Friday, February 05, 2016

So much energy! All due to the Vegan diet?

I'm loving this plant-eating gig — except for one thing — my energy levels are so high that I'm finding myself doing crazy atypical stuff. Like vacuuming and dish washing and folding up clothes.

I'm also losing my appetite for sweets and cheese. Weird! I'm finding myself drooling over a big plate of apricots, or dates, or bananas, or watermelon. Anything but cheese and biscuits. Becoming too light is a bit of a concern — 72 kg is still in the "normal BMI" range for my height but I'm starting to feel too light. Carbohydrates are my friend but I must be just burning them up.

My training is going along nicely. I have to crack the whip to stop myself from doing mega-long rides. When I'm on the bike I just want to go all day (sore arse notwithstanding). But I need to allow time in my schedule to do other stuff (like cleaning bicycles and mowing grass). Have I mentioned that I don't know how I managed to find the time to be a wage slave?

Vitamin B12 supplementation is needed when you stop eating meat. Protein from golden peas, perhaps not. But it doesn't taste too bad, so why not?


Anonymous said...

The high energy level sounds wonderful. I am a little dismayed by the account of your fall. I hope you are recovering well. Best wishes.

Ewen said...

Thanks Canute. Yes, that was unexpected and a fairly major upset to the vegan diet "experiment of one" project. I'm recovering well and hope to ease back into exercise in a week and am on a vegetarian diet for the time being.

Anonymous said...

I had also tried the vegan diet in early 2012 but could only stick with it for one month. In my case, it did lead to too much weight loss and an unhealthy BMI index of 17.6! However, I had no developed muscles and just started running at the time from a completely sedentary lifestyle. Since you're already a strong and long-term athlete, you don't need to worry about that:) I am very sorry about your fall and hope that you'll be able to exercise soon!

trailblazer777 said...

Good job with the vegan exploration!

Ewen said...

Thanks Anna and TB. Still vegetarian at the moment, so some eggs and cheese (not too much). High carb and high fruit suits my long hours of cycling. Plenty of energy :-)