I am not a vegan, but for the next 44 days I will be on a vegan diet.

I am an Orthodox Christian, and during Lent we do not eat any meat or dairy products.  I have been doing this fast for years and have never had issues with the diet, however I recently started lifting.  I am only 5 days into fasting, and notice that my strength is greatly decreased.  Tonight I tried benching, and had to drop 30lbs off from my last workout, and didn't even have the energy to do most of my workout routine after that.

Are there any tips from vegans on here, or perhaps personal trainers that work with vegan?  Whey protein is derived from milk, so that is out of the question.

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Well said JB.  

Religious fasting is always seen as odd from the outside, whatever the rules the faith sets.  This particular question is about maintaining nutrition while adjusting one’s diet as per some set of rules.  

Except that the original poster specifically stated that part of his denomination's lent fasting was specifically for vulnerability . . .

However, I am not going into the spiritual aspect of this on a discussion about lifting.

 

Actually, the spiritual side is precisely what is important.  You said it yourself, it's about the sacrifice.  Lent is about sacrifice...about giving something up.

 

You said, much earlier in this thread, that your religion is much more important to you than the lifting...and BRAVO for making that choice.  So, I'm not going to help you rationalize it out.

 

Lifting is about gaining...gaining muscle, gaining definition.  I think the best you should hope for is maintenance, not losing ground.  Because if you intend to stick to the theme of sacrifice, THAT is the sacrifice.

 

It's only 40 days.

Old fashioned pretindustrialy ground bread is very rich in nutrition because it is whole seed ground.  I can see how it could be sustaining.

 

Sprouted grain breads are even more nutrient dense.

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