Do you have questions? Well, guess what! I have got answers. Hopefully, they’re the right ones.
What is plant-strong, plant-based, plant-passionate?
No matter what you call it, my approach is not about perfection. It’s not all-or-nothing. You decide what makes you feel like your best self, and you work within those parameters.
In my experience, adopting a plant-based diet helped me to lose weight, eliminate anxiety, reduce stress, improve my quality of life, increase energy, and reconnect with my body in a way I never could have imagined. All while eating some of the most delicious food of my life.
It may sound crazy, but your body really WANTS to heal itself. Plants help it to do that.
What exactly is vegan? What do you eat?
Now, let’s talk about what vegans do eat.
Vegetables, fruits, roots, herbs, spices, nuts, seeds, grains, legumes, and more. Think luscious salads, gorgeous tarts, extraordinary stews, unbelievable soups, mind-blowing pasta, delectable smoothies, unforgettable desserts…and so much more.
Your palate is only limited by your imagination.
Don’t I need animal products to get the protein and nutrients that I need?
That said, you can get plenty of protein from a plant-based diet. From nuts and seeds to legumes and soy, even plants like spinach, each of these sources provide protein that will keep your body fueled and healthy. The Standard American Diet (SAD) focuses too heavily on protein, and not enough on nutrient-rich foods. Sadly, this results in a highly acidic diet that fosters disease and inflammation.
Not entirely convinced? A growing number of pro athletes (Carl Lewis, Mac Danzig, Kara Lang, Tony Fiametta, and many more) are leveraging the power of plant-based, vegan diets to achieve optimal health. With the proper guidance, you can too.
Do I have to go 100% vegan?
Of course, a whole-foods-based vegan diet is optimal for your health and the planet, but you need to decide what you feel comfortable with.
Yes, my meal plans are vegan based recipes. But, you are free to make substitutions and changes that fit your personal goals and comfort level.
How about this? Give yourself permission to experiment with a week or two of vegan eating. Just try it on and see how it feels. You might be surprised (like I was) at how delicious and easy it is, especially with my meal plans to help guide you.
I love cheese. Can vegan work for me?
Do I miss it? Eh. Very rarely. And now that I know how amazing I feel without consuming cheese on a regular basis, it’s just not worth the lethargy and inflammation.
Plus, I have some killer cheese substitutes, so I can still indulge in some of my favorite dishes.
Pizza? Not a problem. Cream cheese? Nailed it. Alfredo sauce? Knock-your-socks-off options.
The same goes for eggs and dairy. I can show you how to make a mean vegan quiche that would make a perfect brunch centerpiece.
Get creative, experiment, be patient and kind with yourself, and see how you feel when you do and when you don’t eat cheese.
How difficult are the recipes?
Most of the recipes you’ll get in the meal plan take about 30 minutes. Some will take a tad longer, but it’s usually inactive time like baking or simmering (perfect for catching up on a TV show or getting a few things done around the house).
Any recipe that requires a specific technique will be clearly and thoroughly explained. But, I am not trying to turn you into a Top Chef contestant, so almost all of the tasks are things like measuring, chopping, stirring, or blending. Easy, right?
Will I need a ton of expensive ingredients that I’ll only use once?
Plus, these yummy plant-based recipes act like medicine in your body. So even when you are stocking up on vegetables, fruits, nuts, legumes, and seasoning, just remember that it’s a powerful investment in a stronger, healthier you.
And about those one-use ingredients…
I really hate it when I buy a random ingredient for a new recipe and then the remainder just hides in the back of my cabinet, taking up space, and wasting my money.
Since that’s a personal pet peeve, I promise you that any ingredient you buy for my meal plans will be used in fun, creative ways that help you get the most bang for your buck.
Psst. Don’t forget to download the Crispy Sage Pantry Planner, too. It’s the perfect way to ensure you always have the essentials on hand for throwing together a vegan meal.
I’m gluten or soy intolerant. Will the meal plans work for me?
For recipes that do contain gluten or soy, I work hard to offer substitutions and alternatives that will make the recipe work for as many dietary variations as possible.