Feeling Stuck in Your Plant-Based Journey? Try These Tips.
Sometimes we all feel a little “stuck.” Maybe a wardrobe rut, or perhaps it’s frustration with your current career path. Here at Engine 2, we sometimes hear about folks who are feeling a little stuck on their plant-strong journeys. Maybe they’ve hit a weight loss plateau despite not yet being at their goal weight. Or maybe they’ve fallen into the habit of enjoying the same recipes week after week and are ready to try something new.
Never fear – Engine 2 is here! Wherever you are on your plant-strong journey, these tips can help you feel unstuck if you’ve hit a roadblock and are looking for some inspiration:
GET MOVING. If getting to a healthy weight is one of your primary health goals right now and you’ve hit a plateau, take a look at the calorie density of the foods you’re eating. If you’re loading up on high density foods, it could be impacting your weight loss (check out the fourth pillar in The Engine 2 Seven-Day Rescue Diet). One other way to jumpstart your weight loss (and feel GREAT): Get moving! If you’re new to exercise, start with a short walk around the block every day to get your heart pumping. If you’re already active, try a new, fun activity to supercharge your body (and your mind!). Don’t be afraid to think outside the box. Maybe you want to sign up for a 5k (like our virtual 5k!), ride on a local bike path, or start commuting to work on your bike. These are great ideas! But there are other ways to spice up your activity level – throw around a frisbee or ball, dig out the old wiffle ball and bat and play with your neighbors, your spouse or your children, head to the park and hop on a swing. Exercise should always be fun – movement is always a good thing, so don’t feel like you have to subscribe to a formal form of “exercise” – just get moving!
TRY NEW PLANTS.
We all have our favorite foods, but there are thousands of incredible whole, plant foods – it’s probably pretty likely you haven’t tried them all (yet!). Next time you’re at the grocery store, spend a little extra time in the produce section. Pick up some fruits and veggies that are new to you – and take advantage of the team members in the produce department. They are often pretty knowledgeable about how to prepare produce or various flavor profiles.They are also usually happy to let you sample something to see if you like it. When you get home, look online for fun new ways to enjoy your new finds – maybe it’ll be fresh, steamed, or used in a recipe. Who knows – that’s the fun of it!
MAKE NEW PLANT-STRONG FRIENDS.
Although more people than ever are finding that a plant-strong diet changes their health and quality of life, it can still be a bit lonely if your family or friends aren’t sharing in your plant-strong journey. Meeting and making new plant-strong friends can provided excellent support to help you when you hit a roadblock, answer a quick question and provide some meal inspiration (check out the last bullet point for more meal inspiration ideas!). Our Seven-Day Rescue Challenge Facebook group has more than 20,000 people like you who provide amazing support and an incredibly positive atmosphere. Since we launched the group in December 2016, we have heard stories of MANY friendships, both online and off, and have heard wonderful feedback from success stories who found that our support group helped them transform their health. Want to get out of the house to meet new people? Come to an Engine 2 event! Plant-Stock is right around the kale corner in August – we have many people who come solo and leave with new friends. We call it our “plant-strong family reunion” because no one is a stranger at Plant-Stock! (Come join us and become a part of the “family” while making new plant-strong friends!).
MIX UP YOUR MEALS.
Sometimes you can fall into a routine rut when it comes to meals. We all have our favorites, but having the same meals week in and week out can get a bit…old. Next week (or if you’re feeling particularly motivated, tonight!), maybe try a new recipe from your staple of plant-strong cookbooks, try a new Seven-Day Rescue Challenge bowl combination, or if you’re looking for a tool that makes meal planning and grocery shopping super easy, try out our new Engine 2 Meal Planner! It recommends new meals every day based on your preferences, but you can also search through our entire library of 700+ recipes (following either the Seven-Day Rescue Challenge guidelines or the standard Engine 2 diet) for a specific ingredient or cuisine. Mix it up and try as many different recipes as you’d like!
Living a plant-strong life is the best way toward health and happiness in the long run. We’re super glad you’re here! If you’re looking for more inspiration, check out some of our top recipes, find more tips and ideas from our blog or sign up for our newsletter on our homepage to get the latest news from Engine 2.