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Old 09-30-2009, 06:55 AM   #1
Wendy M Riggs
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Vegetarian & CF

Hey there,

I'm new here to crossfit. I am currently 175lbs and want to get down to 155lbs. Not only that, but I want to gain strength and endurance in the process. I don't want to be skinny fat, but skinny fit!!
So, i'm a vegetarian and I want to know if anybody else here is, and also, what a good diet plan is? I recently became a vegetarian about 2 months ago, and I'm still trying to figure it all out! Any and all help will be appreciated!
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Old 09-30-2009, 07:06 AM   #2
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Re: Vegetarian & CF

Read "The Vegetarian Myth" by Lierre Keith. It till help you understand vegetarianism much better.
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Old 09-30-2009, 07:19 AM   #3
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Look through the posts listed at the bottom of the page and use the search function.
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Old 09-30-2009, 08:47 AM   #4
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Re: Vegetarian & CF

Welcome to CrossFit, Wendy! The biggest hurdle I've encountered with veg. crossfitters so far has been getting enough protein to promote muscle growth. Are you lacto-ovo? That would be a plus. If not, what are your primary protein sources?

I'd recommend reading "The Soy Zone" by Dr. Barry Sears for a good place to start.
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Old 10-01-2009, 06:36 AM   #5
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Re: Vegetarian & CF

Hey Will,

I have been a vegetarian for a couple of months now and I'm still playing around with my protein. I have significantly scaled back my carbs, getting most of them through nuts & lentils. Also, I was taking in about 50g of protein a day - now, with the addition of lentils and protein shakes, I have been taking in about 150g of protein a day. Also, I am lacto-ovo as well.

I definitely think I will pick up that book.
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Old 10-01-2009, 06:45 AM   #6
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Re: Vegetarian & CF

If you're not doing it already, you're also going to want to start keeping a food log. Being vegetarian and CrossFitting can be pretty tough, as it is more difficult to get the proper proportions of macronutrients to fuel your performance than it is for us meat-eaters. Being on the Zone definitely helps a lot.

I have a couple of athletes who are lacto-ovo vegetarian at my affiliate, and who are doing quite well - feel free to PM me if you ever have any questions.
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Old 10-01-2009, 08:03 AM   #7
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Wendy, it's certainly possible to be vegetarian and do CF. It's not ideal, especially if you want to lose weight, but it is possible. Eat lots of eggs, and you may want to include some dairy in your diet, too.

Why did you go vegetarian, if I may ask? Health? Animal rights? Environmental concerns?
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Old 10-01-2009, 02:25 PM   #8
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Re: Vegetarian & CF

Hi Jae,

I'm curious, why would it be more difficult to lose weight being a vegetarian and doing CF? Is it just the lack of protein?

I became a vegetarian after reading and really understanding how animals are treated and killed. It's pretty awful and I can't bring myself to be apart of that industry. I love meat and i'm not against meat eaters, it's just a personal decision that I made. A lot of people encourage me to eat grass-fed or organic meat, and while that meat is healthier, the animals are held and slaughtered the same was as chemically raised animals.
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Re: Vegetarian & CF

Wil,

I forgot to answer your question. Yes, I am lacto-ovo, I also keep a food journal and a work-out log, and I downloaded a sample zone diet for veggies which I will be starting immediately.
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I became a vegetarian after reading and really understanding how animals are treated and killed. It's pretty awful and I can't bring myself to be apart of that industry. I love meat and i'm not against meat eaters, it's just a personal decision that I made. A lot of people encourage me to eat grass-fed or organic meat, and while that meat is healthier, the animals are held and slaughtered the same was as chemically raised animals.
Have you considered halal meat, which is more humanely slaughtered?
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