Many of my friends and colleagues have been toying around with the idea of going vegan, semi-vegan, or vegetarian and have been asking me for tips and advice on how to get started. After my experience on the Ultimate Reset, where you are pretty much vegan majority of the 21 days, I was pretty sold on how amazing being vegan makes you feel. I was also lucky that I had a pretty specific meal plan that ensured that I was properly fueling my body to ensure that I didn’t indulge on the wrong things or eliminate the right things. However, many people who make the decision to eliminate meat and/or dairy/animal products from their diet, struggle with eating enough protein. In this case, they are setting themselves up for failure, because most of the time they default to loading up tons of carbs, which increases the chances of cravings and binging on foods.
For example, I had a friend who decided to go semi-vegan (she gave up everything except eggs), but she began to gain weight and looked bloated around her mid section. She found herself eating tons of potatoes and rice and bread, because she couldn’t get full. She wasn’t getting enough protein in her diet and she was seeing adverse effects of going semi-vegan. To ensure that you are getting enough protein, even if you do Meatless Mondays, try to incorporate some of these vegetables in your diet that pack a pretty nice protein punch:
- Brussel Spouts
- Beans & Lentils
- Alfalfa Sprouts
Protein is a key component needed for the growth, maintenance, and repair of your cells in your body. It is also a major part of all of the muscles, organs, and tissue, which also means that it is a part of many major body functions like digestion, delivering oxygen and nutrients to your cells, and even your metabolism, among other things. So it is important that even if you eliminate the meat, that you are supplementing your protein intake in other forms, preferably in the form of whole foods, like the ones mentioned above. Or trying out Shakeology, which has a good dose of protein from various plant based sources.
For more information on how to transition into a vegan or vegetarian diet, feel free to reach out and I can help you with that. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.