How to Start Plant-Based Eating in 5 Steps

Plant-based eating can be for everyone, the main idea is not to “diet” or remove all meat products from your nutrition but more about adding more plant-based foods.


For those of you who love a burger once in a while, you don’t have to completely eliminate animal-based food all at once.


You can certainly reduce it by making more meals that are plant-based and substituting plant-based options in the place of some of your meat-based foods.


Here are 5 steps to starting your plant-based eating:


Step 1: Choose your motivation


Giving yourself a reason to make the change will help you stick to it!


Whether you want to save the animals, become healthier, or simply feel better, plant-based nutrition is a great option for those of us who want to be a better and a healthier person.


Step 2: Choose Your Type


A spectrum of plant-based eating is available to you. Start by identifying what you would like to change in your nutrition.


Considering that your nutrition will be mainly coming from plants, your options are:



  • Strict plant-based nutrition (vegan): You are not going to consume any meat, fish, or animal products like dairy foods, honey, or eggs.


  • Vegetarian plant-based nutrition: You will be able to consume eggs, milk, cheese, and other products of animals but no meat or fish.


  • Flexitarian plant-based nutrition: Your meals will have a large proportion of plant-based food. In addition to small portions of eggs, or dairy foods and, on occasion, include meat, fish, seafood or poultry.


Step 3: Plan Your Meals


One of the most difficult parts of adapting to plant-based eating is to adopt new habits in the kitchen.


Start looking for recipes now and ideas for your meals. Our favorites are salads, bowls, wraps, soups, and overnight oatmeal.


Step 4: Make Your Grocery List


In order to ease yourself into plant-based eating, try to slowly increase the amount of plant-based food on your grocery list.


This would include, vegetables, fruits, legumes, grains, spices, and vegan products like hummus or coconut milk.


Want a free grocery list to help you get started? Scroll to the bottom of the page of the link below and subscribe to get it.


Click here for a copy of a free grocery list to help you on your plant-based lifestyle journey.


Step 5: Implement the Changes


The best way to start plant-based eating is to start with small steps now. Choose a day this

week when you want to have a plant-based nutrition day.


That day will be the beginning of your journey in plant-based eating.


Once you’ve chosen a date, pick your recipes! Print your recipes and make a grocery list based on the meals you have chosen.


Your journey has begun! Be kind to yourself, be patient with yourself, and reach out to the people that support your journey regularly.


Msaada Health would love to help you through this journey. Contact us for a consultation! Let us make this journey a little easier.

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