“Can’t think of food the same way you did prior to being vegan” : veganfitness

Hi all! Sorry for the long-ish post but…

Context: Plant-based for the last 8 months or so after meeting my girlfriend who has been vegan for 4 years. I have been working out/training consistently for the last 5 years. Currently, I am working out via a traditional body split (chest/tri’s, hamstring/glutes, etc.), with cardio mixed in. I’ve experienced a ton of disordered eating over the years (stemming from childhood).

Question: I have long subscribed to a lot of bodybuilding eating-type thinking – protein is most important, carbs in moderation, etc etc. However, I’ve really wanted to venture into a mostly whole-food, even raw, diet. It’s been tough to get there as my mind keeps putting up the “but there’s too many carbs and not enough protein!!” While I understand that plant foods have protein, they are often not found without carbs. I mentioned this to my girlfriend who said “you can’t think of food the same way you did prior to being vegan.” What is this group’s thoughts about this? How do I break this thinking and feel better about eating things like açaí bowls, plant based sandwiches, etc. I want to do it! I want to have a peanut butter and banana whole wheat sandwich!!!!!!! (slight exaggeration for effect)

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