A Day of Food

Friday, February 27, 2015

I know it seems cheesy to go through a “day in my life” sort of post, but too bad! It is hard to start out being a vegan, so this post is just going to go through a typical day (typical meaning it’s a work day) of what I eat, with some other options on the side. It was easier for me to transition to this lifestyle (and it does kind of become a lifestyle, which some people find annoying!) because my family doesn’t eat animal products. I knew the right and wrong things to buy, for the most part, and how to prepare a lot of them.

I imagine it would be pretty difficult, though, going from one extreme to the other, without anyone close to you sharing an affinity for whole, plant based foods. So… All that being said, let’s take a look (times are approximate, of course. Almost all recipes found on foodgawker.com or deliciouslyella.com):





8:00 AM: Wake up. Have either a) a smoothie made of VegaOne, 1 banana, 1 cup almond milk, and 1/2 cup water, or b) whole oatmeal with peanut or almond butter, banana, 3 dates (chopped), flaxseed lignans, pecans, some type of berries, and a splash of almond milk.

9:30 AM: At work, I have two to three cups of tea/day. Usually this is green tea, and sometimes I’ll bring matcha and mix with hot water. I then proceed to drink absurd amounts of water throughout the day. Well, I try.

Matcha Green Tea

11:00 AM: For a snack, I usually have raw almonds/some other nut. If I’m feeling ambitious, I’ll throw them in a cup of water to soak for a couple of hours when I first get to work, which makes the nutrients more accessible to your digestive system.

1:00 PM: Lunches vary more drastically than my breakfast options, but typically I will have something like a) a baked sweet potato with curry vegannaise, quinoa, sautéed veggies like broccoli and mushrooms, and tempeh. For something easier b) refried black beans, brown rice, guacamole, salsa, and corn.
http://deliciouslyella.com/recipe/baked-sweet-potato-with-rosemary-brazil-nut-cheese-sauteed-mushrooms-broccoli-florets/

4:00 PM: Another snack. For some reason I feel like I get a sweet tooth in the afternoon. I usually have a little bit of something like dark chocolate, chocolate covered nuts, or vegan peanut butter cups. I will also try to have some fruit.

 

7:00 PM: Dinner totally depends on how I’m feeling, but I almost always have a big pile of raw kale with my meal. I de-vein it, massage it for about 3 mins with 1 Tbsp. Tahini, 1 Tbsp. tamari, and 1 Tbsp. rice vinegar or lemon juice (as found on deliciouslyella.com). I try get a little more creative with dinner since it isn’t something I’m simply packing for work and also isn’t just for me. Recent examples include: vegan ramen with tofu & shiitake mushrooms, nourish bowls (essentially just colorful platters of veggies, proteins, and grains), vegan enchiladas, falafel with babaganoush & hummus, and whole grain pasta on lazy days.


On the weekends, I'll make something a little more elaborate for breakfast, like vegan banana pancakes or vegan French toast (all of these recipes can be found just by googling the name, that's what I always do. I don't stick to a single recipe for each.) and I will go out to eat for more meals, but I just try to order the plate with the most veggies, even if it takes being kind of a pain to the server by ordering bits and pieces from different entrees.

40 comments :

  1. Thank you for this post! I'm currently transitioning to veganism and all though I've done my fair research I'm still confused about portion sizes. I've read a lot about "eating massive portion sizes when vegan or just as much as your body can have" its all too confusing. how do you determine portion sizes and how much you eat so you can be full and enough nourished/energized?

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    1. I wouldn't say I eat massive portion sizes, but I do not pay attention to calories really, and simply eat until I am full instead. I find myself being hungry more often, and therefore, eating more throughout the day. I would say I eat 3 "servings" (meaning a serving size on a nutrition label) of whole grains, a big handful of things like nuts, 2 Tbsp. olive oil, and 1/2 an avocado for good fats, lots of unprocessed carbohydrates (for example in one day I may have 2 huge handfuls of kale, one large sweet potato, a handful of broccoli, a banana, and an apple), and if I don't feel satisfied after a day of this, I will have a bit of whatever my body seems to be craving (some protein, more fibrous carbs, etc). I feel much more in tuned with what my body needs now, and tend to only snack on what I feel it needs for more energy.

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  2. Loved this post! I've been thinking of becoming a vegan lately, so this post is very helpful. I now have to check out the websites you mentioned in the top of the post to learn some cool recipes. Hope you'll keep us updated with some new vegan recipes! Thank you xx

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    1. I will! I hope you give it a try. You'll feel amazing xx

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  3. Cool, I've never heard of the trick to soak almonds in water. How does that bring out the nutrients? And do you also drain the water? xx

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    1. Soaking almonds activates the enzyme called "lipase," which helps your body properly digest fats. Since one of the best parts about almonds is their healthy fat content, we want to get the most out of that by absorbing it all effectively! xx

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    2. And yes please do drain the water :)

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  4. Cool, I've never heard of the trick to soak almonds in water. How does that bring out nutrients? And do you also drain the water before eating them? xx

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  5. Really lovely post! Could you do a post on tips/ advice on uprooting to NY? I eventually want to, but I don't know where to start! Thanks xx

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  6. Very cool post! I'm not a vegan but your food pictures have made me consider trying out some of your recipes! I was also wondering if you could maybe write a post about go-to places in New York? Sort of like a guide for tourists of interesting places to see and visit around the city. I'm from Montreal and I'm thinking of planning a trip there in the near future. I would love to know about cool places to visit from someone who actually lives there!

    Thanks :) xx

    - Vanessa

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    1. I just wrote about my favorite restaurants last week or so, so take a look at that :) I'll think of more places!

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  7. This is very helpful, thank you! Also, how do you cook/prepare your tofu?

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    1. Thanks!

      It depends, but typically I will heat a bit of olive oil in a pan, cut the tofu into cubes, cook on each side for a couple of minutes until golden brown, & drizzle with soy sauce.

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  8. This is very helpful, thank you! Also, how do you cook/prepare your tofu?

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  9. where do you get vegan peanut butter cups? and do you know the extent to which they are bad for you? I'm a health freak and strictly eat no sweets or bad fats but I loove nuts and peanut butter (I only use natural and I have when I'm lacking fat)

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    1. I make them. It's very easy & I will post a step by step recipe as soon as my new site is up, but it is essentially 1 part coconut oil to one part unsweetened coco powder, stevia to taste, mixed, poured into the bottom of a cupcake tin & chilled for 1/2 hour, then a layer of peanut butter on top, and another layer of the chocolate. They're actually quite good for you x

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  10. Are these all your images?

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    1. Nope, these are all images I found. Once my new site is up, I'm going to take my own food photos x

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  11. what do you do to tofu to eat or how do you incorporate it in my meals. I'm a vegetarian (bordering on vegan because there are countless animal products I do not eat) but i'm always looking for new ways to eat it since it is one of my main sources of protein

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    1. I answered the first part in a comment above, but I usually use it in things like vegan ramen, mashed with spices as a chicken salad replacement on bread, blended with miso to make "sour cream", and just cooked with yummy sauces with some veggies and rice for something simple x

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  12. can you make a post about your relationshop

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  13. did you know who dylan was when you met

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  14. Hi, I absolutely love your blog! Just a quick question: would you have any suggestions for vegan lunches to make for school? I'm trying to go vegan, but I'm 15 and with high school hours and homework I feel like I don't have enough time for it!

    Again, I stumbled across your blog through your Instagram and I'm completely in love with it. Have a lovely day! x

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    1. You know what, I think this deserves a post of its own (what to pack for a day out/at work/school), so thank you for the idea! For now, I would say your best quick and easy options are things like Daiya brand's chicken and other meat substitutes, Boca burgers, etc. with a side of whole grains like brown rice or quinoa, and a pile of your favorite veggies. I just make it the night before and pack it all in tupperware, then it's ready for morning! It's super healthy, easy, and inexpensive :)

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  15. Did you hear/see Ella (from deliciously ella) is having a book signing in Brooklyn this week? Pretty exciting and a good chance to get your hands on her new recipe book.

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    1. Oh my goodness. Definitely attending! Thank you xx

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  16. I found this and wanted to share - a list of animal-friendly brands to find at Sephora!

    http://www.peta.org/living/beauty/cruelty-free-beauty-sephora/?utm_campaign=0315%20What%20Cruelty%20Free%20Beauty%20Brands%20Can%20You%20Find%20at%20Sephora%20Post&utm_source=PETA%20Facebook&utm_medium=Promo

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    1. Wow thank you! What a wonderful list. I actually use a few of these brands already! I've also converted to coconut oil as a vegan night moisturizer :) great to know sephora has so many options xx

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  17. Ahh! New site, how exciting. Hope the older posts are also included in your new sites archive. I enjoy going back and reading them

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    1. Oh they certainly will be! Just a new layout xx

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  18. I don't know if this is too personal, as I completely understand wanting to keep your blog and topics regarding your relationship separate, but I think it would be really interesting to read about how being with someone who is well known and recognized impacts your relationship. I feel as though some individuals, sometimes even those with the best intentions, cross certain boundaries be it when you're out together in public or even on social media. So I wonder, does this limit activities you can enjoy together? Do you feel as though you need to be more guarded with what you share publicly? Again, I don't mean to pry.. But I do think it would be interesting to hear how you feel about such things. All the best to you and your significant other now and always.

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    1. I won't make a post about it, but I will say that it was a bit strange at first, but I am used to it now. It doesn't limit me in any significant way. People are just more invasive now when it comes to my life, though not really in person. Mostly social media. I have only a select group of friends and I'm a lot more skeptical about anyone who tries to get into my life, but that's the only difference. Nothing extraordinary or particularly limiting.

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  19. I know this might be to much work to answer, so feel free to not or do so, either way it I appreciate it. I am a vegetarian and I have been for about a year now. I am only 17 so I still find myself living with my family. I been wanting to transition to being a vegan after seeing multiple of your posts and all the benefits that it brings to oneself as well. However, my mom tends to get really annoyed since she's always trying to find what to make me for dinner since my whole family eats meat, etc. Do you have any recommendations on what. I should do? Also, money is very limited in my house; barely enough to pay for rent.

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    1. Please take a look at the "vegan food pyramid" on this page: http://www.adaptt.org/veganism.html#, and take a look at the "expense" section as a way to explain to your family the minimal disparity in cost between vegan and typical meat eating diets. Best thing to do is to educate yourself so you can be better prepared for someone's retaliation. This whole page will do exactly that. You're already halfway there by not eating meat. You just have to essentially replace milk with almond or coconut milk, eggs with tofu, and cheese with cheese substitutes (and honey with agave if you want to go all the way). Let me know how it goes! x

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  20. I really loved this post on veganism and all your other posts really and I was actually thinking of going Vegan myself but when I asked other vegans for tips and tricks I was met with hostility and often labelled 'animal abuser' because I are animal products (I don't even eat meat), but I was wondering for you is the real issue eating animals or the animal abuse, i.e if animal & their by-products where ethically sourced and raised would you resume eating them?, I'm sorry for the long question but I often ask myself as to why I'm going vegan and I'd really appreciate your opinion :)

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  21. Wow this all looks so good! I've recently been really interested in becoming vegan but it will definitely be a hard transition,and I have to wait until it is practical for me since I still live with my family. But your blog posts have really encouraged me to believe that once I commit it will be worth it:)

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  22. so today im starting my frist day as a vegan ! im going to go a whole month as a vegnan if it goes well il keep on going. what is making me think bout being a vegan is.. what to buy ? i mean i eat salads .. all sorts of things that i can eat whille vegan. but i dont know what to buy... likee.. im new at this *-* .. so i need help hah.. plus i have questions about.. some food if i can eat them or not.. my mum said i cant eat cheese if now im a vegan. and she named other foods. but thanks for so many advices dayna. hope you answer my few questions hehe ;3

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