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Are you thinking about transitioning to a plant-based diet, or have you made the switch recently? Then this collection of articles is for you! Read our tips and secrets, get the true story about the myths, and learn how to navigate tricky situations like dealing with peer pressure and sticking to your plant-based diet when you are away from home.

The 5 Phases of the Plant-Based Journey

A complete transition to a whole food plant-based diet rarely happens overnight. After 10 years of eating plant-based and educating thousands about this topic, I have noticed that there are five stages that people often go through as they move into their plant-based lifestyle. In today’s article, I will define these phases, including what you can expect and how loved ones may react.

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Get to Plant-Based With These 3 Mindset Secrets

The biggest changes in life start with the smallest steps. If you didn’t get where you are overnight, you won’t get where you’re going overnight either. It’s true that making a change – like switching to a whole food, plant-based diet – takes commitment and dedication, but it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Keep these three ideas in mind to make your transition easier and, in the long run, successful.

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9 Tips to Transition Successfully to Plant-Based

Ironically, sometimes it’s harder to adapt to change we want to make in life than the ones that are simply ‘pushed’ on us. Changes we choose—like transitioning to a plant-based diet—can be super challenging. It’s tough leaving behind a lifetime of habits and giving up some of our ‘favorite’ foods. To help you navigate toward a 100% plant-based lifestyle, here are 9 tips to keep you focused and on track.

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How You Can Use the 80/20 Rule for Your Plant-Based Diet

What if we told you that you could achieve 80% of your plant-based diet goals with just 20% of the effort? Does this tempt you? Would you try it? In this article, we explain that you don’t have to go ‘cold turkey’ and be 100% plant-based all at once. Instead, you can use the Pareto Principle to shift 20% of your diet and start seeing 80% of the health results. Learn how here.

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To Reduce or Eliminate…That Is the Question

This is the age-old question… Do we eliminate ‘something bad’ altogether? Go cold turkey. Get rid of something 100%. Or do we cut that ‘bad thing’ out gradually? Reducing the amount every day just a little bit until it goes away altogether? In this article we look at the pros and cons of each method, and I share what worked for me.

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The 5 Biggest Myths About Plant-Based Diets

Many people are hesitant to fully embrace a plant-based diet because they are afraid. They’re afraid they won’t get enough nutrition (particularly protein), it might be too expensive, or they just won’t have time to prepare everything. In this article, we dispel the common myths that may be holding you back from trying out a plant-based lifestyle.

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The “Other People” Factor

One of the questions most frequently asked about ‘going plant-based’ is how to handle what other people think. What should you do when well-intentioned friends and family members start criticizing your plant-based diet? How do you manage a plant-based diet when the rest of the family eats meat? How do you deal with uncomfortable social situations when you can’t eat what is being served? These tips will help you navigate the social landscape as a plant-based eater.

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Peer Pressure: What to Do When Friends and Family Don’t Agree With Your Plant-Based Diet

One of the biggest questions we get is the following: What do I do when my friends and family don’t understand my plant-based lifestyle? How do I react when they question my nutrition? Or tell me that maybe I should just return to the way ‘everyone else’ eats? When it comes to eating a plant-based diet, peer pressure is a very real problem. Here are 10 success strategies for dealing with it.

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On the Road Again

Two of the biggest challenges for whole food, plant-based eaters are sticking to your plant-based lifestyle when you travel and go out to eat. In both situations, you are eating outside of the comfort and safety of your home. First, we want to reassure you that staying true to your plant-based lifestyle ‘outside’ the home is absolutely doable. In this article, we will discuss three specific mental blocks that may hold you back, and how to shift your mindset.

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Rosane Oliveira, DVM, PhD

President & CEO, Plant-Based Life Foundation | Dr. Rosane Oliveira combines a lifelong passion for nutrition with 25 years of genetics research to create programs that help people develop healthy habits on their journey towards a more plant-based lifestyle. She is a Visiting Clinical Professor in Public Health Sciences and was the founding director of the first Integrative Medicine program at the UC Davis School of Medicine. She completed her postgraduate studies in Brazil and did her postdoctoral training in immunogenetics and functional genomics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.