HELP!! starting out and vegan
I am just starting because I want to loose fat and get lean quick but i'm really confused.
there is so much, exercise, don't exercise, do eat this not that, how much...
I'm a vegan and will absolutely be using soy!! its my only protein source.
I'm not sure how to eat as a vegan as there is very minimal vegan info, lots of eggs/vegetarian sure but I don't do eggs, its soy protein powder(has no additives, sugar anything) or tofu.
does anyone have any simple advice or meals/rules for a vegan. Will i still get good results???
I also really want to also get fit and toned and muscle, is this the best plan? and how much do I exercise? do I do the kettle-bells? how often and many?
I ride my bike everyday as transport about 30 to 50 mins a day( broken up of course into 3-5 trips)
this is not so much exercise as getting around. I can't get my head around not exercising as much as I really want to be fit and healthy as well as slimmer.
I want to get the best results possible, how do i do this???? Eat? exercise?
please help, rather confused!
The Best Answer
G'day from across the ditch (well, I am not living across the ditch at the moment).
Its possible to do this diet as a vegan but its hard and for most people I would recommend against it, and not because of the protein issue. Between tofu, TVP, lentils, beans, nuts, and protein powder you should have protein covered. Your main problem will be with eating the same meals over and over again. As a vegan it will be almost impossible to get everything your body needs from a handful of food combinations. With meat you can get all your essential amino acids in one food.
If you are prepared to break that rule then you might be able to do this, but it will require a hell of a lot of planning from your side. The meatless machine diet plans for vegetarians are probably a good place to start. My one issue with these plans is that they tend to use a lot of supplements. There is a lot of research coming out these days that shows that taking supplements can do your body a lot of damage (especially vitamin A supplements which has been linked to things like lung cancer and osteoporosis). Getting everything you need from whole foods is going to be a bitch.
I would recommend a really extensive blood test once a month for the first 6 months when you are getting started to make sure you are not building deficiencies (in fact I would recommend this to any vegan, even if they are not slow carbing). I am a lacto/ovo vegetarian, and I had to work really hard to build a diet which offers good nutrition. Without dairy and eggs this is even harder. It might be easier for you to pick up a book on exercise and nutrition written for vegans, if you find a good one let me know, I am on the lookout.
Have a good one.
I was pseudo Vegan/Vegetarian before I started the SCD. There just isn't enough ways to get enough protein required on a Vegan diet. MAYBE a Vegetarian diet. The book does do a few case studies on Vegetarian diet (pg 514 and pg 530) so read those and see if you can replace the protein.
The SCD taught me why protein is good and my life is alot better for it. Going back to meat (in moderation) has been a game changer for me. I have never been this healthy and I have the tests and results to prove it.
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Based on your question reading or re-reading the applicable chapters is your best starting point.
Some questions for you- how much do you have to lose? what is your height?
Since soy is your primary prom of protein- I would defenitely read the meatless machine section.
Also since soy is your only protien source it should be quite simple any meal you see replace the protein with Soy.
If after a month, you don't see results consider eliminating soy for a month and trying it with some other vegan protien- hemp, pea, rice, artichoke, and see if that makes a change.
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