Thinking of switching to a plant-based diet?
If you’re eager to give meat-free living a whirl in 2021, a new online course starting in January could help you with the basics.
Run by Dubliner Greg Xavier, founder of Plant-Based Ireland, Plant-Based Basics is a comprehensive guide to switching to a 100% plant-based diet, covering the definitions, tips and common pitfalls with a full guided meal plan and recipes.
“The popularity of veggie-forward diets have increased over the years and this course is also for those already on the path to becoming plant-based or those interested in reducing their meat intake,” said Greg.
“I’ve taken the last ten years of knowledge and experience and condensed it into an easy to follow course with all the nutritional information, recipes, meal plans and tips to maximise nutrient intake. Whether you are an omnivore, vegetarian, flexitarian or plant-based eater – everybody can gain from these sustainable foundations.”
Plant-based versus vegan: What is the difference?
“Veganism completely excludes all animal products. Plant-based is a specific dietary framework adopting a diet that prioritises whole plant foods.” says Greg.
“Plant-based means avoiding processed foods and choosing products that are as close to their natural state as possible; fruit, berries, vegetables, beans, grains and nuts. These products still retain the vitamin, mineral, fibre, water, and phytonutrient content which are the main building blocks of the plant-based diet benefits.”
The course (€99, you can book in here) is entirely self-paced so students can begin at any time and consume the lectures at a speed that is convenient for them. The content can be re-watched as many times as necessary in a 12 month period too so if you need a refresher you can log in any time.