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I just saw Robert's "Vegan Fitness" DVD for the first time. I'm inspired!

I also bought the book Vegan Planet. I'm interested in bodybuilding, for my own reasons. Not competition.

Can someone point me in the right direction for menu planning? That seems to be where I have failed in the past.

Poor planning.

 

I'm happy to be aboard!

 

Tom aka

the vegan guy

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Welcome Tom Whats your present condition? What are you looking to achieve? And what kind of time can you put into this?

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Tom great to have you aboard! Menu planning isnt too difficult, just dont plan around processed foods. You can eat totally raw, fruititarian, or have cooked foods like beans and rice. You can take veganism in whatever direction you like.

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Welcome Tom Whats your present condition? What are you looking to achieve? And what kind of time can you put into this?

 

Well, lets see. I'm 6" 1" - 194lbs. and I have that falt tire look around my stomach. I would like to be more symetrically muscular. Strength and more stamina would be a plus.

I've trained in grappling for a few years. Not competed though. I love martial art. I would like to take up boxing for fitness and fun. My cardio needs some work. What else...I've been battling acid reflux for a long time. Thats why I stopped training. My schedule is very flexible.

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If you want to get more symetrically muscular I suggest either eating as much as you can and lifting with a very intense regimen(this would get your bigger and much stronger but not neccessarily ripped), or doing a lot of cardio and complementing it with lifting. Cardio is the only way to really lose your spare tire...while lifting and broadening your shoulders and hips may hid your spart tire if you decide to keep it

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Tom great to have you aboard! Menu planning isnt too difficult, just dont plan around processed foods. You can eat totally raw, fruititarian, or have cooked foods like beans and rice. You can take veganism in whatever direction you like.

 

Thats my thing. I get so busy and when I'm out running around and then when I get really hungry I always end up doing the drive thru. Thats what I mean by the poor planning.

I'm thinking ok, whats the best way to approach this. Pick some recipes out of a vegan cookbook then shop for the ingredients and then follow the schedule.

I'm open to all suggestions. I think if I have vegan food near by where I can get enough clean calories then I can gain some weight. I want to get more muscular so I can get back into martial art. Right now it looks like boxing.

I feel out of shape though and I want to do it vegan. I'm sick of feeling lethargic and dealing with this acid reflux from the typical meat and potatoes diet.

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Welcome Tom! Thanks for watching my DVD, I really appreciate it! Of the 1,000 produced, we only have about 30 left, so we know they are getting out there!

 

Thanks for joining our group, I think you'll really enjoy it here. As far as menus, I've updated my own menus recently (but haven't updated any of them online).

 

Here is a copy of some menus that might be helpful. All the best and welcome aboard!

 

Nutrition Programs by Vegan Bodybuilder Robert Cheeke

(www.veganbodybuilding.com)

 

Keep in mind these programs have not been approved by the FDA or any other authority on nutrition. They are designed for active vegans of all types from the serious athlete to the fitness enthusiast. The 6 meals a day plan helps keep your body in an anabolic state with a positive nitrogen balance and will keep you nourished throughout the day. Eating frequent meals will also speed up metabolism, your body's ability to burn fat.

 

The programs listed may incorporate more foods than you are used to eating in one day, but remember they were created by a bodybuilder

 

Healthy Food Defines You - Train Hard Eat Plenty

 

Enjoy, and happy eating!

 

 

Mostly Raw Food Bodybuilding Nutrition Program

 

 

7AM

Bowl of mixed berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries)

½ grapefruit

2 bananas with raw coconut oil

Multivitamin

16oz fresh squeezed juice

 

10AM

Bowl of mixed nuts (walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, cashews, peanuts)

2-4 servings of dates

16oz fruit smoothie with Vega meal replacement powder

 

1PM

Bean/Broccoli salad (Kidney beans, garbanzo beans, broccoli, spinach, snow peas, green beans, carrots, green peppers, romaine lettuce, beets).

16oz fruit smoothie with Vega meal replacement powder

16oz water

 

4PM

Spinach, kale, and cabbage leaves with broccoli, avocado, pine nuts, and sliced tomatoes.

Snow peas and green beans

2 large peaches or nectarines

16oz water

 

7PM

Large vegetable platter with hummus and raw flax crackers

Green salad with sprouts, greens, nuts and seeds

Live pizza or raw soup

16oz fruit smoothie with protein powder

 

10PM

2 servings of mixed seeds (pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and sesame seeds)

2 servings of seaweed chips or dulse

16oz water

 

 

Moderate Protein/Calorie Intake Bodybuilding Nutrition Program

 

7AM

Fruit smoothie with orange juice, strawberries, blueberries, bananas and Vega Meal Replacement Powder

Bowl of vegan cereal with hempmilk

2 bagels with hummus or almond butter

Multivitamin

16oz water

 

10AM

Raw Food bar

1 bowl of citrus fruit

2 servings of protein mix (peanuts, pumpkin seeds, cashews, flaxseeds, sunflower seeds, almonds)

16oz water

 

1PM

Veggie sandwich or chili

2 yams

Large green salad

16oz natural fruit juice

 

4PM

Vega Meal Replacement Powder mixed with 12oz juice or water

2 bananas with almond butter

16oz water

 

7PM

4 slices of homemade vegan pizza

Plate of brown rice, green beans, kidney beans, and peas.

16oz hempmilk, juice or water

 

10PM

Whole veggies or fruits (carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes, broccoli, apple, pear, orange)

2 servings of pineapple

16oz water

 

 

Mostly fruit and Veggie Nutrition Plan

 

7AM

2 kiwis

2 sliced peaches or nectarines

Fruit smoothie with Vega Meal Replacement powder

16oz citrus juice

 

10AM

Slices of cantaloupe, honeydew, and watermelon

Bowl of mixed nuts

Celery sticks with coconut oil

16oz water

 

1PM

Large plate of mashed potatoes with mushrooms, carrots, peas, green beans, and broccoli.

Green salad with kale, spinach, cabbage, tomatoes, olives, and sprinkled seeds or nuts

16oz fruit juice

16oz water

 

4PM

Fruit salad (slice up apples, pineapple, banana, peaches, and pears, mango)

Green salad with sprinkled nuts and seeds

16oz fruit juice or soymilk

 

7PM

Corn on the cob (or off the cob)

Steamed eggplant or squash.

Brown rice and beans with mixed veggies

16oz protein smoothie

 

10PM

Vegetable soup

Flax crackers or seaweed chips

16oz almond milk

16oz water

 

 

High Protein/High Calorie Bodybuilding Nutrition Program

 

7AM

2 cups oatmeal

2 vegan pancakes

Hemp protein drink (Vega, or other)

16oz hempmilk or almond milk

Multivitamin supplement

 

10AM

2 energy/protein bars (Organic Food Bar, Vega Bar, Smart Monkey Bar)

Hemp/rice protein smoothie (orange juice, protein powder, strawberries, banana, ice cubes)

2 Mangos

16oz orange juice

16oz water with L-Glutamine Amino Acid

 

1PM

4 slices of vegan pizza

Pea protein smoothie (hempmilk, yellow pea protein powder, strawberries, banana, ice cubes)

Tortillas and hummus

Mixed nuts (almonds, cashews, walnuts, hazelnuts)

16oz water

 

4PM

Veggies with coconut oil or almond butter

3 bananas

16oz hempmik

16oz water

 

7PM

Large Veggie burrito (brown rice, black beans, pinto beans, avocado, tomato, onion, tortilla)

Summer squash

Green salad

Avocado spread on flax crackers or celery sticks

8oz pineapple juice

16oz water with L-Glutamine Amino Acid

 

10PM

Hemp/pea protein smoothie (hempmilk, hemp/pea protein powder, strawberries, banana, ice cubes)

Yams or sweet potatoes

Vitamin and mineral supplements

 

 

General Bodybuilding Nutrition Program

 

7AM

Large bowl of oats

Vega Smoothie Infusion (protein, fiber, greens, essential fats)

2 Bananas

Vitamin and mineral supplements

24oz water

 

10AM

Protein or Meal Replacement shake

2 whole pieces of fruit

20oz water

 

1PM

Veggie burrito or sandwich

Bowl of potatoes, broccoli, carrots, peas and baby corn

24oz water

 

4PM

Mixed raw nuts, unsalted (cashews, walnuts, almonds)

2 energy/protein bars (Organic Food Bar, Vega Bar or Pro Bar)

20oz water

 

7PM

Vegetable stir-fry with quinoa and mango chutney

Spinach, lettuce, cabbage salad w/kidney beans/chickpeas

12oz chocolate hempmilk

24oz water

 

10PM

Protein or Meal Replacement shake

Apples or dates with coconut oil

16oz water

 

 

 

For more information about meal programs, training programs or anything to do with Vegan Health or Fitness visit www.veganbodybuilding.com or e-mail [email protected]

 

www.veganbodybuilding.com

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Welcome Tom! Thanks for watching my DVD, I really appreciate it! Of the 1,000 produced, we only have about 30 left, so we know they are getting out there!

 

Thanks for joining our group, I think you'll really enjoy it here. As far as menus, I've updated my own menus recently (but haven't updated any of them online).

 

Here is a copy of some menus that might be helpful. All the best and welcome aboard!

 

Nutrition Programs by Vegan Bodybuilder Robert Cheeke

(www.veganbodybuilding.com)

 

Keep in mind these programs have not been approved by the FDA or any other authority on nutrition. They are designed for active vegans of all types from the serious athlete to the fitness enthusiast. The 6 meals a day plan helps keep your body in an anabolic state with a positive nitrogen balance and will keep you nourished throughout the day. Eating frequent meals will also speed up metabolism, your body's ability to burn fat.

 

The programs listed may incorporate more foods than you are used to eating in one day, but remember they were created by a bodybuilder

 

Healthy Food Defines You - Train Hard Eat Plenty

 

Enjoy, and happy eating!

 

 

Mostly Raw Food Bodybuilding Nutrition Program

 

 

7AM

Bowl of mixed berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries)

½ grapefruit

2 bananas with raw coconut oil

Multivitamin

16oz fresh squeezed juice

 

10AM

Bowl of mixed nuts (walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, cashews, peanuts)

2-4 servings of dates

16oz fruit smoothie with Vega meal replacement powder

 

1PM

Bean/Broccoli salad (Kidney beans, garbanzo beans, broccoli, spinach, snow peas, green beans, carrots, green peppers, romaine lettuce, beets).

16oz fruit smoothie with Vega meal replacement powder

16oz water

 

4PM

Spinach, kale, and cabbage leaves with broccoli, avocado, pine nuts, and sliced tomatoes.

Snow peas and green beans

2 large peaches or nectarines

16oz water

 

7PM

Large vegetable platter with hummus and raw flax crackers

Green salad with sprouts, greens, nuts and seeds

Live pizza or raw soup

16oz fruit smoothie with protein powder

 

10PM

2 servings of mixed seeds (pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and sesame seeds)

2 servings of seaweed chips or dulse

16oz water

 

 

Moderate Protein/Calorie Intake Bodybuilding Nutrition Program

 

7AM

Fruit smoothie with orange juice, strawberries, blueberries, bananas and Vega Meal Replacement Powder

Bowl of vegan cereal with hempmilk

2 bagels with hummus or almond butter

Multivitamin

16oz water

 

10AM

Raw Food bar

1 bowl of citrus fruit

2 servings of protein mix (peanuts, pumpkin seeds, cashews, flaxseeds, sunflower seeds, almonds)

16oz water

 

1PM

Veggie sandwich or chili

2 yams

Large green salad

16oz natural fruit juice

 

4PM

Vega Meal Replacement Powder mixed with 12oz juice or water

2 bananas with almond butter

16oz water

 

7PM

4 slices of homemade vegan pizza

Plate of brown rice, green beans, kidney beans, and peas.

16oz hempmilk, juice or water

 

10PM

Whole veggies or fruits (carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes, broccoli, apple, pear, orange)

2 servings of pineapple

16oz water

 

 

Mostly fruit and Veggie Nutrition Plan

 

7AM

2 kiwis

2 sliced peaches or nectarines

Fruit smoothie with Vega Meal Replacement powder

16oz citrus juice

 

10AM

Slices of cantaloupe, honeydew, and watermelon

Bowl of mixed nuts

Celery sticks with coconut oil

16oz water

 

1PM

Large plate of mashed potatoes with mushrooms, carrots, peas, green beans, and broccoli.

Green salad with kale, spinach, cabbage, tomatoes, olives, and sprinkled seeds or nuts

16oz fruit juice

16oz water

 

4PM

Fruit salad (slice up apples, pineapple, banana, peaches, and pears, mango)

Green salad with sprinkled nuts and seeds

16oz fruit juice or soymilk

 

7PM

Corn on the cob (or off the cob)

Steamed eggplant or squash.

Brown rice and beans with mixed veggies

16oz protein smoothie

 

10PM

Vegetable soup

Flax crackers or seaweed chips

16oz almond milk

16oz water

 

 

High Protein/High Calorie Bodybuilding Nutrition Program

 

7AM

2 cups oatmeal

2 vegan pancakes

Hemp protein drink (Vega, or other)

16oz hempmilk or almond milk

Multivitamin supplement

 

10AM

2 energy/protein bars (Organic Food Bar, Vega Bar, Smart Monkey Bar)

Hemp/rice protein smoothie (orange juice, protein powder, strawberries, banana, ice cubes)

2 Mangos

16oz orange juice

16oz water with L-Glutamine Amino Acid

 

1PM

4 slices of vegan pizza

Pea protein smoothie (hempmilk, yellow pea protein powder, strawberries, banana, ice cubes)

Tortillas and hummus

Mixed nuts (almonds, cashews, walnuts, hazelnuts)

16oz water

 

4PM

Veggies with coconut oil or almond butter

3 bananas

16oz hempmik

16oz water

 

7PM

Large Veggie burrito (brown rice, black beans, pinto beans, avocado, tomato, onion, tortilla)

Summer squash

Green salad

Avocado spread on flax crackers or celery sticks

8oz pineapple juice

16oz water with L-Glutamine Amino Acid

 

10PM

Hemp/pea protein smoothie (hempmilk, hemp/pea protein powder, strawberries, banana, ice cubes)

Yams or sweet potatoes

Vitamin and mineral supplements

 

 

General Bodybuilding Nutrition Program

 

7AM

Large bowl of oats

Vega Smoothie Infusion (protein, fiber, greens, essential fats)

2 Bananas

Vitamin and mineral supplements

24oz water

 

10AM

Protein or Meal Replacement shake

2 whole pieces of fruit

20oz water

 

1PM

Veggie burrito or sandwich

Bowl of potatoes, broccoli, carrots, peas and baby corn

24oz water

 

4PM

Mixed raw nuts, unsalted (cashews, walnuts, almonds)

2 energy/protein bars (Organic Food Bar, Vega Bar or Pro Bar)

20oz water

 

7PM

Vegetable stir-fry with quinoa and mango chutney

Spinach, lettuce, cabbage salad w/kidney beans/chickpeas

12oz chocolate hempmilk

24oz water

 

10PM

Protein or Meal Replacement shake

Apples or dates with coconut oil

16oz water

 

 

 

For more information about meal programs, training programs or anything to do with Vegan Health or Fitness visit www.veganbodybuilding.com or e-mail [email protected]

 

www.veganbodybuilding.com

 

 

 

Thanks Robert!

I'll give this a go.

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Welcome, Tom.

 

Michelle,

Thats an interesting signature. I take it that watermelons are seasonal?

I happen to love watermelon but we can only get it during the summertime.

So I hear. Are you taking any applications?

I would like to become a member.

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Great, so then my new vegan dieting should change my condition. I do know that "live" foods has many of its valuable enzymes intact whereas the enzymes destroyed in over cooked already processed food has contributed to my acid reflux. I have to do all the exact things that your husband does. I've already had one endoscopy and I have some inflammation of the esophagus.

I also take pepcid complete like candy to neutralize the acid.

I'm looking forward to the change.

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  • 5 weeks later...

Welcome Tom. I as well used this site much when i was planning on being a Vegan. It really helped me out a lot and I still see all types of meal ideas that I never would have thought of otherwise. It helps to live by Portland too with all the veg restaurants.

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Hey Tom, Welcome to the best form ever!

 

Here's an idea you should drive thur a local food market on your lunch brake.. There's plenty of fresh organic produce Plus not only it's better for you body, but you're supporting your town.

Best of luck to your adventure

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