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Common Mistakes When You Go Plant-Based

By Sara Butler

Plant-based eating has become really mainstream in the past few years. Burger King is offering a meatless Whopper right now. If that doesn't mean that plant-based is fashionable, then nothing will.

If you're considering jumping on the plant-based train, then there's a lot to know. No matter your motivation for making over your diet, there are some important things to know about the plant-based lifestyle. Mainly the common mistakes people make when partaking in plants. Here's what you need to know to help you in the healthiest way possible.

Don't Skip the Transition

You cannot and should not go from meat-eating to totally plant-based overnight. Patience is required to change your eating habits the right way. That's because when you begin to switch over to more whole foods and less processed foods in your diet, then you may find that you're grumpy or tired for a few days -- hungry too. These symptoms tend to only last for a few days which is why it's best to eliminate processed foods slowly from your diet before you jump right in, over a period of a few weeks.

Also, if you transition slowly into new eating habits, then you're more likely to stick to them in the long run. Start out incorporating more vegetables into your day, then scaling back on the foods you want and need to eliminate to be healthier.

Cutting Out All Animal Protein

Being plant-based doesn't mean that all animal protein needs to be taken out of your diet. Sure, plant-based eating incorporates more grains, nuts, seeds, legumes, vegetables, and fruits into your diet, but it's not an all or nothing proposition -- you don't have to go full vegan in order to live a plant-based lifestyle (unless you want to, that is).

The truth is that many foods made from animal proteins provide your body with the vitamins and minerals it needs to work optimally. You should try to keep eggs and dairy, seafood if you're open to it, in your diet to provide your body with all it needs.

Relying Too Much on Processed Foods

This is a big mistake some people make when going plant-based: Too much prepacked, highly processed products. All those meat substitutes you can buy in the store are convenient, yes, but they're still highly processed and can be made from products you don't to be a part of your regular diet, such as genetically-modified soy.

Going plant-based is a great idea, but you must make sure you do it right!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Northbrook, Ill.

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