I’ve been an Eat Clean-vegan all , and am feeling fantastic! I’ve lost three pounds total, so far, and am heading to the beach today…in a bikini!
People tend to think that a vegan diet is super bland and restrictive, but that couldn’t be further from the truth! The Eat Clean Diet already promotes cutting down on dairy (no one ever lost weight on the “eat cheese diet”), avoiding alcohol, and sticking to lean proteins, so veg’ eating fits the bill perfectly!
Read on for some tips on adopting some vegan-ism into your diet and also for the recipe of the quick, delish Eat Clean snack I’m packing in my beach bag !
A vegan diet is one where you refrain from eating any animal products at all. Yes that means no cheese, milk, meat, fish, and eggs. The Eat Clean Diet promotes filling up on vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and lean proteins. As you can see, this is a marriage made in heaven!
It may seem really drastic to forgo your usual slice of pizza, burger, or ice cream, but these things have no place in a healthy diet anyway, right? Another thing that shocked me when I went vegan, was how manufacturers manage to sneak dairy in to almost everything we eat. Yup, there’s already milk in your cereal, crackers, and even your non-dairy creamer.
For more on how to go vegan, click here. Try to incorporate a vegan or vegetarian day into your week. I love the Meat Free Mondays push that’s been promoted by Paul McCartney and even Mario Batali. You’ll save money, improve your health, and help the environment as well.
Here is a recipe that I made from The Eat Clean Diet Recharged book. It’s a sweet and crunchy snack that’s perfect for your Meal 2 or Meal 6 munch. It’s ridiculously easy to make (no cooking!) and I am trying not to eat all four servings at once!
Light Waldorf Salad
makes 4 servings
1/2 c. unsweetened, low-fat yogurt (I used soy)
1 tbsp. lemon juice
1 c. diced celery
1 c. diced crisp apples (I used Fuji)
1/2 c. coarsely chopped walnuts
1/2 c. seedless red grapes
1. Combine yogurt and lemon juice. Mix well.
2. Place all salad ingredients in a large serving bowl. Toss with dressing and keep refrigerated until ready to serve.
Nutritional information per serving:
149 calories; 4g protein; 10g fat; 13g carbohydrates
What I learned this week:
- I love eating vegan! I just feel better, have more energy, and enjoy being socially responsible! I’m sure I will cheat and have fish sometime soon, but this is the ultimate in clean eats.
- I’ve got the portion size thing down for good.
- The weight is coming off. Patience is a virtue!
My Goals for Next Week:
- Cooler 1 Plan (gasp!): the ECD gets intense!
- Continue being super-woman at the gym.
- Lose another 2 lbs (a girl can dream!)
Would you consider going vegetarian one day a week? Let me know, or ask me about vegan eating!FightFineLines.com
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