Join Date: Oct 2016
Hey guys, I'm Zoli (short for Zoltan) from Hungary, Eastern Europe.
So, the plan is to vegan now. I will do this thing cold turkey (maybe once I go vegan, I have to forget this saying too), just cut out everything. I've been contemplating the idea for quite some time, and decided that it was time, I cannot lie to myself anymore that this is okay.
My problem is this, I do resistance training, and I've made some solid progress in the last 10 years that I don't want to let go. I'm on a high protein diet, and to be able to keep this up, I need a really good brand of plant-based protein supplement.
I've read that it is possible to subtract amino acid chains - could be writing something really dumb - from plants, and put together a protein profile that's similar to animal proteins in its efficiency, despite the fact that it is fully plant based. Do any of you guys found such product? I'm also thinking about filling up the freezer with Beyond Meat products, if they deliver internationally, or I can buy it in Germany or the UK.
I hope it's okay that I created this thread, and any feedback would be appreciated, thanks guys!
There are so many vegan protein powder supplements on the market now it is overwhelming. It's hard to know what is available in your area though. In addition to the ones David3 listed, I am familiar with "Manitoba Harvest" (hemp protein), "Plant Fusion", "Source Naturals pea protein", "Garden of Life Raw protein powder and so on.
You might also be interested in this article about complete plant proteins that contain all of the amino acids in the proportions needed by the human body:
Also, you can look up any given food on the following database. Make sure to click on "full report" tab once you type in a specific food search, and it will list all of the amino acids present in that food and in what proportions.
You will note that the majority of plant foods (except fruits) have all or most of the amino acids in various proportions.
Some high protein foods :
lentils (brown, red, green)
split peas (green, yellow)
Seitan (made from vital wheat gluten...easy to make your own)
quinoa (complete protein with all of the essential amino acids)
Commercial high protein products (not sure where all in the world these are available):
Field Roast (has soy free products but most do contain wheat)
Lightlife (tempeh, tofu etc)
Westsoy (makes seitan as well as soy products)
Also, check out Vegan Body Building and Fitness website for ideas on fueling yourself with plant protein. There are MANY vegan athletes who have been successful in this area:
I am not an athlete, but I do some weight training (3 or 4 days per week) and am VERY active with cycling, hiking, canoeing, snowshoeing, dancing (ballet/modern), cardio daily at the gym, calisthenics etc. I have been working out on average 1.5 hours per day and up to 10-15 hours some weekends when I do long distance cycling, canoeing etc. My performance, energy, stamina, and strength have not been worse at all in the years of being vegan, in fact much improved. See my journal/thread on the fitness subforum. I don't make a huge effort to eat a ton of protein, but I am aware of my daily consumption and try to include a variety of plant foods such as whole grains, vegetables, and beans and nuts/seeds to meet protein needs without going too crazy obsessing over every detail. I do protein powders here and there but they are not a staple. I am small and probably not the best example of someone with a lot of muscle, but I can do functional activities like lift and carry our canoe up to a quarter of a mile, and backpack 10-13 miles with twenty or thirty lbs on my back, or short portage 50 lbs of gear on my back over wilderness trails on canoe camping trips. So I wouldn't call myself frail either.
I don't think it matters a huge amount when you do with the meat but giving it to homeless people sounds like a reasonable idea, provided it's practical for you.