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!

 

Summer 2015

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. 

 Luke's progress over 7 months - taken from  @Plantfedluke . 

Luke's progress over 7 months - taken from @Plantfedluke

 

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. 

 

Intermittent fasting

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:

  1. I didn't have to overthink what I was eating for the day.
  2. 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.

 

The present?

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.

 One of Luke's videos - 'Taken from  @Plantfedluke . 

One of Luke's videos - 'Taken from @Plantfedluke

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

Luke x

You can follow Luke on Instagram and YouTube.  Bob over and say hi! I urge you to check out his Insta because he posts about the meals he's eaten and how he's training weights on a plant based diet. 

Definitely Vegan x