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How to Start One Meal a Day

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Starting new habits and changing your relationship to food can sometimes feel like you bit off more than you can chew, so to speak, right? We totally get it.

Whether you want to dip in a baby toe and try plant-based food or you’re ready swear off meat and dairy forever, OMD is here to hold your hand.

“Progress, not perfection” is our motto, and in the spirit of being kind to yourself, we’ve put together resources to help support you on your journey– one meal at a time.

5 Easy Steps.

Plant-curious? Not sure how to start? We have you covered! Head on over to our 5 Easy Steps page to learn how to turn a new leaf. Hint: it’s as simple as:

1 Getting Informed

Read up or listen to some podcasts to discover the “why” of plant-based eating

2 Getting Inspired

Head on over to YouTube or to your favorite blogger to dream up your next creation

3 Getting Ready

Ok, so now you might have some ideas, but you may feel like you need more instruction. OMD is here for you! Our plant-based Starter Guidepantry list and 7-Day Meal Planner will help you get there.

4 Going Shopping

You have your list made and you’re primed for change, so now it’s time to hit your local grocer or farmers market to stock up on all the ingredients and staples you’ll need!

5 Getting Creative

Here’s the fun part–– sharing your experience! Once you’ve cooked up your plant-based treats, snap a pic and post it to Instagram or any other socials with the #omd4theplanet to be featured on OMD’s pages. We think change is more fun when done in community.

Benefits: Why Eat More Plants?

We’re living in an age where chronic illnesses and obesity are the norm. It doesn’t have to be that way, though. Did you know that there is an average of one coronary disease-related death per 40 seconds in the United States? While the facts might make you want to check your cholesterol, there is a solution–– starting with One Meal a Day.

Or maybe you’re looking to leave meat and dairy off your plate for the planet. We’re here for you, too! Sadly, land used for animal agriculture is still the leading cause of mass extinction of wildlife. Raising animals for meat and dairy also contributes more greenhouse gas emissions than all airplanes, trains, cars and trucks in the world, fueling climate change’s chaotic path.

While the reality of our choices can make you feel like grabbing a pint of ice cream and curling up in bed, we’re here to assure you can not only still have your (plant-based) ice cream, but there’s hope when we choose to eat at least one plant-based meal a day.

Whether you’re looking to make a change to improve your health, lose a couple pounds or if you’re concerned about the future of our planet, OMD is for you.

Common Challenges

Food carries deep meaning. It’s the common thread connecting all our stories no matter where we’re from. It’s what reminds us of Grandma’s cooking, or that special angel food cake mom made for our birthday every year.

That’s why OMD is here to support you through the common challenges people face when they try eat more plant-based foods. Whether it’s how to mindfully decline meat at a holiday, introduce plant-based entrees to family, how to find menu options, how to eat healthy on the cheap and so much more, we got you. To learn more, check out our Common Challenges page.

Success Stories

What motivates you when you’re ready to make a change in your life?

For us, it always helps to find strength in community. When cravings kick in, or you’re feeling a case of ennui, being uplifted by others’ inspiring health victories or even more subtle wins– like finally figuring out what the heck jackfruit is– can help. Who knows, maybe you’ll find a new curiosity to try something new, or maybe soften and release yourself from having to be “perfect” after learning from other people’s struggles and successes.

Looking for more? We’ll be adding our favorite OMD Success Stories for a dose of plant-powered inspiration. Check back soon!