I made it! I survived! I just ate my last dinner of my 5-day trial (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) of Sakara Life. To follow up my last post, I would like to make the next five posts visually heavy but text light. So, here is a list of my biggest takeaways from this personal eating experiment (followed up by a vegan’s food porn).
1) I can survive without animal meat/fish/eggs. This was a biggie for me. I workout 6/7 days of the week rotating between conditioning, HIIT, boxing, barre, yoga, cardio kickboxing… you get the idea. I’m very active and a big believer in the “protein 30 minutes after working out” rule. Also, I generally like to start my mornings with eggs or a protein shake. Sakara is pretty much vegan (even though they don’t state it outright and they do use honey in some dressings). I am aware that it is possible for vegans to get adequate protein, I just thought it involved eating buckets of lentils and beans. Apparently, Sakara founders have figured out how to pack a lot of protein into their meals using a variety of ingredients, such as seeds/nuts (hemp, cashews, almonds), grains (millet, quinoa, rice), vegetables (broccoli, kale, spinach), etc. I didn’t once feel tired (I’m on the cusp of anemia), weak, or un-satisfied during this week.
2)I don’t really need to snack. Sakara’s 3 daily meals are designed to provide an adequate amount of calories and nutrients. They believe that in between meals, your body should focus on restoring and digesting and that no food should be consumed. Besides a few bites of pasta and some carrots and hummus, I pretty much stuck to this rule. I’m one of those people that never feels truly hungry because I’m always eating. It was actually nice to really get hungry and then sit down to an incredibly satisfying meal.
3) Chewing is the biggest takeaway. Because I was only getting those three meals, I really tried to sit down and eat. And only eat. No texting, homework, talking, standing, walking… just sitting and chewing and tasting. Not only did my digestion improve, but I actually recognized when I started feeling (which was sometimes BEFORE I was finished eating [gasp!]).
4) Convenience. As you’ll see below, I rarely had an instance where I wasn’t eating the meals straight from their containers. I work two different jobs and take classes in the evenings. Not having to prepare food, but knowing that what I would be eating everyday was going to be nutrient dense, satisfying, and delicious, was a big plus.
5) Variety. I have never eaten such a range of different vegetable-based foods in one week in my life. My diet before was 90% Sweetgreen, protein shakes, and nuts, and 10% almond milk cappuccinos, pasta, and salmon. (I’m not joking.) This past week, I had a veggie burger for the first time (and didn’t hate it- it was actually delicious and pared with cashew cheese), udon noodles, roasted turnips, wild rice curry, chocolate muffins, chocolate granola, vegan “grilled cheese,” the list goes on… see below for day 1!