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  1. Seems like a very sugary diet. I know people like to think there is a major difference between natural sugar and processed sugar. But is the difference really that major? High fructose fruits can raise blood sugar levels, which can be problematic in the long term. I advocate not eating more than 1 or 2 banana's a day, and to not couple them with other extremely sweet fruits too often. Berries are not overly sweet. I often mix banana's, cantaloupe and berries with some nuts and coconut milk in a bowl for a healthy breakfast high in anti-oxidants and other nutrients and minerals. But I never go overboard with sweet fruits (though it is tempting considering their cheapness). I consider them like natural candy. They are obviously way healthier than processed junk food, but there is still a threshold someone on a very healthy diet should consider keeping with. I personally would not go over 2-3 pieces of extremely sweet fruit a day. Especially if it causes you to urinate frequently (common sign of high blood sugar) and especially if you're consuming a ton of other carbohydrates already.
  2. As per increasing energy levels for proper work outs I find that ginseng and vitamin water are a good combination as well as a nice nutrient dense meal about an hour or so prior to working out. The rest has to come from your own body and the law of thermodynamics. Energy drinks only trick your brains neurons into believing your body is energized, which is why people tend to 'crash' on these.
  3. Please every one ignore comments like this ^^^^^ Anyway, there is a reason insomniacs supplement melatonin. It is because either their brains are not producing enough of it, or they tend to sleep later and awaken later in the day. Our brains produce melatonin at night, which is why sleep has always been associated as a nocturnal activity. Supplementing melatonin assures that you will be able to sleep regardless of the time of day, and to, more often than not, get a full 8 hours of peaceful sleep (although at first it does intensify your dreams, but this side effect fades in time). Of course, covering the windows to ensure proper darkness helps as well.
  4. I don't think it is difficult at all to throw some raw vegetables together and simply eat them. In fact what could be easier? if cost is an issue shop farmers markets instead of normal grocery outlets. I am not nor was I suggesting total absence of grains from the diet to be necessary (for example, 2/3rds cups of oatmeal a day seems to be fine) but the over-consumption of grains and foods containing grains has created unbalanced dietary issues with people. Whether soaking or not soaking them for leeching out the phytate. The sheer amount of carbs are an issue for any normal human body seeking normal healthy, long term functioning. Particularly processed grains, but I also stand firm with regard to the cumulative effect I spoke of earlier. High carb foods affect the formation of Advanced glycation end products more than lower carb or moderate carb foods. All grains are very high in carbohydrate. vegetables contain healthy carbs, so it stands to reason that, when on a vegan diet these should be relied on for the bulk of ones carb and micronutrient consumption, because when you compared the nutrient profile of one serving of mixed vegetables and one serving of grains, the grains pale in comparison to the nutrient profile in the vegetables. And if you're already low in micronutrients the anti-nutrients in grains will deplete what little you are getting. Hence the failure of people who just do not research this and fail said diet.
  5. Jack Norris is the man. Also, "prolonged spike" in blood sugar is a bit of an oxymoron. High-fiber, whole-grain complex carbs cause a much smoother, milder increase in blood sugar than low-fiber, refined and/or simple carbs (which cause a shorter-duration, higher "spike"). By 'prolonged spike' what I was referring to was a cumulative effect, which is caused by constant bombardment to the body by glycoxidation end products and high carb foods (such as caused by eating dairy and high carb foods, all through out the day). Yes there is *some* relevancy to the GI chart, but most of it is pseudo scientific drivel. For example the myth that most wheat pasta's could qualify as low GI sources of carbs. Rice too. Both are very grainy foods. And even if whole grains cause 'less of a spike' than processed ones, they still cause way more of a spike than lower carb meals. My point here is that macronutrients are out of wack on vegan diets, which is what would account for many peoples failure at said diet. I think if people just steered away from the extreme fructose consumption and pathetically high carb intake, replaced *some* of it with healthy fats, got all the micronutrients from fresh vegetables, the diet would be perfect and very few people would fail it.
  6. In any event, I am seeing alot of no no's here. Such as bread, granola, etc (both cause prolonged insulin response). I stay away from an over-abundance of grain and legumes for this very reason. I do consume 2/3rds cups of oatmeal daily, which I think is reasonable for pre-work out glycogen stores. I consume about 60 grams of pea protein daily along with an additional 60 grams of protein from food. Boca burgers are low in carbohydrates, so I consume a couple of these daily, along with about 20 grams of protein from tofu itself. The bulk of my diet though is fresh fruits and vegetables, with an emphasis on freshness. And I consume all my vegetables raw, including the broccoli and cauliflour, but on occasion I do steam broccoli lightly. My daily food intake looks something like this. Breakfast: Usually the oatmeal I mentioned made with a quarter cup of coconut milk and half a cup of water, with ground flax seeds, cashews and mixed berries. Lunch: Boca burger with no bun, usually I just put some tomato paste on it with a spoon full of extra virgin olive oil. A large salad consisting of kale, spinach, tomatoes, mushrooms, black olives, tofu and avocado. 30 grams of pea protein. For dinner I tend to have the exact same thing as lunch with another 30 grams of pea protein. Between meals I sometimes have some dark chocolate dipped in almond butter or some raw cauliflour and broccoli dipped in hummus. Listen, fat is not the enemy. You can consume 50-60 grams a day, reduce your carb intake to around 150 and lose body fat very easily this way. I am not suggesting going overboard with fat consumption, but our brains and bodies require fat to function properly. Of course, they require carbs as well, but the ratios most people here speak of are completely out of synch and have no scientific basis.
  7. Do you have any sources for this statement? I really cannot stand scientifically unqualified statements.
  8. I want to address this also. My Meals Today Total Calories 729 Total Fat 32.3g Saturated Fat 3g Trans Fat 0g Cholesterol 0mg Sodium 2050mg Total Carbohydrate 25g 13% Dietary Fiber 6g Sugar 6g Protein 81g Your macronutrient ratios are really weird. When your carbohydrates are so low you have to replace them with fat or protein. Your protein intake is 81 grams, which in my opinion is inadequate to account for such low fat intake. I think if you raised fat intake to around 60 grams and your protein to around 100 grams, it might begin to justify such a low carb dietary plan. Otherwise where is energy coming from?
  9. I echo the sentiment that you are doing too much cardio. That is more than likely the reason for muscle loss. Cardio is catabolic, strength training is anabolic. And it appears you are doing twice as much cardio as you are resistance. Make it the other way around.
  10. Three whole years? The body can hold a pretty good stash of B12 but it's not a myth that we should be mindful of intake. Well, almost 3 years I doubt the body can hold a stash of something for 3 years. The pharmaceutical companies dream of such shelf lives for their products . This vitamin is produced by bacteria and I'm sure that nature has provided ways of such bacteria entering the human blood flow (or wherever they are needed). ^^^ This kind of mindless new-age pseudo-science is what gives alot of vegans a bad name.
  11. I disagree with the 2-3 servings of whole grains thing. One serving a day of oatmeal or buckwheat might be fine, but the consumption of too many grains causes an eventual prolonged spike in blood sugar (symptoms of pre-diabetes) and subsequent body fat gain. Mind you, I am not saying this leads necessarily to obesity, but it definitely leads to having more body fat than muscle. A condition known as being 'skinny fat'. I also think humans need around 50-60 grams of healthy fat a day for the brain to function normally. A spoon of olive oil, or quarter cup of coconut milk would not kill anybody. And several studies indicate that it would actually be beneficial.
  12. The thing that is making it difficult for me to want to return to these forums much is peoples inability to separate 'the science' from the animal rights aspect, which I think need to be completely different conversations entirely. I love animals, and I am all for that aspect of it. But this IS the nutritional section of the forum. Wy does it seem that people here have little to day about it other than 'oh thats good' or something similar? Does the science of vegan nutrition mean little to people? I mean I assume that the health outcome of a vegan diet is important to people as well as the animal rights aspect. This is what gives my fellow vegans bad credibility in my opinion. The ones who do it for animal rights reasons tend not to care if they live off preztils and hummus, and similar junk food, hence these 'vegan horror stories'.
  13. Anyone else want to chime in? I mean I enjoy one on one conversations but I would like other points of view as well.
  14. Excess carbohydrates (particularly sugar) have long been known to drive blood sugar up for extended periods of time, longer than other macronutrients, which is a danger sign for developing type 2 diabetes. The science is not really in committee regarding this. I am not saying that people who lack certain enzymes will not do well on other diets, such as fruit-based ones. But for the most part it is pretty universal that sugar causes diabetes. I must stay with a balanced approach here. I am only 26 years old but I need to avoid any possible future health risks and I strongly feel filling up on carbs and sugar would lead to an elevation of such risks.
  15. It is basic knowledge in diabetic circles that low carb diets assuage many of the symptoms of the disease. This is because blood sugar is most easily effected by carbohydrates. Now I do not have diabetes but one symptom of high blood sugar is frequency of urination, which is what I had when doing high carb vegan. There was a period of about 6 months when I ate absolutely no bread, or any other refined source of grains. I did eat rice though during that period, and lots of it. I would attribute this to my rise in blood sugar, I am not so sure about the lentils I consumed. White potatoes had a similar effect on me but not sweet potatoes (which i consume sometimes) for some reason. I am guessing the latter has a better nutrient profile than the former. I think it is reasonable to stay at around 100-150 grams of carbs daily at the most. Especially considering I consume about 50 grams of fat daily and 90 grams of protein. It's definitely not the typical low carb, high fat diet, which would entail the consumption of about 150 grams of fat daily.
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