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Mike Johnson 02-08-2012 04:10 PM

Re: Secret Advice of a Vegan CrossFitter
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Becca Borawski (Post 1031729)
I can ask her -- I'm wondering, though, are you asking because you're wondering what someone larger than her or someone who is a guy would eat? Or because you think she should be eating 4,000 calories?

Ah sorry phrased that poorly, I am interested for myself. I have found it very difficult to get enough calories on a raw veg diet.

Rebecca Roth 02-08-2012 05:57 PM

Re: Secret Advice of a Vegan CrossFitter
 
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Originally Posted by Mike Johnson (Post 1031738)
Ah sorry phrased that poorly, I am interested for myself. I have found it very difficult to get enough calories on a raw veg diet.

More nuts, coconut products, oils, and avocado.

Michael Dries 02-09-2012 06:10 AM

Re: Secret Advice of a Vegan CrossFitter
 
I'd have to recommend against getting the bulk of your calories from nuts, or at the least don't get ALL Your extra calories from nuts.

Unless you are taking algal DHA ($$) you might not be able to balance the massive load of omega 6 you'd get from a 1000calories of nuts. Flax oil has a very poor conversion from ALA to dha+epa (less than 5% in some studies). Cashews are some of the lowest omega 6 containing nuts and even they are 7% omega 6, olive oil is 10% and walnuts are a whopping 30+%


Minimizing your omega 6 intake is the best route to go for extra calories so I would look at coconut and starchy carb sources first then resort to nuts and vegetable oils as a last resort or as a garnish.


Although he is "kind of paleo" Mat LaLonde, Ph.D. has a great nutrition seminar on health and performance over at https://opt.infusionsoft.com/cart/st...6&naviprod=290 (WFS).

He explains the science and mechanism behind metabolism and food intolerances and, although he recommends people consume pastured and grass fed animal proteins, he also explains he's not anti-vegan/vegetarian(having been one for a number of years) and offers some tips for optimizing the vegetarian and vegan diets.

Shawn M Wilson 02-09-2012 09:38 AM

Re: Secret Advice of a Vegan CrossFitter
 
I'd recommend talking to Matt Chan's wife, Cherie, out of CrossFit Verve and ask her about being a Vegan and a crossfitter.

She's one of those who's been down the path and has nutrition down to an art.

Mike Johnson 02-09-2012 10:09 AM

Re: Secret Advice of a Vegan CrossFitter
 
The O6 factor does worry me for nuts. I do take DHA, but as stated it costs big bucks and it's effectiveness, well who knows. Then again avocados and coconut are expensive too, but I already eat those in regularly.

I'm pretty content with eating plenty of legumes, grains and starches, but occasionally I like to go on a raw diet for a couple of weeks and I'm trying to stay away from dropping 10lbs. in a week. Hence the interest.

Thanks Shawn I'll drop her an email.

Jay Taylor 02-09-2012 10:27 AM

Re: Secret Advice of a Vegan CrossFitter
 
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Originally Posted by Mike Johnson (Post 1032013)
The O6 factor does worry me for nuts. I do take DHA, but as stated it costs big bucks and it's effectiveness, well who knows.

Look into http://www.nuique.com/ (WFS.) You can buy 2 get 1 free which makes the price not too bad.


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