My Transition to Veganism

Since coming off the master cleanse I have been following a vegan diet for the most part. I have dibble dabbled on a piece of chicken here and there but hey I said I’m transitioning.

As a vegan the obvious changes are eliminating animal products like meat, poultry, seafood, eggs, dairy.  Vegans also lose honey, fur, leather, wool, and silk (I’m still deciding on this part). Vegans also lose animal by-products like gelatin, lanolin, rennet, whey, casein, beeswax, isinglass, shellac. I haven’t heard of some of these and now I watch ingredients on things more closely.

I have a bit of jello left and I’m not wasting it. Some of my vitamins also contain gelatin like my Fish Oil and Calcium supplements. I will be switching to Flax Oil (omega 3’s) and Blackstrap Molasses(calcium).

Following the this lifestyle is actually pretty easy. One part I need to work on more is making sure I get my exercise in and drink enough water. Check out the food pyramid….maybe I’m a nerd but its so cute.

Some things vegans have to make sure to get in is B 12, omega 3’s, greens, calcium, vitamin D, iodine, beans, whole grains, exercise, and a good attitude. Some substitutions like milk and butter have been the hard part for me because I don’t like soy and tofu products and love butter. Thank God I never like cheese. I have found one milk sub in almond milk and I have heard of this spread called Earth Balance to replace butter. Other than that I think I have got it down.

I try and take one day at a time and most importantly stay creative. I am looking into more books for recipes because some days I have no clue what to eat. Currently my diet is pretty simple and tasty. It includes:

Breakfast:

(one of the following)

  • oatmeal and fruit
  • protein fruit smoothie
  • raisin bran or any high protein/fiber cereal with almond milk

AM Snack:

  • an apple or pear

Lunch:

  • Veggie Pack Salad with French or Kalamata Olives and a Vinaigrette Dressing

PM Snack:

  • carrots and hummus
  • or pita chips and hummus
  • almonds

Dinner:

(one of the following but not limited to)

  • Amy’s Organics Bean and and Rice Burrito
  • Vegan Fajitas
  • Red Beans and Rice and Cabbage (Jamaican Style)
  • Cuban Style Black Beans and Rice with Veggies
  • Vegan Chili
  • Red Beans and Rice with Sauteed Asparagus
  • Kashi Bean Bean Mango Frozen Meal
  • Pinto Beans and Rice with Veggies

Randos:

  • Tofutti’s Ice Cream Sandwiches
  • Orange Juice
  • 100 oz of water
  • my vita cocktail
  • ACV cocktail

Non-Vegan Weaknesses:

  • Flamin’ Hot Cheetoes
  • Kebler Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Jello
  • An occasional Chicken Wing

As you can see I’m not prefect.  Its even harder because I have a crazy sweet tooth and a cupcake biz. Like I said I am transitioning to vegan so stay tuned for updates.

BTYL,

Angelique

Curly Nutrition Week

Since completing the master cleanse I have switched my whole lifestyle up in terms of how and what I eat. My pj has turned into a vitiamin and health food pj’ism.

I have decided to dedicate this week to Curly Nutrition. I think healthy hair really starts from the inside and having  a healthy lifestyle.

So topics and reviews will include:

  • probiotics
  • acai berry aka the beauty berry
  • Apple Cider Vinegar Cocktail
  • my vitiamin cocktail (multi, fish oil, potassium)
  • hair growth vitamins (biotin, msm, etc)
  • my current meal and workout plan

Well stay tuned….

XOXO,

Angelique

PS. Sorry for the lack of pix my cam is broke but will be back next week.

Day 4 Off Lemonade Diet

I had my first real meals today. The weight has not returned and I’m plan to stay away from meat and diary for another ten days. My meal plan this week is pretty simple and even available when I’m in a rush and out running when I don’t have time to make my meals.

  • Breakfast: Quakers Weight Control Oatmeal (Maple Brown Sugar) or a Protein Shake
  • AM Snack: An apple
  • Lunch: A Veggie Packed Salad (today I added corn, black beans, red peppers, onions, and Craisins for my sweet tooth)
  • PM Snack: Carrots and hummus or Almonds
  • Dinner: Another colorful salad, a few steamed seasoned veggies, and brown rice
  • I drink 20 oz of water with each meal
  • A Vitamin cocktail in the morning (muli-v, probiotics, potassium, biotin, and fish oil)

One thing about coming off the diet is not falling back into the same habits. I also plan to do some cardio every other day like jumping rope and jogging. If I find myself need something sweet I grab some OJ (which is even too sweet sometimes). Since I completed the cleanse crazy sweet tooth has been tamed. If I don’t feel satisfied with my meal I add a vegetable based soup. One thing that is import is not overeating and not starving yourself.  Its best to take it one day at a time until you can read your body. Well the updates on my success will continue. Don’t fret curlies this is still a hair blog but good health from the inside out does wonder for your hair and hair growth.

XOXO,

Angelique