Plant based food SHOPPING LIST for beginners

plant based shoppingBeing vegan over 3 and a half years, I have been able to perfect my plant based food shopping list.  When I first went vegan, I wish I had more resources to help me when grocery shopping. It was a little overwhelming at the shop as I was so used to buying certain foods for years which I was now no longer purchasing. I was left thinking, well what do I buy now?

So I have put together a one page essential shopping list that will help anyone who is new to plant based or vegan eating. This list is a minimum essentials list of foods that I enjoy and love but feel free to pick and choose what you like from this list. I hope at least it gives you an idea what a plant based shopping list looks like and that it will help you develop your own list in the future. And  of course,  if you want some vegan ice cream, add that to your list 😉 Everyone needs ice cream in their life!

While shopping as a new plant based eater, focus on the outer aisles of a supermarket. This is where you will find all the fresh and frozen produce which will make up the majority of your shopping week to week with minimum foods required from the middle aisles as they are mostly filled with processed or junk foods.  Continue reading

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6 vegan foods to avoid if your goal is weight loss.

Image result for supermarket aislesOver 20,000 new food and drink items hit our stores each year and, with so much conflicting information about health and nutrition roaming around, it can be difficult to know what exactly we should be eating. If you follow a primarily plant based diet, you are definitely on the right track. But even on a plant based/vegan diet more and more ‘unhealthy’ foods are being introduced in our supermarkets that could easily cause weight gain if consumed regularly.

Here are six foods I’ve picked that may be marketed as a healthier option, but in reality on further investigation, they are doing you no good if your goal is weight or fat loss.  Continue reading

5KG full body dumbbell workout

Workout blog post

Hello lovely people, so it’s humpday Wednesday and some of you are probably trying to find the motivation to get through the rest of the week – trying not to slip of the exercise bandwagon you jumped on at the start of the week full of enthusiasm.  I’m here to help you stay on the bandwagon. I’ve put together a simple quick workout that can be done anywhere, at home or the gym, in as quick as 35 minutes.  As my last 5kg arm workout proved to be very popular, I thought I would do a similar style workout that targets the whole body. Trust me you’ll feel good after this one. 🙂 So grab a pair of dumbbells, get your workout gear on and let’s do it!  Continue reading

Fit Tips: How to get motivated to exercise

I’m going to be honest, my motivation to get up, go, and exercise has been pretty slack since moving to Australia. I’ve been spending a lot of my time finding my bearings here and my diet and fitness has suffered as a consequence.  I’ve been eating a lot more processed, high sugar foods, on top of not exercising regularly. And boy, does it effect your mood, your energy levels, and your body. I’ve felt sluggish, with no energy. I’ve had a really foggy mind with regular headaches. I’ve lost muscle definition and tone. Overall, I haven’t felt good or full of energy like I used to… And I want to change that!

The past few weeks I’ve really made an effort to get back on track to improve the food I’m eating along with hitting the gym around 4 times a week. However, I seem to be struggling with MOTIVATION. Even though I’m eating better, I can still wake up and have little to no motivation to go the gym. I’ve been doing the following things below, if not daily to help get me motivated to go to the gym. I hope they can help you too on days  you’re struggling with motivation to get something done! Continue reading