Today marks the first day of my 30 day vegan challenge. What in the world am I thinking???
I’ve grew up a huge meat/dairy eater all of my life, eating either dairy or meat at EVERY. SINGLE. MEAL. So eating plant-based is going to be a huge change for me! Over the last couple of weeks I have been weaning myself off of dairy and meat, but not completely. I had still been eating eggs with breakfast, but I would also eat shredded sweet potatoes, onions, and peppers. Lunch I had switched to peanut butter and preserves/jelly sandwiches with fruit, nuts as snacks, and dinner has been rice, beans, veggies and a small serving of chicken or beef. I would also have a protein shake with frozen food after my workout.
30 Day Vegan Challenge
So what do vegans eat? Since I am just starting out on my journey to become vegan, I probably do not eat like the typical vegan. One thing that I am transferring over from my omnivore days is meal prepping. I simply do not have enough time or will power to make my breakfast, lunch and dinner every day. I am a huge fan of meal prepping and batch cooking to save time in the kitchen. Don’t get me wrong, I love cooking but I’d rather spend 2-3 hours on a weekend and get most of my meal prepping done for the week and just spend a little bit of time each night fixing dinner and just throwing everything into my lunch box for breakfast, lunch and snacks every day.
Some things to help me stay on track when trying to do the 30 day vegan challenge are:
Buying nuts in bulk on Amazon to save $$$
Making easy grab and go snacks like my raw vegan protein balls
Meal prepping a variety of foods to help keep boredom at bay. I’m so excited to make spring/summer rolls with these rice papers I ordered.
I also bought Oh She Glows Vegan Cookbook to broaden my cooking skills. Although I have made a variety of vegan dishes in the past, my knowledge of vegan cooking is very limited so I am very excited to check out her book!
To keep myself accountable I am going to try to write a post every day during this 30 day vegan challenge. I’m going to include what I ate each day, what my workout was, how I felt during the day and any kind of challenges that I faced.
Also I am going to be keeping statistics such as starting weight, measurements, photos (face and body–I’m hoping that going vegan will help clear up my skin!)
Day 1 FOOD INTAKE
Super green smoothie made with 1 cup Spinach, 1/2 cup Strawberries, 1/2 ripe banana, a few slices of cucumber, 1 teaspoon organic matcha green tea powder, 1 teaspoon organic mama powder, 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk, 10 drops stevia extract. The fruit was fresh, but I meal prepped them in baggies and froze them to save time every morning.
Iced coffee (brewed in bulk the night before) + unsweetened coconut milk + stevia extract + Double Fudge Brownie Vegan Protein Powder.
Cashews, peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
Pita with homemade roasted beet hummus, bean sprouts, avocado. Fresh strawberries, honey dew, oranges, grapes.
Oatmeal + peanut butter
TVP + tomato sauce + cumin all mixed together once the TVP was rehydrated. Tortilla, read onion, and vegan cheese. I was pleasantly surprised this could have passed for the texture of ground turkey or chicken tacos!
DAY 1 WORKOUT:
I’ve started to do the strong lifts program again to help get my strength back up since this little hiatus from weight lifting has me feeling weak. This was my favorite program before because it was easy to follow, I saw great results and it has a cool free app that would track everything for me (you don’t have to carry a notebook around or scroll through your notes on your phone to see what weights you were using last time because it tracks everything for you!).
I have modified it a little bit since I can no longer do bench presses and instead I opted for hip thrusts. I know works a completely different body part, but I like the little extra attention to my booty and it will help with my squats too! If you want to do the original strong lifts program the exercises are squats, deadlifts, and barbell rows, but I changed my program to squats, barbell rows and hips thrust and then I added in some plank holds at the end for some extra core work even though you should be using your core with all of these compound lifts.
I made a little graphic below if you want to pin it to test it out later 🙂
If you like this workout, you may want to check out these other two workouts for your in between days: 30 minute cardio workout and my booty blasting workout. Both of these can be completed at home with little equipment (1 band & a jump rope).
I will be doing the strong lifts program 3 days a week (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) and then more cardio based workouts 2-3 days a week (Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday). The Strong Lifts program alternate between 2 workouts, an “A” workout which would be the above, and a “B” workout, which I will be showing you on day 3.
Each time you complete the workout, you will increase your lifts by 5-10 pounds. For example, I may start off with squatting 75# and the next time I squat it will be with 80#. The object is to start off with a lower than normal weight because you will be increasing the weights frequently, and you don’t want to hit a plateau too quickly.
In addition to weight lifting, I will also be trying to run 1 mile daily to see my improvements. Yesterday I took Stella for a run and we did the mile in 11:16. Today my friend Erica and I ran 1 mile and ended up having to take a few walk breaks, but that’s okay. We ended up finishing the 1 mile in 13 minutes flat. That’s not too shabby since neither one of us has done much running lately.
Erica is going to be joining me on this healthy lifestyle and we made a youtube video to introduce ourselves and what we will be up too. Watch the video below 🙂
Alright folks, it’s time for me to say goodnight for the time being. I hope you all have a great Thursday!
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