No matter what time of the year it is, many of us look toward setting goals, changing behaviors, or picking up a new healthy habit or hobby. If you've tried a plant-based, vegan diet only to find yourself slipping back into old habits. You're not alone, and we're here to help!
Planning ahead is the best way to ensure you stick to your plant-based diet. It's easy to go out and grab a meal when you're hungry. When that happens, it can be hard not to make unhealthy choices. Planning will help you avoid those bad decisions and ensure that if you do need something in a pinch, it will be healthy and something that's beneficial to both your body and mind. Planning ahead is especially helpful for people with busy schedules because they'll have less time available at home or work when they might slip up on their diet. This is where we can step in and help with our meal plan subscriptions. Café Gratitude’s meal plan is designed to give you delicious and filling meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner that support your schedule without any thought or prep.
Be Kind to Yourself
This is part of our ethos at Café Gratitude. Be kind to yourself as well as others. If you slip up, don’t beat yourself up about it. Instead, think of it as an opportunity to learn more about your diet and make changes for the better. For example, if you find that certain foods or behaviors trigger cravings for things that you know are not the best choice, switching to a plant-based diet can alleviate these concerns.
It's okay if your plant-based diet isn't perfect right away—it takes time! Switching to a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle is not always easy, but there are plenty of resources available both online and in person, through the help of our staff at our multiple Café Gratitude locations throughout southern California that can help guide your way through the process.
Get Creative in the Kitchen
Keeping your meals interesting is one of the best ways to stay on track with plant-based eating, so get creative in the kitchen! We make it easy to create meals at home with our Love is Served Cookbook. Now you can bring quality meals to your table with vegan, vegetarian and plant-based options from Café Gratitude’s executive chef.
Have a Variety of Meals
If you only have one recipe for eating, it can become boring and you’ll be more likely to give up and fall back to those old habits and behaviors. But if you have several different recipes, you’ll never get bored with your food choices and will have something different to eat every day. One of the new products we offer is a Juice Cleanse. This will not only add variety, but it will also help you plan ahead and get a kick start on this diet you’ve always wanted to try. We offer 1-day and 3-day cleanses with options of different juices, shots, and smoothies.
Sticking to a plant-based diet is easy with help from Café Gratitude and our vegan meal delivery service. By ordering Café Gratitude's vegan meal plans, we'll make sure that everything arrives at your home ready-to-eat. Then all that's left is sitting down and enjoying some delicious food! Even better, our menu changes weekly for our meal plan service, giving you the full spectrum of what Café Gratitude can bring to your dinner table.
We hope that our tips and tricks can help you on your plant-based journey. If one thing doesn’t work for you then try another one. We think you'll love this new nutritious lifestyle!
Jayne Pinsky, Gracias Madre’s Resident Dietitian, RD