Vegan Bytes #46: The Best Way I Know to Lose Weight as a Vegan

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In this issue...

*Vegan Thoughts: Dieting to Live Up to Resolutions
*Nutritional Spotlight: The Natural Percocet: Bananas
*Question: "How do I get rid of stubborn belly fat?"
*Vegan Ebooks Collection: My Favorite Meal Plans and Recipes
*Recipe of the Month: Omni-proof Vegan Pancakes
*What's New?: What's New With Vegan Nutritionista?

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Time to Lose Weight As a Vegan?

Now that we've past the season of soy nogs and gingerbread men, tis the season to start New Year's resolutions and get in shape. It's an exciting time of year for food websites because people start coming in droves, trying to find the best way to lose weight, and the easiest meals to make that won't pack on the pounds.

Anything that brings people to check out a plant-based lifestyle is okay by me, but I worry about how many people set themselves up for disaster by setting and breaking New Year's resolutions every year.

I believe in a more sustainable vegan weight loss plan; not as much of a diet as a lifestyle change.

Making a complete lifestyle change rather than settling for another diet is the best way to treat illnesses you already have, prevent them from developing in the future, and keep your weight healthy and balanced.

If you're new to veganism, I hope that you find comfort in knowing that you are in control of your health and you don't need to rely on medicine to treat symptoms. If you're a veteran, keep sharing with others and increasing their understanding of healthy food. Helping even one person can make a huge difference in the world, and for that person.


Natural Percocet: Bananas

health benefits of bananas

I have a fervent love for bananas, and I was thrilled when I did research for this month's nutritional spotlight and saw that there are many legitimate health benefits of bananas.

Did you know that bananas have tryptophan in them, which helps to keep you relaxed and balance your emotions? They're also packed with nutrients and can provide up to 40% of your daily needs of a few vitamins.

Have you worried about eating bananas too often because you think they're fattening? Read the whole story to find out.


Question: "How do I lose belly fat as a vegan?"



I'd like to lose weight mostly because my stomach area is too big, and I'd like to reduce breast size. I am way too big for my body size and I am uncomfortable. I hear that losing weight can help that, and although I look relatively thin, those areas are not, and I wonder if there is a way to lose weight. I am not a total vegetarian; I eat fish, dairy and eggs. Sometimes I feel better eating some animal protein, even though I am philosophically opposed to eating it.


Hi Monique,

I totally empathize with you and understand where you're coming from. I think most women worry a bit about our stomachs and belly fat, and it can be a tough area to target and tighten.

Read the rest of my response to Monique about great ways to lose belly fat as a vegan.


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Vegan Nutritionista Downloadable EBooks

Vegan Meal Plans for Fall/Winter

Vegan Meal Plans is a complete meal plan for one month vegan weekday dinners. It includes 64 recipes, pictures, nutritional information, grocery lists, and tips and techniques. Everyone from those beginning a vegan diet to those veterans who want fresh menu ideas love this ebook. It focuses on fresh, local, and seasonal vegetables and uses all normal ingredients-- no fussy or gourmet skills needed. Download a copy for only $9.75 here.

To get Vegan Meal Plans for Fall and Winter on Amazon for $9.99, click here.

It's also available on iTunes here for $9.99.

The Vegan Bread Box: 30 Simple and Delicious Vegan Bread Recipes

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This is one of our most popular cookbooks. I've found it really difficult to find a vegan bread cookbook on the internet; there are tons of recipes out there, but they're scattered all over different sites and you never know which ones are good. This book has everything from an eggless brioche to a classic whole wheat boule recipe, so you'll never have to go scrounging the internet again. I'm so happy people have gotten so much out of this ebook.

Learn more about the bread baking tip that's almost too easy here or download your copy for only $7.95 now.

Get iPad/Kindle/Kobo/Reader Formatted Bread Recipes for only $7.99!

To buy The Vegan Bread Box on Amazon,click here.

Or, to buy the The Vegan Bread Box on iTunes, click here.

Vegan Christmas Cookies: 20 Best Vegan Cookie Recipes

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We're past the traditional time of year to bake cookies, but you can still enjoy the cookie fun with this ebook. I've been baking my entire life, and I've been veganizing family recipes and making my own for years. In this ebook you'll find all your old favorites, like Chocolate Crinkle Cookies, Thumbprints, Linzers, Peanut Butter with Chocolate Bombs, Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Balls, Gingerbread, and of course, Vegan Sugar Cookies.

Read more about the book on the Vegan Christmas Cookies page, or if you already know you have to have it, get your copy now for only $7.95.

Cut the Cheese: Quit Your Cheese Addiction to Transform Your Life

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There is no one particular book on quitting cheese available in stores, and not many people are aware of the physically addictive qualities to dairy cheese. Instead of being sick and fat, you can give up cheese and feel light and free. This ebook also has the very best vegan cheese recipes, so you don't have to eat packaged versions that don't taste quite right anymore.

These recipes are flavor/texture/instruction-tested and approved! Download your copy now for only $9.75.

NEW!!! iPad and Kindle Formatted Cheese Recipes for only $9.99!

Have an iPad? Get Cut the Cheese on iTunes here.

Using a Kindle? Get Cut the Cheese on Amazon here.

Vegan Meal Plans for Spring/Summer

Buy Vegan Meal Plans for Spring and Summer Ebook
The spring meal plan book is available and is getting great reviews! It focuses on seasonal spring vegetables like kale, lettuce, carrots, peas, strawberries, tomatoes, peppers, and more! Just like in the original Vegan Nutritionista meal plans, the menus include 66 recipes for full dinners for 4 work weeks complete with nutritional information, tips, and many pictures. No repeats! Get your Vegan Meal Plan for Spring/Summer, now for just $9.75.

Just the Menus Ebook Package Deal

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Just the Menus Ebook Package allows you to have both Vegan Nutritionista meal plans, one for the fall/winter and one for the spring/summer at a discounted rate. Download your copy for only $16.99 here.

Menus and Cookbooks Ebook Package Deal

Menus and Cookbooks Package

Menus and Cookbooks Ebook Package allows you to have both Vegan Nutritionista Meal Plans, one for the fall/winter and one for the spring/summer at a discounted rate, as well as The Vegan Bread Box and Cut the Cheese. Download your copy for only $27.99 here.

Vegan Grocery List

This massive, complete vegan grocery list is the only one you'll ever need. Print out copies of it to hang on your fridge, and then mark what you need as you go throughout the week. Download a copy for only $0.99.

Entire Collection of Ebooks Deal:

Complete Vegan Nutritionista Package

Get Cut the Cheese, The Vegan Bread Box, A Fresh New Vegan You, Vegan Meal Plans and Vegan Meal Plans for Spring with a free copy of the massive Vegan Grocery List for only $54.95. Save more than 15%! Download this package here. *Note: this does not include Soak, Rinse, Boil! because you get it within A Fresh New Vegan You.


Recipe of the Month: Omni-Friendly Vegan Pancakes

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When I have guests in town, I feel like I need to make food that's really easy to translate from the non-vegan world to mine so they can see how user-friendly and likable vegan food can be. It's often better to ease into these things than to ram them with my typical "extremely healthy and sometimes scary" food that might push people away.

In an effort to draw people to the light, I use things like this vegan pancake recipe that cannot be distinguished from a non-vegan pancake recipe.

Every time I serve it, omnis ask for the recipe, and I can't help but think that I'm spreading a bit of veganism a bit at a time. After all, if they start making this instead of their regular buttermilk pancakes, we're helping chickens, cows, and my friends' cardiovascular systems.

You can healthify it very simply by just changing the types of ingredients you add in place of flours, oils, and sugar. I hope you like it!


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That's all for this month!! I hope you enjoyed reading it. Have a great month!


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