Healthy Eating Habits for a Vegan Diet & Lifestyle
Last Monday, I passed out at my gym because I hadn't eaten enough that day. The food I did eat was relatively healthy and would normally be fine for the average person. However, when you lift weights you need to eat more simply because of the amount of energy your body uses during such exercises and intense activity.
In this post, I'm going to share with you the proper foods to eat when you're a vegan.
Very often, vegans start out not eating enough of the right nutrients. This usually leads to fatigue and a general lack of energy, and then giving up the vegan diet and lifestyle. Veganism doesn't have to be torture!
First, breakfast! Maybe I'm the odd one out, but I never really ate breakfast. I'm never hungry right when I wake up. To help that, I try to drink at least one full glass of cold water while I'm getting ready to help wake up my metabolism and my digestive system. I meal prep a breakfast to take with me so then by the time I get to office I'm actually ready to consume something. Good pre-made breakfast ideas include:
Then it's time for a mid morning snack. If you're really not hungry, don't force yourself. This is something I struggle with and my trainer recommends eating something light like grapes, apple sauce (feel free to add protein powder), or a granola bar.
Lunch is equally as important as the other meals. Sometimes I rush through lunch since there's only an hour. However, a great habit to develop is chewing your food slowly. Our parents always said it but they weren't just saying it to say it - it really helps with digestion! Another habit I practice regularly is going for a walk after eating because this can also help your metabolism speed up the breaking down of foods. A few delicious and nutritious lunches that are quick to meal prep weekend or weeknight are:
By mid to late afternoon, it's important for another snack. Since I usually exercise after work, I prefer to eat something light like a piece of fruit or possibly a smaller granola bar. If I'm particularly hungry, I'll add peanut butter to apple or have a Clif bar for extra protein.
Once it's time for dinner, I try to find clever ways to add extra protein into my meal any way I can. Access to vegan protein isn't the challenge, I've found - it's remembering to actually eat it! To help, I buy frozen Beyond Meat and Gardein products (my personal favorites) because they last long, are full of protein, and have are extremely flavorful. Any of the lunch recipes I listed above are great dinner options.
If you're looking for comfort food, don't worry, I have options for you. I'm just as much a big bowl of pasta girl as I am the "health foodie". Here are some excellent options for a quick vegan comfort food dinner:
After dinner, I love to sip tea and snack on other fruits until about an hour before bed. My ritual is Trader Joe's Ginger Turmeric Tea for it's detoxifying and anti-bloating affects with the Rainbow Light Advanced Enzyme System for a healthy digestive system. If you're interested in a Thrive Market membership, click here for a big discount off your first order! They've been a huge help in preventing bloat, way more than any other probiotic I've ever taken.
Remember, you know your body best, but it's still important to implement healthy and maintainable habits to ensure your health.