I have had a lot of interest in my switch to plant-based eating while training at a high level. I decided to switch to a plant-based diet in January. The past eight months have been so much fun though, trying new foods and figuring out how to get the nutrients I need from plants to perform at the highest level. Being plant-based takes some prep and time. But once you get a routine down it is pretty easy. Figuring out what works for you and your schedule is the tricky part. The deeper I get into this lifestyle change, the more I want to make everything from scratch and completely eliminate processed foods.
So what does my day look like?
I typically start the day with a light workout and then I eat something. For breakfast I lean towards avocado toast, oatmeal with berries and banana, or a smoothie. I use Garden of Life products for smoothies. I think they make the best plant based raw protein on the market with low sugar and complete amino acids. I incorporate nut butters from Naturally More*. During the day I eat a lot of carrots and hummus, sweet potatoes with avocado, salads, and fruits.
Dinners usually consist of a grain (quinoa normally since the protein is the highest), tons of greens, veggies, beans (chick peas, black beans, white beans, or hummus). I put hemp seeds, ground flaxseeds, and chia seeds on or in everything I can. These three things add a lot of protein.
At night I try and stay away from refined sugar. If I want dessert, I will make chia pudding with berries and homemade granola that has no added sugar. I also make my own almond milk for coffee and smoothies which is very easy to do.
When I travel, I take a rice cooker and my nutribullet and usually eat in the hotel making smoothies, black bean quinoa avocado burritos, oatmeal etc.
As supplements go, I take:
Since being plant-based I have limited alcohol subconsciously. I no longer view it as a reward for a hard day’s work. I can feel it when I eat poorly or put unhealthy stuff in it. So far I am happy with the progress I have seen with this lifestyle change. I will continue to be plant-based until or if I feel a craving for animal products. I don’t restrict anything my body asks for.
Feed your body well, enjoy your meals, and share them with friends!
Enjoying a meal with Kate Bruck, Leanda Cave, and Michelle Maxwell