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Discussion in 'Health Nutrition and Supplements' started by giddyupchik, Oct 30, 2007.
How do you all feel about a serious cyclist and vegetarianism or Vegan? Lacking Protein?
It's do-able but you have to be pretty educated about which grains and cereals to combine in order to get all the necessary amino acids in your diet and you have to think about your diet a little more in terms of the necessary nutrition profile for heavy exercise, but that really applies to anyone regardless of diet.
Yes, it is possible, but you will notice a difference in how you feel initially. I raced while adhering to a vegetarian diet for a season, and found that recovery was much more difficult to achieve. Don't let this discourage you from living a vegetarian lifestyle - there are many health and environmental benefits that come along with it. You will have to take more time in planning out your diet however, and as was stated above, a large portion of this time will come in the form of checking nutrient composition (specifically amino acid profiles) of the foods you eat. Carbohydrates shouldn't be a problem. In general, macronutrient composition in your diet won't actually be that difficult to maintain. You may want to consider a carnitine supplement as an athlete, and if you are vegan, a vitamin D supplement as well.
I'm vegetarian (with my wife and boys) and have been for 12 years. We're slowly becoming Vegan (mainly for health reasons) which is a challenge but we're getting there .
I'm racing as well as I ever have(apart from in my early 20s!!). It doesn't take me that long to recover(but I am now in my 40s).
The lack of protein thing is a MYTH .
There is at least as much protein in plant based foods as there is in animal based foods .
There are pro racers who are Vegos - look them up.