The Beginner's Guide to a Plant-Based Diet

There are a lot of reasons to consider adopting a mostly (or entirely) plant-based diet. First, there are the healthy lifestyle considerations, like wanting to feel cleaner and lighter by eating fresh, whole foods. Maybe you're thinking of it as a temporary or longer-term detox from processed options. For some, the decision might be a moral one, either on behalf of animals or our world at large. And for others, it might have something to do with Beyoncé’s much-publicized three-week vegan challenge. But changing your diet—especially if you’ve eaten one way your whole life—can feel incredibly overwhelming. 

To help demystify the process, we reached out to the duo behind Sakara Life, the popular plant-based meal delivery service that's a favorite of models like Lily Aldridge and Karolina Kurkova. The company’s founders, Whitney Tingle and Danielle Duboise, focus on principles of balance—that means no rigid rules and, instead, a focus on simplicity.

As plant-based eaters themselves and with a company created around helping total novices adopt plant-based diets, Tingle and Duboise have a wealth of wisdom on how beginners can transition to a plant-based diet. Keep scrolling for their easily digestible (pun intended) advice!