I have always been petite, fit and healthy. I try my best to run 4k-5k a day and I've abstained from eating flesh for 7 years now. However, I'm ready to start a Vegan diet to get rid of those last 7 lbs that have been the guests that refuse to leave the party. I'm just starting to phase out Milk, Eggs, Honey, and white flours and sugars (baby steps for that). My big concern is my new weight training regime. I just started to weight train to tone up, however my trainer suggested a small glass of milk to help your muscles to rebuild and you tend to lose more body fat. Since I'm trying to reach Superhero status. My only concern is after my weight training when I wake up I am SORE when I don't have the milk or soy milk (I'm all kinked up). I need an appropriate superhero substitute but, I don't want to have to eat anything because I get out of the gym some days at 10pm (I am currently holding a full time and a part time job) Does any one have any suggestions? Or should I suck it up and have my 4 oz glass of Soy Milk 3 days a week?
Perhaps hemp milk would be a good choice. It's very rich and has healthy plant fats. Also, my cross-country coach used to feed us bananas after every race. He said they were good for alleviating muscle soreness. Don't know the science behind that, but it seemed to work, and they sure taste good after a hard workout! I'd love to stay posted on other techniques, because I need to start a weight-training routine soon and generally get back on the fitness bandwagon! I just know how ravenous I get when I run, so I'm a little worried. While running cross-country in college, I would usually get two heaping platefuls of food and go back in for dessert, and maybe have a snack later. This was before I was vegan and the choices were quite...decadent. Thinking of buying The Thrive Diet, perhaps that will have some helpful advice!
Oh my goodness thank you guys so much. I grabbed some Hemp Milk that I found at my Health Food store, and I bought a small bunch of bananas. The Hemp Milk helped a bunch after my late night work outs. Hit the spot and not sore at all. The bananas helped for my 3 afternoon workouts, I tried to eat one the other night but ended up wide awake until 3 am. Thanks so much for the recommendations!! **Evie I don't know what your schedule is like but sometimes just Yoga and PIlates before bed wears me out or calms me down so that I ease right into sleep. I like to workout at night so that I usually just run out all my agressions that I've accumulated durring the day, I get home and I'm exhausted so I'm way too tired to eat. My muscles rest up, and then I can do it again. However my brother gets pumped after a visit to the gym so he goes in the morning, has a BIG breakfast and goes on his day. Try exercising in the morning with a Big Breakfast if you tend to get ravenous then have a light lunch and dinner the rest of the day.
I drink coconut water after I work out. It's definitely an acquired taste, though. It's said to help with getting rid of food poisoning and one cup of coconut water contains about 600 milligrams of potassium. It also has calcium, magnesium, sodium, and sugar (the good kind). The best thing is that it has the same electrolyte balance as blood. It was dubbed the "fluid of life," and was used as a substitute for intravenous plasma during World War II.
I drink ZICO coconut water. You can go to the website http://www.zico.com/ You can almost always find coconut water at any health foood store and Kroger in my little town (I mean little, we have a Kroger and Walmart and that's it) has coconut water. They even have it in a variety of flavors like pineapple or mango.
I wanted to chime in on this - my massage therapist also recommended magnesium as a great supplement for muscle recovery after hard workouts. Many of us don't get enough and it's an essential mineral for muscle rebuilding at the cellular level. I've been taking two 150mg supplements after every run/workout and I can feel such a difference! Potassium does help to a point, but magnesium is another essential part of the process. Best of luck!
I've been having problems bonking out myself... I am doint the P90X and for my first week of going vegetarian on quest to vegan, I didn't push play and just didn't have energy. I understood of course that I wasn't ingesting enough calories. For my post-workout, I make a smoothie. http://www.youtube.com/user/GucciBeaR#p/u/14/_aOgaG1CYZk I've substituted the greek fage yogurt with soygurt. Now, I use the sily tofu! With P90X, I use a scoop of shakeology instead of whey pro. It tastes fresh... hope this helps.