how easy it is to replace all animal products with plant-based products. Just empty your kitchen of animal products and go buy plant-based ones! 

If you are the type of person to take weeks or months to agree to any changes in your life, then we recommend you go for a progressive transition. You will be reassured to see that you can remove progressively animal products from your diet without missing anything. Start by just replacing one animal product with a plant-based one and get used to it before replacing the next one. 

In any case, we recommend that you try out different plant-based food. Don’t be put off because you tried tofu and you dislike it a lot. They are a large variety of plant-based food, and you don’t need to eat them all to have a complete diet.  

Our advice as Holistic Natural Health Experts

There is no best way to transition to a plant-based diet. The good way is the way that works for you.

For some people, it can be an immediate change from one day to another, for others it can be a step-by-step process over several weeks. 

From a health point of view, there are several mechanisms at play when you change your diet that we explained in detail in our ebook “Healthy Food: Your Fundamental Right”. 

To help those, it’s, most of the time, adequate to give your body time to adapt to your new diet by transitioning progressively. 

That being said, the situation changes if you have ongoing diseases and health problems. In that case, we recommend that you seek professional care from a holistic natural health expert to get personalized treatments simultaneously with your diet change. 

That will be the best solution to secure a successful transition to a plant-based diet while also acquiring knowledge and understanding on the matter. 

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