Julia Murray of Hooked On Plants is an Olympian, a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, a certified plant-based chef & raw food chef, as well as a breakfast cereal creator (Jules Fuel). 


Her passion for the vegan lifestyle inspires her every day to create new recipes for her blog www.hookedonplants.ca to show people how easy & delicious plant-based eating really is. Whether she’s on her bike, skis, paddle board or in running shoes, a whole food, plant-based diet fuels her adventures as an athlete in the mountains.


Her emails are motivational (sign up on her home page www.hookedonplants.ca), and her recipes are beautiful & tasty.

In the mean time check out her blog contributions below!

How to get hooked on plants in 7 steps

Making the switch to a plant-based lifestyle is something that takes time. You’ve conditioned yourself to eat one way for the whole first part of your life, so for a lifestyle change to stick around, it’s important to take it at your own pace. If you’re an ‘all or nothin’ type of person, then please go ahead and vegan challenge. Or, if you like to take your time, just doing a week of all vegan could be a good way to jump start your inspiration and start the detox process (my Vegan for a Week E-book is coming soon)! Otherwise, here are 7 ways to get yourself hooked on plants for life.

Accountability and a constant stream of motivation is KEY when it comes to creating new habits and getting excited about switch in your lifestyle.


To keep the inspiration flowing about eating more plants, and for a printable PDF of these 7 Steps

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1) Go at your own pace:


  • You know yourself best. Take your time with this by trying one of these ways of doing it: Cut out anything with 4 legs, then 2 legs, then eyes, then anything derived from an animal ~ Eat vegan 6 days a week ~ Eat vegan at home. Don’t sweat the small stuff, and applaud yourself for being plant-based most of the time.

  • Small changes throughout your day will make big differences! Eventually you will start to crave only plant-based foods, and go out of your way to avoid animal foods.


2) Get inspired about the WHY:


Watch: Cowspiracy, Forks Over Knives, What the Health, Earthlings, Plant Pure Nation, Vegan youtubers

Read: Eat To Live, The China Study, How Not To Die, Main Street Vegan, ‘Why Go Vegan’ page on hookedonplants.ca

Listen to these podcasts: Rich Roll, No Meat Athlete, Food Heals Nation, Eat for the Planet, Main Street Vegan

Know the benefits: Health - clearer skin, fat loss, longevity, energy, disease and cancer prevention, better digestion, stronger immunity, Environment – this is the #1 thing you can do to minimize greenhouse gas emissions, reduce rainforest deforestation, save water, minimize climate change, Animals – minimize suffering and save animals lives


3) Count nutrients, not calories

  • Nutrient density is what makes whole, plant foods the king of all foods. Hello, longevity!

  • Think - How many nutrients per calorie are you getting from your foods? Focus on nutrients over calories.

  • Focus on nutrient-dense foods (high nutrient, low calorie): veggies, fruit, legumes, seeds, grains

  • Low nutrient-density foods (high calorie, low nutrient): dairy, animal products, soda, candy, refined baked goods


4) Focus on what you’re gaining

  • When you switch to a whole food, plant-based diet, you can EAT MORE

  • Because plant - foods are lower in calories & higher in fibre, you can easily shed pounds

  • Eat the rainbow. Eating a variety of plant foods will get you all the vitamins, phytonutrients, minerals, amino acids, antioxidants and nutrients you need

  • Explore new vegan products and restaurants!


5) Pantry/Kitchen makeover

  • Say bye to your non-vegan products - give them away, or stop replacing them once they’re finished

  • Replace the non-vegan items with vegan ones

  • Try out vegan cheeses, tempeh, veggie burgers, tofu scramble, coconut ice cream, plant milk, cashew cheese recipes, coconut bacon…The list goes on.


6) Ditch the protein mentality

  • You’re likely getting too much protein right now (hard on the kidneys, digestion and weight). Just 0.8 g/lb of body weight is more than enough. If you’re eating enough calories, you are easily getting enough protein

  • Instead ask ‘am I getting enough fibre and nutrients?’

  • Think of the protein package. What comes with animal protein VS what comes with plant protein?

  • Animal protein comes with choleseterol, saturated fat, hormones (natural and synthetic), and often antiobiotics. With zero fibre.

  • Plant protein comes with fibre, water content, phytonutrients, antioxidants, zero cholesterol.

  • Eating a whole food, plant-based diet you more than enough protein for living optimally, body building, ultra-marathoning, you name it!


7) Have fun!

  • Veganize old faves

  • Try new recipes

  • Find new vegan brands

  • Eat at new vegan restaurants

  • Don’t stress – if you have some meat, dairy or eggs by accident or every now and then, that’s ok. You’re still making a difference to yourself, the animals and the planet ☺

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