Sunday, October 7, 2018

Where To Start When You Don't Know Where To Start

First off YAY!!! Congrats on getting started! (Thats the hardest part so no worries!!) You are in for a wonderful journey of lots of great food and the perk of great health to go with it!!  Be sure to click SEE MORE or CONTINUE READING to view the whole post =0] 

To be honest, I can’t tell you exactly what to do or not do as learning what works for you and your health is well a personal plant based journey to each person but I can share with you what is working for our whole food plant based no oil family and maybe it will help you along your journey also!

❥ The first thing that got us started on this journey was watching the movie Forks Over Knives. Its on Netflix and I believe Amazon Prime but here is the trailer for it It simply changed our lives! Secondly I would recommend the movie FedUp it was the second movie we watched and it was eye opening Along with those documentaries I highly recommend you also watch Dr. Gregers  lecture How Not To Die - for the science behind it all, oh and he’s funny too! If you have already watched them you are already ahead of the game! There are LOTS of movies and lectures out there. These were just what got us started.

❥ These food lists were super helpful to my family when we went Plant Based. The Forks Over Knives food list is my personal favorite food list found here and The Starch Solution food list I also really like this page for helping with what to eat, what to not eat so much of and what to restrict. Takes a lot of the confusion out of knowing what to buy or avoid lol Also this is an amazing lecture about Calorie Density that is super helpful in choose foods to eat for success. ‪ Lastly The pleasure trap by Doug Lisle ‪ has great info on why we crave the things we crave.

❥ When you are starting out I would recommend Pinterest or even google but I LOVE Pinterest for helping you find inspiration for recipes ideas. Nothing teaches you to become a better cook then just cooking and recipes make it even easier because they basically tell you what to do and how to do it. There are unlimited recipes and meal ideas on there. Just type in what you are looking for such as dinner, lunch, casserole, add the word vegan, plant based or whole food plant based to it to help narrow down the field and then just surf till you find something that looks good. Pick 6 or 7 recipes to cover your week and it comes with a built in shopping list! Double the recipes and you have built in lunches of leftovers. Throw in your cart some oatmeal and some fruit and wa la breakfast is covered too!

❥ I have a list of what I consider Pantry Staples here —>
But what your pantry staples end up being may or may not be the same as you learn what you like to eat and what you don’t.

❥ Each week I sit down and make a meal/menu plan for the following week.  Its saved us not only time but a ton of money. If you would like to check out the previous meal plans I have come up with for my family I post them all here
I post about 90% of everything we eat to our page along with the recipe I used and any changes I had to make to it to make it WFPBNO complaint. Planning may not be fun at first but the more we keep up with it the easier it gets and the easier makes our lives. Take time to learn to meal plan its a sanity saver. Then on the weekends when I have the most time I chop, cook, and prep as much as I can ahead to make the following week just easier. Most plant based meals can easily be made in large batches and then portioned out to eat all week long. Throw some in the freezer so you can heat and eat when you just don't have time to cook that day. 

❥ ❥ ❥ Here is a link to a Where To Start page that has a little bit of everything about how we got started in more detail. Tips, tricks, videos, movies, books, info, links, etc.. —> ‪ 

❥ Here are just a few of the amazing websites out there with all kinds of information about whole food plant based eating and living

❥ ❥ ❥ We also have a HUGE notes section with tons and tons of all kinds of information that we have collected from around the web. You can find that here Just scroll through to see what is available. There is also an index page here that explains a little bit about each page.

❥  Looking for a strictly Whole Food Plant Based No Oil group to ask questions and just chit chat about Living and Eating WFPB? We have you covered.

❥  Not quite ready to be full on Whole Food Plant Based No Oil? No problem we have a group for that too!! Plant Based Living, Learning and Eating

❥  Are you from Montana? Are you looking for others local to Montana eating plant based? Come join us! We have a facebook page here and a facebook group to go with that here

❥ Be firm in why you want to do it. Make a list it helps. Health? Animals? Planet? Chemicals? Whatever your reasons are write them down and hang firm with them. They will bring you through the temptation times. The more you learn about the food you used to eat and the new foods you are going to eat the easier it will make it. Know why the old foods were doing your body wrong and why the new plant foods will do your body right.

☆☆ Biggest thing is have an open mind and don’t make this harder than it has to be. You do not have to be perfect from day one. It took you years to get here its going to take a bit of time to learn a whole new way of life. You will find your way. Just keep at it. Keep learning. Keep keeping on and it will all come together. ☆☆

Breathe. Eat. Enjoy. Live! Food Adventure!! All the best to you!! =0]

Dale, Felicia and Joshua Smith