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super easy vegan caesar dressing;

2 heaping tablespoons of just mayo,
1 flax egg,
1 large dill pickle,
2 pitted kalamata olives,
1 large clove of garlic,
6 tablespoons nutritional yeast,
1 tablespoon mustard,
the juice of 1 lime,
1 tablespoon olive oil, 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar,
¾ cups plant based milk,
1 tablespoon dried parsley (optional),
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper,
½ teaspoon ground black pepper,
1 tablespoon (or more) sea-salt,

put all of your ingredients into a blender or food processor until smooth, pour over your salad & enjoy! my go to caesar salad recipe is beyond meat chicken, large slices of sweet onion, cucumber pieces, sliced kalamata olives, sunflower seeds & whole wheat croutons over mixed greens, romain & red leaf lettuce.

My oatmeal for this morning! I microwaved some oats and chia seeds in water for about 3 minutes and topped with peanut butter, melted dark chocolate, pine nuts, almonds, coconut, banana, blueberries, blackberries and granola 😋  Don’t be afraid to incorporate more healthy fats into your diet from nuts and seeds, especially if you’re a woman 👍 It’s been freezing where I live, despite it being the middle of summer so I was really craving something warm and comforting 😊 ☕

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Why do people go Vegetarian?

There are many reasons to go vegetarian. Economic, social, cultural, health, environmental and so on. Many surveys say vegetarian and lower meat diets are on the rise. But why should you think about going vegetarian?

If you’re curious about trying out a vegetarian diet you need to think of multiple things. What are the benefits of a vegetarian diet over a more typical western diet?  Would I be ok with a Vegetarian diet? What would be a push toward it? Can I balance my meals? Is it sustainable where I live? Do I want to?

To start, I’d like to say my reasoning and why I manage it.

I am a vegetarian, not a vegan. I have cravings just like everyone else, but ever since I became a vegetarian, I have not craved meat, not once. However, as a child, I never liked pork, lamb, goat or beef so the switch was easier for me. I grew up as an omnivore, and living with foodies for parents I’ve tried so many different foods it’s actually odd that I’ve shied away from it. However, I respect others diets, and if you don’t think vegetarian is for you, then eat what makes you happy, but eat what keeps you healthy. 
I stopped eating meat as I completely disagree with eating something as intelligent as pigs, eating vegetarian drops your own eco-footprint (just like taking shorter showers or using cold water to wash your clothes), and it helps your body and helps maintain heart health.

What are the benefits of a vegetarian diet?
With a vegetarian diet, you intake more fibre, more minerals and vitamins than that of an omnivore diet (not in all cases of course, but commonly if you’re from America, or a lesser extent the UK, Canada and Mexico). The fibre will clear out your digestive tract and help prevent bloating. The minerals and vitamins can help keep your skin clear and hair healthier. Increasing complex grains, and reducing white and processed carbs is a good first step.

What would push me to a vegetarian diet?
Health: Eating less meat and more plant-based food lowers your cholesterol, plaque in your veins, and helps your heart health. It also can help to clear up acne, reduce bloating, lower weight, and help with clearing out your intestines. It can also increase energy. As veggies are lower calorie and higher volume, you can eat more and it will fill you up faster than processed food.

Economic: Although this doesn’t hold true for everywhere (Far north for example), vegetarian diets tend to be less expensive. Meat is becoming more and more expensive, and although so are vegetables, in most cases its to a lesser extent. A rice and veggie stirfry (homemade) can cost very little.

Environmental: Many people refute what I’m about to say, but eating meat is bad for the environment. Not only the over-fishing or transport of the animals but the gases produced by the animals and the cost of feeding them. When you eat beef, you’re eating not only the meat but what that cow ate. The production cost of feeding the cow could have gone towards just producing the plants, rather than feeding, housing, cleaning and storing said cow,

Social/Cultural: Many vegetarians eat vegetarian to reduce the suffering of animals. Some do it due to culture and lower meat eaten in their culture (Look at India with 40% of the population vegetarian).

Would I be ok with a Vegetarian Diet?
That is very much dependent on you. Are you willing to change? does your love of meat extend so deep into your roots it hurts to stop eating it? Then don’t do it. If you’re not happy with what you eat, you won’t stick with it. It’s the same as dieting, if you starve yourself or feel miserable, it won’t work. You have to have a reason and a want to change your diet.

Become a vegetarian if you want to. Don’t do it as a fad. It’s your choice and your impact. Be the person you want to be and have the impact you think is right.

I am willing to take questions about my experience in food and diet if you have questions.

My chiaseed jam 🍓 The recipe is lower down on my blog ✨ check it out, it is so delicious 💕

The Military Diet- A Review

Good morning everyone! Last week I attempted the military diet. The first two days are a breeze but the last day kicked my ass. So in this review, I’m going to give you the diet plan, my tips, and ways to curb hunger during the diet. 

Day One:

Breakfast is pretty filling. You are allowed half a grapefruit and a slice of toast with two tablespoons of peanut butter and a cup of coffee or tea, unsweetened. I enjoyed this breakfast, except the grapefruit part. I tried to find a substitute for the grapefruit but there is none. 

Lunch is a bit dry, ½ a cup of tuna, a piece of toast, and another cup of coffee or tea, unsweetened. The only thing you can add to the tuna is salt and pepper. HOWEVER if you don’t enjoy tuna, you can substitute it with canned chicken or an ounce and a half of fresh chicken. Vegetarians can substitute the meat with tofu, black bean burgers, or a protein supplement.

Dinner is 3 ounces of any meat (I used hamburger, it’s easier to measure out and you can make it look like its a larger portion), 1 cup of green beans, a small apple, a half of a banana, and a cup of vanilla ice cream. One thing I did for the ice cream and the fruit was I sprinkled slices of apple and banana with cinnamon and baked it, then topped the ice cream with it. If you don’t like green beans, substitute with broccoli, cucumber, zucchini, or peas. If you are vegetarian, substitute with tofu, black bean burgers, or a protein supplement.

Day Two:  

Breakfast is one egg, cooked however you like (I hard boiled a few eggs for the diet so I had a hard boiled egg), a slice of toast, and the other half of your banana. I crumbled up the egg, added salt and pepper, and put it on top of the toast. 

Lunch is a hard boiled egg, 5 saltine crackers, and a cup of cottage cheese. If you’re like me, you do not like cottage cheese too much and can barely stomach a few bites, let alone a whole cup. For this, you can substitute two thin slices of sharp cheddar cheese. I use cracker barrel because they sell it in a thin cube shape and I just love the taste. 

Dinner is 2 hot dogs with no bun, a cup of broccoli, ½ cup of carrots, ½ a banana, and a half cup of vanilla ice cream. For this, I sliced my hot dogs into very thin chunks, and stir fried broccoli, carrots, and hot dogs. I added a teeny bit of soy sauce for flavor. I topped my ice cream with fresh banana and cinnamon. 

Day Three:

Breakfast is one slice of cheddar, 1 small apple, and 5 saltine crackers.You can top the crackers with the cheddar or you could top the crackers with apple slices. It’s all up to you. 

Lunch is a hard boiled egg and one slice of toast. It’s not much to eat so you’re going to be hungry for a little. I recommend trying to hold off on eating lunch until the afternoon, treat it as more of a snack. 

Dinner is a cup of tuna (or any of the aforementioned substitutes), half a banana and a cup of vanilla ice cream. If you made it to today, CONGRATS! This diet is not very easy and you are successful.

So, typically you could expect to lose about 7 pounds, but you could lose as much as 10 pounds! The MOST IMPORTANT THING is stay hydrated. 8-10 glasses of water will aid with losing weight. 

If you are getting hungry, one thing that is helping me is reminding myself that I’m doing this for my health. I also start counting to 10 because as Kimmy Schmidt says, “You can do ANYTHING for 10 seconds.” And it’s true. You can! Be strong and remember your reason for losing weight.


Like this article? Want to see more? Follow me! I plan to review crash diets in my test kitchen, as well as recipes that are healthy. I personally enjoy the paleo lifestyle, but if you have any diets or recipes that you are curious about or have any questions, please send me a message. I’ll try to get back to you as soon as possible!

XOXO,

Jax

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These are some of my MUST HAVES as far as my low carb/ketogenic diet goes.

The pork rinds are great if I’m craving chips (or BBQ sauce!)

The plant based protein is obviously great to keep my protein up each meal AND plants have plenty of fiber which naturally makes this choice of protein powder low in net carbs (2g per serving)

Heavy whipping cream has 0 carbs but is a great alternative to creamer in coffee and makes omelettes (a low carb favorite of mine!) extremely fluffy and more pliable.

This weird hourglass looking tool is my “Vegetti”. I use it most commonly with zucchini. What it does is makes your veggies into a “pasta”. It gives you options between thin or thick “noodles” and is SO simple.

Guacamole!! These come packaged in their serving sizes already! They’re only 100 calories. I believe 4 net carbs per serving as well. I dip pepperoni chips in it for the crunch (I will make a snack recipe list at a later date with that recipe on it!) I found these at Aldi!

My favorite ❤ Fiery Sriracha hummus! I found this gem at SAVE A LOT! !! Low carbs, flavorful, spicy. It is just delicious!

Okay so the reason I put this brand of salmon is because they come in preweighed portions- each at about 4oz. Plus they have always tasted delicious!

Here’s my other favorite! Breyer’s Carb Smart Ice Cream and fudge pops! They taste- no lie- no different than regular Breyer’s Ice Cream. It’s delicious and soft. Found at Walmart and I have heard for those down south that Kroger has them.

I will make more good food buy posts in the future as I discover more!

Happy eating!
Liz

My breakfast from this morning! I whipped up some granola (baked oats, berries and a whole heap of different nuts with a bit of maple syrup) and served it with banana and mango nice cream, strawberries, mango, soy milk, coconut, strawberries and this a piece of Whittaker’s vegan dark chocolate (it’s ginger and mandarin it tastes so good!) Hope everyone’s having a wonderful 2017! 

-Zoe xx

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Abs and bootaay workout yesterday was followed by this beauty of a lunch - bacon in sandwich thins topped with egg and even though it’s not the healthiest it was just so gooood 🤤 I’m thinking of writing up another workout plan for the next few weeks to keep me motivated to properly work out because I haven’t really been feeling the need since I’m really active anyway at home but I gotta keep that strength up 😬So I may or may not share that here as a progress log kind of thing 🤷🏼‍♀️