I'm new to this forum but thought I'd sign up as I've enjoyed looking through some of the threads on here.
I've lived a vegan lifestyle for just over two and a half years now.
I started kung fu a couple of months ago and I am loving it. I currently train 3 times per week which equates to 5.5hrs per week. The school teaches 5 Ancestors Fist and Shaolin 5 Animals. I haven't been doing this for long but it is already starting to tone up my body and I am feeling stronger. The training consists of about 50% body conditioning and 50% in pairs practicing moves/ forms etc.
I have found that between workouts all I want to do is rest and I am sleeping much more than before. I'm not quite sure if this is normal or if I should be eating more calories maybe? It's not that I'm just feeling a bit tired, I feel completely wiped out of energy. But I am feeling my body changing and toning up so I guess it needs to rest to rebuild itself.
I'm not quite sure if my diet is completely balanced. I would probably prefer to simplify my diet and keep it more routine. Like oats, nuts and dried fruit for breakfast. Fresh fruit for lunch and maybe a couple of whole meal bagels with humous or peanut butter on. Then a big starchy dinner plate of rice, beans etc. But I'd love any tips or advice anyone may have.
I am not a huge eater but I realise that if I want to bulk up I need to eat more. I am currently about 66kg and 5' 8". My aim isn't to grow big like a body builder. More to get stronger, faster and chunk up a bit to help make my stances and strikes more stable and powerful.
This turned out to be quite a long post so sorry for boring you. I just want to train and eat right and I'm not really sure what is the best way to go about it. I do use Chronometer to help track nutrition but I'm not really sure what my target levels of calories, protein, fats etc should be. Currently I aim for 3000 calories per day but I don't think I'm hitting that target.