My “Almost” Vegan BodyBuilding Adventure

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I wanted to start my first official blog post with a recent nutrition adventure I have been on.  For the last couple months or so, I have been experimenting with being an “almost” vegan.  I considered being a “full” vegan, however, the hardest thing for me was the thought of giving up eggs! Dairy, Meat, Chicken, Seafood – no problem. But eggs??? I use egg whites in all my baking, I love making omelettes, I LOVE sunny side up eggs, etc. etc.  I struggled with this for a little bit, then decided “you know what, I am going to do what’s best for me, and if that means being an “almost” vegan, then so be it :]”.

Thus my “almost” vegan adventure began – and I have LOVED it.  I have discovered so many recipes (which I will be sharing soon :]), new vegetables and fruits and amazing superfoods (more posts about these too :]), and I have had a blast doing it.  Not to mention it has done wonders for me health wise – I feel more energetic, my skin is clearer, lost a few pounds, etc.

So about a month into my almost vegan diet, and having completed Month 1 of Insanity (another blog post coming soon on my Insanity experience – hint: i LOVE it lol) I decided that I wanted to build more muscle tone and lean out a bit (similar to what I had done when I completed the BodyBuilding.com Jamie Eason’s LiveFit Trainer (granted – on a full-fledged omnivore diet), for which I had AMAZING results), however, when I looked at my nutrient macros, I was like “yea that’s not happening”. I was currently eating about 60% carbs, 20% protein, 20% fat…not the best breakdown to build lean muscle ;). So I used good ol’ google, found some sites, some blog posts with some meal examples – but nothing with a detailed “nutrition plan” similar to what they had for the Jamie Eason LiveFit Trainer.  Needless to say I was frustrated – “can I not find an easy go-to guide for building lean muscle on a vegan diet???”. Then it hit me, the answer was simple – “make one myself”. So I did!

I made this awesome spreadsheet that would help calculate best macros (you should always adjust these, as you gain/lose weight – need to make sure you are always eating enough!), and tons of meal options, a template to create weekly meal plans, etc. etc.  Here are some snapshots:

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So now I have completed my first week on this new “almost vegan” bodybuilding nutrition plan, and I am loving it.  My current goals are to build lean muscle, so I am using the following macros : 45-50% protein, 30-35% carbs, 15-20% fat, and so far I have been meeting these pretty well :] (all thanks to my spreadsheet!) As I continue on this quest, I will continue to share my experiences, examples of my meal prepping, and…of course my results! (Let’s see if this crazy plan of mine works! lol)

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P.S. I do not plan on sharing my spreadsheet, mainly because I am still working through some kinks as I work through this “almost vegan” body building plan – it is still constantly evolving. However, if you have any questions, need some sample vegan meal examples, etc. please don’t hesitate to reach out to me via the comments below, and I will contact you!

4 thoughts on “My “Almost” Vegan BodyBuilding Adventure

  1. Shekea @jesus_be_a

    Congratulations on the launch and your almost vegan adventure! I am so thrilled to follow along and be taught by someone who has so much passion for nutrition and care for others. Thank you for allowing us to walk with you!

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  2. Jesse

    Congrats Samantha! Site looks awesome, I will definitely be following and hopefully with your wisdom I will learn a few things and improve my overall fitness/nutrition!

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