I have a good friend from Sweden who is a vegetarian fitness enthusiast. He is what's referred to as an Ovo-Lacto Vegetarian meaning that he eats eggs and dairy, but no meat. He's the type of guy who likes to wake up at 5am and go for a run. Then he'll go home, eat something, and go to work. After that, it's time to hit the gym for his weight workout. And then in the evening, he'll do some stretching, yoga, or some Qigong which I've been showing him. Obviously he burns quite a few calories during the course of the day. So where does he get them from?
First of all, we are living in a time where the amount of protein we supposedly need is WAY above what we actually do need. In face, portion sizes in general for all foods are just ridiculous. It's very common for people to think that people who lead an active lifestyle need to be eating 6 eggs, a whole chicken, and a T-bone steak every day to meet the minimum requirements. This simply isn't true. While I am not actually a vegetarian, I do often follow a vegetarian diet for one or several days at a time. I also sometimes do juice fasting as well. These are the things I learned from my friend as well as my own education and experiences. It is a very balancing and healthful feeling you get from this. So a typical vegetarian day's eating for me is something like this.
3 Eggs (either boiled or scrambled)
Cereal or Oatmeal
Juice With Amazing Greens powder, fish oil, and vitamins
Grilled cheese sandwich on whole grain bread
Protein Drink - I currently use Vega protein powder but there are many other good brands out there. I may also blend in some fruit with it.
2 to 3 Eggs
Large vegetable salad
Rice, Beans, and Vegetables
Nuts, Raisins or Dried Figs
Occasionally, I'll have some popcorn particularly if I'm watching a movie. But I try to limit it.
So that's basically it. Obviously it's not the same thing all the time, but it gives you an idea of the type and amount of food. I exercise daily and I find that when I do eat like this, I have no problems with energy levels or protein. In fact I feel great when doing it and I understand why people switch to a vegetarian lifestyle all the time. Of course, I do still like my burgers and steaks and am not willing to give them up. All things in moderation after all. But if you want to try a vegetarian diet, who's to say you can't do what I do and just take a day (or two or three) here and there and try it out?
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