I just started The Kind Diet and would love to start transitioning into this lifestyle. I rarely eat meat as is (more from laziness since I'm not a great cook but after reading, i am happy that because that laziness has prevented a lot of upset both emotional and physical!). However, I'm not sure how to transition from dairy and sugar. Also, I most want to make sure I'm getting all the nutrients I need because I live an active life (who doesn't?!)
How did you transition? What were the staples you bought? I look at my fridge and think I can't make any dishes from what's there. It would be a huge help to know what baby steps you took and the important purchases you made! Thank you so much! :)
Well... I had gone back and forth about dairy for a long time but when I cut it out... I lost weight and feel SO MUCH better and less bloated. I use Silk Soy Creamer for my coffee, I blend frozen bananas for my ice cream (this work sosososos good, you must try it!) but if I really need sweet there are lots of vegan ice cream options. I hated ALL soy yogurts until recently.... try the So Good Coconut Milk ones... much better. As far and subbing vegan sour cream and vegan cheese... eh. They are really processed (the soy creamer is too but I love my cup of moring coffee) and not that good. So... I just kinda cut those out. After a bit, I promise you won't miss them very much and, in fact, cheese starts to smell pretty gross. On the sugar front... sub Agave and Maple syrup as much as possible.
Cheese was HARD for me to kick. I never was really a dairy milk drinker (I always preferred rick or coconut milk, if anything) but cheese threw me for a loop. But, I found that when I really stuck to avoiding it after a few weeks I really didn't miss it.
Dairy free cheeses helped a little in that transition (I really like Teese but I'm sure others can recommend some they like) but be sure to avoid "cheeses" with caesin in it as it is a milk product and found in a lot of soy cheeses. Also, the vegan sour creams and cheeses have tons of chemicals and after a while I found I really didn't even want the vegan stuff.
It was all about progressing slowly. As I committed more to the lifestyle I found that what I wanted and needed changed as I was actually listening to my body instead of running on autopilot.
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