HOW TO... GO VE­GAN!

Vegie De­lights am­bas­sador and ve­gan STEPHANIE RICE R tells how to stick to a plant­based diet

Woman’s Day (Australia) - - Health -

Do your re­search

“First, get ed­u­cated and use your­self as a case study,” says Stephanie. “Ob­serve how your body re­acts to dif­fer­ent foods and read up on it. Get to know all the var­i­ous forms of plant-based pro­teins and al­ter­na­tives. You need to eat a wide range of foods – not just a few ve­g­ies!”

Go slowly and start small

“Mak­ing small, grad­ual changes to your diet will ease you into plant-based food,” Stephanie tells. “For ex­am­ple, you could switch to a plant milk in your cof­fee. I like a blend of al­mond and co­conut milk. Or else sub­sti­tute chick peas in­stead of chicken in your salad.”

Drink lots of wa­ter

“Drink­ing wa­ter is a great way to curb crav­ings,” says Stephanie. “You might think you’re hun­gry and be tempted to eat some­thing un­healthy, but maybe your body’s just de­hy­drated. I drink around three litres of wa­ter a day and add a squeeze of lemon or lime.”

Have a weekly meat-free din­ner

“Break­ing out of your din­ner habits can be hard, but I sug­gest try­ing one meat-free din­ner a week and go­ing from there,” says Stephanie. “A meat-free pasta dish or vegie curry are great choices as they’ll be fairly fa­mil­iar meals where you won’t no­tice the ab­sence of meat too much.”

Get creative

“Add as much in­ter­est to your meals as pos­si­ble – add seeds, nuts and dress­ings,” says Stephanie. “You could also try a meat-free prod­uct such as a burger, sausage or schnitzel from ve­gan prod­ucts com­pany Vegie De­lights. As they taste sim­i­lar to meat, it’s a good way to in­cor­po­rate a fa­mil­iar taste.”

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