Happy Friday! I am so excited to do this post finally. All year I’ve talked about wanting to eat less animal products and more fruits and vegetables. Mostly vegetables because fruits are sweet and I don’t need much convincing to eat them. I stumbled upon “What The Health” on Netflix and it was just the push I needed. Funny enough a month after watching it I saw quite a few reviews about it online, they were either extremely good or bad. Thankfully I was able to use my own judgement and make my own opinion about it.
Now I didn’t become a vegan after watching “What The Health” I still eat meat and dairy, it did push me to commit to eating more vegetables and stop making excuses. So from Monday to Friday-ish I decided to stick to a vegan diet and on weekends I can pretty much eat whatever I’m in the mood for. So far some weekends I stick to the vegan diet and other all I want is tacos, margaritas and chocolate croissant. So with that I stopped having eggs for breakfast every single day, I also stopped eating cheese so damn much, I’m telling you my cheese addiction was real. Instead I’ve been eating a lot of beans, veggies and stopped demonizing carbs. Not related to that but I stopped drinking coffee every morning as well, I started making matcha lattes and turns out I love it.
For breakfasts I’ve been having toasts with avocados & pureed beans, peanut butter & blueberries, oatmeal with fruits (I used this instant from Trader Joe’s). I also made potato hash with onions and red peppers. So if you are looking for new breakfast options I hope these are helpful. The cheese on the potatoes below is cashew cheese, it’s not all that to be honest. Most of all, this is refreshing because I’ve been eating the same damn breakfast for years. I can finally say that I can live without eggs, I don’t even crave it.
I’ve been buying this beef-less ground beef from Trader Joe’s and seasoned it with taco seasoning to make tacos. I always add shitaki mushroom to the mix and it’s filling and delicious. By the way this is the matcha powder I use, I’m already on my second bag.
One takeaway from the documentary was how we center all our meals around meat and I realized that was the case for me. One question I get A LOT is, so what do you eat? My response is pretty much everything else.
There’s a lot of blogs out there with tons of healthy vegan recipes. I made sure to create a Pinterest board to share all my favorite recipes. This is my roasted pepper pasta, braised red cabbage, vegan bombay potatoes and peas, and the last one is a rice bowl I wiped up with brown rice, veggies and tofu.
I started making smoothies again, but you have to be careful because they can easily get sugar loaded. Here I made an Acai bowl that I sweetened it with half a frozen banana. I’m also going light on the granola, by the way I need to start making my own because they are so high in sugar and calories. So if you guys have healthy granola recipes please send them my way.
When I first made these changes to my diet, on three different occasions I felt light headed and had to stop my workout. One day is was really scary because I was alone, away from home and felt like I was going to pass out. So I got back on my MyFitnessPal and started tracking my calories to make sure I wasn’t under eating and was getting a good ratio of protein/carbs/fat. I actually easily reach my protein intake by adding a scoop of plant based protein powder to my acai bowls, smoothies, oatmeal and so on. My carbs and fat intake are of course very easy to consume. Using MyFitnessPal it became apparent I have an issue with sugar, it sneaks up in so many things. The best way to cut sugar for me is by limiting processed food as much as possible.
Fitness – As far as fitness, I’ve been doing some gym style workouts on my own and they are pretty good because I’m usually exhausted after. For everything else I’ve been doing Cathe’s and nowadays too hot or too shitty to walk or run outside.
I haven’t purchase any active-wear in over a year now, Athleta came out with a new collection and it’s so good. I love everything I’ve ever gotten at Athleta and they quality is out of this world, all my athleta tights are worn weekly and I’ve had them for over two years now. They don’t ook washed out or faded, so that was money well spent. I’m sharing my favorites below.
Week 1 & 2: I solely did my own workouts at the Gym
- Monday: Gym
- Tuesday: PHA Training
- Wednesday: Strong & Sweaty Ramped Up Upper Body
- Thursday: Gym
- Friday: Gym
- Saturday: Rest
- Sunday: Rest
- Monday: S+S Bootcamp
- Tuesday: Gym
- Wednesday: Gym Style Back, Bicep & Shoulders
- Thursday: Gym
- Friday: Gym Style Chest & Triceps
- Saturday: Gym
- Sunday: Rest
You do need workout equipment to do these, I have dumbbells ranging from 5lb to 30 lb, step with risers, resistance bands, barbell, stability ball, a bosu and gliding discs. I also got this mat to protect the tile in my apartment.
Next Month Goals
Keep this up and of course eat more veggies.