I’ve been a vegan for two weeks now and it feels just as good today as when I started. Here are some notes from my journey so far.
Eat For Performance
Just because something is vegan, doesn’t mean you should eat it. Guess what’s vegan…. Oreos. Guess what else is vegan… Skittles. And guess what else is vegan… Plenty of things that will inhibit your goals if eaten out of moderation.
Now if you are purely an ethical vegan who isn’t really looking to achieve anything specific physically or athletically, then this blog isn’t for you. However, if you’re looking to be a plant powered machine, you’re going to have to exercise self control, not just bicep curls.
Eat whole, nutrient rich foods that will power you throughout the day and watch as you put all your pre-workout taking, steroid injecting friends to shame.
Eat pleanty of:
- Sweet potatoes
Limit your fruit intake daily, it can be easy to over compensate for your sweet tooth by indulging yourself with tons of fruit. Sugar is still sugar and in large quantities it will be counterproductive to your waist line. Limit your fat intake as well, which brings me to the next point.
Peanut butter is great, unless you’re a junkie.
If you know me personally or follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that I have a serious problem with moderation and peanut butter. If I open a jar of peanut butter to have a spoon full, the entire jar will be gone by the end of whatever sitcom I’m watching.
If you have a similar problem, the only viable solution I’ve found is to buy a liquor cabinet, put the PB in there and give the key to a trusted friend. If however, you are a reasonable and somewhat rational adult, peanut butter can be an incredible asset.
Natural peanut butter is not only high in protein, but is high in mono & polly unsaturated fats which are imperative to the production of testosterone in males. Eat two spoon fulls of natural peanut butter as a late night snack, or to thicken up your afternoon shakes. Lastly, make sure you air on the conservative side with fats in your diet. Vegan diets are already high in carbs, so too many avocados and nut butters can throw in an added overload of fats which will not at all help you on your quest for shredded abs.
Protein is essential? Whaaaat?
Yeah. You’ve probably never heard this one before. Going into this, protein, or rather lack there of, was my BIGGEST concern.
Your muscles are literally made of protein, so if you tell people that you only need 5% protein in your diet, you might as well wear a tinfoil hat and tell people the government is tracking your brainwaves, because you’re a flat out idiot.
For those of us that don’t want to snap in half from a strong enough gust of wind, protein supplementation is going to be key. And if you think you’re going to get your necessary intake of protein from broccoli, guess what you are…. An idiot
I’ve tried about 6 different powders over the last 2 weeks and have settled on the best tasting and cheapest one.
MRM make an incredible product. Not only does it pack 24 grams of protein into each scoop, but it’s only $24 on Amazon, and doesn’t taste like a scoop of gravel blended with more gravel. The chocolate mocha is my favourite, but the vanilla is great too and is cheaper.
You are what you eat… Nope, you are how you train.
Lastly. If you have all the key ingredients, fuel, and knowledge to re-create your perfect plant based self, it’s time to cook it up in an oven. An oven I call, get off your ass.
If you are what you eat, then we are all about to become vegetables. Just because you don’t eat animals doesn’t mean you can’t look like one. Train hard, train heavy, train like the Persians are about to come pillage your city and sleep with your wife. It’s really simple. Find something heavy, move it around for 45 minutes. Pick up a rock, find a tire, I don’t care.
I’m going to go try pick the lock on the peanut butter cabinet.