Detox with Food

The best way to detox with food is to be intentional about choosing food that helps rid your body of toxins and adds nutrients for you to thrive.

Check out my post about 100 healing foods

How I detox with food

My favorite way to detox is to eat. I never knew that you could detox by just using what God has given us. I always thought you had to take a supplement or a special tea/ It never occurred to me that God created foods that do even better than those magic solutions. There are a few things that you can detox, and vegetable infused water may not exactly get it done. It’s nice to add different flavors to your water, especially if you’re consuming half your body weight in water a day. But it’s not going to be solely responsible for cleansing your body. You’re not receiving all the nutrients of those water and vegetable combinations through infusion. Water is the best way to detox, but there are also veggies and fruits.

Vegetables can help you detox

Cruciferous veggies are members of the cabbage family.  These veggies contain phytochemicals, vitamins, minerals, and fibers that are important to your health.  Vegetables have been recommended by various health agencies that we eat several servings per week for numerous reasons.

  1. They help lower cancer risk
  2. They help you with oxidative stressis the overload of harmful molecules called oxygen-free radicals, which are generated by the body. Reducing these free radicals may reduce the risk of colon, lung, prostate, breast, and other cancers.
  3. They help protect against cardiovascular disease
  4. They contain Vitamin A, C, E, and folic acid, which helps reduce chronic inflammation. Diets that are high in wine and coffee but high in sugar, sweetened soft drinks, refined grains, and processed meat. All things that are prevalent in Easter dinner feast.

 How to cook vegetables to get the most benefit?

  • Stop overcooking your cruciferous vegetables.  They should be bright and vibrant green not dark green after cooking.  They also can produce a strong sulfur odor and become unappealing and why most people don’t like cruciferous vegetables.
  • You can buy several types of cruciferous vegetables ready-to-eat in the frozen or freshly packaged sections of your supermarket, including broccoli, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts. Fresh is best but this is a great option if you don’t have access to fresh vegetables.
  • Make sure you get plenty of dark green broccoli or snowy white cauliflower florets when nibbling on veggie platters.  They often get neglected but are the best choices out of all the options.
  • Add raw broccoli or cauliflower florets to your green salad to give the nutrients a big boost.
  • Cruciferous vegetables can be easily added to soups, stews, and casseroles.
  • When you are looking for cruciferous vegetables specifically fresh broccoli. Look for firm florets with purple, dark green, or bluish hue on the top. These vegetables contain more beta-carotene and vitamin C than florets with lighter green tops. If you broccoli is yellow or the stalk is limp-put it down-don’t buy it!

Other Options or Additional Detox

Fruits can help with detox far better than any supplement. Berries such as cranberries, blueberries, strawberries are antioxidants that are great in salads, shakes, and snacks. If you’re detoxing from some indulgent eating. A new thing that I am in love with is avocado seed powder. Adding this can rid you of toxins in your body. It is effortless to add to your diet and tasteless if you want to add it to any meal, shake, and coffee/tea.

AvocadoSeedPowder

 

My body feels better when I eat the right foods. Depriving myself or using “special cleanse potions” that were formulated in a lab usually don’t have the same effect. This stir fry is my detox stir fry. A super berry smoothie and some “detox stir fry,” and I am usually feeling a little better about my poor weekend decisions. When you clean your body with God’s goodness, after an Easter where you may have indulged too much in sweets and sodium-rich foods. You will feel less regret and will not negate your bad decisions. Choosing a healthy way to cleanse your body can set you on the path towards better choices.

 

DetoxMeal

 

How do you detox?

Detox Stir Fry

Detox Stir Fry

Ingredients

  • 1/4 Onion, Sliced
  • 2 Cloves of Garlic, Sliced
  • 2 Tbsp Of Fresh Ginger, Grated
  • 1 Tbsp of Fresh Turmeric, Grated
  • 1/2 cup Kale, Cut
  • 1/2 cup Brocoli Florets, Chopped
  • 1/4 cup of Green Beans
  • 1 cup of Asparagus, Cut into
  • 1/4 cup of Sliced Baby Carrots
  • 1/2 cup of Grape Tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 medium size sweet potato, cubed
  • 2 tbsp of Avocado Seed powder
  • 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp. of Coconut Aminos
  • 2 Tbsp. Coconut Oil
  • Protein Optional
  • 1 Chicken Breast Cutlet or Skinless Boneless Chicken Thigh (Preferably Organic, Hormone Free)
  • or 1 cup of peeled Shrimp, deveined, cleaned
  • 1 cup of Flank Steak Sliced
  • or
  • 1 cup of Cubed Tofu
  • or
  • 4-6 oz. Salmon (preferably wild caught)

Instructions

  1. Melt Coconut oil in pan
  2. Add Onion let saute for 2 minutes, add garlic, ginger, turmeric for 2 minutes
  3. Add remaining veggies, let saute for 5-10 minutes depending on preference
  4. Add Coconut Aminos
  5. Add Avocado Seed powder
  6. Toss till completely coated.
  7. Serve with grilled protein with 2-3 tbsp of coconut aminos
  8. or Eat as is.
  9. Enjoy!
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What is verse mapping?

I received the Verse Mapping Bible in exchange for a Front Gate Media review. However, these items were gifted to me. My thoughts are my own. My Full Disclosure Policy

How I began Inductive Bible Study?

I remember when I first began inductive Bible Studying. I wanted to have a deeper understanding of God’s word.  So, I would do online studies in-person group studies, but they were never enough.  Often they were studies on books that people had read but never exclusively God’s word.

In a Bible Study, I heard about how women had inductively studied books in the Bible. So, I began to research the best way to study inductively.  I found many methods, SOAP and Bible Highlighting appealed to me.  I became a facilitator for Love God Greatly, which encouraged us to digest scripture slowly. To be intentional, ask questions, do research, read more and find references.  It was a fantastic way to learn how to grasp a deeper understanding of God’s word. I loved the community and conversation, and it helped me grow on my faith journey.

Over the years, SOAP and Bible Highlighting led me to seek even more research and knowledge in the Word. My research and study birthed my 7-week transformation program Bible and Bootcamps.  Through my study, God gave me the wisdom and words to create the devotional for Bible and Bootcamps that has helped many women reclaim their relationship with God and their bodies. Over the years, I have been seeking more.

What is Verse mapping?

Verse mapping isn’t something new from my research.  Many people have been studying scripture and references for years.  But the Verse mapping “learn to study systems” developed by Kristy Cambron as a Bible and Study guide are new.

According to Verse mapping, Bible verse mapping is a method of studying the historical context, transliteration, translation, and theological framework of a verse (or section of verses) in the Bible.

Basically, it’s getting deeper, thorough research of Bible verses.  It’s more than memorizing scripture. It’s the Who? What? When? How? Why? in very detailed context.  I was so grateful to receive the Verse Mapping Bible. It has prompted to help guide you through the verse mapping process and give you examples within scripture. The beginning also walks you through step by step on how to verse map.  The print is easy to read, and I had the New International Version Bible, a great Bible to study and understand God’s Word.

My Experience Verse Mapping

I have never verse mapped, and my six-year-old daughter is reading more, and her heart for the Lord is amazing.  Together we have been verse mapping with the guidelines and guidance of Kristy Cambron, and it’s been an amazing experience.  Getting more in-depth with a six-year-old is a fantastic way to learn the Bible.

Children’s thought processes and innocents are so admirable, and working my way through scripture with her has been great because she thinks of questions that never occurred to me, which helps further our study.

The Verse Mapping Bible

Verse Mapping Bible is great to give you study prompts and help you map out a simple process to get more in-depth with God’s word.

After prayer, each scripture is broken down into the Verse, Design, Develop phrases, Actions, and outcome.  It takes us two to three days to get through scripture, but the understanding and application of God’s word are different.  It’s more meaningful and rich. I love the experiences that the Verse Mapping Bible and tools has given me.

How to Verse Map

If you are looking for a simple process to gather a greater understanding of God’s word through Scripture, I would highly recommend the Verse Mapping Bible. If you’re looking for a basic understanding of “How to Verse map?” Check out my blog post: “How to Verse Map?”

Enter the giveaway to receive your own Verse Mapping Bible here.

What processes or methods do you use to study the Bible?

 

 

The best sports bra for women with a small chest

the best sports bra for women with a small chest

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Finding Flattering Sports Bras for women with a small chest

I have found the best sports bra for a small chest. Finding a sports bra can be hard whether you have a small chest or large can be challenging. Sports bras have come a long way, but not all styles work for all sizes. We all come in different shapes and body types. Thank God! And we all have to embrace what we got!  Although, many women focus on creating this idea of how they should look.  But even if we all looked like that perfect person, we would all be different because we all have different opinions.  After years of transforming my body from the inside out. I have come to accept what I was once teased for, like my forehead, which cruel boys would call “five head,” or my nose, butt, and a small chest.  Childhood bullies can really define people’s adult insecurities.  I’m not sure when I grew to accept these things, but I remember years of wanting something I didn’t have until I became grateful for what I got.

Finding a Sports bra after weight loss

My weight loss journey started with the intention to change my body because I knew I wasn’t in the body I was meant to be in.  I didn’t want to struggle to walk up the stairs. I wanted to have more energy. My vain pursuits changed from getting skinny to honoring my temple, and it is now to be strong in the Lord and physically strong. I am also mentally stronger than I was and more confident in the skin that I am in. I know I will never look perfect, but I no longer want to look like someone else. I’m okay with what God has given me.  This journey has helped me to become grateful for my body and all of its imperfections and strengths. This body that has endured hard things in life fallen but didn’t break and turned to God to pick it all back up again.  When you see yourself, how God sees you, you’re okay with your small boobs and big booty because that is how God made you.

God made me perfectly imperfect, but not all bras embrace small chested women. Don’t get me wrong, I would have been happy keeping the boobs and losing them everywhere else, but that is not the body that was meant for me, especially after nursing my babies. (I blame my middle, in particular; she was one hungry girl and born at 9lbs. There’s no turning back from that). Finding a bra that flatters my boobs and not flattens what is left is hard to find in a sports bra for women with a small chest.

Finding a sports bra for women with a small chest

I found Handful bras on Instagram through an Influencer I follow @thefitfork. She inspires me to actively fulfill my desire to age and is my goal not in body type but her outlook on life. She is funny, focused, fit, and friendly.  I’ve got focused down. I am still working on the others.  I am always amazed at how Jennifer of The Fit Fork does amazing exercises and poses, always rocking her Handful bra.  And her boobs look great!  When I got my first Handful bra, I remember it’s in my first favorite color (my second would be glitter), Kelly Green Y-Back Bra.  Something about green makes me happy, and it made my boobs look so good.  It was comfortable and easy to take on, and I was hooked. Every sale, every clearance, I was ordering a Handful bra for myself or my daughters. They love them too, especially my middle, who is thirteen and prefers sports bras over bras.

best bra for women with small chest

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This year, I was asked to represent the Handful bra, and it was an unforeseen blessing.  Not only are their bras comfortable, but they have been one of the best companies I have ever worked for.  Handful Bra not only supporting women with their bras. They are supporting women with cancer care, entrepreneurship, business, and relationships. I always shared my love for this company even before I was an ambassador.  On Fit Black Queens’ Podcast Season 1,

Look at God!  Months later, they asked me to be an ambassador. God gets all the praise and glory.  Handful bra has supported my endeavors like the Fit Black Queens IGTV Takeover on their channel.

 

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The Handful bra is the most comfortable bras for women with a small chest.

Handful bras are so comfortable. It truly feels like you’re not wearing a bra, and your boobs look amazing, but I prefer them for comfort overall.  Even their leggings feel like butter. The material they use is wicking and very soft.  The styles are so cute.  I’ve tried them all, and there is only one that I didn’t like.  The removable cups are labeled left and right so you know which can easily be added to your sports bras.  You can stack them or remove them, and they don’t bunch and twist. Even the removable cups are also made well with reinforced stitching outside, so the layers don’t come apart like other sports bra removable cups I have owned.

They have various styles, colors, and prints, and I have tried every style Handful carries.  I love them all except for their The Zen and Now. It just didn’t fit my body well, and the band was too tight for my broad back. Wearing the Zen and Now was not the same experiences I had with the Adjustable Bra, the Closer, the Y-Back, the Double-Down, Bound and Determined, and the Fav. I think it’s only fair to share my experience with each Bra.

Best bra for small chest

The Double Down Bra Handful bra is the best bra for the small chest. I can imagine all sizes would appreciate this bra. Its extra-wide band doesn’t dig into your side.  It’s supportive, and you don’t have to constantly pull it down, which most sports bra ride up on a small chest. It makes these little girls look good. I love the extra-wide band and double straps. It stays put and is very supportive. Handful also has great colors and prints. I have the Double Down in Purple Reign seen below and Booya Black.  If you want to check them out, use my code FAITHFUELED to receive a discount.

comfortable bra for women with small chest

A most comfortable bra for small chest

The Adjustable bra from Handful is the most comfortable bra I own. I love the ease of how this bra goes on and off, and it is so comfortable. Once you put it on, you’re not constantly adjusting it, but what makes it adjustable are the straps. You can do cross back, halter, or spaghetti straps.  I’m not a fan of halter tops; I don’t particularly appreciate how they feel of things on the back of my neck, so I usually keep it crossed or in spaghetti straps for certain tanks.

supportive sports bra for women with small chest

Best fitting bra for small chest

I love the Y-Back from Handful. It was my first Handful bra, and I feel it fits me the best.  It easily comes off and on and holds you up in all the right places. The Handful Y-Back bra is the best fitting bra for women with a small chest.  My daughters and I both prefer the Y-back because we love the way it fits.  It’s awful after a sweat session wrestling to take off a sweaty sports bra.

Most supportive bra for women with a small chest

If you prefer a zip front sports bra, you want to get the Closer bra from Handful.  Once you zip it up, the mesh top looks are cute, and you know that you can do any activity and your boobs are staying in place.  This is my box jump, jumping jack-friendly bra, and you look good while you’re doing it.  It also has clips, so by chance your zipper falls, you’re still protected.  I love the way this bra looks and feels.  It’s what I wear for HIIT workouts or something that involves a lot of movement.

Most stylish bra for small chest

 

When the Fav bra from Handful first came out. I immediately dismissed it.  I thought, “These itty bitties aren’t going to look good in that bra.” I thought it was too open in the chest, and I wasn’t going to fill out the bra.  It would probably gap or look weird. I was encouraged to give it a try, and I was completely wrong. I love the Fav bra from Handful. It’s so cute, and I love it in this print Glass Ceiling.  No matter your size or shape. Handful has a bra that will make you feel confident and feel supported. I wouldn’t wear it for a HIIT workout, but I would feel comfortable doing pilates with this bra.

 

I also like the Bound and Determined bra from Handful! It’s another stylish bra but with more support. You can do any workout in this bra.  I especially love how low it sits on my chest.  I have it in several prints.  This style looks so cute and keeps you fully covered.

Handful bra is the best bra for women with a small chest.

I have loved Handful bras for years, and my daughters do too.  It’s the only sports bra that we wear. What I really love is their heart and how they support women.  Handful bra gives 12.5% of revenue from their Battle Cry Pink bras year-round to YSC® (Young Survival Coalition) in recognition of the 1 in 8 women (12.5%) who will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. They also give cancer patients a lifetime 30% discount on their bras.  I am beyond blessed to be partnered with Handful, and I am honored to represent them.

They also are advocates and allies for diversity and inclusion.  Their campaigns include all body shapes and sizes, and they are one of the best companies I have ever represented. I truly feel like I am part of the Handful family.  They are always commenting and supporting me.

If you want to give them a try the best sports bra for a small chest, use my code FAITHFUELED to let them know I sent you and receive a 15% discount. Like me, I am sure you will love all the styles and fit.

 

Do you have a hard time finding sports bras for small chests?

 

7 Fun Fit Dates for Couples

 

Finding New Ways to Date your Spouse

Love is in the air well at least that’s what the commercial said yesterday and the thought of going on a normal date is so boring these days.  I much rather enjoy a fit date with my love. Valentine’s isn’t our thing! Yes, we think love should be celebrated every day.  Just like most holiday’s I appreciate the fact that there has been a National Holiday to remind people to show the one they love some extra special attention. After 17 years of marriage, dating can get old and dull. We find when we do things that get us moving we have a blast, lots of laughs and memories that dinner and a movie just no longer compares.

Fitness Dates are Memorable

We’re not big on giving gifts to each other but aske me out on a fit date and I am ready to go. Although, I do love fresh cut flowers, but I have an expensive habit of buying those weekly when I go to the produce stand. I am not a big chocolate lover and hanging out with all of the couples’ of South Jersey at dinner is not my idea of romance. My husband is my best friend, and I feel like life is too short to celebrate our love with dinner and a movie. I want to make memories! I much rather invest in moments than physical gifts.  This year we decided to look for something active and fun to do as a couple.

Get Fit Together

Getting fit together is an excellent way to strengthen the bonds of your relationship. Some of our ideas are our inner kids screaming for some fun and others are just things that we would like to do together. Regardless of the activity spending time together, challenging ourselves and getting active is how we choose to spend this Valentine’s Day!

7 Fun Fitness Date Ideas

  1. Bowling- Depending on what you’re trying to experience bowling can be an easy fun, fit date. That’s if you’re not snacking on fries and beer the entire time. It’s also an excellent way to share the fun with other couples. Whether it’s Duck Pin, Black Light or Turbo Bowling I’m sure there be less of a wait on Valentine’s Day
  2. Skating– Oh yeah, old school four-wheel style right? Or you can strap on the Roller blades and reminisce to middle school! At least, those were my memories. Skating is an excellent and fun way to get fit together, and you don’t have the awkward search for a partner for the couples skate.This is actually what we chose to do this year for Valentine’s Day. I think it’s going to be a blast from the past and a memory of that one Valentine’s we went to the skating rink and was the oldest couple on the floor. Haha
  3.  Dance Lesson- Believe it or not, this was my husband idea. We have flirted with the notion of taking Salsa lessons, and there is a studio on his way that offers Couples Salsa, classes. What a fun way to let loose, get uncomfortable and learn something new. Who knows maybe one-day Dancing with the Stars will be calling and will be ready. Likely not but anythings possible right?
  4. Hiking- We tried hiking together for the first time at the end of last fall. Its definitely something we will be adding to our dates. It was peaceful to be in nature together. We got time to talk disconnected. There were even moments of mutual silence that was nice too. Moving and being outdoors was a great away from the world we needed for a few hours. It was also cool to see my husband’s adventourous side. Ordinarily he’s a pretty go with the flow no risk kind of guy. While hiking he surprised me with “Let’s check this out…”or, “Do you want to see what’s in there?” I’ve never really seen my husband in that manner.The two of us enjoyed our time and even got lost for a few hours in the “wilderness.” We are already looking into places to try this spring and summer. Got a few waterfalls picked out so I’m excited to explore more with my Love.

    5.Biking- I love how in Urban Cities you can rent bikes for the day. Before Philly decided to embrace winter we had talked about renting a bike and taking a tour of Philadelphia via Bicycle. We’re not a cyclist, so this would be a fun, active date for us to try. Something that is now on the list of the Spring if you’re in an area where you can get outside with your love do it! Enjoy your local area on two wheels.

    6. One on One Basketball- Guess who’s suggestion this was(for those who don’t know my husband is a Basketball Coach and Private Basketball trainer). Although I make a great cheerleader and basketball mom, it’s not my favorite sport. My husband has been trying to get me to play ball with him for years. Embracing the idea of trying something new I think this would be a great date for him to teach me his passion. This could apply to any sport that your partner enjoys and would love to show you.

    7. Wall Rock Climbing- I know this is not new but neither one of us has ever tried it other than at the playground, and I think that it would be a fun adventure.

A few more Fitness Date ideas

Then there’s the classics mini golf,monster golf, or golf, ballroom dancing, aerial yoga, cross fit, an evening stroll, Chip and Putt, running, kickboxing, paintball, batting cages,and indoor or outdoor skydiving. There are so many options once you start thinking let’s move on our date instead of sitting and watch.

Fitness dates make a memorable Valentine’s Day

The endorphins released from the physical activity and your hormonal attraction makes for a memorable romantic date this Valentine’s day! Marriage is an important relationship in the Christian faith and we believe that it should be nurtured every day of the year.

“If we believe Jesus’ words that husband and wife are one flesh, then doesn’t it make sense that this “one flesh” should spur itself on toward health and fitness?”Diana Anderson-Tyler

Fitness Dates are bonding opportunities

Life can be stressful and the enemy is attacking our marriages and bodies. Why don’t we fight them back together?What’s a physical activity you and your love likes to do? Any more suggestions for fit dates?

I went plant-based for 90 days and this is what happened

I went plant-based for 90 days, and this is what happened.

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I never thought I would go plant-based

I need to learn to “Never say Never.”  Six months ago, if you told me that I would go plant-based would laugh. Up until four months ago, I was an avid meat eater. 

But in hindsight, I’m not sure why I was so adamant that a plant-based diet wasn’t for me.  Over the years, I have explored different eating habits from Whole 30, which taught me that a gluten-free diet was better for my digestion.  I have been dairy-free for years and still suffering from digestive issues.  I’ve tried Keto. Check out my Keto experience, and that had remarkable effects on my body composition and energy during the beginning. In the fall, I started considering a plant-based diet and trying a few dishes here and there that were surprisingly tasty. 

Plant-based Influence

I began following plant-based content creators on social media. Out of curiosity, I started asking my plant-based friends questions about transitioning to a plant-based lifestyle.  Then a few months ago, I woke up and decided that for August, I wasn’t going to eat beef. I read about how harmful beef is to our system and planet and was slowly convincing myself that I need to lay off the beef. At the time, most of my protein came from beef and fish. 

After prepping on and off for the last two years, I have grown disgusted with chicken and turkey left me with beef and fish as protein options.  Two days into my beef “fast,” I caved and had steak.  I thought, “I could never be meatless or plant-based.”

Changing my diet to plant-based

Fast forward to about three months ago. I’ve been trying to give myself downtime, which is hard when you are an entrepreneur.  You can find yourself working endless hours. I decided I would end my day watching documentaries.  I saw “What the Health” years ago, and the only food habit I changed was buying organically sourced food. 

The Game Changer movie changed my game. 

In October of 2020, I watched a movie called “The Game Changer” on NetFlix, and it made me curious.  Can an athlete maintain their strength without meat or animal-based products?  Patrik Baboumian

The strongest plant-based in the World response to, “How do you get as strong as an Ox?” “I eat like one,” it was like a light bulb went off in my head.  The strongest animals on the planet are herbivores.  

Plant-based athletes are Strong.

The movie was incredibly insightful because my ultimate goal is to be the strongest seventy year old in the world.  Like another inspiration of mine, Ernestine Shepard 

The next day I contacted a good friend of mine to pick her brain about going Vegan. I watched her family go plant-based two years ago and wanted some necessary information.  I’ve worked with plant-based clients before, so I was familiar with the lifestyle. I also was raised Seventh-Day Adventist, and many of SDA’s are vegetarian or vegan. I even went to a Seventh Day Adventist College, and our cafeteria was Vegetarian. The lifestyle wasn’t unfamiliar, but the desire to eat only plants was.

Went from Meat-Eater to Plant-Based Eater

Over the years, through all my experiences, I have always been adamant.  I WILL NEVER go VEGAN.  There’s so much more to going plant-based than eliminating animal-based products from your diet. I felt like it’s an exclusive club where the people think they’re superior to meat-eaters. It requires label reading and restriction.  But more education from friends helped me to change my mind. My friend Larisha was a great resource and guide to transitioning to plant-based. She has never been judgemental and gave me a safe space to ask questions and learn. Her family has a blog that makes plant-based cooking seem more attainable and delicious. 

With Larisha ’s help and sharing some fundamental meals.  I decided to give it a try for one day. I went cold “turkey” (actually, I guess that’s not the best phrase), but I eliminated all animal-based foods from my diet, and I was shocked at the results.

  • No bloat!
  • No naps!
  • I finally felt satiated! I wasn’t grazing like a cow all day.

My experiment continued for another few days, within several days of only eating plants. Now that I have been plant-based only for 90 days, I have found many other benefits, but I will stick to seven.

Seven things that happened to me when I went plant-based were:

1. Clear, glowing Skin

My skin has been improving since going Vegan.  Over the summer, I was getting lots of breakouts. Before going plant-based, I equated them to wearing a mask, but since going plant-based. I have had one breakout, which is not normal for me.  I also have hyperpigmentation that is going away.  You feel more confident when your skin is clear. I’ve been using NOW® Solutions Clarify and Illuminate Cleansing Gel and Moisturizer [Use FAITHFUELED for 20% off your order] that is cruelty-free, gluten-free, and helped improve the appearance of my blemishes

2. No bloat and flatter stomach

The first thing I noticed is I wasn’t bloated at the end of the day.  I’m usually bloated at the end of the day, even with the cleanest diet.  Since going plant-based, I rarely bloat, even with eating legumes, which I have stayed away from for so long. I haven’t seen any bloat, and legumes are great for your heart. (Monique Tello, 2018) If I eat all whole foods, I feel great, and I don’t bloat.  My stomach has also gotten flatter, which is every woman’s dream and struggle.

3. Brain clarity

You don’t realize you have been living in a fog until it’s lifted.  The last three months, I can’t explain it, but my mind feels clearer.  

4. Felt full longer

On average, I used to eat six meals a day because I was always hungry. Before going plant-based, I was regularly eating small meals.  I also ate two steaks a day and 3-6 ounces of salmon or shrimp.  During the day, I was always famished. Now I eat 3-4 meals a day, and I don’t crave salty or sweet foods. It’s a noticeable difference because I was walking around the hangry most of the time.  My mood has improved in general. I’m not sure if it’s because of my diet or not walking around hungry.

5. Better digestion

Through the years, I have explored many options to alleviate my digestion pains.   Without details, “my stomach no longer hates me.” I have eliminated gluten and dairy from my food because I am intolerant to dairy and have a wheat allergy.  Still, I was often bloated, gassy, or nauseous.  I stayed away from beans for the last six years because I thought that legumes would bloat me, and I was already bloated enough. 

Other foods I have eliminated from my diet were soy because of mixed research. It depends on who wrote what if soy is good or bad for you.   I’ve gone down very long rabbit holes through Healthline or NIH, but overall, I’ve gotten organic soy is best, and the amount varies from study to study. Since going plant-based, I have added soy or tofu to my diet without any ramifications.

6. Energy

Before going plant-based required a daily thirty-minute nap. Since eating plant-based, I don’t need a nap, but I still enjoy them if I have the chance.  The difference is before; it was a necessity to get through the day. Now it’s a privilege to get some rest.

7. Strength

Through this ninety-day journey, I have maintained my strength, which was a big concern.  I haven’t gotten any stronger, but I have not challenged myself.

Eating plant-based when your family is not.

Throughout this ninety-day journey, it’s been pretty simple to transition to Vegan.  My family isn’t plant-based, so it inspires my meal plan.  Whatever they eat, I make a two serving plant-based version for myself.  It’s helped me get creative in the kitchen and doesn’t feel overwhelming to make two meals.  I’m used to eating differently from my family from prepping for competitions.

My first-week eating plant-based

My first week, I was making too much food for myself. I quickly learned two servings is enough.  I still try to stay away from processed foods and mock meat.  On occasion, I’ll have a plant-based burger or grounds, but mostly I try to stick to whole foods.  I am also eating more intuitively, which has been great for listening to my body and feeling my needs.

This journey has opened my eyes to the world of plant-based eating.  I feel that I have found food freedom, and I am not thinking about my next meal as often.  This experiment is turning into a lifestyle, and I am excited to see where it takes me. 

My 90-day journey eating plant-based

Throughout this ninety-day journey, it’s been pretty simple to transition to Vegan.  My family isn’t plant-based, so their meals inspire my meal plan.  Whatever they eat, I make a two serving plant-based version for myself.  It’s helped me get creative in the kitchen and doesn’t feel overwhelming to make two meals.  I’m used to eating differently from my family from prepping for competitions.

There are a few questions that I often get since going Vegan.

What forms of protein do you eat on a plant-based diet?

When I first went plant-based ate a lot of mushrooms. It was part of every meal.  I tried several brands of mock meats. Some left me gassy and bloated, so I only eat plant-based protein like Beyond Meat once in a while. I am going to stick to plants for my protein sources and not plant-based meat alternatives.  It’s also hard to find gluten-free mock meat.  I eat beans, peas, tofu, and nuts for my protein sources. 

My first tofu meal

My first tofu meal was Crispy Tofu in Garlic Sauce. I make this at least once a week. It’s so easy. I love NOW® Sports Pea Protein and have been using it for years. An easy way to get plant-based protein is a protein shake. I have pea protein shakes daily.  Check out my post: What is pea protein powder?   Get a 20% discount with code FAITHFUELED.

Do you eat more on a plant-based diet?

No, I don’t feel like I eat more.  I do eat more intuitively, meaning I listen to my body and gauge my needs.  I typically eat 3-4 meals a day. Before going plant-based, I ate six meals a day and was always hungry. 

How do you feel about a plant-based diet?

Before I went plant-based, I had low energy, foggy brain, and moody. I feel that my mood has changed, and my anxiety has reduced. 

 

What did you eat when you went plant-based for 90 days?

For the first month, I had Pecan Tacos, Enchiladas, lots of Chickpea pasta, vegetable of course, and nutritional yeast with lemon has been a staple. In my second month, I added beans, lentils, and tofu. Tofu and beans initially were intimidating.  After trying some tasty recipes, they are a regular part of my meals.  Mostly, I throw together what we have in the fridge. I have a few criteria for a meal. 

Do you eat differently on a plant-based diet?

Not really; I still consume Protein, Carbs (non-starchy and starchy; it depends on the time of day), Fat, and Fiber.  I try to have this at every meal.  I don’t measure, but I base my portions on each macronutrient’s proper serving size. I’ve never been a calorie counter or macro calculator. So, I can’t give you specifics, but exploring new recipes has been fun. When I begin to prep again <LINK>, I may plan to compete as a plant-based this year, just not sure about the timing.

My favorite plant-based meals

One of my favorite and straightforward plant-based meals is this delicious smoothie bowl and the chickpea pasta. I use NOWI® Sports Vanilla Toffee Pea Protein and drizzle the Nutty Infusions™ Cashew Butter, Salted Caramel on my bowl, and the Nutty Infusions™ Cashew Butter Mango Chili on my pasta. It’s so delicious. [Use FAITHFUELED for 20% off your order]

Why did you remain plant-based?

I believe I have sustained plant-based eating so long because I replaced a habit with a new one that I enjoy more.  That is how you make a change. You can never remove bad habits, but you can replace them.  Enjoying the process and looking at it to explore versus a way to restrict is another excellent way to make a change like this Budha Bowl with so many new vegetables and fruits. Trying different things has been the best part of this experiment. 

What are you going to do now?

It’s challenging being Vegan, especially if you have a wheat allergy. You are getting what I call “mock meat,” which is rich in protein but has ALOT of ingredients and usually wheat, wheat protein, and gluten starch. So being creative in protein sources can be challenging. I have relied on some plant-based friends for inspiration and education. Going plant-based is a new journey that I am excited to embark on this year.  I co-host Fit Black Queens Podcast on my podcast; we share the New Adventures we’re taking in 2021. Check us out and see what else I am doing this new year. 

This experiment turned lifestyle has taught me to stay open to new things and try more things.  I’m not sure if this will be a forever switch or temporary, but now. I feel good, eat right and love being on a plant-based diet. I shared my perspective with my friend JQue for her January Veganuary Challenge. Check it out

I’d love to hear if you have ever tried something you thought you never try before?

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