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Old 07-08-08, 06:09 AM   #1
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A different kind of diet

So, I'm really bit into fitness, weight loss, strength training, and of course biking. I bought the Tour de France for Dummies (thinking that in 5 years, with awesome amounts of training, I could do it, not knowing that it's invite only), some bike magazines, looked online... and I cant seem to find a good diet for me. I'll admit, I'm a bit picky, but I have one huge road block - I'm a vegetarian. I'm healthy as far as eating habits go, but whenever I buy fitness magazines and they tell you how to get a gorgeous torso in 4 weeks (along with the eating plan), there's always chicken, fish and eggs - none of which I eat. Can someone give me some advice? Thanks!

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More vegetables, less pasta, breads and cheese.
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So, I'm really bit into fitness, weight loss, strength training, and of course biking. I bought the Tour de France for Dummies (thinking that in 5 years, with awesome amounts of training, I could do it, not knowing that it's invite only), some bike magazines, looked online... and I cant seem to find a good diet for me. I'll admit, I'm a bit picky, but I have one huge road block - I'm a vegetarian. I'm healthy as far as eating habits go, but whenever I buy fitness magazines and they tell you how to get a gorgeous torso in 4 weeks (along with the eating plan), there's always chicken, fish and eggs - none of which I eat. Can someone give me some advice? Thanks!

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The chicken, fish and eggs are protein sources. If you do not know how to get the required amount and type of protein from veggie sources, I suggest you rethink being a vegetarian. - TF
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The chicken, fish and eggs are protein sources. If you do not know how to get the required amount and type of protein from veggie sources, I suggest you rethink being a vegetarian. - TF
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As a vegetarian you should really know what your options are for high protein foods. Here's a quick guide:

http://www.happycow.net/vegetarian_protein.html

Also http://www.veggieboards.com/boards/ has many people who can help you out with a diet plan. I used those boards a lot when I first switched to vegetarianism.
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Heather,

I'm still working on a set diet to help with training, but as of now I tend to eat a lot of fruits and vegetables, as well as nuts, seeds and beans. I try to start my day off by making a smoothie with bananas, ice, (rice / almond / coconut, depending) milk, protein powder, flax oil and whatever other fruits I have in the kitchen. I'll also throw in peanut or almond butter a lot of the time. I've been slacking on this lately, but throwing some greens into your fruit smoothies is a GREAT way to get nutrients.

Also, check out the Clif Bar "Builder" bars. Each bar has 20g of protein, and they actually taste pretty good. My flavor recommendations? Peanut butter or Mint Chocolate. Regular Clif Bars will still get you about 10g of protein per bar.

As far as protein powders go, I've used soy, rice and also a blend of soy, rice and pea protein. So far, the blend of the three (Can't remember the brand off hand) has been my favorite. Wasn't as impressed with the soy. The rice proteing (MLO Brown Rice Protein Powder) is pretty alright too.

Also, as far as diets go, you could read up on some of the articles on veganbodybuilding.com (http://www.veganbodybuilding.com/?page=menu_nutrition)
(Of course, not all of that will be applicable, as most is geared towards body building, but there is definitely information for those of us who are just looking for a solid diet...)

Hope some of this was helpful!

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I've been training as a vegetarian for about 15 years. I don't worry about my diet at all: I just eat lots of fruit, veggies, carbs, etc., whatever I want. Then I supplement with whey protein at a rate of 40g-60g/day, depending on my workout demands. You could use soy protein isolate if you don't do dairy. These protein sources come mail order in 5 to 10 lb. containers and are not expensive compared to meat sources.
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i've had good results with weight watchers. You pretty much can eat what you want within reason. You just monitor your portions. I lost almost 30 pounds in 3 months last summer. I was riding alot as well. I started it back a couple of weeks ago and have already dropped 10 pounds
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The chicken, fish and eggs are protein sources. If you do not know how to get the required amount and type of protein from veggie sources, I suggest you rethink being a vegetarian. - TF
It's not that I don't know what to eat, but some things - when you're training for a triathalon, tour, what have you- are better to eat than others. Of course, my options are pretty limited because I've cut so much out of my diet, but the last few posts contained information I didn't really know. All I really eat is fruits, veggies, pasta and boca stuff and tofu when I feel like making a dish. So again, it's not that I don't know what to eat - I'd just like to see more options
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Im on a see food diet. I see food I eat it lol.

Sorry for the bad joke I just had to say it ha.
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It's not that I don't know what to eat, but some things - when you're training for a triathalon, tour, what have you- are better to eat than others. Of course, my options are pretty limited because I've cut so much out of my diet, but the last few posts contained information I didn't really know. All I really eat is fruits, veggies, pasta and boca stuff and tofu when I feel like making a dish. So again, it's not that I don't know what to eat - I'd just like to see more options
I just read too much into the post.

I find most vegetarians do eat better - not because they do not eat meat (in my opinion), but because they are more knowlegable about everything they eat. On the other other hand, it scares me that some really don't know how to get the nutrients neccessary on a veggie diet.

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I love racing against 99% of veggies and 99.99% of vegans. Maybe they know more about their food than the average bear, but it's very tough to get all of the nutrition you need to train well on a restricted diet. Regardless of what they know, they seem to ignore some very simple truths, which, IMO, relates back to being a veggie in the first place.
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Im on a see food diet. I see food I eat it lol.

Sorry for the bad joke I just had to say it ha.
That will always be a favorite joke of mine.
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I'm guessing that you're a female based on the name Heather. If so, you would not have been able to race the TDF anyway.

However, if you're still interested in doing something like that check out the female version of the TDF:
Grande Boucle Féminine Internationale http://www.velo-feminin.com/
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....whenever I buy fitness magazines and they tell you how to get a gorgeous torso in 4 weeks (along with the eating plan)....

Can someone give me some advice? Thanks!

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Stop reading the magazines. They have the "new, greatest plan/workout/diet" monthly. I often see advice one month that contradicts info from another month in the same magazine. Set a plan, stick with it, and ignore the latest "fad" advice.

However, the specific diet advice you need will depend on what your goals are. Are you trying to add lean mass, lose weight in general, get stronger, build endurance, build speed, or etc?
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Interesting factoid: Per 100 calorie serving, romaine lettuce has more protein than beefsteak. That's one reason vegetarians and vegans almost never have a protein deficiency.

Iron (for women and children) and vitamin B12 are more likely to be deficient, but that's very rare also.
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Interesting factoid: Per 100 calorie serving, romaine lettuce has more protein than beefsteak. That's one reason vegetarians and vegans almost never have a protein deficiency.
True enough. The people most likely to have a protein deficiency (if they are getting sufficient calories) are those eating a diet of junk food.
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Interesting factoid: Per 100 calorie serving, romaine lettuce has more protein than beefsteak. That's one reason vegetarians and vegans almost never have a protein deficiency.

Iron (for women and children) and vitamin B12 are more likely to be deficient, but that's very rare also.
Of course that ignores the uncomfortable quantity of romaine lettuce that one would need to consume in order to reach 100 calories. And that also ignores any question of protein quality, both in terms of bio-availability and amino acid completeness.
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Actually, I doubt if anybody in America or Europe--including vegans--has a protein deficiency, unless they have some eating disorder like anorexia or bulimia, or serious medical diseases.

Very strict vegans, who don't even eat cultured soy products like tempeh or tofu, might develop a B12 deficiency, but I've read that that's very rare. Female vegans might need an iron supplement (so might some female omnivores) because iron is lost in menstruation.
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Of course that ignores the uncomfortable quantity of romaine lettuce that one would need to consume in order to reach 100 calories. And that also ignores any question of protein quality, both in terms of bio-availability and amino acid completeness.
Whereas you're ignoring the more basic fact that protein deficiencies are pretty much non-existent in wealthy countries like the US, barring serious medical or psychological disorders. Researchers who tried to study Americans with protein deficiencies literally had to give up because they couldn't find any subjects.

You might want to read some literature about nutrition that was published within the last 30 years. Your ideas about bioavailability and amino acid composition are outdated. Almost every food--vegetable or animal--contains protein, and a reasonably varied diet provide all the essential amino acids.
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Interesting factoid: Per 100 calorie serving, romaine lettuce has more protein than beefsteak. That's one reason vegetarians and vegans almost never have a protein deficiency.

Iron (for women and children) and vitamin B12 are more likely to be deficient, but that's very rare also.
"Factoids" like this is one reason people get in trouble. You would have to eat SEVEN POUNDS of romaine to get the protein in one six ounce steak. And you still would NOT get all the essential amino acids that the body cannot synthesis.

If you are going to go on a veggie diet (or any diet), be sure to know the facts (not the pop-culture factoids) that will keep you healthy.

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However, the specific diet advice you need will depend on what your goals are. Are you trying to add lean mass, lose weight in general, get stronger, build endurance, build speed, or etc?
I'm trying to get lean, build speed and endurance. I don't have a weight issue. I'm 5'2 at 125 lbs. Maybe I'd like to lose the extra 5 lbs, but it doesn't matter. I have an athlete's figure - more broad and thick boned, so I'm not a little skinny-mini that fits into a size 16 in girl's pants. People ask me why I turned veggie, and I'll answer you:

It always put me on a guilt trip that my fiance is a veggie and I'd be eating steak in front of him. I couldn't imagine how unfair it was for him to watch.
More importantly, I wouldn't want a cow coming up to me with a tranquilizer, stabbing me with it, stuffing me with hormones and then cooking me for dinner. Besides the fact that it's completely unrealistic, I still wouldn't like it. I'm sure they don't like it either.
... And it just grosses me out. I feel cannibalistic. I'm also transcendentalist.

Just as a side note - I've had enough with people laughing and making stupid jokes. Just accept that I do it, and please don't make fun. Thanks
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Whereas you're ignoring the more basic fact that protein deficiencies are pretty much non-existent in wealthy countries like the US, barring serious medical or psychological disorders. Researchers who tried to study Americans with protein deficiencies literally had to give up because they couldn't find any subjects.

You might want to read some literature about nutrition that was published within the last 30 years. Your ideas about bioavailability and amino acid composition are outdated. Almost every food--vegetable or animal--contains protein, and a reasonably varied diet provide all the essential amino acids.
I'm not sure where in my response I asserted that individuals in wealthy countries suffer from protein deficiencies to any degree. You might want to highlight for me the section where I said that, or at the very least, brush up on your reading comprehension.

I'll make it shorter this time: all things being equal, to claim that romaine lettuce represents a good source of protein is patently absurd.
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Just jumping in here --- it's not like you necessarily know you have a protein deficiency. It's more like, you don't put on muscle easily (because your body is breaking it down to use), you have more lactic acide buildup than other people, your muscles don't recover as fast as other people's, you get more headaches, need more sleep, etc. It could be anything on like a sliding scale from serious to just a nagging something that you don't even notice until you eat finally get enough good, digestable protein at a meal. Just because you can finish a tough workout doesn't mean you're not deficient in something.

I think cruelty to animals is the best reason --- scratch that, the only good reason --- to go veggie. It's not better for your health. But I can definitely see the angle of not wanting to be a part of animal suffering and abuse.

When I train though, the last thing I want to do is cut out entire food groups! Lol! I need all the food I can get, it just gets burned off so fast.

Red beans mixed with wild rice and brown rice is a good, cheap, protein-rich thing you could have for dinner. Wild rice has more protein than brown rice, and unlike lettuce, 100 calories is actually doable without needing a second stomach to hold all the roughage. Lol. Add some Tapatio and make it spicy!
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I'm not sure where in my response I asserted that individuals in wealthy countries suffer from protein deficiencies to any degree. You might want to highlight for me the section where I said that, or at the very least, brush up on your reading comprehension.

I'll make it shorter this time: all things being equal, to claim that romaine lettuce represents a good source of protein is patently absurd.
Your statement about bioavailability and amino acid completeness led me to believe that you were passing along the common misconception that vegetable protein is inferior in composition to animal protein. I'm pretty sure that's what you meant, but if I'm wrong I apologize.

Absurd or not, it's a fact that Romaine has more protein than beefsteak. That's all I claimed. I never claimed that it's a good source of protein. My point was that almost all foods contain protein, therefore it's very easy to get protein in a varied diet even if you don't eat animal products (or Romaine lettuce).

The myth that you need to eat supplements or even meat to get enough protein is one of the most widespread misunderstandings in nutrition. Unfortunately, a lot of peopole believe this and similar lies, which I believe are fostered by the various meat and dairy trade groups. As far as I can tell, you belive these falsehoods and you like to spread them on the internet. Again, if I'm wrong I will apologize.
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Eat a variety of foods with an emphasis on fresh fruits and vegetables. Nuts and grains are wonderful for calories and protein. Quinoa has the highest amount of protein for a grain, and you can either sprout it or cook it. Have fun with food and experiment with different kinds of veggies and recipes. Eating healthy can be a pleasure!
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