I’ve been a vegetarian, pescatarian, vegan, white meat-eater, flexitarian, and everythingtarian at least once in my life. I am always trying to figure out what my body and taste buds like/don’t like. Right now I consider myself a vegetarian but I think I am on the brink of going vegan again. I have been testing out the way my body feels when I eat dairy and lately my stomach has not been a fan. I don’t consume much anyway (just some Greek yogurt and sometimes cheese) but when I do I tend to feel really bloated (sometimes pregnant-looking) and get weird stomach cramps.
What does this mean? I am going to have to go about this the right way this time. When I went vegan in the past, I didn’t plan my meals properly. I wan’t necessarily a “clean” vegan. Twizzlers and potato chips aren’t really the keys to a healthy body! I’m doing a pretty good job at eating a mostly vegan diet at the moment but I am planning on putting a greater emphasis on variety (mainly so I don’t get bored and go grab a bag of candy to fulfill my need for exciting food) and cutting out the stuff that makes me feel not-so-hot.
Will this be a challenge? Of course! Considering I am on James Wilson’s program and intend on building some muscle, I may not get the same results as someone who eats a high protein diet. I eat more carbs and less protein than the average bear. I already talked to James about this though and he is confident that I will be okay. I am already starting to see some changes in my upper body that I’m really excited about.
Now that I have the amazing Eat Clean Vegetarian Cookbook (which includes a lot of vegan recipes), I will have a lot of new recipes and ideas to help fuel my body. I will also be picking Jenn’s brain since she has been following a vegan diet for quite some time now.
I will try my best to document my eats on here for those of you who are interested in incorporating some plant-based meals into your diet. I post a lot of pictures on Instagram as well (the_athletarian) so feel free to add me on there too!
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If you were to go vegan, what would be the hardest thing for you to give up?