How long have I been eating a vegan diet?

Three years. Check out my health story here
 

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. 

 

HOW DO I EAT?

I eat a whole food plant-based diet.

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 diet, as wheat is a inflammatory food. 

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, organic blackstrap molasses (occassionally) and trace mineral drops. I make my own almond milk which I fortify with 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. 

 

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 are my favourite books?

For plant-based books and documentaries see my "Eat Well With Sarah Guide." - coming soon

Some of my favourite include: