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My plant based kitchen

Food staples for a plant based diet

I’ve been eating a more plant based diet for almost a month now. However, there hasn’t been any drastic changes regarding my food habits. Or it depends how you look at it. As being a person that is used to eating almost four eggs per day, halloumi and goats cheese every second day and a chocolate protein bar every now and then… Then of course there’s been some minor changes 😉 At first I thought it would be difficult to be without both egg and goats cheese but it’s funny how quickly your body gets used to a new habit. I think I read some where that it takes approximately 14 days for a person introducing a new habit. I strongly believe it depends on the person – for one person it might take three days whilst for another up to several months. It’s important when changing a habit that you give yourself room to fall back to old habits and not being too harsh on yourself if that happens. These things takes time whether it’s you trying to change your eating habits, workout habits or you simply trying to change your attitude/mindset towards certain things.

The best part of incorporating more fruits and legumes into my diet is that the sugar cravings almost doesn’t exist anymore. Yeah! When you eat clean and base your diet on wholesome foods that are high in nutritional value your body stops craving crap. Easy as that. Ok, I didn’t really eat crap before but I for sure eat way more veggies and healthy carbs nowadays and my body/skin doesn’t cope well with dairy anyway (including goats cheese, halloumi..) so cutting those foods out doesn’t feel like I’m giving up on something.

I try to eat as clean as possible meaning staying away from processed foods. I don’t eat 100 % plant based but aspire to eat as unprocessed as possible. Why? Simply because I wanna see if I notice any positive changes – more energy, better sleep, less sugar and coffee cravings, balanced hormones, a happy stomach, clearer skin etcetera.

After 20 days I must say the sugar craving almost disappeared. I still drink coffee though, but my morning coffee is enough. More energy? Some days yes, I usually wake up with a much clearer mind than before. Still my stomach hasn’t really gotten used to all the fiber -vegetables, greens and beans to almost every meal. Some days it’s really bloated and upset other days it’s calm and happy 😉 Beans and soy products aren’t the best options though and garlic/onion I have to stay away from. By time you learn what foods suit you the best. Although I sometimes feel bloated I still have energy. Compared to feeling bloated (and tired) after having dairy, gluten or sugary foods. It’s probably my body getting used to a higher amount of vegetables, root vegetables, lentils and beans.

This plant based diet also forces me to become more creative in the kitchen. There’s actually a lot of things you can do with a vegetable 🙂

Although I’m enjoying eating a more plant based diet it doesn’t mean that I will stick to it forever. I like spicing things up a little every now and then 😉 On a more serious note I do feel rather great (and happy?!) eating the way I do at the moment. I probably stick to my new wholesome life at least for a while.

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What foods do I have in my kitchen? Here’s a list with a couple of my favourites. Extra yummy =

Veggies / Root veggies

  • Sweet potato ❤
  • Zucchini ❤
  • Eggplant
  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Broccoli
  • Tomatoes & Cucumber
  • Carrot

Fruits & Berries

  • Banana ❤
  • Mango
  • Apple
  • Dates
  • Blueberries/Raspberries/Buckthorn ❤
  • Avocado ❤
  • Oranges

Superfoods/Vitamins

  • Maca
  • Chlorella/Spirulina ❤
  • Acai ❤
  • Raw cacao powder
  • Chia seeds
  • MSM ❤
  • Vitamin-D
  • Vitamin-B
  • Probiotics

Beans & Grains

  • Lentils
  • Brown rice/wild rice/red rice ❤
  • Kidney beans
  • Chick peas
  • Buckwheat pasta/rice pasta
  • Bean pasta
  • Oats ❤

Spices

  • Turmeric ❤
  • Chili
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Himalaya salt
  • Coriander ❤
  • Curry
  • Cinnamon
  • Cardamom

Nuts & Seeds

  • Almonds
  • Pistachios
  • Pecan nuts ❤ (But why so expensive?!)
  • Walnuts
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Melon seeds

Sweet treats

  • Raw cacao ❤
  • Dates ❤
  • Cacao nibs

+ I always have some kind of”milk” in my fridge, such as almond milk, coconut milk, rice milk etcetera.

+ Coconut cream & tahini for cooking (two favourites!)

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