Embarking on a Fitness Journey… Help

Alright, so I’ll be honest.

I’m trying to figure my way around a fitness plan while on a vegan diet and I’m scared. Not that I’m genuinely afraid of it but I’m having the typical concerns such as how to be able to work out regularly but still give myself enough energy so I’m not in a constant burn out.

I think the hardest thing I’ve encountered throughout my diet is wondering if I’ve been eating enough or am if I’m lacking anything essential. And that’s just while I’m living my day to day life.

Adding in a stable workout into the mix makes it a bit more difficult.

My goal all in all is to build some strength and improve my running. For now I’ve planned on having two leg days, two arm days, two full cardio (running) days, and one full body day. And the workouts can either be for 30 minutes up to an hour, depending on what I’m doing.

What I’m generally hoping to do for my meals is have a good combination of fruits, veggies, starches, and legumes. Though they’re listed here as general ideas, I plan to switch up the ingredients so it’s more diverse.

Breakfast: Grains with fruit (oatmeal, mg toast, granola) and a fruit smoothie

Lunch: Tofu Sandwich with greens and tomatoes / Spinach salad with a side of fruit / Roasted vegetables with sweet potatoes or beans

Dinner: Veggies with hummus / Spinach salad / Roasted vegetables with sweet potatoes or beans

For a snack in between, I’d have some mixed nuts or fruit here and there. For my pre-workout snack, I’d have a chocolate peanut butter banana smoothie with protein powder.

My biggest concern with eating is that I’m often  busy so my eating schedule gets messed up or I’m just not hungry and only have 2 meals. So therefor, I don’t know if I’m getting enough of what I need.

If there are any vegans out here in the world who have some advice, please hit me up or comment on this! I would really appreciate it and you would be a life saver ❤

With much love,

Irina

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Super Easy Vegan Pumpkin Spice Muffins

Here it is: the easiest, cheapest, and quickest baking sesh of all time.

It’s a recipe for 3-Ingredient Pumpkin Spice Muffins – and it is life.

The recipe calls for just a box of Spice cake mix, pumpkin puree, and applesauce. You could mix it all in 10 minutes, cook if for another 15, and let it cool. Bam! It’s like microwaveable mug cakes, just with a little less guilt.

Even though I was questioning it at first, the mixture came out really well with great consistency. It didn’t rise much as it was cooking so you would have to pack the mixture on for each muffin to get a big size. After it cools, you’ll notice that the muffin doesn’t really stick onto the cupcake lining. It’s awesome because the awkward moments where the muffin divides and crumbles as you try to peel it are THE WORST.

The muffins came out super moist and fluffy. I ended up making about 18 medium sized muffins last night. I came home this afternoon to two left. They’re that good.

The best part about this kind of muffin is that you can garnish it with literally anything your heart desires – pumpkin seeds, walnuts, coconut flakes, apple chunks, anything…

BONUS TIP: You can even pick a little bit at the raw dough if you’re like me where you eat while you cook.

This is definitely worth a try and super easy to do, even with kids!

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Here’s my first attempt. Not the cutest but hella yummy!

Next time I make these, I’m actually going to make my own cake mix as opposed to using a store-bought box. If it works out, I’ll be sure to catch you up on it!

Here is the link below:

https://spoonuniversity.com/recipe/pumpkin-spice-muffin-recipe

 

Until next time!

The Best Vegan Belgian Waffles

Alright, so of course the first baking item for me to try to make vegan would be waffles. It’s basically essential for me to have these and luckily, I have found a way!

I pulled this recipe off the internet since it had great reviews and decided to try it out.

I’m not going to lie, the first time I made these, I just kind of mixed all the wet ingredients together and all the dry ingredients together without reading the directions and went from there. Once I looked back, I realized that certain things had to be combined prior to. Even though I didn’t do that, it still turned out alright, I just had to add a bit more flour since the mixture was very runny.

Since I’m a rebel and I skipped all the important parts the first time, I told myself I have to make it again with justice. I actually read and followed the directions as one should. It came out wonderful! The mixture had enough consistency without me having to add anything.

The thing I love about the recipe is that the waffle holds well together but is still very light and fluffy. You also get a waffle that doesn’t sit heavily in the stomach (and I tend to eat 2 at a time).

I’ve tried these with the typical vegan butter (Earth Balance, baby!) and syrup as well as a fruity version with strawberries and blueberries. You can mix it up just as everything else. Bonus tip: If you open your waffle maker and close it after it’s ready to be taken out, you can get a bit of a crisp around the edges.

I definitely recommend for you guys to try this. It was relatively easy to make despite the mini combo mixes for the wet ingredients. I will try out more waffle recipes in the future and let you know which is best.

Here is the link below:

http://mycaliforniaroots.com/vegan-belgian-waffles-recipe/

Until next time!

I’ve Been a Veggie for 3 Years

I always felt that eating another being was wrong. There was always a sense of guilt in the back of my mind when I had a meal simply because my temporary ‘happiness’ and ‘enjoyment’ was due to someone’s suffering.

How can something tasting good justify a lifetime of torture and a cruel death?

I wouldn’t want someone to do that to me.
I wouldn’t want to be forced into a cage for all my days not knowing what the sun ever looked like. I wouldn’t want to be pulled from my family after birth just to be tied up and beaten. I wouldn’t want to be hauled onto a truck with countless others awaiting our deaths.

I don’t want to die to satisfy people who don’t need to eat me to live on their lives.
So if you don’t want someone to do this to you, why would you allow this be done to someone else?

Because of this, I made a conscious decision to never eat another animal again.

And I’ve never been happier.

I would’ve done so earlier but when you make these lifelong decisions, you have to make sure you will be able to carry it out. So, I did my research, gathered information on the negative effects of eating meat (physically and environmentally), looked up recipes, searched restaurants, calculated my costs, and got more familiar with the idea.

When you’re younger, it’s especially hard because often times you don’t cook for yourself and you don’t want to be a burden to your family. So, there were things I had to learn to take on myself in order for me to make this possible, such as cooking and grocery shopping.

In the summer of 2013, I cut off all red meat and pork. I only relied on poultry because that was the hardest thing for me to give up. When 2014 came around, my New Year’s “resolution” or milestone was to go fully vegetarian!

As you can see, it takes a bit of perspective and getting used to the idea.

Soon enough, you will make it possible because you CAN do this!

Remember that.