Several months ago I was brainstorming with my business coach, and mentioned my ideas around promoting a plant-based diet. However, her response was not what I had expected. “I don’t really get the whole plant-based thing,” she replied. “Why don’t you reframe it into something else?”

I’m not going to lie, I was a bit discouraged by this. The questions and doubt started running wildly through my mind . . .  do people think that plant-based eating is weird? Hippy-dippy? Or is it just a concept that is misunderstood in the fitness world? Should I really reframe it into something else?

But this week, my hope for the concept of plant-based eating was rejuvenated when I was offered the opportunity to contribute to a plant-based cookbook! Hooray! Quite honestly, I am pumped about this project, and thrilled to connect and collaborate with other nutritionists and healthcare professionals who value the power of eating plants as much as I do!

At this point, you might be wondering, what’s the deal with plant-based eating? How is it different? Why is it special? Or maybe simply, what the hell is it?!

Let me give you an overview of plant-based eating as I see it . . .

A plant-based diet is:

  • actually not “diet” at all, but simply an eating pattern that focuses on eating lots of plants!
  • rich in fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds, legumes, and other plant foods
  • high in vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, and fiber
  • colorful and flavorful
  • incredibly nourishing!

A plant-based diet is not:

  • vegetarian or vegan (unless, of course, you want it to be)
  • based on counting calories or macro-nutrients
  • one size fits all
  • bland and boring
  • going to leave you feeling hungry and unsatisfied

As I mentioned above, a plant-based diet doesn’t mean you never eat animals. It just means the focus is on plants. Instead of a 12oz prime rib and half a scoop of steamed broccoli, it might look like a 4oz portion of grass-fed steak served alongside a sweet potato loaded with sautéed kale, onions, and garlic, and drizzled with grass-fed butter or coconut oil.

As with any eating pattern, it doesn’t have to be drastic, difficult, or restrictive. We can all work on eating a more plant-based diet, simply by being mindful and making the effort to incorporate more and more plants into our meals.

I’d love to hear your thoughts! Does the idea of plant-based eating weird you out? Or have you already embraced a plant-based diet? Let me know what you think in the comments below, or over on my Facebook page. And if you enjoyed this post, please share it with your friends with the buttons below 🙂