If you're Indian, it's easiest to go plant-based. Here's how.
Transitioning to Plant-Based lifestyle is a big decision to make. Some people go cold turkey (pun not intended), and some take a while to take the plunge. There is no fixed timeline for this. Change is good. Progress is good, and we're here to help!
A plant-based diet can have a positive impact on your health, our climate, and help vote for a world where we live true to our ethics. It may seem daunting to switch your dietary preferences. We just want you to know that if it is not so easy for you now, it will get easier. Here’s how:
Idly, Vada, Sambar, Chutney, Masala Dosa, Appam with vegetable stew, Puttu, Paranthas, Chapati, Poha/Avalakki are just a few of the numerous Indian breakfasts you can relish. Chinese/ Asian cuisine offers authentic noodles, fried rice, tofu, Manchurian, and more. A Thali (except the curd) is definitely a go-to option.
There are numerous recipes for homemade plant-based dairy products that you can find with just a click of a button. If you do not have the time, you can always find affordable alternatives from a variety of brands. Be it mylk for your cereal bowl or cheese for your pizza, everything is available out there! Prices may be initially high, but let’s get together, increase demand for plant based products to tweak the supply-demand charts.
If you are out with a bunch of friends and want to order plant based food, skim through the Vegetarian section of the menu and customise it! You could maybe skip the cheese on nachos and add more salsa. You could request for no ghee to be added to your food and skip curd/ raita. Talking about your preferences works!
One of the best parts about switching to a plant-based lifestyle is that you start to look at the world around you with a lens of rationality, and that means so many new things become available to you to explore. There are numerous easy and tasty recipes out there that also allow you to have a good relationship with your body. Cashews, almonds, oats, and other ingredients can be a great way to experience dairy-like textures and tastes. Mushrooms, jackfruit, soya chunks, tofu, etc can give you a meaty texture. Cakes and cookies can be made with very similar recipes by replacing dairy products with easily available or homemade alternatives.
If you’re the only one who is plant-based in your circle, it may feel isolating sometimes. You can build relationships by talking about why you decided to take the plunge and encourage your friends and family to try. You can start a tradition of get-togethers where everyone can come together to savour plant-based dishes (they are NOT ALL healthy!) Bond over food and find new friends with similar interests!
This is a win-win situation. There is research that establishes a correlation between eating more plant-based and good health. An increasing number of doctors and nutritionists recommend eating more plant-based for a positive impact on cholesterol levels, heart risks, and living a healthier life. A carb-heavy plant-based burger or pizza can certainly be savoured, but balance is the key.