"I'm too lazy to meal prep"
I use to be the one giving that excuse until I realized preparation isn't the opposite of being lazy.
Meal prepping actually saves you from doing work.
After years of feeling unprepared for healthy living, I found this super-easy way of meal prepping and,
If you want to learn how I meal prep as a "lazy" person keep reading!
In this strategy, you evaluate your weeks and see which days of the week you aren't able to cook/aren't feeling like cooking and prepare ahead for those days...
Here's what that looks like for me, the days I am the busiest and just don't want to get in the kitchen at all are - Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. (I told you I was lazy lol). That leaves me with
Wednesdays and the weekends.
The schedule that works for me is to cook on Sundays for Mondays and Tuesdays.
Then I use Wednesday to cook for Thursday and Friday.
This has been an amazing system for us and allows us to mix it up before we get bored with the food we have. I usually get asked if I'm talking about dinner or both lunch and dinner,
I actually prep for Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Our average week looks like:
Breakfast - baked oatmeal I make it beforehand.
Lunch - Sandwiches. I prep the ingredients beforehand and we assemble them the day of.
Dinner - A classic nourish bowl. The rice and beans are heated up the day of and the salad is prepped beforehand and kept in the fridge.
This schedule gives variety while still allowing quick prep for lazy days.
We have done this in the past and find it SO beneficial for veganism especially if the 1st strategy is a little too complex for you. This strategy also utilizes your cooking days and helps you stay healthy.
Here's how it works... You cook a big batch of staple foods and keep them in the fridge for quick meals. I have done this with Quinoa, Beans, Brown rice, Black bean burgers, and even eggplant lasagna.
The best part about this is how spontaneous it can be. It can be a real lifesaver when you've had a long day.
The only downside to this option is that if you don't have a plan for the food you are risking food waste.
However, this strategy can be really good for someone with an ever-changing schedule.
This required very little planning and prep.
So, those are our two strategies!
Which one do you think works best for your family's lifestyle?
When I was transitioning into veganism 7 years ago I had absolutely no clue what I was doing!
During these 7 years of focusing on plants, I have made so many mistakes and learned a lot of lessons the hard way. And though I am a true believer in the phrase "live and learn" there are a few things I wish someone had told me about veganism before I jumped in.
Today I want to share 3 of the things that I wish I knew before transitioning into veggie living!
Let's dive into it!
1. Veganism isn't a diet, plant-based veganism is!
Let's first start this out by acknowledging that when I use the word "diet" here I'm talking about a way of eating not a quick fix. When I first started out on my vegan journey my main inspiration was the health benefits the lifestyle brings, little did I know, the word veganism doesn't = health.
And though the consumption of animal products is directly linked to high blood pressure, heart disease, and even cancer veganism alone can't be the answer to all of your health needs.
The word vegan only means to live a life free of animal cruelty.
This does pertain to diet because you won't be eating animals however, there are so many foods that don't contain animals but aren't healthy.
For example, Oreos are vegan!
This is why I call myself a plant-based vegan.
Someone who doesn't use animal products but also focuses on real plant foods.
2. Perfectionism isn't sustainable
Did you know that veganism isn't an all or nothing lifestyle? There can be gray areas and that's okay!
When I first went vegan I was learning from all of these die-hard vegan women who would rather die than be caught with a glass of milk. I admired them but I always felt like I couldn't call myself a real vegan since I wasn't as perfect as them.
But I did my best. I made mistakes, learned from them, and kept going.
About a year after I discovered all these vegans they all started to make videos about why they weren't vegan anymore...Weeks later they started sharing their new diets that were the extreme opposite.
Crazy right? I couldn't believe that they had given up on something that seemed so important to them.
I am not here to brag about how much better I am for sticking with my veganism because I am probably the last person to gloat. However, I want to share what I learned from that whole situation...
They were so perfectly vegan that they exhausted themselves. They eventually got burnt out and since they thought veganism was an all or nothing type lifestyle they didn't even know how to just be plant-focused.
They could have just brought some animal products back into their diet and kept eating mostly plants but from what I heard from them they don't even like plant foods anymore because they restricted themselves to eating them for years.
Now, I am a vegan but I defiantly never want to be someone who comes off as perfect or even someone who expects that from others or shames those who aren't like me.
The best way to stick with veganism is to be kind to yourself,
take your time in the transition, and let yourself make mistakes.
3. Being a kind vegan is rare but oh so important!
When I first went vegan I join ALL the vegan Facebook groups because
I didn't have any vegans around me physically which was so great!
I made so many connections yet found myself consistently insecure about what veganism looked like for me...
You see, as much as I LOVE veganism there is so much judgement in the community and it often feels like you're either perfect or your nothing.
I'm gonna tell you today, imperfect veganism is STILL veganism!
The way you do this lifestyle will look different than how I live it and that's OKAY!
If we really want to change the world with veganism we need to celebrate others for their
little steps towards plant-based living!
It isn't about the status it's about compassion!
So though kind veganism is very rare it's a must because veganism
can change the world if everyone does their part!
We don't need 100 people doing veganism perfectly, we need 1,000 people doing it imperfectly!
So, be kind! Encourage others in their meatless Mondays and little choices!
So you want to go plant-based vegan. But, you don't know where to start...
If that's you, you're gonna want to keep reading because, in this blog, I'll be sharing what a practical and simple day of eating looks like for me!
I will even be helping you map out your transition so be sure to stick till the end!
Sometimes between Breakfast and lunch, I'll have a smoothie or a banana.
It honestly depends on the day, I practice listening to my body so I take it day by day.
After lunch around 3 PM, I drink another liter of water.
I drink water throughout the day but scheduling it like this makes sure I get it all in.
I love cooking big batches of these meals to make them accessible for us!
When healthy is accessible you're more likely to stick with it!
This is how I make the plant-based lifestyle work for me.
Now, let's find your style!
Did you know that I coach women just like you as they transition into the plant-based vegan lifestyle?
I love what I do but 1 on 1 coaching has to be my favorite!
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Zoe Worlund Cordeiro
Zoe grew up in the heart of the South, Huntsville, AL. After spending most of her life avoiding animal products, she became a Vegan six years ago and hasn't looked back! Zoe is passionate about loving people, stewarding the planet's resources well, exploring new places, and pursing a relationship with Jesus. After a two-year cross-cultural & international relationship, Zoe said "Yes!" to her Brazilian-designer husband, Gabriel. After their wedding in March of 2020, Zoe settled in his hometown of Curitiba, Brazil and they hope to travel the world together.