The Vegan Warrior Diet is a variation of the Warrior Diet created by Ori Hofmelker. A chosen lifestyle and not a simple weight-loss plan, the Warrior Diet flies in the face of all accepted thoughts on diet and nutrition. Holfmelker used his own personal experiences to craft a unique eating plan based on instinctual beliefs and the natural eating habits of predators and ancient hunters. Individuals on the Warrior Diet forsake the accepted approach of six small meals each day in favor of only one large meal eaten at night. Because of its simple approach, the Warrior Diet allows for easy customization, making it suitable for even strict vegans who avoid meat and all animal products.
The diet is based on a cycle of under-eating (or fasting) during the day, and feeding at night. Much like the Paleo diet the Warrior diet is based on the Ancestral diet theory with several key differences and applications
Unlike other diets that require counting calories, points, or other adherence to strict controls, the Warrior diet is based on the premise that the human body is programmed to control its own feeding. The one rule regarding feeding is one meal per day, ideally two hours before bed. The diet can be modified for those who work at night, or travel frequently, by altering the under-feeding phase to coincide with the working hours (whether day or night) and the over-feeding phase to align with the end of working hours. Although human instinct plays a large role in food choices under the Warrior diet, there are some definite dos and don’t’s including:
• Avoiding refined processed foods
• Eating only organic foods.
• Minimize consumption of foods that are wrapped or bottled in plastic containers (plastic fibers contain estrogen chemicals dangerous to human health)
• Minimize alcohol consumption because alcohol compromises the liver’s ability to rid the body of toxins
• Eat carbohydrates last during the evening meal in order to stabilize the level of insulin in the blood.
• Cycle between high-fat and high-carbohydrate days in order to maximize the body’s energy utilization efficiency and capacity to burn fat during exercise