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I wanted to know if anyone is doing Insanity following a mainly vegan diet? I recently read "Eat to Live" and for me it made a lot of sense.... having a mother and an aunt both have gastric bypass the book really hit home to me and I only wish I learned about it sooner so that they could have lost the weight another way. My twin sister is well on her way down the same journey and I recommended the book to her as well, hoping she can follow it rather than to go through gastric bypass at such a young age. Anyway, I was hoping to find some support of those doing Insanity who are following a mostly vegan diet. I am not trying to say it is the best, it is just a choice I have made for myself. I will also not be buying the shakeology for my own reasons.... if it worked for you great, it is a choice I have made and I don't wish to be bombarded by more pressure to buy it.... I merely want support on how to get through this program in a healthy manor following the diet I have chosen. (I apologize if the way this has come off is harsh but I have already had numerous shpeals on why I should buy Shakeology and I don't wish to have anymore).
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RE: Insanity with a Vegan diet
6/5/12 5:32 PM as a reply to BookOmma.
Hi! I am firm believer that eating vegan while doing insanity can work! I'm in week 2, I feel great and my energy is thru the roof and I follow a mainly vegan diet. I loved the book "The Engine 2 Diet" by Rip Esselstyn... he's a world class triathlete, a firefighter and pretty easy on the eyes lol

I actually follow the elite nutrition plan pretty close. I don't stress to much about getting things perfect. I am fueling my body with healthy whole foods like beans,nuts and hummus. I track my calories and take care to keep my protien intake up. I had to make it work for me. I am seeing results and it's only week 2, so yes it can work!

This is a regular day for me.

Breakfast: home juiced carrott-apple juice (150 cal) and half a peanut butter and honey sandwich on whole grain bread.

Brunch: The other half of my PB honey sandwich.

Lunch: A giant salad and bean burrito.

Snack: handful of cashews and handful of berries.

Dinner: boca "chicken" patty with whole grain pasta, tomato sauce and a big bowl of cucumbers.

YUM
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RE: Insanity with a Vegan diet
6/5/12 5:39 PM as a reply to BookOmma.
Yay! I'm vegan as well and Love to create some forum that will keep us all together. I'm working through Insanity right now and I use a Life's basic protein blend. It's a blend of pea, hemp, rice and chia. It's a great alternative to shakeology.

Let's keep in touch!
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RE: Insanity with a Vegan diet
6/5/12 5:39 PM as a reply to BookOmma.
I have been a strict vegan for four years and was vegetarian for six years before that, so it has been a long time since this girl consumed meat. I think eating clean, as long as it's balanced, is the ultimate achievment.
I'm on week three of Insanity and just did a really tough work out. I can't say it's been easy because I'm vegan, because obviously I know no other way, however, I am doing just as well, if not better than my non-vegan boyfriend.
My main advice is STAY HYDRATED. Increasing your fiber intake by going vegan requires a lot more water, and obviously Insanity requires a lot more water too! I drink a coconut water after every work out and I usually feel a ton better afterwards. I really don't plan out my meals, because I'm a 21 year old, poor college student, but I try to get color and variation in each of my meals during the day.
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RE: Insanity with a Vegan diet
6/5/12 5:40 PM as a reply to BookOmma.
Hey,

I've been thinking about doing p90x on a mostly vegan diet. I'm about ready to finish up Insanity but it's definitely not been vegan. emoticon Lots of chicken, tuna, salmon, and turkey in there, but after seeing a few things here and there and learning about nutrition. I'd like to give it a try. I'd still probably take my whey protein but other then that I'd like to stay vegan as much as possible with the occasional chicken/salmon here and there.

Can you give me some pointers on what to eat? I've looked at things, but buying Bee pollen granules and some obscure algae just doesn't sound appetizing to me. What's a basic, easy, way to eat vegan and stay fit with doing p90x?

Emily, thanks for that day of food. Any other ideas as well?
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RE: Insanity with a Vegan diet
6/5/12 5:55 PM as a reply to BookOmma.
I don't think it really matters much as long as you eat "clean" mostly organic single ingredient foods. So long as you meet your caloric and macro-nutrient needs it should be fine. Not being vegan or vegetarian I would think the greatest concern would be getting enough protein as it is really an essential part of muscle growth and repair. there are some vegan protein powders out there I believe one is made by sun warrior. and EmHav is right it is REALLLY important to stay hydrated while doing the Insanity program. I drink 180-200 oz of water everyday.
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RE: Insanity with a Vegan diet
6/5/12 7:06 PM as a reply to EmHav.
Great! I'm definitely new to it all.... for me my goal is to eat mostly vegan but only veggies, no starches (for me). The author of the book Eat to Live calls himself a nutritarian, or someone who strives for more micro-nutrients per calorie in their diet. My goal is to eat mostly plant-based products only and have an occasional animal product once a week. I do still have bread that I bought and need to use up so again that will be limited to once a week or once every other week for me. I have found in the past a lot of whole grains just make me gain weight so since this is going to be a lifetime change for me, I need to learn how to eat better
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RE: Insanity with a Vegan diet
6/5/12 7:13 PM as a reply to BookOmma.
I am a raw vegan, have done p90x and tomorrow will be the last day of insanity! My diet consists of fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds and sprouted grains. I haven't had a problem at all with either program.
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RE: Insanity with a Vegan diet
6/5/12 7:32 PM as a reply to starjmom.
Is a raw vegan someone who only eats raw veggies/fruits? No cooking them? Good to hear you had no problems!
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RE: Insanity with a Vegan diet
6/5/12 7:41 PM as a reply to BookOmma.
Hello!


I think I might read that book as well...Have you ever seen the movie, "Forks over Knives"? I know, I know...books are always better than the movie(teehee).

I'm seriously considering eliminating most meats(if not all) from my diet. Actually, from my whole family's diet(husband and four kids). But, I don't know where to start. I have a few friends that have done numerous beachbody workouts on a vegan diet.They are healthier than they have ever been. I'm sure that their diet played a major role in their health and the exercises were the icing on the cake, toning them up and ripping them in places I didn't know a human could be ripped!

I'm guessing shakeology is mainly for the convenience? I don't use it. Mainly because it's too expensive for me right now.

If you don't mind, I would love to hear what a typical day is for you(as far as meals go, of course)

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RE: Insanity with a Vegan diet
6/5/12 7:45 PM as a reply to BookOmma.
Raw foods are foods that haven't been heated over 110 degrees farenheit, ever. So you can dehydrate stuff, sometimes even smoke foods (I mean like one would smoke fish. I don't mean like one would smoke cigars) and marinating is always good. It's a challenge but if you look around, there are some blogs where people got SERIOUS results from switching to raw foods (even without any exercise)
There's a lot of anecdotal evidence that raw foods diets help heal the body.

As for the original post: I'd recommend the Slow-Carb diet if you're new to veganism. Here's a (completely free) resource: The Slow-Carb Diet
You'll be eating lots of lentils, pinto and black beans on this diet. By "lots" I mean as much as you want. Plus, you get (and must participate in) a cheat-day once a week.
Enroll in something like that if you're afraid of trying a new diet; there is some calorie restriction but portion control isn't a big deal.
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RE: Insanity with a Vegan diet
6/5/12 7:53 PM as a reply to jenbellaplus4.
jenbellaplus4:
Hello!


I think I might read that book as well...Have you ever seen the movie, "Forks over Knives"? I know, I know...books are always better than the movie(teehee).

I'm seriously considering eliminating most meats(if not all) from my diet. Actually, from my whole family's diet(husband and four kids). But, I don't know where to start. I have a few friends that have done numerous beachbody workouts on a vegan diet.They are healthier than they have ever been. I'm sure that their diet played a major role in their health and the exercises were the icing on the cake, toning them up and ripping them in places I didn't know a human could be ripped!

I'm guessing shakeology is mainly for the convenience? I don't use it. Mainly because it's too expensive for me right now.

If you don't mind, I would love to hear what a typical day is for you(as far as meals go, of course)

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The author of the book Eat to Live also has a book called Disease proof your child, I haven't read it yet but I think it will go into more things of how a vegan diet can help your children too. He has a website here, which is his personal blog His argument is people who follow a vegan diet have a longer life span (he evaluates many studies that prove this). I really enjoyed the book, he gives you all the facts and lets you make the decisions yourself.

I haven't used Shakeology but yes, I'd say it's for convenience.... I don't believe it teaches people how to eat so I don't use it. Just my own thought on it..... So far I'm only on day 2 of my vegan diet but the simple version is fruit for breakfast (till I'm full), a salad for lunch w/ a piece of fruit (no dressing just lemon juice) and salad for dinner with beans/tofu. He recommends 1lb raw veggies and 1lb cooked/steamed veggies a day. If you aren't opposed to having bread, you could always make veggie sandwiches too.... for me, I'm limiting my carb intake so I don't eat much of it. Hope that helps you a bit but yes, I am wondering the same from some more veteran members.... what do you eat all day?
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RE: Insanity with a Vegan diet
6/5/12 8:02 PM as a reply to BookOmma.
Awesome. Thanks for the book recommendations.

For breakfast, we have wheat pancakes and some eggs. Then for lunch we usually do something like a turkey sandwich. For dinner, well, it's usually what my husband has in mind :/
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RE: Insanity with a Vegan diet
6/5/12 8:22 PM as a reply to jenbellaplus4.
Tempeh is a good meat alternative too, it is a soybean pressed cake. My husband and I used to make tacos with it. I always felt it had a potato type texture but if you season it with cumin it works for a great meat substitute! And tofu takes on the flavors it's cooked with, great as a scramble with veggies in the morning. One of my favorite dishes were portobello pizzas, take large mushroom caps, scoop out the inside and fill with chopped tomatoes with garlic, oregano, and a splash of red wine vinegar. I liked to bake them so the mushrooms were a little more tender. Oh and I've made stuffed bell peppers with the tempeh too. I used to fill them with wild rice (sometimes) or tempeh with cumin, some cabbage, mushrooms and a touch of cheese. Cook the stuffing on the stove and put your peppers in the oven while the filling cooks if you like your pepper to be a little less firm.
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RE: Insanity with a Vegan diet
6/6/12 8:16 AM as a reply to JoyousBliss.
JoyousBliss:
Yay! I'm vegan as well and Love to create some forum that will keep us all together. I'm working through Insanity right now and I use a Life's basic protein blend. It's a blend of pea, hemp, rice and chia. It's a great alternative to shakeology.

Let's keep in touch!


i agree! someone start a forum for insane vegans!! emoticon
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RE: Insanity with a Vegan diet
6/6/12 8:36 AM as a reply to SauceMcCakePie.
Thanks so much for the resources! I will check them out!
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RE: Insanity with a Vegan diet
6/6/12 8:46 AM as a reply to tphegley.
tphegley:
Hey,

I've been thinking about doing p90x on a mostly vegan diet. I'm about ready to finish up Insanity but it's definitely not been vegan. emoticon Lots of chicken, tuna, salmon, and turkey in there, but after seeing a few things here and there and learning about nutrition. I'd like to give it a try. I'd still probably take my whey protein but other then that I'd like to stay vegan as much as possible with the occasional chicken/salmon here and there.

Can you give me some pointers on what to eat? I've looked at things, but buying Bee pollen granules and some obscure algae just doesn't sound appetizing to me. What's a basic, easy, way to eat vegan and stay fit with doing p90x?

Emily, thanks for that day of food. Any other ideas as well?


You will do fine once you get the hang of it! Just start by keeping it simple! I have tried some of the "specialty" foods like spirulina and chlorella, but it's not really my style either. And, yea I agree, not very appitizeing...

My ideas would be to just try and pick out your favorite non-animal protien sources and make them staples and then just go from there! Just start by making sure you are getting enough protien and everything else will fall into place. Mashed beans are awesome... I just cook a can of beans until really soft and then mash them up and add some seasoning. So good and theres so many different kinds that I'm sure you'll find a kind you like....Also I keep a peice of fruit and a bag of raw unsalted cashews with me all the time..because theyre unsalted, you don't feel like you want to eat the whole bag. I also keep bags of my favorite frozen veggis stocked in the freezer all the time. For a quick snack I just pop a huge bowl of peas or grean beans in the mocrowave and add some seasoning.

Just try to keep meals mainly clean whole simple foods. Try not to fill up on substuitue meat products or processed foods like bread or pastas, but I have to admit I LOVE the boca chicken pattys. LOL
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RE: Insanity with a Vegan diet
6/6/12 8:48 AM as a reply to jenbellaplus4.
jenbellaplus4:
Hello!


I think I might read that book as well...Have you ever seen the movie, "Forks over Knives"? I know, I know...books are always better than the movie(teehee).

I'm seriously considering eliminating most meats(if not all) from my diet. Actually, from my whole family's diet(husband and four kids). But, I don't know where to start. I have a few friends that have done numerous beachbody workouts on a vegan diet.They are healthier than they have ever been. I'm sure that their diet played a major role in their health and the exercises were the icing on the cake, toning them up and ripping them in places I didn't know a human could be ripped!

I'm guessing shakeology is mainly for the convenience? I don't use it. Mainly because it's too expensive for me right now.

If you don't mind, I would love to hear what a typical day is for you(as far as meals go, of course)

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I loved Forks Over Knives!! emoticon
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RE: Insanity with a Vegan diet
6/6/12 11:41 AM as a reply to BookOmma.
Does anyone know the difference between ground flaxseed and flaxseed meal? The flaxseed meal was cheaper at the store but what's the difference?
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RE: Insanity with a Vegan diet
6/6/12 12:31 PM as a reply to BookOmma.
To answer Books question, a raw vegan is someone who eats fruits, vegetables, nuts, seed and sprouted grains heated to no higher than 115 degrees. When foods get above that temperature much of the enzymes are destroyed, so with that yes. I do not cook most of my food.
That doesn't mean all I eat is salad! On the contrary many gourmet dishes can be made from raw foods! It is delicious and unbelievably healthy! As for the flax, I buy my flax whole and then grind it as I need it in a coffee grinder. I'm not sure what the difference is between ground flax and the meal. It is better if you grind as you need though, and keep it in the fridge to keep the oils fresh!
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