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Ever thought about adopting a plant-based diet?

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If you are a plant fanatic that is solely interested in eating plants, and plant-based diet alone, then you are in the right place.

When done rightly, a Plant based diet can do you a whole lot of good. Remember, that there are the right way and a wrong way to start implementing plant products in your diets and eliminating animal products as well.

Feeding solely on plants is a decision that you have to make for yourself. You first must be motivated enough to want to live this lifestyle.

A good way to start your journey is to, first of all, understand what a Plant-based diet is (ie what does it take to be a vegetarian?)


What is a plant-based diet?

As the name implies, the plant-based diet consists strictly of any form of food derived solely from plants. By definition, a vegetarian is someone who doesn’t eat food produce from any living or dead plants. It has to be said that there are different variations of vegetarians, but our emphasis on this guide will be strictly on plants based diet and how you go about following it.


What’s on the menu on a plant-based diet?

The simple answer is plants, plants, plants, in any variety. A Plant-based diet usually consists of whole grains, vegetables, legumes, fruits as well as nuts and seeds


Does following a Plant-based diet help to lose weight?

There are lots of testimonials out there that supports the claim that a plant-based diet helps to reduce weight, and promote a healthy lifestyle. It has to be said that when it comes to weight loss, what counts is your calorie intake. Whether you are following a vegetarian diet or a paleo diet, if you want to lose weight, there has to be a calorie deficit.


Will a plant-based diet affect my protein intake?

Despite what is being said out there, you can get more than enough protein from a plant based diet. Your legumes such as soy and beans are a good source of protein. If weight loss is your target, you want to concentrate more on increasing your protein count, and that means eating more legumes.


Can a Plant-based diet help to build my muscles?

There are lots of athletes out there that follow a strict plant’s based diet. Don’t let anyone fool you that you can’t build muscles from a plant based diet, because the truth is that you can. Just ensure you get your calorie count right, and place emphasis on eating more proteins and you are good to go!


There are lots of benefits for going full plant-based. Just be committed and disciplined and you will reap the rewards in no time.


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Fat Burning Breakfasts:

When you wake up in the morning your body is in a sensitive state. The first thing you put in your mouth sets the hormonal pace that can last all day. This is why it is SO important to have a healthy breakfast first thing in the morning. If you eat something too high in sugar, it will result in blood sugar spike followed by a big dip, which is a no-no for fat burning and sustained energy levels. If you don’t eat enough proteins, healthy fats, or calories you can also have the same effect. Having sustained energy after eating a meal is associated with a healthy metabolism and when it comes to burning fat it’s all about METABOLISM. We make it easy for you today by giving you 3 fat burning breakfast options:


  • PALEO: Ground Turkey, Beef, or Chicken with steamed greens and nuts

Ground Turkey, Beef, or Chicken with steamed greens and nuts

This high protein, high fat, low carb breakfast will boost your fat burning abilities first thing in the morning, putting your body into a state of efficiency.


3-5 Oz Ground meat of choice cooked

1 Handful of green beans (steamed)

½ handful of raw nuts like walnuts or brazil nuts (steamed)

add some tomato sauce for flavoring


  • VEGETARIAN: Egg Omelet with Avocado

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This high protein, high fat, low carb breakfast is also a great choice for vegetarians and meat eaters

1-2 Free Range Whole eggs

1-2 Egg whites

½ Avocado

1 Handful of Steamed Spinach or greens



  • VEGAN: Chia Pudding with Berries and Nuts

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Chia Pudding

  • 75 cups dairy-free milk (we used DIY coconut – use creamier milks for creamier, thicker pudding, such as full fat coconut and cashew)
  • 25 cup chia seeds
  • 5-1 Tbsp maple syrup (more or less to taste)
  • 5 tsp vanilla extract


  • One Handful of blue or blackberries
  • ½ handful of raw nuts of choice (almonds, walnuts, brazil nuts)



  1. To a mixing bowl add dairy-free milk, chia seeds, maple syrup (to taste), and vanilla. Whisk to combine.
  2. Cover and refrigerate overnight (or at least 6 hours). The chia pudding should be thick and creamy. If not, add more chia seeds, stir, and refrigerate for another hour or so.
  3. Enjoy as is, or layer with berries and raw nuts! Will keep covered in the refrigerator up to 5 days.









Blackened Shrimp, Asparagus and Avocado Salad with Lemon Pepper Yogurt Dressing

Blackened Shrimp, Asparagus and Avocado Salad with Lemon Pepper Yogurt Dressing is so easy to make, low in fat and carbs, and full of flavor!

Servings: 2



Blackened Shrimp:

  • 500 g raw peeled large shrimp, (King Prawns), tails removed (or 2 chicken breasts)
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
  • 1/2 -1 teaspoon cayenne pepper, (add more to suit your tastes)
  • 2 teaspoons sweet paprika, (or smokey for a different flavor option)
  • 2 bunches of Asparagus, halved
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil


  • 4 cups Cos lettuce leaves, (or lettuce of choice), washed and ready to use
  • 1 Avocado, cubed
  • 1/4 red onion, sliced
  • 1 handful fresh basil leaves


  • 1/3 cup greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon lemon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice, (optional for extra flavor)
  • 2 tablespoons water, (or olive oil)
  • Salt to taste


  1. In a shallow bowl, combine shrimp (prawns) with all of the spice ingredients, and rub into the shrimp until evenly coated. Heat a large pan/skillet on medium heat and add the olive oil. Saute the shrimp/prawns and the Asparagus while turning occasionally until the shrimp/prawns and asparagus have started to change color and are just cooked (about 5 minutes).
  2. Combine the lettuce leaves, avocado, onion slices and basil leaves in a salad bowl. Add the shrimp/prawns and avocado over the top. Drizzle with the dressing.

For the dressing:

  1. Combine the yogurt in a bowl with the lemon pepper, lemon juice (if using), water and salt. Mix well to combine.




Cuban Picadillo Lettuce Wraps

Ingredients: Serves 4-6


For the Picadillo

  • 1 pound ground beef, preferably grass-fed
  • 2 Tablespoons tallow, lard, or coconut oil
  • 1 medium onion, about 1.5 cups diced small
  • 1 large green bell pepper, about 1.5 cups diced
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 14 oz can whole tomatoes
  • ¼ cup currants
  • 2 Tablespoons green olives with pimiento, diced
  • 2 Tablespoons drained capers
  • 2 Tablespoons olive brine (or white wine vinegar and salt to taste)

For the Pico de Gallo

  • ⅓ cup minced shallot or red onion
  • ⅔ cup diced tomatoes
  • 2 Tablespoons minced cilantro
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
  • salt to taste

To Serve

  • Lettuce leaves or cabbage leaves
  • Cooked brown or white rice (optional)
  • Chopped cilantro (optional)


  1. Heat large skillet or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add beef. Crumble and stir occasionally as it cooks. Remove and set aside.
  2. Add tallow or oil to a pan. Add onions and cook until beginning to soften about 3-4 minutes. Add bell pepper and cook 3 more minutes. Stir in garlic, then add the salt, black pepper, cumin, and cinnamon and stir for 30 seconds, until fragrant.
  3. Add cooked beef, canned tomatoes, currants, diced olives, capers, and olive brine. Break up the tomatoes into small pieces while the mixture comes to a boil.
  4. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 10-20 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, prepare the pico de gallo. Combine minced shallot, chopped tomatoes, minced cilantro, lime juice, and a dash of salt, then set aside.
  6. To serve, fill each lettuce leaf with the beef mixture, a spoonful of rice (if desired), and a spoonful of pico de gallo or cilantro. Enjoy!



South Western Sweet potato Quinoa Bowl

Ingredients: Serves 2-3

For the bowl:

1 cup quinoa

1 bunch kale, finely sliced

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 medium lime, juiced

1⁄2 teaspoon salt

2 avocados

1 14-ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained

1⁄4 cup crumbled cotija cheese

Kosher salt, pepper and red pepper flakes to taste


For the Sweet potatoes:

2 medium California sweet potatoes (about 11⁄2 pounds), sliced into small, 1⁄4-­inch cubes

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 teaspoons ground cumin

1 teaspoon smoked paprika

1 1⁄2 teaspoons salt



For the Sweet potatoes:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. On a large baking sheet, toss together the cubed California sweet potatoes, olive oil, salt, pepper and cumin, and paprika. Once coated, evenly distribute the sweet potatoes on the baking sheet.
  3. Transfer the California sweet potatoes into the oven and roast for 25­-30 minutes until they are fork tender.

For the bowl:

  1. Cook the quinoa according to the package directions. Set aside.
  2. Toss the kale, olive oil, lime juice and salt in a large bowl and then add small groupings of the avocados, quinoa, black beans, cotija, and sweet potatoes. Season with salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes and serve alongside the cilantro vinaigrette.


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The saying goes you are what you eat. But in reality, you are what you eat, digest, and absorb. If you are chewing your food thoroughly before swallowing it, drinking 1.5-2 liters per day, eating 3 clean protein balanced meals per day, exercising and still getting digestive issues like bloating, gas, abdominal pains, and or heartburn/reflux you should consider the following supplements:

  1. Betaine Hcl
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Digestion begins in your mouth so make sure you are properly hydrated and chew your food thoroughly before you swallow. The next place digestion takes place is in the stomach. Research shows that stress can actually slow down acid secretion in the stomach leading to digestive issues. Meaning, if you don’t have enough acid in your stomach you are at risk for digestive issues throughout your whole digestive tract. If you are the type of person who gets bloated daily you will want to try the Betaine Hcl challenge. This supplement actually increases acid in the stomach, helping you digest your food better. Simply take one pill of Betaine Hcl halfway through your meal. Make sure to include protein in this meal. Preferably 4-6 ounces.  If you do not get a burning sensation after taking one pill this can be interpreted as sub-optimal stomach acid secretion. Next meal, try taking 2 pills mid-meal and keep increasing each meal until you begin to feel a minor burning sensation. For example, you feel no burning when you consume 4 pills but you feel it when you consume 5. Protocol: Continue to take 4 pills mid-meal (each meal) until you feel a burning sensation then cut down to 3 pills, then 2 and so on until you feel burning after 1. This might take months to achieve but stay consistent. As you start producing more acid you should start to notice a positive shift in digestion. Side note: avoid doing this if you have a history of ulcers, and are taking NSAIDS or corticosteroids.



2. Probiotics

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Research continues to show the positive effects probiotics has on digestive symptoms. Probiotics feed your good bacteria in your stomach and help balance out gases and by-products produced by you bad bacteria.

When taking probiotics aim for a supplement with at least 20 billion CFU per daily dose. The best brands have a variety of strains including human strains.






3. Fiber

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passes through your digestive tract and helps maintain normal intestinal function. The best types of fiber supplements are flax seed, chia seed, and psyllium husk.








This article has been written by Patrick Dunn, Certified Nutritionist for


Gaining muscle and staying lean is not all about working out. It involves being disciplined in the kitchen and understanding the TIMING of nutrition intake for optimal transformation results.

Take a look at the nutrition tips you must follow to ensure your body’s strength:

Decide a realistic eating pattern: Forget all about the snacking every few hours or the small 6 meals day. Not only is it extremely stressing to follow such a diet but also intrusive to your work schedule. Put your MAIN FOCUS around 3 meals a day and divide your calories based on your activity routine. Mindful snacking can be added on but focus on creating a habit around getting these 3 complete meals every day!NUTRITION TIPS TO HELP WITH YOUR TRANSFORMATION x shestough

Prioritize your protein: You don’t have to center your meals around protein but make sure that you get ample quantity of it. One gram/pound of bodyweight will do the job for your body. If you end up taking a lesser amount, don’t stress over it but keep your protein intake stable. Add lean beef, cheese, chicken, etc. to your diet to make it protein rich.

Let the carbs in: If you want to build muscle, better get your daily supply of carbs. Make sure that you take the complex kind without any added sugar. Add more rice, oats, leafy, green veggies, pasta, potatoes, etc. to your diet. You can start by taking only two grams of carbs for every pound of your body weight and increase or decrease the intake as seen fit.

Schedule your pre and post workout supply of nutrition: Don’t forget to get your healthy supply pre-workout nutrition and post workout nutrition. This is essential especially if you follow a regular 9-5 routine and workout morning and evening. Post workout nutrition will help you recover better, and pre-workout will keep your body ready for the work.

Nutrition Tips Summing up:

Gaining muscle is all about consistency and ensuring that you get the right amount of nutrition. Get your daily dose of the necessary carbs and proteins and workout every day. Moreover, even if you feel the temptation to cheat on the diet, schedule it strictly and be disciplined to get the best results. Join today for a complete workout and meal plan program. See you inside!


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