Confessions of a plant-based novice (plus, FAQs)

A guide to why anyone can live a more intentional, plant-based lifestyle and fully enjoy it. Even as an African or Caribbean.

abiola
abiola
Jul 15, 2018 · 11 min read

Giving up meat has never been part of my life-plan.

All I wanted was to just enjoy life. And how could you enjoy without meat and cheese?

What you can expect in this mega-guide:

Happy reading, happy eating and don’t forget to leave your questions/thoughts in the comments!

1. Lesson one: always ‘start with why’

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This is my why : holistic healing from the inside out, it’s about health.

Contrary to popular belief, eczema is caused by dry skin. #knowyourwhy

You don’t need all the answers to get started.

It’s definitely not about weight-loss and it’s not a trend.

2. Yes, there are health benefits

Three months in, I can definitely see the change.

One of our earliest vegan, gluten-free dinners via my Instagram

The journey to holistic healing is a process.

There have also been some residual benefits — less bloating than I’ve ever experienced in my life, clearer skin and much more functional digestive system.

3. …and no, you don’t have to follow all the rules

One barrier that stops people from trying something new is that they think they have to get it 100% right.

Your health is worth the effort, it’s worth giving it a shot. Just be true to your ‘why’.

Michael Pollan and Oprah on Super Soul Sunday

4. The biggest benefit isn’t physical.

Food is more than ‘just food’

Pursue the good life, and don’t be hard on yourself.

Everything in moderation, including moderation — Oscar Wilde

And now for the lightning round⚡ ️some frequently asked questions:

Gluten-free, dairy free banana and ‘nutella’ waffles at London’s Farmacy restaurant (beware of crazy queues). Photo by me.

FAQ — So, what do you eat? What would you suggest for beginners?

FAQ — I heard you’re doing ‘more than’ plant-based. What’s that about?

That means, no quorn, ‘vegan’ chicken nuggets, burgers or meat replacements as they’re mostly made of soy .

FAQ — I like African/Caribbean food, so it’s impossible to be plant-based

Homemade plantain and okra porridge via my Instagram

FAQ — I want to try it, but it’s too hard 😫 and I don’t have any time!

FAQ — It’s too expensive and I’m on a budget

If you plan your meals out in advance, you can make the most of the same ingredients with minimal wastage.

FAQ — There’s way too much research I need to do for this, I can’t!

1. Eat as little processed food as possible and;

2. Trying to eat a good variety of plants which are high in the basics: protein, iron etc. Let’s keep it simple.

FAQ — Ok, maybe I’ll give it a try, how can I learn more about this #plantbasedjourney?🤓

If you’ve got any other recommendations, leave them in the comments below!

FAQ — Were there any faith-based reasons why you started?

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Then God said, “Look! I have given you every seed-bearing plant throughout the earth and all the fruit trees for your food. “— Genesis 1:29

Good luck, happy eating and thank you for reading!If you have more questions feel free to tweet me.


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