About 3 years ago I took the plunge into eating plant-based. After 30 years as a meat-eater, I took it upon myself to learn how to become the best version of me. It started with the thought of simply trying to switch to a more nutritious diet. I started reading up on what is good to eat and what should we eat and following numerous consultation with dietitians and my GP, I decided to slowly switch to a plant-based diet.
Coming from a family of big meat-eaters. It wasn't an easy transition because there are so many delicious meats out there and the body does crave those naughty treats sometimes. Especially at family gatherings where all of your family are wondering why you're not after so many years of eating meat with them.
But the sacrifice does become worth it once you start to change your mindset in thinking of rather than how the food tasted in comparison to how eating food made you feel. 🤔
For me, certainly, the mindful soul searching on how the food made me feel was the biggest motivator on sticking to a vegetarian diet. If you are an omnivore or if you have been one, you probably know about the gratification of that moment when a hungry version of you take the first bite in a delicious melting cheeseburger. 😋
As a new vegetarian, those were somethings I used to miss but as my body got more attuned to experimenting diverse range of plant-based foods, quickly I found there are myriad of option out there which will make me not having to sacrifice my delicious memories, rather by exploring plant-based option I get to top up my meal with a huge gratification & good feelings on what I am putting into my body.
Now when I look at a big delicious salad with Puy lentils and salt and pepper croutons and garnish with a side of beetroot hummus. I feel energized and invigorated not only on the next few moments of gratification that I receive from the taste but the knowledge that after I've eaten this food I'll be full of essential nutrients, protein, fiber & energy to really go for it.
Rather than just feeling a few moments of pleasure on the mouth and then that bloated feeling that you get after you've had food that's really not serving you and not maximizing your energy.
Once I made up my mind, on sticking to a plant-based diet, it didn't take me long to realise that being plant-based is more than just thinking about the food we eat. Well, it does start with the daily food choices and then the mindset of being plant-based makes you think about the bigger picture such as environment and sustainability, it makes you more compassionate about animal cruelty and makes you feel more attuned to your surroundings and certainly helps you harness mindfulness. 🧘♂️
Shan Sumar is the founder & designer of MyCopperCup.