Getting Vegucated + Bikram Yoga

Happy Saturday! Welcome to the weekend!

So at this point in my vegan week journey, I knew I’d either be counting down the days until the end of this dairy-less, egg-less, meat-less haul or be getting happily acquainted with this new way of vegified-eating.

Turns out…I like it.

I feel that there are two main reasons behind the vegan movement. 1 being health and 2 being ethics and the good of the environment.

After seeing Forks Over Knives, I was reminded of the endless benefits of a plant-based diet and was informed of shocking health statistics you would have to see to believe.

After watching Vegucated (last night), I have been reminded of the absolute horror that is the livestock industry and the immense amount of carbon emissions the livestock industry releases each year (more than the transportation industry, people!).

I was also reminded that oh hey our population is growing by a lot, and our resources are diminishing by a lot, so like umm where does that leave us? Yeah, good question. If we continue to consume the way we do now (especially in America), we are done for. A change needs to happen.

You want to do something about this you say?

Eat less meat. That’s what the top man of the world’s largest organization dealing with climate change, the IPCC Chair, Rajendra Pauchari said.

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I was shocked that some of the most brilliant minds of all time have either been vegetarian or vegan. Something tells me they had good reasoning for it too.

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Here have been some of my vegan eats over the past couple of days. Secret: I’ve loved everything.

Shakes:

Green Mocha Monster

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These shakes never fail to calm me during my morning time commute.

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Almond Mocha Monster

  • 1 scoop Plant Fusion chocolate protein powder
  • 5 oz. coconut milk
  • 5 oz. almond milk
  • 2 tb almond butter
  • 1 large handful of spinach
  • Shot of black coffee
  • 1 tb chia seeds
  • 1 tb flax meal
  • Pinch of cinnamon

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Lunch:

These two days’ lunches look about the same, and I enjoyed every similar bite of each.

  • Quinoa’d Veggies
  • Raw almonds
  • Granny smith apple
  • Almond butter
  • Vega One chocolate almond nutrition bar (amazing!)

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  • Quinoa’d Veggies w/ black beans
  • Red bell pepper slices
  • Hummus
  • Chile chile apple
  • Almond butter
  • Coll Balls

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Dinner:

Zucchini Flats Over Black Beans

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Portabella Mushroom Pizzas (1/2 Caprese, 1/2 Peppers/Onions)

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Vegan alternative item: Vegan mozzarella cheese (soy product)

It was more like a soft tofu than a cheese consistency, in my opinion. Not gonna lie, real mozzarella would have made this dish that much more tasty, but we did with what we could and the flavor was still phenomenal.

Dessert:

Watermelon, watermelon, and more watermelon!

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Well I’ve been meaning to get back into yoga lately and I figured what better timing than while also changing my eating habits? Mind, body, and spirit, right?

I just got back from the 10 AM Bikram Yoga session with my good friend, ZTA sis, and prime workout buddy, Kendall! It was just as challenging and physically demanding as I had remembered. You push so hard, focus so hard and give your all for 90 minutes in a 110-112 degree room, and afterward, you feel so incredible.

For those of you that don’t know, Bikram Yoga is a yoga practice that consists of 26 poses, half standing, half sitting. Bikram yoga is practiced in a heated room to relax the muscles and warm the body, to allow for the deepest stretch possible. It’s known to be one of the most challenging forms of yoga, but comes with tremendous rewards for your body and health.

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Anyways, I was a little rusty, but still remembered the jist of all of the poses. I did unfortunately get more lightheaded than I had remembered feeling in previous classes. Part of me thinks I’m just out of practice, the other part thinks it was a lack of proper hydration, which is so key in preparing your body for this class, considering how much water you lose via sweat. Anyone who has taken a class can attest to this: you feel like you’re in the shower. Yes, you are that wet.

When I’m doing it, there’s a part of me that hates it with a passion. I’m pretty sure majority of the class also has these feelings halfway through. Then, you finish class, feel so fit, so zen, and accomplished and start thinking about the next class you will come to. Craziness.

Well I’m off to do some Econ homework and hopefully get a little relaxing in as well.

Enjoy your weekends & make healthful decisions for you and for our world!

Chow for now!

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