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  1. Hey guys.... I need some help figuring out how to tailor a good vegan diet with a few kinda major food exclusions: No gluten (not even oats or buckwheat...yes, I know buckwheat is not glutenous, but it's an allergy for me) No Soy No fructose (trying to fend off Candida) No Candida growth-encouraging foods Any thoughts? I needz some major help! Thanks!!!!
  2. Hey all my Veggie-loving friends! I took a hiatus from the forum (good old life got the best of me), but now I'm back and determined to REALLY accomplish my long-time goal of bodybuilding. I ran into some health issues, so I'm not functioning even close to 100%, but my determination is definitely there! Looking forward to getting reacquainted with old friends and meeting new people on the forum!
  3. Do u find Full-Body workouts to be beneficial? I never really got great results from them, but I thought it would be a good way to "shock" my muscles. Would an Upper/Lower split be a better option? Example: Upper: -Pull-ups or Lat Pull-downs -Rows -Incline DB Chest Press -DB or Cable Flyes -Military Press -DB Laterals -Biceps Curls (either free bar or Incline DB) -Narrow Bench Press Lower: -Unilateral Leg Press with high foot placement -Deadlifts (either SLDL or regular) -Squats (either narrow or sumo) -Lunges -Add/abd work Then do abs/core and light cardio on my off days. Too many options!!!!! urgh
  4. Hey!! How are u liking IL? Is SIU pretty veggie-friendly? Good luck in school!!!
  5. Hey Everyone!!!!! Wow, it's been TOO long since I posted something on this site! I've missed u all! How was the Vegan Vacation? I really wanted to go, but I couldn't miss class and work. I start Nursing school this Wednesday... yikes! Due to the fact that school, work, and studying are all very time consuming, I'm thinking of changing my workout scheme to full-body 3-4 days a week instead of doing a 5 day split routine. (Plus, I've stopped seeing much progress and have had a string of injuries within a short amount of time... not good!). Here's the routing I'm thinking of: Day 1: 5 sets x 6 reps, 120sec rest -Narrow Free Bar Squats -Flat Bench Press -Conventional DL's -Free Bar Military Press -Pull-ups or Lat Pull-down Day 2: 2-3 sets x 15 reps, 30 sec rest -Romanian DLs -Flat DB Bench -Static Free Bar Lunges -Seated Cable Row -Incline Curls [Hammers?] -Lying Triceps Ext Day 3: 3 sets x 10 reps, 60sec rest -Free bar Sumo Squats -Incline DB Chest Press -Reverse Lunges -Supinated BB Rows -DB Press (standing) -Supinated Lat Pulldown Any thoughts? On my "off" days, I'll do some abs and a bit of jump roping (my new passion... it's a blast!!!!). Hope everyone is doing well!!!!! -Shelby
  6. Wow, thanks for all the great ideas guys! I'd love to try the vega bars, but they dont sell them anywhere near me. I don't have the money to order them online, either. (Minimum wage jobs suck, lol). I have a dumb question for the green smoothie: Do i juice the fruits/veggies or just throw them into a blender? It seems like they wouldn't mix/chop well. It does sound delish though! What's ambrosia? thanks guys! BTW: my mass gaining is going well.. kinda hit a bit of a plateau now, though. I've put on about 10 pounds in the last 2 months... and I've finally got a butt, lol. Score! ) My strength is increasing a lot as well, which I'm psyched about too!
  7. I need some quick, easy, and non-messy meal ideas. I'll be working 3 jobs this summer and I need to be able to eat items that are healthy but easy. I'm used to eating things that require a fork and knife, so I need ideas that are gluten-free and vegan, but that don't consist of sandwiches (unless using gf bread, but I don't really like eating it). Here's some ideas that I've thought of so far... please feel free to add to the list! -"egg" salad (tofu) -TLT (tofu, lettuce, tomato... minus tomatoes, cuz I dont like 'em!) -Clif Bars (not a meal, though) -Rice Tortilla wraps with tofu, lettuce and "cheese" -Vegan Pizza (homemade) -salad (but not easy to eat.... requires silverware) -Apple/banana + nutbutter (not easy to eat, though) -Bean pasta (again, not easy to eat) -Smoothies and protein shakes (Does anyone have any favorite recipes/concoctions??? Favorite Powders????) Thanks! I've finally been able to put on some wt after losing a bunch due to gluten intolerance and other food allergies. They are finally subsiding a bit and I can tolerate a bit of gluten, but not much. Thanks guys!
  8. Hey! Thanks for the concern! Everything is absolutely great... just been too busy to post any new workouts. I've put on about 10 pounds since my first entry and the weights I'm able to lift increase just about every workout! I can now leg press over 400 pounds for 10 reps. I'm very excited about my progress indeed!
  9. ornithine works with arginine.... u could take arginine alone, but its effects are multiplied when taken in conjunction with ornithine.
  10. L-Carnitine is an amino acid that is a "fat-burner." It works by recruiting fat (instead of the usual glucose) into the mitochondria to be used for ATP production. I've been taking it for a couple of months now, and i do get an energy boost from it. My FAVORITE supplement is Arginine-Ornithine... wow, this stuff works wonders! It's a vaso-dilator and strength increaser.... it's worth the dough!
  11. I just bought those Clif Builder Bars (cookies 'n cream)... OMG, they are SO DELISH! Yum! And totally loaded with protein! I just wish they had less saturated fat, but I hardly eat any sat. fat in my diet, so I guess it's ok. But man are they good!!!!!
  12. The guideline for general health is .5-.8g per KILOGRAM of bodyweight... for building mass, it ranges between 1.0-1.5g per KILOGRAM. However, I personally need a heck of a lot more than this. I go by pounds instead of kilograms. I basically just try to get as much as I can per day (because it's hard for me to get too much). If I get over 20% of my kcals from protein, then I'm happy. I try to get at least 120g at the very least. I think it just depends on your goals and your body. If you are trying to put on mass, you will obivously be eating more, thus you will be inadvertingly getting more protein than the average person. Some people work best on higher amount of protein, and some people excel at lesser amounts. I need a lot in order to feel/be healthy and maintain/gain muscle. But, thats just me.
  13. CONGRATS ROB!!!!!!! (sorry, couldn't resist putting in those last two!) That has to be the COOLEST job EVER!!! I'm SO excited for u (and a bit jealous, lol). I can't wait to hear how it goes! Vega is AWESOME.... my Whole Foods just started to carry the protein powder (however, they used to carry the chocolate which ROCKED, but now they only carry the regular flavor and that one is nasty... we need bars and chocolate!!! lol). So, again, CONGRATS! You'll do awesome at this new job.. you were made for it! -Shelbs
  14. My cooking skills have taken a bit of a regression as of yesterday. Case in point: I was making my Famous Vegan Pizza (one of the only things I know how to make), and I not only managed to set off the Smoke Dectector, but also burned a good chunk of my forearm in the process. (At least the pizza was Delicious!!!) Needless to say, I'm done with cooking for a while and instead will resort to gorging on hummus, tofu, salads, and nut butters. The Raw Vegan Diet is looking more appeasing by the minute! LOL
  15. I am done with this... this is going nowhere! I've stated my opinion. No sense in going around and around about all this. Sometimes, a vegan has to be flexible, not only in their approach, but also in their acceptance of how other people choose to live. Sure, it's not how we would like everyone to live, but we ultimately cannot change other people's views and values. All we can do is educate and show by positive/compassionate example. THAT is the most effective method. Happy Easter! And if you decide to dye eggs, I hope you chose CF/FR/organic eggs!
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