It’s happening again! I have a surge of drive and ambition to get back on track with my eating habits. I have lists of recipes, my kitchen stocked up, time allocated to cook – I’m ready to get back on WSLF again – full time!
Anyway, what’s all this WSLF malarkey about? It’s a way of eating that allows you to:
- eat normal portions of food (no portion control) until you’re full
- lose weight (if you have weight to lose)
- maintain a healthy weight
- clear up your skin
- have more energy
- heal digestive issues
Fundamentally, it is a whole-foods diet, where we eat what nature intended for us to eat: starches, fruits, vegetables, beans, legumes, and some nuts and seeds.
If you’ve been following me for a while you’ll know that I have loads of videos and a few blog posts in which I explain what WSLF is and what food I eat that’s WSLF friendly. I also must direct you to the creators and founders of the WLSF diet: Mr and Mrs Vegan, and Basic Vegan Bitch. An LA vegan couple and sister/sister in law creating the most amazing videos and e-books around the topic of health and wellness. They coined the term WSLF and base the idea on Dr. Mc Dougall’s Starch Solution plan – but there are a few differences which I will get into below. They created the popular facebook group WSLF so people wanting to follow the lifestyle could get and share inspiration for recipes and ask and answer questions about recipes, weight-loss, health etc.
If you want to know why WSLF works definitely head over to Basic Vegan Bitch’s YouTube channel where she has plenty fo Q&A videos with Mr. Vegan and they go into the details. Also you could join the Facebook group and see what people are saying there too.
Points to remember
- WSLF is about filling up on healthy calorically dilute foods, that is, foods that are very filling but also naturally low in calories like vegetables, beans and starches etc.
- It’s about using healthy but more calorically-dense foods like fruits, tofu, seeds and nuts as condiments to your main meals.
- It’s not about restriction – you should be full after every meal.
- Processed foods and animals foods are out of the question – you should be able to tell what is in your food just by looking at it
- Snack on fruit and some healthy home-baked goods
WSLF 3 WAYS
As outlined in Mr and Mrs Vegan’s e-book (definitely recommended), you can adapt WSLF to suit your needs.
If you have a lot of weight to lose, you could take it to the extreme and eat 50% vegetables with every meal, meaning you’d be filling up on vegetables which are very low calorie foods.
Slow & steady weight loss and maintaining health:
On the other hand, if you don’t have that much weight to lose you would also eat large amounts of vegetables but you could also fill up on starches and other WSLF friendly foods. You would try and keep processed and high-fat foods out of the picture, but healthy fats could be enjoyed in small amounts here and there.
Lastly, if you are already lean and healthy and just want to eat healthier, you could be more leniant with WSLF. Eating starches as the base of every meal with lots of veggies and fruits, but you could allow yourself a few more nuts, or maybe a bigger portion of fruit, or even some treats at the weekend. You could be more leniant with things like bread and pasta too.
I personally won’t be taking things to the extreme so I’ll be going for the middle mark – filling up on a combination of veggies and starches, adding greens, spices, herbs and fruits for flavour. Keeping fats very low, avoiding nearly all processed foods, and maintaining it even when in restaurants (that part will be new to me)!
FOODS TO AVOID LIKE THE PLAGUE
Foods cooked in oil (check ingredients)
Anything that comes from an animal (this is a plantbased lifestlye)
Sweets, crisps and chocolate
Buns, cupcakes & traybakes
Pastries & doghnuts
Cakes & tarts
Any processed food – if you can’t tell what’s in it by looking at it then it’s processed
Foods make from white flours (white bread, wraps, white pasta etc.)
Processed soy products (burgers, sausages etc.)
FOODS TO ENJOY SPARINGLY
High fat foods (nut butters, avocados, nuts and seeds)
Sugar and sweeteners (use sparingly to add flavour to treats)
Smoothies & juices
FOODS THAT ARE OK IF YOU DON’T NEED TO LOSE TOO MUCH WEIGHT
FOODS TO EAT AS A COMPLEMENT TO YOUR MAIN MEALS OR AS SNACKS
1 tablespoon of milled flaxseed once a day (the only fat I am recommending because Dr. Greger says so…)
Condiments like ketchup, salsa etc. (try and get low sugar/low oil kind if possible)
Herbs & spices
FOODS TO FILL UP ON
Corn on the cob
Black eyed peas
All the vegetabes under the sun
Greens – lots of greens!
So I hope this post gave you a bit of a better idea as to what WSLF is all about – or what food is considered WSLF. Basically if it’s processed or high-fat – it’s not considered WSLF.
The best thing about this lifestlye is being able to eat until your full. I hate going hungry, and actually I get bad stomach pains if I’m hungry, so I love being able to fill my belly with lots of WSLF friendly foods and not feel paranoid about gaining weight.
I have a few “Meal-Prep” blog posts full of ideas for breakfast, lunch and dinner that you can cook in advance. I also recommend you get the WSLF ebook by Mr and Mrs Vegan. It’s full of healthy WSLF recipe ideas. ALso, join the Facebook group if you’re looking for tips on how to get started, or if you have any questions or need inspiration.
Let me know your thoughts in the comments 🙂