This week I am researching Vegan Bodybuilding, to see how this fits into my lifestyle. I am using two books specifically, and many other smaller sources.
I tried a vegan diet once before and felt unprepared for the myriad of information I needed to figure out. This time, with more knowledge of nutrition and my own personal needs I feel confident that I know the right questions and information I need to look for.
Cheeke’s book was the first book I hit. There is wonderful information in this book including protein needs, meal plans, training programs. It is geared towards the bodybuilding athlete, and I also found it to be a great source of information on vegan living, in general.
It is broken down into veganism, bodybuilding, how to compete, equipment, resources, supplements, and where to get your protein. The section on nutrition is even broken down into smaller units comprised of mass building, fat burning, precontest, maintenance, raw food, and soy and gluten free.
I am personally not going to supplement my protein with soy- there is enough evidence that this is a bad way to go for me, so there being a whole section based on soy and gluten free as well was quite lovely. That is the way I eat, and I am not willing to add gluten products in, use sugar, or even use gluten subsitiutes other than coconut or almond flour.
The chapter on protein is also worth the price of the book. There are so many options. Did I mention I also don’t like starchy proteins like beans or rice and also am not a potato fan? I am making constant notes:
Tempeh- unprocessed and fermented soy- the only source of soy I will consider
Seeds and Nuts in general
Hemp seeds- huge source of nutrition and enzymes if eaten raw
Spinach and greens
If all else fails some pea protein powder to make up any bad days…
The end of the book is full of amazing resources- where to buy clothes, food, supplements, websites to peruse, books to take a look at, animal rights organizations, and an amazing assortment of nutrition and wellness suggestions.
Cheeke, Robert. Vegan Bodybuilding and Fitness: The Complete Guide to Building Your Body on a Plant Based Diet. Healthy Living Publications; Summertown, Tennessee, 2010.
https://fighterdiet.com- Pauline Nordine now has a vegan based diet plan!
Bainbridge, Steven, Gluten Free Vegan-Natural Bodybuilding and Fitness Nutrition: Building Muscle Fast with Vegan Bodybuilding Recipes and Vegan Muscle growth Meals. Digital Direct Publishing, 2014.