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Shifting to an Organic Vegan Food Diet – Easy Tips

Why would someone want to eat an organic vegan food diet?

Study after study shows that eating a diet that is low in animal products and high in fruits and vegetables has a protective effect on disease.  By minimizing your exposure to toxic pesticides and herbicides through an organic vegan food diet, you’re well on your way to good health.

A huge benefit to eating this way, especially with a focus on fresh fruits and vegetables is that you can stop counting calories! Seriously, you can eat enormous amounts of food if you’re eating whole organic vegan food.

You might ask – what does it mean to eat organic vegan food, what can I actually eat?

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For breakfast, fill your bowl with an assortment of fresh fruits and sprinkle with just a bit of hemp seed or cacao nibs and you’ll have a satisfying and energizing start to your day.  This time of year, I’m indulging in gorgeous cantaloupe, fresh blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, peaches, plums, mangoes and more.  It’s a truly glorious time of year to enjoy an abundance of those juicy summer fruits.

For lunch, try a huge salad – and I do mean HUGE.  You can really fill up on leafy green veggies and other veggies like spicy radish, sweet red peppers, carrots and fresh juicy tomatoes.  Add some sprouts or microgreens – my favorites are broccoli and clover sprouts and arugula and kale microgreens.   Top the whole thing with some garbanzo beans and squeeze fresh lemon juice on top to add some zing to your salad.  How’s that for some delicious organic vegan food?

For dinner, why not try a chopped veggie salad?  Dice your favorite summer veggies like zucchini, yellow squash, cucumber, red onion, pea pods and tomatoes.  Add some chopped fresh parsley and cilantro and make a quick dressing with tahini, lemon juice, garlic, salt and pepper and you can eat it as is, use lettuce leaves to make wraps, or top a fresh green salad with your chopped salad.

If you’re just starting, I would recommend following some recipes to start with.  It will give you ideas on substitutions that will make your dishes delicious.  For instance, did you know that using blended cashews in a soup will make it as creamy as if you used heavy cream?  Blending cashews and other nuts and seeds to add to dips, salad dressings and soups is just one great tip you’ll find in recipe books like the ones below:

 

It’s a whole lot easier than you might think to switch your meals to using more organic vegan food.  There are lots of ways to transition.  You can start with one meal a day, then two, then all three.  You can switch to being a ‘weekday vegan’ and only eat meat and dairy on weekends.  You can eat vegan every day for breakfast and lunch and then make a choice for dinner whether you want to include meat.  Any way that you start to transition toward eating more organic vegan food will be a benefit to your body.  Don’t worry about being perfect, just do better and better every day.  Your body will thank you for it!

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