Hi from Milwaukee - newer Vegan

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Hi from Milwaukee - newer Vegan

#1 Postby Aleshire1983 » Sun Sep 02, 2012 4:39 pm

Hey there. I just thought I'd introduce myself! I'm looking to finally lose the body fat that has been a part of me since way back in high school/college. I was sitting at 200lbs two years ago and did not like what I saw in the mirror. I began counting calories and doing a boatload of cardio and I ended up losing 40 lbs in 2 months. I began reading up on nutrition and fitness and the next two years I was able to maintain my weight but never able to shed the fat. I didn't understand how to do so, but I finally do now!

In May I started doing research on vegetarianism and a vegan lifestyle and was very intrigued. All of June I went vegan for a test run and did really enjoy it. I maintained a mostly vegan lifestyle throughout the next couple of months but not completely. In Mid-July I told myself it was time to make a change after reading through Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle by Tom Venuto. I told myself I was all in, except for the fact that a vacation was a week away and I had other busy weekends that I didn't take the time to plan meals for, which threw me off my plan. As of September 1st, I am back at it and ready to rock, w/ having mentally prepared myself all week. I am going to stick with a vegan diet throughout this personal 90 day challenge I'm giving myself, and cannot wait to see results.

I am comfortable with the types of workouts I will be doing, however am a bit curious about all types of protein sources to be successful as a vegan weightlifter. I am currently at 152lbs and I'd like to try to eat .8 or 1lb g of body-weight per day, but am finding its difficult without using at least 2 scoops of protein powder a day (Plant Fusion). I am fully educated on how veggies and legumes offer plenty of protein, and I have been sticking with green leaves, kale, spinach and split peas, quinoa, black beans, chick peas, etc. Also the healthy fats, natural peanut butter, almonds, all that.

I also have enjoyed meat replacements such as tempeh, seitan, and soy burgers. I originally had eaten tofu back in June but wasn't a huge fan of the prep time. I also have been informed that it is very processed, and therefore have been advised perhaps to stay away from many of the processed items that have soy, such as the soy burgers (which I liked the convenience) and perhaps even avoid tempeh, seitan?

I know there are a lot of options, but is it a good choice to avoid a certain food? I want to eat as healthy as I can so I get results, and frankly, that seitan and tempeh gets expensive :) Perhaps I should just suck it up and get a whole year supply of protein powder? :) Also, I had purchased soy milk b/c I found some organic stuff that was 7g of protein and only 2g of sugar, where as any of the coconut or almond milk I had found has like no protein, so for me I didn't see much of a purpose.

Okay - enough rambling! Any tips/suggestions would be appreciated. Happy Labor Day weekend!

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Re: Hi from Milwaukee - newer Vegan

#2 Postby C.O. » Sat Sep 08, 2012 11:56 am

Hey Patrick, welcome to the forum. Sounds like you have a lot of normal questions that many people encounter when first switching to a vegan lifestyle. I would browse this site more, use the key word search option, and ask questions on other people's thread.
Lot's of people seem to be pro soy milk because of the protein content and its often easy to find it organic/non-gmo. Also tofu I would put in a different category than soy burgers and things that come frozen in boxes. That stuff is often made from soy protein isolate which, is very processed and highly acidic in the body.

Again welcome and keep it up, sounds like you are heading in the right direction,


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Re: Hi from Milwaukee - newer Vegan

#3 Postby Lean and Green » Sat Sep 15, 2012 4:31 pm

Welcome to the forum Aleshire1983!!! 8)

Hope to see you on the threads.

I find it can be a challenge to up your protein without using a protein supplement depending on how many grams you want to get in, especially if you are not consuming a ton of food.

I get about 150g in from shakes and the rest from food.
Where do you get your protein?

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