Hello everyone, introducing myself to the community. I've been lifting weights on and off since I was 12 and loved to eat a lot of meat. Growing up I didn't care much for Cardio so I always had that "stocky" look to me. After finding out some things about the way animals are treated so that we could have meat I decided to go Vegan. This was 2 months ago. I have continued to work out just as hard. I've dropped some pounds but remained just as strong, but at 5'4" I know I'm still considered obese at 205 lbs even though I have some muscle mass.
I didn't have much of a transition, I just decided to stop eating meat and the next day I was eating vegetables (Kale, Spinach, Celery, Tomato, all types of Peppers, cabbage, lettuce) and beans/lentils. I was struggling to get any protein (I think less than 30g/day) until I started eating some Tofu and Quinoa which are still my protein staples. I also supplement 50g/day with Pea protein but I'm strongly considering switching to something Spirulina or Hemp based.
One question I'm very curious about is am I hurting myself by not eating fruit and getting little fat? I eat a banana every once in a while but on average I get less than 1 serving of fruit any given day. I'm not against the idea of eating fruit, I just prefer the taste and heartiness of vegetables and lentils. I would appreciate any advice from long term vegans, while I'm new I take this very seriously, but I feel my diet may not be balanced somehow.
Introduce yourself. Tell us about your training history, how long you've been vegan, share some of your goals and some of your interests.
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