vegan building

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I love anything that involves the ocean. Swimming, snorkelling or surfing are all fun, which distracts from your mind that you are actually doing a workout. Being outdoors in the sun and the salt water is great for freeing your mind and feeling alive.

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80kg > 55kg > 65kg

I’ve had a lot of different stages in my life. From eating too much as a kid and being severely overweight (left), to not eating enough and losing almost all of my muscle (middle). I have worked very hard to give and rebuild everything I have deprived my body off in the past. In the picture on the right, I feel better than ever, despite gaining a fair amount of weight, which scared me in the past. Losing weight is not always the answer to all life questions. Remember that.

Remember, you can get ample amounts of protein from WHOLE, PLANT BASED FOODS, and NO, you do not need to chug protein smoothies to get gains. IN FACT too much protein in the body is incredibly inflammatory!! REMEMBER THIS! Yes, you can get too much!
Meat/whey (dairy) based protein is also inflammatory and is actually harder for the body to use to make muscles! Imagine what the body goes through being so burdened with inflammation.. and then you add more protein on top of that? Yikes!

I’m not kidding everyone, this is all true, scientific information that you can RESEARCH for yourself. Please, do your body a favour and go VEGAN! It is not a joke, you are hurting your body with animal products!

Watch this video here if you want more information

🌱💪 Vegans often hear: “but where do you get your protein?” Well, thanks to a large study that compared the nutrient profiles of around 30,000 non-vegetarians to 20,000 vegetarians and around 5,000 vegans. We now know that vegans average 70% more protein than the recommendation every day.

So protein is by far the most overstated nutrient. People are unnecessarily obsessed with protein - but it’s very, very difficult to actually be deficient in protein, and only people who are falling far short of their recommended daily calorie requirement (such as people with eating disorders) will be deficient in protein.

It is very easy for a vegan diet to meet the recommendations for protein. Nearly all vegetables, beans, grains, nuts, and seeds contain some, and often much, protein. Fruits, sugars, fats, and alcohol do not provide much protein, so a diet based only on these foods would have a good chance of being too low in protein. However, not many vegans live on only bananas, candy, margarine, and beer. Vegans eating varied diets containing vegetables, beans, grains, nuts, and seeds shouldn’t have any difficulty getting enough protein as long as their diet contains enough energy (calories) to maintain weight.

Athletes such as bodybuilders of course have a greater daily requirement for protein, and we’ve covered many vegan athletes building huge amounts of strength and muscle without any issues. There is normally no advantage in consuming more than 0.82g/lb (1.8g/kg) of protein per day to preserve or build muscle. This already includes a very safe mark-up. There hasn’t been any recorded advantage of consuming more than 0.64g/lb. The only exceptions to this rule could be individuals with extraordinarily high anabolic hormone levels (steroid users).

Transformation Tuesday, even though it’s an hour into Wednesday…
One year of fitness and lifting, and 6 months of veganism. One year into building more strength than I ever thought was possible for me, both mentally and physically. I have come so far and honestly, I am so damn proud of myself. If you told me I would be eating oreos before hitting the gym to squat and deadlift 2 years ago, I would have thought you were lying. Now I regularly eat oreos as a pre-workout snack most days without a second thought. (Can we also just take a second to recognize that booty progress though hot damn….) This year has been a year of healing for me. A year I finally made peace with my body and learned that if I care for it properly, it will show.
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