What I Learned From Eating One Meal a Day For 28 Days

What I Learned From Eating One Meal a Day For 28 Days

From the beginning of April 2019, I’ve been experimenting with eating just one meal a day, also known as the OMAD diet.

I stumbled across the OMAD diet a few years ago after researching optimum vegan diets that increase longevity and weight loss. After getting lost in a YouTube session, I came across this vegan strongman who appeared to be living in the middle of nowhere committed to powerlifting and eating one sizeable plant-based meal each day.

I was inspired to try OMAD, but like many of us, I procrastinated to prioritise my health because I had too much work on at the time.

But after quitting my full-time job to go all-in on The Minimalist Vegan, I found myself with more bandwidth to focus on my health. In addition to eating one meal a day, I started doing light resistance exercise, increased my average sleep and started a regular practice of stretching. I’m no longer running on adrenals and feel more rested and relaxed.

It’s amazing what lightening your load on commitments can do to for your health!

But out of all of the new healthy habits, OMAD was the most impactful by far. And in this post, I’m going to share what I’ve learned through my month-long experiment. [continue reading…]

5-Ingredient Chunky Avocado Dip

5-Ingredient Chunky Avocado Dip

Like most vegans, I have a thing for avocados. I find them so versatile. They can go in a salad (which is my fave way of having them), in a dip, on toast, in a burrito, on top of nachos, in Buddha bowls or in sushi. One way I don’t like to have avocado is warmed up. Like as a pizza topping or in a toastie. I don’t know why I think it tastes weird. Anyone else feels like this?

Since we re-did the archives page of recipes, I’ve been looking at the categories I don’t have many recipes in. Snacks were definitely one of them. I seem to overlook those super-easy, throw together recipes. But sometimes it’s nice to create something simple that people would use on a regular basis and haven’t made at home before. [continue reading…]

Intermittent Fasting, Working From Home, Clearing Debt and More!

We share some updates on what is happening behind the scenes with The Minimalist Vegan as well as our personal lives.

Since going full-time with The Minimalist Vegan, we’ve done a lot. We reflect on what its been like and what we’ve learned. The topics that we discuss range from how full-time self-employment feels like, Michael’s experience and experiment with intermittent fasting, paying off our debt, some much-needed updates to our website, our new course website, and lucky last, reflecting on how the podcast is going. [continue reading…]

Is It Okay For Vegans To Eat Eggs From Backyard Chickens?

The inspiration for this article came to me after a conversation I had with a friend who recently became vegan, whoo! It’s also very fitting to talk about eggs during Easter. 

She listened to our podcast and was inspired by our vegan origin story. She went on to watch Earthlings and became vegan after she made the connection between her consumption behaviour and the exploitation of animals.

It was surreal to hear her journey. However, there was just one little tiny detail that was interesting to me. She said that she was vegan, BUT still eats eggs from her aunt’s backyard chickens. So I guess she would be considered what they now call a “veggan?” [continue reading…]

Sun-Dried Tomato Hummus Toast with Asparagus

Sun-Dried Tomato Hummus Toast with Asparagus

Want a quick, lazy breakfast for the weekend and feel like devouring something savoury? This sun-dried tomato hummus toast with asparagus will certainly hit the spot!

I know I’m not the only one that feels this way when I say that most mornings I have no clue what I want to eat. Some days the thought of porridge makes me want to gag, but other mornings that’s what I’m craving. I find that I have a super sensitive gut and need to be careful about what I eat first thing. [continue reading…]

Why We Decided To Not Have Children – Episode 010

Why We Decided Not To Have Children - Episode 010

Based on one of our most commented blog post that was written just under a year ago, we talk about the decision we’ve made not to have children.

Now, this decision didn’t just happen overnight and certainly wasn’t one that we took lightly, however, the further we go on this journey of life, the more certain we are that we don’t want children.

We discuss the way that we used to talk about having children one day many years ago, how we used to view people that didn’t want to have children and talk about the many reasons we have decided not to have children. [continue reading…]

Is Your Clutter Putting a Burden On Your Parents?

Is Your Clutter Putting a Burden On Your Parents?

I had an incredibly fortunate upbringing.

My parents weren’t wealthy by any means, but we weren’t poor either. I never had to worry about food, shelter, love, stability.

Beyond that, I basically lived in one house from 5 years old till I left home at 22. That’s 17 years in the same house, same suburb, same friends, same local shops, same basketball hoops.

I know every corner of our family home. And it feels like I have a lifetime of experiences and memories associated with that place. It’s where I had first birthday parties, sleepovers, where I learned to rollerblade, scooter, it’s where I played UNO with my late father, it’s where we argued as a family, fought over who was going to use the shower, Christmas lunches, introduced Maša to the family, you get the picture. [continue reading…]

Rose and Pistachio Rice Pudding

Rose and Pistachio Rice Pudding

There’s something really comforting about eating desserts out of a cup, mug, glass or small bowl. Especially when they’re creamy, soft, and not too overpowering in flavour, this is what this rose, and pistachio rice pudding offers. With the added pistachio crunch on top, you can enjoy it for breakfast, dessert or even a snack.

The best part is that you can make a batch and keep it in the fridge. You can pack it for an afternoon snack or treat for work, school or road trip. I can’t believe it has taken me so long to start experimenting with rice puddings! [continue reading…]

Thoughts On Preachy Vegans – Episode 009

THOUGHTS ON PREACHY VEGANS

So you’ve recently become vegan, and you’re pissed, upset, disgusted. In other words, you have a case of Vystopia. The emotions you feel are overwhelming, and you can’t help but tell people who are not vegan what’s happening.

You do it on social media. You do it in person. Hey, you may even do it in public.

But is this approach of communication effective in trying to get people to be more open and compassionate?

That’s what we explore in this conversation. The dynamic of communicating the vegan message versus being passive and discrete. We call them the ‘push’ and the ‘pull’ approach. [continue reading…]

Get To Plate Zero

Dear younger Michael,

Finish your damn food!

And before you respond, I don’t want to hear your weak-ass excuses.

I’ve heard it all before.

You were served too much food, or you didn’t expect the meal to be so filling.

You don’t like the taste of what’s in front of you.

The waiter got your order wrong.

Whatever the reason, it’s still not good enough. [continue reading…]

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