I started my training routine in December and it's taking a loooong time to get to the result I would normally be at by now. This is also the first time that's I'm vegan while training and so as far as getting lean muscle mass i just can't seem to get there. I use to eat my egg whites and cottage cheese, turkey, chiken breasts and such, don't worry I'll never go back to THAT, but it's hard to find nutritional info for us when training. Does anyone have a website or link I can go on for information, i'm looking for what a menu would look like.
Hi, I've been vegan for about a year and a half and had the same problem at first which was tough when I was marathon training. I started drinking Hemp Protein shakes post workout though and it made a really big difference.
- hemp protein powder; ground flax seeds; avacado; lots of greens and water & maybe some apple juice. In Bredan Brazier's book about training there are some great recipes for chocolate recovery shakes and so on. In general though, he uses a lot of very expensive ingredients so I just use the basics and add in additional pieces as and when I can afford them. His pre-workout drinks are great too for fueling you for long workouts
I'm glad Brazier has put forth the idea that you can be vegan and a successful athlete (Scott Jurek is another great example) but I really don't think it's necessary to buy expensive bars and shakes to get the nutrition you need. I do a green smoothie for breakfast (search for Doesn't Taste Green Smoothie on YouTube for a great recipe), a salad for lunch with mixed greens, tofu and plenty of other toppings, fruit and rice cakes with nut butter for a snack, and plenty of vegetables with a starch and protein for dinner. There are so many wonderful recipes out there for vegan meals! By the way, I run competitively, training about 120 miles per week, so it is certainly possible to THRIVE on a vegan diet (without buying a bunch of bars).
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