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  1. hey. This is a hypothetical question. Let's say I started serious weightlifting (olympic) a year ago and within a few months ago started smoking regularly. Once (yes only once) a day, after all other responsibilities are done and with a vaporizer (no tar and other negative stuff from combustion). Does the THC slow down your reaction/speed of the CNS? Can it negatively affect work capacity?
  2. Hey everyone. I thought I would share.... A couple of days ago i ordered some noodles and tofu at a fast food japanese joint. They grill the food on this really big frying surface. You could see it from where I was standing and I started wondering how well they clean this surface between orders ... apparently not very well as there were small bits of meat in my plate. Lucky for my omnivore friend who got two plates for the price of one I've been vegan for a few years but never really paid too much attention to cross-contamination. Now I won't eat at any of my favorite asian restaurants for the fear of the cook preparing my meal without really washing the wok first. Not to mention any fast food burger place where they fry meat in the same fryer as the french fries. Dayum. what a buzzkill.
  3. Hey everyone.... Just came across this.: http://www.bellplantation.com/nutrition It's powdered peanut butter. You simply add water or soy milk to it. It tastes good and has 85% less fat than regular peanut butter. For those dieting down it's a treasure! Ingredients: Roasted peanuts, sugar and salt. Serving size: 2 Tablespoons (12 grams) Calories: 45 Total fat 1.5 g 3% Saturated fat 0 g 0% Trans fat < 0.01 g Cholesterol < 0.01 mg 0% Sodium 94 mg 4% Total carbohydrate 5 g 2% Dietary fiber 2 g 8% Sugars 1 g Protein 5 g Thought I would share this. (Assuming it's new to you too! )
  4. Hello. I've been on the lookout for any vegan food that is very high in protein with moderate carbs/fat. The obvious are soy (i mostly use TVP), Tempeh and protein powders (i use vega). I can rarely find seitan in my area and if I do, it's super expensive. I've found some good recipes online and it doesn't seem like it's too hard to make. Anyways.. my question is, is seitan bad for you? There seems to be so much anti-gluten information out there (including Branden Brazier). I don't have celiac disease, so is there any reason to avoid it? Just looking for some opinions on it. Thanks p.s. If any of you know of other really good high protein - low carb/fat vegan foods (other then soy, tempeh, seitan and powders!) I'm all ears. cheers
  5. I guess just like anything else, moderation is the key. If you're meals are predominately made up of soy meats, soy milk and soy protein you may run into some of those 'dangers'. Personally I don't make any real efforts to completely avoid it. I usually have 1-2 servings of soy daily. I will add some TVP with my quinoa for the added protein. Another thing I do is rotate between TVP and Tempeh (supposedly free of those nasty phytoestrogens due to fermentation) every other day or so. TVP is just so damn cheap!!! I don't remember where exactly but I read that soy isolates are the most problematic.
  6. Hello everyone. I know this is nothing new. We have all read the infinite warnings about consuming soy. I have a question that I hope someone could shed some light on. 'They' say that soy raises estrogen in men. Something to do with the phytoestrogens or something. What I don't understand is, isn't soy just a bean?! Why would soy beans contain these hormonal wrecking balls but kidney beans or black beans don't? Thanks
  7. oh sorry.... i guess I didn't explain myself clearly.. I know that the numbers are accurate. I use the nutrition tables on the back of the packages (ie quinoa, tempeh, TVP, canned beans etc...) and use that website for anything else. My question was more geared towards my carb / fat / protein ratio. How does it look? Too many carbs? Not enough protein? (which i already know but finding it hard to get more without adding tons more calories.) etc. thanks
  8. Hello. I am looking to cut down a bit. I have recently calculated (pretty accurately i think my meal plan. I think I may be way off! Here are my stats /// approx. 235lbs - 6' - not sure my bf% but probably around 15-20% On training days: 2590 cals - 66 g fat - 176 g protein - 246 g carbs Non training days: 2110 cals - 65 g fat - 141 g protein - 170 g carbs I am training 4 days a week (standard bb'ing split) and trying to walk as much as possible every day (especially recovery days). How does this sound? Am I way off? I ralize I'm not getting very much protein. Thanks for the help.
  9. Hey guys... so i've decided to compete in my first competition. I feel that I have a good base and I should not waste any time before I start cutting. Do any of you have any tips or experiences from your cuts? I am obviously an amateur and have never really followed any extreme bulk/cuts before. I typically try to eat as clean as possible and simply increase my calories when I'm training harder and lower them a little if I feel that I'm getting too soft. I am a little concerned that I will lose too much mass. As most of you already know a big part of most omnivore bb'ers diets are to cut carbs. Well seeing as everything we eat has carbs in one form or another I'm afraid that will cause excess catabolism. Any advice from the more experienced people here? Thanks a bunch
  10. Hello.... I'm curious to see what others think of this. Do any of you not have a problem with free range / free run eggs? I was a vegetarian for many many years and my reasoning for not being vegan was that "if i owned my own farm i would have no guilt from eating my hens eggs or drinking my cow's milk". Once I started seeing what hens and cows go through in factory farms I dropped both eggs and milk immediately. -but- what if you only consumed eggs that came from a cage free / free run farm? Do they even truly exist? I have troubles believing business and animals can live together without the animals suffering greatly. Anyways, like i said I am curious to see what some fellow compassionate vegans have to say. Cheers
  11. I've always wondered how many nutrients are actually being lost when pressure cooking beans and such. I am going to start experimenting by sprouting some lentils, quinoa and buckwheat.
  12. Can anybody answer this? Does raw/sprouted QUINOA (or any other legume or grain) contain more protein then cooked quinoa?
  13. thanks.... Johan... just wondering, why to you think it sucks? Don't worry I'm no Raw Ambassador or anything.
  14. Hey Guys.... I hope there's someone on here that can help me out with this. I've been looking into raw veganism. From what I understand it is comprised of eating raw veggies, fruits, sprouted (rather than cooked) grains and legumes and soaked raw nuts/seeds. This seems like a very beneficial way of eating for a vegan bodybuilder. Except I wouldn't really know what to make! I guess i would end up eating a lot of fresh salads (both leafy green and sprouts). Does anybody have any good links or advice? Do you feel it would be suitable for a vegan bodybuilder? I typically eat a lot of "cooked" quinoa, buckwheat and lentils. I am very curious to try these raw and sprouted. thanks
  15. Hello everyone.... Any post workout shake (nutrition) advice?
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