5. No strict rules!
I know this is not really what anyone wants to read, but it’s what keeps me sane. I do try to eat a mostly plant-based diet, but I never do this 100%. I just let it be a guide for my choices. When you make strict rules about eating it can effect your social life and your relationship with food. Food is not only nutrition but it’s also culture, history, art, entertainment. Now this doesn’t mean that every meal should be an excuse to eat donuts and chips, but it’s okay to eat more than enough for thanksgiving. It’s okay to eat a chocolate cake for your birthday. It’s okay even if it’s not your birthday! Just try to follow the My Plate method best you can, and if you can’t then no worries!