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  1. Most people are not able to build and lose at the same time.. Pitting catabolism vs anabolism doesn't normally work. However as someone just starting out with exercise/lifting you may be at an advantage - check out this article: http://muscleevo.net/lose-fat-gain-muscle/ I don't think being vegan will change anything just make sure you are eating quality whole foods... cut out any processed and refined products. Make sure you supplement with b12 and if you are male you may wish to take an occasional zinc supplement as low levels of zinc will decrease testosterone.
  2. Potatoes, squashes, whole grains, beans and lentils. (starches are filling but will not make you gain weight). Don't add fats and oils tho.
  3. Are you taking b12 supplements? How about selenium?... it is hard to get in vegan diet, but brazil nuts are a good source. Are you including lots of greens for magnesium? Low magnesium can cause headaches. The fat content in soy and yogurt is pretty high, so you may want to limit those if you are concerned about weight gain.
  4. Hi Annie. Your best bet is to look up some vegan recipes and find a few that intrigue you. My favorite are sweet potatoes topped with spicy (salsa) black beans or butternut squash and black bean enchiladas. Wraps with hummus or cashew cream cheese are pretty good and simple. As are soups and chilis. I personally do not like the fake meats and cheeses, but you might... try them and see. Try to add in beans slowly - if you are not used to them they might give you some digestion issues. It gets better tho. Lentils are easier to start with. For coffee I haven't tried it yet, but this one looks good http://shrinkingkitchen.com/all-natural-vanilla-spice-homemade-coffee-creamer/
  5. I make my own hummus. I don't add any olive oil. Just use a little extra water instead. It does have tahini in it, but not so much that I think it is bad. If you dont' mind making it, cashew cream cheese is a nice alternative spread. Still fatty cuz it is nuts, but you would only use about a tblsp or 2 on a wrap.
  6. I believe most people only use Braggs in small quantities.. it is a soy sauce or salt replacement - it has less sodium. It has MSG tho so I would not purchase it personally.
  7. For anyone else reading this post who has same issue... Lysine is a limiting amino acid in vegan diet. A deficiency can cause hair loss. Make sure you are eating beans, legumes or quinoa daily.
  8. My own thoughts based on my research into it: Soy is a bean. Beans are fine. Soy is fine - edamame, tofu, tempeh, miso. If you have concerns about GMO then stick with organic soy. Isolated soy protein is NOT good for you . It is found in some protein powders and some fake meats and It is as bad, if not worse for you than meat or dairy - ie it elevates IGF1 levels which are linked to cancer growth. Most studies saying soy is 'bad' were done with isolated soy protein. Dr Greger suggests limiting soy intake to less than 3-5 servings a day. I personally believe that's too much and that a person should not rely too much on any one food. Variety is best.
  9. stcalico


    Hi Tim and welcome. I switched from vegetarian (10years) to vegan about a year and half ago after watching Gary Yourofsky's .. Best Speech You Will Ever Hear on youtube. Since giving up dairy and eggs, I've done a bunch of research and am healthier for it... ie. I've given up most processed foods now too. I highly recommend everyone ditching those from their diet as they are calorie dense but nutrient poor. Being nutrient poor people tend to eat more of them.. ie. more calories than they need. When you are successful at making the switch, make sure to incorporate a b12 supplement and make sure you are getting enough zinc and iodine in your diet - if not you'll want to supplement. I also 'supplement' with an occasional brazil nut for selenium (helps with iodine uptake - and if you are male, testosterone production). Focus more on your diet if you are looking to lose weight. I personally don't subscribe to the protein myth... but I know many here do so I won't say anything to offend them. Do your own research and follow your own common sense. As far as weightlifting programs, you can use the same programs as omnivores. So long as you are sticking to your training regiment, restricting processed food and meeting your energy requirements, you're sure to see good results.
  10. stcalico


    Welcome aboard. I'm one and half years in and loving it more all the time. I've done a lot of research to make sure I stay healthy (ie. imo, if I don't the animals lose). So feel free to ask question - myself and others will help you out where we can. Cheers.
  11. Chocolate is my weakness.. and chips.. and beer. Other than those I think I do okay.. I don't crave most processed foods anymore and the thought of doughnuts or even white bread kinda grosses me out.
  12. If you are eating enough and working out hard enough you need not fear losing mass. Hope it is going well for you.
  13. Hello Frisky. Nice to see another B.C.'er on here.
  14. Hello Loris and welcome to the forum. Looking forward to hearing your transformation story.
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