Swimmer - Vegetarian

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    Dec 01, 2009 12:58 AM GMT
    I'm getting back into swimming laps after a couple of months being off. I have since become a vegetarian and worry about protein. What is a good source of protein for a vegetarian swimmer?
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    Dec 01, 2009 1:07 AM GMT
    theantijock saidI swim and am (mostly) vegetarian. Not a problem. I usually do a protein (whey) shake for breakfast. Sometimes I feel like I need more when I lap later in the day. Usually some pasta seems to work for me.



    I do eat a lot of pasta. what kind of protein shake do you drink?
  • metta

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    Dec 01, 2009 1:41 AM GMT
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    Whey or soy


    pasta is normally carbs...good for energy. icon_smile.gif

    try and eat a wide variety of foods.

    some of the fake meat products are really good. For the holidays, try the Celebration Roast. icon_smile.gif

    Most are over 30 grams of protein/serving

    http://www.fieldroast.com/

  • Glorfindel

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    Dec 01, 2009 2:13 AM GMT
    I'm a swimmer (one part of triathlons) and have been pescetarian for the last almost 3 years (veggie plus fish/seafood). I was worried about protein intake especially with all the training and racing, so I began taking whey protein.

    I already get enough soy protein in my diet so I wanted to avoid taking in more and to diversify the protein source.

    There are a lot of different whey proteins out there though. I wanted one that had high protein, but low carbs and low fat. There are a lot of whey protein sources that have a high fat content, so beware. I get mine from Whole Paycheck... I mean Whole Foods. Comes in a variety of flavors, but I'm a sucker for chocolate (especially mixed in with chocolate milk icon_smile.gif ).
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    Dec 01, 2009 2:24 AM GMT
    I'm not vegetarian, but i like to eat like one. there's a vegan health food cafe near my house that skips the soy protein (it's not too healthy for men when eaten in large amounts from what i've see on t-nation and the like) and recommends either spirulina, hemp or brazil nut derived protein. They make these hemp protein shakes there that kick ass. It costs more than whey, and honestly if you're only vegetarian and not vegan it's much (way?) easier and cheaper to go with whey, but i thought i'd let you know. also since you aren't eating any meat, are you taking creatine? i've been told the only way we naturally get our creatine is through fish and red meat, so you may want to research that and look into supplementing it.
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    Dec 01, 2009 2:53 AM GMT
    nuts and seeds, peanut butter (and similar), tofu (i LOVE me some good tofu, must be made properly though...) , beans, cheese(s), yogurts, etc... there are PLENTY of good meals out there. You just need to watch your diet.

    If you aren't willing/able to pay attention to everything you eat, then protein shakes are good. I like Whey Protein -> my mix is meant for weight GAIN so i don't know if this would be good for you - but I used ice cream, protein, milk, bananas, vanilla extract, and occasionally other fruits. Basically a milkshake with added protein.. Otherwise i can't drink the stuff :p
  • Celticmusl

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    Dec 01, 2009 2:59 AM GMT
    There are a number of threads regarding sources of protein for vegetarians. I think Muscle Milk is the best tasting protein product I've used.
  • calibro

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    Dec 01, 2009 3:32 AM GMT
    i'm a vegetarian and swim as part of my triathlon training. i have a whey protein shake, 5 eggs, cup of lentils, cup of TVP, 2 ounces of cheese, 1/2 cup of cottage cheese, and glass of milk every day to hit my protein requirements.
  • camfer

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    Dec 01, 2009 4:57 AM GMT
    zack1977 saidI'm getting back into swimming laps after a couple of months being off. I have since become a vegetarian and worry about protein. What is a good source of protein for a vegetarian swimmer?


    Seaweed.




    No, really, dulse is like 22% protein.
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    Dec 01, 2009 8:09 AM GMT
    Your activity doesn't matter.

    I've been vegan for 10 years and the only way to supplement the the meat is by combining a legume and rice. the body uses the combination in exactly the same way it would a meat protein.

    Essentially, I eat tofu (made from soy beans, for the ignorant) and rice every day. Supplement this with peanuts, flax or sunflower seeds and to keep you regular, use potatoe chips, peanut butter and the darker breads.

    Be careful of the B vit. group, I have to take supplements because I'm vegan, but if you stay with milk, butter and cheese you shouldn't have a problem. if you experience fatigue, you're not eating enough and probably lacking a B1, B6 or B12.

    guhd luck
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    Dec 01, 2009 8:41 AM GMT
    I've been a vegetarian for 20 years, and practically a vegan. At first I was really careful about protein, and now I'm not at all. BUT I eat few junk calories, and all whole grains. My sense is that if you eat well, you'll get more than enough protein. Even a piece of whole wheat toast has a lot of protein in it.

    Distance runner here, so it's not like my body doesn't need it. I just think it's hard not to get if you eat reasonably well.