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#1 Postby veganashtangi » Sun Apr 16, 2006 3:25 pm

I've followed a mostly vegetarian diet for most of my life, but only went vegan about half a year ago, shortly before turning 22.

I started going to the gym when I was 15 or so, but I became tired of it after about 6 years. The thing is I lost about 30 kilos and my body shape changed quite a bit, but besides that, I made little or any progress. No muscle gain, no improvement in definition or tonification. Nada. I guess it was a result of poor (or lack of) guidance.

By the time I turned 21, I came across Pilates and ashtanga yoga, and decided to give them a try. Being bulky had never been my aim, I rather just wanted to stay slim, lean but toned as well. After a short time combining these two with the gym, I quit the latter. It's because of ahimsa (the yogic rule of non-violence) that I decided to make the transition to vegan.

It's good to know that there are many regular sporty people and also athletes that choose to follow a cruelty-free lifestyle. I've got the feeling that I'm going to learn a lot from this forum and its members.

My physical activity right now consists of 4 or 5 ashtanga practices a week (early in the morning, before breakfast, which is the traditional way) and one or two Pilates workouts a week. I'm 178 cm tall and weigh 65 kgs. I'm aware that I'm quite slender (if not thin), although I don't feel weak at all (I have especially strong chest and abs). My main goal now is to gain some weight, gaining some muscle mass. The thing is I have a pretty hectic schedule, because I'm studying to become a doctor and that's quite time-consuming. Besides, my ashtanga practice leaves me quite sore and it's hard to combine it with another type of physical activity on the same day. I'm currently trying to add some weight-lifting a couple of times a week, mainly to build strength in the thighs and the biceps (the triceps are OK because a sort of "push-up" that is repeated lots of times through the whole ashtanga practice).

I think I have a quite balanced diet, but I wonder if there's anything that might help me achieve my goal. Should I take extra protein? Creatine? Do you recommend anything so that I can recover faster? I think this last one is perhaps the most important thing, because if I recover from the ashtanga session faster, I'll have more energy to make progress with the weight-lifting. Sometimes I'm actually drained and I have to skip those afternoon workouts.

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#2 Postby robert » Sun Apr 16, 2006 3:44 pm

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!

We have a number of people here who are into Yoga, so I'm sure you'll get a chance to meet them online soon.

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.

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.

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.

Feel free to explore the forum and you will learn info and meet new people.

Welcome aboard!

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#3 Postby compassionategirl » Sun Apr 16, 2006 5:54 pm

Hello and welcome! :wave:
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#4 Postby VeganGirl2006 » Sun Apr 16, 2006 8:14 pm

Hi and welcome to the boards! :)
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#5 Postby veganashtangi » Mon Apr 17, 2006 2:46 am

robert wrote: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.

robert wrote: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.

robert wrote: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.

robert wrote: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.

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#6 Postby veganashtangi » Mon Apr 17, 2006 2:47 am

compassionategirl wrote:Hello and welcome! :wave:


VeganGirl2006 wrote:Hi and welcome to the boards! :)


Thanks for your welcome, girls! :D
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#7 Postby runner » Mon Apr 17, 2006 4:16 am

Bienvenidos veganashtangi,

suerte con todo!!

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#8 Postby veganashtangi » Mon Apr 17, 2006 4:18 am

runner wrote:Bienvenidos veganashtangi,

suerte con todo!!


Thank you! That was almost perfect Spanish!
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#9 Postby Raw Ambition » Mon Apr 17, 2006 9:09 am

Namaste!
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#10 Postby veganashtangi » Mon Apr 17, 2006 9:19 am

Raw Ambition wrote:Namaste!


Namaste! :D
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#11 Postby runner » Mon Apr 17, 2006 10:05 am

Lo siento tengo que practicar.

voy por un nuevo curso a "españa" este verano..

vale a barcelona :wink:

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#12 Postby veganashtangi » Mon Apr 17, 2006 10:07 am

runner wrote:Lo siento tengo que practicar.

voy por un nuevo curso a "españa" este verano..

vale a barcelona :wink:


Eso esta un poco lejos de donde yo vivo (that's a bit far from where I live).
Vivo en las islas Canarias, en el atlántico (I live in the Canary Islands, in the Atlantic).
Pasalo bien en Barcelona! (Have a good time in Barcelona!)
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#13 Postby runner » Mon Apr 17, 2006 10:15 am

si si entiendo. las islas son mas cerca de africa que europa..

conoces vegan@s del peninsula? conosco solo un chico de barcelona y un chica de umbrete

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#14 Postby veganashtangi » Mon Apr 17, 2006 10:17 am

No pero seguro que en el foro veganforum.com encuentras gente. Vete a donde pone "Europe".
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#15 Postby Gorilla » Mon Apr 17, 2006 10:27 am

Cool. Welcome to the team.

I wouldn't bother with Creatine or L-Glutamine supplements: just eat LOTS and LOTS of natural food :D


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