Diets diets diets… Something that is always talked about and I don’t like to talk about my diet or what I eat on a day to prevent this idea and the focus on our bodies and ‘weight loss.’ I have decided today to talk about my 2020 detox diet and why.
So what is detoxing? It is a process where you cleanse your body from all the junk and highly processed and sugary foods. That is not the detox diet I am doing though. I am NOT doing the traditional diets everyone talks about nor am I using all those products that celebrities promote on their page like ‘Skinny Coffee.’ My detox diet will have to do with both my physical and mental health… One that I created for myself and my body.
Rozenspiration’s Detox Diet
Spending some time alone – disconnecting to reconnect
Think about the things, places and people that are in your life and ask yourself – are they adding any value or sucking more of my energy? Truth is, if you were with someone (friend/lover) that was mentally, verbally, emotionally or physically abusive, 99.9% chance they will do it again when the go on a spiral or lose it.
Drawing the line between having problems in relationships and feeling like you’re surviving
Journal and really sit with your feelings – Why do you feel how you feel? Dig deep and find out if you’re being rational.
Toss those fuckers out of your life! How many chances do people think they deserve to keep making you feel unworthy, unloved, disrespected or inadequate?
Someone who shows you their ugly side [cheater, disloyal, disrespectful, abusive]- Believe them – if it’s too much to tolerate, leave them. They will regret hurting you – that’s how you teach them a lesson. Let them go back to their toxic circle and they’ll suffer like they have in the past, and then realise that they lost you (a gem).
Leave environments where you can’t be your true self or that suck a lot of your energy. LEAVE.
Take a break – if you have commitments then obviously get to it, but take a day or two out of that entire week and go somewhere without anyone.
Spend some time in nature!
Eat foods that nourish you and ones that you enjoy 🙂
Speaking of detox products and diet pills, watch this Instagram IGTV posted by Jameela Jamil:
Nothing and no one is worth putting your mental health at risk. Learn to forgive them so you can cleanse your soul from hatred and anger, but that doesn’t mean they have to be in your life. Some people are a blessing and others are a lesson. Ask yourself why you would want to be around or close to someone who is toxic? Let them go on their own journey of healing and moving on – But letting a toxic person back into your life will cost you A LOT – when someone shows you who they really are more than once, believe them. You DON’T need to be taught the same lesson twice! Put yourself first and remember the reason why things ended with them in the first place, because most likely it will happen again. To live a fuller life and some inspiration, go give this blog a quick read.
Goodbye to every person that has got 5+ chances to change their shit attitude and hasn’t. Goodbye to every person that couldn’t determine the difference between arguments and being an ass. Goodbye to every weakling that didn’t stand up for me or fight for me like I fought for them. Goodbye to every person that has had many chances to be real and honest and hasn’t. Goodbye to every person who has caused me pain over and over and over again. Goodbye to every person that has made an awful decision of choosing others over me when I gave my all. I am completely kicking you out of my life, my socials and my mind. If that happens, it’s because you have had tons of chances to change or improve and you have only harmed me further. Goodbye to every emotional vampire. Goodbye to anyone who has put their hand on me.
P.S.: Remember that if someone still wants to contact you or make it up to you, they will even if you’ve blocked them. If they want to send a fucking pigeon to reach you, they will. If they don’t, then they NEVER cared enough. You win.
Yes, I am VEGAN! And I love it when people ask me “oh so you’re one of those people?” And I’m like “Yupp, I’m one of those annoying people trying to use less plastic, save this planet called ‘Earth’ and prevent animal cruelty. How awful of me, right?”
I am NOT writing this blog to force my beliefs on anyone, nor to mock meat eaters. I am writing this blog to explain veganism better, answer common questions and raise awareness about certain things. So no need to be such a snowflake and get offended, relax there buddy, you’re going to be fine.
Please note that I am NOT a health professional, I am sharing what I know based on research and my personal experience.
This blog will explain why and how I became vegan after being a meat eater for 20 years, meal ideas, good meat and dairy alternatives, places and restaurants for vegans, UK supermarkets vegan products and answering common questions about veganism.
Before we get into this blog, let me start by saying that I am MUSLIM. Why am I sharing this? Because a lot of Muslims I know take this the wrong way and think that I am disrespecting Islam or making it seem ‘evil’ in a way by being vegan. I follow that religion and I think it is BEAUTIFUL, but back then we didn’t have the resources that we have now and all the alternatives. That’s why we’re allowed to eat meat and dairy products. Also, it was never an OBLIGATION for us Muslims to eat meat. So calm down, I never even mocked any other religion that I don’t follow.
I will not tolerate any none sense on here as we vegan get that a lot. If you’re disinterested in this blog, please stop reading and leave us be. I don’t criticise or ridicule meat eaters.
What is Veganism?
Veganism is basically abstaining the use of animal products [Food, clothes, cosmetics, etc…] So basically we do NOT consume any meats or dairy products, for ethical reasons. Some people do it for other reasons of course.
What Do You Mean By ‘Ethical Reasons?’
I don’t even get how I’m asked this question, but long story short, animals are being tortured and killed so we can consume them, a lot of makeup and skin care brands (not all) like Mac test on animals for humans ‘safety,’ and cows are being forced impregnated, which is basically RAPE. I know this is a sensitive topic, but since I am asked a lot about this here we go – To produce milk, cows obviously need to get pregnant and that is done by guiding a sack of sperm into the cow’s uterus by pressing against the wall of her anus. After that, calves are taken away from their cow Mom so that the cow’s milk is used for dairy products. Even chickens are being drugged to lay more eggs. Read HERE about how chickens are being ABUSED.
No, animals weren’t created to be killed. I get that argument a lot, in that case we’d be eating frogs and donkeys then.
Protein powder- Myvegan is a great company or just look for HEMP protein powder
Hold your horses, will get to the big question surrounding ‘PROTEIN’ in a bit
How Did I Become Vegan?
1- When I started working this year, I was always out and so I had to eat out sometimes. I noticed more than once that whenever I eat dairy, I’d get stabbing pain in my stomach and I’d feel sick. After getting an allergy test I found out that I am lactose intolerant and I have a dairy allergy. [You can develop allergies as an adult, I won’t get to it, but if you want more information read here] So I started to slowly replace the dairy products.
Milk I tried different types of milk alternatives – Almond Milk, Oat Milk, Soy Milk, Coconut Milk and Cashew Milk. Oat milk and almond milk are my FAVOURITE! I think soy and coconut are fine, but I’d rather have almond/oat milk. I haven’t tried cashew and hazelnut milk till now, so that’s next on my list. ALPRO is a great brand, you can find it in Tesco, Sainsbury, Aldi, Asda, Holland & Barret and online, too.
CHEESE IS LIFE If you know me, you know I LOVE CHEESE. So I started trying different types of cheese and these are the brands I found the best: – Violife [their cheese slices are shit though] – Cheddar slices, cream cheese, mozzarella and Mediterranean ch**se are all great cheese alternatives [Holland & Barret have this brand in the fridge section] – Nutritional Yeast/Yeast Flakes: These are flakes that have a nutty, cheesy taste. They’re sold at Asda, Holland & Barret and Amazon
– Tesco has a Mature Cheddar vegan cheese
– Tofutti – Mozzarella and cream cheese – Follow Your Heart – Different types of cheese like Parmesan – Norseland – Smoked Applewood Cheese [Melts like a motherfucker] I found on at Asda’s website and thevegankindsupermarket.com
Heavy Cream I love heavy cream on my pasta! Good thing I found alternatives for that: – Soaked cashews and water in a BLENDER [YES, it’s that easy] and I season it with whatever I want to. For thick, heavy cream I use 1/2 cup of soaked cashews (I soak them for about an hour) and add a 1/4 cup of water. The amount of water you add depends really on the consistency of cream that you’re looking for.
-There are other cream alternatives like coconut cream at Tesco and I found almond cream at thevegankindsupermarket.com
Eggs – Usually I just make Tofu scramble and I’m good. Tofu is accessible at ALL supermarkets and my favourite brand there is Cauldron because the tofu is firm.
Follow Your Heart launched a Vegan Egg which is sold at Holland & Barret, but it is quite expensive.
Flax Eggs – Now this isn’t for making faux omelette or scramble, this is used more for baking and pancakes. For every tablespoon of GROUND flax seeds you add 3 tablespoons of water, and you let it sit for 5 mins. Watch HERE
Ice Cream Ben & Jerry and Magnum have both launched a few vegan ice creams and I have seen them sold at Sainsbury and Holland & Barret
Chocolate I saw a lot of snacks and chocolates that are vegan at Holland & Barret and Hotel Chocolat!
2- I am not that into meat to be honest, I only used to eat chicken and sometimes Salmon. So it wasn’t that hard for me to give up meat. I was a vegetarian over the summer and I found some meat alternatives as well at Tesco, Sainsbury and Holland & Barret. You can find vegan minced meat, sausages, chicken pieces, burgers and nuggets. I don’t really get them as much though because I don’t really crave meat and I try to stay away from processed food. These brands are the best: Quorn, Linda McCartney, Beyond Meat and Vivera
3- I have been trying different vegan recipes since last year. I started by making a vegan meal or two every week. Then I started to have one vegan meal each day.
Now I know that was a lot of information up there, and no, you don’t have to purchase ALL OF THAT. Personally what is always in my pantry is beans, nuts, seeds, coffee, veggies, nut butter, unsweetened almond milk and dairy-free cheese. Depending on what I am craving that’s when I decide which carbs I want to get.
Here are some examples of what vegans eat:
You can always get the meat-free options but that is more pricey and processed food is shit basically xD I have a bit of a poor appetite, so I only eat twice a day and I barely snack, here are 3 examples of what I eat on a day:
Other Meal Ideas:
1- Breakfast: Baked Beans on a toast + coffee with oat milk or nut butter on toast + coffee with/without milk of choice Lunch: Pasta with chickpeas, veggies you like and any sauce you like Dinner: Creamy cauliflower soup
2- Breakfast: Smoothie of choice Lunch: Walnut Chilli [ Meat-free minced beef, tomato sauce, walnuts, zucchini, green pepper, onion and celery] Serve with rice or bread if you want to Dinner: Vegan cheese sandwich/Vegan egg and cheese sandwich
Protein protein protein… Everyone is so obsessed with protein that people consume more than needed. Don’t get me wrong, protein is absofuckinglutely IMPORTANT for muscle growth, repair and build tissues, building cartilage, bones and enzymes.
The amount of protein we need depends on your activity level, age, height, weight, etc… Again, I am not a health professional, but I do some research.. You can see in this source that the average sedentary woman needs around 46 grams of protein per day, and the average sedentary man needs per day is 56 grams.
So how do vegans get their protein without consuming meat?
!PLANT PROTEIN! Yes, you read that right.. Plants are at the start of the food chain and animals (AKA humans – We are mammals) are at the end of the food chain. [The circle of life]. Gorillas, Rhinos and Elephants are all herbivores, yet they are the strongest and biggest animals. The animals that people eat, eat plant themselves and that’s how herbivores get their protein.
How Much Protein is in Plant-Based Food?
The curry gravy with rice and black beans I posted earlier + 3 hemp seed nuggets = 34.6 grams of protein
100g of Cauldron’s Tofu (half the package) alone has 12.6g of protein
The almond pancakes I posted earlier has around 9.6 grams of protein [2 Tbsp Meridian Almond butter, 1/4 cup Alpro’s almond milk, 1/4 tsp baking powder, 1 Tbsp coconut flour 1 Tbsp ground flax seeds from Holland & Barret, 12g ground almonds from Tesco and 1 tsp sweetener] mix dry ingredients in a separate bowl from almond butter and almond milk mixture, then mix all together and let it sit for 3-5 mins before you make them.
No, Calcium’s main source is not just milk.
Almost everyone I know supplements on Omega 3 and Vitamin D, yet vegans are criticised for needing to supplement on: – Vitamin D3 – Vitamin B12
Eating Out (Birmingham)
I live in Birmingham, UK, so I am not sure if all these places are in the city you live in currently. I have been trying since last year vegan food at cafes and restaurants, but I haven’t tried ALL of these… most of them though
1- Wagamama [Vegan menu available]
2- Zizzi’s [Vegan menu available]
3- @pizza in the Grand Central [Vegan options]
4- Papa John’s [Vegan options available but the vegan cheese they use is shit tbh]
5- Pizza Hut [Vegan options even dessert, but they use the shit vegan cheese Papa John uses]
6- Indian, Thai and Chinese places always have veggie meals, if ordering curry, ask if it contains milk
7- Jam n Vegan on Instagram – Vegan Caribbean Food – they do weekly deliveries Instagram.com/jamnvegan
8- Starbucks [Dairy-free milk available, vegan mac and cheese and vegan raspberry chocolate mini cake]
9- Three’s Coffee Lounge have a lot of vegan options
10- Digbeth Dining Club [Vegan options available]
11- Boston Tea Party – LOVELY PLACE for breakfast and brunch [Vegan options available]
12- Subway [A few vegan options available not much]
13- Costa [Dairy-free milk options, vegan flapjack, vegan coca coal bites and cookies]
13- Gourmet Burger Kitchen [Vegan burgers]
14- Red Peppers at Mailbox [Vegan options available]
Rachel Ama’s Cookbook £13.74 for Hard copy and £9.99 on Kindle Get it HERE
The one that I have is called ‘Vegan Keto’ for low carb and high healthy fats vegan food but that is more complicated. Link to it is HERE, £11.89 Paperback and £7.99 Kindle Edition
Lastly, I’ll just briefly mention this:
As vegans we try as much as we can to have a better impact on the environment as well by doing the following (You can read more about them online): – Use less plastic – Don’t litter – NO to palm oil – Increase the availability of fresh water [Read more HERE]
I suggest to start to make small changes and build up on that rather than instantly converting. I was a vegetarian this summer and I have been vegan for 2-3 months now and to be honest, I feel my BEST!
Keto is a restrictive diet with limited options and when you combine vegan+ keto it is even more restrictive, making it harder to meet your daily macros and come up with meal ideas. Before we dig in I just want to say that I am NOT a health professional and I don’t advise you begin this ‘diet’ without consulting a doctor. Also, I am doing this as a long-term lifestyle NOT a DIET since I have PCOS, IBS and I am allergic to wheat, dairy & lactose.
If you’re going to do this ‘diet’ strictly or flexibly, do make sure that you plan beforehand so to avoid exceeding your macros and to spend less time thinking “What will I eat today?”
This guide can be used for vegans looking for LOW-CARB ideas. I don’t label food as ‘good’ and ‘bad’ as I do believe our bodies need every nutrient in different amounts. I understand though that people try to consume less carbs for health reasons. FOCUS ON HEALTH NOT WEIGHT LOSS – YOU’RE BEAUTIFUL IN EVERY SIZE OKAY?
Lets start with the food options that are allowed:
Protein powder- Myvegan is a great company or just look for HEMP protein powder
Dairy-free cheese: Companies I found their products great are Violife, Tofutti and Follow Your Heart
All non-starchy veggies
Meat-free options: Companies that have good products are Quorn, Beyond Meat, Vivera & Impossible Burger
NOTE: Usually the amount of NET CARBS consumed is 20-50 grams DAILY. You will see online that some people add one or two of the NOT ALLOWED list to their daily food if it doesn’t exceed their MACROS. I don’t really suggest this as it’s best to eat as healthy as possible, but it’s up to you. Low carb bean options are EDAMAME, Lupini and Black Soybeans
Net carbs is how daily carbs are calculated: Total Carbs – Fibre
**ALWAYS CHECK FOOD LABELS***
Macros and Tracking:
Daily intake differs from one individual to another depending on your BMI and BMR. However the RATIO of keto is as CARBS 5-10%, Protein 20-30% and Fats 70-80%
Common apps that a lot of people use are:
I use an app called KETODiet
I understand that PROTEIN intake can be really difficult to meet. For that I am giving you this link with a list of VEGAN KETO protein sources and some suggestions, also if you scroll below, you will find TONS of meal ideas for breakfast, lunch, dinner, desserts and snacks.
Cookbooks and Websites To Use:
https://meatfreeketo.com/ On this website you will find a VEGAN KETO cookbook, recipes and MEAL plans. Meal plans are all PAID – Soy Free Meal Plan and 4-WEEK Meal Plan
Walnut Chilli with Cauliflower Rice [ Cauliflower rice is super easy to make and some supermarkets sell it. Just add some cauliflower florets into the blender and blend it. Note: Blend for 2 seconds then check if it has reached the ‘rice’ size you’re looking for, if not, repeat.]
Zoodles (Zucchini Noodles – just search) with a meat-free option and cashew cream or pesto. Cashew cream [ 1/2 cup cashews, 1 tbsp of nutritional yeast and 3/4 cup of water and then BLEND it – water amount can be reduced for a thicker consistency.]
Microwave Pizza- Coconut flour, psyllium husk, baking powder, salt (dough) + pizza sauce – tomato and toppings. Make the dough first and microwave for 3 mins, pop it out of the microwave, add sauce n toppings then microwave for 2 mins
Coconut Curry [Veganise and NO chickpeas] recipe: https://rozenspiration.com/2019/06/09/chickpea-coconut-curry-3/
Edamame Spaghetti or Palmini Linguinie with any sauce, veggies and any meat-free option. Personally I prefer Edamame Spaghetti, it has a better and more similar pasta texture. Shiritaki Noodles are fucking shitty. They are more chewy than rubber I can promise you that… Other ‘pastas’ that people have that I haven’t tried are Nu Pasta, Zero Noodles and Miracle Noodles on ThriveMarket
Faux Hummus and veggie sticks [Celery sticks or carrots]
Soft bread [recipe in BREAKFAST section] and nut butter or tahini
Cheesecake – Ground Almonds or Almond flour as the base instead of biscuit, then make the vegan cream cheese layer with a sweetener and any toppings then freeze. Hazelnut chocolate sauce can be a great idea!
Peanut butter cookies [Recipe in BREAKFAST section]
Eating out whilst doing vegan keto is HARD. Some of the food options that I have discovered are as follows:
Mexican Restaurants: Order a vegetarian fajita with no rice/beans
Indian/Thai Restaurants: Veggie curry and side salad
Burger places: Vegan burgers (if you can find bean-free options like BEYOND MEAT, Impossible burger or any soy protein burgers then you’re good to go). Ask for a lettuce wrap or just have it bunless
Coffee Shops: I usually get an Americano with Almond Milk from Costa. Search online depending on the country you live in for KETO drinks at Costa/Starbucks. Or just ask at Costa/Starbucks for sugar-free options and a dairy-free milk
Keto – Magnesium 200-400mg daily, Sodium 2000-4000mg per day [ NOTE: Sodium is found in a lot of food and in Himalayan salt. Consult a doctor before supplementing please] and Potassium 4000mg per day – NOTE: Potassium is found in some food. Consult a doctor and ask them how much potassium to supplement on.
Remember that life is not all about ‘WEIGHT LOSS.’ Life is about living it to the fullest and enjoying it to the maximum because you have one FUCKING LIFE! There are days where you will be invited to birthday parties, weddings and friend’s night out or sleepovers. Having some beans or any other higher carb option is NOT the end of the world (unless you have a health conditions and advised by a health professional to completely avoid that food option) At some point, each and every single one of us will slip. And when you slip, the world DOES NOT end and life goes on. You can easily get back on track and this is coming from someone who has PCOS. Remember to focus on HEALTH and nourishing/healing your body with food, rather than punishing yourself to look a certain way. There is abso-fucking-lutely NO OBLIGATION for you to look a certain way. Health comes in different shapes and sizes. You can’t tell how much or what people consume based on their ‘size.’ Fat is distributed differently, people have different metabolic rates and medical history. I am not about promoting obesity as it comes with a lot of health issues like being underweight, I am here to promote self-love, confidence and body positivity. The size and weight of someone else is none of your goddamn business! People talk about ‘health conditions’ when they see someone overweight, even though that body shamer himself/herself orders ‘diet coke’ with their cheese burger every week end. Focus on reducing stress, getting at least 7-8 hours of sleep, drinking more water, eliminating emotional vampires, nourishing your body and LOVE THE FUCK OUT OF IT.
On that note, here are some social media influencers who are HUGE advocates for self-love and body positivity:
I found this recipe in an app recently (can’t remember the app name right now) – it is keto friendly and gluten-free, but definitely not vegan or vegetarian, unless you’re pescatarian. For vegans and vegetarians, you can use the sauce for anything you want.
2 Salmon Fillets
2 tbsp egg-free mayo
Salt & pepper
1 tbsp olive oil
Avocado Cream Sauce:
Avocado cream sauce:
1/2 lemon juice
2 tbsp sour cream (you can use dairy-free sour cream)
1 tbsp olive oil
1. Mash the Salmon
2. Mix the Salmon with egg
3. Add in the mayo and olive oil
4. Make them into patties and fry each side for 5 minutes or until they turn golden brown (I use olive oil to fry the patties)
5. Mix the avocado cream sauce ingredients together – blender or whisk in a bowl