Wake up to hot water and Lemon
Magic, magic, magic. Wake up your digestive system, continue your body's nightly detox for another half hour and start yourself on a good note :)
It's always good to have lemons in the house. They are great for salad dressings, your new morning beverage, chucking into juices and even cleaning! Woot.
Make the MAJORITY of your diet fresh FRUITS and VEGGIES.
I don’t know how boring this sounds to you, but please trust me.
There is nothing more frustrating than a vegetarian who doesn’t eat vegetables. If you cut things out of your diet, like say… meat and dairy…. You need to REPLACE it with other GOOD foods. These other foods should be of optimum nutrition and: guess what? That comes best in fresh, unadulterated packages.
If you can develop a love for Fruits and Vegetables, you will be a glowing, shining, healthy ninja in no time. And honestly: it isn't that hard. There are so many different kinds of fruits out there and a million different kinds of vegetables and a zillion things you can do with them. Get adventurous!
Easiest option: chuck a heap in the oven with some yummy herbs to devour.
Enjoy time in your kitchen
Google some recipes! Get experimenting! Fall in love with your kitchen. If you love food and develop a passion for creating lovely recipes it will be so much easier to enjoy food and want to put quality things in.
It's also generally healthier to prepare meals yourself rather than eating out lots :) You know exactly what is going into your food, know where it has come from and it'll save you a few bucks too!
Sleep, Sugar, Water.
This is a slogan from one of my favorites: Durianrider. He always says “sleep, sugar, water!” and it’s so simple, yet so brilliant.
When I (finally) got these three fundamentals in place, it made a quick and remarkable difference.
Sleep: seriously just try for the eight hours. It may sound impossible, but try. You will feel like a different person.
Sugar? Get your fruits in. Get it out of the way first thing. Make fruit your breakfast and snacks… just get it in. Fruit is natures perfect food and it delivers your body so much goodness. Get it in. There is your energy!
Water? Guzzle it down like soda. Flood your body with it. Make sure your urine is clear… that’s how you know you’re getting enough. If your urine is yellow: guess what? You ain’t hydrated. Uh huh… that’s how many people in this world don’t drink enough water.
Make your Salads ENORMOUS
Guess what? Vegetables are ridiculously low in calories. IF you are eating a salad…. EAT AN ENORMOUS SALAD. If you are eating a salad that is primarily grains, beans, nuts or oils: you don’t need to go overboard, but if it’s mostly all vegetables then load up! Load up with an abundance of raw or cooked veggies and you can have fun with additions and dressings.
My lemon tahini dressing is a favorite with people and will add some energy to your veggies… avocado is a good choice too or just some nice steamed/roasted root vegetables. Mmmm.
Other good "toppers": olives, sun-dried tomatoes, different seeds, blended dressings, chopped basil, a squeeze of fresh lemon.... YUM YUM YUM.
Try not to O.D on OILS
This may be controversial and please don’t get me wrong: I’m not “anti-oil”, BUT I have noticed that people use a lot of the stuff, especially when they go vegan and can’t use butter anymore. I only recommend things that work for me and I did notice a change in my energy and weight when I cut down on oils.
Even though oil is fine in small doses, it is incredibly high in calories and is ultimately a refined substance that doesn't really mimic anything in nature. Have some if you want, but I wouldn't recommend making it a staple in your diet.
Here is a little insert from Dr Douglas Graham who is the father of the "High Carb, Low fat" movement that I must confess, I do subscribe to. It's okay if you don't! We are all friends here :)
"Because they are refined from their original state, oils are no longer safe to ingest into the body. In their concentrated forms, they are pure fat and large amounts of that fat will be directly absorbed into the bloodstream, adversely affecting the blood viscosity (thickness) and the blood chemistry. However, eating some fresh olives, coconut flesh, or sunflower seeds, in moderation, is not bad for you. These whole foods assuredly contain plenty of fat but it is in a form that is combined with all the essential nutrients designed by nature to accompany that fat."
Do some Googling for yourself to see what you think, but after lots of research I've noticed that some of my most trusted health gurus aren't that fond of oil, so I'm wary. I use Grape seed oil for roasting veggies and I use olive oil cold :) I also put Coconut oil on my eyes at night, use it as a make-up remover and to replace eggs when I'm baking!
If you're hungry: EAT.
If you’ve gone vegan in a healthy way and are eating primarily wholefoods (fruits, veggies, nuts, grains and seeds), guess what? You are going to get hungry a lot more often because plant foods digest very quickly.
Don’t let this freak you out: if you get hungry: EAT. For the love of god. Don’t doubt your body and it’s brilliant wants and needs. Be logical and smart: eat a wonderful varied diet, whatever you're craving, with a focus on wholefoods and eat until you are satisfied. As long as you don’t eat vegan cupcakes every time you are hungry, you’ll be fine :)
Trust your choice. Be excited.
Why are you vegan? Honestly? Why are you doing this? If you are 100% committed and resolved in this choice, then you shouldn’t spend heaps of time questioning it. Don’t waste your brain power on doubt and questioning… if you believe this is the right diet for you, you will make it work.
This is a wonderful, abundant and healthy way to live. If you embrace 100%, I have no doubt you'll be filled with positivity, health and happiness! Try and be as involved and knowledgeable as you can about why veganism rocks. The more information in your head, about ethics and vitamins and all the rest, the more you will trust your decision and be a walking talking example of why we don't need animal products!
I have more tips here on my page: Going Vegan :)
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