Welcome to the group! Thanks for the detialed introduction. I read through it and that is exciting you are working on becoming a doctor. More vegan doctors sounds good to me!
Thanks for the warm welcome! I wholeheartedly believe that a balanced vegan diet is healthier than a balanced omnivore diet, but some of my mates and even some of my teachers disagree. There are some misconceptions and myths that need to be cleared up, and that'll be one of my top priorities once I become a doctor. Hopefully, that will give me the chance to present the vegan lifestyle as the healthy choice that it is.
As far as recovery, I suggest eating protein, carbs and fats after your workouts. For supplements, the amino acid L-Glutamine is the most important in muscle recovery, so that might be something to think about.
Thanks for the advice! I didn't know L-Glutamine was so helpful. I'll definitely give a try ASAP.
I don't think creatine is that important but some people like it. I've had good success without it, but others swear by it, so give it a try if you like.
I already read some comments about creatine upon a search in this forum, but there doesn't seem to be a common agreement about it. I don't plan to use it right now, anyway. I once read it's not very helpful if you don't already have a certain amount of muscle mass, so I think I'll wait until I gain some before taking the step.
The general rule for gaining a bit of weight is just to consume more calories (quality calories) than you are expending. Focusing on healthy foods will keep you nourished while junk foods just add empty calories and often just get stored as fat....but I'm sure you know that.
I don't eat junk food - never ever. Seriously, if I want a dessert or something, I prepare it myself (I've got some yummy recipes published in my blog - perhap's I'll post them to this forum as well). I'm already working at increasing my carbs and protein intake (good complex carbs and good quality protein, of course). Let's wait and see what the results of this change are.