Johnny Dangerous wrote:
So you don't feel the lack of animal protein in your Muay Thai? I actually went back to meat eating partially because I gassed so easily and felt weaker with martial arts and exercise as a vegetarian, not to mention other aspects of life of course. I did Judo for a few years, just thinking about attempting that on my old vegetarian diet makes me want to go take a nap;)
On the gas front, well...
But on the lack of energy front? No. I train at least two hours a day and am 171cm height and weigh 71kg (at 45 years of age). I have the typical lean physique of a Muay Thai boxer without taking any supplements whatsoever. I do a regular midday nap, but here in rural Greece it is the norm. On the days when I do the two two hour sessions I don't have time to nap and yet I still have no problems making it through the session.
I eat very little refined sugar and have reduced my bread consumption drastically. Bread was a source of bloating and pain for me so... When I do eat bread it is either wholegrain, multigrain, or barley bread. I also don't drink coffee and alcohol. I drink quite a bit of black tea (a habit I picked up during my many visits to neighbouring Turkey). Luckily we have access to lots of locally grown (with native seeds too) fresh fruits, vegetables and pulses (and my own olive oil). Many of the small local producers (and my father) refuse to use pesticides etc... so the food is high quality. We (and many sellers) even go out and pick wild mushrooms, endives, wild asparagus, herbs, etc...
Given these factors you can see that maintaining a high quality vegetarian diet is cheap and plausible where I live. Being lacto-ovo, it also means I get to eat locally produced cheeses and fresh (real) free range eggs. Truth is that, even in the big cities, one can still buy fresh and cheap vegetables from small scale producers selling at the weekly open air markets.
B12 shots are so cheap now at 3.69$ a vial at Costco I would definitely recommend them for any vegetarians feeling a bit chilled this winter.
Injecting B12??? Dude! Why would you want to do that when you can use this yummy (well, it's an acquired taste, personally I find it delicious) stuff:
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