Meet Melike Sayman, a vegan olympic lifter from Madrid, Spain. A vegan for 5 years, Melike is an all around athlete, with a successful background in marathon running, powerlifting, weightlifting and competitive badminton. Melike is also a personal trainer, nutritionist, bookworm, and healthy food addict.
Being a vegan athlete means to be the different one, be the compassionate one, be the fair one, and be the greatest one!
Explain your nutrition routine.
I start my training 3-4 hours after breakfast. I generally have something high in complex carbs such as spelt bread and tomato, avocado and a fruit (or soaked oatmeals). During the workout I drink water, I rarely have a protein shake (if I have time to complete my workout, which takes 3 hours), and first meal after my workout is a protein shake with unsweetened coconut water along with my homemade protein bar. Then in an hour, I have lunch: quinoa, broccoli and pumpkin, or any kind of homemade burger. I always prepare my meal at home.
How about bars and smoothies?
I used to drink a lot of smoothies when I used to run. Right now, as I've changed my routine, I prepare protein shakes with raw vegan protein powders, coconut water, maca, and sometimes peanut butter or any kind of nut butter.
What's your primary source of essential fatty acids (EFAs)?
What are you go to choices for complete proteins (including all essential amino acids)?
What are your other favorite plant proteins?
Beans (all varieties)
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