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“It’s not that you’ll never touch a piece of pizza again,” says Stillman. “But have a gigantic salad first. The idea is to get more filled up on the foods that are truly nutritive.”
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Will a diet that consists primarily of fruits and veggies provide all the nutrients you need long term? Yes, says Lanou, provided that you also include nuts, seeds, legumes, and a supplement or fortified foods rich in vitamin B12. “There shouldn’t be any problem getting sufficient protein if a person is getting enough calories from whole plant foods,” she says. As for calcium, most dark leafy greens (for example kale, chard, dandelion) have about the same amount of absorbable calcium per serving as a cup of cow’s milk. There’s also plenty of fiber in fruits and veggies, not to mention carbohydrates, phytonutrients, and antioxidants.
Rosenberg enrolled in the Eat Green Challenge, an online program started by clinical Ayurvedic specialist Cate Stillman and yoga instructor Desiree Rumbaugh to help friends in the yoga community shift to a plant-based diet. “I don’t like making rules for myself around food,” says Rosenberg, “but the Eat Green Challenge seemed tailored to each person-you just did your best and noticed how foods made you feel.”
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Stillman suggests slowly reintroducing fat to your diet until it makes up about 10 percent of what you’re eating. “Many yogis will naturally stabilize here,” she says. Adding more may cause congestion and bloating. Choose healthful plant-based fats, she says: avocados, olive oil, nuts, seeds and almond milk.