How To Find The Perfect Job Fit As A Veteran

Just A Veteran Trying To Find The Right Job Fit

As a vet who’s held six jobs since I separated from the Air Force in 2012, all of which were in different fields, I can honestly say I have a good feel for what is considered being satisfied with what you do for a living. My positions ranged from a Ramp Agent at Piedmont Airlines (Transportation Industry) to a Client Advocate for Freedom Debt Relief (Financial Industry). I’ve been paid minimum and I’ve been paid some pretty hefty bucks. There were some great bosses and supervision, and there were some I felt weren’t worth the stress of working for (harsh, but true). With that being said, here is a list of things you should heavily consider as a veteran when trying to find the right job fit.

Discover Your Passion(s)

I want to stress this isn’t the same thing as discovering what you’re good at. For example, I’m really good at empathizing with my customers and clients, but that strong soft skill didn’t equate to personal happiness at my job at Freedom Debt Relief. Although great at connecting with people and de-escalating problems, the stress of overbearing, irate clients on the phone worried about being sued by their creditor was too much. It was enough to have me seeking a something different despite the excellent pay and great leadership the company provided.

Instead, focus on things you truly enjoy doing, whether you’re good at it or not. If you’re fascinated by crime scene investigations, law and order, and the criminal justice system in general, try looking for employment as a security guard (in-house or contract). Maybe while doing that, use your resources to search for schools or programs that give you some training in law enforcement to further advance in your passion and goals. Many of these programs accept your G.I. Bill.

As an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, I enjoy being around fruits and vegetables. I like to learn about the different kinds of a single type, where in the world it’s grown, whether or not it’s organic, how it was grown, and all that good stuff. I even enjoy simply being around the vibrant colors of fruits and vegetables. For all of these reasons, I sought employment handling fruits and vegetables in some form or fashion.

Best Job Fit For Veterans Produce Clerk
My baby (the vegetable wet rack). The fruit tables look even better.

I’m very blessed to say I now work as a Produce Clerk at my local Safeway while simultaneously building up my Holistic Health coaching business. Although I don’t get paid as much as I did at my previous place of employment (Freedom Debt Relief), the work itself is not nearly as stressful. I get a full night’s sleep, feel energetic and enthusiastic during the day, and come to work genuinely happy and ready to display some well-culled, scrumptious-looking fruits and vegetables for my customers.

Once you get a feel of exactly what it is you enjoy doing and separate that from what you’re good at doing, from there you can begin researching jobs related to that.

Find A List Of Places Hiring Veterans

Luckily for you, I’ve already done most of your homework! Provided in this link is my favorite list to go to when I feel it’s time to move forward in my professional career. You wouldn’t believe the amount of companies actively seeking veterans like yourself to be a part of their team. Even better, you wouldn’t believe just how much of an impact your veteran status on your resume has on almost any employer. For example, even if the skills you used for your military job don’t directly correlate to the position you’re applying for, employers still see military experience as leadership experience. They also immediately know they’re getting someone with discipline and a self-starter attitude.

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Veterans Jobs Mission. Literally hundreds of companies looking for YOU!


Be Open To Change

The most important thing I want you to get from this article is that you have to be open to change. As a young service member fresh out of the military, you have the world at your fingertips. My articles and services are mostly geared towards my specific clients (single newly transitioning veterans) but this tip applies to everybody.

We may not be able to see it right now, especially during a time of transition and such a life-changing decision as separation from the military, but a lifetime is a loooong time. Take advantage of that. Use this newfound freedom to truly discover yourself and what you would like to do for 8-10 hours out of your day that you would actually enjoy. Even if you initially get it wrong (remember, I’ve had SIX different jobs in SIX different fields since separation!), keep that resume sharp and up-to-date, always add to it and never rule out moving on to bigger and better things!

Part of my Health Coaching service is 1-on-1 resume-building sessions focused on structure and what employers look for, so always feel free to reach out to me at provided in the last paragraph for any questions!

Find The Right Job Fit For You!

Even when it seems like you may have made a mistake by separating from the military or feel like you’ll never find your calling in the civilian world, the key is to never lose sight of what you genuinely enjoy. Even if that means working a job you’re unhappy with for a few months while you plan your next move, try doing something related to what you want to do. For instance, you could always read up on a job or position to prepare for it or even volunteer to get yourself some free experience. No matter what you choose to do, remember that no decision is permanent in regard to your future and the rest of your life!

For more information regarding my Veteran Holistic Health Coaching services, please email me at In the meantime, look for more articles like this on my site here on!

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What Prayer Means To This Soul

What Prayer Means To This Soul

Prayer is an amazing thing. First thing’s first, I’m not a religious man. After a series of events in life, I decided that I will never pray for myself again. I felt that no matter what happened in life, no matter how much you prayed, it was going to happen anyway. All of the negativity, the violence, the injustice, personal life crap, no matter how much I prayed, I realized it was only going to continue to happen as if I didn’t pray at all.

When I first stopped praying for myself, I’ll admit, that it was out of selfishness and resentment; I was tired of being let down. As I started to internalize this, I realized how selfish I was being; who the hell am I to think the Creator is just going to stop working life and the universe just soothe my problems, my bitching and my complaints? My goodness, what a victim. This was when I began to realize that the Creator’s purpose is not to answer my prayers the way that I want him to and cater to me, but to keep the energy and the flow of life going. I can either contribute positive energy and flow into the world or wallow in pity and let the negative energy of the world consume me rather than BE the positive, the light, that I was praying for.
For this reason, I never pray for myself. I only pray for others.

Life is about energy, not personal needs.
Life is about energy, not personal needs.

At the times you need something, anything, during times of stress or despair, is when the Spirit seems to lift you. Someone sending prayers your way, no matter your spirituality, sends such good vibes and energy towards you; it reassures you that you aren’t alone and that other souls care. Even when you’ve given up, the Spirit speaks to you through the prayer of others.

No matter what my situation is, no matter how much danger I’m in, distress, or if I’m just being selfish and wanting something I don’t need, I never pray for it. Ever. If I want it, I’ll plan, envision, then get my ass out there and get it rather than praying for it, then point bitterness towards the wrong entities when I don’t get my way. That’s not how the Creator operates. If I’m in a stressful or dangerous situation, I know that others are always praying for me, so there’s no need to ask for it. FAITH I do believe that is called.

The more I internalized my prayer and made it about me, no matter if I needed it or not, the more selfish I realized that was. When that prayer is received from others, sent outwardly, it carries a different meaning. It’s your Spirit, no matter what you may believe, giving you what you need. When that prayer comes in abundance or at the most unexpected times, when you needed it most, it shows you that you are not alone in your struggles in life. I’m not a religious man, but prayer takes on a whole new meaning to me.

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Defining Physical Fitness: A Broader Explanation

So What Is Physical Fitness Exactly?

You can describe physical fitness in many ways. It doesn’t have to be intense, strenuous two-hour workouts, but the activity should raise your heart rate. Physical fitness is described as a state of overall healthy well-being, both physically and mentally. Although that’s the technical definition, it can be anything to each of us. We can make being physically fit unique to who we are and what we enjoy. For example, if you’ve never had the lungs to run but you enjoy a good lifting session, make that activity your physical activity of choice!

Physical Fitness That Fits Everything You

Many people get discouraged when working towards their exercise goals. One of the reasons for this is because they try a new workout that doesn’t fit their natural compatibility. For instance, your goal may be to lose 10 lbs in four weeks, so you look up popular and effective workout routines that will help you achieve this. As you delve more into the program, you realize that these workouts are brutal and relentless. On top of that, there are many workouts in the program you either are not good at or despise (like a lot of running). Now it’s gotten to a point where you dread those days in the gym, with these often being the days you skip.

This is why it’s so important to develop a physical fitness regimen that fits you to a tee! Like everything else in life, if you don’t enjoy what you’re doing, you’re not going to have the will to continue to do it. What this translates to in the fitness world is find the workouts and activities you enjoy doing to increase your likelihood of following through with your goals.

Kinds Of Physical Fitness

Physical fitness includes such a broad variety of exercises and activities it’s really impossible to define what constitutes a bonafide physical activity. It can include any of the following types of activity:

  1. Light Physical Activity- This is where you’re doing enough to not be considered sedentary. Exercises often considered light physical fitness activity are brisk walking, yoga, and golf.
  2. Moderate Physical Activity- Exercises and activities considered moderate activities would ones that demand more oxygen through your blood as a result of an increase in either volume of work, intensity, or both. Think of jogging, jumping jacks, and bicycling as good examples of moderate physical activity.
  3. Heavy physical activity- Heavy activity involves an increase in work volume, intensity, and time spent on the activity. They’re normally considered strenuous workouts and are not advised if you’re either somewhat new to the active lifestyle or are re-acclimating yourself to it again. Workouts considered heavy physical activity include various forms of martial arts, physical sports like football, basketball, and wrestling, sprinting, and circuit training weight lifting.

Finding The Right Physical Fitness Routines For Y.O.U.

As stated in the beginning of the article, there really is no accurate way to pinpoint what constitutes as physical fitness. Think of it this way; if you’re not stationary and it gets your heart rate going quicker than in your sedentary state, you’re physically active. Sure, the pictures of summer bodies in blogs with their exact routine posted can be enticing, but if you’re not enjoying it, you’re not going to keep it up. I often liken it to the workforce; one of the primary reasons people quit good paying jobs is because they don’t enjoy it. When it’s all said and done, it’s really up to you how you define your own version of physical fitness. Just make sure it’s something you can see yourself doing regularly, like looking forward to doing. But most importantly, make sure it’s safe.

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This Is The Best Moment Of My Life

Author: Anthony J. Richard

Date: March 30, 2017

At this very moment is the best moment of my life. I’m here, living on a hilltop in Tacoma, WA. I’m looking out of my window and I see green. Green everywhere. I see snow-topped mountains in the distance. It’s a cloudy day, but I know Mt. Rainier looms in the not too far distance. I know Puget Sound is just around the corner. The city life of the Greater Seattle Area evident by the engines of cars driving up and down the street. Mix that sound with the sound of leaves and watching the green trees gently sway in the faint wind, knowing I have family near me, a roof over my head, and food to eat, this is the best moment of my life. This very Breath I take, connects me to the Present. Everything around me this very moment. This moment is the very best moment of my life, because it’s guaranteed. It’s happening. At this moment, with this very air I Breathe as I’m writing this, I know that I have family, close friends, and an amazing opportunity to do what I love doing for a living. It doesn’t matter how tough it’s been in the past. Although memories last an eternity, the past no longer exists, and never will again. The future is a vision that doesn’t exist until you start working and living in the Present. The Present is now.  I have a past, with memories that will last beyond this lifetime, but I do not live in the past. If I cannot Breathe in the past, why live in the past? I have a vision of what I want my future to be. I get excited knowing the work I’m doing now is Presently building my future. But I do not live in the future. If I cannot guarantee tomorrow’s breaths, why live in the future? This very moment is guaranteed. Why not take advantage of that? What and who I have around me, in front of me, in my life, as I take these Breaths now, is what I have. It is what matters. It is sweet reality. It is Life. Being Present is the gift of Life, and it’s the most precious present I will ever be given. I am guaranteed the Sun being up right now. I am guaranteed the beauty the Earth brings me as I write this very moment. I am guaranteed the breath I am breathing right now. This very moment, right now, is the best moment of my life.

And I am alive to experience it.

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Take a Deep Breath: The Benefits of Focusing on Breathing

Newsflash: To live, you have to breath. Yes, it had to be said. Of course it doesn’t take a person of high intellect to understand that we will literally die if we stop breathing, but I do want to note that my emphasis on breathing refers to our daily health and well-being. Your breathing patterns throughout the day impact major things that we wouldn’t even think to connect it to, like energy and daily mood. The viscous daily work flow and the stress it causes can slow your breathing rate down simply due to being in a constant state of stress (i.e. tense muscles means tense nerves, and tense nerves means irregular breathing pattern). Cortisol is then released as a response to the stress, further making you more tense and irritable, subsequently leading to a mental state that screams “I just want to be somewhere on an island sipping a margarita, is that too much to ask?” This is why it is so beneficial, and arguably detrimental, to your health to take just a few seconds out of your day to focus on breathing.

The Physical Benefits

Making sure a steady flow of oxygen is entering your lungs and blood stream provides vital physical benefits. Because deep breathing releases endorphins, those same “feel-good” hormones are also applied in situations where you’re feeling physical pain. It’s a knee-jerk reaction to hold your breath and begin shouting expletive language when you stub your toe.That’s expected, but although it may not be easy to keep this in mind at the moment, taking deep, controlled breaths is very beneficial in getting oxygen through your blood and the endorphins released, thus dulling the pain.
Focused breathing has other physical benefits, like better posture for example. The body needs to be straight to maximize the amount of oxygen entering the lungs, which happens to be good for your spine. However, none are quite as important as the positive effects focused breathing has on your lymphatic system. Responsible for ridding our body of toxins, wastes and dead cells, the lymphatic system is critical in keeping your body and system clean, as well as clearing out the mental toxins that build up from stress, over-thinking, and lack of sleep. Oxygen is required in order to keep the lymphatic system functioning at optimum level, so if you guessed breathing well as the best method for keeping this precious system going strong, you guessed correctly.

This is why it’s important to incorporate deep, methodical breaths into your daily routine to heal your body and mind. The morning is when I do my go-to breathing technique, the “4-7-8,” mentioned in the breathing technique in which I’ve provided a step-by-step for how to do in the second link after this sentence. Throughout the day I use a little of my breaks to close my eyes and literally meditate by focusing on the rhythm of my breathing. Night time before going to bed to unwind is also an excellent time to dedicate to breathing. If you work in a cubicle, time yourself for 15 seconds, zone out with your eyes open (instead of closing your eyes in case your boss comes by), empty your mind, and take some deep breaths. If you have more laborious work that doesn’t allow you to take as many on-the-job breathers, use your breaks and lunch time to do a few breathing techniques. Allowing yourself to get caught up in the daily grind can cause you stress, leading to tense muscles and an uneasy nervous system. This could then cause things like irritability, sluggishness, tiredness, and lack of awareness, as well inflammation responses from the body triggered by stress. I hate to be quite literal about it, but hey, you’ve got to get on board with breathing in that magical gift of life we call air, ya know?

The Psychological Benefits

Of course, on top of the physical benefits of focused breathing, there are also psychological benefits. For one, it’s a cliche for a reason that stopping, breathing, and counting works when you’re angry or stressed. Rhythmic breathing slows the heart rate down, which slows down the amount of cortisol, testosterone and adrenaline produced and pumping through your blood. This then puts your body in a parasympathetic, or “relaxation” state, and it is impossible to release stress hormones in this state. This physiological response that breathing has on the body then slows down the production of the stress hormones as well as slows the ones already circulating in your system, calming and de-stressing you. This is why breathing techniques are perfect for situations where you’re about to blow your lid, or when you’re feeling nervous, excited, or anxious.
Subsequently, taking deep breaths and connecting with life around you at the moment also makes you happy. It releases neurochemical production that elevates your mood as well as help regulate pain, as mentioned before. The best way to put it is that it’s like a great, expansive chain of healthy reactions; deep breathing fills the lungs with oxygen, and during the inhalation point, your body is receiving its greatest blood flow of the breathing cycle, and this is when the most oxygen is able to infiltrate the blood. When a healthy flow of oxygen is circulating through your body, your body is able to cleanse itself of toxins and debris, directly leading to things like better quality of sleep, stress reduction, and energy.

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If You’re Not Breathing, You’re Not Living, Am I Right?

Although it’s easy to get caught up in your daily hustle, taking some time throughout the day to focus on breathing can be extremely beneficial to your health. Deep breathing and steady methodical breathing patterns are key to unlocking a slew of physical and psychological benefits, like pain regulation and keeping you energized via healthy lymphatic regulation. I figure it this way; since breathing is quite literally, the essence of life, why not take at least a few extra seconds out of your day to do it some more? You know, allow breathing to do for you what it’s supposed to do for you: Live.


Recipe: Filet Mignon

Filet Mignon is a cut of steak beef that is cut from the smaller end of the tenderloin area of the bovine. The tenderloin itself runs along the sides of the spine. Filet mignon is known for being juicy and tender, and is often a top choice in beef cuts. As a result, it is the most expensive of all the cuts. Although its tenderness is what makes it so delicious, filet mignon doesn’t have as much flavor as other cuts of the bovine, so creativity, like being wrapped in bacon or being crusted, along with spices and sauces are often accompanied by the dish. Although a very lean cut, filet mignon is still a red meat nonetheless, and is best eaten sparingly. Here is a recipe to try at home:


Filet Mignon With Rich Balsamic Glaze:




  1. 2 (4 oz) filet mignon steaks
  2. ½ teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper
  3. Salt
  4. ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  5. ¼ cup of dry red wine




  1. Sprinkle freshly ground pepper over both sides of each steak, and sprinkle with salt to taste.
  2. Heat a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Place steaks in hot pan, and cook for 1 minute on each side, or until browned. Reduce heat to medium-low, and add balsamic vinegar and red wine. Cover, and cook for 4 minutes on each side, basting with sauce when you turn the meat over.
  3. Remove steaks to two warmed plates, spoon one tablespoon of glaze over each, and serve immediately.


Serving Size: 4 oz


Calories: 232


Total Fat: 12g

Saturated Fat: 4g


Carbohydrates:  0g

From Fiber: 0.0g


Protein: 32g


Cholesterol: 96mg

Sodium: 72mg


Est. Preparation Time: 20 minutes


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Recipe: Grilled Salmon

Grilled Salmon is a common, popular and healthy dish that can be served alongside many other healthy items. Whether that’s a salad, with rice, or with mashed potatoes or beans/legumes, grilled salmon, along with its slew of health benefits, provides versatility to a healthy diet or lifestyle. A known benefit of grilled salmon is its omega-3 fatty acids that may reduce risk of stroke as well as reduce inflammation and promote a healthy digestive system with its natural oils. It’s hard to go wrong with fish, and salmon is one of the top dogs in regard to quality and overall health benefits. Here are a couple of recipes to experiment with the next time you bring some home:


Grilled Salmon Recipes:


Grilled Salmon:




  1. 1 ½ lb salmon steaks or 1 /12 lb fillet
  2. 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  3. 3  garlic cloves, minced
  4. 1 teaspoon salt
  5. 3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  6. 1 Teaspoon Pepper
  7. 3 Teaspoons Cajun Seasoning



  1. Mix all ingredients and pour over salmon
  2. Marinate for 1 hour. Place fillets under medium hot coals
  3. Grill 3 to 4 minutes on each side




Serving Size: 1 (266g)


Calories: 244

Total Fat: 33g

Saturated Fat: 6.6g

Carbohydrates: 1.6g

Protein: 34.9g


Est. Prep Time: 1 hour 5 minutes


Grilled Salmon Souffle:




  1. 3 tablespoons butter
  2. 3 tablespoons flour
  3. 1 cup of milk
  4. 1 teaspoon salt
  5. 1 teaspoon pepper
  6. 1 (6 ounce) can of salmon, flaked and bone crushed
  7. 3 eggs separated




  1. Melt butter in sauce pan
  2. Add flour, milk, salt and pepper
  3. Boil until thick then remove for heat
  4. Add salmon and slightly beaten egg yolks
  5. Beat egg whites until stiff and fold in
  6. Pour into greased souffle dish or other deep baking dish
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown




Serving size: 1 (106g)


Calories: 244

Total Fat: 16.4g

Saturated Fat: 8.4g

Carbohydrates: 7.6g

Protein: 16.1g


Est. Prep Time: 45 minutes
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Recipe: Rotisserie Chicken

Rotisserie chicken is a form of chicken cooked on a skewer that rotates to cook the chicken evenly while also basting itself in its own juices. It was a popular dish during Medieval times due to its convenient way of evenly cooking the whole chicken, sometimes having a “spit boy” specifically for the task of turning the skewer.

Although considered a healthy meal in moderation, it is important to note a few things about rotisserie chicken’s nutritional content: 1) Total Fat per serving 2) Total sodium per serving 3) Cholesterol. The amount of fat in a serving is good for one day alone, but the saturated fat is what you’ll want to be mindful of. Also, one serving of chicken is equivalent to ½ the amount of salt you should have a day, so if you’ve had anything such as soda, chips, fries, gatorade, cup noodles, etc. throughout the day, chances are you’ve already gone over the recommended daily intake of sodium consumption.




  1. 1 (3 pound) whole chicken
  2. ¼ Cup of butter, melted
  3. 1 tablespoon of salt
  4. 1 tablespoon of paprika
  5. ¼ tablespoon of ground black pepper




  1. Season the inside of the chicken with a pinch of salt. Place the chicken onto a rotisserie and set the grill on high. Cook for 10 minutes.
  2. During that time, quickly mix together the butter, 1 tablespoon of salt, paprika and pepper. Turn the grill down to medium and baste the chicken with the butter mixture. Close the lid and cook for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, basting occasionally, until the internal temperature reaches 180 degrees F (83 degrees C) when taken in the thigh with a meat thermometer.
  3. Remove from the rotisserie and let stand for 10 to 15 minutes before cutting into pieces and serving.


Serving Size: 11.3 oz (½ chicken)


Calories: 655

From Fat: 306 (46.7%)


Total Fat: 34g

Saturated Fat: 9g


Carbohydrates:  2g

From Fiber: 0.3g


Protein: 80g


Cholesterol: 254mg

Sodium: 1188mg (50% of daily intake)


Est. Preparation Time: 1 hr 45 minutes
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Welcome to My World of Health and Wellness

Live. Love. Laugh. Learn. Leisure.

God gives you what you need at the moment. That’s why it’s so important to live in the moment. If you’re tied up by the past or worried about the future, you’re not paying attention and you’ll miss out on the answers and opportunities currently right there in front of you. If you live with abundance, as if you’ve already “made it” according to your own aspirations and goals, you’ll see that many of those things on that “success” list you can do RIGHT NOW and you’ll start immediately seeing changes in your life, the way you think, and the way you see things. Recognizing this will help make living in the moment a lot easier.

Have A Holistic Approach To Life

Holistic Health is the importance of understanding the physiological health benefits of mastering our experiences in a more positive, constructive manner for survival. It’s imperative to make sure the mind and soul are right as well as the body. The truth is, the more you stress about small stuff or the things that don’t matter, the more likely you are to start experiencing physiological symptoms of stress. What results is inflammatory responses in your body, making you more susceptible to illness and disease.

In short, if you’re having issues in other areas in your life such as relationships, career, or inner conflict, chances are your overall health will suffer. This manifests into physiological symptoms in the body that can cascade into a slew of other health problems.

Balance, Control, And Healing

We as human beings have a built-in mechanism for balance, control, and healing. It’s up to us to listen to our bodies and instincts. We have to allow our bodies to function to its full capacity and the way our DNA and cells are meant to function.

Intuition is key to the holistic approach to health. What we put into our bodies for nutrition and fuel plays a massive role in our body’s natural ability for balance, control, and healing as well. The unity of the mind, body, and soul in order to maximize your health and well-being are what makes up the components of holistic health.

Our maximum states of well-being are unique: One person earning $50,000 can be in a completely different state of content, well-being, and happiness vs. another person earning the same amount. You are the only one that knows what makes you content. You are the only one with the answer to how to achieve your own state of maximum well-being, to include happiness.

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Live Life With Abundance

Make a list of the things you want to do when you “make it.” Now, pick at least one of those things on that list and promise yourself you will do it this week.

Finding yourself, or more accurately, listening to and observing yourself, is key. Believe it or not, you already know what you want. Sometimes guidance and someone else’s open ear are all we need to give us the nudge in the right direction towards living the life we were innately born to live, unlocking whole new worlds. Helping others achieve their maximum state of well-being is what I enjoy most about what I do as a LifeStyle Content Writer and Holistic Health Coach. Welcome to the world of understanding your unique path to your health, well-being, and happiness!

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It’s Not as Hard as You Think to Gain Weight as a Vegan. Here’s How.

Whatever reason it may be, whether you’re an athlete in a sport that requires you to bulk up, or feel you just need to add a few extra pounds to your frame to satisfy your own comfort level, vegans can frequently run into situations where weight gain is necessary. Although not as quick a route to take as meat eaters, it’s actually quite more achievable than you may think, and certainly as efficient as consuming animal products.

Add Oil To Whatever You’re Preparing

This may seem kind of obvious given the amount of fat oils are known to contain, but oftentimes people shy away from fat in general due to the popular belief that weight gained by fat is bad. Although yes, fat, like carbohydrates in excessive amounts, can make you fat, understanding the purpose of unsaturated fats in our bodies and consuming them in small amounts are key to not just your digestive health, but also for weight regulation. However, If you have an ectomorphic, thin and slender body type, it may be a little harder for you to gain weight on demand, especially since your diet isn’t naturally heavy in calorie-dense foods. A potential fix? Add more oils to your diet. Here are some easy and common dishes you can try this with:

  1. Salads- Add a little extra Italian dressing along with a few extra croutons and another slice of tomato to your salads. To go the extra mile in calories, add a teaspoon of olive oil to your salad and mix it in with the Italian dressing.
  2. Tofu Stir-Fry- Fry your vegetables and tofu in olive oil. You can also add nuts like almonds, cashews, or walnut for more omega-3 fats and the extra calories.
  3. Spaghetti- When the sauce is boiling, pour some olive oil into the pot and mix it into the sauce. For even more calories that count, cut up a little more tomatoes, bell peppers, onions and mushrooms to put into your sauce.

You’re Encouraged to Eat Late Night Snacks

Yep. You heard right.Relax and enjoy your late night guilty pleasure. Hey the goal is to gain weight right? It has become a stigma to eat after certain hours of the day because our bodies wind down and we’re unable to be as active during the night as we can during the day. However, to pack on the pounds, you have to shed this mentality and indulge in some late night goodies. The key, of course, is both in what you eat, and also moderation. You don’t necessarily want to scarf down some noodles with broth in it that contains enough cayenne pepper to guarantee a night back and forth between the bed and the john. You also have to be mindful of any digestive or inflammatory responses that may occur as a result of late night indulgence in powerful spices or heavy foods. Instead of reaching for the Cheetos, try these healthy, G.I. tract-friendly snacks that can help to put on the right weight:

  1. Fruit Cups- Fruit cups are awesome because they’re so easily accessible once the time has been spent preparing them. Or if you’re shorter on time and can afford it regularly, buy some fruit cup packs at Walmart, Target, or your local farmer’s market.
  2. Back To Nature Wheat Crackers with Hummus- These crackers are non GMO, trans fat free, no cholesterol, and contain no egg. You can get these and a tub of hummus at your standard supermarket as well.

Who Said Being a Meathead is the Only Way to Pack on Pounds?

I can’t speak for myself in terms of eating vegan, so I can’t relate to the different challenges and rewards of the diet. I did, however, try going vegan once upon a time while also trying to strength train and gain solid weight in muscle, so I know it can be challenging to gain healthy weight without the easy calories of meat and dairy. I also have good friends and colleagues who happen to be vegan, and I tend to ask questions when I can if the topic arises. Of course, these tips aren’t the only way to go about gaining weight as a vegan, but they are simple ways to reach body and fitness goals without compromising one’s diet and lifestyle. It’s also a great way to experiment with the many different dishes you can add oils to!

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