November is around the corner and it is a great time to ramp up your immune system while preparing for the holiday season, when we tend to indulge a little too much.
This plant-based challenge is for those of you who have been thinking about going plant-based but don’t want to make the leap to vegetarian all in one go. It is a way to ease into a lifestyle change. And, this doesn’t mean you will be vegetarian in the end, nor will it mean you have to make a commitment to be.
Some reasons to include a plant-based meal every day are:
- mindful eating
- more vitamins and minerals
- less processed foods
- less sugar and additives
- support local farmers
- weight management
- heart health
- more fibre for optimal digestion and elimination
- hormone balance
- balance skin issues
- ethical and environmental reasons
The challenge is to eat 1 plant-based meal each day. Be sure to still include plant-based protein in place of animal protein. This could look like:
- whole grains
- beans and legumes
- fresh vegetables
- leafy greens
- hemp hearts
- nutritional yeast
- chia seeds
- nuts and seeds
It is best to combine a few of these listed to make a more complete protein. Eating just one will not provide you with the amino acids you need to function. So, eat a variety of plants to get all the benefits!
What you will avoid during your plant-based meal is:
- animal meat
- cow’s or goat’s milk
- chicken or beef broth
To join us, follow us on Instagram or Facebook, snap a pick EVERY DAY of your 1 plant-based meal, upload it to either social media account, and tag us #nextbitenovember. Why? Because you need to be accountable to yourself and I want to see what you are eating. Each participant who posts a photo daily will be entered to win a tin of our 100% natural Blooming Rose Face + Body Balm. We have 5 to give away!
Joining the challenge is a way to encourage health, recipe share, inspire different meals and ideas, support each other and make slight lifestyle and dietary changes that have huge impacts on your health and our environment.
In good health,
Jen Casey, Next Bite Nutrition Coach