On today’s episode of Live Lean TV, we share the simple solution so many people ignore, before starting any new diet.
@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.
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.
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 fact, we share all kinds of “proteins of the sea” recipes in our TeamLiveLean.com recipe book called, “Seafood Chowder Gainz”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This viewer also sent a follow up tweet mentioning they’re having problems getting enough protein in their diet.
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.
This complete protein will then help you build muscle, similar to if you were eating meat.
If you’re deciding, for whatever reason, that you don’t want to eat red meat or chicken, that’s fine.
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.
So just be aware and possibly do a little bit more research to ensure the diet you’re following is complete.
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.
This is why we focus and only specialize on that way of eating.
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Brad Gouthro is the founder of Live Lean TV, a media company focused on helping men and women “Live Lean” 365 days a year. Brad’s programs and content have helped millions of people all over the world learn how to get in shape, and more importantly, sustain it for life.