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#1 Old 03-02-2014, 08:24 AM
 
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Hi everyone.  I'm new to being a vegetarian.  My wife and I made the transition about a month ago.  My greatest challenge may be getting enough calories because I'm a tall guy with a fast metabolism and I'm into endurance sports.  Right now I'm reading Eat and Run by Scott Jurek.  He's one of the greatest ultrarunners who is completely fueled by a vegan diet.  If he can run 100+ miles without meat protein, anyone can thrive without meat protein. 

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Hi nater77, welcome (officially) to the forum!  Congratulations to you and your wife on making the transition to vegetarianism.  What was it that inspired you to change your diet?

 

We do have a running thread here on VB and I know there are a lot of members who are athletes and can offer good advice re: calories etc.

 

Fiona Oakes is a shining example of a vegan athlete as well as an incredible spokeswoman for animal rights.  She runs Tower Hill Stables animal sanctuary and combines it with her amazing success as a marathon and endurance runner.

 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2205811/Inspirational-Women-Year-Fiona-Oakes-ran-desert-save-400-animals.html

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My biggest reason was the environmental footprint of a meat based diet vs. plant based.  My wife's biggest reason was ethical.  A documentary I watched called Vegucated opened my eyes to a lot.  The stats on the lessened rates or cancer, heart disease, etc. for vegetarians really sealed the deal for me on the health benefits.  Environmental, ethical, health - those are the three factors in the decision (probably in that order for me).

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#4 Old 03-02-2014, 11:02 AM
 
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Hi nater77, welcome!  I'm glad you've joined us.

 

A plant based diet is definitely better for endurance sports; high protein and fat diets are heavy, and not really great for that kind of thing.  A steady trickle of carbohydrates is an ideal energy source for intensive long-duration activity like that, though I'm sure carrying enough fuel could be tricky.

 

What have you been eating lately to keep your energy up?

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What have you been eating lately to keep your energy up?

I've discovered that I love avocados, so they have become a staple.  I make smoothies with a scoop of vega (a vegan powder created by Brendan Brazier, a vegan triathlete) and a mix of berries and flax seed.  I eat a lot of kale, bananas, and root vegetables (potatos, carrots, beets), yogurt and granola.

 

I'm still recovering from some knee problems so I haven't run any major distances yet on my new vegetarian diet.  I'm mainly doing strength and flexibility exercises at home.

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I've discovered that I love avocados, so they have become a staple. 

 

That's a good idea.

 

I've heard of vegan athletes drinking vegetable oil, but that's a little disturbing (not because drinking oil is gross, but from a nutritional perspective it's a bit concerning).  If you got some good cold pressed extra virgin olive oil, that might be a fair option for a marathon.

 

I hate to imagine putting that much stress on the body, though, when sugars are so much easier to use as an energy source.  They probably know what they're doing though.

 

 

I love vega!

I don't have it often, though, because it's a little expensive.

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