Hello veggie lovers.
Students often come up to me, struggling with finding tweaks to their vegetarian diet while training with us. Although veggies are great, it is sometimes challenging for our students to get the optimal nutrition. So I am going to see what I can come up with to find a solution.
At this point, I must admit that most of my diet is based around greens and veg, but I still eat meat. I do find it easier to get my protein from eggs, chicken, red meat, and seafood.
The first thing we all have to do before worrying about food is focus on our hydration. Drinking appropriate amounts of clean water is definitely the way forward. 70% of our bodies are water and 94% of our blood is water so it really is important. At the start of each day, drink 2 pints which is 1 litre and top up as you go.
The first thing I did was consult my cookery books.
Resource 1- River Cottage Veg ( Hugh Fernely Whitingstall ) – This is a great book and well worth the investment.
Resource 2 – Everday Paleo ( Sarah Fragoso ) – Swap the meat, fish or chicken for vegetarian protein sources where possible
Resources 3 – Paleo Comfort Food (Julie Sullivan Mayfield) – Swap the meat fish or chicken for vegetarian protein sources where possible
Resource 4 – Jamie’s 30 min meals (Jamie Oliver) – Swap the meat fish or chicken for vegetarian protein sources where possible
These are my favourites and the ones I use more often than others. I have a much deeper selection but wish to keep this blog as simple and informative as possible.
If you’re looking for free resources, there’s some fantastic info on the net.
Resource 6 – From here, I’ll check out BBC Food. You have to select what type of food you want to cook and then click ‘vegetarian’. I do not really like the navigation on this site so it can be a bit of a slog, but there are some good recipes there if you persist with it.
So now we have a total of 6 different resources that we can look to. Here’s 4 more to get up to that magic number 10.
Resource 7 – Mike Mahlers website is an awesome resource. He is vegan but the dude knows how to eat and train and match them accordingly. Also, his cookie and healthy treat recipes are awesome. I learned a great deal from Mike during his seminar a few years back. In fact, I will go as far as to say his advice was life changing for me.
Resource 9 – Google again and the search term “Top 10 vegetarian protein sources” and came up with Fit Day and their 10 great vegetarian protein sources .
Resource 10 – Quorn. I wanted to find out firstly what it was and then source a gluten free option. I Googled again and I found this recipe make your own gluten free veggie burgers. Quorn has given me the most work in this blog as most of their products contain wheat and gluten. So for that reason and the bad reaction wheat and gluten can have when we are trying to burn fat and lose weight. I can’t recommend Quorn.
So, there you have it – 90 mins later and we all have a decent vegetarian or vegetables lovers (that’s me) resource page to find an abundance of recipes, ideas, advice and information to do with everything veggie.
Thanks for reading
To health, happiness and “Strength For Life”,
Davie McConnachie is Scotland’s leading health and wellness coach, multi-award-winning gym owner, motivational speaker and the founder of DMC Fitness, a fitness education facility known as the premier choice for 1-2-1 personal training. He has inspired thousands of people to fall in love with fitness – his true mission in life.
In his own fitness journey, Davie has athletically competed in Mixed Martial Arts fighting for Scottish and British titles, boxed for Scotland’s top amateur boxing team and competed internationally in Girevoy (kettlebell) Sport.
Diving into the world of sports and wellness has helped Davie to deal with his own inner demons. He. overcame many dark times using his own unique method to complete his cycle of H.E.A.L.I.N.G.