What Taran Eats in a Day
At about two months into Taran's journey, she started intermittent fasting. "I didn't start this for all the health benefits that are floating around the internet, but rather as a window for eating to assist with my BED," Taran said. She also enjoys exercising first thing in the morning and prefers working out on an empty stomach.
"My meals vary daily, and I eat all sorts of amazing meals," Taran said. She cooks primarily out of the three Thug Kitchen cookbooks for lunch and dinner, and also uses her own recipes or ones she finds from plant-based Instagram accounts. "I never feel deprived and if I crave something, I'll eat it if it fits within my calorie goal," Taran said.
She normally breaks her fast at 11:30 a.m. Here's an example of a day of eating:
11:30 a.m. almond milk protein shake (chocolate banana from Costco): 120 calories, 3.5 grams fat, 12 grams carbs, 10 grams protein
12:30 p.m. vegetable pad Thai with tofu: 408 calories, 9.1 grams fat, 74 grams carbs, 17 grams protein
3 p.m. Cinnamon Oat Kind Bar with one tablespoon peanut butter: 235 calories, 12.5 grams fat, 28 grams carbs, 5 grams protein
5:45 p.m. buffalo soy curls on toasted bread with carrots, celery, and homemade ranch: 592 calories, 28.8 grams fat, 58.7 grams carbs, 3 grams protein
7:15 p.m. (eating window closes at 7:30 p.m.) frozen strawberries, bananas, blueberries, and cranberries blended with soy milk and PB powder for a smoothie bowl: 330 calories, 5.5 grams fat, 54 grams carbs, 15 grams protein
Total: 1,685 calories, 59.4 grams fat, 226.7 grams carbs, 70.8 grams protein
"Losing weight does not have to be about giving up all your favorite meals! Learning about calories and nutrition and re-working your favorites in order to make them healthier is easy and worth it," Taran said.