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Introduce yourself. Tell us about your training history, how long you've been vegan, share some of your goals and some of your interests.

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#1 Postby HealthyElijah » Sun Mar 04, 2007 12:48 am

Hey Friends!

My name is Elijah and I have been eating the vegan version of Dr. Fuhrman's dietary recommendations since August of '05. I was a vegunkatarian for about a year before that.

Anyways, I got this website from the user "Offense74". Cool guy!

I have been training hard for the past 2 weeks on the Core Performance program minus his dietary recommendations!!

I play competitive baseball in 2 different leagues here in Denver and am looking forward to developing some explosive speed, strength and power!!

I go whitewater kayaking in the Colorado Rivers as well!

My goals are to increase my raw intake of both fruits and veggies. I have been looking at "The fruitarian one's" website and videos quite a bit and am very impressed. I bought a whole bunch more fruit tonight. I still plan on eating veggies at the moment but I definitely plan on increasing my fruit intake and decreasing my cooked veggie intake and substituting it with more raw veggies and leafy greens.

I have been lurking for 3-4 days now and have been very impressed by some of your photos!! It is very inspirational to see the images of fellow vegan athletes!

I just took my before pictures except I forgot to do the side shot, I will take that in a week when I get my digital camera back from my GF (she is on vacation).

I will be posting my results when there are some to show ;)

I am 5' 11" and weigh about 150 lbs and plan to gain about .5-1 lb per week of training. So in a few months I will have gained 10+ pounds and can post some images.

I do not take protein supplements or powders although I did try that a year ago when I started the Core Performance program, I fell off that wagon, still have the whey powder and creatine. Dunno why, I guess I really should throw it out. I will not be falling off the wagon this time, Something is different this time, I am extremely dedicated this time and have been waking up at 4:45 am every morning to workout (I used to sleep until 8-9 am). I want to be a vegan role model and am sick of people telling me I am skinny. I will be wearing a shirt soon that says "Vegan Power" when I become more muscular.

I am working on becoming bi-lingual in both Spanish and English.

Well I could go on but I guess that is what my blog is for!

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#2 Postby Michelle » Sun Mar 04, 2007 1:11 am

Great intro, Elijah! Welcome!! :) :)

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#3 Postby Trev » Sun Mar 04, 2007 2:33 am

Welcome, Elijah. More raw is a good way to go. A great way to get more fruit and veggies is a green smoothie. Also, get yourself some Vega - you can order it from Food Fight! if there's nowhere to buy it in Denver. It's the best meal replacement powder out there. You'll read about it a lot on this forum - lots of Vega freaks here. I have it every single day, sometimes twice. 8) And definitely throw that whey crap out!

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#4 Postby lelle » Sun Mar 04, 2007 4:52 am

hey, welcome!

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#5 Postby DV » Sun Mar 04, 2007 9:07 am

Welcome and good luck with the gains!

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#6 Postby jonzen » Sun Mar 04, 2007 10:18 am

Welcome Elijah!! It's great to read your goals! Trev is right about those green smoothies in my opinion. They have helped me greatly! Kale rules!

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#7 Postby Tigress » Sun Mar 04, 2007 3:10 pm

Hello and welcome from Me :)
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#8 Postby robert » Sun Mar 04, 2007 3:28 pm

Welcome to the forum!

Great intro! I'm glad Offense74 sent you here. You are right, he's a cool guy. Nice to see another member from Colorado, we've had a few from that area join recently. My younger brother lives out there too.

Enjoy the community here. Of course we have a ton of great info and inspiring people but the whole feel of the community is the best part about this place.

All the best and welcome aboard!

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#9 Postby veganpotter » Sun Mar 04, 2007 8:51 pm

Welcome...looking forward to seeing your results...as for the powders give the whey to someone you know would be buying it anyway...it keeps on less cow from getting milked(at least for a while). As for the creatine it should be vegan so long as the company doesn't test on animals.

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#10 Postby Odidnetne » Sun Mar 04, 2007 9:44 pm

Welcome to the forums.

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#11 Postby HealthyElijah » Sun Mar 04, 2007 10:18 pm

Thanks for the greetings everyone! I really look forward to being able to do sideways pole pushups and 1 leg/one arm pushups and all of that amazing stuff!!

Funny you guys mention the green smoothies!! Dr. Fuhrman's diet is big on "blended salads"! I even juiced some Kale this morning! I will admit though that I have been slacking on the blended salads lately but I used to eat them religiously every day, afternoon and night. It was real easy to get a ton of veggies in but I have taken a liking to real salads lately. I think now is the time to go 50/50 on real salads and blended salads. However I used to eat them when I did not workout. I think that this time since I will be working out they will be comparable to a Vega drink or protein supplement anyways. I also eat sunflower seeds, pine nuts and pistachio's for some extra protein and fat.

I have also for the first time ever eaten a coconut! I tried a while back but it was moldy and turned me off! Last night I bought 2 (just in case one was moldy) and drank the water and beat the crap out of it with a hammer and so far, I really enjoy them!

I saw everyone on the boards talk about coconuts in more than one thread and it inspired me to subconsciously grab one at the store last night!

I like the community here to! There is a lot of humor here and it seems kinda tight like that! Doesn't seem to be much bitching and it appears there is quite a bit of respect given to everyone. Good vibes all around. And one thing I really like is that you are not the typical vegans I am used to hearing on the message boards! You know what I mean ;)

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#12 Postby Zack » Sun Mar 04, 2007 10:26 pm

Awesome, hope you enjoy it here, good community.
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#13 Postby flanders77 » Mon Mar 05, 2007 6:06 am

Welcome Elijah!
Great intro, good goals! Keep it on!

@Offense74: Where are you? Say "hello" to the guy you brought in :wink:
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#14 Postby markc7 » Mon Mar 05, 2007 12:29 pm

Welcome aboard! Good luck with putting on the muscle.

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#15 Postby loveliberate » Mon Mar 05, 2007 1:56 pm

Hello & Welcome! :D
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