How to Eat Plant-Powered (even if you’re not vegan)

How to Eat Plant-Powered (even if you’re not vegan)

I use the phrase plant-powered so much that I thought it was about time to define it!

In this article I’ll break down a plant-powered diet and why it’s an incredible way to fuel yourself and your business. I’ll also give you a peek into what my own plant-powered diet looks like and the types of foods I include in personalized meal plans I design for clients. Plus if you’re not vegetarian or vegan, I’ll share how you can still eat a plant-powered diet and get the benefits.

What is a plant powered diet?

My definition of plant-powered is a vegetable-centric diet based on whole plant foods. This means fruits, veggies, beans, grains, nuts and seeds. If you’ve ever seen my Instagram account, you’ve got a good idea of what this looks like (if not, come follow me for ideas!).

First, let’s clear up a common misconception…

What if I’m not vegetarian or vegan?

Doesn’t matter – there are varying levels of being plant-powered, and I want you to choose what works best for you right now in your life.

I’m not going to advise you to go 100% – that’s your own decision between you and yourself. I’m vegan for ethical and environmental reasons, and that’s also my own choice. I don’t give anyone all or nothing ultimatums for their health because I believe in balance not perfection.

If you’re an omnivore, you can still make your diet plant-powered (and see how it affects your energy level, positivity, and productivity). Here are a few ways:

  1. Use animal products as condiments rather than the main dish
  2. Incorporate entirely plant-based days into your week – aka meatless Mondays (use my recipes to help)
  3. Have me design you a personalized meal plan as a guide for a plant-powered week & learn how to incorporate it into your lifestyle and current diet 😉

Why eating plant-powered fuels your business

Energy and nourishment

Eating a whole foods, plant-based diet rich in veggies is like running cars on electricity. It’s clean fuel for your body for a steady hum of power and a shot of energy, clarity, and focus. Bonus: the energy produced is light, doesn’t weigh you down when you need to get sh*t done.

Vegetables, fruits, and the gluten-free grains I recommend are also alkaline-forming, beneficial for balancing out the acidity of animal foods or processed foods in your diet.

Plant foods, especially vegetables, are nutrient dense, meaning you get more bang for your caloric buck. They are also full of water and fiber so you fill the volume of your stomach and feel satisfied when eating them.

The happy diet

Furthermore, studies have found a positive correlation between happiness & mental health and the amount of fruit and vegetables consumed daily. In one study, the most optimistic participants had the highest blood levels of carotene, an antioxidant found in colorful fruits and vegetables (source).

Eating a plant-powered diet (vegan or not) full of nutrient-dense whole foods will help level your moods out, keep your blood sugar from spiking and crashing, and clear up your thinking.

How to make a plant-based diet powerful

I’m going to share with you a couple guidelines I follow in my own ideal diet and when creating meal plans for clients. That being said, focus on what you’re adding in, not so much on what you’re removing, and remember that it’s about balance not perfection!

  • At every meal, it’s my goal to include veggies.

    For breakfast, this usually takes the form of a green smoothie, but a weekend brunch might be my spiced pumpkin amaranth with a side of steamed collards. (Grab an entire week of 3-minute plant-powered breakfasts here for free.)

    For snacks, I sometimes follow this guideline and dip veggie sticks in hummus or, at the very least I eat fruit (usually an apple).

  • I limit plant foods that are harder on digestion.

    I generally design my meal plans to be gluten and soy-free. Since I know we all run better on clean fuel, I also keep them sugar-free with sweetness coming from all-natural fruit. And I steer clear of processed foods and flour products.

  • See what an entire plant-powered day of meals might look like here.

All the plant-powered advice I provide on this website is geared to make meal prep feel simple and help you feel ease in the kitchen. If you have any specific challenges, comment below and let me know so I can make sure I’m sharing guidance to help YOU. And chances are, someone else has the same question!

And if you’re interested in me creating YOU a personalized Plant-Powered Meal Plan to support your unique business and lifestyle, click here.

Now it’s your turn.

How are you going to incorporate plant-powered eating into your current diet?

Go ahead and share it in the comments because I want to know!

Warmth and joy,

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I help female entrepreneurs balance health and hustle. As an Architect turned Plant Scientist turned Healthy Living Strategist, I offer straightforward guidance for making healthy living part of your business plan.   

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