(Closed) p90x questions…should I quit the gym?…and being a vegetarian!

posted 8 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
913 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Are you a true vegetarian?  For example, no chicken, turkey or fish?

I’m doing the p09x w/ the Fiance but I don’t eat red meat or pork so I just substitute those days for fish and grilled chicken.  I can’t stand the look of the protein shakes my Fiance bought (sorry, but I think it looks like a cup of sperm!)

Post # 5
78 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2008

I don’t know about P90X (still working on Couch 2 5k/the Shred), but there are professional football players and triathletes who are vegetarians (vegan, even), so I’m sure it’s possible to get the nutrition you need. You might check out the Engine 2 Diet for ideas. It was started by a firefighter/athlete who wanted to help his fellow firefighters lower their cholesterol, so the recipes are really hearty and filling: : http://engine2diet.com

Here are some examples of what I usually eat, and it keeps me pretty satisfied (I usually work out in the morning though):  

Breakfast: Whole wheat toast with peanut butter; oatmeal with raisins

Morning snack: Banana; apple; pear; strawberries

Lunch: Whole wheat pita with hummus, lettuce, tomato, sprouts; sandwich with tofu or chickpea “egg/tuna” salad (I don’t eat eggs/dairy), example recipe here: http://kitchen-parade-veggieventure.blogspot.com/2010/04/tofu-salad-sandwiches-recipe-for-vegan.html; big bowl of veg chili or curried lentil soup with whole wheat couscous

Afternoon snack: More fruit or baby carrots w/hummus; baby carrots; cucumber slices; air-popped popcorn; raw almonds and raisins

Before-I-leave-work snack: Usually something leftover from lunch, or more fruit

Dinner: Whole wheat pasta with veggies and marinara (sometimes soy “meatballs” from Trader Joes); veggie sandwich; bean and veg burritos/tacos with salsa and guacamole

In case you can’t tell, I love to eat! I’ve been doing some research as I’ve looked into changing my diet (just went mostly vegan a few weeks ago), and it seems that the whole “getting enough protein” thing is sort of a myth. Here’s some more info on that: http://www.vrg.org/nutrition/protein.htm

Post # 6
78 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2008

I tried to respond earlier but I guess the Internet ate it…anyway, there triathletes and NFL players who are vegetarian (vegan, even), so it’s definitely possible to eat lots of hearty food sans meat and be healthy. You should look into the Engine 2 Diet. It’s by a firefighter/athlete who started cooking for his fellow firefighters and lowered their cholesterol a bunch.

I’m not into P90X, but I do avoid eating animal products, and I LOVE eating (and am trying to learn to love exercising), and what works for me is a menu something like this (these are examples; I don’t eat all of these together!):

Breakfast: Whole wheat toast with peanut butter; oatmeal with raisins

Morning snack: Fruit

Lunch: Whole wheat pita with  hummus, sprouts, lettuce and tomato; sandwich with tofu or chickpea “tuna” salad; big bowl of veg chili with plenty of beans

Afternoon snack: Air-popped popcorn with spices; carrots and hummus; fruit

Before-I-leave-work snack: Fruit; almonds and raisins

Dinner: Bean tacos with guacamole; whole wheat pasta with veggies and sometimes Trader Joes soy meatballs; curried lentil soup with whole wheat couscous or quinoa

For me, the key is having lots of beans/legumes combined with carbs, and lots of snacks so I don’t ever get too hungry.

Post # 7
139 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Beans are a great source for protein, as well as Greek Yogurt. You can even make protein shakes with greek yogurt and protein powder. 

Post # 8
510 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I’ve done P90x with Tony’s plan and i’m a vegetarian…I think the vegetarian options are okay….and if you don’t like them, alot of times i’ll substitute the meat for mock meats…like if it says chicken sandwich, just substutute it for mock chicken…you can modify anything to fit what you want to do…but his plan should give you enough options to make up your own plan.

Post # 9
2408 posts
Buzzing bee

i can’t comment on the dietary portion [as i’m a voracious meat eater] but i personally wouldn’t combine p90x with an established gym routine, only because it is a big time commitment. most of the workouts are almost and hour long and would you be willing to either wake up early to fit it in or come home after the gym to do more work? it seems that you have a good routine that works for you so i would concentrate on that.

i did p90x for a couple of months before ultimately dropping it in favor of jogging [less of a time commitment] and for a while i was just doing the ab ripper x [quite possibly my favorite] to supplement my jogs but even that dropped, which is a shame because it’s only 16 minutes long.

whatever you choose to do, good luck!

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