- Count your green containers as a minimum and not a maximum. So many people who are used to eating a whole foods plant based (WFPB) diet freak out when they see they can "only" have 3-6 greens a day. Let's face it, you're not going to get fat from eating kale or spinach, so if you want to add a couple extra green containers in, then I say go for it!
- Increase to the next calorie bracket if you feel you need it. When following the 21-Day Fix meal plan as a vegan, you're going to be eating less calories than if you were following it as an omnivore, so if you're feeling hungry or like you need more food, then I suggest bumping up one (or even two!) calorie levels for the entire 21 days, or even day by day as needed.
Q: What can vegans count as a red container?
A: I frequently substitute beans, lentils, seitan and tempeh for my red containers. They won't have the same macro counts, but you'll still get great results and won't be stuck eating tofu and protein powders for 21 days.
Q: Can you do the 21-Day Fix as a vegan and soy free?
A: Yes, but it will take a little more planning. You can use beans, lentils, seitan, Shakeology and non-soy protein powders for your red containers.
Q: If I use beans, lentils or seitan as a red container, do I measure it in the yellow container or the red container?
A: Because your calories are already going to be lower while doing the 21-Day Fix as a vegan, I recommend measuring them in a red container so you don't drop your calories even lower.
Q: Can vegan Boca burgers be used as a red container?
A: Yes, 2 vegan Boca burgers count as 1 red container.
Q: Can I use nutritional yeast on the 21-Day Fix? And if so, what do I count it as?
A: Yep! You can use it! If you just sprinkle it on your food, then you don't need to count it. If you're using a lot (say for a recipe) then you'd count it as a red container.
Q: Do I have to eat all of my containers?
A: Yes! Please follow the plan. :) Don't believe me? Just check out what Autumn has to say about it in the video below:
- Eat simply. -Rebecca
- Don't be afraid to modify the workout moves! -Carey
- Just. Do. It. 3 weeks. It passes. And it gets easier! / And - if it is hard or too sore or confusing in any way, ask questions! Don't let anything stop you for 3 little weeks. -Cheryl
- Pre plan using the containers and pop the food into reg tuperware or baggies ! I go through each meal in my head to make sure I have something prepped! -Ali
- Don't be afraid to up your calorie bracket if you are doing more than just the fix workouts! And listen to your body - some days you may need to swap a red for a yellow, etc. -Kat
- Keep it simple, no crazy recipes. FOLLOW THE PLAN. Exercise even if you're sore. Eat the same things in your first round, again keeping it simple. FOLLOW THE PLAN ;) -Kristen
- Plan out your meals for a week according to the containers. -Jaime
- Plan your workouts for the same time everyday, and make it a time when you will not be interrupted. -Allesson
- If you find yourself dragging to complete workouts on Monday/Friday just due to the day of the week and moving into the weekend, start with Yoga on Monday which will have Pilates fall on Friday (just makes it a bit easier ;) ) -Stephanie
- Don't over think it...and listen to your coach! Or Autumn. Eat all of your containers every day and trust the process. -Nicolette
- Prepare ahead of time. Have a plan and follow it especially if you are eating somewhere other than home..plan ahead! -Sarah
- Don't give up just because the workouts are hard when you start. Like Autumn says, it doesn't get easier, you get better! -Shelly
- Start meal planning with dinner since it can be most overwhelming. Then lunch, breakfast, and snacks fill in much easier. -Ashley
If you've been thinking about doing the 21-Day Fix, whether you're vegan or not, please message me, I'd love to help you!