One of the most impressive books on veganism that Lori has read recently and that she highly recommends is The World Peace Diet by Dr. Will Tuttle. Kathy Freston defines "veganist" as "1. Someone who looks closely at all the implications of their food choices and chooses to lean into a plant-based diet; 2. Progress, not perfection. The interviews were fun to read, and I found out about some interesting and inspiring people, such as Dr.

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Created with Sketch. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. So give your bod some TLC and sit down and enjoy a good, substantial breakfast. To some this may sound counterintuitive. Short answer? You actually need the calories first thing in the morning to jumpstart your metabolism.

Skipping them will do you no good, as you will only be hungrier and eat more later. Hunger and self-control do not go hand in hand. What you want is to rev up your metabolism so that you are burning fat and calories, not preserving fat and calories. Not eating breakfast leads to overeating later on in the day.

In fact, research shows that a common characteristic of obese people is that they tend to skip breakfast.

Since the one dietary component most highly and consistently associated with long-term weight loss is fiber consumption, make sure you opt for something loaded with it! There is zero fiber in eggs and bacon, so choose a bowl of steel-cut oatmeal, whole grain toast with peanut or almond butter, brown rice, quinoa, or any kind of whole grain cold cereals are not optimal, but if you choose one, make sure it has low to no sugar and is as close to nature as possible.

You could also have scrambled tofu or nondairy yogurt with nuts if you prefer. Personally, I enjoy a bowl of brown rice for breakfast most of the time. I make a big pot of it I actually use a rice cooker, which is super easy and involves practically no cleanup twice a week and keep it in the fridge. I scoop out about 2 cooked cups worth of rice, chop up some apples or dried apricots and walnuts, sprinkle some cinnamon, and pour on some heated unsweetened almond, soy, or rice milk with a tad of agave nectar to sweeten it a bit.

Another favorite breakfast that I often enjoy is the following Breakfast Quinoa recipe. This breakfast quinoa recipe is so delicious it can double as a dessert. Quinoa is naturally loaded with protein and fiber, so it provides long-lasting energy throughout your day.

A perfect way to start your morning out right. In a small saucepan, bring the quinoa, milk, water, and salt to a boil for 2 minutes. Reduce, heat to low and cover for 15 minutes or until all the water is absorbed. Remove from the heat and let sit, covered, for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, in a small skillet over medium heat, melt the Earth Balance spread. Add the apple, stir together until evenly coated, and saute for 1 minute. Cover and cook for 3 minutes, or until soft.

Add the cinnamon and walnuts and cook for 1 additional minute. Stir in the apple mixture with the quinoa, and divide between two bowls. Drizzle the agave nectar on top and enjoy! Quinoa has a natural coating that can make the cooked grains bitter and mushy if they are not washed first. Gently fold blackberries and cinnamon into the quinoa, and top with walnuts, agave nectar, and shredded coconut.

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The 7-Day Lean Challenge, Day 1: Have a Hearty Breakfast

No fad diets, no guilt and no pain! Tell us a little bit about you. My reasons were ethical, environmental, and health … But because I pretty much only ate animal foods — chicken, eggs, cheese, etc. I wanted my new way of eating to come easily, and I wanted it to stick. I leaned into the shift. Can you tell us some more about the health benefits of going Veganish?


Veganist: Kathy Freston

Her latest book, Veganist: Lose Weight, Get Healthy, Change the World, outlines the benefits of a vegan diet for improving your health, protecting the environment and enhancing spirituality. Freston says that a veganist is someone who eats a plant-based diet, not just for its effect on improving personal health and wellbeing, but also for the positive benefit for the ecosystem. She adopted this lifestyle in her thirties in a gradual way and in this book she shows readers how to lean into the veganist way of living. The benefits of eating a vegan diet are explained and supported with scientific research, expert opinions and real life success stories. Dieters are provided with step-by-step instructions outlining how to become a veganist in a gradual way. Included in The Veganist is a three-week sample menu based on the meals that Freston typically eats.

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