Vegans! Upping your caloric intake?

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    Vegans! Upping your caloric intake?

    Hey guys -

    I'm curious as to how everyone changes their diet to reflect their gains. I've been vegan for about five years, weekly meal prepping for the last four of them, and have added BCAAs and protein supplements in the past six months or so to help with my training.

    Maybe it's the combat based programs, but I have been STARVING the past several weeks, which typically results in me eating less than healthy snacks. I don't eat a lot of processed food, and it's bad enough that I'm buying it at the grocery store because I just need something to fill me up.

    Last time I got seriously into training (October-ish), I made sure that all of the meals I was making had a decent portion of protein in it, and that made a world of difference. Now, though, I'm still doing that and still getting so hungry.

    I have some Soylent at home for when I have my chronic illness flare ups, but they're too expensive to consume daily.

    Has anyone else dealt with this? Were you able to make lasting changes that worked?

    #2
    Hi Little Bear, I'm vegan too and I also experience a difference in hunger levels from time to time. Sometimes I'm happy with the balanced meals I make for myself, sometimes I need to snack like crazy to stay satisfied. Well, I never really thought about it, I guess it's normal that hunger levels differ from time to time... if I don't see an external reason for my increased snacking (like boredom or stress) then I'll just trust the body and eat more... I try to snack healthy, but if I want the chocolate I'll eat the chocolate Maybe having one more meal or preparing some high-protein snacks could help you? I tried the black bean brownies from the darebee recipe page, so yummy!
    Best wishes!

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      #3
      Hi. I have been vegetarian for nearly three years now and mostly vegan for the last two months (I'm trying). I remember being very hungry when I was doing combat workouts. I guess you could try more leafy greens, they are very filling, for my anyway. Depending on your workout regime and goals you could try Modern Hero Vego meal plan or try any of the other plans on that section.

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        #4
        I start the day with a cup of Alpen muesli (12g protein), add a tablespoon of walnut pieces, cashews, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, ground flax and chia seeds, 4 dates, soak with a cup of hot soy milk (9g protein).

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            #6
            There is no way around it - you have to eat more. Add another balanced meal - not a single item of food - to your day and see if it makes a difference. If you feel less hungry, continue. If you’re still feeling hungry, add another meal. I prefer to eat fewer times a day and really fill up when I do - it makes me feel fuller for longer. But maybe you like to eat less in a single meal, which means grazing on smaller amounts of food all day long. Don’t be afraid to eat! Our caloric needs change as our output increases - if you’re doing harder workouts and have perhaps increased your muscle mass, it’s completely normal for your body to want more food.

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              #7
              I have to add, even when I was eating animals, when I worked out intensly I always felt hungry.

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                #8
                Thanks everyone for their suggestions!

                droehr That infographic is awesome (and looks delicious), so I will definitely have to try making a version of those. I've made about half again what I normally do this week when meal prepping to make bigger portions - I am very much a grazer, but my schedule at work isn't really conducive to small, frequent meals. We'll see how I'm feeling at the end of this week!

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                  #9
                  Robert Cheeke vegan bodybuilder would eat plenty bananas and sweet potatoes.

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                    #10
                    Little Bear I haven't tried the vegan bars yet but I'm working up the motivation to throw a batch together. I bike commute to work and I'm always looking to lighten my load and a couple of these bars would be lighter than packing and carrying a full breakfast to work.

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