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#1 Old 09-26-2017, 09:23 PM
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New vegan, recovering slowly

So my wife and I have adopted a vegan diet,more specifically a nutritarian diet, and so far its going great. I generally feel great, sleep well, have plenty of energy, am rarely hungry, but now I'm feeling what I think are some effects of my diet on my training.

I am a super passionate rock climber and follow a strict training plan and my climbing performance is very important to me. Like I said, I have plenty of energy for training but I seem to be recovering much slower than usual and be generally low on power.

Do you all think this is a sign of me lacking protein or some other macro nutrient? I have never been overweight so do you think its possible that since I started eating this way I am just not eating enough (I do not now, nor have I ever tracked my calorie intake)? Do you have any thoughts?

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So my wife and I have adopted a vegan diet,more specifically a nutritarian diet, and so far its going great. I generally feel great, sleep well, have plenty of energy, am rarely hungry, but now I'm feeling what I think are some effects of my diet on my training.

I am a super passionate rock climber and follow a strict training plan and my climbing performance is very important to me. Like I said, I have plenty of energy for training but I seem to be recovering much slower than usual and be generally low on power.

Do you all think this is a sign of me lacking protein or some other macro nutrient? I have never been overweight so do you think its possible that since I started eating this way I am just not eating enough (I do not now, nor have I ever tracked my calorie intake)? Do you have any thoughts?

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It might be that you're not getting enough calories. Being low on calories can make you feel fatigued. But without knowing your daily diet, it's kind of hard to tell. You might get with a nutritionist and see what they say.
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So my wife and I have adopted a vegan diet,more specifically a nutritarian diet, and so far its going great. I generally feel great, sleep well, have plenty of energy, am rarely hungry, but now I'm feeling what I think are some effects of my diet on my training.

I am a super passionate rock climber and follow a strict training plan and my climbing performance is very important to me. Like I said, I have plenty of energy for training but I seem to be recovering much slower than usual and be generally low on power.

Do you all think this is a sign of me lacking protein or some other macro nutrient? I have never been overweight so do you think its possible that since I started eating this way I am just not eating enough (I do not now, nor have I ever tracked my calorie intake)? Do you have any thoughts?

Eric

The Nutritarian diet, promoted by Dr. Joel Fuhrman, is really more designed for treating obesity, heart disease, and diabetes. It tends to be low in calories, because it focuses so heavily on non-starchy vegetables (Fuhrman likes to say, "The salad is the main meal."). For a physically-active person like you, the Nutritarian diet can still work, but you must be sure to include more calorie-dense and protein-dense foods like beans, nuts, and seeds.


Here is the Nutritarian diet food chart:






In contrast, a conventional vegan diet has a more balanced ratio of legumes, whole grains, fruits, and non-starchy vegetables. This kind of vegan diet is also effective for addressing obesity, heart disease, and diabetes, but it's higher in calories (which is good and appropriate for a physically-active person).

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Specific recommendations for a healthy diet include: eating more fruit, vegetables, legumes, nuts and grains; cutting down on salt, sugar and fats. It is also advisable to choose unsaturated fats, instead of saturated fats and towards the elimination of trans-fatty acids."
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If you eat seitan on a regular basis, you'll get plenty of protein.
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