Plant Based Diet & Exercising

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Plant Based Diet & Exercising

By: Fabiola Michel

Veganism, or for most, plant based dieting has become a rapidly growing trend. What most people fail to realize is that veganism revolves around your whole life, not just dieting. Most vegans are animal rights advocates. While my diet may be vegan, my lifestyle isn’t so I refer to it as plant based. I am a firm believer that God put animals on this earth for us to eat with the exception of some (Leviticus 11:1-47). I do not however believe that he would be accepting of how we treat the animals that we are putting into our bodies (but that’s a whole other discussion for another day).

Many people are afraid of switching to a plant based diet because they fear that they won’t be able to cook vegan foods or some fear that they won’t be able to attain their fitness goals by cutting out meats. For years we have been told that we need meat for proteins when in fact, we can get that same protein just by eating vegetables. I remember two years ago, I tried being a vegetarian for almost a year and my iron levels were higher than they had ever been which proved to me that I didn’t need meat for protein. Two months ago, I went back to being a vegetarian and a few weeks later, I switched to a plant based diet. For me, the cooking aspect is easy because I love to cook and try new recipes. I was afraid to switch because I feared I would lose a lot of muscle weight (which did happen), but I am learning ways to help me retain muscle. Below I have listed some tips that are helping me along my fitness journey.

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Tips on how to retain muscle while on a plant based diet:

  • Eat whole unprocessed foods (fruits, veggies, nuts)

  • Drink water (water is your friend)

  • Eat regularly throughout the day (3-4 meals, 3 snacks in between meals)

  • Find an all-natural plant based protein shake

  • Calories are your friend. Eating more will help build muscle

  • Lift heavier