Thank you very much for this very informative message, and for taking the time to write it. I feel much more comfortable with the diet now, having tried out several recipes from the McDougall quick 'n easy cookbook, and settled on some that I like a lot. I've also found some healthy stuff in the vicinity of where I work - california rolls and vegetarian maki in japanese restaurants are a staple, along with salads of various kinds.
I'll take your advise about the protein intake. My protein intake has varied quite a bit over the past 2 ys or so, between eating about 50g to about thrice that amount with supplements. I didn't feel a noticable boost in building muscle mass during the high-protein periods. Let's see how things go this way. I'll let you know how it turns out, so you have another point of reference:) Thanks for the link to that website as well.
There are vegan athletes out there who do just fine. Here is a web site of a bodybuilder; the bottom of the page should interest you:
The key to adding muscle is to do the weight work and eat enough calories. If you find you aren't eating enough, you could try adding in more high fat plant foods. I was actually underweight and Dr. McDougall suggested this to me.
Your body is still adjusting to your new diet, though. If you are eating more fiber than before it could affect your appetite. I think it best to follow your body's signals. Eat when you are hungry, stop eating when you are no longer hungry. Don't get all committed to a sample list of meals. Those are just there to give people ideas. I believe it was something Dr. McDougall's publisher thought would be useful.[/color][/quote]