NO Fads.  NO Deprivation.  NO Excuses.

Week #2 (part 1)

Week #2 (part 2)

Week #3 (part 1)

Week #3 (part 2)

 
Checklist

Plant Based & Gluten Free Pantry Staple Checklist

Feeling a little overwhelmed when it comes to what is or isn't Gluten Free or Plant Based?  This reference will whip your pantry into shape in no time!  Conveniently organized to help you navigate your grocery store with ease.

Raising (more) Plant Based & Gluten Free Kids

This FREE book is loaded with tips, tricks, lunchbox ideas and recipes that are sure to please your little ones. 

I share some of my best tips on how I successfully get my own kids to eat more vegetables, along with some of their fast and easy lunchbox favorites.  

7 Steps to Transition With Ease

Want to know how to really make a healthy habit and lifestyle change stick?  Follow these 7 steps and you'll quickly be on the path to better health.

21 Days of Smoothies (Recipe Book)

Never run out of healthy smoothie ideas with this 21 Day Smoothie recipe book.  You whole family will love them!

 

1.

Do I have to be 100% plant based throughout this entire challenge?

This is what sets this challenge apart from so many others.  There is no such thing as failure!  This challenge is all about showing you how easy and delicious it can be to eat more plants on the daily. This challenge will meet you wherever you're at in your health journey.

3.

I'm so busy.  How much time will this require?

Girl, I hear you!  This is a common concern of most moms today, so you're not alone.  You'll be most successful in this challenge if you can carve out just 1 to 2 hours a week to get the bulk of the meal prep done.  This will set you up for the entire week and your meals will come together in minutes! 

5.

We have food allergies.  Does your challenge contain other common food allergens?

In addition to being entirely gluten free (I use brown rice pasta in all the pasta dishes), this challenge is also void of dairy, eggs, peanuts, shellfish, and fish.  And while some dishes contain soy and tree nuts, I supply you with tasty alternatives or substitutions.

7.

What if I don't have a Facebook account?

If you are not on Facebook you can email me at plantbasedexplorer@gmail.com and I will get back to you within 24 hours.  

9.

I'm not a great cook.  How will this work for me?

I've got you covered!  Not only do I give you the printable written version of all the materials, but you will also get video tutorials of ALL the weekly meal preps and almost all the recipes for each week.  It's like having me in your kitchen guiding you along. (social proof)

11.

I'm having some "digestive issues" after the first few days.  What's going on?

First, let me assure you that this is totally normal.  You see, we don't get a lot of fiber when eating the Standard American Diet, so when we switch to eating a fiber-rich plant based diet, your gut can sometimes, well, get a little overactive.  If possible, simply ease up on the beans you're eating and make sure you are drinking LOTS of water!

2.

My husband and kids are meat eaters, they will never eat this!  What would you suggest?

All I can say is you'll never know until you try.  My husband felt the same way, but he LOVED what I was making and some of his favorite meals are plant based now.  It's also important to remember (see #1) that it's not an "all or nothing" program.

4.

What exactly is plant based?  And will I be getting all the protein, calcium and other nutrients I need?

Great question!  Plant based simply means that there are no animal products or animal by-products in any of the meals (i.e. meat, eggs, milk, yogurt, cheese, etc).  I made a video to tackle the biggest concerns and myths about a plant based diet that you can watch HERE

6.

Where would I ask a question if I'm stuck or need some help? 

If you want immediate feedback, the interactive Facebook Group is AMAZING!  It's a secret group only accessible to those in the challenge and it's a great place to stay motivated and excited about your progress.  The more you interact, the more successful you'll be!  So don't be shy...get in there lady!

8.

How many people does this challenge feed? 

The meal plans and shopping lists that you will be provided will feed an average of 3-4 people.  You can easily make the adjustments needed for your family. 

10.

There are a lot of pasta and rice dishes.  What if I'm trying to reduce my carb intake?

This is an easy fix.  For rice, you can simply swap out for cauliflower rice or do a mixture of the two and for the pasta, some of my favorites are spaghetti squash or spiraled zucchini (aka zoodles).

12.

What happens after the 21 days?  Does all this stuff disappear?

Come on girl, would I do that to you?!  You have access to all this information...meal plans, videos, everything, for as long as you want it...like forever!  So no need to worry about it going anywhere.  That being said, I highly encourage you to print out all pdfs and keep them for your records.