How you can (Effectively) Transition your diet plan

 

Tips for a successful transition to a Paleo / HFLC diet

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Tips to support kids transitioning to “normal” after eating disorder treatment: Madi O’Dell’s story

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How to Transition off a Low Carb Diet Successfully

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How to Transition to a Healthier Diet

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How to Set Goals to Successfully Transition to a Plant-Based Diet

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How To Start A Vegan Diet 10 Tips For An Easy Transition

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Transition from S.A.D. to a Low Carb Diet: 3 Life Changing Tips

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10 Tips for Transitioning to a Vegan Diet

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How to Transition off a Low Carb Diet Successfully

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Tips for Transitioning Kids to a Healthy Diet | LilyKoi Hawaii

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How to Transition to a Healthier Diet

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How to Set Goals to Successfully Transition to a Plant-Based Diet

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How To Start A Vegan Diet 10 Tips For An Easy Transition

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How to (Successfully) Transition your Diet Build momentum like Mario. Think back to probably the most famous video game of all time: Super Mario Bros. You start “Diets suck”. Whenever anyone tells me they’re going on a diet, I cringe. A “diet” typically means a temporary change in Don’t go.

Either use freshly squeezed lemons, limes or oranges or certified therapeutic grade essential oils with your water. To wean children off of fruit juices, dilute them with water. Enjoy fresh fruit juices only as an occasional treat and make sure they are organic.f. How to Transition Your Diet Successfully. 30 Day Challenge Mindset:

For those that are more comfortable going ALL IN and able to complete a challenge; a 30-day Step by Step Transition: For those individuals that may need to change A LOT in their diet and lifestyle (processed Transitioning. (If you missed the first 2 phases to successfully transition to a whole foods diet, click here for Phase 1, and click here for Phase 2.) Congratulations!! If you’ve been following along with my steps on how to successfully transition to a whole foods diet, then you’ve made it two-thirds of the way through, and you’re now on the home stretch!Make Small Changes.

Rather cutting out every single little bad food that you ever eat all at once, make some small changes. Identify your 3 worst habits, whether that be not cooking dinner or lunch and relying on takeaway, eating chocolate every afternoon, not drinking enough water, not eating green vegetables, etc. Focus On Adding Higher-Calorie, Nutrient-Dense Foods To Your Diet When it comes to choosing which foods you add back into your diet, favor healthier items. Some people add back in all the junk food they used to eat, which sets bad habits back in place. Make simple changes like adding a large portion of salad or a fresh fruit bowl to your daily meals.

Next, get rid of meat and dairy products you. Increase gradually new food and beverage intakes to your daily diet. According to Healthy Women, you should add small amounts of fresh fruits and vegetables as you transition off your VLCD program. Soften the fresh food in a food processor or blender if you’ve been on a liquid VLCD.

Step 5. 3 Ways of Transitioning to a Vegan Diet 1. Crowding Food Out This means that you don’t focus on what you should stop eating and instead try to add in new 2. The 3-Week Commitment This approach has been popularized by Dr. Neal Barnard of PCRM and works like this: you just 3. Going Cold Tofurky. Go for a fasting duration for as long as you can manage The longer the fast, the deeper the healing.

The first 2-3 days of your fast is just getting into ketosis, and healing doesn’t take place. If anything, it’s a chance for your digestive system to take a rest.

List of related literature:

What I think worked for me is the simplicity of the food plan, the fact that I could enjoy Indian foods, and the discipline in eating habits.

“The Great Indian Diet: Busting the big FAT MYTH” by Shilpa Shetty Kundra, Luke Coutinho
from The Great Indian Diet: Busting the big FAT MYTH
by Shilpa Shetty Kundra, Luke Coutinho
Random House Publishers India Pvt. Limited, 2015

In Step 6, you will continue to create biochemical stability with each food and lifestyle change and begin to do the more difficult transitions.

“Potatoes Not Prozac: How To Control Depression, Food Cravings And Weight Gain” by Kathleen Desmaisons
from Potatoes Not Prozac: How To Control Depression, Food Cravings And Weight Gain
by Kathleen Desmaisons
Simon & Schuster UK, 2012

Step II: Avoiding the Foods on Your List After you have made a list of foods to avoid, you start the elimination diet.

“Integrative Medicine E-Book” by David Rakel
from Integrative Medicine E-Book
by David Rakel
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2012

Likewise, diets that force you far outside of your norm might work for a week, maybe two, but very quickly you are going to drift back into what you know.

“The 20/20 Diet: Turn Your Weight Loss Vision Into Reality” by Phil McGraw
from The 20/20 Diet: Turn Your Weight Loss Vision Into Reality
by Phil McGraw
Bird Street Books, 2015

In Step 5, you learn to resist and control the interactions between food and mood, the reasons we eat other than hunger.

“Way to Eat: A Six-step Path to Lifelong Weight Control” by Maura Harrigan Gonzalez
from Way to Eat: A Six-step Path to Lifelong Weight Control
by Maura Harrigan Gonzalez
Ebsco Publishing, 2002

I went through more than two years of elimination diets and self-experimentation—healing, moving, reading.

“Made Whole: More Than 145 Anti-lnflammatory Keto-Paleo Recipes to Nourish You from the Inside Out” by Cristina Curp
from Made Whole: More Than 145 Anti-lnflammatory Keto-Paleo Recipes to Nourish You from the Inside Out
by Cristina Curp
Victory Belt Publishing, 2018

You don’t have to keep a food journal in Cycle 3 the way you did in Cycles 1 and 2, but I can tell you that when I know I’ve slipped—when I’ve eaten more than three polite bites of something or indulged in a food that I know I can’t tolerate—I get out the journal that night and track myself for the next week.

“The Virgin Diet: Drop 7 Foods, Lose 7 Pounds, Just 7 Days” by JJ Virgin
from The Virgin Diet: Drop 7 Foods, Lose 7 Pounds, Just 7 Days
by JJ Virgin
Harlequin, 2012

Always change one thing at a time: Don’t start a new diet the same week as a new school or a new medication.

“The World of the Autistic Child: Understanding and Treating Autistic Spectrum Disorders” by Bryna Siegel
from The World of the Autistic Child: Understanding and Treating Autistic Spectrum Disorders
by Bryna Siegel
Oxford University Press, 1997

As I pursued this goal, people started reading my blog, following it regularly, and e-mailing me about my posts, saying that they had experienced the same vicious cycle with junk foods as I had and how thankful they were that I was sharing my experience with them.

“The Earth Diet: Your Complete Guide to Living Using Earth's Natural Ingredients” by Liana Werner-Gray
from The Earth Diet: Your Complete Guide to Living Using Earth’s Natural Ingredients
by Liana Werner-Gray
Hay House, 2014

While I didn’t follow Ferriss’ diet plan, I did glean mindset advice and a few hacks from his book.

“The Laid Back Guide To Intermittent Fasting: How I Lost Over 80 Pounds and Kept It Off Eating Whatever I Wanted” by Kayla Cox
from The Laid Back Guide To Intermittent Fasting: How I Lost Over 80 Pounds and Kept It Off Eating Whatever I Wanted
by Kayla Cox
Kayla Cox, 2018

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  • Hi Irene,
    Pls i wana know what was the diet on Step number 1 u mentioned to be on bfore goin vegetarian then vegan please.And i wana knw wat do i have to cut first on Step 1 pleass. U mention somethin prescatarian or somethin bfore u mention vegetarian.Please i need ur help and i wana follow all ur vdeos to help me as i wana be vegan.

  • I am getting closer and closer to a paleo diet, and I appreciate your slow transition. If we are paying attention to our bodies, we will know when we eat something that does not benefit us. For the past month I have added cold processed, organic, non-filtered apple cider vinegar to my diet. I add 1 to 2 teaspoons to a large glass of water and sip that as the day goes on. I am thinking that has helped me immensely, will keep you posted as time goes on.

  • Thanks for the video!:) I have a question regarding soy products. There are a lot of vegans who claim that tofu and temple are unhealthy. why do you use them? is there any scientific evidence supporting the claim that these are healthy products?
    Also from where do you buy your tofu temple and almond flour in so large quantities? (I live in Larnaca, too)
    Thank you again for your wonderful recipes.:)

  • Thank you for the tips, I am not vegan but I usually have 1-2 vegan or vegetarian meals a day. I loved you recipes especially the desserts I tried the chocolate turtles, avocado chcolate pudding and the beets cake and I loved alll of them so yummmy! Thanks!

  • Thanks Didi for sharing your knowledge with us! Always look forward to your videos. What helped me transition to a healthier diet was thinking of my body as a precious bank account that has a daily deposit limit. So with food choices I make do I want to deposit healthy food choices that contribute to my health or junk food which doesn’t and also causes weight gain. Also, since becoming a Mom my biggest motivation is being there for my kids when they grow up and not relying on their and/or hospital care because of the poor food choices I made, since we know the powerful effect diet has on us.

  • Thanks for making these. Transitioning my child was really hard because she eats one way with her dad and vegan at home. She know accepts that “at mommy’s house I eat healthy.” She does not go dads often at all. But when she does there is a one day transition when she comes home. She begs for chips and juice and other junk food. Sometimes I feel like I am depriving her when I don’t give in but then I think about what I am giving her… the opportunity to live a long, healthy disease free life. I am still building a healthy relationship with food but I want things to be different for her. She is 6 by the way.

  • How to feed kids healthy food step one feed them healthy food from day 1. Step 2 role model. Step 3 EXERCISE THE SHIT OUT OF THEM AND THEN FEED THEM when they are hungry.

  • Omgosh you are amazing. So smart, well educated, nice bs. You are my favorite!! I love your compassion and am honored that you share your wealth of information and do it such a sassy stern way! You m’lady are amazing. Your videos are alway great and so full of knowledge. Keep these valuable videos coming!

  • When my favorite vegan YouTuber promotes my favorite mom YouTuber. I love you and Ellen so much haha. You guys are my inspiration, her for my mom stuff (and eating ideas with my bubs) and you for the me as a human (outside of my mom self and feeding me and my hubs)

  • My grandma raised me on fruits and vegetables. Animal foods like meat, eggs, and dairy were always occasional foods, and processed foods and candy were a once in a blue moon food. I left that diet in college, and ate a whole crapload of homemade junk, but after watching you, I am back to eating healthy, and eating even healthier than I ever had.
    Now if only I could transition my Grandpa onto this way of eating…

  • OMG! You are like my aunt. She actually put the disgusting cheese on the table again at snack time when I was 4. Oh the horror.:D But very very smart:)

  • Any tips for how to help kids with health vs health class? My oldest son just failed a health test because they’re information is all wrong. For example one of the questions was which food group should you eat the least of, they lumped meat in with beans and he chose meat which he got wrong.

  • I’m trying to transition my toddler now which is a bit different because he can’t understand a rational conversation about food. I do a lot of sneaking things into unsweetened applesauce, like pureed broccoli/spinach/carrots/peas, etc. I’ve been making him “cookie dough balls” that are mostly chick peas blended with oats and some nut butter and he’s obsessed with my smoothies in the morning so he’s getting a lot of kale/flax/chia/green powder and nutrients from there. He’s never liked dairy at all so I’ve not had to take it from him cheese was always a dislike for him which is good. I’ve never given him cow’s milk he’s always had either unsweetened almond milk or water. He loves sips of coconut water and begs for dates. So we’re on the right road. I got rid of his real chicken nuggets and fish/shrimp and replaced them with gardein products. He does like a little ketchup but mostly does without it. I can cream corn and mash potatoes and he’s thrilled so that’s a fully plantbased meal for him. Every little thing I can switch is a win. He still eats eggs and begs for them so that’s going to have to be our last frontier. Considering I’ve got a 2 year old eating about 90% vegan and happy about it, I’m not too hard on myself. Lastly he loves our B12 supplement because it tastes like berries, so that’s no hardship either. I think I got lucky with the no cheese thing. I’ve taken most of the animal products away and I doubt he’s even noticed.

  • I’m a plant-based vegan working as a Patissier at Kroger, and I do not go one day without seeing bone-tired, dead eyed parents walking up to my station and asking for sample sugar cookies for their VERY young children, and it makes me really agitated. I even had one woman ask for a cookie for her 10 MONTH OLD, and her excuse for it was that ‘She has teeth’. I wish we gave out sample strawberries instead.

  • my family arent vegans but we do make sure our daughter who is 4 eats tons of veggies, most of the time she just has a huge bowl of fruit for her tea

  • I love Ellen Fisher and Sarah Lemkus!!! I also watch Rawfully Wholesome. We don’t have kids yet but want to raise ours eating plants. Give them the best start you can <3

  • Really good point with not making kids feel that there are bad foods. And thinking about eating disorders in the making. Never had that perspective before. Thank you!

  • My grandma raised me on fruits and vegetables. Animal foods like meat, eggs, and dairy were always occasional foods, and processed foods and candy were a once in a blue moon food. I left that diet in college, and ate a whole crapload of homemade junk, but after watching you, I am back to eating healthy, and eating even healthier than I ever had.
    Now if only I could transition my Grandpa onto this way of eating…

  • LOVE this video! Super excited for this series!!
    I nanny for a family who eats a S.A.D. and I’ve made it my mission to help the kids discover how delicious whole plant foods are. I’m excited to use your tips. Thank you!

  • YESSSS!!! SO excited for this series! My kiddo is allergic to legumes, seeds, and nuts so transitioning to a vegan diet for him has been borderline impossible. I would love to hear more insight as this series comes along as to how to eat vegan when you’re allergic to pretty much every (high gram) vegan protein there is. �� If anyone can help it’s definitely you, Lily hahah ��

  • I don’t have kids, but this is such a greatly needed topic I am so glad you covered it! Most information is for adults wanting to change their diets but transitioning kids who dont necessarily want or understand why they need to change is whole different set of problems!

  • Hate to intrude but I have made a video exposing the Australian Pork Industry and it is really messed up. It would be so amazing if people could support my efforts and go over and watch it. It was hard to make but hopefully it makes a difference. Thank you so much: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lcqS8QoWqt0&lc=z132df5q1se3uhpcn22qh3y4rs2bd3h2d

  • Hate to intrude but I have made a video exposing the Australian Pork Industry and it is really messed up. It would be so amazing if people could support my efforts and go over and watch it. It was hard to make but hopefully it makes a difference. Thank you so much: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lcqS8QoWqt0&lc=z132df5q1se3uhpcn22qh3y4rs2bd3h2d

  • I know this isn’t really about this video,but I am interested, what do you season the beans with that you use in most cooking videos?x

  • Insanely brilliant video….cant even describe how great the advice given is except to say it should be mandatory viewing to all future Mums and Step Mums or adoptee Mums or any Mums lol

  • Hi Irene,
    Pls i wana know what was the diet on Step number 1 u mentioned to be on bfore goin vegetarian then vegan please.And i wana knw wat do i have to cut first on Step 1 pleass. U mention somethin prescatarian or somethin bfore u mention vegetarian.Please i need ur help and i wana follow all ur vdeos to help me as i wana be vegan.

  • I dont have kids but this video was super informative was hoping to provide tips for relatives who think babies need something creamy and milky after weening off breastfeeding ��

  • I don’t have kids, but this is such a greatly needed topic I am so glad you covered it! Most information is for adults wanting to change their diets but transitioning kids who dont necessarily want or understand why they need to change is whole different set of problems!

  • I started as a vegan (i fail many times) i can honestly say that, becoming an example is the best way for kids to learn for life! In my country, many moms add some Karo honey to kids´s water when they are babies with the excuse to: “make kids like drinking water”, as a mom of two (one feed with formula and the other one breasfeed) i´ve always make them to drink water without any flavoring in, the results? they are now the only, ONLY 2 kids in their school to drink to 1 or 2 liters of water during school, isnt that sad for the other kids? They are ocassionally meat and dairy eaters but i can assure you, they are eating more fruits, veggies, legums and im hoping that, when they decide to remove animal products from their diet it would be easier.

  • I know this isn’t really about this video,but I am interested, what do you season the beans with that you use in most cooking videos?x

  • Hey Lily! Like many of your viewers I have pcos and have been through the medical bullshit made it through the low carb and keto recommendations and been lucky enough to find this lifestyle and thrive. My problem is I’m in a lot of Facebook groups with women with pcos, in these groups people are constantly recommending keto diet and other low carb high fat diets. It’s awfully frustrating and everybody in there seems to think because they’ve lost 10lbs they are suddenly a keto expert! Do you have a video specifically about pcos and if you don’t will you consider making one? I’d love to have a video I can drop in these threads instead of having to battle with them

  • thank you SO MUCH for this video. My wife had a daughter before she met me (now on the way with another one), and was raised on hotdogs and lunchables. Wife and I decided on going Vegan, and wanted to educate our daughter on why we were doing it. Now she is on the Vegan Train. However, for a 10 year old, she has so small of portions. I’ve explained to her, that she needs calories to have energy, and her body can work properly. I’ve been giving her more calorie dense foods like fruits, rice, and oatmeal. Her mother, doesn’t at all believe in veganism, and will feed her what she wants. I’m not sure on how to help her when she is at her mother’s house.:(

  • Yes, but I think parents need to watch out for their kids legitimately not liking something. My fried hated bananas growing up but her parents were adamant that she eat her fruits and veggies so they enforced the bananas. She hates them now, won’t go anything resembling a banana. Her dad finally figured out she wasn’t being difficult and replaced the fruit option at dinner. Just gotta watch out for the few truly disliked food.

  • I feel the struggle, my step kids eat all processed foods when they aren’t over at our house, so it’s a battle every time I cook. Thankfully my step daughter is starting to come around. The boy, not so much. He’ll eventually eat it, because this gal doesn’t buy processed. So they’ll eat it, or go hungry.

  • When my favorite vegan YouTuber promotes my favorite mom YouTuber. I love you and Ellen so much haha. You guys are my inspiration, her for my mom stuff (and eating ideas with my bubs) and you for the me as a human (outside of my mom self and feeding me and my hubs)

  • I dont have kids but this video was super informative was hoping to provide tips for relatives who think babies need something creamy and milky after weening off breastfeeding ��

  • I feel the struggle, my step kids eat all processed foods when they aren’t over at our house, so it’s a battle every time I cook. Thankfully my step daughter is starting to come around. The boy, not so much. He’ll eventually eat it, because this gal doesn’t buy processed. So they’ll eat it, or go hungry.

  • I’m so glad you said it. I feel so, well, depressed I guess when I see spoilt children. And when they become adults you can totally tell in my opinion. It’s difficult to have a good relationship with them.

  • Love this lily. Am currently transitioning our 8year and husband.Its been tough,but is getting easier as they are more open to trying my “veganised” versions of their favourite meals.A few hits,a few misses but I keep experimenting and researching recipes.Our son helps cook meals,and he’s a lot more open to trying a variety of different fruits and veges (we allow him to pick whatever he wants to try at our local farmers market and grocer) and feed him up on his favourites (broc,spinach,carrot,apples).He absolutely loves smoothies and nice cream.Im newly plant based myself (few months) Some great tips suggested that I’ll be sure to add in.I must admit initially it seemed like so much work but am glad with the progress that’s been made alreadyI follow Ellen,her recipes are some of our family’s favourites.

  • Thanks for this video. My kids are older and I now am feeling life and our diet are like a runaway train. This inspires me to keep trying.

  • Do you use/advise some pure maple syrup on the oats in the morning? It changes them from cardboard to heavenly, and I would hate to hear you call it refined sugar, but I would love to hear your opinion on it.

  • These girls are so lucky to have you as their step mom, I’d say they are some of the very few kids in the world who are taught about food properly! I’m childminding at the moment and they keep saying “mommy said milk is good for you because it makes your hair and bones grow” I told them it wasn’t and they were so shocked. They told their parents I said milk is bad for you and now I’m scared the parents will think I’m a crazy vegan!

  • Great video, I love the series! I would definitely like to see more of this. My boys are four and six years old, I raised them vegetarian as I was raised vegetarian and I went vegan two years ago. It’s pretty hard to make them 100% vegan because my husband is not. He will also give them junk food like donuts and hot dogs and ice cream on a pretty regular basis when he is with them -luckily it’s mostly me during the week – so I feel like I am somewhat derailed in my efforts. I try to make them the kid food with alternative healthy ingredients and it is pretty successful although they are not eating salads yet or anything like that. It is slowly but surely though that they are eating more variety of fruits and vegetables as they get a little older. Any recipes that you have that work would be so appreciated, thanks for everything you do!

  • Lily Koi Could you tell me if there is a better almond butter? Do you make it yourself? Have you ever made your own cheeses with plant based food? Like, cashews? I like your “6 dollar Starbux sugar bomb” comment. hahahaha

  • OMG! You are like my aunt. She actually put the disgusting cheese on the table again at snack time when I was 4. Oh the horror.:D But very very smart:)

  • YESSSS!!! SO excited for this series! My kiddo is allergic to legumes, seeds, and nuts so transitioning to a vegan diet for him has been borderline impossible. I would love to hear more insight as this series comes along as to how to eat vegan when you’re allergic to pretty much every (high gram) vegan protein there is. �� If anyone can help it’s definitely you, Lily hahah ��

  • I love Ellen Fisher and Sarah Lemkus!!! I also watch Rawfully Wholesome. We don’t have kids yet but want to raise ours eating plants. Give them the best start you can <3

  • What r ur views on Freelee’s new direction and style⁉️⁉️⁉️⁉️ And do you still hate Durianrider or you like him again now⁉️⁉️⁉️⁉️⁉️

  • What r ur views on Freelee’s new direction and style⁉️⁉️⁉️⁉️ And do you still hate Durianrider or you like him again now⁉️⁉️⁉️⁉️⁉️

  • Thank you Lily. As a parent who has successfully transitioned her entire family (husband, son 3, and daughter 8) into loads of Vegan healthy cooking from a Meat and cheese ridden past. We do our vegan nice cream �� often, but not as often as we do our fresh fruits �� every morning and plenty o veggies at lunch and dinner. Vegan meats that are low in sodium have helped, and now veggies are loved and expected (fruits were never an issue:-). Recreation of faves was key. Overall Ive gotta say, you are very right. Love Ellen, we are not as diet perfect ���� but we are a happy healthy Vegan family and it CAN BE DONE.
    PS: you have earned your step mom badge, paper �� marriage or not. You’ve known and loved them since tinyhood. And they clearly respect and love you back for all that you are in their lives. They are lucky to have such a fine example to look up to. ✨��✨

  • How do you not have more subscribers, love all your videos! Especially the yoga! Did the practice this morning and felt great! Thank you a million times over for your hard work to make these videos and your passion for helping people take really, really, good care!

  • I hope you will put up some videos of their favorite meals and how you make them. I am transitioning my daughter who is almost 2. However, I am lucky because she has never been a fan of meat and loves certain veggies. So here is hoping this isn’t too hard. My biggest worry is not getting her everything she needs nutritionally.

  • Love this. As a child we lived on a small holding and we ate the vegetables from the garden, but my parents divorce when I was 9yrs old. Then my mum married a guy who oved the American diet, and along side that bad school dinners! So, by the time I got to 18 yrs old I got very sick with a type of meningitis and I’ve had a lifetime of suffering. My health only got better when I left home at 19 and turned to a plant based diet, but now I’m suffering from mineral deficiencies, and I need to take fulvic and humic to prevent many of my health problems getting worse. So many things have contributed my health problems, my mother not breast feeding me, her putting brandy in my milk bottles, passive smoking, vaccinations and emotional neglect and abuse. Both parents were/are drinkers, so their addiction came first before me. Thankfully I don’t have either parent in my life anymore.
    Keep up the great work Lily, I enjoy your honest and informative, fun videos.:)

  • Wow Lily, what excellent sound advice. Are there no end to your well rounded talents?? Levi hit the jackpot with you with his daughters. Its my most agonising conflict, that I eat a vegan pretty much whole food diet (with the occasional vegan junk food) but I succumb to complaints and “I won’t have anything to eat if you stop buying”……………My children are vegan with their food but not with their snacks and I haven’t really gotten through to them yet as when they are out with friends, they will eat what they want (although never meat). Anyway, thanks, this is much needed information.xx

  • I’m a plant-based vegan working as a Patissier at Kroger, and I do not go one day without seeing bone-tired, dead eyed parents walking up to my station and asking for sample sugar cookies for their VERY young children, and it makes me really agitated. I even had one woman ask for a cookie for her 10 MONTH OLD, and her excuse for it was that ‘She has teeth’. I wish we gave out sample strawberries instead.

  • I LOVE Ellen Fisher. 😉 But I love to hear your take on it too because I didn’t exactly raise my kids raw like she did. So I would love to see some of the things that you cook or make for the girls.:)

  • I love that you have actual experience with what you’re talking about. I get so over advice videos from vegans that has the best intentions but no real world applications.

  • Omgosh you are amazing. So smart, well educated, nice bs. You are my favorite!! I love your compassion and am honored that you share your wealth of information and do it such a sassy stern way! You m’lady are amazing. Your videos are alway great and so full of knowledge. Keep these valuable videos coming!

  • I dehydrate kale, chop it up in the food processor and put it in an empty basil jar. I put it in everything little do they know haha

  • Really struggle with this since my kids are a lot older and I have not been vegan for long. They can’t stand beans and lentils. One child also hates potatoes. Always has. Vegetables are not a huge issue just creating enough “bulk” to satisfy them and variety is hard. One vegan meal they will eat is not hard but 7 days a week is since they are not vegan so not eager to eat meatless meals every day. I really wish I went vegan when they were younger or before having them. Would be easier to change them over.

  • Bravo lady you’re one of my favorite i the way you make it clear about the transition the vitamin and the reason for me I became vegetarian to vegan its for spiritual reason wham the lord show
    me from the bible that my body is his temple 1 Corinthian 6:19 if i want the holy spirit to live in me i need to keep my body clean and I became vegetarian overnight but i like the way your approach keep up the good work lady God gave us animal or pet to be our companion not to eat them that’s why God gave Adam and Eve a garden not a stove

  • Thank you for the tips, I am not vegan but I usually have 1-2 vegan or vegetarian meals a day. I loved you recipes especially the desserts I tried the chocolate turtles, avocado chcolate pudding and the beets cake and I loved alll of them so yummmy! Thanks!

  • Insanely brilliant video….cant even describe how great the advice given is except to say it should be mandatory viewing to all future Mums and Step Mums or adoptee Mums or any Mums lol

  • These girls are so lucky to have you as their step mom, I’d say they are some of the very few kids in the world who are taught about food properly! I’m childminding at the moment and they keep saying “mommy said milk is good for you because it makes your hair and bones grow” I told them it wasn’t and they were so shocked. They told their parents I said milk is bad for you and now I’m scared the parents will think I’m a crazy vegan!

  • Lily, this advice works for husbands as well as children. Sneak the kale into spaghetti with Morningstar crumbles. Load the oatmeal breakfast with berries and flax and walnuts. Make salads that have sprouts and microgreens and spinach. I am often jealous of your health food enthusiast husband. He is so easy to feed. I’ve changed my husband’s peanut butter to natural and I sneak in whole wheat bread for his sandwiches. I have even convinced him that lunch meats cause health problems and I got him off milk. The journey continues….

  • Kids are funny. they will eat chips/crackers off of the floor in a restaurant but will pick out any vegetable not pureed in their spaghetti. I have a nephew who is the pickiest eater in the world and too proud to even try foods he “decides” to be gross. He would literally let himself starve if you did the waiting game. I remember he threw a ridiculous tantrum because his mother was trying to make him eat a SINGLE bean. She explained that he wasn’t getting anything else to eat until he tried it and I kid you not, before she could even draw breath after finishing that sentence he deliberately chucked it in the trash bin. but here comes the best part. My sister found a recipe for those chocolate cookies you can make with mashed black beans. My nephew really likes to eat them but doesn’t know they have “gross” food in them. LOL That was five years ago…. HE STILL DOESN’T KNOW!!! XD (btw, don’t hate him; I work in Special Ed and I seriously believe he has autism).

  • Lily Koi Could you tell me if there is a better almond butter? Do you make it yourself? Have you ever made your own cheeses with plant based food? Like, cashews? I like your “6 dollar Starbux sugar bomb” comment. hahahaha

  • Lily, this advice works for husbands as well as children. Sneak the kale into spaghetti with Morningstar crumbles. Load the oatmeal breakfast with berries and flax and walnuts. Make salads that have sprouts and microgreens and spinach. I am often jealous of your health food enthusiast husband. He is so easy to feed. I’ve changed my husband’s peanut butter to natural and I sneak in whole wheat bread for his sandwiches. I have even convinced him that lunch meats cause health problems and I got him off milk. The journey continues….

  • Thanks for the video!:) I have a question regarding soy products. There are a lot of vegans who claim that tofu and temple are unhealthy. why do you use them? is there any scientific evidence supporting the claim that these are healthy products?
    Also from where do you buy your tofu temple and almond flour in so large quantities? (I live in Larnaca, too)
    Thank you again for your wonderful recipes.:)

  • Loved this video. As a mom of 4, I couldn’t agree more about creating healthy meals that are palatable. I’ve always tried to make it a point not to serve my kids things that I know they dislike. I wouldn’t do that to an adult I invited to my home for dinner, so why would I do it to my kids?

  • How do you not have more subscribers, love all your videos! Especially the yoga! Did the practice this morning and felt great! Thank you a million times over for your hard work to make these videos and your passion for helping people take really, really, good care!

  • I’m a teacher, and it pains me daily to see the “Milk for strong brains and healthy minds” poster flooding the cafeteria. And not to mention the horrible options for lunch (hotdogs, burgers, bosco sticks, nachos literally every single day)

  • Do you have advice for teens or older kids trying to transition to a healthy diet from a long term unhealthy one. You talked about them being 3 and 5. I think it’s harder when kids are older since it’s like an addiction to unhealthy. In my opinion

  • All of the people who would be the best parents are not having kids…all of the people who should not be having kids are irresponsibly having 5

  • Do you have advice for teens or older kids trying to transition to a healthy diet from a long term unhealthy one. You talked about them being 3 and 5. I think it’s harder when kids are older since it’s like an addiction to unhealthy. In my opinion

  • I appreciate how you emphasize being respectful of children and teaching them how to make healthy decisions. I feel like so many adults are more focused on beating and berating their kids into behaving a certain way, and then when their kids grow up they don’t know what the hell “went wrong”. Children do not receive the respect they deserve. Then the excuse for kids being overweight and unhealthy is video games! TV! Those damn phones! ��And it’s like..no. You never took the time to instill health into your kids and never promoted critical thinking and decision making skills that could be so easily and readily taught by something as simple as food choice.

  • Really good point with not making kids feel that there are bad foods. And thinking about eating disorders in the making. Never had that perspective before. Thank you!

  • Loved this video. As a mom of 4, I couldn’t agree more about creating healthy meals that are palatable. I’ve always tried to make it a point not to serve my kids things that I know they dislike. I wouldn’t do that to an adult I invited to my home for dinner, so why would I do it to my kids?

  • I watched this to get tips on how to get my mom to eat better. All she eats is Mac and cheese, pizza, or grilled cheese. Thanks for the tips haha

  • I hope you will put up some videos of their favorite meals and how you make them. I am transitioning my daughter who is almost 2. However, I am lucky because she has never been a fan of meat and loves certain veggies. So here is hoping this isn’t too hard. My biggest worry is not getting her everything she needs nutritionally.

  • Hi Lily, I loooooove your videos. I was wondering how you get such an abundance of food? I try to shop for food in bulk like oats and pasta and rice and quinoa, but how can you possibly get so much fresh food?

  • Any tips for how to help kids with health vs health class? My oldest son just failed a health test because they’re information is all wrong. For example one of the questions was which food group should you eat the least of, they lumped meat in with beans and he chose meat which he got wrong.

  • LOVE this video! Super excited for this series!!
    I nanny for a family who eats a S.A.D. and I’ve made it my mission to help the kids discover how delicious whole plant foods are. I’m excited to use your tips. Thank you!

  • How to feed kids healthy food step one feed them healthy food from day 1. Step 2 role model. Step 3 EXERCISE THE SHIT OUT OF THEM AND THEN FEED THEM when they are hungry.

  • Really struggle with this since my kids are a lot older and I have not been vegan for long. They can’t stand beans and lentils. One child also hates potatoes. Always has. Vegetables are not a huge issue just creating enough “bulk” to satisfy them and variety is hard. One vegan meal they will eat is not hard but 7 days a week is since they are not vegan so not eager to eat meatless meals every day. I really wish I went vegan when they were younger or before having them. Would be easier to change them over.

  • thank you SO MUCH for this video. My wife had a daughter before she met me (now on the way with another one), and was raised on hotdogs and lunchables. Wife and I decided on going Vegan, and wanted to educate our daughter on why we were doing it. Now she is on the Vegan Train. However, for a 10 year old, she has so small of portions. I’ve explained to her, that she needs calories to have energy, and her body can work properly. I’ve been giving her more calorie dense foods like fruits, rice, and oatmeal. Her mother, doesn’t at all believe in veganism, and will feed her what she wants. I’m not sure on how to help her when she is at her mother’s house.:(

  • Lily… Thank you for this too… I have an 11 year old picky eater but… We are to blame… I’m plant based and am attempting to make better choices for my hubby and young man as well… And they don’t puke out the food.

  • I appreciate how you emphasize being respectful of children and teaching them how to make healthy decisions. I feel like so many adults are more focused on beating and berating their kids into behaving a certain way, and then when their kids grow up they don’t know what the hell “went wrong”. Children do not receive the respect they deserve. Then the excuse for kids being overweight and unhealthy is video games! TV! Those damn phones! ��And it’s like..no. You never took the time to instill health into your kids and never promoted critical thinking and decision making skills that could be so easily and readily taught by something as simple as food choice.

  • I’m so glad you said it. I feel so, well, depressed I guess when I see spoilt children. And when they become adults you can totally tell in my opinion. It’s difficult to have a good relationship with them.

  • Hey Lily! Like many of your viewers I have pcos and have been through the medical bullshit made it through the low carb and keto recommendations and been lucky enough to find this lifestyle and thrive. My problem is I’m in a lot of Facebook groups with women with pcos, in these groups people are constantly recommending keto diet and other low carb high fat diets. It’s awfully frustrating and everybody in there seems to think because they’ve lost 10lbs they are suddenly a keto expert! Do you have a video specifically about pcos and if you don’t will you consider making one? I’d love to have a video I can drop in these threads instead of having to battle with them

  • Thanks Didi for sharing your knowledge with us! Always look forward to your videos. What helped me transition to a healthier diet was thinking of my body as a precious bank account that has a daily deposit limit. So with food choices I make do I want to deposit healthy food choices that contribute to my health or junk food which doesn’t and also causes weight gain. Also, since becoming a Mom my biggest motivation is being there for my kids when they grow up and not relying on their and/or hospital care because of the poor food choices I made, since we know the powerful effect diet has on us.

  • Thanks for this video. My kids are older and I now am feeling life and our diet are like a runaway train. This inspires me to keep trying.

  • Lily… Thank you for this too… I have an 11 year old picky eater but… We are to blame… I’m plant based and am attempting to make better choices for my hubby and young man as well… And they don’t puke out the food.

  • I watched this to get tips on how to get my mom to eat better. All she eats is Mac and cheese, pizza, or grilled cheese. Thanks for the tips haha

  • I’m a teacher, and it pains me daily to see the “Milk for strong brains and healthy minds” poster flooding the cafeteria. And not to mention the horrible options for lunch (hotdogs, burgers, bosco sticks, nachos literally every single day)

  • Great video, I love the series! I would definitely like to see more of this. My boys are four and six years old, I raised them vegetarian as I was raised vegetarian and I went vegan two years ago. It’s pretty hard to make them 100% vegan because my husband is not. He will also give them junk food like donuts and hot dogs and ice cream on a pretty regular basis when he is with them -luckily it’s mostly me during the week – so I feel like I am somewhat derailed in my efforts. I try to make them the kid food with alternative healthy ingredients and it is pretty successful although they are not eating salads yet or anything like that. It is slowly but surely though that they are eating more variety of fruits and vegetables as they get a little older. Any recipes that you have that work would be so appreciated, thanks for everything you do!

  • I LOVE Ellen Fisher. 😉 But I love to hear your take on it too because I didn’t exactly raise my kids raw like she did. So I would love to see some of the things that you cook or make for the girls.:)

  • All of the people who would be the best parents are not having kids…all of the people who should not be having kids are irresponsibly having 5

  • Yes, but I think parents need to watch out for their kids legitimately not liking something. My fried hated bananas growing up but her parents were adamant that she eat her fruits and veggies so they enforced the bananas. She hates them now, won’t go anything resembling a banana. Her dad finally figured out she wasn’t being difficult and replaced the fruit option at dinner. Just gotta watch out for the few truly disliked food.

  • Do you use/advise some pure maple syrup on the oats in the morning? It changes them from cardboard to heavenly, and I would hate to hear you call it refined sugar, but I would love to hear your opinion on it.

  • Love this. As a child we lived on a small holding and we ate the vegetables from the garden, but my parents divorce when I was 9yrs old. Then my mum married a guy who oved the American diet, and along side that bad school dinners! So, by the time I got to 18 yrs old I got very sick with a type of meningitis and I’ve had a lifetime of suffering. My health only got better when I left home at 19 and turned to a plant based diet, but now I’m suffering from mineral deficiencies, and I need to take fulvic and humic to prevent many of my health problems getting worse. So many things have contributed my health problems, my mother not breast feeding me, her putting brandy in my milk bottles, passive smoking, vaccinations and emotional neglect and abuse. Both parents were/are drinkers, so their addiction came first before me. Thankfully I don’t have either parent in my life anymore.
    Keep up the great work Lily, I enjoy your honest and informative, fun videos.:)

  • I have to say Lily, in my head we are best friends ���� I love your energy! It’s calming yet stern, and you throw in a little subtle sarcasm. You’re fiery yet compassionate, knowledgeable about your talking points and assert without being condescending. You seem like a wonderful “quasi step parent” to Levi’s daughters, and a wonderful addition to anyone lucky enough to have you in their life!

  • sneaking greans and veggies into sauce is something I also do for my partner ��

    thanks for the great video. I’m looking forward to the series. My Baby (20 months) is already raised with a mostly whole foods diet. But my partner likes to feed her the typical child foods you mentioned, Lily. So I’m really interested in ideas on how to teach my child to willingly choose healthy foods in the future

  • my family arent vegans but we do make sure our daughter who is 4 eats tons of veggies, most of the time she just has a huge bowl of fruit for her tea

  • sneaking greans and veggies into sauce is something I also do for my partner ��

    thanks for the great video. I’m looking forward to the series. My Baby (20 months) is already raised with a mostly whole foods diet. But my partner likes to feed her the typical child foods you mentioned, Lily. So I’m really interested in ideas on how to teach my child to willingly choose healthy foods in the future

  • Hi Lily, I loooooove your videos. I was wondering how you get such an abundance of food? I try to shop for food in bulk like oats and pasta and rice and quinoa, but how can you possibly get so much fresh food?

  • as a mom of 3 kids (6,4,&2) who transitioned all of us 2 years ago….this advice is SPOT ON!! this is exactly what i did and it worked like a charm! Lily, you are so motherly its ridiculous! “Children don’t come from us, children flow through us.”

  • I dehydrate kale, chop it up in the food processor and put it in an empty basil jar. I put it in everything little do they know haha

  • I love that you have actual experience with what you’re talking about. I get so over advice videos from vegans that has the best intentions but no real world applications.

  • I’m trying to transition my toddler now which is a bit different because he can’t understand a rational conversation about food. I do a lot of sneaking things into unsweetened applesauce, like pureed broccoli/spinach/carrots/peas, etc. I’ve been making him “cookie dough balls” that are mostly chick peas blended with oats and some nut butter and he’s obsessed with my smoothies in the morning so he’s getting a lot of kale/flax/chia/green powder and nutrients from there. He’s never liked dairy at all so I’ve not had to take it from him cheese was always a dislike for him which is good. I’ve never given him cow’s milk he’s always had either unsweetened almond milk or water. He loves sips of coconut water and begs for dates. So we’re on the right road. I got rid of his real chicken nuggets and fish/shrimp and replaced them with gardein products. He does like a little ketchup but mostly does without it. I can cream corn and mash potatoes and he’s thrilled so that’s a fully plantbased meal for him. Every little thing I can switch is a win. He still eats eggs and begs for them so that’s going to have to be our last frontier. Considering I’ve got a 2 year old eating about 90% vegan and happy about it, I’m not too hard on myself. Lastly he loves our B12 supplement because it tastes like berries, so that’s no hardship either. I think I got lucky with the no cheese thing. I’ve taken most of the animal products away and I doubt he’s even noticed.

  • Love this lily. Am currently transitioning our 8year and husband.Its been tough,but is getting easier as they are more open to trying my “veganised” versions of their favourite meals.A few hits,a few misses but I keep experimenting and researching recipes.Our son helps cook meals,and he’s a lot more open to trying a variety of different fruits and veges (we allow him to pick whatever he wants to try at our local farmers market and grocer) and feed him up on his favourites (broc,spinach,carrot,apples).He absolutely loves smoothies and nice cream.Im newly plant based myself (few months) Some great tips suggested that I’ll be sure to add in.I must admit initially it seemed like so much work but am glad with the progress that’s been made alreadyI follow Ellen,her recipes are some of our family’s favourites.

  • as a mom of 3 kids (6,4,&2) who transitioned all of us 2 years ago….this advice is SPOT ON!! this is exactly what i did and it worked like a charm! Lily, you are so motherly its ridiculous! “Children don’t come from us, children flow through us.”

  • Wow Lily, what excellent sound advice. Are there no end to your well rounded talents?? Levi hit the jackpot with you with his daughters. Its my most agonising conflict, that I eat a vegan pretty much whole food diet (with the occasional vegan junk food) but I succumb to complaints and “I won’t have anything to eat if you stop buying”……………My children are vegan with their food but not with their snacks and I haven’t really gotten through to them yet as when they are out with friends, they will eat what they want (although never meat). Anyway, thanks, this is much needed information.xx

  • I started as a vegan (i fail many times) i can honestly say that, becoming an example is the best way for kids to learn for life! In my country, many moms add some Karo honey to kids´s water when they are babies with the excuse to: “make kids like drinking water”, as a mom of two (one feed with formula and the other one breasfeed) i´ve always make them to drink water without any flavoring in, the results? they are now the only, ONLY 2 kids in their school to drink to 1 or 2 liters of water during school, isnt that sad for the other kids? They are ocassionally meat and dairy eaters but i can assure you, they are eating more fruits, veggies, legums and im hoping that, when they decide to remove animal products from their diet it would be easier.

  • Thanks for making these. Transitioning my child was really hard because she eats one way with her dad and vegan at home. She know accepts that “at mommy’s house I eat healthy.” She does not go dads often at all. But when she does there is a one day transition when she comes home. She begs for chips and juice and other junk food. Sometimes I feel like I am depriving her when I don’t give in but then I think about what I am giving her… the opportunity to live a long, healthy disease free life. I am still building a healthy relationship with food but I want things to be different for her. She is 6 by the way.

  • Thank you Lily. As a parent who has successfully transitioned her entire family (husband, son 3, and daughter 8) into loads of Vegan healthy cooking from a Meat and cheese ridden past. We do our vegan nice cream �� often, but not as often as we do our fresh fruits �� every morning and plenty o veggies at lunch and dinner. Vegan meats that are low in sodium have helped, and now veggies are loved and expected (fruits were never an issue:-). Recreation of faves was key. Overall Ive gotta say, you are very right. Love Ellen, we are not as diet perfect ���� but we are a happy healthy Vegan family and it CAN BE DONE.
    PS: you have earned your step mom badge, paper �� marriage or not. You’ve known and loved them since tinyhood. And they clearly respect and love you back for all that you are in their lives. They are lucky to have such a fine example to look up to. ✨��✨

  • Kids are funny. they will eat chips/crackers off of the floor in a restaurant but will pick out any vegetable not pureed in their spaghetti. I have a nephew who is the pickiest eater in the world and too proud to even try foods he “decides” to be gross. He would literally let himself starve if you did the waiting game. I remember he threw a ridiculous tantrum because his mother was trying to make him eat a SINGLE bean. She explained that he wasn’t getting anything else to eat until he tried it and I kid you not, before she could even draw breath after finishing that sentence he deliberately chucked it in the trash bin. but here comes the best part. My sister found a recipe for those chocolate cookies you can make with mashed black beans. My nephew really likes to eat them but doesn’t know they have “gross” food in them. LOL That was five years ago…. HE STILL DOESN’T KNOW!!! XD (btw, don’t hate him; I work in Special Ed and I seriously believe he has autism).

  • I have to say Lily, in my head we are best friends ���� I love your energy! It’s calming yet stern, and you throw in a little subtle sarcasm. You’re fiery yet compassionate, knowledgeable about your talking points and assert without being condescending. You seem like a wonderful “quasi step parent” to Levi’s daughters, and a wonderful addition to anyone lucky enough to have you in their life!

  • Hola Catalina! A video explaining how to soak the nuts and then salting/toasting them would be very useful… Thanks vor your videos!

  • Bravo lady you’re one of my favorite i the way you make it clear about the transition the vitamin and the reason for me I became vegetarian to vegan its for spiritual reason wham the lord show
    me from the bible that my body is his temple 1 Corinthian 6:19 if i want the holy spirit to live in me i need to keep my body clean and I became vegetarian overnight but i like the way your approach keep up the good work lady God gave us animal or pet to be our companion not to eat them that’s why God gave Adam and Eve a garden not a stove

  • I love that you recommend soaking nuts…I never knew that doing this brings out the nutrients and is easier to process in the gut