The hemp protein is delicious; adds a sort of nutty flavor to my green smoothies. Hemp helps your body reach an alkaline state--among other benefits--so it can build muscle more efficiently. I was also nervous about switching from whey to hemp & getting enough protein because I work out 5-6 days a week (lift weights at least twice which I'm planning to increase), sometimes doing multiple activities in a day, & am also trying to tone & build muscle as a climber & cyclist. I read an article about how whey can cause intestinal toxemia. According to this report (http://www.proteinbreakthrough.com/) hemp is a superior protein--keep in mind, he ultimately is trying to make money by getting you to buy into his "protein club"--but I've heard similar info elsewhere. Brendan Brazier provides great insight on these videos http://vimeo.com/3354298 & discusses how quality protein can be more efficient than quantity. I've been thinking about getting his book, Thrive, as well as I think it would be very beneficial for vegan athletes. It also seems like TMcD's example diet is very balanced & protein rich, though I might need more nuts & fruit. Dates are great for immediate energy. I am just starting the "superhero" diet as well & only recently switched to hemp. I'm going to try it for at least 4 weeks & see how I feel. I'm not worried about losing weight, as long as I don't lose strength--in fact I'd rather increase my strength to weight ratio. Good luck! Let me know what works for you & if you come upon any insights.
Thank you so much for all of your insight! I am going to look into the hemp protein today. I also will start adding nuts to my diet on the days I lift. I will keep you posted on how it all goes. Thank you again! Peace. Cassi
Thank you for your input and meal ideas, Jamie. My only dilemma is that I am horribly allergic to soy :/ ...and soy in in almost everything! The lentil soup is a great idea! I think I'll make some today and I'm definitely going to look into the hemp protein powder.
Anyone live in Orange County, California? It would be nice to have a local veggie buddy.
You can use a site like fitday.com to calculate how much protein you get now, you may be suprised. A lot of foods with 1 or 2 grams of protein almong with some higher protein options does add up at the end of the day!
I just read thorugh this post and have been toying with the idea of purchasing Vega...through learning from Brendan Brazier --check out Thrive in 30--I have been able to find some sample packs of hemp protien powder . I think they are great and am ditching the whey protien after all I have learned about the effects on the body (blech). I run and am training for my fourth endurance event and this will be my first as a vegan! So far I have great energy and am only having trouble getting in enough food!
SLK131- I'll have to look into Vega, never heard of it. This is my first week eating animal free and I have so much to learn. Yesterday I logged all of my food intake so I had a better idea of how many calories and grams of protein I was getting. I thought I might be way over on calories, but I was under. I am much fuller and I swear I can eat so much more too. I had to make myself eat dinner tonight even though I wasn't hungry. I am really working on my level of fitness, so I know my body needs the calories and protein to recover. Thank you for the input!
I have Champion Nutrition Ultra Met...35 grams of protein. It's a shake I mix with water and a few ice cubes in the blender for a nice (filling) "milkshake" BUT, I don't know if it's vegan. Does anyone know. I'm very new to the vegan way of eating and am not sure how to tell if this meal replacement is vegan or not. I like them after a workout...very filling.
I would try Vega. It is what I use and I workout 5 days a week, twice a day. I like the berry over the chai or chocolate. It is a little more expensive, but two scoops gives you a lot of protein and 100% of your vitamins and minerals for the day.
I usually make a berry smoothie before I head out and it takes me through my first, and most strenuous workout, and I usually make it home and through my shower and lunch prep before I even feel hungry. After two weeks, using it every day, you will feel a difference! Check out www.vega.com
Hi Cassie, I have been reading John Robbins "Diet for a new America" because now that I am a vegan I am very interested in the science behind the nutrition of a vegan diet. His books documents several scientific studies that show that people only need to get 3-10% of their daily calories from protein. (Assuming that these are wholesome and varied food sourced calories-not jam and rice crispies). He also points out that : "there is little evidence that muscular activity increases the need for protein." I have been lifting for years and I found that very interesting so I thought I would share it. Anyway, some of the top protein sources for plants are spinach, kale, brocolli, lentils, split peas, kidney beans, wheat germ, and oatmeal. I buy a hemp and pea protein powder with greens made by Lifes Balance- it's pretty good. Good luck and enjoy those workouts!