We loved Lani’s post about tiptoeing or jumping in yesterday, and loved reading all of your comments! We are happy to announce that the winner of the giveaway is Shannon! We will be sending you an e-mail Shannon!
Since it is leap day we thought we’d talk about 5 ways to leap into the plant-strong life!
1. Have a plan! Planning is key to making the switch to plant-strong. Before you leap, PLAN! Clear out your kitchen, make a shopping list, have a food plan. The best way to come up with a food plan is to make a huge list of EVERY plant-strong food that you do enjoy and then come up with meals based on that list. You can also go through the recipes in Engine 2 or cookbooks like: Forks Over Knives, Happy Herbivore, Every Day Happy Herbivore, Jeff Novick’s “Fast Food” DVD or The New McDougall Cookbook.
In addition be sure that your day is structured in such a way that you will be successful. Have your meals ready to go the day before if you can. We do things like mix our dry big bowl ingredients in the beginning of the week so we have a quick breakfast ready to go every morning. We also do things like cut up our fruits and vegetables, cook a bunch of sweet potatoes and potatoes so we always have the base to a quick and health meal (sometimes if we’re really busy we’ll just have a few potatoes and salsa!). The key though, is making it a priority to plan out your next steps so you don’t have a lot of surprises.
2. Know how to handle the critics. Some of you handle critics by simply telling people who criticize your new plant-strong life by simply telling the person to back off. We find that a good approach is the “seem strategy”. This approach is the one that Doug Lisle, author of “The Pleasure Trap” talks about and we have found it to be very helpful. When people seem to criticize your plant-strong ways, just tell them “It seems to be working for me” or “This seems to be working right now”. Often people will back off and not feel as threatened by your new healthy eating. Having a go-to answer that does not spark an argument will lighten the stress of being criticized about the way you are eating.
3. Get active! Just like it is important to have a plan for your food, it is important to have a plan for how you will get active. Trip over your gym bag in the morning! Make plans to meet a friend for a walk, make sure that you have your workout clothes washed and ready to go. Make it hard to have an excuse as to why you cannot be active that day.
4. Find support. Be sure to follow us on facebook, twitter and pinterest. Ask your friends and family if they would be interested in joining you for a 28 day challenge. Check with your local Whole Foods and see if they have any in-store 28 day challenges coming up. Start a meetup group! Check out meetup.com and start a Engine 2 meetup in your area! If you do, please be sure to send us an e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org and we will share it on our social media sites.
5. Know that you might encounter pitfalls along the way. Success is often not a straight and narrow path, but one filled with lots of ups and downs along the way. If you have a slip up, do not let it deter you, instead make a plan for the very next meal you will be eating and leap right back in!
What are some of the ways you have leaped in to the plant-strong life?