Additional tips for success in In Plant-Based Eating:
What if I am invited to someone’s place for dinner?
Well, if you are a flexitarian, that shouldn’t be an issue since you have allowed some flexibility in your nutrition plan for situations like this. If you are a vegetarian or pescatarian, there is usually an option on the table, unless the person is making a meat lasagna, that would be difficult to opt-out.
In all cases, you might be able to prevent some uncomfortable situations and set you up for success by simply asking your host if you can bring a salad and if that tactic doesn’t work, be honest. Compassion and honesty are the best policy!
That could also be an opportunity for you to share why you have chosen this goal. Caution, don’t be a preacher; no one likes to hear that what they are doing is wrong and what the other one is doing is better.
What if I am going out for a meal?
Be prepared! Always look at the restaurant menu before choosing where you will eat. While plant-based meal options are more prominent than ever, it isn’t always on the menu. If you forget to look at the menu in advance and end up in a place where you have no options, choose a garden salad or ask for a menu item without the meat.
What if I eat meat by mistake?
As a plant-based eater, it might happen that you realize there is chicken in your wrap or beef in your salad. No big deal, you’ve eaten meat before. On the other hand, if you are going for the vegan option, you will need to do some research on what ingredients are vegan.
Condiments like mayonnaise, Worcestershire or horseradish sauce may contain animal products. Make sure that you are well informed about products that are vegan-friendly.
Are potato chips plant-based eating?
Yes, potato chips are technically a plant-based food but beware of junk food! It’s a highly processed food that often contains a large amount of sodium.
If you stick to the recommendations of the daily intake of 2300 mg of sodium and 50 mg of sugar, you will quickly realize that eating junk food is unsustainable since a bag of chips (party size) contains about 2550 mg of sodium and 15 g of sugar. A 4 oz chocolate bar can contain 80 mg of sodium and 56 g of sugar. Add a can of regular soda (or pop) to the mix and you now have an additional 30 mg of sodium and 41 g of sugar.