The 4 Pillars to Thriving on a Plant-Based Diet

The 4 Pillars to Thriving on a Plant-Based Diet

There are 4 pillars to thriving on a plant-based diet. These four pillars must all work in harmony together, or the diet will fail.

Thriving on a plant-based diet is no easy feat. It requires much more than simply the desire to eat this way. Thriving, not just surviving, on a plant-based diet requires preparation, hard work, and dedication. 

I so wish that weren’t the case, but it is.

So why isn’t it easy? Why do I recommend this way of eating if it doesn’t fall into our laps and our lifestyles “naturally”? 

Our whole society is geared against thriving on a plant-based diet. Everything pushes us away from making healthy food choices. It’s like a constant wind pushing us in the opposite direction of where we want to go.

Put simply, the struggle is real!

But despite all of that, I never wonder for a second if it’s worth it. There’s really no question. Science clearly shows us that it absolutely is. 

This image shows a woman sitting on a couch looking happy and healthy eating something green; she's thriving on a plant-based diet.

In my experience, there are 4 pillars to thriving on a plant-based diet.

These four pillars must all work in harmony together, or the diet will fail. Without any one of them, mastering a plant-based eating pattern to the extent that you can actually thrive becomes infinitely harder, if not downright impossible.

The first pillar to thriving on a plant-based diet is shifting your mindset.

You need to properly prepare yourself in a systematic way to transition your diet. It shouldn’t be done all at once or overnight. 

In addition, part of preparing properly is assessing your current diet. You must establish a starting point before you start the transition so you have an anchor to compare to as you progress.

The second pillar is honing practical cooking skills.

You can’t thrive on a plant-based diet if you don’t know how to cook, it’s simply not feasible. To thrive, you must learn the fundamentals of plant-based cooking.

Start by stocking your kitchen – pantry, fridge, freezer, spice cabinet – with plant-based staples. You don’t want to get rid of all the animal products in your kitchen and feel like you have nothing to cook. That starts your transition from a place of lack and restriction, not something we want!

Then, practice practice practice. Improve your knife skills, try new recipes, and make a point to cook at home more often.

This image shows an example meal of what one might eat to thrive on a plant-based diet. It shows a baking pan with roasted veggies, corn tortillas, and a white sauce on a spoon.

The third pillar is gaining basic nutrition knowledge.

If you learn the basics of plant-based nutrition, you’ll be able to nourish yourself confidently and cook nutritionally balanced meals.

Part of nourishing yourself well will also be researching and developing a supplement routine that supports your plant-based diet.

And finally, the fourth pillar to thriving on a plant-based diet is implementing your new diet slowly.

You want to get a handle on your daily nutrition needs first, then do your best to meet those needs daily. This is a process, it doesn’t happen all at once.

Then, to really thrive long term, make your diet work for you by adapting everything you learn to your own lifestyle–preferences, tastes, and goals. Thriving on a plant-based diet should support you in living your best life; your best life shouldn’t all be used up by the effort it takes to survive on a plant-based diet. 

If you work on these four pillars, either in tandem or sequentially, you will build a diet that not only works for you but keeps you healthy and thriving for years to come. 

With a little work, your diet can become a source of joy.

This image shows a woman following a plant-based diet eating something green with a spoon.

Meet Fiona

Meet Fiona

Hi, I'm Fiona

Founder of Plants So Good.

I love to help people eat more plants in a delicious and satisfying way, feel amazing, and live a life in which they can truly thrive!

Plants So Good is where I combine my passion for helping people with my education in plant-based cooking and holistic nutrition to bring you personalized cooking classes, special event catering, and one-on-one nutrition coaching.

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