Vegan Peak Week: Full Day of Eating
Without a doubt, the #1 question I get asked, and just CANNOT seem to give a helpful answer to is "what do you eat in a day?"
There is no typical day! It's far easier to answer, "what DON'T you eat."
That would be a much shorter list:1. Meat
4. Gluten, as best as I can avoid it.
5. Soy, only as of this past week though while in peak week for my bikini show (because it does bloat me). Otherwise I eat loads of it.
In other words, I eat a LOT, I eat variety like whoa, and I don't cut food groups.
If you're envisioning a restrictive bikini competitor diet of, I don't know, rice cakes, baked sweet potatoes, and air fried tofu...that ain't how I do things!
When people tell me (usually kind of proudly?) that they've cut carbs out, I try to smile and nod and be like "mmm, good for you!" but man, that ain't me! I follow one of our nutritionist-designed meal plans, the vegan version obvs, which tells me exactly how many portions of each food group I need per day. And what I choose for those portions is up to me!
I tried my best to type up a good representative day of eating though, because I know what an unsatisfying and unhelpful response that is!SO I tried my best here to give you what a typical day in the life of a vegan, 4 days out from a bikini show, looks like for ME. If this still isn't specific enough for you, you are welcome to message me or comment so that I can get you set up with the actual meal plan I use. I won't be sharing macros or calories here, or ever, because those vary so much from person to person, and the only way you can know what's right for YOU is to get an actual meal plan made for you (which is what my clients get!)
Typical Breakfast:After waking up and drinking at least 8 ounces of water, always, I am pretty predictable for breakfast. I almost always have oats, with peanut butter or PB2, blueberries or strawberries, cinnamon always. I vary whether I make it with milk or water. If I'm higher carb, I'll slice some bananas. Need more protein? I throw in a scoop of my superfoods. Coffee is ALWAYS happening, with almond creamer. I take this exact ingredient list, with the addition of baking soda and syrup, and turn them into pancakes if I'm feeling fancy.
Lately I've been digging having some Skinny Pop brand vegan cheddar rice cakes, plus maybe some blueberries, or celery dipped in mashed avocado and salsa. I almost might have half a Munk Pack cookie, which are AMAZING and of course vegan.
I usually have some type of bowl filled with veggies, grains, and protein, plus a sauce. Lately I've been loving making a bed of blanched green beans and kale, topped with Brami Beans or black beans, sliced tomatoes, cucumbers, avocado, and topped with nutritional yeast, liquid aminos, and alwayssss hot sauce or sriracha. Sometimes I'll treat myself to a faux meat like Beyond Beef crumbles, grilled chicken, or maybe a Dr. Praeger's brand "All American" burger which I LOVE.
Typical Pre and Post Workout:I am religious with this: I cannot workout without a scoop of our natural pre-workout (the ONLY one I'll drink), mixed with some lemon water. I literally look forward to it all day long. Post workout I will always have our superfood blend, either in vegan Cafe Latte or vanilla, mixed typically with frozen fruit, Ripple pea protein milk, cinnamon, or sometimes just cold brew coffee.
Typical Dinner: I'm a volume eater, so I like to go big and do another bowl, typically. Tonight I did a giant romaine lettuce salad with chick peas, asparagus, sauerkraut, tomatoes, and a mustard based dressing. I could do anything here tho--stir fry, carrot noodles with marinara and meat balls, Mexican...those are some of my regulars.
I can't go to sleep hungry, and I ain't scared of carbs after dark. So I like to have either a bowl of old fashioned oats, just cooked in some water and cinnamon, maybe with some fruit or PB if it's a higher calorie phase for me. Or I really love mixing cooked white rice with vegan protein powder, cinnamon, and raisins for a super quick and easy rice pudding. I usually wind down the night with some peppermint or detox dandelion tea.
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