For the last few years, I feel like I have done everything possible to lose weight but I just couldn’t.
I was never a super super skinny girl that’s a size 0, I’ve always had an athletic body, even when I didn’t work out, I had normal abs and was a size 3 growing up. This was back in the day when I used to be a model and all I ate was pasta and dairy all day and still people thought I worked out.
Of course, naturally, your body and metabolism changes as the years go by and staying in shape gets harder and harder. I didn’t understand it until I probably turned 25-26.
I tried every diet, had personal trainers and more. The main problem always was being a vegetarian and finding a weight lost program that catered to vegetarians/vegans since I’m allergic to dairy. Most losing weight diets have a lot of chicken in them and since I can’t eat that because I’m vegetarian for over 23 years, alot of them didn’t work out for me.
After visiting Iceland and San Francisco in November, I decided enough is enough. I spoke to my uncle, who is in his 40’s and who’s basically the same style of vegetarian/vegan that I am. He doesn’t eat meat or fish, no dairy and the only thing he ever eats that’s not vegan is eggs, which is basically me. We are both allergic to dairy and found out 2 years ago (he actually helped me to discover that). The difference between my uncle and me is that he is a healthy vegetarian/vegan and I wasn’t. He has a 6-pack, even with being basically vegan and I figured if he can do it, so can I.
So late early December I met up with him and he’s good friend Jae, who’s a nutritionist and got an endless amount of tips on actually becoming a healthy vegetarian and losing weight while doing it. You’d be surprised just how many things we think are healthy and aren’t actually good for us. With a small amount of changing a few things around in my diet and working out, I managed to lose 11lbs in just a month! and no, I didn’t starve myself. I actually feel more full and healthier than ever.
12 Things I Do Differently Now
- I cut down on carbs by a lot!
- I cut out dairy completely from my life
- I make homemade meals every day.
- I cut down on caffeine (I used to drink 2-3 iced coffees a day and wonder why I can’t fall asleep at night lol)
- Changing from vegetable oil to organic extra virgin olive oil and I measure how much I use.
- I workout 2-3 times a week.
- I make sure I get enough protein every day, which is something I’ve always lacked.
- I eat a lot of food with antitoxin.
- I try to get about 7hrs of sleep. (I normally get 3-5 hrs of sleep)
- I drink a bottle of water when I wake up and before I go to sleep.
- I use MyFitnessPal app to make sure I’m getting enough of everything my body needs every day and track it throughout the day.
- I also use vitamins for the things my body is missing or low on. All organic and vegan.
My Workout Routine, Diet & Essentials
Food: I love carbs, they are my LOVE. Seriously, bread has been forever my best friend and I thought that by eating whole-wheat 16-grain bread that somehow it was healthy for me, but it wasn’t. Every morning I would have a peanut butter toast. Now I have a banana and a few berries, like raspberries and blueberries inside and it actually keeps me full for a while. I’ve never been able to eat too much for breakfast anyways. I also finish one bottle of water with my breakfast.
Caffeine: I’m not a morning person, anyone that knows me will tell you this. I wasn’t a coffee girl until I started my blog and started working 18hrs days in front of my computer. Most coffees make me nauseous, the only coffee I can really drink is Israeli coffee. I used to drink it 2-3 times a day, even at night and then wonder why I’m lying in bed for 2hrs and can’t fall asleep at 6am.
So now I’ve cut down my coffee to one cup a day, however, I don’t always have time to drink coffee. On days that I have to wake up earlier and run out the doors I’ve started using Alert Caffeine Gum which is made by 5 Gum.
Alert Caffeine Gum is gum with caffeine on the go! You can throw it in your gym bag, in your travel bag or just have in your purse or car for those days you really need some coffee but don’t have it in a snap of a finger. I literally can’t start my morning without caffeine, everything is a blur to me until I have it (I know I totally became one of those people). I also think that AlertGum is perfect for those travel days, when your jet-lagged, in a foreign country and half asleep in the middle of the day. It’s also helpful for when you just randomly crash mid-day which happens to all of us, including me. The gum comes in two flavors, mint and fruit and each piece of gum gives you the equivalent of half a cup of coffee.
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After waking up, eating breakfast, checking my social media channels, emails etc. I take my dog on a walk. On the days that I plan on working out, I normally get dressed to work out and take him for a walk, that way when I get back home, I’m not lazy to go to the gym. I’m all ready to go.
I’m lucky enough to have a big beautiful gym in my apartment building with everything I need and for some reason, it’s always empty and is all mine.
My Gym Essitenals
OUTFIT: Lately, I’ve been obsessing over Stronger Label workout line! I want their entire collection! I love wearing their outfits. They fit so well, the fabric is so soft and they just look so damn cute! (check them out ladies! I promise you, you won’t be disappointed)
SHOES: I always wear my Nike shoes when I workout and thin short socks.
HEADPHONES: I have to have my headphones to rock out! I like the big ones that go over your head. When doing cardio I think they are the best because you never have to worry about them falling out.
H2O: I always bring a water bottle and make sure to finish it at the gym.
PLAYLIST: I have a workout playlist on my phone which consist of Britney Spears, Rianna, Kanye West and new & old top 40’s songs. That way when I do cardio, I’m also dancing, singing and having a good time 😉
WORKOUT: While everyone has their different way of working out, I have mine too. Throughout the years I’ve learned what works for me and what doesn’t. I decided that this time around, I don’t want to make my workout into a chore, I want it to be fun but also effective for me. So I’m taking things in my own paste. In the past I tried to do workouts that were too advanced for me and would burn out easy and that would probably last for 2 weeks before I never wanted to do it again. So now I do what actually makes me happy and feels good.
Now I’ve made up a rule that every time before I have to wash my hair, I’m going to work out. Yup, that’s my rule. You want to wash your hair, go downstairs and workout for 30mins and do it. The funny part is that it’s never really 30mins, it’s more like 1hr but its a good way of convincing myself to go.
I start off with stretching. Followed by the elliptical machine. I HATE the treadmill!
I normally set the machine for 15mins and depending on how I feel around 13mins I add more minutes or stop there. A few weeks ago I went for 40mins and came home and the next day I was crazy sick. So again, don’t push yourself too hard. Listen to your body and what it wants and needs. We are all built differently and need different things. Normally I end up doing between 15-20mins of cardio…sometimes more
Then I work on strength — building those muscles. Each time I work on a different part of my body, arms, legs, abs, etc. I do sets of 10-15 depending on the machine and do them about 2-3 times with a 30-second break.
I have yet to find a protein shake that’s vegan and that I actually like. Many of the ones I’ve found have milk in them and I’m the most allergic to milk and haven’t had it in 2-3 years AT ALL. So until I find something reasonable that works for me, I normally have 2 soft boiled eggs with a pinch of organic sea salt (sea salt is also really important) and pepper.
I snack on pecans which also have protein, sometimes a handful of berries or artichoke and kalamata olives.
Then for dinner, I have an Israeli salad, which is normally chopped tomatoes, cucumbers and onions and I always add avocado to it. I use one tablespoon of extra virgin organic olive oil, organic sea salt, pepper and mix. This can literally make me full for hours.
I probably drink 4-5 water bottles throughout the day and one before I go to sleep. I’ve been really focusing on trying to get more sleep than I normally did in the past. Sleep is key for losing weight, letting your body heal from a workout and more.
Food for Thoughts…
I think the most important part of this whole thing is doing what you feel and know is right for your body. Not overdoing yourself or eating things you hate. Find that perfect balance between workouts that work for you and foods that work out for you. Of course, you’ll need to sacrifice a few things like me with my love for carbs, eating things I’m allergic because I love them, trying not to go to sleep at crazy hours and getting enough sleep.
I have heard a million things that worked for other people but just didn’t work for me. So I tried and tried until something actually worked.
and as a side note, I have 1-2 cheat days a week and still manage to keep my weight. I also randomly add to my diet some juices from Pressed Juicery.
That’s it! That’s my secret! If you’re a vegetarian or vegan, I love to know what you eat in a day! Let me know in the comments below!