Congratulations to all who gave Meatless March a go; for the month of March we encouraged our tribe to take a break from animal products and go meat free for 31 days. Sure we anticipated there were going to be some challenging times but you have surprised yourself about how easy it was to go meat free haven’t you?
Tips for Meatless March
- Don’t panic, there are plenty of foods to keep you from going hungry – it’s not what you can’t eat but what you can eat
- View foods with a different attitude, you are doing this for the environment, the animals and your health
- Spend more time in your kitchen – start using those saucepans and fry pans to cook up a storm
- Feel good about your decision, empower the power of plant foods and feel the difference when you nourish your body with grains, legumes, vegetables and fruits
- Veganise your favourite foods, that way you wont feel like your missing out on anything. Use TVP (texture vegetable protein) to make a bolognaise sauce, buy veggie burgers instead of beef burgers and make your pancakes sans eggs – we promise you wont taste a difference
- Be assured your body will be getting enough protein, calcium and iron during this month if you eat a wide variety of the 4 food groups; vegetables, fruits, legumes and vegetables
- Change the way you shop; shop at organic grocers to see the best of real foods, shop weekly at farmers markets for fresh & seasonal produce
- Start making small changes: replace dairy milk with soy or oat milks, replace butter with a dairy free spread such as nuttalex, buy tofu instead of eggs and buy coconut yoghurt in place of sheep/goat yoghurt
- Stock your cupboards with grains such as quinoa, brown rice, amaranth, cous cous and barley
- Hunt down savoury yeast flakes; this will help with any cheese cravings!
- Read the labels of the foods you buy. See if they contain animal products and of course remember to read the nutritional panel, it’s about a change in what you eat too
- Find reassurance in the fact that you can still enjoy chocolate, ice cream, cakes and cookies – these can be made using vegan ingredients too
- And last but not least, if it all gets too much just look to increase your plant food intake, you don’t need to have meat and animal products with every meal
Diet & Lifestyle
Going meatless is not only about your diet but your lifestyle as well. Your diet has a direct impact on how you feel so we hope by increasing your intake of vegetables, grains, legumes and fruit you woke up with a different kind of spring in your step.
We encourage daily exercise whether that be a run around the park or a brisk walk, its about getting the body moving and spending more time outdoors than on the couch.
Its important that when changing your diet, you really do think about what you will be eating – planning ahead will stop you craving the vending machine for foods that a) contain animal products and b) foods that contain empty calories. Take to work with you a handful of nuts, 2-3 pieces of fruit and remember to drink up to 2L of water a day.
For the month of March, we have been promoting and tantalising you with images of meals that are meatless and 100% animal free. Gone are the days of bland tasting vegetarian meals where the smell would put you off way before you got the first spoonful to your mouth.
Plants are anything but bland
Eating a plant based diet is anything but bland – its about making the most of the colourful array of fruits & vegetables, grains, legumes, wholegrains and beans that are available and creating delicious meals that will have everyone wanting what you are eating.
Positive Eating Programs
We look forward to continuing to support your plant-based journey and see you flourish and grow in a positive way.
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