Solving our body by stepping into plant-based diet while building strength, one step at a time.

Month: February 2019

Coconut and the power of resourcefulness

Coconut and the power of resourcefulness

Resourcefulness has been my one of my secret weapon to my plant based journey. This is the ability to find an alternative to a problem at hand. In our case, meat substitutes!  When meat pangs strike I immediately find possible food alternatives right away. Problem: […]

How to apply The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg to your plant-based journey?

How to apply The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg to your plant-based journey?

Habits is one of the key attributes that will help you transition to a long term plant based diet. However, habit is also the reason why we are eating meat in the first place. Is it still possible to be unshackled on the chains of […]

8 Easy Exercises For Wrist Strength

8 Easy Exercises For Wrist Strength

Good wrist strength is essential for our training regimen. However, an injured wrist will hinder your training causing recovery delays and painful training experience. I never knew the importance of wrist strength before not until I realized that almost all upper body exercise I do requires wrist mobility and flexibility.

Without further ado, let’s get started.

On the following exercises, make sure to do this before workouts, much like a warm-up to your main muscle group training. Also, while doing the exercise, make sure to apply a slight weight to your wrists by leaning forward just a bit. Then, you can move your body from left to right, making a circle move, while applying slight pressure on your wrists. Be careful to overload your wrist as some exercise may just need a slight pressure, specifically move # 2,5,6,7, & 8. Make sure it is not painful. Do this 5 times per wrist exercise.

First wrist exercise. Make sure your hands are well planted on the ground. (Side note: say hello to my space socks!)
2nd move. A bit painful at first try. That’s why you need to be careful when applying pressure.
3rd move.
4th move.
5th move. A bit painful at first try as well so please be careful applying slight pressure.
6th move. Same with the last move, please be careful.
7th move. This is the hardest move so please be careful.
8th move. A bit painful so please be careful as well.

I really do want to emphasize if the exercise is painful or not so that you have an initial idea of what to expect when trying it out for the first time. But as you progress, you’ll notice that these exercises are getting easier as you go along.
Also, please make sure to do these exercises slowly to prevent any injuries.

Have you already applied this exercise lately? Just let me know by leaving a comment down below!

To your amazing strength,

Migs

Supplements, can I benefit from it?

Supplements, can I benefit from it?

There are thousands of multivitamins around the world and it can be daunting to try them all, not to mention the cost it would take to actually complete the daunting task. There are vitamins that are being pushed to us via commercials and ads and […]

I am decided! I said goodbye to eggs!

I am decided! I said goodbye to eggs!

This is it! I am saying goodbye to my favorite breakfast companion, and, it is a tough one for me. The egg has been my favorite breakfast meal alongside garlic fried rice. If I add it with toasted bread, it is like heaven on Earth. […]

A new mindset on meat

A new mindset on meat

If you are eating meat for so many years, it is really challenging to even conceive of leaving them behind. One of the mindsets I used (and still using today) is this: “Meat in itself tastes bland”. If I think of meat this way, I immediately asked my self this question: “if it is bland, will I enjoy eating cooked meat as it is?”

If you ask me, I’ll say “no”.

Meat itself has its own distinct taste, but it is still bland. To amplify its taste it needs seasoning like salt and pepper to give it a much needed boost.

The unique taste of meat plus seasonings is one of the reasons why we want to eat it in the first place. We tend to remember the unique taste and seasonings of Jollibee’s chicken joy OR the taste of chicken Mcdo. Since both use chicken as the main meat, they need an additional seasoning unique to their own brands. If there’s a small deviation from its taste, we can immediately notice it. Now if we put this into perspective, all the meat you consume depends on seasonings, or a sauce or a dip. May it be salt, pepper, or spices, that sipped into the meat from marination, it all needs seasoning to bring the “unique taste” of chicken or pork.

Without it, it is just a bland peace of meat. If someone fried a chicken leg without using salt and pepper and served with plain white rice, you’ll say to your self “I really need ketchup right now”. Ketchup will give it taste, hence a more enjoyable fried chicken. Without it, it just lacks taste or flavor.

Now if you asked me, Migs, tofu is in itself bland right? That’s correct. By labeling the meat as bland, we are questioning our old habits of eating meat because seasoning is what gives it its much added taste. If that’s the case, you can season your tofu as well so that it will taste delicious. Combining this mindset plus the health benefits of mushroom and tofu can definitely help you make the right food choices in the future.

Are you still struggling with your meat- free journey? Let me know by leaving a comment down below.

To your amazing health,

Migs

What am I solving personally?

What am I solving personally?

One of the main reason for stepping into a plant based diet is my hair. As embarrassing as it may sound, my hair’s leaving me for quite some time, in a very very rapid pace. 10 years ago, it was thick! But now, my hair […]

3 Super Healthy Meat Alternatives

3 Super Healthy Meat Alternatives

The most common food type that was discussed from previous blogs were pork, chicken, and beef. The following alternatives are definitely “heavy-weight” contenders with amazing health benefits to boot. Without further ado, let’s dive right into it! Tofu is one of my go-to substitute for […]

Should I jump right into eating a plant-based diet?

Should I jump right into eating a plant-based diet?

If you’ve seen the benefits of adopting a plant-based diet, you may want to ask if it is possible to jump right in…right away. The quick answer is, yes you can. My follow up question is, will you stay on track? Because, the truth of the matter is, its hard to let go your favourite barbecue – glazed in a special peanut sauce OR your favourite buffalo wings.

I know where you are coming from because I’ve been through that process as well. One time I was 100% committed to not eating meat. Then on one eventful family gathering, I was sitting next to my grandmother (who knew I was not eating meat anymore). As a test (that I was unaware of), she offered me money (P3,000) to eat barbecue, indirectly. She gave me that money under the table, literally. Her offer was so cleverly crafted, plus, I needed the money, so I took it. It seems like no one’s watching, and I am craving for meat, so I took the bait. It tastes so good that it feels so bad (if you know what I mean). Dirty trick right? But I fell for it. I sold out for only $60. Inside me, I was so embarrassed and I felt like I let myself down. Now, as I look back, I can confidently say that it won’t happen again.

The trick is to create an intense “why” on why you are doing this in the first place, which I covered in previous blogs. The second ingredient is to categorize the meat type you are eating on a weekly basis. If you are always eating fried chicken, baby back ribs, and pork chops, it means you are eating 2 meat type per week: chicken and pork. Then decide which one you think is easier to omit, and do it for 60 – 90days. At this time, if you decide to remove chicken, you can eat pork but never eat chicken. Always remember, the first 30 – 60 days is tough. But once you crossed that goal, you’ll be amazed how your body reacts when you try to eat fried chicken. It feels like a “sin” and you will feel guilty. But that’s alright because that’s the goal.

You are choosing the easiest food type first because I want you to have an “easy win” as soon as possible. As you remove another food type, you are building confidence. As you build confidence, you can tackle the much harder food type you want to remove next. This is also applicable if you are choosing 1 food type with different sub-categories. What do I mean? For example, you want to remove chicken but it has 3 subcategories, fried, roasted, or raw (just kidding). You can decide which one you think is the easiest first. Then move to the next, then on the next until you remove chicken completely. What if under “fried chicken”, you like KFC and Chicken Mcdo? The same principle applies. Choose the easiest to remove (for a quick win), then move on to the next. You’ll be surprised you already removed chicken all together.


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To your amazing health,


Migs

4 Inspiring Vegan Athletes With Amazing “Vegan” Backstories

4 Inspiring Vegan Athletes With Amazing “Vegan” Backstories

It is amazing how some of these elite athletes succeeded in their chosen field while being vegan while some of them have a different back story that resulted in their decision. It also crushed the idea that in order to gain muscle, you must consume […]