I'm new to this community and also a newbie to a vegan diet. I'm 28 yo from Brisbane, Australia. I've been training on and off for the last 7 years... (at the moment it's on!) not a body builder but perhaps one day
I've done some fun runs and I'm planning to conquer a triathlon later this year!
My story goes...
I have spent 11 years of battling Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and now my Drs are saying it's also Fibromyalgia. They started looking at the possibility of Lupus. Thankfully, the tests say no to lupus. But markers of inflammation are high so they say Fibro too.. Ugh. Not fun!
During one of my intravenous (IV) vitamin injections before Christmas the nurse and I were talking about what we were doing for Christmas celebrations... I said that we'd be having a vegetarian dinner - as family members are vego (and my partner and I previously ate meat rarely - or so we thought). She went onto tell me about how her husband has improved in energy and vitality since becoming vegan and told me that both my Drs are vegan (I think the whole Drs office are vegan - pretty cool). The nurse told me about 'A Delicate Balance' and then went to get my Dr - He also recommended that I see 'Forks Over Knives' - I went home - found the films online and then found some more...then this site and also found a Vegan Bodybuilding and Fitnes video of Robert and Brendan... luckily I am on holidays and had the time to learn lots and confirm some of my ideas. So that was it... life transformed.
It has been and exciting and exhausting 6 weeks! I have been feeling great.... UNTIL I joined a PT group challenge and was told not to eat: tofu, soy, nuts, oranges, cantaloupe, bananas and other high sugar fruits. They want to see our food diaries (which is good). The studio trainers don't really know what to do with me... (they said those words) and have asked me to count calories and stay within 1200 cal 120g protein 120g carbs and 30g fat.
I have an appointment with a Sports Nutritionist who specialises in vegan plans... but not until Feb 2.
Thanks in advance!