Plant-based Fitness FAQ’s
Imagine a world where you could eat delicious healthy food, see results in your fitness routine, and help the planet. That world is now!
What usually holds people back from making the switch to a plant-based lifestyle is a fear of missing out on the flavor or heartiness of meat, or not consuming enough protein. All of these fears no longer hold as much relevance, given the plethora of vegan resources and options out there. You can be healthy, strong, and fit all while eating plants like our omnivore friends … gorillas, pandas, and so many more.
JustFit is all about plant-based fitness. Here are just a few of the main questions I get asked by clients (and my answers!) that will help you understand how plant-based fitness could be your future!
Is it possible to reach fitness goals on a plant-based diet?
Yes, in fact, you may get better results through a plant-based diet!
Vegan food is rich in macronutrients, micronutrients, antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, and immune boosters. This is the opposite from animal proteins, which may contain some vitamin b12 and iron, but also include hormones, inflammation, cholesterol, and bacteria. (Are plants sounding more appealing yet?) It gets even better because the vegan industry is growing and so are your vegan options for food and supplements. There is also an array of plant-based protein powders, BCAA’s (branch chain amino acids), collagens, and more for you to supplement your fit lifestyle.
How do you eat enough protein?
Did you know that plant foods have protein? In fact, some plant foods contain an abundance of it, such as tofu, lentils, and spirulina. It takes a little thought in preparing meals just the same as when you eat meat. You learn which foods have the nutrients you need, then you find recipes that gratify your taste buds. To ease you into a vegan lifestyle, I suggest trying meat alternatives like vegetable burgers and other imitation meats that are loaded with protein. Then, you can transition to more natural meat replacements like tempeh, seitan, tofu, beans, rice, quinoa, nuts, seeds, spirulina, and more. Additionally, to make sure I consume enough protein to repair my muscles from my workouts, I add a vegan protein shake called SoTru or Vega Clean to my day. I also eat a wide range of vegan foods, not just for protein, but to reap all the health benefits along the way.
Can I gain muscle? Can I lose weight?
Of course you can! If you want to really target your goals, you can calculate your calorie intake requirements, then increase your calories to gain weight or find a deficit to lose weight (this in conjunction to an exercise routine). When trying to gain weight, it is always wise to make sure you are consuming healthy extra calories and working out consistently to put on muscle instead of fat. As for weight loss, you want to eat an abundance of nutrients in moderate amounts. It’s also helpful to add metabolism-boosting foods to your meals like ginger and other spices. With the right exercise program and proper eating, you can reach your weight goals!
Have no fear of the vegan lifestyle. I challenge you to try it for a week, maybe two, and see firsthand how refreshing a plant-based diet really feels!
As always, be sure to ask for help if you have questions or need guidance.
Peace, love, and healthy plant food!