Hi Three to Five Tribe! If you have been following along on my health and wellness journey, then you know that since last summer I have adopted more of a plant-based lifestyle. I have made it pretty apparent that I am addicted to roasted veggies: acorn squash, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, you name it, if it’s roasted I will probably eat it. However, after eating plant-based meals for about nine months now, I realize one thing I did not take into consideration – calories.
Consider Your Calories
I noticed some changes in my health back in January that prompted me to conduct some research. (Remember to think of your body like a science experiment). It didn’t take long for me to realize what the problem was – I wasn’t consuming enough calories to support my active lifestyle.
They say when you eat plant-based you eat more food and weigh less. That’s because vegetables are packed with vital nutrients for optional health, but carry very little calories, which is great if you want to lose weight, but not so great when you are working to maintain your weight in order to support proper reproductive health.
Although I refuse to calorie count (been there done that), I am making it a point to be more intentional with my meals ensuring I am consuming enough calories on a daily basis. Bottom line: If you are adapting more of a plant-based lifestyle, that’s great, just make sure you are eating enough calories to support your active lifestyle!
Eating three to five nutrient (and calorie) dense meals a day,