Viking to Vegan

Viking to Vegan

Good morning Friends!

I’m going from Viking to vegan!

Well, not a real vegan but close enough for me at the moment! If you follow my food/workout posts, you know that I call myself a Viking because lately all I seem to be eating is meat and dairy. I have no clue how vikings really ate but I picture them eating similarly haha. Actually, let me google it. One sec!

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Ok, so not too much dairy mentioned here ย but I was kinda right.

Anyway I didn’t mean to eat like a Viking. Here’s how it all started and the progression that lead up to my current way of eating.

-Discovered clean eating, changed diet, felt great
-Dieted too much, exercised too much, felt like crap
-Stopped doing cardio because I was sick of it, stops watching calories because I was sick of it
-Gained weight ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
-Tried the LCHF diet, LOVED it!, lost a little weight but then couldn’t lose anymore, no problem because I felt so good
-Hormones went crazy after 3 months of no carbs because, well, you need some carbs in your life
-Started over with just a clean diet, sort of watching calories and sort of watching carbs
-Got pregnant with Anna, gained tons of weight
-Had Anna. Found weight loss success with a clean, lower carb diet with little carb ups here and there plus 21 Day Fix Extreme and Insanity Max 30, BUT still kept falling off the wagon when I had junk food
-Quit sugar, found it SO MUCH easier to stick to a meal plan
-Got busy being a mom of an infant and 4 year old and stuck to healthy eating by only eating the things that I didn’t have to steam or wash or cut up. I save and reheat whatever meat I make for the family for dinner and always have yogurt and almonds on hand. I boil a big batch of eggs on Sunday so I can grab them when I need a quick snack throughout the week
-Realized I had become a Viking

So that’s how I became a Viking. BUT Sunday I will be starting the 3 Day Refresh which is three days of having three of Beachbody’s shakes (1 Shakeology, 2 Vanilla Fresh), a Fiber Sweep drink, and then your diet is all vegan.

To ease myself into this, I am keeping a vegetarian diet for the rest of the week. I refuse to only eat yogurt, nuts, and eggs though so I am making the effort to add produce. I’m not going to lie y’all, I’m kinda nervous. But I am keeping an open mind and I am excited about adding more color to my diet! Lord knows I need to.

So that’s where I am at right now haha. We’ll see how this goes!

I would love to hear from vegetarians and vegans about your diet! So today’s questions are for the plant-based peeps!

QUESTIONS FOR THE PLANT-BASED:

Are you a vegan or a vegetarian?

Why do you love your eating style?

Do you find it challenging to stick to? Are you hungry all the time?

Any tips? Please!

Thank you in advance!

28 thoughts on “Viking to Vegan

  1. I’ve been trying to adopt a vegetarian life style. It seems to make everything in my body flow more nicely and it definitely makes me feel better. I try to eat mostly eggs, brown rice, veggies, and I have a problem and love bread, do usually eat rolls with my dinner.

  2. If you had to label me I guess I’d be pretty much paleo. I do eat some dairy and some white potatoes. And occasional corn tortillas or rice/rice flour. But besides that it’s paleo. Meat, eggs, nuts, produce, repeat. We are grain free with the exception of the above indulgences, and strictly gluten free. I’m now diligent about my sugar also, and Angela, wait for it…I gave up coffee!!! Not on purpose. The pneumonia turned me off of it. I’ve been drinking chai tea like it’s going out of style, and an occasional cappuccino because I can still tolerate espresso. Who am I?! Lol!
    I try to incorporate as many veggies as possible, you’ll get used to it again. And there are so many yummy ones to choose! My best suggestion is bulk cooking to save on prep time. I don’t think I could do vegetarian. I love being a carnivore! It tastes so good! My son too. The only six year old that if you ask what his favorite food is he says “meat!” ๐Ÿ˜‚
    I love how I eat because it makes me feel great. I cook everything from scratch, no processed food. My blood work is perfect, I look good, I feel good. I feel like I finally figured it out! Except for just tweaking because I keep researching and learning.
    So eight years later…I finished my reply. ๐Ÿ˜‚

    1. WHAT! Anne, WHAT!
      Well, chai is kind of the coffee of tea. It’s pretty strong and it’s sooo good. It tastes like Christmas to me.
      I think paleoish is really the best way to go. I like eating different ways for periods of time but I’m not going to label myself something. Nothing is unclean that God has made clean! And I think a lot of people feel crappy for a long time only because they don’t want to veer from a certain way of eating.
      Hahahaha! Nicholas, you’re joking. A little Viking too!
      Good idea for the vegetables. I need to prep them along with everything else.

      1. I don’t even like calling myself paleo, I never intended to be. That’s just where we ended up by trial and error. And I will never give up my potatoes!!
        I’m loving my tea! Go figure.
        Nicholas is priceless. It’s always the same answer. And listen to his new joke.
        Q: what do you call a cow with no legs?
        A: ground beef!
        I can’t!!๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
        I always do a cut the veggie prep. Except cucumbers. I hate how the keep. My favorites are peppers, onions, zucchini and broccoli. The keep well cut up in the fridge for five days. And all together sautรฉed in coconut oil they are heaven!

      2. I think you eat perfectly. You eat everything but too much of nothing. I need to be like this!
        All I drank was tea while pregnant, it’s really delightful when you get used to it. I’m so addicted to coffee.
        Hahahahaha! He’s awesome. Lol
        I’m doing a veggie prep Sunday. Thank you!!!!

  3. I tried vegetarian for about 6 months and found it very difficult. I had to eat a lot of beans, eggs, and nuts to get enough protein. I ate a ton of vegetables and rice and quinoa. I was full alot but never fulfilled. Eventually I had to add chicken, turkey, and fish. I still haven’t eaten pork or beef for over a year and don’t miss it. I hope it works out for you. ๐Ÿ˜Š

    1. See, this was what I was afraid of. Ugh. Well it’s just for a week. I definitely want to add more vegetables to my diet on a daily basis but I’m not planning on being vegetarian forever. Thank you for sharing your experience!

      1. Hi there,
        I would recommend to quit things step by step (one at a time). Cutting down all at once is difficult and the temptation to start that again is very high. Like for example @ginatay72 – you are off pork and beef for an year and you don’t really miss it. Now that you know you have finally quit that, you can cut down seafood for next 6 months and so on.

        I was a vegetarian by birth and now Vegan for 2 year. I started with 1 thing at a time and now I don’t crave for any of it. ๐Ÿ™‚

        Happy Reading. Healthy Living (http://4healthyu.com/).

  4. great questions here – I’m whole-food plant-based with the last 3 months of so, its so not hard to stick to & i’m always full – no sense of deprivation at all! i’m blogging away about it at the mo – would highly recommend & super if your going to complement it with a good exercise routine!

  5. Hi
    I am a vegan.
    I love it because I’m not harming animals and I am improving my health.
    I don’t find it hard I wasn’t a very big meat eater before, so I don’t miss anything. I was a vegetarian for 3 years before becoming it vegan.
    I do get hungry sometimes, but that has to do with me just not eating enough during the day. I have a very busy job and sometimes lunch gets away from me.
    All the only tips I have is if you are feeling like you’re hungry all the time look at your calories I know a lot of people think that they’re eating a lot especially with salads and starting out and all the vegetables. But they’re not very calorically dense so you may not getting in enough calories in. I would try the My Fitness Pal app for any kind of calorie counting app or just tracking it you know old fashioned pen and paper to see where you’re at.
    And also to learn as much as you can for yourself about nutrition and if you’re not already verse in it. A lot of people mean well but some of their advice can stood in the wrong direction. Everybody’s body is different and reacts differently to things. So just knowing for yourself I think is the best if I can give you.

    1. Hey there! Thank you for sharing your experience and the tips! So far everything is going well but I will definitely keep all this in mind. I love hearing from people who love this way of eating so thank you!

  6. Great post! I’ve been Vegetarian for over a year now and I absolutely love it! I’m border-lined vegan because I don’t use hardly any dairy (due to being lactose) and eggs have almost completely vanished from my diet. I feel more energized, I’m not nauseous all the time like I was before the switch, I don’t feel bloated, my health problems have gotten better, and much more.

    It was hard starting out because I didn’t like veggies all that much. I had a few ‘cheat days’ at the very beginning but haven’t had any meat since. The last cheat day I had, it made me sick and I haven’t turned back to meat since! Starting out, I did get hungry a lot (which I eat all the time anyways, I love food) but after a few weeks of adjusting to the diet, it was back to normal. I turned to the diet not only for my health but for the animals and environment as well ๐Ÿ™‚

    My advice is to make sure you’re taking in enough nutrients/proteins/etc.. Like you would with any diet really. Try different things like non-cooked meals, cooked meals, smoothies and frozen meals (such as MorningStar- they’re awesome) to see what you fancy more.

  7. I’ve been vegan for about six months now and have felt incredible! I’ve gone through periods where I’d eat more produce than carbs and others with more carbs than produce, but it all balances out, and all in all, I’ve lost about 20 lbs. Whenever you add more vegetables and fruit into your diet than before, you’ll be getting more nutrients, so you’re bound to feel better. However, I try to stay away from oil for the most part, because I end up feeling pretty crummy if I eat too much, but everything in moderation (well, almost everything.. lol). ๐Ÿ™‚ Anyone who says they’re hungry all the time and can never feel full on a vegan diet aren’t eating a wide enough variety of food and are therefore missing out on necessary nutrients to help keep them full– that and they’re depriving themselves of foods that they think are “bad”– you can still make brownies that are still incredible while being vegan; any junk food that you’ve eaten while non-vegan *can* be made entirely vegan. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  8. Hello!

    I kind of hate labels because they carry so many stereotypes, but I will go with Plant Based because my main objective each day is to eat as many plants as possible.

    Starting anything new is hard at first because we are unfamiliar with what we are beginning. We all know knowledge is power, so the more you learn the easier it becomes. When I first stopped eating dairy and meat it was hard to find healthy plant based alternatives, because I didn’t know where to look. As I researched and learned more, it became quite easy.

    Now eating without dairy or meat is easy! Keep in mind I live in the middle of cow country. I drive by cow and sheep farms every day, so being a non meat eater here isn’t looked at as normal at all. My health is amazing now and no one can argue with that.

    If you’re going to try to go without meat or dairy, my best advice is to research a lot and give yourself grace and time to adjust. The transition is worth it! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

    Jennifer

    1. Jennifer you are so right, they do! Maybe I will go with plant based as well. Thank you so much for sharing your experience! I have had a pretty easy time sticking to it as long as I am eating at home which I do most days. But it’s when I go out that I find difficulty…..

      1. I found little “Snack on the Run!” boxes with a small can of hummus, crackers, and a spoon by Bumble Bee in the canned tuna area. They are great to have on hand for a plant based meal on your way out the door. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

  9. Hey!
    I’m a vegetarian. At first I found it a bit difficult but after a couple months your body really adjusts to not eating meat. I’ve been veg for years now and don’t crave meat anymore. The trick to feeling full for me is to eat avocado, nuts, and olive oil (healthy fats!). Beans and hummus are also life savers. However my favourite thing is definitely all the fresh fruits and vegetables, I look forward to buying fruits every week because it’s sugar I don’t have to feel guilty about!
    Good luck!
    Christina

    1. Hey there Christina!
      Yes! I found there was almost a “withdrawal” feeling at first when I stopped eating meat! But like you, I found it passed after a short amount of time.
      Thank you so much for sharing!

  10. Great post! I love where youโ€™re going with thisโ€ฆItโ€™s important to remove foods that donโ€™t serve you. All food is either alkaline or acidic forming. If your body is more acidic, you are more prone to disease, illness, bacteria and viruses. One of the things that always scares me isโ€ฆ.if you think about that one food you crave, that one food is the one causing the most damage to your body! Scary thought!
    Kassy | https://syrahandsmoothies.com

    1. Hi Kassy! I’m so sorry for the extremely late response! I have heard this about the foods you crave being the ones that are causing the most damage! Have you ever listened in on any of those health summits that will go around health circles? Oh my gosh, I love them because I am interested in everything they have to say but at the end I’m always afraid to eat anything because all of the speakers have conflicting information! Lol! One says that you crave because you are in need of the nutrients, another says that you crave because it is actually an allergen. One person says eat meat because it carbs that are wreaking havoc on our system, another says that meat and fat are actually what we are supposed to be eating because that what our ancestors ate. And don’t even get me started on Candida! Lol! Terrifying lol.
      I will check out your blog. I pretty much just keep everything whole and natural. I think worrying about it is just as bad for you!
      I am interested in your thoughts on what to take and what to leave.

    1. Hey there! I am so sorry for the late response! I have! It’s scary. Vegan-ish eating has become the norm for me now and I love it but I will say that it is hard for me to believe every word of these documentaries. I agree with processed meat being bed and probably contributing to cancer but as far as organic grass-fed meat, I don’t think this the same is true for it. What were your thoughts on it? How do you like vegan-ish eating so far? Thanks so much for the comment!

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