Day 66 | Let's Talk, Diet

Day 66

Nothing like starting your morning out right with a vegan breakfast

1/2 cup steel cut oats, 1 cup of mixed fruit, 1/2 cup of almond milk, 1 tsp flax seed, 1 tsp maple quinoa, 1 tsp hemp seeds, 1 tsp shaved coconut, 1 tsp granola, 2 tsp mix of buckwheat, chia, almonds, dark chocolate, cranberries, 2 tsp mulberries, cinnamon sprinkled atop for good measure + my Tazo Chia black tea for a caffeine kick, talk about yummy!

This hearty breakfast clocks in at a mere 294 calories with the added bonus of a healthy dose of 57 grams of carbohydrates to start your day out fulfilled, 8 grams of protein and only 10mg of sodium (my daily allowance is 1,490mg!). 

This hearty breakfast clocks in at a mere 294 calories with the added bonus of a healthy dose of 57 grams of carbohydrates to start your day out fulfilled, 8 grams of protein and only 10mg of sodium (my daily allowance is 1,490mg!). 

Something else which is about to start today, the next 21 days of my final yoga stretch & a revamped healthy eating lifestyle :)

To be more clear, these past two months I have been focusing most on my mental habits and re-wiring those feel good transmitters I neglected. Which is great, but, what has fallen on the wayside has been my diet (everyone’s favorite term right?). Its been so easy for me to grab what ever is close, mostly grains to satisfy my increased hunger (due to all the working out).
So today, after speaking with several friends who have done the 21 day fix program I will begin my own, vegan style!
Although, like most programs where you are to follow their work out routines and shakes, I will be doing my own thang. I will be working out with heated vinyasa flow yoga 6 days a week and drinking my own vegan/organic hemp protein for my shake replacement. Basically, I will only be following the dietary format to get a hold on what I need in my diet to truly live vegan, without leaving out any ounce of vital proteins, nutrients or calories (because, lets face it, living vegan is hard enough short term, so establishing a knowledgable foundation is key to transform it into a lifestyle)! 

An example of 1 week of vegan 21 day fix meals (which looks pretty darn hearty to me! Click the photo for the link to her page):

Vegan Meal Plan for the week - Photo by Sarah Kuhns

Vegan Meal Plan for the week - Photo by Sarah Kuhns

The above example is just ONE out of tons of ways to create a diet for the week. Another example:

Vegan Meal Plan for the week - Hhoto by Amanda Mexiner

Vegan Meal Plan for the week - Hhoto by Amanda Mexiner

Both of these plans have a full grocery shopping list as well!
If you would like to start your own 21 day fix vegan, here is an amazing reference.
All you need to do is calculate your daily calorie intake with a calculator.

Why go vegan you ask? Well it benefits the planet by:
1. Lowering methane emissions by decreasing the need for farm animals which produce methane (when a cow farts, thats methane and there are A LOT of cows out there).
2. Reduces land recession and destruction from massive grain production to feed the cows (you know you could actually stop hunger in the USA if we fed all that grain to people instead of feeding the cows, to feed us...doesn't really make much sense right?). 
3. To help reduce suffering of animals that are on farms.
4. Nutritionally too, meat leads to heart disease and dairy products are a major inflammatory agent, with laced with traces of puss and hormones. Long story short!

*** A great video to educate the masses! I give it two thumbs up! 


Lastly, my vegan cook books came! <3
I am SO excited to bake, cook and create all of these inspiring recipes!

jen montgomery photography vegan

These books were among the top rated out of hundreds of books, so I have high hopes and I will report back my findings! Along with my favorites :D

jen montgomery
jen montgomery photography

Everyone enjoy the rest of your day! I hope I leave you feeling motivatedinspired to explore this strange world of vegan-ism and healthy living. Namaste! :D