Being vegan

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    Apr 10, 2016 7:02 PM GMT
    I have been vegan for 3 and a half months now, I don't know what to do, I am losing weight and starting to look scrawny at the same time I feel calmer and more relaxed with clearer view to the world and I am more positive + I can be much more superior compared to animal eaters

    But I kinda want to be beefy again and with vegan diet I don't feel like it is possible + I am starting to get sick of monotone vegan foods and preparing and I want a cheeseburger !!!!!
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    Apr 10, 2016 7:07 PM GMT
    Bonaparts saidat the same time I feel calmer and more relaxed

    Sorry, I find that very hard to believe.
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    Apr 10, 2016 7:35 PM GMT
    Lumpyoatmeal said
    Bonaparts saidat the same time I feel calmer and more relaxed

    Sorry, I find that very hard to believe.


    listen, lumpyshit, just because I am not pc around here does not mean I am not calm and relaxed, how about you make a point and give advise or smth
  • souliberdade

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    Apr 10, 2016 9:16 PM GMT
    You'll definitely have to supplement to pack on muscle with a vegan protein. You can fed be lean and muscular like several mma fighters and bodybuilders who are vegan. Beefy I would say just more calories (beefy makes me think muscular but not ripped) I can def understand the struggle. I was vegetarian for over 20 years and definitely felt the effects of clarity related to my yoga practice and not getting sick as often etc. but a year ago I decided my body was craving some form of animal protein. With the intense level of workout I was eating so much processed vegetarian protein and dairy and it felt not natural. I started eating chicken a year ago and definitely immediately noticed a change in my body. It is what it is. You can do it but it's a lot more work and more costly. Have you considered just adding fish? I don't like fish or I would.
  • souliberdade

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    Apr 10, 2016 9:22 PM GMT
    Trying checking out this website for vegan mama fighters..http://www.vegan-fighter.com/nutrition/how-to-be-an-mma-fighter-on-a-vegan-diet.html
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    Apr 10, 2016 10:11 PM GMT
    Here are my random thoughts.

    1. Beefy is one of those things that means different things to different people so it is hard to say what you can do to get to your goal. I have no problems maintaining 200 lbs on a vegan diet with no supplements. I have also been over without supplement.

    2. If you find the foods bland I don't know what to tell. Indian, Thai and Ethiopian are all easy to do vegan and all have flavor and that is by no means the limit. You might want to leave ok in more places for recipes.

    3. Being vegan doesn't make you superior and claiming so just really puts people off of vegans and veganism.
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    Apr 10, 2016 11:07 PM GMT
    Bonaparts said
    Lumpyoatmeal said
    Bonaparts saidat the same time I feel calmer and more relaxed
    Sorry, I find that very hard to believe.
    listen, lumpyshit, just because I am not pc around here does not mean I am not calm and relaxed, how about you make a point and give advise or smth

    That's more like it.   icon_lol.gif
  • Wendigo9

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    Apr 10, 2016 11:55 PM GMT
    So you want to stay vegetarian (sorry "vegan", same damn thing) and want to gain weight. . . well, could pig out on sweets and deserts or go back to eating meat again. The only cure. . . BACON, lol
  • LJay

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    Apr 11, 2016 12:43 AM GMT
    Check this out:

    http://www.seriouseats.com/vegan-experience

    Once a year, the chef on this website adopts a vegan diet for a month. He goes all out with loads of interesting dishes and some really tasty suggestions. It is full of no-foolin' good stuff.

    The other thing that I would do is comb the web for vegan sites. There have got to be LOTS of them out there. Explore
    the varieties of beans and grains. Learn about new fruits and vegetables. Have fun at the grocery.

    While I am not vegan, I can be extremely happy at lunch with a sandwich of whole grain bread, hummus, avocado, spinach and onion with a bowl of butternut squash soup. It does not need to be a boring diet.
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    Apr 11, 2016 1:44 AM GMT
    i've been vegan for 15 years and have a very active life and workout routine. i also eat food that tastes fucking amazing cause i've worked hard at learning to cook vegan for nearly half my life. sounds like you just need to do some homework and experimentation.

    you'll also need to make more time in your life for preparing and cooking food. it's just a fact of vegan living. you'll eat a lot less shitty processed foods that are fast to make/buy. so give yourself more time to experiment in the kitchen.

    also, if you want to bulk up while eating vegan look for high protein and/or high fat foods and eat the shit out of them: avocados, beans, nuts, seeds, nut/seed butters, tofu, tempeh, quinoa, olives, green peas, spinach, oats, nutritional yeast...

    nom nom nom! now i'm hungry, gotta go eat some vegan foodz!
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    Apr 11, 2016 4:47 AM GMT
    As long as your hitting your macro and micronutrient needs, it's all about getting enough calories, fitness work, and rest.

    You can track your diet on MFP for starters, until you get a sense of where you're at.
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    Apr 11, 2016 1:31 PM GMT
    dont see negative issues with being vegan. It is difficult for some people to move on from how they were raised as a child.
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    Apr 11, 2016 1:38 PM GMT
    I've been a serious vegetarian for 22 years. (I cook with eggs from time to time, so not quite vegan.) In my experience, what everyone has been saying is true about getting enough calories; it's just a question of finding the right protein and calorie source for you.

    This stuff might not look like much:

    http://www.thekitchn.com/ingredient-spotlight-dried-beancurd-sticks-175469

    But it's an incredibly good source of protein, as much protein as meat. You need to do a little digging around, that's all. See what works for you.
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    Apr 11, 2016 2:52 PM GMT
    Id rather do things in moderation than go entrely vegan or vegatarian. Expereiment with foods cook in the kitchen you wil bulk up by doing your homework.
  • Bigolbear

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    Apr 11, 2016 7:48 PM GMT
    http://www.the300poundvegan.com/
  • eM_Jay

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    Apr 12, 2016 6:29 PM GMT
    There's plenty you can do to 'spice up' your vegan dishes. Monotonous eating is what's dampening your spirits but it's easily rectifiable. Take a look at some recipes online and try new combinations and flavors according to what you like. With just a little creativity and fun you can make a vegan diet an exciting, scrumptious taste-explosion all the time. If you need a little motivation or you're not much of a cook then get in contact with other vegans. Exchange recipes, have 'cooking-dates' or take classes. There's lots of options if you're willing to put in a tiny bit of work.

    Also consider that switching diets takes some time to adjust to. You dont neeed to punish yourself if a cheeseburger is so hard to leave behind; although if you really wanna actually make some progress be realistic enough to remember that some 'sacrifice' is required for good things. What's that saying- nothing easy is worth it and nothing worth it is easy (something like that)...

    Goodluck! icon_smile.gif
  • FRE0

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    Apr 12, 2016 8:58 PM GMT
    Bonaparts saidI have been vegan for 3 and a half months now, I don't know what to do, I am losing weight and starting to look scrawny at the same time I feel calmer and more relaxed with clearer view to the world and I am more positive + I can be much more superior compared to animal eaters

    But I kinda want to be beefy again and with vegan diet I don't feel like it is possible + I am starting to get sick of monotone vegan foods and preparing and I want a cheeseburger !!!!!


    It is possible to look fit and not scrawny on a vegetarian diet. I have been a vegetarian for many years. I certainly don't look beefy but I think that I do look fit even at my advanced age of 78. You can judge for yourself from my profile pictures.
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    Apr 16, 2016 12:50 PM GMT
    Just know you're on a learning curve of educating yourself about foods, how to cook, what you like, nutrition, body awareness and a whole bunch of other stuff... My only suggestions would be to focus on what's positive. Keep looking for good food recipes, you really enjoy and are comfortable making. Focus on progressive changes to your lifestyle. There is lots of good information out there but you'll need to do lots of work to sort through it on your own probably... search out vegan bodybuilders... you'll get there. Good luck!
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    Apr 20, 2016 9:30 AM GMT
    Congratulations Bona! Renouncing a meat based diet is a very noble thing and I have been trying to inculcate the habit in me lately (even though I had chicken lollypop and chicken tikka last night). I know tonnes of vegetarian diets but I am not sure if they are practical given how much time it may demand in cooking.
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    Apr 20, 2016 9:34 AM GMT
    Wendigo9 saidSo you want to stay vegetarian (sorry "vegan", same damn thing) and want to gain weight. . . well, could pig out on sweets and deserts or go back to eating meat again. The only cure. . . BACON, lol


    Certainly false. There are many fruits and vegetables that rich in protein such as peas, lima beans, artichokes, cauliflower and sprouted beans. Then there are dairy products that also rich in protein
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    May 22, 2016 5:55 PM GMT
    anyway, my update is that I am still a vegan and haven't lost much weight, my weight is the same and I am actually getting fat, but that could easily be explained that I am not going to the gym like I used to, overall vegans don't lose much weight, like in my case, I am the same weight as I were before and gaining, mainly because of my nut diet, so yeah, still a vegan


    by the way none of your stupid links helped me in any way, simple recipies with simple ingredients that you can buy in any store would be far more beneficial than that all lameness

    most of vegan dishes are pretentious nonsense with ingredients only god knows you can get, I live in downtown, I have local shops not supermarkets, I don't have access to some exotic nonsense most of the time
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    May 22, 2016 6:53 PM GMT
    I lost weight when I went vegetarian and then vegan. But I was also careful to eat low fat and didn't eat any sweets, pastries, etc. and avoided foods with added sugar (spaghetti sauce, sweetened soy milk, for example). The weight loss was slow but consistent. I wasn't eating any eggs and I don't remember if the weight loss increased after I excluded the milk and other dairy products. And I wasn't working out or running back then.

    And I still don't believe that eating vegan makes one calmer and more relaxed. But I also don't believe that it's healthier or anything like that; more wishful thinking.
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    May 27, 2016 6:42 PM GMT
    Thank you to everyone who posted and contributed with your great responses