7 Essential Facts About Starting a Plant-Based Diet

Last updated November 16, 2023

Are you ready to trade the ordinary for the extraordinary and cultivate a lifestyle that not only fuels your body but also nourishes the planet?

As concerns escalate over worldwide challenges such as deforestation and oceans filled with plastic, it’s increasingly evident that there is a growing fascination with adopting a diet that aligns with the well-being of the planet.

Starting a plant-based diet seems to be one of the biggest alternative lifestyle choices people are choosing for a healthier life. 

You may have toyed with the idea of starting a plant-based diet for a long time. You’ve thought about it, read some books or even experimented with some recipes, but you aren’t yet ready to make the move. 

To help you jump over that final hurdle and fully prepare you for the experience, here are seven essential facts that you need to know before starting a plant-based diet.

Meet Your Nutritional Needs When Starting a Plant-Based Diet

Some people believe that eating just plants will not be adequate for your body to be strong and healthy. And let me tell you, that you will most likely hear this throughout your plant-based journey. 

This is completely false. We can get every single nutrient, mineral and vitamin from plant-based foods apart from B12 (which is easily supplemented). 

A plant-based diet can be filled with complex carbohydrates, essential amino acids, vitamins and minerals. 

What matters most, however, is what you eat. Make sure to prioritize a healthy, balanced diet rich in natural foods and less processed ones. If this is your focus, you shouldn’t worry about your nutritional needs not being met. 

Many of Your Favorite Treats Are Actually Vegan

That’s right. Many foods are actually vegan, and chances are some of your favorite snacks and treats are.

Not everything you find in the supermarket will have a “vegan” symbol on it. If you’re just starting a plant-based diet, you’re going to really want to spend time reading ingredients lists. If not, there are many plant-based versions of popular products out there, too. 

Being Plant-Based Will Be As Cheap or Expensive As You Want It To Be

Contrary to popular belief, starting a plant-based diet is not expensive. However, it does depend on what you buy. 

Plant-based staples such as grains, beans and legumes, spices, seasonal fruit and vegetables are affordable for most people. With a little knowledge and creativity, you can create delicious meals out of very inexpensive ingredients. 

That said, if money is no object, you can go all out and buy nut butter, nut milk, superfood powders, organic produce and ready-to-eat products.

There is so much choice and variety in the plant-based world nowadays that it can seem like you need to buy it all in order to be plant-based. Fortunately enough, all plant-based essentials that you need to be healthy and full are budget-friendly. 

People Will Share Their (Unwanted) Opinions About Your Diet

Not everyone is always going to agree with your choices in life and the same goes for a diet switch. 

There will be those who criticize your choice and tell you that a plant-based diet will make you unhealthy and you’ll miss out on life and its culinary experiences. 

When this happens try to remember that you are doing this for yourself and nobody else. Tap into your why—the reasons you have for going plant-based—and stick with them. 

You Most Likely Will Have to Supplement Your Diet

As mentioned previously, a plant-based diet will supply us with all the nutrients we need apart from B12. 

B12 is produced by bacteria and is absorbed by animals throughout their lives through their contact with manure and bacteria-filled water which is why vitamin B12 can only be found in animal products. 

It’s an essential vitamin that helps to maintain our nervous system so it’s essential to supplement. 

Many plant-based eaters also supplement with probiotics, vitamin D and other essential nutrients that are difficult to get enough of every day if you don’t pay special attention to your food. 

Make sure to always speak to a healthcare professional before taking supplements to make sure you are taking what you need and not over or under the recommended dosage. 

The Health Benefits of Starting a Plant-Based Diet Are Unbeatable 

The health benefits associated with starting a plant-based diet are numerous. 

The focus toward a shift in a diet based on consuming more plants will allow you, in turn, to increase your intake of essential vitamins and minerals found in fruits and vegetables. This helps to support the body and mind keeping both healthy and functioning well. 

A plant-based diet also lowers your risk of contracting major diseases like heart disease and type-2 diabetes, supports a healthy gut and helps to manage weight. Most also see a fundamental increase in energy too. 

It Is Possible To Get Enough Protein on a 100% Plant-based Diet

One of the things people will always ask you, probably one thousand times over, is what you eat to get enough protein. 

Harvard Medical School Journal suggests that our Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) of protein is 0.8g per kilogram of body weight. For an average woman weighing 140 pounds, that’s 53 grams of protein per day. So unless you’re a professional bodybuilder you really don’t need to be eating that much protein. 

As long as you are eating a plant protein-rich diet of plenty of beans and pulses, nuts, protein-rich vegetables such as broccoli and peas you should be getting everything you need. 

If you find yourself falling short you can add plant-based protein powders into your morning smoothie for example. 

With more knowledge about a plant-based lifestyle, you can be more sure about deciding if starting a plant-based diet is for you.

About Vacayou

At Vacayou [pronounced VACAY – YOU], we believe that travel has the power to change lives. The power to revive, rejuvenate and redirect your inner wellness warrior. And that’s why we’re here. Vacayou brings the world of wellness travel to you!

No matter how far or how adventurous, our team scours the globe to curate the best in wellness travel. But the booking process can often be time-consuming and complicated. We’ve made it much easier for you to search, discover, and book wellness and active vacations. With Vacayou’s Instant Book, your dream wellness getaway is now just one click away.

Start the trip of your lifetime today, with Vacayou. We are here to help create a healthier global community through wellness and active travel.

To keep up with the latest wellness trends and experiences, be sure to subscribe to our newsletter

Vacayou Wellness Travel © Copyright 2024. All rights reserved.