Small Chick Big Deals: So, you mentioned having stomach problems and this was why you switched your eating habits? How were you eating previously and when did your stomach problems begin?
Jordan: Yes, I have suffered from undiagnosed stomach problems since a very young age. My parents say I was even that way as an infant. As a result of continuously feeling nauseous and bloated after eating, I learned to be very careful about what I did and did not put into my mouth. I tried to avoid fried food, oil, red meat, dairy and gluten, but the key word here was TRIED. I wasn’t 100% rigid about it. Then I tried out a plant-based vegan diet after trying a fruit, vegetable and nut cleanse and my stomach problems seemingly disappeared. I latched onto that feeling and decided I was never going to stop “cleansing.”
How did you feel once you switched your diet?
After I switched my diet I felt incredible in the beginning. I lost weight, had tons of energy, felt lighter and more content and didn’t suffer from the stomach problems or migraines I had previously experienced. In the beginning, there were no problems with the diet, and I was extremely rigid about it. No refined sugar, salt, oil, animal products or animal by products, gluten, or soy. I pretty much ate fruits, veggies, nuts and some grains (mainly quinoa)– and after two years of that, my body was begging for more variety.
I saw you workout as well. How often are you able to do that?
Yes, being active is extremely important to me. As a plant-based vegan, I still worked out daily, whether that be power vinyasa yoga, running or conditioning classes at the gym. When I started losing energy because of the lack of nutrients in my body, I knew it was time I needed to switch up my diet. I couldn’t possibly sacrifice my workouts! That is not a balanced life.
Are there days you just don’t feel like heading to the gym? If so, how do you stay motivated?
Yes, of course. There are days I feel tired and rundown and there are days where I find it hard to motivate myself to get there. There are also days (like today) that I get super wrapped up in my work and feel torn between going to the gym, which I know will make me feel amazing, and continuing working, which is also important and productive. I stay motivated because I know how great working out makes me feel. Exercise is such an amazing emotional and physical relief. Without it, my body doesn’t feel right and I don’t even sleep as well. When I feel sluggish or tired, I usually know the gym will make me feel a lot better. That being said, when I feel TOO tired I also listen to my body. It’s always important to make sure you don’t push yourself too hard.
What are some of your go-to recipes you eat?
I love wild salmon with quinoa and roasted veggies. I have a great Chili Lime Salmon recipe on my blog! I LOVE my raw vegan peanut butter cup recipe. And every morning, I tend to have some variation of oatmeal because I love it so much. I also eat a lot of eggs!
Do you ever eat out? If so, where do you go?