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2018/08/02 18:28:58 (permalink)
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Following a predominantly plant-based diet for a month

I’m going to be following a mostly plant-based diet for a month. I’m doing this because I have developed vegan products and I feel it's important for me to get first-hand knowledge of how easy/hard it is to follow such a diet. Huel is already a significant proportion of my diet, which will make things considerably easier, and I have no concerns about food choice when at home as I (hope I) know what I’m doing when it comes to nutrition. I do eat out a fair bit both for business and for pleasure, and this is an area where I want to see how hard it is.
 
This is a predominantly plant-based diet and I am not a vegan as veganism is not merely a diet: it’s a lifestyle choice. I will still be:
- including eggs from free-roaming farmyard chickens
- having honey (not that I consume it much anyway!)
- not completely excluding gelatine
- wearing leather and wool and sitting in my leather-upholstered car!
 
I will be excluding meat, fish, poultry, regular eggs, milk and dairy products completely. I’m sure it will be a challenge and that’s a good reason in itself. I will be looking at all aspects - not only ease of food-choice, but also the irrational prejudice vegans seem to receive: everything will help me learn.
 
What will make things a little harder is my training has been going pretty well over the past 2-3 months and I’ve been getting back into a moderately good shape by eating a moderate carb, higher protein diet and I wish to continue this. Plant-based diets can be carb-heavy, so planning will be crucial.
 
Let’s be honest, I’m not going to starve as I have a wife who’s a great cook and Huel is a great product (even if I do say so myself!).
 
I’ll update in this thread.
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Re: Following a predominantly plant-based diet for a month 2018/08/02 20:43:54 (permalink)
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good luck. i have a IBS so do look at and take from vegan diets such as soya milk, buckwheat, millet flakes, quinoa, white and sweet potatoes. 
i do eat meat and fish though. try to keep lamb to a limit due to fat.
 
 

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Re: Following a predominantly plant-based diet for a month 2018/08/02 21:10:29 (permalink)
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You should run a journal James! Things will get out of hand in general and you’ll end up locking your own thread lol!

I’ve been doing the complete opposite and going full carnivore(meat, butter and eggs) and I feel great. Today I had my first lot of ‘veg’ in 8 days (tinned toms and mushrooms).

I tried a week of eating only plant based foods a few years ago. The good thing about it is it forces you to get in the kitchen and be creative and make the veg the stars of the show. Fried polenta sticks with chili and rosemary was my go to. Yum
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Re: Following a predominantly plant-based diet for a month 2018/08/02 22:12:27 (permalink)
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James, are you fully recovered from that infection you had that nearly killed you? Did you ever figure out what it was?
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Re: Following a predominantly plant-based diet for a month 2018/08/02 22:14:09 (permalink)
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Re: Following a predominantly plant-based diet for a month 2018/08/03 05:31:55 (permalink)
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Coincidentally I’m doing the exact same thing right now - no meat or dairy. Been easy so far, there’s so many good alternatives available nowadays.

Like you, I imagine eating out could be tricky!
post edited by Kaneda - 2018/08/03 07:23:51
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Re: Following a predominantly plant-based diet for a month 2018/08/03 07:14:37 (permalink)
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Be interesting to see how it affects digestion and bloating whilst changing , I am going to try this myself in November after all my comps are done , would you recommend an instant switch or a gradual one ?  are you still hench and will you be monitoring strength/muscle loss/gain ?  Are you going to get any bloods done to check blood sugar/cholesterol levels and checks of overall health , are you taking any supplements f any kind like TRT vits/minerals ?
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Re: Following a predominantly plant-based diet for a month 2018/08/03 08:03:34 (permalink)
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That you make me wear for your pleasure ...
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Re: Following a predominantly plant-based diet for a month 2018/08/03 08:04:27 (permalink)
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James, are you fully recovered from that infection you had that nearly killed you? Did you ever figure out what it was?

I am, thanks - 100% and feel great! The only permanent difference is I'm less 'bendy' and I lost an inch in height!
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Re: Following a predominantly plant-based diet for a month 2018/08/03 08:07:36 (permalink)
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Be interesting to see how it affects digestion and bloating whilst changing , I am going to try this myself in November after all my comps are done , would you recommend an instant switch or a gradual one ?  are you still hench and will you be monitoring strength/muscle loss/gain ?  Are you going to get any bloods done to check blood sugar/cholesterol levels and checks of overall health , are you taking any supplements f any kind like TRT vits/minerals ?



It depends how much animal products you're eating already. I'm already on a high Huel diet which my default means significantly plant-based so I'm going cold-turkey (please excuse the non-vegan pun!).
 
I'm not getting bloods done as I honestly don't believe I'll feel any better - and that's fine, as I feel good anyway!
 
Plenty of vits and mins in Huel and I eat a lot of fruit anyway. The only supplements I use is whey (now replaced with pea protein isolate) and leucine.
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Re: Following a predominantly plant-based diet for a month 2018/08/03 08:08:49 (permalink)
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Coincidentally I’m doing the exact same thing right now - no meat or dairy. Been easy so far, there’s so many good alternatives available nowadays.

Like you, I imagine eating out could be tricky!

Great - how long have you been doing this and is this a permanent thing?
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Re: Following a predominantly plant-based diet for a month 2018/08/03 08:38:28 (permalink)
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Not long - on my second week.

Yep, plan is to stick with it permanently 🙂

Need to find a decent tasting vegan protein powder really, not easy!

Dropping dairy has been way more difficult for me than not eating meat.
post edited by Kaneda - 2018/08/03 08:42:30
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Re: Following a predominantly plant-based diet for a month 2018/08/03 08:57:06 (permalink)
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Something I've wanted to try for a while, not cutting out meat completely, but becoming less reliant on it. I want to get out of the mindset of meat and 2 veg for every meal.
 
Eating out shouldnt be too hard, there are vegetarian options wherever you go. I'd find keeping the pantry/fridge well stocked enough the hardest thing. I only do one weekly big shop and by the end of the week my veg is dissapearing as I want to eat it before it goes off. I'd have go shopping more often which would likely mess my tight budget up.

 
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Re: Following a predominantly plant-based diet for a month 2018/08/03 09:01:18 (permalink)
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It is really interesting how receptive many folks in the general 'strength training' scene are these days to plant-based eating.  10-15 years ago I suspect a post like this would've elicited a great deal of scepticism.
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Re: Following a predominantly plant-based diet for a month 2018/08/03 12:14:55 (permalink)
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Not long - on my second week.

Yep, plan is to stick with it permanently 🙂

Need to find a decent tasting vegan protein powder really, not easy!

Dropping dairy has been way more difficult for me than not eating meat.

Great - keep us posted. I bought 2 pea proteins - both vile. So I'll be relying on Huel.
 
Autopilot had me pouring milk into my coffee earlier!
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Re: Following a predominantly plant-based diet for a month 2018/08/03 12:15:54 (permalink)
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It is really interesting how receptive many folks in the general 'strength training' scene are these days to plant-based eating.  10-15 years ago I suspect a post like this would've elicited a great deal of scepticism.


I think people are more receptive. I'd like to think I can support any arguament with sound knowledge!
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Re: Following a predominantly plant-based diet for a month 2018/08/03 12:34:57 (permalink)
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Kaneda
Not long - on my second week.

Yep, plan is to stick with it permanently 🙂

Need to find a decent tasting vegan protein powder really, not easy!

Dropping dairy has been way more difficult for me than not eating meat.

Great - keep us posted. I bought 2 pea proteins - both vile. So I'll be relying on Huel.
 
Autopilot had me pouring milk into my coffee earlier!


Oatly Barista is pretty good in coffee 👍🏻
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Re: Following a predominantly plant-based diet for a month 2018/08/03 12:37:33 (permalink)
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You should run a journal James! Things will get out of hand in general and you’ll end up locking your own thread lol!



Now what makes you think that? 
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Re: Following a predominantly plant-based diet for a month 2018/08/03 12:41:16 (permalink)
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Not long - on my second week.

Yep, plan is to stick with it permanently 🙂

Need to find a decent tasting vegan protein powder really, not easy!

Dropping dairy has been way more difficult for me than not eating meat.

Great - keep us posted. I bought 2 pea proteins - both vile. So I'll be relying on Huel.

Flavoured or unflavoured? All protein powders taste vile unflavoured really. I've tried pea mixed with Huel (only about half a scoop) and couldn't tell much difference, makes it a bit blander which isn't bad as I find it a bit sweet.
 
Now brown rice protein, that'll trigger your gag reflex.
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Re: Following a predominantly plant-based diet for a month 2018/08/03 13:50:42 (permalink)
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Not long - on my second week.

Yep, plan is to stick with it permanently 🙂

Need to find a decent tasting vegan protein powder really, not easy!

Dropping dairy has been way more difficult for me than not eating meat.

Great - keep us posted. I bought 2 pea proteins - both vile. So I'll be relying on Huel.

Flavoured or unflavoured? All protein powders taste vile unflavoured really. I've tried pea mixed with Huel (only about half a scoop) and couldn't tell much difference, makes it a bit blander which isn't bad as I find it a bit sweet.
 
Now brown rice protein, that'll trigger your gag reflex.


I bought two flavoured ones - both awaful.
 
I have a few tonnes of unflavoured pea protein isolate at work .
 
As part of our product development work, we look at different sources and there is significant variation in types, especially of late as new isolate processes are being refined.
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