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Vegetable-Centric and Flipping the Ratio

Herbivore, omnivore, pescetarian, vegetarian, vegan—there are so many labels and hats out there in the “eat more vegetables” world. I prefer the term “vegetable-centric,” because if we focus on that, it puts our mind at ease and we don’t have to worry about what we are NOT eating and we can focus on what we ARE eating. I don’t know about you, but I’m not so good with feeling deprived.

veggie-centric and packed with protein

vegetable-centric and packed with protein

FLIPPING THE RATIO:

HOW to make the transition to a vegetable-centric way of life smooth and simple is actually easier than you think. The WHY part of the equation is endless. Weight loss is normally immediate as is increased energy, but the health benefits are enormous. Eating fewer animals helps us avoid chronic disease, mercury issues, heart issues and in general, is easier on your digestion.

I often use the analogy of a dog fence. Let’s say you want to train your dog not to jump the fence, so you put him in a small cage. But every time you let him out of the cage, he jumps the fence. The reason being, the dog needs to jump and play. The same goes with us. If we give ourselves more room and wider parameters, we are less likely to go crazy and eat all the wrong things. Set your intentions for your transition and set them wisely. Widen your parameters, make your fence bigger and then slowly make it smaller. Very slowly. Let’s say you are a twice-a-week meat eater. You start to cut that back and it’s meat once a week, and so on, adding more vegetables as you cut down on the meat. The main principle to keep in mind is to FLIP THE RATIO. When you begin to transition, keep an eye on your plate and keep the ratio on your plate higher for plants than animal proteins—the animal proteins then become the side dish.

Some other tips to keep in mind:

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