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My name is Adair! I just started training for a triathlon 6 weeks ago. I ate meat for 25 years, then I did a 3 week detox with my accupuncturist, which led me to realize that dairy and meat made me sick and were causing lots of problems! I Quickly a vegan, for the most part. My meals consisted of
Breakfast: grapefruit & green tea
snack: apples and raw almond butter
lunch : mixed green salad with bean protein
snack : apples with raw almond butter or lara bar
dinner: mixed green salad with bean protein
When I ate this way I felt great! I had lots of energy, but hungry a lot! I never included sugar in my diet during the week. Everything was natural. On the weekends I cheated a little, drank a few glasses of wine maybe, or would make vegan cookies, or I would find myself eating more breads / wheat.
When I started training for a 1/2 triathlon, I realized I needed more protein and a more balanced diet, besides greens! I needed vega powder!
However, I have been gaining weight and i am not happy about it!!!! I went from around 123 pounds to 130 pounds! I am 5 3' so a few pounds makes a big difference!
Help!!! Is this normal?
My new diet consists of
Breakfast: Vega protein shake
snack: Apples and raw almond butter (not as much as I used to eat, but still a little ) or half a vega energy bar
lunch: mixed green salad with bean proteins
snack: again still apples and raw almond butter or half a energy bar
Dinner: Vegetable stir fry or mixed green salad
(really the only thing that has changed is the breakfast!) I usually never ate any stevia or agave nectar products, but I don't think it should effect my body that much! or could it? Also, I am only 6 weeks into my training, so I don't think I could have gain that much muscle that fast!
Overall I finally feel full, but i do feel more tired! (which also could be the training) (My workouts have stayed the same, since I was pretty active except i have longer swims on saturdays and longer bike rides on sundays!)
Anyone have advice? I don't want to quit taking the protein shakes, but im wondering if they are part of the cause!!!
I used to eat a lot of Organic edamame. I know that everyone says soy is bad, so I decided to quit it for awhile, especially while I start taking the Vega protein powders. Before when I ate the soy i felt fine, but now that i am not eating the soy I feel tired.... Was I addicted? haha i ate shelled edamame a lot on my salads. I know change causes stress on the body, but should it be causing me to be that much more tired now?
ANY Help is much appreciated!
P.S. I slept fine before and still sleep great now!
I don't drink caffeine......... but could my cortisol levels be up just from the new training exercises? How long will it take for my body to get used to this?
It sounds like your accupuncturist helped you design your diet? It is a great meal plan for cleansing and recovering from injury. Have you read Brendans books Thrive and Thrive Fitness? Thrive is essentially health through raw whole plant based nutrition, it's a very cleansing, therapuetic diet unto itself.
Not certain of your portion size, I venture to say you are calorically deficient for the trainning you are doing. I know it sounds backwards but if you short change your body it will try to hang onto anything it gets... a famine response.
You said breakfast is now VEGA PROTIEN SHAKE? you mean the Vega Sport Performance Protien? That might not provide all the requirements to kickstart your day. I highly recomend using the Whole Food Health Optimizer to start your day it provides all the nutrients to fuel a full day. Then use the VSPP for post workout recovery. This should optimize your metabolic performance and speed recovery times giving you more energy and improve your trainning.
Give the whole Thrive lifestyle a try! Even run it past your accupuncturist and your trainner I'm sure they'll approve. Brendan really knows his stuff! look around Vega Community there are some amazing people that are getting amazing results with a raw-whole food lifestyle. Thrive was designed with maximum performance in mind, not just in sport, but in life as a whole!
Good luck and good health!