Hey all. I'm a vegetarian. My diet is classified as 'ova-lacto', meaning I eat no animal products apart from eggs and dairy. My diet choice is purely a 'moral' one. (Before anyone starts, you don't kill animals to get milk and eggs. And on that note, I get eggs from my own chickens, so nyaaaah ) Although I suppose I have a pretty peaceful view on my eating habits, I am not exactly a non-violent person, in that I love practically all forms of 'combat sports'. Training in Muay Thai myself, I was intrigued by the benefits of weightlifting in my fighting game shortly after joining here and I occassionally post questions regarding my training in general. Anyways, I've always been curious about the differences between muscle growth and development in a vegetarian body vs a 'normal' body through weightlifting. Currently the only two lifts I regularly perform are benchpress and barbell curls (I know, I know, I need more compounds...). In particular, I'm interested in how the differences in diet feeds and forms the muscles. For example, although I do take supplements and drink protein shakes and get plenty of tofu in me, I definitely have less of a protein intake than someone who regularly eats red meat. If it matters, my diet usually consists of a lot of pasta, a lot of bread, fruits and vegetables (more than your average Joe anyway), tofu and tofu-products, curry (particularly with a lot of chickpeas), eggs, and a lot of milk (as well as the aforementioned supplements and protein drinks). Junk food doesn't commonly enter my system, absolutely no drugs, and alocohol consumption is a rarity. Anyway, I'm wondering how that nutrition will affect the way my muscles are formed by my weight training. Note that I'm not really asking 'How do I get the big manly muscles?', I'm asking 'How will continuous weighted exercise affect the size and shape of my muscles under my diet?' And if anyone has some advice on healthy, beneficial vegetarian-suitable foods, that'd be great. Some links to articles (in understandable words; I'm not savvy with scientific food terms) would be great. Thankies.