Guest Post #4. Plantfed Luke's journey from Meathead to Plantfed (part 2)
"People automatically think vegans are healthy, only eating plants and grass. I can assure you, this was not the case for myself"
Welcome back all! In this post today I'll explain the 2 year vegan journey to date, how I've found the process overall and where I'm currently at!
So for those of you who read the first blog post, you'll remember that I said the process hadn't been exactly 100% smooth, per say. After finishing my first year of university and heading home for summer, it was very much a trial and error process. I had been cooking for myself for the last year or so anyways so I knew I didn't need to rely on anyone, but gosh the idea of soaking beans and eating a ton of carbs was a bit daunting.
The 3-12 month adjustment period.
I survived the summer. However, I want to make a point about a 'vegan diet' and a 'healthy vegan diet' / 'plant based diet'. People automatically think vegans are healthy, only eating plants and grass. I can assure you, this was not the case for myself. Although I had been eating some healthy meals, during this time period I think some of us are guilty of eating anything that is vegan friendly. This led to me eating a lot of processed food such as Oreos, Vego bars and Belvita chocolate hazelnut bars. A calorie excess, and a diminishing amount of time in the gym was meaning that I was slowly putting weight/fat on.
I stumbled upon intermittent fasting around 9 months into my journey through Darren and Georgie, whose YouTube channel was VeganFitness TV and is now Familyfizz. The concept of having just 3 meals a day, in a shorter eating window (intermittent fasting) appealed to me for two reasons:
- I didn't have to overthink what I was eating for the day.
- I could enjoy bigger portion sizes without worrying about eating too many calories.
So, for the latter part of my 2nd year at university, I had begun embracing a new way of eating and I enjoyed mixed success with this going forward.
For the last 12months I have been implementing intermittent fasting as my go to eating pattern. I do not religiously stick to any particular timeframe, but it's a good framework. After a few heavy months of partying in my 3rd year at university, I decided that I wasn't happy with my current physical state, so I decided that I was going to make some lifestyle changes.
I started going to the gym at least 5 times a week, lifting weights for around 1hour and I would implement some cardio after the weights most days, for around 20-30 minutes. This, coupled with a flexible but calorie conscious plan has allowed me to consistently lose weight and fat in a sustainable manner over the last 6 months.
When I started this process I was weighing around 210lbs or 15 stone. As of now, I'm currently weighing around 175lbs or 12 stone 7lbs. I feel so much better about myself, and I know I'm in a much better place health wise. There have been bumps along the journey, but setting myself achievable short term goals and being realistic has been a method of keeping on track.
So that is my journey thus far! If I was to recommend any health related books or films it would be 'How not to die' by Dr Michael Greger of Nutrtionfacts.org and 'What The Health', a documentary recently released on Netflix.
Thank you for your time people, and once again it's been a pleasure to have been featured on the blog! If you have any questions feel free to message me on my Instagram @Plantfedluke.
Definitely Vegan x