Hey, I Can Make That!, How to own this lifestyle

How to Get Started on a Plant Based Diet.

People often ask me “What is the best way to begin this lifestyle?”

Although, going in at 100% is ideal, it is not always realistic for many people.

For those who just want to know a quick way to start, here is my recommendation:

Start by replacing just your lunch for a week or two.

Next, replace all your dinners.
Eat all you want till comfortably full.

Your results will motivate you to complete the transition.
Find recipes like the one in this “Hey, I can Make That!” series with few ingredients that take little time to prepare.

Delicious warm or cold over any grain or on a baked potato, which can be batch cooked in the oven.

For more tips on this lifestyle, check out my blogs below on Conquering The Cravings Beasty:

Conquer Cravings:  Sweets

Conquer Cravings: Coffee

Conquer Cravings: Ice Cream

Conquer Cravings: Cheese

Conquer Cravings: Salty Things

Conquer Cravings: Chocolate

It is not your fault that you are craving highly palatable foods. Here are some of the tips which I share with my clients on what to do if you Fell Off The Wagon? Ouch….

Your taste buds have been hijacked by the food industry.

This book is a great resource to help you understand why Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us

What strategies do / did you use to resist temptation?

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How to own this lifestyle

It’s Fool Not Food

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Many of my clients have told me that a barrier they encounter is buying food for others in their home. They tell me “It’s my husband’s favorite cereal.” or “My daughter loves these cookies.”

These are not foods, they are fools. They fool your brain into believing that you are not really buying them for yourself, but for someone else. They fool you because you are only going to eat a small amount or “just this once because I am (fill in the blank), mad, sad, celebrating, rewarding myself, etc.).  

Owning this lifestyle is not easy when we are bombarded with advertisements, displays at stores, movies with product placement, etc. The worst thing we can do is allow these insipid things into our fortress or for that matter our lives. The voice in your head that tries to convince you to put any of those fools in your shopping cart (virtual or real), must be dealt with. The shopping cart is the drawbridge over your moat which protects your castle. Only foods not fools are allowed there.

Nothing worthwhile is easy. Everyone has a different strategy that works for them.  

I hope that by reading this, it will help you to find something out about yourself or someone else in your life. It is my hope that you surround your life with food not fool.

Are you having challenges with this lifestyle?

If so, what are / were they and how do / did you deal with them?

I would love to provide you with more help. Please contact me for a coaching session

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Amy holds a Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate from T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and eCornell

Fitness and Exercise, Health, How to own this lifestyle, motivaton, Need to know, Tips, Tricks and Hacks

Exer…sighs

 

The “E” word just hangs in the air…

If you haven’t gotten to the lucky place where you are addicted to it, exercise can be something you dread.

Limitations:

Whether physical  or mental, limitations can feed the excuse monster.

If you are physically unable to stand, you can do something in a chair. Use small hand weights, soup cans or water bottles to do curls, etc. Can you do 5 curls today?

If you can’t use your arms, do leg lifts while seated. Can you do 5 leg lifts today?

If you can’t walk long distances, buy a cheap pedometer and add one step each day.

What is one simple move you can do one of today that perhaps you can do two of tomorrow and three the next day?

Check out:

Is Exercise Necessary?

Tip: Easily cut about 400 calories per day

Is Exercise Necessary?

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I have helped many people maintain this lifestyle. If you would like help to learn ways to navigate this lifestyle, please contact me for a coaching session. I have learned many strategies, tips and hacks while coaching people since 2012. I would love to help you be successful as well.

Amy holds a Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate from T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and eCornell

If you would like to help support my blog, consider shopping on my Amazon Store for Whole Food, Plant Based kitchen gadgets, books, food, home delivered food and more!

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Who is Your Best Friend?

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Amy’s Seed Sprout Suprise

Most people would answer with a name of a relative or friend. Many of us are fortunate to have at least one person around us who cares about us and for whom we can depend upon for support.

My definition of a best friend is one who is there for you whenever you call upon them; a person who will give you their honest opinion (even when you don’t ask for one), wants you to be happy, to do well and yes, someone who is there for your 24/7 and  would even risk their life to save you! Wait, who do you know that would fit this description? Well guess what, you do know someone exactly like this. It is someone you have known all of your life, you!

If you think about it, you are your best friend. You are the only one in the world who can make your life better. You are available 24/7. You can even get inside of your own head and monitor your every thought and decision.

So, now that you know you have been living with your best friend for your entire life, what changes can you make to improve this friendship?

Self talk – Think about the things you, your best friend, says to you through out the day. If any negative self talk comes about, try to correct each occurrence with a positive statement. Say it out loud, as voices that are actually heard by our ears (even our own voices) are more believable to our brains than our thoughts.

Influence – You have great influence over the things you do to yourself each day. As your best friend, try to help yourself make the better decisions about things like what you eat and how much exercise you get.

So work at being a better, best friend to yourself. After all, you make an effort with your other friendships. You may even have friends with whom you get frustrated because they are making poor decisions.

The friendship with yourself is the most important friendship, because a better you is a better example for, and a better friend to others.

What are some ways you can be a better, best friend to yourself?

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I have helped many people maintain this lifestyle. If you would like help to learn ways to navigate this lifestyle, please contact me for a coaching session I have learned many strategies, tips and hacks while coaching people since 2012. I would love to help you be successful as well.

Amy holds a Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate from T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and eCornell

If you would like to help support my blog, consider shopping on my Amazon Store for Whole Food, Plant Based kitchen gadgets, books, food, home delivered food and more!

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Tip: Easily cut about 400 calories per day

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Don’t eat food cooked with oil.

All oil, even olive oil and coconut oil are about 150 calories per tablespoon.

Eat food sautéed in oil and you could be consuming 400 extra, tasteless calories.

Learn how to easily cook vegetables without oil.

Instead of oil, sauté in vegetable broth, citrus juice or water.

You won’t miss the “taste”. Sorry, but if you are eating in a restaurant, your food most likely has been prepared with oil and / or prepped with things like Italian Dressing which is made with oil.

Isolated plant oils are a cheap, unhealthy version of real food. Don’t buy the propaganda about olive oil, coconut oil or any oil. According to Dr. Fuhrman, “When fats are ingested in the form of extracted oils, they are rapidly and efficiently absorbed by the body and immediately converted into body fat. If these fats were instead ingested from whole foods, such as seeds, nuts and avocado, their absorption would be much slower, over hours, not minutes and these fats would be mostly burned for our energy needs and not stored.”

Olive oil is not a whole food—it is a fattening, low-nutrient, processed food, consisting of 100% fat. Unrefined plant foods, rather than olive oil, provided the bulk of the omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, phytochemicals and minerals “

Hiding In Your Food: Oils and Fats

I have helped many people to navigate this lifestyle, please contact me for a coaching session. I have learned many strategies, tips and hacks while coaching people since 2012. I would love to help you be successful as well.

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Check out my BeGreenWithAmy YouTube Channel for lots of whole food, plant based hacks, recipes and more.

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If you would like to help support my blog, consider shopping on myAmazon Store for Whole Food, Plant Based kitchen gadgets, books, food, home delivered food and more!

If you would like to donate to help me with the costs of maintaining this website, recipe development, social media publicity and more, please donate here

Be Strong, Be Well and Be Green!

Amy holds a Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate from T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and eCornell