Day 7: A Week in the Life of a Plant-Based Diet

Day 7

ENERGY! I have ENERGY again! There is some good and bad with that. There is something about being sick that is somewhat of a release. When I’m sick I can let go, completely relax and not care about all the little things I normally care about. It’s my time to be completely selfish and think about just ME and NOT feel guilty about it. 🙂

After a talk I had with my sister 2 days ago, we both realized that we take on too much! We try to do it all, “perfectly” and just end up running ourselves into the ground in the process. My other sister is the same way – it’s in our genes – we all do it! THANKS PARENTS!

Anyway, I need to try to overcome that.

The good news is, I was able to get out and run 3 easy-effort miles today, and I did it without coughing or trouble breathing (which was my fear)! I am confident I will still be able to participate in the marathon on Saturday. YAY!!!! I can’t wait. I’m very excited!

Today was a VERY busy day so my food was a bit whacky. Way to end this week-long journal on a high note!

Pre-Breakfast (religiously, every single morning)

Per usual I had my Green Machine by Naked Juice, to ingest all my vitamins and supplements, and of course I took my Barlean’s Omega Vegan Swirl  3-6-9 supplement – same as Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4,  Day 5 AND Day 6 ~ 200 calories, 38 carbs, 5 g fat, 2 g protein


I took a cue from yesterday’s breakfast smoothie and recreated the same concoction – only without any blueberries (cause I ate them all) and I’m pretty sure more garlic. W O W. Today’s was NOT as good as yesterday!! (I let Dan have a sip and he literally ran out of our home office, into the kitchen to grab something, ANYTHING else to put in his mouth. Luckily, he found a cookie. 🙂 It looks pretty though, right? ~ 386 calories, 100 carbs, 0 fat, 10 g protein



Now, this doesn’t really qualify as “lunch”, but, it had to make due. I was running late for an appointment and coming out of another one and I knew we would have an amazing and HUGE linner (not lunch, not dinner) once I got home from my appointment. 🙂 Prunes with reduced fat coconut shreds. YUM. ~118 calories, 27 carbs, 2 g fat, 1 g protein



The amazing dinner! Take out food from one of our favorite local vegan restaurants. This “salad” was huge!!! Normally I save half for later, but today I was too hungry to do that. I ate 85% of it and then decided to let Dan have the rest… since he asked. 🙂 This Blue Corn Taco Salad contains quinoa, black beans, walnut meat, blue corn chips, Daiya cheese, pico de gallo and some mixed greens buried underneath it all. The nutrition is estimated of course, and seriously it probably is this high, simply because these were all calorie dense foods (quinoa, beans, walnuts). ~ 1,183 calories, 126 carbs, 58 g fat, 35 g protein

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As if I didn’t eat enough today, I decided to eat the other half of my banana from breakfast… after all, Dan DID make up a FRESH batch of peanut butter!! ~ 124 calories, 16 carbs, 6 g fat, 4 g protein

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Besides, I need to start packing in the extra calories to stock up for the marathon! Right? 🙂

For my last day, the grand totals are:
Calories = 2,011
Carbs = 307 g
Fat = 71 g
Protein = 52 g

One last thing before I tie up this weekly food diary. I wanted to share what I feel is important information regarding protein. Being a vegetarian for almost 16 years and recently becoming 99% vegan – the #1 question I still get asked is, “Where do you get your protein?” Without going into my own personal frustrations with that question, I think sharing this well-written and educational post is much more relevant to spreading proper knowledge. It is a post from a fellow blogger, who liked my Day 6 post. It talks about the scientific differences between animal and vegetable based protein. It just states the facts and is not slanted one way or another, which I really appreciate! Thank you jennovafoodblog!

I hope those of you that have followed along from Day 1 have enjoyed the journey! Did you eat your plants today? 🙂


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4 Responses to Day 7: A Week in the Life of a Plant-Based Diet

  1. dgreenie2001 says:

    That smoothie was like eating a clove of garlic straight. But HEY that’s what you need to fight a cold!

  2. Kyla says:

    I don’t want this to end!! I love reading this, your sideshows….everything!! :-).

  3. Daisy says:

    i just seen you on tv making your chili,& i am going to try this!! you are a inspiration for someone like me who is trying to become a vegan,ive been doing this plant based diet for a week now and i love it…i just now tried using nutritonal yeast and i love that also…my only downfall is my husband eats meat and everything so i have to cook and its just for one person so thats gonna be tough but im liking this so far!!!

    • Daisy, that is so great to hear that you are enjoying your first week on the plant-based diet! I guess the one positive about cooking for just yourself is that you will have leftovers, which means less cooking? Maybe? 🙂 Best of luck on your journey. Personally I love it and have never felt better.