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

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!! 

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 https://youtu.be/O7ijukNzlUg It simply changed our lives! Secondly I would recommend the movie FedUp it was the second movie we watched and it was eye opening https://youtu.be/aCUbvOwwfWM. Lastly one of our favorite must see’s is Food Choices. It’s a great over all summary of plant based eating and living https://youtu.be/SE-EPm8_4Hs If you have already watched them you are already ahead of the game! There are LOTS of movies 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 http://www.chewfo.com/diets/forks-over-knives-vegan-diet-what-to-eat-and-foods-to-avoid-food-list/ and The Starch Solution food list http://www.chewfo.com/diets/the-starch-solution-by-john-mcdougall-and-mary-mcdougall-2012-what-to-eat-and-foods-to-avoid-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 https://www.drmcdougall.com/health/education/cpb/ Also this is an amazing lecture about Calorie Density that is super helpful in choose foods to eat for success. ‪https://youtu.be/0CdwWliv7Hg Lastly The pleasure trap by Doug Lisle ‪https://youtu.be/jX2btaDOBK8 has great info on why we crave the things we crave.

❥ I have a list of what I consider Pantry Staples here —> https://www.facebook.com/livingwfpb/posts/1860018384026411
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.

❥ When you are starting out I would recommend Pinterest http://pinterest.com or even google but I LOVE Pinterest for helping you find inspiration for recipes. 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!

❥ 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 https://www.facebook.com/pg/livingwfpb/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1309986759029579
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.

❥ ❥ ❥ 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.. —> ‪https://www.facebook.com/notes/living-whole-food-plant-based/where-to-start/1267651639929758/ 

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

❥ 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]

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