You don’t have to be VEGAN to follow a VEGAN diet…

Besides the fact that my research lately has been on health, fitness, and eating habits…I’m slowly growing an appreciation for natural foods and an admiration for vegetarians and vegans.

BUT I am not ready to make that commitment….not yet, that is. BUT still, I might as well consider myself a vegetarian/vegan in the making. Most of what I eat is fresh, not coming from an animal, and it’s definitely not any kind of meat.

Because I have been doing a lot of research on the topic, I am obviously learning a lot. I am therefore, making sure that I am consuming the right amount of iron and protein. That I am not overdoing it with the pastas, sugars, or salts. Also, I am slowly trying to eliminate DAIRY from my diet.

Because I am a graduate student who spends 90% of her time at school or working on school projects, assignments, readings, research…I haven’t been dedicating enough time to the gym or to fitness. My workouts have gone down to two times a week. That is ok though, two times a week is healthy.

For those of you who find yourselves in the same situation as myself….not quite ready to commit to such a strict diet. TAKE BABY STEPS 🙂 Here is a great, friendly guide that I came across earlier today. Hope it helps 😉

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Favorite Finds!

50% Fitness, 50% kitchen is my motto!

A new “Pescetarian”, with a busy schedule, I am on a mission to stay fit, thin, but most importantly, HEALTHY.

I have been searching for “healthier” substitutes, and for MEAT substitutes as well.

According to statisticsbrain.com, 7.3 Million million Americans are vegetarians. Although there are numerous health benefits to eliminating meat from your diet, there are also some risks. Number one is IRON. Lack of Iron in the body can result in anemia, and it can affect the normal functioning of the human body. (Want to know more on this, ask your doctor!!!)

Giving up meat, doesn’t have to mean giving up your favorite meals (kind of)…. my grocery store of choice used to be Traders Joes, that is, until I came across FRESH AND EASY. Cheaper prices, fresh, and ready to go foods!

Us, Mexican-Americans love chorizo with egg for breakfast…the substitute, SOYRIZO! This meatless, gluten-free substitute cost me $3.29. Chorizo costs  about the same price, and you can’t even taste the difference.

Veggie Smart dogs, they taste a little different…not going to lie! But once you add the ingredients, the fact that you instead will be eating 45 calories, 8 grams of protein, 290 milligrams of sodium, 230 milligrams of potassium, 1 gram of sugar, 3 carbohydrates and 6% of the daily recommended value of iron, INSTEAD OF meat, will be WELL worth it. Cost $4.

Italian Style Veggie Protein Sausages, I add these to my pastas, or on the side with some vegetables. Delicious! And one of my favorite finds. Price: $4.79.

Seaweed snacks!!! Substitute for chips, cookies, candy?…ok, it doesn’t taste

 like candy buuuuut if you are a fan of sushi, you will like this! Seaweed snacks

come in different “flavors” with wasabi, salt, seasonings. Price: $.99 a box!

Last but not least, Organic Blue Agave nectar. Buy two bottles for $8 at Costco, and

substitute your sweet & low, Splenda, and other artificial sweeteners for

some organic nectar.

MORE FAVORITE FINDS TO COME IN FUTURE POSTS!!!!

Step número ocho

Step numero ocho is far overdue….my apologies! Before I go into this last step, I’ll give a brief summary as to what I’ve been up to these past two months.

Before initiating my studies as a Graduate student, I decided I’d have the time of my life until the date arrived! I traveled to Mexico, ate all I wanted, worked out very little, enjoyed amazing hikes, went on a few bike rides, met a lot of people, danced a whole lot….I did everything I needed to do before getting back into routine mode!

Step número ocho, DON’T FALL OUT OF YOUR WORKOUT & EATING ROUTINE!!!!

Why? Because although I consider myself a healthy person, with good eating habits and a healthy workout routine, I am not leading that lifestyle I was two months prior….and that is killing me! Getting back INTO shape is tough work. Make your life easy, keep the work going and don’t let yourself fall out of shape! Taking one week off is understandable, two weeks is pushing it, and three weeks, I wouldn’t go there.

So after taking such a long break, I am back and giving it my all….but saying bye bye to the unhealthy snacks and saying hello to the gym hasn’t been easy. So I started off once again with BABY STEPS. I am slowly getting back into my good eating habits, setting a goal, working out with a group of people, motivating and pushing myself every single day. It’s been one month since ive been “back on the grind” and I still am not back to where I was. They say it’s 60% kitchen, 40% gym….I disagree. In order to not only look good but feel good, one must commit to both the gym and the kitchen equally. So now that I’ve experienced the fall out, I am putting in the work! How?

-gym 5 times a week
-cycling class twice a week
-I ditched my car, I am either biking to my destination or walking!
-no eating out!!!
-fresh foods, lots of tuna, salad, salmon & beans
-water water water
-sleep sleep sleep
-no elevator, just the stairs!
-goodbye beer!

After a fall out, I think it’s fair to put in EXTRA WORK…. Do yourself a favor, DO NOT FALL OUT OF YOUR HEALTH AND WORKOUT ROUTINE!

Concluding my entry with my fave Motivational Monday quotes/images. Enjoy!

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