Prepping for ROUND TWO of the #plantPOWER Challenge.

January 29, 2013 -
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Hi all! So glad you’ve enjoyed the last couple of weeks of honest posts.

Just incase you missed them…

I opened up about my deeper struggle with changes.

We discussed the facts behind FATS.

We talked about some common healthy eating “fears”.

Jen shared her amazing weight loss story.

I truly believe that honesty is the best way to make a connection with others. I am so happy that I felt I could open up honestly on my blog & reveal some stories that I had yet to talk about. You all are an amazing support group & I appreciate all of your kind words & comments on each & every post!

With that being said…Heather & I  are moving forward into our SECOND PLANT POWER CHALLENGE!


Can you believe that it’s almost February? I swear I was just in my brother’s December wedding.

Heather & I have been working very hard since our last challenge in October. We really want to make this challenge special for those who participate and for those who are just reading along! Either way, we love that you read the posts, tweet at us, e-mail us images, or post pictures to Instagram with your favorite #plantPOWER meals & products!

Here is a video from our first challenge where we explain the meaning behind it.

Are you joining us?

Now, we’ve said this before & we’ll say it again – this is NOT to make you be 100% Vegan. I always say BE TRUE TO YOU because I believe that we don’t need to fall under any certain “category” to make everyone happy. I eat the way that makes ME feel better & I honestly can tell you that 10 years of my stomach issues have almost gone away now that I’ve been eating mostly plant based. I say mostly because every now & then I eat sea food or feta cheese because I want to. I’ve found that when I eat this in moderation it’s easier on my digestion rather than eating on a daily basis. You can see my testimonials from the first challenge here.


For the last challenge, we went over some great groceries to enjoy during this challenge & to enjoy always! We’ve re-done our images (thanks to the lovely Heather) & wanted to share some lists of foods we love! Now, these aren’t the ONLY foods you can eat – again, BE TRUE TO YOU & enjoy the foods you’d like. We are not asking you to go 100% plant based – we are simply hoping that you join in and try out some new plant based ingredients – because honestly – more veggies in general can’t hurt you!!

Here is the link to our first post about different plant power choices!

Some of our favorite clean carb choices…


So many to choose from! I truly don’t fear the carbs – CARBS ARE FUEL for our bodies!

I usually have a serving with every one of my 3-4 meals that I eat a day!



Fats are so important for our overall health –
I used to “fear” them but now I eat one with every one of my balanced meals!

But the biggest question of all – dude, where do you get your protein?
One of my students even asked me once “Isn’t not eating meat really unhealthy for you?”
I then began to teach a whole lesson on plant based foods & why they are great for us! Winking smile


*I personally am not a big soy person because I had some weird rash issues whenever I would eat it –
but, that doesn’t mean you can’t be TRUE TO YOU and enjoy it!

You all know that I don’t count calories, but for the heck of it the other day I plugged my day of eats into my phone to see the amount of protein I was getting in a day.


Looks pretty good to me! Now, I didn’t plug in all of my veggies & I may have missed a few things so my calories were probably higher – which is fine because I work out hard & need the fuel! 107g of protein is a good number of where I like to be – usually between 70-100g of protein is a good amount for my amount of being active.

Remember, EVERYONE’s NEEDS ARE DIFFERENT! Winking smile

One of my favorite Plant Based Gurus – Julieanna Hever aka the Plant Based Dietician,
shares with us a little about protein with a sample day of eats


  • All amino acids available in plants
  • Plant-based superstars-beans, lentils, peas, nuts, soy products, quinoa, leafy greens.
  • Protein doesn’t equal flesh, it’s a macronutrient, available in all foods.

Julieanna also shares a Plant Based Food Guide Pyramid as well to help!

Speaking of Julieanna, did you know that she was featured on the Doctor Oz show?

Julieanna Hever via Doctor Oz Show

This is how I first saw her & I was hooked to her work ever since.
She is so sweet & will be making an appearance during our #plantPOWER challenge & we are SO excited to have her.
JUST WAIT until you see what she’s got planned!

As you can see, there are so many to choose from! Some other favorites of mine are:

(this was after a huge grocery shopping day because my family was literally out of everything.)
*Keep in mind, we buy for 3 people and our pantry needed some serious re-stocking!

  • Coconut milk
  • Hummus
  • Fruits
  • Veggies
  • Beans
  • Avocado
  • Nutritional Yeast
  • Tahini
  • Nut butters
  • Nuts
  • Seeds
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Flax
  • Chia
  • Coconut Oil
  • Quinoa
  • Buckwheat Flour
  • Quinoa Flour
  • Cocoa Powder
  • Cacao Nibs
  • Liquid Stevia
  • Oats
  • Olives
  • Pumpkin
  • Squash
  • Spices
  • Brown rice & so many more!!

We will be posting the calendar soon – but we can tell you that each day will be a different theme!

All you’ve got to do is just follow along & tweet your images each day or leave comments on our posts!

We have a bunch of giveaways throughout the month from some of our favorite companies as well.

Will you be joining us!?