vegetarian protein sources

How To Maximise CrossFit Performance On A Vegan Diet

Whether you’ve opted to go meat, egg and dairy free, or are simply flirting with the idea, it’s worth knowing that ditching animal products doesn’t have to negatively impact your performance.

CHECK YOUR FATS

Some vegan diet variants put an emphasis on keeping dietary fat levels very low. This can, however, be counterproductive — both from performance and health standpoints.

Fats play, amongst others, an important role in absorption of fat-soluble vitamins and production of hormones. So getting enough is important. The trick to achieving a good balance lies in getting your fats from whole foods such as:

  • Nuts
  • Seeds
  • Avocados
  • Coconut flesh
Nuts & seeds are great sources of fats

Nuts & seeds are great sources of fats

Unlike oils and margarine, these foods will provide fat while also contributing to your protein, carbohydrates, vitamins and mineral needs. Keeping your intake of processed fats low will also help contribute to lowering your omega-6 to omega-3 ratio, which, when too high, is known to contribute to inflammation.

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