04 Sep 30 Day Vegan Challenge – The Who, What, Why & How
In this blog post I am going to explain to you all about the ’30 Day Vegan Challenge’ including what it is, why I am doing it and how I intend to do it…
I have been a vegetarian for over 5 years now and being vegan is something that has always been on my mind. At first, the idea of being vegan seemed so far out of my reach, that I started with vegetarianism and five years later, I was still that.
At the end of last year I started to do more and more research into veganism and how to make it work (i.e. what to eat). I started to try it by simply cutting out dairy and eggs but with it being the Christmas holidays it meant lots of family meals and Christmas treats!
I then decided to compete in my first ever bikini competition after wanting a fitness goal to work towards. My coach said how it would be too difficult for me to achieve my goal and be vegan, so I stuck with being a vegetarian for the 5 months of prep.
Once I had competed in the bikini competition and deciding not to do anymore until maybe next year, it got me thinking about trying veganism once again.
So, like I always do when I want to try something new, I spend many weeks researching and educating myself in that subject so I know exactly how it works. I’m not one of these people who feel there way in the dark, I like to be prepared and full of knowledge – I find I succeed in my goals if I prepare (going veggie and competing in a bikini competition are just two examples of this).
As well as reading up on lots of websites about the vegan diet and how to make it work when you are in the fitness world, I also came across some really inspiring people including:
- Vegan Hustle TV
- Trish Wonders
- Sarah Lemkus
- Sam Shorkey
- Boho Beautiful
All of these people have great Instagram pages (just search for their name), most have their own YouTube channel and some have their own website.
I have spent a lot of time looking at how these guys approach veganism and how they make it work for them. Very inspiring people indeed.
I also signed up to Colleen Patrick’s 30 Day Vegan challenge in which she sends daily emails jam packed full of information and inspiration to keep you going.
So how will I be doing this challenge? Well, I have worked out my macros needed based on my TDEE and activity level and then worked out how much protein I needed a day and then split the rest of it between carbs and fats. After much research I have decided to go higher carb and lower fat. There is so much information on the web and many calculators that you can use if this is something you are interested in finding out yourself.
A lot of vegans do a 80,10,10 rule which is 80% of calories are from carbs, 10% are from fats and 10% are from protein. However, I’ve decided to work out my macros and go from that to begin with.
I will be documenting each week how I am getting on and what I eat so be sure to keep checking back on my blog.
I will be taking weekly pictures, measurements and weight to keep an eye on how I am getting on. I can then adjust my macros and percentages from there.
The question on everyone’s lips is ‘what will you be eating?!’ Well keep checking back to my blog and you will find out!
As much a possible I will be trying to eat a wholefood diet of grain, beans, legumes, fruits and vegetables. Keeping it really simple.
I hope to be able to share some of my delicious recipes with you as well because nothing makes me more excited than having a big bunch of delicious whole foods in front of me in there original state and I get to turn these into an amazing, nutritious meal – how exciting is that?! It gives me a massive buzz.
If you want to take part in the 30 day vegan challenge as well, then let me know and I can help you to get started. If you fancy just watching me do it, then be sure to subscribe to my blog so you never miss a post and check out my instagram (@loyoga) where I post daily pictures of what I am up to and what I eat.