My Vegan (plant-based) Meal Staples and Status on New Year Goals

It’s already been two (almost three) weeks into the new year and time is already flying by so fast! I can’t believe it. Does it always get like this as we get older? I’m only a quarter of a century old.

Anyway, I wanted to give an update on my vegan (or should I say plant-based) meals and how my fitness goals are going. I guess I should go with my fitness goals since that is easier to talk about.

The good thing is that I am following my push, pull, leg/ab and cardio routine. I feel like it’s helping me get stronger than the other routine I’ve been following (which is no routine, just doing random machines). For my yoga 3 times a week, I haven’t been following as much. I have done it twice so far, so it’s not a total fail yet. The other problem is that I have a hard time trying to stretch after every workout. I just get so busy but I do have to make time to stretch. I can feel how tight my my muscles are. I know how important stretching is.

I tried spinning for the first time on Sunday with my friends. I did not know how hard spinning was, omg. I loved the music our instructor chose. However, I think either my muscles are weak and tight or the bike wasn’t positioned correctly for my height. My knees hurt during most of the class and they are still hurting today. I feel so old. I am hoping it will go away, I am trying to avoid any exercises that are too impact for the knees, like running. I may  have to skip leg day on Wednesday or just do body weight exercises for legs. I’m sad but I don’t want to injure my knees any more.

Regarding my plant-based diet, mi novio and I have been trying to come up with eating out options for vegan meals if it ever get to that point. We also have thought of some meals we can cook and eat at home.

Eat Out Vegan Options

  • Loving Hut
  • Burger Patch
  • Pizza Bell
  • Chipotle- sofrita bowl
  • Carl’s Jr Beyond Burger w/ no cheese, no mayo
  • Panda Express – chow mein/rice, eggplant tofu

I think that is enough options for us for now. We plan on eating in most of the time.

So, when it comes to plant-based staples for eating in, here is what worked for us so far.

  • Tofu/tempeh stirfry with Healthy Noodles or rice and teriyaki sauce (we use the frozen stirfry veggies from costco)
  • General’s Tofu
  • Vegan Burgers (mainly the beyond meat)
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches
  • Nuts/Fruits
  • Soymilk

We are trying to finish off our meat-products we have at home so all of our meals haven’t been plant-based yet. But this is what we had and liked so far. I will post a more extensive list after our plant-based challenge next month.

We are excited to see what happens to our body next month when we switch to a fully plant-based diet. Hopefully clear skin, more energy, better blood work, lower blood pressure, and just overall better health.

In my next post, I will talk about vegan/plant based health and staples everyone eating a plant-based diet should have in their refrigerator/pantry.

Happy New Year 2020!

Happy New Year everyone! I can’t believe it’s 2020, a new decade. So much has happened the past decade and I can’t what to see what’s in store for this decade, and year.

So, on a bad note, I have not lost weight as I had wanted to. But at least I did not gain weight. I feel like this is my maintenance weight when I workout (unstructured) and eat how I want to normally. If I were to be strict on my diet and my workout, it’d be a lot different. On a good note, I am happy to start off the new decade with new changes and goals! Here they are.

First Goal – Transition into a more plant based diet

Mi novio and I will be transitioning into a more plant-based diet. The end goal is to be vegan. For now, we won’t buy any more meat products and finish any that we have at home. We don’t like wasting food. However, we do want to do a full vegan challenge next month in February. I will be testing my blood right before the challenge and right after it. I want to see how my cholesterol and everything changes when switching to a vegan diet. I will also be taking my blood pressure too. We will post before and after pictures too to see if there are any changes.

We are still being flexible as we want to see how the food is and if we can maintain it.  At least now is the time to be vegan since there are so many more vegan options out there and that it’s becoming more popular and acceptable in society. For now, we do want to be vegan. However, if we are with our Asian families (who believe that you have to eat meat to be healthy), we might eat small amounts of meat. However, we do plan on eating mostly plant based foods, hoping that it isn’t cooked with any animal products (oyster sauce, chicken broth, etc.). One way to combat it is to bring a vegan entree that we can eat. But we will see how it goes. The other thing is when we are on vacation, how that will work out. Some places might not have that many vegan options. The point is that we will eat vegan for the most part and will not go out of our way to eat meat products. For sure during our challenge, we will be full vegan and see how it goes.

The reason we are transition is that we same a Netflix documentary called The Game Changers. If you test the blood of a vegan person and of a meat eater, you can see how cloudy the blood of a meat eater is. Imagine that going through your blood vessels, seeing how it could clog your arteries. They claim that going vegan will give you more energy and that it will be especially helpful when doing sports and physical activity. I do believe that. Mi novio is doing it because he wants more energy and is hoping it will improve his basketball. I am doing it for more of the health benefits and I don’t need meat in my life. I had periods of time in my life that I ate vegetarian but it wasn’t sustainable since my parents did not support that diet.

Back to the documentary. I don’t believe that meat is evil, that it is terrible for the body. That is what the documentary is trying to do. However, I do see the benefits of eat less meat and going towards more of a plant based diet. After the challenge, we may decide to be flexitarian, eat vegan for the most part and eat very few meat/meat products when with our families or on vacation (depending on what food is available). Or we will maintain our vegan lifestyle. We will see.

Mi novio has done a lot of research to see what nutrients, food, etc. we need and what we can eat if we were to go out to eat to inform himself. I already know as a nutritionist. We will have to stick to a meal plan so that we can be healthy and not be deficient in anything.

Second Goal – Fitness

My 2nd goal is to become stronger and lose weight. I am going to have more structure to my workouts. Before, I was just randomly doing weight machines with no specific goal in mine. Now, it will be more structured. I will be doing a pull-push-legs/abs type of thing. I will be doing cardio 3-4 times a week. This will help build strength and I hope to be able to do a pull-up this year. I will also be stretching after every workout so that I can be more flexible. Here is the plan.

Sunday – legs/abs + cardio

Monday – Push

Tuesday – Pull + Cardio

Wednesday – Legs/abs

Thursday – Push + cardio

Friday – Pull + cardio

Saturday – Rest

The cardio will be randomly spread out throughout the week depending on how I feel and how busy I am. I will be doing Pilates core workouts to work on my abs and do a 15-20 minute night yoga video at least 3 x a week. `This should help relieve some stress, muscle tension, and help me relax before going to bed.

I do have other goals in regards to my professional life, my personal life (such as organization skills, etc), and working on improvement relationships I have in my life with my family, novio, and friends. However, I feel that once I reach my goal of losing weight, it will give me the confidence to be able to improve everything else in my life as it will improve my self-esteem and confidence.

That’s it for now.

Do you have any new goals for the new year/decade?

If yes, what are they? If not, why not? 

It’s been a long time…

I can’t believe it’s been so long since I’ve lasted posted. I really needed a break. I couldn’t think of topics to write about and I have been extremely busy. There has been a lot of change for me the past half year and it’s just been crazy.

For one thing, I needed to take a break from some social media. I haven’t been on Instagram, Snapchat, etc. for a while now. I still used Facebook but that was just to be able to communicate with friends and family. I want to live and enjoy life. Not live life behind a camera. Plus, it kind of sucks that no matter how hard I try, I tend to compare myself to others on social media. Taking a break has made me realize that I shouldn’t compare my life to others and I should just be happy and live my life. Everyone usually only posts the “good” parts of their life, not the not so fun day to day stuff.

I also started taking guitar lessons a few months ago since I thought it’d be cool to learn something new and plus I love music. It’s so different from playing the cello and violin, which I’m used to. I also have a new boyfriend, which has been going great. We workout together and do everything together. It’s nice to be with someone that has the same goals as you.

We’ve been to many places together already. We went to Disneyland, we started to going to a lot of brewfests, EDC Las Vegas, and to Belfair, Washington during the 4th of July weekend. It’s been fun being able to travel and do things with each other.

I have gained weight because of all of these vacations though, which sucks. That’s the price for eating too good during vacations.  Before Disneyland (which was at the end of March), I weighed under 130 lbs, the lowest I had been in over three years. Now, I’m close to 140 lbs. I want to get back under 130 lbs. My goal weight is 120 – 125 lbs.

It’s not impossible to lose 15 pounds but it is always hard when you don’t have that much weight to lose to begin with. The good thing is that my bf and I are on the same page with losing weight, which helps. We both like working out and trying to eat healthy, but we also love eating good food (which doesn’t help sometimes either). But since we both gained weight because of the vacations, we are working together to lose the weight we gained.

I’ll be posting about my weight loss journey here. 🙂 For the most part, I do look the same but I don’t feel as well as I should. Of course, I want to lose weight the healthy way. I’ll post my plan on the next post. I just wanted pop in and say hi.

What have you guys been up to?

Do you guys need social media break sometimes? 

What is “healthy eating”?

I have no idea where to begin on what is “healthy eating”. I have a bachelor’s of science degree in nutrition and it still boggles my mind. Now, I probably should clarify and say I don’t understand what “healthy eating tips” are, or how they came about in the first place.

Well, before I get more into this unorganized post with a lot of ranting, here is my definition of healthy eating: “Eating food that nourishes the mind, body, and soul“. Yes, eating healthy means to eat food that provides all the nutrients for your body. Yes, that means eating your fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein, etc. However, there is another aspect of eating: eating food that nourishes your soul. That means that if you want to eat that scoop of ice cream, go right ahead. DON’T FEEL GUILTY ABOUT IT.

People put so much shame on eating that greasy burger or pizza. “I’ll gain 10 pounds by just looking at it.” “That burger will make me fat”. You know what? Don’t! If your body is craving it, eat it. Just don’t eat it every single damn day. It’s about finding the right balance of healthy eating and eating foods that you enjoy. It’s like they always say, everything in moderation! It won’t kill you if you eat burgers and fries every once in a while.

I get that some people have the all or nothing approach. They have to eat only “healthy foods” if they want to eat “healthy”. There’s no way they’re eating a piece of chocolate because after that, they won’t be able to stop. However, the question is whether or not you enjoy that type of eating. I like having a piece of chocolate every once in a while. I like eating pizza, burgers, fries, and ice cream. I just don’t eat it every day. You have to find the right balance.

The reason why I’m posting this is because it’s January, it’s a New Year, and people will fall into the diet trap. Keto, Whole30, whatever diet is the trend that year. If eating like that makes you healthy and feel good, sure. Do you like the food? Go for it. But, if you’re suffering through it and you’re not enjoying it, why torture yourself? 

I get it. People want to be healthier, maybe even lose weight. But remember, enjoy your food. Don’t be so hard on yourself. As long as you’re eating healthy, it’s okay to eat the other foods every once in a while. 

So, what is your definition of healthy eating?

What’s your favorite food? 

Happy New Year 2019!

Happy New Year everyone! I can’t believe it’s already 2019. I am sorry I have been MIA the past two month. I got busy and I got sick twice (no bueno!). I am hoping to start of the New Year with a good start. Fingers crossed!

I didn’t workout that much last month as I was sick. I feel so out of shape.

Anyway, I hope everyone had a great new year. I’m pretty sure a lot of you will have New Year’s Resolutions. I have New Years Goals and I feel like posting them here so that I can keep myself accountable. Here are mine. I’m posting this to keep me on track and to hold myself accountable.

Fitness/Health

  • Run at least 2 x a week
  • Do a full pull-up, unassisted
  • Squat my weight
  • Do yoga 2 x a week
  • Do ab exercises 2 x a week (will probably do it along with yoga)
  • Stretch at the end of each workout
  • Eat out less (I eat out more than I should with the novio)

Personal

  • Save money – I created a budget.
  • Be more organized
  • Dress better (buy one or new clothes items a month, maximum OR look through my closet and find ways to match things better)
  • Spend more time with family and friends (getting more organized with my planner)
  • Blog more often (3 x a week)
    • Weekly Meals and Workouts
    • Fitness Friday
    • Health Post
    • Any personal posts
  • Find new hobbies
  • Create a better bedtime routine and morning routine

I know this is a lot of stuff. But, I feel like I should write down what I do want to accomplish for this year.

Sorry that I haven’t been posting lately. I will get back into it again.

Do you have any New Years Resolutions or goals?