Hey True Fitness Followers!!
My name is Kaylee Luckey! Adam and I have been married almost 6 months now! Woo Hoo! He has asked me to join in with true fitness and bring along my passion for health and nutrition! I have, like everyone, a unique story when it comes to health, body image, food addictions, and fitness. It’s a long story so I am going to designate a separate post to give you all the fun details!
At the moment, I am studying to become a certified holistic nutritionist online as we travel the U.S. in our truck and trailer! We decided that we really wanted to go on adventures and make memories for our first year of marriage, so we left our extra stuff behind and loaded up the rig! While we are on the road, we have decided that we want this year to be our healthiest and most fit year yet!
Through my journey of becoming a nutritionist, I have learned many things that I would like to first practice on myself before referring to others. I am taking a journey of discovering what works, and doesn't work for my body. I will be looking into: if it is sustainable to go WFPB (Whole-Food-Plant-Based), how practical it can be, what the barriers are, as well as tips and shortcuts. My desire is that my journey inspires and empowers you to take your health and vitality into your own hands.
Along the way, I will be writing about my personal journey with health, my past food addictions, struggles, weak moments (which i know i will have), my victories or failures, and ultimately what i have learned about myself and this lifestyle eating plan.
I invite you to walk with me through this year as I put into practice what I have learned and embark on what, for me, is a challenge and dream of a lifetime.
Whole Food Plant Based. (WFPB)
A whole-food, plant-based diet is centered on whole, unrefined, or minimally processed plants. It’s based on fruits, vegetables, tubers, whole grains, and legumes; and it completely excludes meat (including chicken and fish), dairy products, and eggs, highly refined foods like bleached flour, sugar, and oil.
The key is to use carbs as the building block of all meals to insure that calorie intake is high enough. Examples include oats, rice, beans, potatoes, yams ect.
With that said, I will be doing my own tailored version of this plan for the next 12 months.
My Plan (exceptions listed next):
- No animal products (including all meat, dairy, eggs, cheese, ect)
- No processed foods
- No refined sugar (including any artificial sweeteners)
- Very Minimal oil (including coconut oil, sauteing, deep frying ect.)
- Minimal salt
- No refined grains (white flour)
- Minimal nuts and seeds
- Only fresh blended or juiced juice with no added concentrates
(It should be noted that my husband and I are traveling in our truck and trailer from september to may and, therefore, some of my exceptions are solely because we are on the road.)
- Low sugar, low oil sauces, salsas, spreads mostly for flavoring (ex. low-sugar pasta sauce, salsa, low-oil hummus, soy sauce, sriracha)
- Whole grain pasta (ex. quinoa or brown rice)
- Low-sugar soy creamer (for a cup of coffee every now and then)
- Homemade almond milk
- Very little salt at the table (I don't use much anyways)
- Ezekiel breads, whole grain breads, wraps, or tortilla shells
- White rice
- Homemade minimal oil salad dressing
- Supplement vitamin B12
Meal Plan Example:
- Oatmeal with fruit and cinnamon
- Bowl of fruit
- Green smoothie
- A couple of bananas
- Oatmeal pancake (simply blended oats, flax seed, water, almond milk, cinnamon, baking soda)
- Bean and rice bowl with lots of veggies
- Big salad with quinoa
- Split pea soup
- Bean soup
- Sweet potatoes
- Veggie wrap with rice and avocado
- Any steamed veggies with a whole grain
- Any lunch examples
- Quinoa blend
- Potatoes with avocado and salsa
- Burrito with ezekiel wrap and salsa
- 15 bean, sweet potato, veggie soup
- Squash with rice
- Buckwheat and lentil tacos
- Any/ all fruit, especially grapes, apples, bananas, and pears :) yum!
- Nuts and seeds
- Some sort of health snack I make with dates and nuts if i really want sweets
- larabar (simply dates and cashews ground up)
I am excited to share my process this year! I officially started WFPB on October 26, 2015 (the day after my birthday)! I will be posting my journal entries, new recipes that I find, articles that inspire me, as well as the physical transformations I experience including weight and measurement updates, health benefits and energy levels. Come share with my, My Year In The Garden! :)