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My Plant Based Diet Results

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I have now completed 3 weeks on a plant based diet. Read all about the first 2 weeks of transitioning here and here.

Plant Based Nutrition

Are you hesitant on transitioning to a plant based diet because of nutrition concerns? Do you think obtaining the right amounts of nutrients may not be possible without animal foods in your diet? Wondering if you’ll get all your required vitamins on a plant based diet?

Well, there’s no need to worry! When eating whole foods plant based, you’re eating a variety of vegetables, leafy greens, fruits, nuts, seeds, beans, and legumes. These foods all contain a variety of nutrients while adding more fiber, phytonutrients, and antioxidants into your diet.

The most common types of vitamins and minerals deficiencies are vitamins B12, D and iron and calcium. On a plant based diet, you can find vitamin B12 in soy products; iron in leafy greens, seeds, legumes and quinoa; calcium from spinach, kale, almonds and seeds; and vitamin D is plentiful from the sun.

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Plant Based Diet For Weight Loss

After being on this so called nutrition plan, I have lost 2 pounds. You may think that’s nothing, but for someone that only weighed 110 lbs it’s considerable. Especially when my intentions was not to lose weight.

Since I powerlift, my purpose is to get stronger and if I lose weight, I either lost muscle mass or hopefully I lost fat. Either way, I’d rather add more muscle mass which means increasing my weight.

Normally, I stop eating when I’m full. I don’t measure my foods and I don’t count calories. But being on a whole foods plant based diet, I actually think that in terms of volume, I ate much more. My serving size probably almost doubled.

My energy levels were stable throughout the day. I don’t get the tiredness/sleepiness after a meal. And I’m not tired in the evenings. I feel great!

Do I Have Meat Cravings?

YES! However, I have these cravings when I don’t plan my meals. When I don’t have a plan of what I’m going to make for lunch or dinner, I’ll think about a nice steak. It’s similar to when I don’t have any food in the fridge to make dinner, I’ll think about ordering in or going out to a restaurant. And because I’ve eaten meat for pretty much all of my life, it’s not going to be a switch that we can turn off completely. But if we plan, we can succeed — this goes for almost everything in life.

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Plant Based Vegan Recipe Ideas

Here are some of the delicious meals that I have created in the past 3 weeks.

Breakfast:

Quinoa Fruit & Seed Bowl

plant based breakfast

1 Cup of Cooked Quinoa
Almond Milk
Frozen Berries (or fresh berries)
Pumpkin Seeds
Chia Seeds
Hemp Heart Seeds

If you like sweets, you may add honey or brown sugar.
You can also substitute the quinoa with oats.

 

 

Lunch/Dinner:

Buddha Bowls

plant based buddha bowl

Start with a base of either brown rice or quinoa.

Add shredded beets, broccoli, peas, corn, peashoots (or microgreens) and avocado.

Top with hemp heart seeds.

Dressing:

Mix olive oil, apple cider vinegar, raw honey and a dash of salt together.

 

 

plant based quinoa

 

Cook quinoa pasta until al dente.

In a separate pan, sauté kimchi and mix pasta in.

Add cooked leafy greens and avocado.

Top with pea sprouts (or microgreens) and hemp heart seeds.

 

 

 

plant based bowl

 

As a base, you can start with quinoa or brown rice.

Add baked sweet potatoes (I used white sweet potatoes), cucumbers, beets, seaweed, pea sprouts.

Add hummus (I use it as a dressing, so add lots — it’s also a great source of protein!).

Top with hemp heart seeds and pumpkin seeds.

 

Give these a try. I guarantee you’ll love them! They’re not only delicious, but nutritious, satisfying and filling!

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Keep in touch for more recipe ideas and my continued progress updates on a plant based diet.

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4 Comments

  • Reply GiGi Eats

    Oh man! I could NEVER EVER EVER go on a plant-based diet. My diet is SO restrictive that it just wouldn’t work for me. Also… I NEED MEAT! I crave my salmon every single second, of every single day! ha!

    August 16, 2017 at 10:04 am
    • Reply AP Power Fit

      It’s probably a good “detox” from meat doing it for a short time…maybe a week. My digestion has never been better! 🙂

      August 17, 2017 at 9:12 pm
  • Reply Emily | The Multitasking Mom

    For me, cutting meat out of breakfast and lunch is not so bad, but dinner is a lot harder. I will definitely try some of these recipes!

    August 22, 2017 at 1:09 pm
    • Reply AP Power Fit

      It was quite difficult for me as well since we’re used to having meat as our protein source with all meals.

      Hope you enjoy them! 🙂

      August 22, 2017 at 8:13 pm

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