I’m sure that plenty of you have heard of the no meat athlete. For those of you have not, the no meat athlete is a regime for those who do not consume animal to be able to exercise in a healthy manner without becoming overly exhausted, sick, malnourished, etc. The founder started the site after watching the documentary Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead. My ex was constantly worried about me working out and playing sports because I would be “iron deficient” and either get hurt or become sick. Low and behold, I am perfectly fine while currently playing lacrosse and have been able to donate blood twice this school year.
It has always bothered me, and I’m assuming others as well, when people say that when a person becomes vegan or vegetarian that it won’t work because you will become malnourished. No. If this happens to you, it is only because you are doing something wrong. You are either not getting enough iron, eating too much junk food or not enough nuts and grains. Your body must be kept in a constant state of homeostasis and cannot be done so if you are still providing it with products that are unhealthy, but you deem as “vegetarian” or “vegan” simply because they lack the animal products in them. If you continue to ingest things like chips, soda, sweets at an alarming rate, then of course you will continue to feel terrible.
For athletes this may be a particular problem as it poses the one risk of passing out from either dehydration or lack of energy. To help counteract this problem: 1 . Consume carbohydrates and protein in a 3-to-1 ratio, and include healthy fat (but just a little). 2. Include quick-working, high-glycemic carbs for energy now, sustained release (but not starch carbs) for energy later. 3. If you sweat during the workout, you’ll need lots of electrolytes. 4. Consider caffeinating for improved performance.
5. Add optional super foods to go the extra mile. http://www.nomeatathlete.com/pre-workout-drinks/ Plenty of other tips, recipes and even workout routines can be found to help that athlete, or even just veggies coinsure, to get back into a healthy state of mind, body and soul. You can find all this, and more at http:www.nomeatathlete.com I hope that it helps those who need a bit of a kick start and more.