How do I stop eating animal products?

After I watched the free documentary Forks Over Knives I wanted to switch to a Whole Foods Plant-Based lifestyle, but I didn’t know how.  I started avoiding meat, but kept going back to it because I just didn’t know enough on how to go without it.  I was finally able to go plant-based after I started reading the book The Starch Solution: Eat the Foods You Love, Regain Your Health, and Lose the Weight for Good!.  (I like to purchase books on Amazon.com, click for my affiliate link to The Starch Solution.)

In Dr. McDougall’s book The Starch Solution, I learned how to replace animal meat with starchy plants.  Starchy plants have complex carbohydrates that fill you up longer than non-starchy plants.  Replace animal meat with starchy plants like potatoes, sweet potatoes, brown rice, whole grain pasta (without eggs), beans, oats, edamame (soybeans), acorn squash, butternut squash, and pumpkins.  It is ok to eat “side dishes” as your main dish, it may be weird at first, but after a while it will start to feel very normal.  A good example of a plant-based meal would be half your plate is vegan scalloped potatoes and the other half a variety of colorful veggies like steamed green beans and/or carrots.  Click on the link for the recipe I used.  I found the steamer basket on Amazon.

vegan scalloped potatoes
steamed green beans
My 17 yo son Kyle enjoying steamed green beans

One of my families favorite plant-based meals is tacos.  I like to make vegan taco “meat” in my Instant Pot IP-DUO60 7-in-1 Multi-Functional Pressure Cooker, 6Qt/1000W, it’s a mixture of brown rice, black beans, onions, green chilies and seasonings.  Use healthy whole grain tortillas, taco “meat”, salsa, onions, tomatoes, lettuce and any other plant-based add on that you prefer.

When eating this way it is important to eat until you are satisfied, and eat more often as needed.  With this way of eating you can get full on a meal with fewer calories than your previous way of eating.  You will lose weight.  I lost 30 lbs. in just a few months without going hungry.

I know this was brief, please ask questions if you have any.

 

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karenkkj

Whole food Plant-based mom, runner, educator, health coach.

One thought on “How do I stop eating animal products?

  1. Your journey was similar to mine…..I had a hard time at first but I gradually took things out of my diet…1 to 2 things at a time..after I conquered that I would get rid of 2 more things until I was 100 percent mcdougal way of eating…I have lost 40 lbs in 6 months..diabetes is gone…after off diabetes pills and insulin….my wife stopped everything cold turkey and has lost 65 lb in that same time frame…everyone’s journey is different but we hopefully endup in the same place….we are never going back…afterndnd to our surprise our bodies actually crave starches and veggies…the food addiction we had is completely gone…but anyways congrats and like your post

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