How long have I been eating a vegan diet?
Three years. Check out my health story here.
HOW DO I EAT?
I eat a whole food plant-based diet which focuses on eating anti-inflammatory foods.
Over the last few years I have found I feel my absoulte best when I eat a whole food plant-based diet rich in fruit, vegetables, legumes and wheat-free whole grains. I eat a minimum of 15 percent fat. I also make sure I eat a minimum 55-65 grams of protein and include lysine rich foods in my diet everyday.
As I have PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome), eating a diet lower in fat works to balance my hormones, give me energy and keep me slim. However, it is extremely important for me suffering from this syndrome - along with other's, to eat anti-inflammatory fats. So my sources of fat always come from flaxseeds, hemp seeds, chia seeds, avocado as well as other nuts and seeds. Along with having PCOS, I follow a wheat-free and processed sugar-free diet, as these foods are can cause inflammation in the body.
When I first started eating a plant-based diet I would use Cronometer to help track my macros - but also to make sure I wasn't under eating and make sure I was getting all my essential vitamins and minerals. I roughly average between 1900 to 2200 calories per day (this is based on my body weight and moderate activity level). The more I exercise, the more calories I eat too. Note: I do NOT calorie count. This is just an estimate to give you I guide that I eat lots of food.
What supplements do i take?
I follow Dr. Libby Weaver and Jack Norris's supplementation advice who recommend taking vitamin D3, zinc and B12 Methylcobalamin. I also take whole food supplements such as barley grass juice powder, spirulina, and trace mineral drops. I make my own almond milk which I fortify with natural calcium and vitamin K2. You can read some articles on why you should be supplementing with B12 here and Vitamin D here - vegan or not!
I also take the herb Vitex/ Chaste Tree, which is great for women with PCOS, PMS and hormonal imbalances. I explain this in my 'How to lose weight with PCOS' video.
did i eat plant-based whist i was PREGNANT?
Does your husband and daughter eat a plant-based diet too?
They sure do. They thrive off eating whole plant-foods. It is stated in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics that a well-planned vegan diet is healthful to a child see here.
What skincare products do I use?
I suffer from extremely sensitive skin, therefore I use 100% organic, vegan and eco-friendly skincare products and makeup. The makeup brand I use and recommend is INIKA Organics.
What blender and juicer do I use?
I also have the Optimum Cold Press Juicer.
What are my favourite books?
For plant-based books and documentaries see my "Eat Well With Sarah Guide." - coming soon
Some of my all time favourite nutrition and motherhood titles include: *note some may not be specifically vegan
- Dr Libby's Beauty From the Inside Out by Dr. Libby Weaver*
- Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler
- Supernatural Childbirth by Jackie Mize - highly recommended for Christians!
- The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding by La Leche League International - highly recommended for mamas, especially new ones!
- Mother's Little Helper by Wendyl Nissen's