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 roughly 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 (disolved under the tongue). 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 sometimes 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. 

 

WON'T TOO MUCH SUGAR MAKE YOU FAT?

The sugar from fruit is fructose, which is the same sugar found in regular table sugar (apart from one is made in nature and the other is man made and bleached). When eaten they do completely different things in the body. Fruit, which contains fibre, antioxidants, minerals and vitamins does not cause an insulin spike shortly after it is eaten, unlike table sugar. Here is a short video that explains this. Research and science have found that people who eat more fruit, actually lose more weight than those who do not consume fruit on a daily basis. So no, you will not get fat from the fructose found in fruit - even when it is consumed along side table sugar. Don't be afraid of fruit - read below why!

 

CAN YOU EAT TOO MUCH FRUIT?

There is no such thing as eating too much fruit. Do not be afraid of fruit! Fruit is one of the most healing, antioxidant rich, anti-viral and anti-parastic foods known to man. Here is a short video by Dr. Greger that explains this simply. 

 

did i eat plant-based whist i was PREGNANT?

Absolutely!

 

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 own both the Optimum 9400 and the Optimum G2.1 blenders. I highly recommend the Optimum 9400 if you are on a budget! Read my review here.

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