EP. 69- What if I’m vegan, vegetarian or want to eat less meat?


EP. 69- What if I’m vegan, vegetarian or want to eat less meat?

On today’s episode, I’m going to be talking about how you can still lose those last 10 pounds while being vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian or if you’re simply trying to be more aware of the animal protein and meat products you consume.

I have received many emails from clients asking what they should do if they are vegan, vegetarian or eat limited meat. Many listeners have expressed, and I often find this too, they reach for breads and pastas rather than other options that might be vegan or vegetarian.

I want you to imagine three little balls of playdough, each a different color. Imagine one of those colors represents veggies, one is proteins and one represents healthy fats. Protein stills applies even if you don’t eat meat. It doesn’t have to be animal protein. You have to be aware that you are going to be getting protein but also carbs when eating plant-based protein sources.

The formula still applies. You just have to figure out what your go-to sources of protein are going to be. Keep laying with it until you find what works for you.

Consider if you are overeating, regularly consuming flour and sugar or if you are emotional and stress eating. Be really honest with yourself. Be aware of what you are consuming and find the protein sources that work for you. Use the tool of the hunger scale. Don’t use limited food options as an excuse to overeat or make choices that don’t align with your ultimate goal. That way of thinking isn’t useful.

In this episode:

  • Staying lean as a vegan, losing the last ten pounds as a vegan
  • Veggies, proteins, healthy fats
  • The formula still applies
  • Overeating equals overweight
  • Hunger scale
  • Letting go of the thought “I’m limited”
  • Sources of protein

For someone who is vegetarian or vegan, lots of vegetables are going to be key. The formula I teach is veggies, protein and healthy fat. Protein can look like many different sources of protein; it doesn’t just have to be animal protein.

There are lots of sources of protein, for example, great quality protein shakes. Look at the ingredients, make sure they are whole food ingredients. Think about plant-based protein sources.

For breakfast, I usually do a bone broth protein. I have an egg allergy, so I don’t do eggs for breakfast. Every body’s body functions optimally differently. Find other whole food sources of protein so your body gets that macronutrients.

Example of plant protein sources

  • Edamame
  • Lentils
  • Chickpeas
  • Tempe
  • Tofu
  • Beans
  • Quinoa

It’s important to keep the three principals in mind. Overeating is still overeating. Overeating still equals overweight. Sugar and flour are still sugar and flour. Emotional and stress eating is still emotional and stress eating. Tell yourself the truth and say I choose to eat this. Don’t use being vegetarian, vegan, pescatarian, etc. as an excuse to not eat well. You can absolutely create the results you are wanting with a solution-focused mindset.

Learn more about creating the results you want, even as a vegetarian, vegan, pescatarian or someone who watches the amount of meat they consume, on this episode.

Make sure to check out this episode and share the podcast with at least one other lady friend that you know has been struggling with her weight or would benefit from hearing this podcast!