Most Vegatopians don’t just read about nutrition and fitness—they live and breathe a healthy lifestyle. But that doesn’t mean we’re all nutrition angels (or police, depending on how you look at it). Almost all of us can identify with at least one out of our four eating profiles—Breakfast Skipper, Weekend Splurger, Number Cruncher, and Serial Snacker. Here’s how four Vegatopians defeat their dietary kryptonite.
Fitting it all in—even breakfast
Mornings are the busiest time of day for Amelia Thorn on our Trade team. Her goal is to fit in a work out before commuting to her desk by 7 AM. Since college, breakfast has been pushed off the table, replaced by coffee and ignored hunger cues. While training for several half and full marathons in 2014, she’s found the need for a little bit more energy. “In the last month I’ve been having Vega One Chocolate chia pudding at 8 AM. I’m able to pull through lunch with a little more energy—there’s no hitting a wall at 10 AM. I might be addicted to this whole breakfast thing now.” Now that’s an addiction we can firmly support.
Weekends mean friends, food and drinks, but Saturday and Sunday don’t have to be a complete 180° from your healthy weekday routine. Self-professed Weekend Splurgers Alex Mach and Sarah Skalzub refuse to skip the party—they just know how to party smarter by recovering faster. So he doesn’t need a weekend to recover from his weekend, Alex has added fresh juices to his Sunday routine. “I bought a juicer and I make sure to juice every Saturday and Sunday morning. My staples are ginger (full two to three teaspoons), apple, carrot, beets, and greens (kale and cucumber).” That way he can go back to supervising Vega’s Inside Sales on Monday fully recharged.
Eating out on the weekends with friends is non-negotiable for registered holistic nutritionist and Vega Educator, Sarah. Whenever possible, she takes charge of ordering shared appetizers and dishes, so everyone can feel good about what they’re going to snack on. “After a night out on the town, I make a smoothie with a ton of greens to feel my best. This is a fridge-emptying smoothie. I dump all greens (even broccoli!), lemon, ginger, and fruit in my blender. The greener, the better.”
Always ready for a snack attack
Kellie Nelles is “a Serial Snacker—hands down. I bring snacks everywhere.” Since her days involve a lot of time on the road as our Sales Merchandising Team Lead, you can find in her a purse a mix of plant-based snacks. She’s currently munching on coconut chips and trail mix (Lots of heart-healthy nuts, dark chocolate, and superfoods like goji berries and mulberries). If you ever shred the mountain on a snowboard with her you may even find sugar snap peas in her pocket—they’re a surprisingly, refreshing crunch mid-run.
Stay tuned next week for four more tips from Vegatopians.