It’s a whole new year and you might be on a healthy eating kick right around this time. Who isn’t? The beginning of the year is a great time to take a look at your habits and figure out what you want to keep and what you want to make better. That’s why New Year’s Resolutions are so popular… but also why they fail by the time you’re turning over the calendar to February. Instead of waking up every morning and thinking that today is the day you’re FINALLY going to eat 100% healthy, why not go for a simple (and much more sustainable) 80/20 approach.
The 80/20 approach to healthy eating works really well for many (such as me, since I lost 100 pounds nine years ago and have kept it off) because it allows you to focus on eating well for most of the time but not stress about the “bad” stuff the rest of the time. And for me, eating well most of the time means having a plant-based diet during most days of the week. Here’s how it works for me: Monday-Friday, I eat almost all vegan food. On the weekend, I don’t stress about it too much (but I also don’t go TOO crazy). Although you might be doubting whether you can live without your meat or chicken most days of the week, I’m here to tell you that it is a LOT simpler than it sounds. Here are 12 tips for eating a more plant-based diet you’ll want to read in order to get started.
Try doing Meatless Monday
Meatless Monday got big on social media, and there’s a reason why it has stayed that way. It’s actually pretty easy to avoid meat just one day a week and you can even try a vegan Monday. All you really need to do is get ready for it over the weekend. It takes some psyching yourself up, sure, but also buying all of the right foods before you get there. For ideas on how to start, go for a veggie pasta dish… which makes it easy to avoid the meat while still having something yummy and familiar.