5 Things To Keep In Mind About Exercise If You Are Going Plant-Based
1. Remember that food is your friend.
“Abs are made in the kitchen”- I have seen that scrawled across a gym wall. Choose unprocessed foods wisely to maintain energy levels.
2. Don't be fooled: All vegan/ plant-based food is not healthy food!
Many people automatically think that just because they went plant-based, a six-pack will appear overnight. But if your goal is to be shredded and ripped, you have to consume the right plant-based meals. Therefore, eating vegan pizza and topping it off with vegan ice cream every night will not help you reach your goal.
3. Eat more alkaline foods.
Plant-based food is considered alkaline food, which can help the body to flourish. For athletes—and for those who work out regularly—it can also assist the body in recovering much faster post-workout. On the other hand, acidic foods like meat and dairy products tend to increase the acidity of your blood, which could potentially result in more acid (pain) during recovery. So if you are trying to recover, it is important to consume alkaline plant-based foods.
4. If you do it right, getting enough protein is actually really easy.
Plant-based proteins don’t have as many calories as animal protein sources, and they don’t contain cholesterol-forming fats. Additionally, plant-based protein sources are complete proteins, meaning they have a variety of amino acids that the body can’t produce on its own.
Kale, spinach, bok choy and broccoli. People forget that good old greens pack a protein punch. Don’t forget about spirulina, chlorella, seaweed and beans- they are a great way to increase the protein and nutrient content of your diet without adding many calories.
5. Go into it with a positive mindset.
Doubt will creep into your mind, and many times it is that same doubt that will have many people questioning your decisions. Other times, that doubt may be self-doubt that could stem from traditions, bad habits, or the fear of the unknown. But remember that when you are changing your lifestyle, most people won't be on board, and your goals are ultimately up to you. But get ready for an incredible journey!