Do This Before Starting Any New Diet

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The simple new diet solution so many ignore

On today’s episode of Live Lean TV, we share the simple solution so many people ignore, before starting any new diet.

This is another episode from our #WayBackWednesday series, where we highlight the best questions from previous episodes of our #AskLiveLeanTV Q&A show.

This question is from #AskLiveLeanTV Ep. 003.

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Here’s today’s viewer question:

@nzshamm on Twitter says: I eat a plant based diet that also includes fish and eggs. I’m struggling to follow your meal plan because I don’t eat meat. Help!!!

Since you’re eating a plant based diet that includes fish and eggs, it sounds like you’re following something similar to a pescatarian diet.

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Although we like that you’re including fish and eggs in your diet, if you’re limiting yourself to only those two animal protein sources, for every single meal, we understand why it may be getting old.

In our Team Live Lean meal plans, in addition to fish and eggs, we also include a lot of chicken, turkey, and red meat.

Having access to these different protein sources keeps it interesting.

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So how can we help you?

Well, you say that you can eat fish and eggs.

Fortunately, there are so many types of fish that have different flavors, different textures, and multiple ways you can cook it.

A lot of people who follow the pescatarian diet and the Mediterranean diet, primarily eat fish and eggs as their protein source.

So there are a lot of ways to do it.

In addition to traditional fish, such as wild salmon, if you’re open to it, there are a lot of other seafood options to try.

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Other seafood “meats of the sea” include:

  • scallops
  • shrimp
  • mussels
  • clams

In fact, we share all kinds of “proteins of the sea” recipes in our TeamLiveLean.com recipe book called, “Seafood Chowder Gainz”.

Do This Before Starting Any New Diet

Here’s what you need when starting any new diet…

You need a cookbook that is designed with recipes that fit your specific diet.

This is what people always struggle with when starting a new diet that excludes certain types of common foods.

They’ll ask:

If I can’t eat this and can’t eat that, what am I supposed to eat?

You need to learn how to use foods and recipes that fit the guidelines of the new diet you’re following.

That’s why we always recommend you get a cookbook for inspiration, especially if you don’t understand how to put meals together.

You can check out our Fearless Foodie Cookbook, or all of our other Live Lean cookbooks here.

However, if our cookbooks don’t fit the style of diet that you’re following, go buy another cookbook that does.

Just get a cookbook to follow.

A cookbook will help you:

  • expand on the variety of foods and meals you can eat
  • make your food taste better
  • make your experience in the kitchen more enjoyable
  • stay disciplined and consistent with your new diet
  • ultimately get better results, faster

If you’re following a primarily plant based diet, higher in protein, that only consists of eating fish and eggs, a Mediterranean diet or pescatarian cookbook will work for you.

For example, I just did a quick google search and found this pescatarian cookbook and this Mediterranean cookbook on Amazon.

Also, if you do some searching online, you should be able to find people that are successfully eating the way you want to.

So start searching around for those people.

How do you get enough protein if you’re 100% plant based?

This viewer also sent a follow up tweet mentioning they’re having problems getting enough protein in their diet.

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If you’re going to primarily eat a plant based diet, it’s also important for you to learn about food combining.

For example, when you combine brown rice with beans, the combination of the amino acid profiles creates a complete protein source.

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This complete protein will then help you build muscle, similar to if you were eating meat.

Bottom line

If you’re deciding, for whatever reason, that you don’t want to eat red meat or chicken, that’s fine.

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But it’s important for you to learn of the other ways to get in the essential nutrients your body needs.

I’m not just referring to protein.

Red meat and chicken are also high in other essential vitamins and minerals.

chicken breast

So just be aware and possibly do a little bit more research to ensure the diet you’re following is complete.

Why we don’t offer a vegan, vegetarian, or plant based cookbook

We also get a lot of questions about if we offer vegan, vegetarian, or plant based cookbooks and meal plans.

The answer is no, because those diets are not our specialty.

The Paleo Diet

The cookbooks that we do offer, are similar to the paleo diet, because it is a way of eating that what works for the majority of the population, our clients, and has led to our transformations.

This is why we focus and only specialize on that way of eating.


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