The problem with ‘what I eat in a day’ posts are that they are often unrealistic, extremely healthy and require meticulous preparation in the kitchen.
However, as a student and a vegan living in China my food choices are slightly more limited. Not to mention the dingy, dark kitchen/bathroom situation we have going on which has made me very reluctant to cook for myself! Gone are the days where I’ll eat overnight coconut oats with berries for breakfast and falafel burgers (cue scenes from Oliver Twist).
However, this post is just one example of what I happened to be eating yesterday. It goes without saying but my intake varies depending on how hungry I am. I do not count calories nor restrict myself.
You might have noticed that ‘breakfast’ is absent from this post. And that is because I have been experimenting with intermittent fasting in which I ‘fast’ from around 7.30/8.00pm-11.45-12.00pm the following day. I initially started doing this partly out of routine (due to my gym only opening at 9.00 a.m) but soon read into the great health benefits. Known as the ‘LeanGains’ fasting approach it usually consists of a 16 hour fast and an 8 hour window of eating (there is no calorie restriction).
It helps to increase the levels of growth hormone (great for fat loss and muscle gain), gives your body a longer period of time to initiate cellular repair processes and improves insulin sensitivity.
For my ‘break-fast’ meal I tend to have rice, tofu and two vegtable side dishes. This ensures that I am getting a nice healthy balance of macros (proportion of carbs, protein and fats).
Around 3ish I tend to have some fruit- normally 2/3 portions of fruit. I might have this with an iced tea/coffee and some bread if I am particularly hungry. The good thing about living on campus is that there is a large variety of fruits and vegtables and all are relatively cheap!
My dinner tends to vary but normally I’ll have kimchi fried rice (minus the egg), a noodle dish or sushi. I was not very hungry during this day so I kept my dinner fairly light with sushi, a tofu bun and some fruit. I also make sure to drink 2 litres of water a day.
So, that’s really how I’ve been eating vegan in China lately! It tends to vary and my meals are slightly different to the normal breakfast/lunch/dinner format. I might eat more fats one day or more carbs the next but I do like to ensure that I (roughly) hit my macros.
Thanks for reading!
P.S. Stay tuned for a vegan junk food in China post!