Tapin2Life 30 Day Almost Vegan Challenge

First of all what does it mean to be a vegan and what’s the difference between a vegan and a vegetarian diet?

Vegan- Oxford’s definitions are as follows: a person who does not eat any animal products such as meat, milk or eggs or use animal products such as leather or wool.

However, Dictionary.com says that vegan is as follows: a vegetarian who omits all animal products from the diet and a person who does not use any animal products, as leather or wool.

Vegetarian- Dictionary.com says: a person who does not eat or does not believe in eating meat, fish, fowl, or, in some cases, any food derived from animals, as eggs or cheese, but subsists on vegetables, fruits, nuts, grain, etc.

Different styles of plant-based eating

Name of dietDescription
Semi-vegetarian or flexitarian includes eggs and dairy may include small amounts of meat, poultry, fish and seafood
Pescatarianincludes eggs, dairy, fish and seafood excludes meat and poultry
***Ovo-vegetarian***includes eggs excludes meat, poultry, fish, seafood and dairy
Lacto-vegetarianincludes dairy excludes meat, poultry, fish, seafood and eggs
Vegetarian (a.k.a. lacto-ovo vegetarian)includes eggs and dairy excludes meat, poultry, fish and seafood
Veganexcludes all meat, poultry, fish, seafood, eggs and dairy 
Chart credit: Heart Foundation; Plant-based, Vegetarian & Vegan Diets, Lily Henderson NZRD, National Nutrition Advisor

Eating and drinking our water and food in the proper order and combinations is crucial for maximum digestion and proper nutrition. Let’s look at a few tips:

Water Intake Tips:

Water should be drank an hour or so before eating meals so that you do not dilute your digestive enzymes. If you drink water while eating your meals it should be a sip or two here and there, not a full glass.

It’s great to include fresh squeezed lemon juice in your water to aid in digestion, again, an hour or more before eating a full meal and first thing in the morning after breaking your fast.

Water intake for the average person should be at least 8 cups a day, more for men and those that exercise or stay very active, nursing and pregnant women and depending on the environment (hot or humid climates)

*If you have been told to restrict fluids for some medical reason please always consult your doctor before changing any dietary plan

Watch this short video by YouTuber Joanna Soh Official to hear how to combine foods for maximum digestion and so the nutrients can actually be used the best by the body for fuel and our health

Video credit: YouTuber Joanna Soh Official, ”Are You Eating Correctly? Lose Weight with Food Combining (5 Principles)”

To Summarize & Next Steps

  • Drink Water at least an hour before meals
  • Fruits should be eaten alone- allow about 40 minutes at least to digest and never after proteins of any kind!
  • Combine Proteins (whether from animal or plant based) + Leafy Greens or Veggies like cabbage, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, celery, onions, cucumbers, bell peppers, kale and spinach
  • Combine a HEALTHY STARCH (brown rice, quinoa, barley, spelt) + HEALTHY FATS & NON STARCHY VEGGIES
  • JUICING is always a great way to break the fast before eating any solid food- a veggie juice is optimal. Invest in a blender if you don’t have one.

Grocery List!!!!!

DON’T LIMIT YOURSELF TO THIS….IT’S ONLY MY STARTER LIST

Upcoming Meal Prep and Recipes

I will begin posting recipes here on the Tapin2life Blog beginning the end of next week!!!

Ideally we will rotate between one to two juice options to break the fast, a few breakfast choices and about 7 dinner options. The less recipes you start with the easier it is to complete the challenge. As you research more and find what gives your body the best results you can try out other recipes as you become more confident. Don’t be intimidated, it’s just food. You’re allowed to experiment and have fun with it!

Intermittent Fasting is Crucial!

Please see my post on this and why it is so crucial for us. We ideally would eat between a 8-10 hour window and be in a 16 hour fasting state including sleep.

Water Enema for cleansing

Before you start, to remove as much built up waste as possible- this is a huge key to detoxing our bodies and to absorbing the nutrients. The mucus must be removed for proper absorption!

This device can be bought at your local pharmacy or some health food stores, insert with a lubricant, instill 300 mL of water via the rectum, hold for about 10-15 minutes and helps to walk and massage the stomach counter-clockwise then clockwise. Release in the toilet and feel refreshed.

Start Date: January 24, 2023

Since we’ll be doing this together, let’s support one another! Let’s begin our Tapin2Life 30 Day Almost Vegan Challenge together on January 24, 2023 in order to give ourselves time to procure all of the food for various vegan and mostly plant-based recipes. Do it with your whole family for better success.

To the right, a sneak peek at one of my new recipes, Cashew Vegan Cheese on Mushroom Stuffed Ravioli with Steamed Veggies

And last but not least…keep on movin’

Always get some form of exercise and strength building in 3-4 times per week for about 30-40 minutes whether you do brisk walks, resistance bands, free weights or go hard in the gym.

Countdown, feedback and follow-up

I would be so happy to hear how you feel and your comments after just 4 days! Buy all that you can on the above list and see you back here next week to give you some tasty, awesome recipes!

***Special note: this type of diet may not be suitable for growing children. Always consult your pediatrician or healthcare provider before making any dietary changes in general, especially for our little ones. Unless you are diligent at researching your intake of foods to ensure you are getting all of the proper nutrients and minerals, a vegan or plant-based lifestyle may not be for you. It takes ongoing learning in order to have the best outcome whether young or old.

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