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So, you’ve gone plant-based. Yay! Congratulations and welcome to the GOOD life! And even if you’re still on the fence about adopting a plant-based diet, this post is for you too!

Let’s face it, going vegetarian requires more than a mental adjustment. Plant-based meals – done the right way – require time and preparation. But what career woman, mom, or lady on the go has the time and energy to prepare healthy meals every day? I know I don’t. So I found a simple solution that has worked wonders for my both my physical and mental health. But before I get into that, I really want to drive home why it’s so important for Vegheads to prepare their own meals.

As you know, vegetarian is not synonymous with healthy. And there are a lot of veg-friendly “foods” that are not fit for human consumption. Most of them are processed to death, high in refined sugar and filled with soy, vegetable oils and a host of harmful chemicals.

I find that many new Vegheads fall into three traps:

1. They forget that not eating meat is not a pass to eat an endless amount of sugar

Sugar is vegan. And you’ll find it in most, if not all prepackaged (box) foods. My theory: If you are eating a diet that is too low in fat – which is easy to do on a plant-based diet – you will crave sugary foods. This is why eating foods that are high in healthy fats like avocados, beans, nuts and seeds is so important. Don’t be afraid of good fat. Contrary to popular belief, it won’t make you fat.

2. They eat too many soy products

I swear you can make anything from soy – cheese, bacon, eggs, ribs. It’s crazy. This may rub some people the wrong the way; but I’m going to put it out there anyway. Soy is not a health food. 90% of the soy sold in the U.S. is genetically modified. Add to that, soy contains phytates that block mineral absorption and enzyme inhibitors that block the absorption of protein. Soy is also filled with estrogen-like hormones that can wreak havoc on the reproductive system (hello fibroids) and stimulate cancer growth; and it is often laced with monosodium glutamate (MSG).

In the plant-based community, this is a pretty controversial topic because soy allows us Vegheads to enjoy the feeling of eating foods that we are most familiar with. And there is something really comforting about that. But I feel I would be doing you a disservice if I didn’t mention the dangers of consuming unfermented soy. Now, fermented soy foods like miso, tempeh, natto and soy sauce are golden. Have at those, in moderation of course:-)

Whew, glad we got that out of the way! So what does a good plant-based diet look like? Well, if you stick to the Fab 5 Foods – vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds and legumes – you can’t go wrong. There are over 100,000 food varieties in these 5 categories alone. Yep, 100,000! There’s no way you can ever get bored or run out of fun combinations to toy around with in the kitchen!

3. They don’t spend enough time in the kitchen

This brings me to my last point and essentially back to where we began this little chat of ours. We established earlier that we all are busier than mice in a cheese factory. So cooking all of your meals all of the time may not seem realistic; but you can do this. If you just can’t wrap your mind around this concept, try committing to a smaller goal like preparing your own meals 5-out-of-7 days a week.

One thing that has really worked for me is dedicating a day and time slot to prepare all of my meals for the week. I cook once per week, on Sunday, for the entire week. Some call it batching. I call it a Cookathon. Every Sunday, I carve out 2-3 hours to prepare my family’s meals for the week. I know, ain’t nobody got time for all that. But hear me out. You don’t necessarily have to have every meal completely mapped out. Instead, cook a variety of foods and mix and match them throughout the week. Here are a few of my favorites: (Visit www.VegheadLifestyle.com for complete recipes).

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I know this seems like a lot, but it has saved me time and my sanity during the week.

The bottom line is this: food sustains life; which is why the act of cooking for those we love is such an intimate and powerful gesture. I believe that the energy we emit, when cooking gets transferred to our food.

I actually enjoy preparing food for my family this way because there is no pressure, no anxiety, and no haste. Only love. That is the energy we want to put into our bodies and pass along to our families.

I think it’s especially important for new Vegheads to develop healthy feelings towards preparing their own meals from healthy whole foods, in lieu of quick fixes and fast foods. This is truly the key to a long, happy and healthy vegetarian existence. Remember, you are worth it.

You’re worth the time. You’re worth the effort. So, what are you waiting for? Get to meal planning, y’all!

Any useful tips you can share for readers who are interested in making the switch to a vegetarian lifestyle?

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