Q&A About Living a Plant-Based Lifestyle

Hello all of my captivating ladies!!

I am back to blogging, after taking a long time off. There are many reasons for my lapse in posting on the blog, but I don’t need to get into those right now.

What is more important is that I am back, and I have so many goals and dreams for this space in the next coming months.

Sheiscaptivating has always been such a special dream in my heart, but the past few months I have really been struggling with the true purpose and direction that I want it to go in.

However, the Lord has given me some clarity, and I feel a renewed sense of purpose in it now.

That being said, I am so excited to start talking about my health and wellness journey with all of you! I have been on an exclusively plant-based diet for about 4 months now, and I can honestly say it has been the best decision I have ever made about my health so far.

This journey started when I watched the documentary “What the Health” on Netflix. Now, before I get a bunch of backlash about that, let me just say I am aware that documentaries have bias and so on and so forth. However, I have actually watched more than 6 documentaries since then and have done a TON of my own research, which has only strengthened my beliefs about the plant-based lifestyle. As a future nurse, I have always been interested in nutrition, and took several nutrition classes in college (in my previous degree). I truly believe that food can be the most powerful medicine, but it can also do the most harm to our health.

Yesterday, I asked you guys to send me a direct message about your questions about living this lifestyle, and I received so many messages! That makes me so excited that so many of you are interested!!

So lets get started!!

“Are you a vegan or a vegetarian? Tell me more!”

I am a vegan. Well, almost. I stopped eating ALL animal products 4 months ago cold-turkey. I do not consume any meat or dairy products including anything that comes from a cow, chicken, pig, etc. That means I do not eat cheese, milk, yogurt. I also do not consume eggs. However, on a very rare occasion, I do still consume shellfish (shrimp, scallops, crab), but this is on a very rare occasion. The reason for this is that I do not have the same convictions morally and spiritually about these foods. Although, I am still doing research on consuming these and will always strive to know the best evidence! I will keep you updated on that. That all being said, I prefer to call myself plant-based because “vegan” has such a negative stigma attached to it. It shouldn’t be that way at all! However, I am still in the transition period from moving away from animal-tested makeup and skin care, I have no eliminated ALL animals products in that way, so I for now, I refer to myself as PLANT-BASED meaning 98 percent of what I consume and use on a daily basis comes from exclusively plants. 🙂

“How do you get enough protein when living off a plant-based diet?”

To start off, women need 46 grams of protein per day. That is the recommended daily intake. There is a small amount of wiggle room in there, but I would say anywhere from 42-46 grams is reasonable for a woman. Here is the thing: the protein myth is a lie from the meat and dairy industry trying to get us to believe we need way more protein than we do, and that the only way to get protein is from animals and animal products. The irony in this is that animals actually ge their protein from plants (LOL). Think about this logically, the animals humans consume are herbivores meaning they only eat plants themselves. So, logically we have to assume that they actually get their protein from the plants they consume. I did my research on this as well, and I found that assumption to be true! Cows and chickens are herbivores and get their protein exclusively from plants. Therefore, it is not necessary to get our protein from the animals because they are just acting as a “middle man” of sorts.

Here is a list of food items I eat on a typical basis and the protein content of each:

A can of organic black beans (I love the SW premium brand): has 28 grams of protein. Now, thats the whole can which some people wouldn’t eat in a day, but I typically have a TON of black beans in my diet because I know how much protein they have. Even just half the can is 14 grams of protein.

Quinoa (I love the Ancient Harvest Traditional Quinoa and the Organic Lundberg Quinoa): Just one cup of Quinoa has around 24 grams of protein and the serving size (1/4 cup) has 6 grams. I never only eat the serving size because I know how much protein I need and on a plant-based diet, I do not find the need to count calories 🙂

Garbanzo Beans: I cup is 10 grams of protein. I love to make my own hummus in the blender and use the whole can of garbanzo beans! I usually eat almost all of it within two days, therefore consuming 17.5 grams of protein in 2 days just from that.

Brown Rice: 1 cup has 12 grams of protein. I eat a lot of brown rice in my Buddha Bowls and will oftentimes combine it with some organic quinoa yielding a whopping 36 grams of protein in just one Buddha Bowl (and that is excluding veggies).

Pinto Beans: One cup has 14 grams and the whole can has 24.5 grams 🙂

Coconut Almond Butter: Not only is this stuff delicious with some celery sticks, it has 6 grams of protein in just 2 Tbsp!!

When I make a buddha bowl, I typically add some bell peppers (1 gram each), some tomatoes (1 gram each) some purple cabbage (1 gram in 0.5 cups shredded), some celery (0.7 grams in one cup), some kale (1.4 grams in 2 cups), an avocado (4 grams for the whole thing).

You get the point!! When I add all of those veggies in with the quinoa and the brown rice, I am getting anywhere from 36-45 grams of protein in JUST ONE MEAL!!

These are only a few examples of protein sources in a plant-based diet, but as you can see there are absolutely no health benefits to eating meat that you cannot also find in a plant-based diet. The best advantage is that there is NO cholesterol in plant-based protein sources like there is in animal products and we all know how horrible cholesterol is for your heart!

“What is the best testing protein powder?”

I love the “Garden of Life Raw Organic Meal” shake! I personally don’t love the taste of stevia, so I prefer to stay away from it in my protein shakes. Thi sone is great because it does not have much of a taste and is not sweetened with stevia. It is not that good on it’s own, but I typically buy some organic frozen fruit like mangoes and blueberries and blend it all up in the blender with a scoop of this powder! I also usually add a cup of almond milk or coconut milk as well. Just one scoop of this has 20 grams of plant-based protein!! That almost half your daily intake 🙂

“What foods does a normal lunch consist of for you?

What are some easy go to meals?”

I chose to combine these two questions because they have a similar answer! As I mentioned before, I absolutely LOVE buddha bowls. Basically, a buddha bowl is just a mix of veggies and grains in a big bowl with some sort of sauce on it. You can find tons if recipes and examples on Pinterest.

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/22306960634784812/

Those are just a few examples!!

I also love buying the Amy’s Brand of frozen meals when I have to go to school or clinical because they are so easy to just throw in the microwave. I try really hard not to consume frozen things that have to be microwaved because I am skeptical about them, but sometimes for the sake of convenience I will eat these meals and they are very yummy! They are all organic with no preservatives and almost all of them are vegan!

Here is a link to their website:

https://www.amys.com/our-story

“What is your advice on getting started on a budget as a college student?”

This is another question that I definitely get passionate about because I do not believe that eating plant-based has to be expensive!! A lot of what I eat is canned like organic beans! Canned foods really are not expensive at all. Also, I suggest buying in bulk. You can get almost all of the above ingredients I talked about by buying in bulk from the grocery store and it lasts forever!

Here is another article of 15 meals that are plant based to eat on a budget!!

15 Plant-Based Meals on a Budget

I hope this helped some of you clear up some questions you have and hopefully help you out on your journey towards optimum health and wellness!!

I will be posting many more articles about health and wellness and my plant-based lifestyle in the future 🙂

As always, you are so captivating: in every sense of the word.

Be blessed today,

Amanda