First off, welcome godesslisa to Vegan Bodybuilding & Fitness. If you ever need help regarding nutrition (calories and such, since its illegal to actually make a meal plan without being a specialist in nutrition), bodybuilding, veganism, or anything, feel free to IM me on AIM on KollisionWWF.
I read that the trainers kept you down? First of all they shouldnt be telling you what to eat, unless they are specialists in that area. Its sad to see that they are putting people down like this. I can tell you that I might be one of the strongest people in the gym, not to brag, and I am vegan. Rob is a competitor and he won 1st place. Even if it wasnt beneficial to my health I would still do it, its all about morals, thats why we chose this path in the first place.
My best motivation is to prove all those trainers wrong. To show them that meat consumption is not the only way to reach your goals. And I have gained more size and strength as a vegeterian than what I did as a meat eater.
I think that the people who are veggie/vegan body builders are across the board more intelligent. We have to find more way to get our protien and clean carbs, we have to find substitutes for supliments and we still have to keep up on new scientific data about the bodies processes. Now I am not saying that we are all rocket scientists, or scientists at all, but I think we are all decently brainy!
You couldnt have said it better! As vegans and into fitness, we need to research more into the areas of supplementation, diet, etc. Like I said lisa, and to anyone else, feel free to PM me or message me on AIM, I would be glad to help. Take care and again Lisa, welcome.