Just to give a little context, I had been on a vegetarian diet for roughly 2 years now. But I did consume meat in between which almost made me die since my body no longer has the bacteria it once had before :(
Now for people that are not too familiar with the differences between these diets, a vegetarian is basically someone that avoids all meat and fish but still consumes milk, eggs, cheese, and honey which are animal bi-products. I was on this diet, but I rarely consumed milk since I gradually found out it was the cause of my acne.
Well, the benefits of cleaning out your diet from all processed junk food are that you are left with a blank canvas. So after this, you can easily start adding food and seeing which makes you feel good and which one causes problems to your body.
Now, fast-forward to this day, I'm now committing to a vegan diet which removes all animal bi-products including milk, eggs, cheese, honey which is fine for me since I now consume very healthy alternatives that replace the vitamins these have. It was also a long process of discovery. But it was fairly easy given I'm fascinated with cooking at the moment.
Well, it's a combination of these reasons: health, philosophy and the environment. Right now I'm very conscious about my health, the world's health and the harmony between us.
So what do I eat every day? Good question lol. My plates are simple but nutrient-dense. I make sure I pack everything in two daily meals. The majority of the ingredients are natural, whole food plant-based foods that are packed with vitamins and minerals. Well, I do my very best at least. My two meals include lots of vegetables, plant-based protein, healthy fats and some grains. It's the macronutrient trio essentially: proteins, carbohydrates and fats.
I've eliminated all processed foods from my diet including any foods that are high in salt and sugar. Some of these bad stuff include potato chips, biscuits, sodas and basically anything with a label lol. It's important to note that this was a slow process that took almost two years thanks to advice from all my health-conscious friends.
So here's a sample of what I eat in the morning (1 of 2 meals). It's an oatmeal porridge made with raw oats, almond milk and topped off with these fruits, seeds, and condiments: banana, cinnamon, ground flaxseed, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, moringa, dried unsweetened coconut strips, dried cranberries, dates, almonds, chia seeds, and raw unsalted nuts.
In general, for my second meal, I try to get a healthy balance of the following:
- 50% of my dish to be vegetables with many colors which means it has a wide variety of vitamins and minerals
- 25% of my dish to be plant-based protein like lentils, chickpeas, beans, or hummus
- 25% of my dish to be grains which are carbs like brown rice, quinoa, potatoes, or something of that sort
- A nice portion of healthy fats like avocado or nuts