How to Choose the Best Plant-Based Diet

fruits-vegetablesThere are what seems like hundreds of thousands of plant-based diets and deciding which diet is for you is very challenging.

I started my plant-based diet journey in 2008.  During this time, I experimented with eating a raw vegan diet.  It took me a year and a half to realize that the raw vegan diet was not for me.

Realizing that a raw vegan diet was not for me, I decided to eat vegan or plant-based diet.  I felt better adding cooked foods to my diet and I looked better too.  I looked sickly on a raw vegan diet.  I now realize that I was not eating enough food.

I also experimented with following the pH Diet (Dr. Young) and the nutritional recommendations of Dr. Sebi.  These two diets are considered alkaline/anti-inflammatory diets.  I did not stick with either one of these for too long.

I moved on to experimenting with Dr. Furhman’s diet/recommendations and I could not stick with that way of eating.  I had no problems following the diet, but I never felt satisfied after eating.

I discovered that I have issues with strict restrictions.  I need a little bit of wiggle room.

You have a little background on some of the plant-based diets that I have tried and you now know that my journey to eating a plant-based diet has been full of challenges.

The plant-based diets that I thought were the best, were not the best choices for me, but that does not mean that these diets will not work for you.  Everyone is different and each person has to do what works best.

Currently I believe I have found the best plant-based diet, but the jury is still out and I will let you know the verdict in the future.

Tips on How to Choose the Best Plant-Based Diet

  1. Consult your doctor before changing your diet.
  2. Do your research.
  3. Gather as much information as you can about the diet.
  4. Consider the recommendations of experts in the plant-based diet field.
  5. Learn as much as you can about nutrition.
  6. Try the diet that piques your interest.
  7. Keep a journal while following the chosen diet.
  8. Give the diet some time, but if it is not working for you, do not be afraid to quit, even if you are only a few days in.
  9. Do not choose a diet because it is popular, choose it because you believe it will work for you.
  10. Do not think of yourself as a failure if a certain diet does not work for you.  Remember, one diet does not fit all.

Listen to your body, it won’t lead you astray!

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Evelyn Parham started this site in 2010. She enjoys writing, reading, and dabbling in photography and video editing. Learn more about her here.

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  1. Aqiyl Henry says:

    I eat a plant based dit and I am loving the effects it has on me. I am super energized throughout the whole day. I am 45 with the energy of a 25 year old, but the experience of a 45 year old. Great combination.

  2. Trinity says:

    Over a year ago, I eliminated meat from my diet for one day a week. Now, I go without meat about three days per week. When I started this journey, I made every effort to eat more of the “live green” food. I read somewhere that it’s very important to include a variety of fruits and vegetables – the more color, the better. I appreciate all of the information that you share on your blog and your videos. This information has been most helpful. One of the things that I notice about eating more plant-based foods is that I have more energy, I am more alert, and my skin has improved. Also, eating this way, has dramatically LESSENED PMS! Thanks so much for the tips as I continue to go forth in improving my health.

    • Hi Trinity!

      I appreciate you sharing your journey. You are doing well and I encourage you to keep on keeping on, which I know you will.

      There are many benefits to eating more plant-based foods and after doing so, you realize that you can’t go back to the old way.

      Thanks for sharing and chiming in!

      Evelyn

  3. I have found that a vegetarian diet, with occasional salmon, works best for me.

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