What is HCLF Vegan
What is HCLF Vegan?
A High Carb Low Fat Vegan will get the majority of their calories from plant-based carbohydrates (usually around 80%) and the rest from plant-based fats (10%) and plant-based protein (10%).
Principles of HCLF Vegan
- Always eat enough
- Understand food staples
- Food combining
- Raw food
- Less processed
- Leave the oil
- B12 supplement
Enjoy the process
How to Get Started
- Consistency & Simplicity are key
- Your health is an investment
- Fill your fridge
- Baby steps
Motivation and inspiration
When living an HCLF Vegan lifestyle, you will cut out all animal products. The majority of your calories will come from fresh fruits, vegetables, beans, legumes, some grains (if not GF), nuts and seeds.
(I have noticed all of these results personally)
- Improved digestion
- Clearer skin-Shinier hair-Stronger nails
- Increased energy
- Weight loss
- Muscle Tone
- Heightened mental clarity (no more brain fog)
- Satisfied after every meal (if noticing signs of cravings for salts or sweets, you most likely needed to eat more fruit carbs throughout the day)
- Stimulants such as coffee are no longer needed (I still love the taste, but I don't necessarily need it)
- Hormonal balance & a feeling of stability
Personally: The first week of being 100% vegan, I noticed all of my senses heightened. It literally felt like I got super powers or something. It is a hard feeling to explain but it is how humans should be feeling ALL of the time.
You guys, diet is everything. If you want to achieve HEALTH & TRUE HAPPINESS within yourself (which is the most important kind of happiness) you will never reach your true potential until you experience what it feels like to eat the things your body thrives off of.
Principles of HCLF Vegan
- Make sure you eat enough especially when first starting out. Living a vegan lifestyle should never feel restrictive and as long as you are getting the right amount of calories your body needs, you will be getting all of the macro & micronutrients it needs as well.
- Hydration is so important. Aim to drink a tall glass first thing in the morning and at least 30 minutes before each meal. If you drink water all throughout the day it will add benefits to your health.
- Find good food staples such as bananas, dates, potatoes, mangos will help fill you up for cheap. Not only that but they nutrient dense and will leave you feeling very satisfied. We are so privileged to live in a place where we have the option to eat such amazing, whole rich foods in abundance.
- To help with digestion, food combining works wonders. It's important to eat foods that go together especially if you have a sensitive system. The goal is to eat foods that digestive faster, first. You'll figure out what foods work together best for you, but what I have noticed so far is that greens go with everything. Fruits and grains don't really work. Water before meals not during. There are many benefits to proper food combining including better skin, a flat stomach, and proper digestion.
- The more raw food you eat the better and ultimately, the more you can get away from processed food, the better. Vegan substitutes can be great when first transitioning but for optimal health benefits, the more real and natural the ingredients are, the better!
- Cut out the oil. Use non-stick pans or water for cooking. Coconut oil is wonderful as a beauty product for your hair nails and skin but try not to use it for food/cooking. Watch the Netflix documentary Fed Up to learn about why you want to cut oil out of your diet.
- It's recommended to take a vitamin B12 supplement. Take one supplement containing at least 10 micrograms of vitamin B12 every day or take one supplement containing at least 2000 micrograms of vitamin B12 every week. A lack of B12 in the diet can cause chronic fatigue and depression.
Benefits of B12:
It helps the body make healthy red blood cells.
It helps maintain nerve cells.
It is involved in the body's process of converting food into energy (metabolism).
It is needed to make the genetic material in all cells (DNA).
Do not forget to enjoy the process. An HCLF vegan lifestyle is an extremely fulfilling and exciting way to live. It feels amazing to give your body food that actually helps it work, heal and thrive. Remember that it gets easier with practice. Don't expect to go vegan overnight and the rest be smooth sailing. You are basically relearning how to eat, grocery shop and cook. Once you find what works best for you, then it will be extremely smooth sailing. It is the best lifestyle choice I have ever made!
How To Get Started
You must be consistent. Make eating whole foods a habit and something that you truly enjoy. Also, remember to keep recipes simple at first. It will seem like a whole new world, but it gets a lot easier. It takes practice to grocery shop and learn what is vegan and what isn't, reading labels, going out to eat and knowing what to get. It all takes practice so just keep it consistent and keep it simple!
Acknowledge that your health is an investment. If you are out and about with friends as a new vegan, and everyone wants to go hit up a fast food joint, find something nearby that offers you real food. That might be the next door smoothie shop. Sure it is a little more expensive in that case, but your body will thank you.
Do this for years and you will be thanking your younger self for those decisions. It is so much cheaper to be a vegan, but in certain circumstances, you will have to choose the more expensive option. It is the right option. This is the only body you have, so treat it properly, you can always make more money.
You have to solve the problem first, not work around it. Throw out the junk and fill up your fridge with the good stuff. Don’t tell yourself you have to finish the ice cream and then you'll go vegan. It doesn't work that way. Buy the fruits and vegs NOW so that they are always on hand when needed. Load your kitchen with whole foods and always pack food with you on the go.
Some can go vegan overnight after watching the right documentary that really hits home. For most, and for myself, this is not the case. Take baby steps! Devote a couple days a week to being fully vegan to get used to it. Slowly work your way into being vegan for the 5 day week and have whatever you want on the weekends.
This is what I did by accident (cheese pizza on the weekends) and I finally started to feel sick from the pizza. My body started to reject it more and more the longer I would go without eating it.
Get motivated and stay inspired! Social media is a great way to stay inspired. I follow so many incredible vegans on Instagram who post beautiful, natural food plus tons of free recipes! #VEGAN just look it up!
Watch documentaries on Netflix as well. Cowspiracy, Fed Up, Forks Over Knives, What The Health and so many more. YouTube is loaded with inspiring vegans: Free lee The Banana Girl, Bonny Rebecca, Banana Blondie, Ellen Fischer, Hannah McNeely, High Carb Hannah, Raw Alignment, Kate Flowers… I could go on for days!
I hope this HCLF vegan info session was beneficial for you! Any questions, do not hesitate to contact me.