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How to Stay Satisfied Throughout the Day on a Plant-Based Diet


When trying to eliminate animal products from the diet, a person can easily get overwhelmed in no time. Just the thought of going without traditional foods or even having to change their grocery routine is more than a little bit scary. The good news is, leaving animal foods off your plate whenever you can won’t only save you money at the store (if you choose whole foods), but will also make you feel lighter, decrease your risks of several major health issues, and even satisfy your appetite better.


You may be surprised to find just how much a plant-based diet can satisfy your hunger. In fact, many people report having lower blood sugar swings (thanks to the reduction of certain insulin-producing properties in some animal-based foods), along with being less hungry overall. But just ditching animal foods and eating vegan or vegetarian won’t cut it; there are lots of ways you can find yourself hungry on a plant-based diet if you don’t follow some simple guidelines. If you’ve ever heard someone say that they just weren’t satisfied without meat, then quite possibly, it’s time to ask them what they were eating. It’s easy to never feel satisfied if we eat too many processed foods, shortchange our bodies of the calories they need, or eat a diet that’s too low in fat, protein, and whole-food based vitamins, minerals, and sources of fiber.

To prevent yourself from being hungry so you can stay satisfied on a plant-based diet, (whether that’s full or part-time), use these simple tools below.

1. Start With Real Food


Real foods on a plant-based diet include: vegetables, leafy greens, nuts, seeds, beans, non-refined (whole) grains and pseudograins, legumes, and fruits. These foods keep the body satisfied on a cellular level greater than any processed food out there. They’re packed with different nutrients, each one containing minerals like magnesium and chromium that reduce blood sugar levels, along with special amino acids the body can use to reduce hunger signals in the body. Healthy fats from real, whole foods also increase satiety in the brain and on a cellular level.

Here are some tips you can use to transition to a whole foods diet, and why it really matters more than most people realize. Another great way to make sure that you’re getting plenty of whole, plant-based foods is through the Food Monster App, a food app available for both Android and iPhone. You can search by ingredient categories like fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds, legumes, and more so you can always find recipes using your favorite veggies (or get inspired to try ingredients you never thought to use)!

2. Limit Salt and Oil


Salt and oil are not evil, however, too much salt can cause your body to want to eat more than it is really hungry for. Salt ignites the taste buds, which is great to flavor our dishes, but we should learn to adapt to the taste of foods just as they are without shaking salt in, or on top of, all our dishes. High salt intake from has been linked to high blood pressure, and can lead to overeating on unhealthy foods quite easily, never leaving us really satisfied. Oil is also fine to cook with on occasion, but it isn’t a whole food either. Oil also doesn’t really keep us full, nor does it provide the body with much nutrition. It can also lead to digestive strain for some, which may still leave the body craving real, nutrient-dense food after a meal. If you use oil, choose olive or coconut oil, and use a small amount each day, or use whole olives and coconut butter (or just real coconut meat) instead. Instead of excess salt, use herbs and spices, and be sure to choose real salt (or pink salt) when you do use salt versus refined and iodized salts at the store.

3. Fill Up on Plant-Based Proteins


Fruits and vegetables are important, but as wonderful as they are, we can not live off them alone. We need high-quality sources of plant-based proteins to thrive. If you’re avoiding foods such as seeds, nuts, beans, and legumes, you will likely never feel satisfied. While beans may not work for us all, and others may be allergic to nuts, choosing one of these foods for a protein source is important. You can either use them in whole food form, or buy raw or organic protein powders made from these foods to give your body the protein that it needs. You don’t need a lot of protein each day, but you do need some. Protein signals satiety messages to the brain, nourishes the cells, and benefits the metabolism and brain function. If you enjoy tofu and tempeh, those are also popular protein options you can eat too. See how to get enough protein without soy, gluten or dairy here, and see 5 Soy-Free Vegan Foods That Have More Protein Than Beef here if you don’t like tofu or tempeh. We also have a Plant-Based Guide to Protein you can check out too for even more ideas.

4. Be Prepared


Just winging our meals through the day will leave anyone hungry in a hurry! When blood sugar levels drop it leaves a person more prone to grab something in a hurry to steady insulin levels in the body. It’s important to be prepared on a plant-based diet by having some go-to, quick and healthy meals you can eat on a regular basis, along with preparing yourself for a day at the office where you’ll need to be sure to have some healthy options on hand. Keep whole foods like fruit, nuts, and seeds in your desk, work bag or purse, and be sure you have a recipe roll of inexpensive, healthy to-go snacks that are easy to grab and go in just minutes. This will help you stay satisfied and help you take care of your blood sugar too.

5. Eat Meals, Not Just Snacks

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It’s easy to just munch throughout the day, but ultimately, this never really satisfies us like meals do. It’s important to sit down and enjoy at least two meals a day, and try not to just snack our way through the day to get by. If you can, work three whole meals into your day however possible, making sure to get enough calories from healthy foods, and sneak snacks in between your meals if you find yourself still hungry. Whether you eat grain-free, gluten-free, soy-free, raw, or any other type of variation of a plant-based diet, it’s still important to work some well-balanced meals into your day so your body gets what it needs. See our recipes for ideas for all kinds of delicious plant-based options!

Satisfaction is achieved through adequate amounts of fiber, vitamins, minerals, and amino acids from whole, plant-based foods. It really is that simple. Though we might have to tweak a few things along the way to find the foods that work best for us, using the five tips above will help give our bodies premium nutrition throughout the day at regular intervals.

What tips do you have to stay satisfied on a plant-based diet?

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One comment on “How to Stay Satisfied Throughout the Day on a Plant-Based Diet”

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8 Months Ago

Who has time to prepare and cook all of this though. These images look like meals that time a while to make, money, time, energy,,, a lot of poor people are struggling paycheck to paycheck unable to even eat out at cheap fast food places let alone stay healthy. Vegan is such a privileged way

1 Years Ago

I have been eating a whole food plant based diet for about 5 weeks and have lost 10 pounds and 2 inches off of my waist. I have never felt better in my life! I also have my blood sugar under control without ever having to take meds, which was my main goal.I am concerned, however, that although my cravings for the standard American diet are non-existent thankfully, my hunger has been quite ravenous particularly for complex carbs, and fat, these past few days. I have been trying to keep my 3 squares and snack or two as balanced as possible, and eat between 1400-1600 calories per day. I am a woman, so I could chalk it up to monthly hormonal swings but could I be doing something else?

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