I went vegan for 2 weeks

Hey everyone! So my fiancé and I have decided to go vegan for 2 weeks. I chose 2 weeks because it seemed like it only 2 weeks based on a documentary I watched on Netflix called “What the Health” to show any benefits. 2 weeks is actually a short amount of time too. I see that there may be additional benefits without consuming animal products or dairy. Some benefits include:

  1. Reduces the risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes
  2. Lowers cholesterol
  3. Lowers blood pressure
  4. May reverse prostrate cancer if in early stages
  5. Reduced saturated fats since you’re not eating any meat
  6. Lower BMI
  7. More energy
  8. Weight loss

I’ll post my journey on this blog. I purchased Silk nut milk that comes with 10 grams of protein and I also bought Musclepharm’s new like products which includes organic plant based protein and even a vegan pre-work out. Stay tuned!

What I Ate Today

I will post here and there what I eat for my day. I have had a few people ask me what I eat. Trust me it is not easy to stay eating healthy when you have a job and school. That’s why it is always better to meal prep, even if it is for a couple days it works out better for you. I have not been meal prepping but I have maintained what I eat. Today I somewhat did a no no and had some egg and potato salad, homemade at that but an alternative to a white potato is the red potatoes and sweet potato which have less calories and are healthier and better for you. Although incorporating white potatoes in your meal is not BAD. I also can get away with this because I did lower body today so my body definitely needs the carbs for energy.On to what I ate today:

Morning Pre Work out

A cup of cut strawberries in almond butter on wheat bread (snack)

Protein Shake with water

Breakfast

2 eggs

4 slices of ham

2 Corn tortillas

I love breakfast and I eat the most during breakfast! So if you are going to make any meal of the day a big one make sure it is breakfast because through the day your body will be burning calories. Substitutes for breakfast favorites such as waffles or pancakes are whole wheat waffles or protein pancakes. I believe you can make hash brown out of sweet potatoes as well.

Snack

a turkey ham sandwich on wheat bread ( this might seem like a meal but it is not for me, I consider this a snack because I work out 6 days a week and my metabolism is faster than most therefore I need to a “snack” like this to sustain my body from going into starvation mode.

Lunch

Thin sliced lightly fried chicken breasts ( not fried chicken like kfc, this chicken isn’t even battered or seasoned, it is just soaked in a bit a oil for a bit, but I would not recommend frying you chicken. Bake, grill it or cook it! The only reason I somewhat ate what I wanted was because I did legs today.)

A mixture of veggies cauliflower, broccoli, carrots

Dinner

Thin sliced chicken fried chicken breast

egg and potato salad

My diet is not always like this, I only eat like this once a week or so.

Incorporate whole grains in your diet, whole wheat, if it is brown it is probably good for you. Brown rice, whole wheat bread, whole grain tortillas, whole grain pasta, and quinoa.

White means highly processed meaning the nutrients in the product have been taken out because of the way they processed such as white rice, white milk etc. For milk substitute it with almond milk, soy, or coconut milk.

For snacks but a ton of fruit, buy natural almond butter or peanut butter in markets like trader joe’s or sprouts. Almonds are a great snack and supply you with energy.

In order to change your body, you have to be willing to put in the work and make some sacrifices or choose alternatives. It is absolutely true that 80% of abs are made in the kitchen. Eat your veggies and keep living healthy. Hope this helps some people.

Here are some tips to satisfy your cravings!!

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These are some great tips!!

When I am craving something sweet, I usually go for my protein shake. Protein powders come in many different flavors and are great for building lean muscle. The protein powder of my liking comes from Optimum Nutrition and I have tried the strawberry banana and chocolate. They are both delicious and satisfy your sweet cravings. What I like to do is mix it in with a banana and unsweetened almond milk. It comes out sweet and tasty. I also like to mix it up with ice, yogurt and fruits to make it more like a smoothie.

When I crave something salty, I go for almonds. What you can do is buy a pound of almonds and make little snack bags to take with you. You have to make sure the almonds are not salted. Even unsalted this snack will satisfy my salty cravings.

As far as craving something sour, I like to just grab some water and mix it with some lime juice, or this might sounds weird but a cup of tea can satisfy this craving as well.

These are just some of the snacks I like to eat to satisfy my cravings. Hopes this helps!

Note. this is not my picture, from healthierhabits.net