Day 4, Vegan Protein and Smoother Skin

Well, I finally made it to the gym again today!

Breakfast was toast with banana and peanut butter,  with a protein packed smoothie to fuel a back session in the gym. Along with my usual variety seeds and nuts that go into my smoothies, I added a tablespoon full of pumpkin seeds, which is said to be one of the highest sources of vegan protein. I was one of those people who thought that vegans barely have any sources of protein that weren’t from pills or supplements, BUT, here you go…

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For lunch, a friend and I went to a coffee shop, and I have never found it more difficult to decide on what to eat. I realised for the first time, that whenever I eat at a restaurant or coffee shop, I ALWAYS order something that consists of either red meat, poultry or fish. I finally decided on the specialty wholewheat bread with a sunny-side-up egg, basil pesto and mozzarella cheese. Definitely not a bad combination.

Side Note: at this specific coffee shop, I always have the fresh juices mixed, and almost always the same combination too: Orange, Carrot and Beetroot.

Beetroot juice is a good source of potassium and other minerals (calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, sodium, zinc, copper), maintains a healthy weight, provides vitamin C and supports the liver.

I lasted till a very uninspired dinner, being pasta and the last piece of my Broccoli Pastry, but it was also the first time I picked up on a second difference due to my vegetarian week. MY SKIN!

I have quite a healthy skin since I’ve found products which work best for me about a year and a half ago.  Ever since, I haven’t had any major skin issues or any at all, just the normal impurity now and again, but really mostly a happy and healthy skin. Tonight though, my mom told me how my skin looks extra smooth and how it’s radiating a glow. After she mentioned it, I could see what she is talking about, and so I did some research and came upon this small extract from “What Happens To Your Body When You Stop Eating Meat”.

Beauty may only be skin deep, but it reflects how happy our digestive situation is, says Tucker. She claims that plant eaters have a certain glow. “Many find that their acne, rosacea or eczema clears up when they give up meat,” she says, adding that the antioxidants, fiber and minerals in a plant-based diet help the system to detoxify daily, contributing to healthier skin

This week has become more interesting by the day and as it goes along, I am intrigued more and more by different factors playing a role, making me do more research. Even though it’s getting difficult and I might not go to drastic measures as becoming a vegan, what I’m learning throughout this 7 day challenge is definitely worth it.

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