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Slow Healing

#1 Postby MrBean » Sun Nov 11, 2012 10:06 am

Hi everyone. My name is Craig from the UK, I'm new to the forum, I was vegetarian for 26 years before finally(!) becoming vegan 6 months ago. It was a step I'm so happy I took as I feel so much better within myself (morally).

Anyway, I'll get on with my question - I don't go to the gym as I'm unemployed and can't afford to but I've started exercising at home (free weights, push-ups, sit ups etc). I have a problem though - I last trained 5 days ago, I just did half an hour of exercise yet I still haven't healed (still tender when I press and a bit stiff). As a veggie I healed in 2 days but as a vegan it's taking much longer. I am making sure I get enough protein. The recommended is 55g for me at my height, weight etc but I am eating well in excess if this a day. For example, yesterday I ate the following:

Bowl (100g) of Porridge (11g protein) with some seeds sprinkled on and 1/2 Litre soya milk (16g) = 27g
Mid morning I had a banana, apple and mixed berry smoothie which included 2 table spoons (about 50g?) of peanut butter (11g) and 1/2L of soya milk (16g) = 27g
Lunch I had baked beans (16g) on 3 slices of wholemeal toast (21g) with scrambled tofu (24g) = 61g
Dinner I had Wholewheat spaghetti (200g = 21g protein) bolognase made with soya mince (about 100g = 50g protein) = 71g
In the evening I was nibbling on mixed nuts and raisins (about 100g = 15g protein) and had I also had a small bowl of Branflakes (5g protein) with soya milk (8g) = about 28g.

Daily total protein yesterday = 214g

Can anyone tell me what I'm doing wrong? Why am I still tender after so long? I haven't trained since as I want to heal first and don't want to injure myself. Any ideas?


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Re: Slow Healing

#2 Postby mrbear666 » Sun Nov 11, 2012 11:48 am

hi craig nice to meet you, i joined yesterday so am a newbie 2, is this your first time training after a lay off or anything like that? do you feel ok apart from the soreness? not feeling like your coming down with something? my best recovery always seems to be when i eat a load of fruit before and after my training (whole fruits + juices ) ill eat a few bananas before training, drink pure orange juice (tesco's finest with bits - amazing) during training and usually some more bananas, some grapes and raisins afterwards! , i dont eat a huge variety of food so probably get now where near the protein you do but recover well nonetheless. hope this helps

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Re: Slow Healing

#3 Postby MrBean » Sun Nov 11, 2012 2:23 pm

Hi Mike and nice to meet you too. Yes, I have had a lay off and hadn't exercised for about a month due to moving house and other things. No, I feel fine, nothing else other than the extended periods of soreness. It just lasts a long time and makes it harder to exercise a couple of days later being so stiff and sore. This has been going on for 2 weeks now, I thought it was down to not getting enough protein but I wasn't monitoring it but now I have started to and have found that I eat well over what I need on a daily basic (minimum 100g). I'm not lacking in energy at all but at the moment my sessions are no more than 30 - 40 mins of various exercises and target an area of my body with some weight training. The last time I worked on my chest for example was 5 days ago with push ups (wide, narrow and inclined with my feet on a chair) and some flies with weights. I did 4 sets of each followed by some stretching exercises. I wanted to work again on my chest 3 days later but I hadn't healed so I didn't do anything. Today is day 5 and I'm still a bit sore (especially my triceps) so I haven't done anything again. When I was veggie, it took me about 2 days, now I'm vegan 5? Not sure why.

You eat a lot of bananas! I've read somewhere that too many are not good for you? I tend to eat one or two a day but I have Tescos frozen berries and other fruits as smoothies. I can understand that for energy needs, but not for repair. I will try eating fruit around my training time and see if it helps. Thanks for the suggestion :)


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