Mar 15, 2023
study published in the International Journal of Obesity found that
about 65% of dieters return to their pre-dieting weight within
three years, and up to 95% of people who lose weight through
dieting regain it within five years.
The reason why most people fail at diets is
we tend to take an all-or-nothing approach when it comes to taking
on a new diet. While it may feel easy at first, it does become
harder overtime as the initial motivation starts to die off.
That’s why in this episode of the Darin Olien show, we
adopting a plant-based diet as we would look at starting a new
I’m joined by Toni Okamoto to discuss this topic of plant-based
diets. We also discuss the
of modern-day food
— it’s ultra cheap, ultra-convenient, and ultra quick. But it’s
also ultra-processed. While it may seem cheap to order fast food
off the dollar menu, it comes out to a lot more money for a family
to eat out than it would eat a homemade meal, especially over
Plus, we dive into the simple,
small healthy swaps
we can start to make that
will eventually build up over time into a new pantry
and ultimately the best practices for making the switch
to a plant-based diet easier.
Toni Okamoto is a prominent author, speaker, and vegan lifestyle
expert. She is the founder of Plant-Based on a Budget, a website
that offers practical and affordable vegan recipes and resources.
Toni's work has been featured in various media outlets, including
Forbes, Reader's Digest, and NBC News. She is the author of several
on a Budget,"
Friendly Vegan Cookbook," and
Super Easy Vegan Slow Cooker Cookbook.”
Toni's journey towards a vegan lifestyle began in 2010 when she
started eliminating animal products from her diet for ethical
reasons. However, she found that many vegan options were expensive
and time-consuming to prepare. To help others who were facing
similar challenges, she started Plant-Based on a Budget in 2012 as
a resource for affordable vegan meal planning.
What we discuss:
06:11: How dependent are we on our systems?
12:16: How did Toni’s dad impact her life?
17:09: Why did Toni start eating a plant-based diet?
21:12: What did Toni’s budget look like at first?
23:57: What differences did Toni feel from adopting this new
26:18: How does Toni experience food sharing?
27:40: What’s the biggest obstacle to eating healthy?
35:11: How can you get started if you feel
40:22: What is Tori’s philosophy for food prep?
45:50: What does Tori enjoy cooking right now?
50:50: How can you eat well and live well?
56:53: How to deal with people who question your
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