TheDhamma wrote:Hi Luke,
Thanks for those links. I notice Mike Mahler places a lot of emphasis on protein, which could be from the need for that for body building. His equation of one gram of protein per pound of weight would be way too much, unless it is specifically designed for body builders.
Yes, the bodybuilders generally eat lots of protein. Most of the huge ones eat 1 to 2 grams of protein per pound of bodyweight, so Mike is being conservative from this standpoint. I don't know enough about human physiology to say which is correct, but Mike at least shows that it's possible to get a lot of protein from a vegan diet if people want to do this.
I'm not lifting weights or counting my calories right now, so I'm not concerned with getting a certain numerical value of protein. I am guided more by how hungry I feel.
The think the main key to strength and endurance is simply eating enough calories. I started eating more and my strength and endurance levels have returned to normal (possibly slightly better than normal). Right now, I'm running and doing calisthenics and I have to walk everywhere because I live in Europe without a car. Everytime I need groceries, I'm walking home with a heavy backpack, and I walk to and from work with a heavy backpack.
For dinner tonight, I ate pasta and tomato sauce, mixed vegetables, many pieces of rye bread, a bowl of lentils, fruit juice, and vanilla pudding--and I'm getting hungry again! I'll have to try some of Mike's recipes.
KeithBC wrote:I never noticed any undesirable effects from going vegetarian. I competed annually in a cross-country ski marathon (42 km), and finished in a respectable time each year. What surprised me was that, when I went vegan, my time in the race suddenly improved by more than 10%.
That's cool, Keith. I glad to hear about another successful vegetarian athlete. I think that it's important to show that vegetarianism isn't simply for sissies. This might encourage other young men to try it who normally would be turned off by the idea. (Compassion for all living creatures is more important than overt displays of "manliness," but not everyone thinks this way yet.)
Anyway, it's obvious that vegetarianism is very healthy, and after a little research, it becomes obvious that vegetarianism can be good for athletes; but can the impossible be achieved: the fartless vegetarian diet? Being a vegetarian requires eating loads of beans, lentils, cabbage, broccoli, and whole grains. I think my body is becoming more used to eating these things, but some nights are very "loud" nonetheless.