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Becca Borawski 01-19-2012 12:17 PM

Secret Advice of a Vegan CrossFitter
 
So I know it's not the most popular mode of nutrition in the CrossFit world, but the fact remains there are a fair number of vegan/vegetarian CrossFitters out there. I recently asked a student/friend/vegan-chef to write an article for BreakingMuscle.com on this topic and I think she did a great write-up. If you know anybody who's considering going vegan or is just feeling outnumbered at your affiliate by the meat-eaters, this is a great article for him/her.

http://breakingmuscle.com/nutrition/...an-crossfitter (wfs)

Graeme Moore 01-19-2012 04:14 PM

Re: Secret Advice of a Vegan CrossFitter
 
Thanks Becca, great article.

I've just gone veggie (lacto-ovo) in support of my wife's efforts to improve her health. I'm loving it so far and have not suffered any adverse effects in terms of recovery/performance. It's a challenge to change the way we cook but an enjoyable one!

Jon Clingenpeel 01-20-2012 05:45 PM

Re: Secret Advice of a Vegan CrossFitter
 
Thanks

Becca Borawski 01-23-2012 07:18 PM

Re: Secret Advice of a Vegan CrossFitter
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Jon Clingenpeel (Post 1025513)
Thanks

You're welcome! They linked to the article on the Affiliate Blog today, too -- turns out there's some vegan/vegetarian box-owners out there, as well!

Daniel Mead 01-28-2012 08:27 AM

Re: Secret Advice of a Vegan CrossFitter
 
As another one of Those Pesky Vegans, it's nice to see a CF-related article promoting my questionable dietary choice. :D

For any other veggies/vegans/omnis out there, I can heartily recommend this set of recipes on Mike Mahler's site (WFS) :

http://www.mikemahler.com/online-lib...gan-meals.html

The Coconut Power Shake is especially sexy.

Richard Aldrich 01-28-2012 11:39 PM

Re: Secret Advice of a Vegan CrossFitter
 
I am trying to act as if I'm going vegan just so i can take interest in greens, what they can do for my mind, performance and my physique. I appreciate the direction.

Becca Borawski 02-07-2012 10:03 PM

Re: Secret Advice of a Vegan CrossFitter
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Graeme Moore (Post 1025056)
Thanks Becca, great article.

I've just gone veggie (lacto-ovo) in support of my wife's efforts to improve her health. I'm loving it so far and have not suffered any adverse effects in terms of recovery/performance. It's a challenge to change the way we cook but an enjoyable one!

You're welcome, Graeme - and kudos to you for supporting your wife in such an awesome way!

Becca Borawski 02-07-2012 10:05 PM

Re: Secret Advice of a Vegan CrossFitter
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Daniel Mead (Post 1028083)
As another one of Those Pesky Vegans, it's nice to see a CF-related article promoting my questionable dietary choice. :D

For any other veggies/vegans/omnis out there, I can heartily recommend this set of recipes on Mike Mahler's site (WFS) :

http://www.mikemahler.com/online-lib...gan-meals.html

The Coconut Power Shake is especially sexy.

Daniel --

Glad you enjoyed it! Danette has since posted a second article and will be a regular writer for our site -- she will be posting an article every week and while it won't be front and center about veganism every time, it is definitely a big part of who she is and I think vegans, vegetarians, and healthy eaters of any type will be able to relate to her articles really well.

This link will take you to her two current articles -
http://breakingmuscle.com/author/danette-dizzle-rivera (wfs)

And she has one coming up next week on vegan chocolate! Special for Valentine's Day! :)

Mike Johnson 02-08-2012 09:01 AM

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I'm actually amazed that she is doing so well with her diet the way it is. I'd be interested to hear what and how she would eat if her caloric intake was closer to 4,000 calories vs 2,000.

Becca Borawski 02-08-2012 03:51 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Mike Johnson (Post 1031569)
I'm actually amazed that she is doing so well with her diet the way it is. I'd be interested to hear what and how she would eat if her caloric intake was closer to 4,000 calories vs 2,000.

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?

Mike Johnson 02-08-2012 04:10 PM

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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

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Quote:

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

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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

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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

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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

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Quote:

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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