Protein for PCOS

So I’ve been thinking a lot lately about plant based ways to incorporate more protein into my diet.  Before I get any further, we all know that the number one question that vegans get asked is where they get their protein from.

I do honestly believe that vegans get more than enough protein from adequate plant based sources. Just look at the picture above and you’ll see that the gorilla has no problems getting his protein. Nor does the elephant or the ox (ever heard of the expression “strong as an ox?”) The truth is, the human body does not require as much protein as we have been led to believe. Did you know that there’s an actual term for protein deficiency called kwashiorkor?  If people are so worried about being protein deficient, then how come they’ve never heard of this term before?  It’s almost like people get into a panic about not getting enough protein, but it never becomes a concern until you become vegan.

Isn’t this the truth?!

However, having said all that, I’m wondering if for myself, I’m taking in adequate protein, especially since I have PCOS.  I wasn’t even that concerned until I had a talk with my health coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition the other night and she kept asking me about my protein.  The next day she sent me this article about signs of protein deficiency, and I seem to fall under a whole lot of them.  I do have PCOS and fibromyalgia though, so I’m sure that has something to do with it.  And I refuse to follow the article’s recommendation of adding a little red meat into each meal.

For now, I want to experiment with maybe hemp powder or another form of protein powder in addition to my Shakeology, and also see if I can try to get in more of a variety in my diet. I’m looking to two of my favorite authors, Kimberly Snyder and Kris Carr, to help me on my journey.

Since I’m getting amazing results doing the ChaLEAN Extreme and Brazil Butt Lift Hybrid, it’s time I really kick it into gear with super natural, clean plant based sources.  I can’t wait to see what my body will look like with the combination of the two and with modifying my protein intake.

If you have PCOS, how do you feel about your protein intake?  Do you feel you’re getting enough, especially if you’re vegan?  I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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Melon Rainbow

I can’t believe I’m already on Day 20 of the Beachbody Ultimate Reset.  Only 1 more day to go!!! If there’s one thing that I’ve learned by doing this, it’s that I can definitely be more mindful about what I’m eating and if I ever feel hungry, it’s ok to drink water to help me.  I’ve learned amazing new recipes that I plan on carrying through to my regular eating schedule. And I’m actually starting to enjoy cooking, which I never really liked before.  Yay for me!  🙂

My fruit rainbow for breakfast!

So this lunch isn’t technically Reset approved, at least not in this phase.  The beans/legumes were mainly in Phases 1 & 2 and the brown rice is usually added for dinner, but it’s Teacher Appreciation Week and our PTA provided a luncheon for us.  I was thrilled to just be able to have some vegan options!

I also won this beautiful gift basket, which includes bubble bath, soap, body wash, and lotion. The Universe knows I need some pampering!  🙂

Asian Stir-Fry with braised kale over brown rice (which you can’t see!) for dinner.

I have an Invisalign appointment early tomorrow morning, so I need to get some rest.  Hope you’re having an amazing start to your week!

Triple Vegan

It’s been several nights since I’ve blogged, but I’ve got some exciting news: I’m down 10 pounds on the Beachbody Ultimate Reset!  I was shocked when I stepped on the scale this morning and saw that!!!  Finally I broke through the plateau that I seemed to be on throughout Phase 2.  And the best part is that this is real, lasting weight loss.  I’m not depriving myself at all because I’m eating real food!

Here’s what I’ve been eating the past three days.

Friday

Same fruit salad for breakfast.  If there’s one thing I’m learning, it’s that there’s no way that I could subsist off of eating fresh fruit for breakfast every single day.  As delicious as it is, I need my Shakeology or oatmeal to keep me going.

Moroccan Carrot Salad for lunch

Roasted veggies.  This wasn’t on the meal plan, but my brother and his girlfriend came over Friday night and my mom grilled up a bunch of vegetables, so I decided to eat them instead of cooking something new.

Saturday

More fruit salad!

Spinach salad for lunch

Avocado cucumber soup with roasted veggies for dinner

Sunday

Double fruit breakfast!

Hearty vegetable miso soup with a side salad

Grilled tempeh over brown rice, with coconut collard greens & roasted beets.  Phase 3 actually excludes grains and they are supposed to be optional, but I was so hungry today, that I had to make it.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Blue Skies

Ok, I’m starting to lose track of which day of the Beachbody Ultimate Reset I’m on, which I didn’t think was possible, because we all track our progress by saying “I’m on Day X (insert number here)!”  I’m on Day 16 (but I did just have to check the calendar to make sure). Down another half pound, which brings my total weight loss to 7.5 pounds so far, yay!!!  I can’t wait to workout!!  I wrote that the other day, but I really am so super excited.

I also booked my flight to the Beachbody Coach Summit 2012 in Las Vegas last night.  Only 49 more days to go!!!  So freaking excited, you have no idea.

Yes, that’s Shaun T. from Insanity!  We’ll get to work out with all the Beachbody celebrity trainers!

My breakfast for the day was, what else?  Fruit salad!

Today was not a typical day either because I had the chance to go on the 3rd grade field trip to Washington DC, quite unexpectedly.  So I took some pretty pictures in DC to share with all of you.

The Washington Monument

The U.S. Capitol

It made me start thinking about what a truly beautiful area I live in, but how much I take it for granted (I’m a native Washingtonian).  I really need to start exploring the city more and take advantage of everything that it has to offer!

The kids and teachers ate lunch on the lawn on The Mall, but I opted to leave my lunch at school because I didn’t want to lug around my glass containers, as well as my water and my jacket (it was super cold this morning and then warmed up a lot!), so I ate when I got back to school.

A mini microgreen salad.  Only mini because I didn’t add in all the ingredients I should’ve, merely out of laziness.

Along with Asian Cabbage Salad, which I’d made for lunch the day before, but didn’t eat since I went out to eat.

Curry cauliflower with the other half of the roasted veggies I made last night for dinner.

I also ended up not having to go to an event in the evening connected with my school, so I went and got a manicure and pedicure, bought some new amazing beauty products at Ulta, and ate my dinner outside because the weather was so gorgeous, then read a little of my Integrative Nutrition book.  Perfect way to spend the rest of the day!  It’s been a long time since I fully spend a few hours on myself.

Thankful that tomorrow is Friday and I get to finally sleep in on the weekend, yay!

Revitalize

Today’s blog is going to be a picture blog, since I was up at 5:30 am and I’m ready to go to bed!  I added the newest supplement to my regime, called Revitalize.

Now that our bodies have been safely cleaned out, it’s time to start taking probiotics, which makes a lot of sense.  They won’t do you any good in a clogged up system!

Yummy fruit salad again for breakfast, although I’m finding that I tend to get hungrier quicker than I do with oatmeal or Shakeology.

Lunch was eaten out, so I got a Greek salad with no cheese.

And I was so hungry by dinner that I ate all this food.  More tomorrow!