What’s this all about?
I’m gonna go all public and say I’m doing a 21-day “What I eat” challenge. More specifically, I’ll be focusing on lowering my current fat intake and eating more fruit for snacks. I plan to do it for 21 days and extend it further if I’m enjoying it. Public means I’m making myself accountable and even if you don’t give two hoots, I do.
I’ll put it out there that I already eat a vegan whole foods diet most of the time (vegan always of course) but I’ve been trying to get my body into a shape I love post-pregnancy. My goal is to feel comfortable in my own skin. I’ve found I’m snacking a lot, craving sweetness and have been eating a higher fat diet than usual. Being at home without leaving makes me want to snack even more.
I’m breastfeeding and know my body needs extra calories for this, but I also know that eating all the avocado, artichokes and oily salad dressings in a day are probably making me go over these extra calories. Now I’m not one to count calories. I hate it. Anything with too much extra admin is a no-no.
What does success look like in this 21 day “What I eat” challenge?
So to be successful, I’m choosing to be mindful and love my body. I’m not here to deprive my body, I’m here to make it stronger, fitter, leaner. I’ve decided to share my journey with you and give you encouragement if you are looking at tackling your own diet. We can do anything if we want it bad enough. I owe it to my body to take care of it. I’m also using up all my pantry/freezer and fridge items so haven’t had to go and buy items to make these meals.
A little bit of exercise
Along with my “What I eat” challenge, I’ll be doing exercise in some form daily. If the weather is good, Leo and I go on long walks and I’ll either babywear him or push him in the stroller. Every 2nd day, I follow Group HIIT videos on YouTube and those kick my ass.
Group HIIT have short 18-27 minute videos and there is enough variety to not get bored. I’ve been doing these workouts for almost 3 months and for the first time in my life, I have stuck to a workout regime. Yay for me!
I’m already seeing results and have definitely got stronger. Even on days when I really don’t feel like working out, I try to just get it over with and feel great afterward. I no doubt need to be strong since Leo is getting heavier each day.
I won’t be changing the way I cook all that much but I will be cooking with less oil and focusing more on balanced meals that are satiating and keep me full longer. There are days where I tend to not eat a proper lunch and then end up snacking throughout the day so I’ll make sure I eat 3 proper meals and healthy snacks in between.
Are you ready to see what I eat in a day?
I wake up around 7 am and Sam makes me coffee and brings me granola in bed (lucky girl right?). Lunch is always early these days (Sam eats lunch early at work so I’ve fallen into his work from home schedule). I’ve been trying to have a salad once a day. This one is mixed greens, kimchi(click for my recipe – I used normal green cabbage and it turned out just as yummy), cucumber, grated zucchini, a few walnuts, and an almond yogurt-lemon juice-salt and pepper dressing.
2 hours later I was hungry again, so I made this berry smoothie. It had mixed berries, almond milk, a date all blended. Tip: buy frozen berries in bulk if you can to save money. I buy mine from Costco. Afternoon snack was an apple with a teaspoon of peanut butter and 1/2 tsp chia seeds.
Dinner was a sweet and savory broth with mushrooms, asparagus, bok choy and some black bean spaghetti. It’s about 1 liter of broth in this bowl. Around 8:30 pm I had another bowl of granola with almond milk.
Day 2 was a bit different as I went to bake at the commercial kitchen and I thought I would be done around 11 am but only finished at 1 pm making it a late lunch. I was starving by then.
Breakfast was the usual granola and almond milk and coffee. Lunch was leftover soup with tofu and a slice of Daiya pizza. Afternoon snack was an apple with mixed nut butter and dinner was leftover pizza and granola as a snack.
2 days of my “What I eat” challenge…
I’m feeling excited that you can see what I eat as a vegan daily. Every day is different and some days leftovers are included or I eat the same thing twice.
I have my days where I’m extra tired and convenience food is super helpful. We don’t eat processed food very often but I do keep some meatballs, pizza or chorizo in the freezer for times when I need to make a quick meal.
In the next few days I’ll post day 3, 4 and 5 🙂
Who is keen to join the challenge? Tag me on Instagram with your daily eat @the_hungry_herbivore