The last few months have been rather difficult for me, for many reasons. Its also easy for all of us in January to feel down, unmotivated and get a little sick. Through all of the ups and downs there has been one resolution I have managed to stick too, and it hasn’t been hard. I have completely changed my diet.
Now, I HATE the word ‘diet’ with a passion, I’m only using it here so you can understand what I mean. However, no one should be on a ‘diet’ and I believe we should all live a balanced, healthy lifestyle and eat what works for us.
As most of you know Im plant based. Vegan has also been a word I tend to steer clear of because I never wanted to label myself and be stuck in that ‘diet’ for the rest of my life. Don’t panic, I’m still mostly plant based but have added in some foods that the vegans out there are going to find shocking (shut your eyes).
Im not going to spend hours trying to defend myself, I’m going to state what changes I’ve made and briefly on why I think they are ethical In my mind. At the end of the day we are all individuals who can make up their own minds about our ethics and morals.
At the end of December I decided I wanted to gain more muscle and lose fat. I’m lucky enough to have a very low fat percentage on my body anyway (I’m petite and I eat well). I wanted to see my muscles more without killing myself at the gym. To do this I knew the way I eat had to change. I decided to cut down on carbohydrates, NOT CUT OUT, and really increase my protein content.
This is a list of the protein sources I eat:
SHOCKER! I now eat eggs. I wrote a blog post on this a while ago so you can go read it HERE. Briefly, I know several people who own chickens as pets. They are never going to be slaughtered and they lay eggs naturally. I explain more in the blog post but If the animal is not being hurt Im okay with it. So whats the harm in eating the occasional egg from chickens that really have a great life?
The other factor I’ve changed is how much fat I eat. By fat I do not mean junk food I mean essential fats. I now eat tons more avocados, nuts, seeds etc. I was very careful with fat before, which was a mistake.
So to summarise, I have gone from pretty high carbohydrates, low fat. To high protein, high fat and low carbohydrates. Don’t get me wrong, I eat carbohydrates with every meal still, Oats, pasta, grains, bread. I just have lowered the amount and replaced it with lean protein.
My body has completely changed. I have not been to the gym or worked out in 2 weeks now, due to various issues, but its lead to a great experiment. Without touching a weight or doing any cardio I feel leaner, my muscles are more defined and I have more energy. JUST FROM WHAT I PUT IN MY MOUTH. We all know what we eat is critical and some say its 85% of how you look. I really didn’t realise how important it was. What I have also concluded is you do NOT need to restrict anything. Im eating more than before.
I know this all sounds too good to be true but honestly I urge you to play around with the ratios on your plate, try eating plant based at least twice a week and add some more essential fats to your diet. You won’t believe the changes you will make!
I really hope that this has been helpful in some way or another. Im actually going to be starting a Youtube channel soon and my first video is going to be explaining the reasons why I chose not to be ‘vegan’ anymore, so stay tuned for that. Have a wonderful week.