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thundermommie
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Vegetarians or Vegans doing BFL

Ok, I did a challenge several years ago and had good results. I gained some of the weight back...so I'm back, BUT this time I'm thinking about doing it vegan/vegetarian. Anyone read "Food Matters"...makes you think. I'm just trying to get opinions and ideas from someone who's done it this way before...or anyone for that matter. Any info. would be appreciated. I'm starting my "challenge" tomorrow, see you all then!

Regina


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Hi Regina,

I'm here to read any responses. I would love to give up meat, but I don't know how to get enough protein without it. I don't like nuts or peanut butter. And I can't live on cottage cheese. Elle just told me about "Food Matters" and now you are mentioning it. I have to get that book.

I hope to see some answers here that might help me too. Best wishes with your challenge!

Carol


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as a vegan it would be trickier, but possible. depends on your reactions to foods like seitan, tofu and tempeh. tempeh is my personal favorite out of those, partly to do with tofu's bad rap lately. check out the labels, taste them all, find recipes you love and you might find yourself pleasantly surprised.

vegetarians have it far easier because of eggs, eggwhites, cottage cheese and plain yogurt (definitely go with greek).

really, it's not hard being vegetarian/vegan and getting great results. I personally was at my fittest while a vegetarian/borderline vegan last summer. I experimented with eating meat again for the last 4 months and am happily coming back to vegetarian/veganism!

check out "Thrive" by Brendan Brazier and Vega products, also by him. veganbodybuilding.com might be useful for you as well.

Good luck!


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It is doable for a vegetarian although I would suspect nearly impossible for the vegan... Dr. Berardi just did an informal experiment on himself trying to gain lean mass with a vegetarian diet... it worked... google it and you should get some ideas


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Hey folks! I'm a vegetarian and a nutritionist. This is my second BFL challenge. I have been a vegetarian for 22 years and an athlete my whole life. It's completely doable!

Most people will probably ask you about protein when you mention being vegetarian or vegan. As long as you don't just cut out meat without adding anything to replace it, you'll be fine. If you choose to go vegan, you do need to pay closer attention to nutrient balance, so make sure you inform yourself before you change your diet.

Good luck either way!


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Re: Vegetarians or Vegans doing BFL

I've been vegetarian (lacto-ovo) for about 20 years and am also on my second BFL challenge so I'll chime in as well and say that it certainly can be done. I'm sure its easier for long term vegetarians because we're accustomed to it but I think as long as you do a bit of research and planning anyone could do great with it.

I would recommend becoming acquainted with foods like nutritional yeast, vital wheat gluten, tvp, etc, particularly if you intend to be vegan. Things like that really help with meeting the protein requirements for BFL, as well as all the other macro and micro nutrients that your body needs.

Good luck, whatever you decide to do!

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