Diary Of An Ex-Carnivore: Day Three

SIMPLICITY & CONSISTENCY 

Just like any other diet, I’m realising that the key to consistency right now with this whole vegan thing is simplicity. Today, I ate exactly the same amounts of the same foods, as yesterday and it worked out perfectly. Not only for my personal satisfaction, but also my nutrient goals. (See yesterday’s post for a more detailed breakdown).

Obviously eating the same thing every day indefinitely is going to get old really fast, but luckily for me, I’m used to eating plain chicken breasts and broccoli for weeks on end. Consequently, eating beans, rice, greens, nuts and grains all day is actually really refreshing, delicious and most importantly, sustainable.

Tomorrow I will be replacing my current protein powder (Essential Ten) with Sunwarrior’s Warrior Blend Raw Vegan Protein. Essential Ten, while tasty, was not only absurdly over-priced, but super high in carbs. Even though most of the carbs were of decent nutritional nature, they were only there to replace essential vitamins and minerals you otherwise wouldn’t be getting unless you were eating plenty of veggies and whole foods…. which, being a vegan, I AM. So now that I’ve eliminated over 20 grams of unnecessary carbs per serving from 4 meals a day, I have a whole universe of room to move around in with my macros.

Tomorrow, I could easily use my new powder to bump my protein macro goal back to 40% rather than the 30% it’s at now, but honestly, I want to see how this 50, 30, 20 ratio plays out by the end of the week. It might also just be an excuse to eat more beans.

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Diary Of An Ex-Carnivore: Day Zero

I don’t know about you, but I have always been an avid eater of meat, and on top of that, I eat a lot… Like a lot a lot. Pre-vegan my diet was 50% protein, and that meant my consumption of meat, dairy and supplements made up most of my calories. As you can probably guess, that’s not necessarily good for you. Initially I was going into the whole vegan thing as a 30 day cleanse of sorts. Something to try and reboot my system and maybe cleanse me of all the chemicals and grease I’ve been devouring in large quantities for the past two years or longer. But then as more people found out what I was planning to do, I was being told “you will lose all your muscle mass.” Or “you won’t be able to maintain your physique.”

Suddenly, I was presented with a challenge. A challenge I intend not only to uphold, but hopefully to learn something. This blog is designed to help someone out there who might be trying to achieve something incredible, without shedding blood. Or maybe even to just look like a meathead, without eating any meat.