Working out as a vegan

Working out as a vegan

But what if I’m working out? Can I still be vegan and get all the nutrition I need? The answer is YES! Of course you can!

There are actually a lot of examples of top athletes following a vegan diet. This handy website has information about amazingly talented and strong athletes who’re at the top of their fields while following a completely plant based diet!

But how do I know what to eat?
It’s recommended that you do your research when doing a big diet or lifestyle change, and veganism is a good example of that. You can live and thrive on a vegan diet, but if you don’t do your research you may not see the results that you want! As all athletes know, eating a balanced, high protein diet is the cornerstone of seeing progress in your workouts. This means that you can’t just cut meat from your diet, you’ll have to replace it with balanced, healthy meals that meet your needs and calorie goals.

But what about protein?
Yes, protein is important! But research shows that people often have too high focus on protein, and that excess of protein doesn’t mean you’ll see fast progress. Actually, they say that athletes tend to eat more protein than necessary . With that being said, meeting your protein needs on a vegan diet isn’t hard at all. Just replace animal derived protein with a plant based alternative. Lentils, beans, chickpeas, tofu, tempeh and soy granulate all have high protein content. They are cheap, easy sources of protein. There’s also become quite a big market for meat substitutes, meaning you can get replacements for almost everything. Most of these are made of some sort of protein source, normally soy or pea protein and have a protein content similar to meat!

Chickpea salad
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Stay tuned for more blog posts about veganism!

 

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