SparkPeople Vegan and Vegetarian Bodybuilding and Fitness Team Messageboard This team is for vegetarians and vegans into serious body toning and shaping without animal protein. Share your recipes, workouts and successes! SparkPeople Vegan and Vegetarian Bodybuilding and Fitness Team Messageboard Work lunch inspiration required! I am in dire need of a work lunch makeover - I don't have a lot of time to prep lunch so sometimes I just end up buying, but I'd prefer to know prep my own - ideas? Thu, 13 Mar 2014 02:01:56 EST New year resolutions? Anybody have any new year resolutions this year? Mine was "do the same as 2013 but better!" - work harder at the gym, put more effort into uni and work, and make the most of time with my family, friends, partner and of course, myself :) Mon, 20 Jan 2014 14:01:38 EST Brand new baby lifter, here! So to be TOTALLY honest, I'm not looking so much to body build -- I'm focused entirely on the practical ("how much can I lift") vs the aesthetic ("how big are my muscles") -- But a group for vegans and vegetarians to gab about weight training? Count me in! <BR> <BR> I've got a question though-- how did you (yes, you!) get involved in vege and in weight training? :D Sun, 22 Dec 2013 09:57:08 EST A wee bit of pre-christmas excitement - UNITY I don't know about you guys, but I'm pretty excited about this film and hope they finish it soon! anyway I thought I would share the link to the sneak peak for those of you who may not have seen it yet... <link> </link> Sat, 21 Dec 2013 02:15:23 EST Share your Christmas and New Year foodie tips! Anyone have any good vege Christmas recipes/ideas? do you hold back as much as you can or let yourself splurge? <BR> <BR> For me, I'm spending the holidays with my boyfriend's family - luckily they are very vege friendly so it might not be too bad - though they can be a bad influence in the beverage department! I'll have to make sure I pack some running and hiking gear and try to burn what I can't resist! Wed, 4 Dec 2013 20:29:25 EST Re-introduce yourselves! we really need to get this team moving again! over 200 members and absolutely no action?? <BR> <BR> Is anyone prepping for a competition or sports event? Trying any new eating regimes? <BR> <BR> Personally, I've definitely been feeling stronger, but I really need to start focusing on a cutting diet in order to get my summer bod! It's also a wee bit of practice for when I decide to do my first competition... <BR> <BR> If anyone has any cutting advice for an ovo-vegetarian, for leaning out w... Sat, 16 Nov 2013 20:51:25 EST October Fitness Test results Post your results in here guys! I won't be able to do my test until Friday, but I'm excited to see everyone else's! Tue, 1 Oct 2013 20:13:07 EST Vegetarian Meal Plan & Exercise Plan Hi guys, <BR> I'm trying to shake up my routine and meal plan, any ideas/sites people know of? My goals at the moment are basically slim down and show off the tone I've managed to build up so far - then maybe I'll build a bit more later... <BR> <BR> Technically I eat a pescatarian diet (once in a blue moon, I stray for some prawns or shellfish), I tend to avoid dairy apart from my whey protein powder (and I'm thinking about choosing a plant-based powder next time) <BR> <BR> I do eat eggs bu... Sun, 30 Sep 2012 00:29:29 EST Can someone fix team goals? "Not defined" Our team goals don't seem to be functioning. <BR> <BR> Right now they all read "Not defined." Can these be fixed? Thanks much! Tue, 19 Jun 2012 09:59:34 EST Advice for 4th & 5th graders at Eco Fair Hey guys! <BR> <BR> I know this team has been quiet, but I thought I'd drop in and try to get some ideas :) <BR> <BR> I have been asked to participate in an Eco Fair here in Saipan (a tropical island near Guam) in April. For several days, all the 4th and 5th graders on the island will be bussed in to the local Federal Park. They asked if I would set up a small activity/education booth. So I was trying to think of fun and interesting info/demos/activities. The theme of the Eco Fest is a lo... Wed, 14 Mar 2012 17:55:02 EST New to Building Hi team! <BR> <BR> I am a vegetarian and working on to be vegan. I have been more of a cardio person for a while. but I am wanting to get stronger now and tone up more. Right now i am doing Jamie Eason's LIVEFIT 12-Week Trainer Challenge. All her meal plan is based on eggs and meat. I make my own food. I need more idea for protein. I am gluten/dairy/soy free. Trying to be sugar free too. <BR> <BR> My name is Suman and i am 43 year old. My kid's are all grown up and so much free time now. Sun, 8 Jan 2012 20:57:22 EST New to Building Hi team! <BR> <BR> I am a vegetarian hoping to go vegan for the new year (did a month of 100% vegan and loved it - just found it hard to stick to because of convenience... and a love of my local farmer's raw cheese...) <BR> <BR> I have been more of a cardio person for a while, doing small runs mostly... but I am wanting to get stronger now and tone up more! <BR> <BR> My time is very limited (I have to get up at 4:20am as it is to get to the gym before work) so hoping to find some quick... Thu, 15 Dec 2011 06:05:28 EST General Contest Prep - Can someone give overview? I am a vegan who has decided she'd like to compete in either figure or bikini (not sure which one, not sure how I look super lean). <BR> <BR> The aspects of contest prep that mystify me are the differences between off-season and contest-prep lifestyles. <BR> <BR> For example, how far out before a show does one need to start watching their carbs? I've heard a bit about carb cycling, when does that start? What is the lifestyle like when you are officially "prepping for a contest"? <BR> <BR>... Mon, 27 Jun 2011 10:14:34 EST Hi, let's activate this board! Haven't exercised regularly for a while, but determined to get better and get a great restart. Doing C25K, and thinking about joining a "boot camp" workout class. Looking forward to working with all of you! Wed, 11 May 2011 21:49:10 EST AJofkdjnvse Hey. I'm thomi. I don't want to be vegan or vegetarian. I love beef. BUT, I have high blood pressure, and i am willing to not eat, sigh, meat anymore if it will lower my blood pressure. So will it? No more Delmonicos or Porterhouses? If it has worked for anyone else let me know. Thanks. Thomi. <BR> Fri, 25 Feb 2011 10:23:49 EST Hello. My name is Marsha. I live in Indianapolis, IN...home of the world famous Indianapolis 500. My ultimate long term goal is to be able to complete an Ironman. My more immediate goal is to be able to rock a tank top this summer...without worrying about bat wings. <em>30</em> Mon, 14 Feb 2011 15:42:14 EST February Challenge ...Bring It!!! <em>26</em> There are 16 days left in February. Let's make each one count! <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> Here is your February challenge should you choose to accept it: <BR> <BR> Post your total poundage lifted in your daily workout. Here's an example... <BR> <BR> Leg Press 50 lbs/10 reps 4 sets <BR> Leg Curls 40 lbs/10 reps 4 sets <BR> Calf Raises 20 lbs/10 reps 4 sets <BR> <BR> 50x10x4=2000 lbs <BR> 40x10x4=1600 lbs <BR> 20x10x4=800 lbs <BR> <BR> You lifted 4400 lbs!! Just stop by the for... Fri, 11 Feb 2011 20:37:32 EST Please help- meal/snack timing Can anyone give me advice on when to plan my snacks? Pre or post workout? I'm trying to lose a lot of weight. <BR> <BR> I generally eat oatmeal for breakfast around 9 am. Then a spinach, bean, veggie, walnut oil and vinegar salad for lunch around 12ish. Sometimes with a wheat roll. <BR> <BR> I do about 45 minutes of walking/jogging or other cardio at 3pm. Should I snack before or after? I usually snack on a piece of fruit and about a tablespoon of peanut butter. <BR> <BR> Any advice on ti... Tue, 28 Dec 2010 20:34:53 EST Hello - new powerlifter here Hello all, <BR> <BR> I am a lacto-vegetarian (vegan leaning, but I pick my battles) looking to get into powerlifting. while not really bodybuilding I know there is a bit of overlap in the communities. So, I'm here hoping to find advice, inspiration, and support as I enter a new arena and try to push my limits in a new and exciting way. So here's to all of you - thanks for being here and I look forward to learning as much as can. Cheers. Sat, 11 Dec 2010 16:35:11 EST A Mature Newbie October 14, 2010 marked my 57th birthday. Always hated exercise.....hmmmm....I guess I still do. However, I love being healthy and thank goodness, according to my recent physical, I am. I come from a family of centenarian women, so, I plan to be around for a while. I am now committed to being a strong healthy buffed centenarian....slowly, safely, and without a trainer. I'm open to any "baby step" suggestions and options. Stop by my SparkPage when you have an opportunity. <BR> <em>213</em> Sat, 30 Oct 2010 15:33:13 EST Divegoddess' muscle building challenge I am post comp now, entering a new phase to gain more muscle. I got down to 91 lbs, and I'm a bit scrawny right now, now up to 92.5 lbs post comp. <BR> <BR> My new goal is to gain 8 lbs of lean mass and get back up to 100 lbs without gaining any fat. My vegan trainer told me to take advantage of this time post comp because the body will be craving for nutrients and this is the time to make the most gains, or rebound and gain back fat. So I've decided to take advantage of this time to try to ... Sat, 9 Oct 2010 09:11:47 EST pre competition training and dieting I've been preparing for this year's competition in Figure on Sept 25. I have 5 weeks to go. I am going to come in 10 lbs less than I did last year because I lost a lot of muscle while I was on my raw vegan cleanse, which I was doing to get rid of a tumor. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I am at about 19% body fat according to measurements with calipers but look a bit leaner. I am not as buff as I was last year, but it's ok, the judges said i had too much muscle for figure. <BR> <BR> I got an online vegan... Sat, 21 Aug 2010 09:16:51 EST Seitan fears .... I bought some seitan and, according to the instructions on the box, you can eat it in salads without cooking it. Now, I've never tried it and, to be honest, it doesn't look that good to me. I'm usually pretty brave with new stuff but veganism has me shy! <BR> <BR> Can anyone tell me what it tastes like? It's already seasoned and can be eaten raw or cooked. What is it's texture? Is it really okay to eat it right out of the package on a salad or is it much better to cook it? Mon, 5 Jul 2010 00:04:59 EST May Challenge- Weigh in I am attemting to lose my last 5 pounds-What is ur weigh in goal. Weigh in once a week so we can hold each other accountable <em>224</em> Sun, 9 May 2010 12:27:27 EST How much water did u drink today? Please post how much water u intake each day. Together we can encourage and motivate each other 2 drink more water <em>304</em> Fri, 7 May 2010 18:53:36 EST cellulite / good story to share to give me Hope? Did anyone has lost some or most of their cottage cheese/ celullite by dieting and Toning? <BR> <BR> Any hopeful story out there? <BR> <BR> Also if you guys have any tip : cream/ treatment diet regarding this issues I would really appreciate it. <BR> <BR> Thank you SO MUCH for taking the time to answer. Sun, 11 Apr 2010 10:42:32 EST April Challenge Workout at least 3 days a week for 50 minutes, we all can do that. Check in everyday you workout <em>244</em> Sat, 10 Apr 2010 11:38:06 EST March Challenge Sparkteam challenge: Complete 30 minutes of weight training at least 3x a week- Post your results each Saturday. Wed, 24 Feb 2010 21:12:36 EST Is it possible? Is it possible to get new forums in this team? I was just thinking it might be nice to have a challenge forum and... maybe a dedicated nutrition forum? Mon, 22 Feb 2010 10:51:20 EST How do get your protein and other essentials? How do you make sure you are getting all the things your body needs. It always seems as if I am not getting enough protein. I add protein shakes to my diet and I seemed bigger, It may just be in my mind. Please tell me what you think Fri, 15 Jan 2010 18:13:48 EST What are u willing to do n 2010? Wha are you willing to do different in 2010 to reach you goals? Log n every day to share your plan of action <em>304</em> Sat, 9 Jan 2010 13:10:01 EST green smoothies Here is some info on making green smoothies. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>htm </link> Mon, 23 Nov 2009 00:25:43 EST It's World Vegetarian Month!!! Just wanted to introduce myself and let everyone know that October 1st began World Vegetarian Month. If you would like more information on this please go to: <BR> <BR> <BR> Stevie <BR> Sun, 4 Oct 2009 01:36:04 EST Check in with Emoticon Hi team! <BR> <BR> Please visit our team once a day or when you are on the computer, simply leave a emoticon about how you are feeling. Let's get this party started. <em>244</em> Fri, 3 Jul 2009 16:06:46 EST Vegetarian topics I have a few articles posted at my page about vegetarianism. Input from team members would be greatly appreciated. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ight-Loss-Examiner </link> Fri, 26 Jun 2009 09:03:53 EST Today with Emoticon Express how you are feeling <em>244</em> Tue, 9 Jun 2009 18:49:24 EST new to the group Hi I am new to the group and spark people.My name is katheryne, I am 24, married and have 2 kids, Autumn who is 2 and Logan who will be one in a few weeks. I am really trying to focus on toning up my body now that I have lost all of my baby weight. I am also studying to be a personal trainer. I love hiking, running, yoga, pretty much any working out :D Tue, 2 Jun 2009 16:57:37 EST Best way to get results? What have you been doing that has been giving you the best toning results? A certain DVD, working with a trainer, a certain move or a class that you are taking? <BR> <BR> I know it can be a combo of so many things but what is one thing that you know makes a ton of difference for you? Wed, 27 May 2009 10:43:39 EST What's better? Using a straight bar with weights...(Like Cathe DVDs) or dumbbells in each hand. What is the big difference when it comes to gaining muscle between the two? <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 26 May 2009 10:36:40 EST New to the Team, SP, and Being Vegan Hi, I just recently started working towards becoming vegetarian/vegan. Sometime in October I was just looking at some nutrition and fitness articles, and saw something about being vegatarian, so I did some research about the health benefits of a vegetarian lifestyle. <BR> <BR> The first site I came across was the PETA site, and I downloaded the Starter Kit. I had never really "wanted" to know how animals we eat are treated (and I think most meat eaters would rather avoid that, too), but onc... Tue, 30 Dec 2008 13:30:30 EST chit chat lounge Please come in and talk about anything. I've been here alone talking to myself, I hope others will join me. Sun, 7 Dec 2008 03:44:44 EST Introduction Please Introduce yourself here, and why you decided to join this team. Sun, 7 Dec 2008 03:41:53 EST the protein question I'm just venting here, I'm just amazed at how meat oriented people think vegetarians can't get enough protein. It's even worse in the body building circles. I'm pretty much "in the closet" because trying to explain how my I get my protein just leads to heated arguments of meat eaters defending their animal protein and how their protein is "higher quality". <BR> <BR> I was looking for on line training to prepare for a body building competition next year and I've been making inquiries and wh... Mon, 24 Nov 2008 18:46:48 EST My off season diet I'm still figuring this out but I'm posting my diet here. I'll be trying out different diets. <BR> <BR> Meal 1 <BR> <BR> 1/2 cup oats or quinoa <BR> 1 scoop protein powder (rice, pea or hemp) <BR> 1/2 cup berries <BR> <BR> Meal 2 <BR> protein shake with banana <BR> 2 cups greens <BR> 1 cup hemp or rice milk <BR> <BR> Meal 3 <BR> 3-4 cups raw vegetables <BR> 1 cup brown rice, wild rice or quinoa <BR> 2 tspns hemp seeds, sesame seeds <BR> tempeh, tofu or seitan <BR> <BR> Meal 4 <BR> 1/2 ... Mon, 24 Nov 2008 08:51:43 EST My new goal: serious body building and going vegan I placed second in my figure competition last saturday. The girl who placed first didn't have much muscle definition. Maybe I'm too buff for figure. I was told by the judges that I should try for body building. <BR> <BR> Well, that is my plan, I think I can do it. Mon, 13 Oct 2008 12:16:16 EST What's the point of soy cheese if it's not vegan?! If soy cheese has milk protein in it, why not just buy the real dairy-based cheese? Is there a reason for soy cheese besides going vegan and avoiding the dairy? I'm just irritated because I bought Veggy singles and it has Casein in it. I should have read the ingredients. Thu, 2 Oct 2008 10:44:51 EST Anybody read "Skinny Bitch"? Very eye-opening!! I read it last night and could not put it down. I'm still not totally against being an omnivore, but I can only condone it if the meat is certified humane. Personally, I've been vegetarian for a week now anyway, but I'm going to cut out the cheese now. I do think it's strange that we consume the milk produced by the mammary glands of other animals. It makes sense that only growing babies (of all species) need mom's milk. It might be a "delicacy" but my body DOES NOT NEED it. Nobody's bod... Wed, 1 Oct 2008 14:14:10 EST Hi! hello all, <BR> <BR> I relatively new to this team - and just getting into the swing of using spark teams. <BR> <BR> I'm a near-vegan, and very interested in dropping a few pounds (10-20) over the course of this year. Mostly though I'd ilke to gain muscle, definition, and lose some fat. I'm currently relatively fit, but would like to become a better runner, and gain in strength as well. <BR> <BR> I have been at a plateau of between 140 and 143 for MONTHs, and not seeing any change there... Tue, 30 Sep 2008 16:44:50 EST Figure Competition Last min prep So today I am 11 days out. I will be posting here daily. <BR> <BR> Sept 30, Tues <BR> <BR> I was hungry this morning so I didn't go do my am fasted cardio-the weather got bad and it's thundering <BR> <BR> My plan today is <BR> am: 45 min cardio (DVD?? kick boxing?) <BR> leg workout: squats, lunges, duckwalk pop squats lots of walking lunges <BR> glutes: one-legged squat, reverse hyper extensions, glute bridges, plie squat <BR> <BR> PM: beach run weather permitting, run up and down stairs ... Mon, 29 Sep 2008 18:29:36 EST Example of my competition diet In case you are wondering how I get a ton of protein (135-160 grams a day) and what my competition diet looks like. I'm still supplementing with whey protein. I eat less soy and more legumes further out of the competition but I have to keep carbs low and protein high. <BR> <BR> Meal 1 <BR> oatmeal <BR> tofu scamble with veggies <BR> <BR> Meal 2 <BR> oatmeal <BR> whey protein (switching to hemp or rice protein) <BR> 1 serving fruit <BR> almond milk made from ground almonds or nut butter <B... Mon, 29 Sep 2008 00:33:52 EST looking for a buddy Well, I did it again...overate last night! This has GOT to stop. I have a big goal to achieve--drop 15 pounds by November 9! If I can keep it together on the weekends, I know I can do it...however, if I keep doing what I've been doing, I'll be lucky to maintain where I am! My DH and I each set 3 fitness and physique goals for ourselves, and a reward is in store for each of us if we achieve all 3. My reward is very meaningful to me, and I don't want to see the remaining 10 weeks of our 12... Sun, 31 Aug 2008 15:31:06 EST newbi looking for advice for all you ladies that are working it and looking so fab <BR> please share <BR> what advice would you give for those of us starting up? <BR> what is your work out routine <BR> how did you start <BR> where any of you overweight when starting? <BR> cherie <BR> Tue, 5 Aug 2008 08:37:50 EST veg toning diet Has anyone here tried a vegetarian diet that gives you addaquate protein and calories for toning. I am interested in the Eat Clean diet but so much is meat based. I'd have to get a little creative to use those recipes (which is fine). Just wondered if anyone had found a great book with GOOD food, hopefull easy to prepare? Thu, 17 Jul 2008 22:33:55 EST veg toning diet Has anyone here tried a vegetarian diet that gives you addaquate protein and calories for toning. I am interested in the Eat Clean diet but so much is meat based. I'd have to get a little creative to use those recipes (which is fine). Just wondered if anyone had found a great book with GOOD food, hopefull easy to prepare? Thu, 17 Jul 2008 22:33:50 EST veg toning diet Has anyone here tried a vegetarian diet that gives you addaquate protein and calories for toning. I am interested in the Eat Clean diet but so much is meat based. I'd have to get a little creative to use those recipes (which is fine). Just wondered if anyone had found a great book with GOOD food, hopefull easy to prepare? Thu, 17 Jul 2008 22:33:41 EST veg toning diet Has anyone here tried a vegetarian diet that gives you addaquate protein and calories for toning. I am interested in the Eat Clean diet but so much is meat based. I'd have to get a little creative to use those recipes (which is fine). Just wondered if anyone had found a great book with GOOD food, hopefull easy to prepare? Thu, 17 Jul 2008 22:33:16 EST Vegetarian... BFFM... Can they work together??? Hello everyone. I think.. hope.. this is exactly the group I am looking for. I am in the process of pursuing a new, healthier lifestyle. I tried being a lacto-ovo vegetarian once.. and failed miserably. I'm ready and determined to try again. Problem is, I'm also trying to follow BFFM to obtain a bodybuilder-type toned body. Someone in the BFFM group suggested I check out this group. So.. How on Earth do you guys do it? Is anyone following BFFM? Or does anyone have a better suggestion... Tue, 15 Jul 2008 12:31:57 EST What is your staple? What do you eat on a daily basis that you consider a staple of your diet? I mean actual food, not supplements or shakes. I'm just curious because I'm cutting out meat and dairy and I find I feel hungry all the time. I don't know anyone else with this lifestyle so you're my only examples. =D <BR> Tue, 11 Mar 2008 23:07:18 EST Soy Protein Powder? I'm just wondering how some people get so much protein (120 g/day??) does anyone use soy protein powder or know any healthy or unhealthy benefits? Thu, 6 Mar 2008 21:16:20 EST Lose Fat Without Muscle I am currently losing weight using Joel Fuhrman's Eat to Live approach (vegan diet of fresh fruits, vegetables, cooked greens, legumes, nuts, very limited grains, no added salt, sugar, oil). <BR> <BR> I love this way of eating. I feel great, healthy, my skin has improved, everything is better. There is only one thing -- I lose weight pretty rapidly with this approach, including inevitable muscle loss. <BR> <BR> I know that losing fat and gaining muscle at the same time are pretty difficult... Mon, 4 Feb 2008 12:55:27 EST So glad to see this group! No muscle loss? Hi, <BR> <BR> I just want to say that after a horrible year emotionally and physically, I am now vegan but don't want to lose my precious muscle (and still lose this fat). <BR> <BR> I'm going to look forward in the new year (well, starting last month) and rejoin the spark. It's great to see this group has started and I see there are only a few of us... hope to see everyone succeed. <BR> <BR> Lindsay Sat, 22 Dec 2007 04:07:08 EST CLA I am told CLA is good for Veg body builders, as is the protein shakes. I stay away from protein shakes because they are also too packed with calories, but I am intrigued by the CLA. Have you had experiences with it? Is it safe? Mon, 3 Sep 2007 12:07:04 EST 21 day detox Today I am starting the 21 day detox. I screwed up the first time by binging on chocolate. I went to the seminar last night and the more I hear about what they are doing to the animals and meat , the more I am covinced that I do not want to consume meat. I will be monitoring my calories, protein and body fat closely the next 21 days. Sun, 5 Aug 2007 21:33:05 EST August Challenge Even if I seem to be alone here, I'm going to try to challenge myself to getting back on tack in August. <BR> I've been slacking off on cardio lately so I need to get back into cardio at least 3 times a week. HIIT 2x a week to start. Wed, 1 Aug 2007 10:05:20 EST Some interesting links on vegetarian body building This has a sample of a vegan as well as vegetarian food plan for body builders <BR> <BR><BR>odybuilding.aspx <BR> <BR><BR>glish/news/news002/meatless_muscle.html <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 27 Jul 2007 11:45:22 EST Starting weight and body fat July 20th <BR> <BR> starting weight: 95 lbs <BR> body fat based on waist measurement: 15.84 <BR> waist 24 <BR> caliper test: <BR> triceps: 3mm <BR> abdomen (vertical measurement) 6mm <BR> spurallic:(diagonal) 6mm <BR> <BR> 12.88% that seems way too low, I was expecting around 17%. <BR> <BR> I have lost some fat on my abdominal area since starting capoeira, but the fat on my legs still haven't decreased. <BR> <BR> Based on this website <BR><BR>t_ca... Fri, 20 Jul 2007 03:33:11 EST Welcome Hi I just started this team because I am seriously into changing my body composition, but all the serious body builders and people into toning seem to believe that animal protein is essential to building muscle. <BR> I have been a vegetarian for nearly 20 years, and I happen to gain muscle quite quickly, even on about 40 grams of plant protein a day. <BR> I would love to have a forum to exchange information about building a lean toned body without the consumption of animal products. Fri, 20 Jul 2007 03:05:20 EST