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  1. I'm not much of a fitness buff myself, yet as a vegan I often find myself discussing the topic with skeptics. Specifically, I'm asked whether vegans can maintain muscle mass. I point people to this website, but I really don't know. I recently read an article by the P90x guy, Tony Horton. I was pleased to hear that he was a vegan for a while, but he said this: "Yes, I was a vegan for years -- and I felt great doing it. But the problem was that I couldn’t keep weight on, eating just veggies, fruit, beans, and nuts, so I had to rethink my strategy." Recently, I've heard this complaint echo'd by a close vegan fitness-oriented friend of mine. He claims to eat 80g of protein a day, but still has lost some muscle mass. I want to know the honest answer. It seems like, if we are all being completely honest, you won't be able to maintain as much muscle compared with a diet that includes animal protein...and the muscle you do have takes constant work to maintain. Does that sound right? Thanks.
  2. question for everyone: how does a gemma/rice/hemp plain with no other additions mix with a smoothie? I want a little more protein in my diet, so I'm thinking of getting a mix (maybe like 70 gemma/30 rice or 60 gemma, 20 rice and 20 hemp) and adding half of a serving to the green smoothies I make. My smoothie recipe is usually something like: --1/2 cup mixed fruit juice --medium banana or half of a large banana --2/3 cup fozen spinach --a couple frozen strawberries --a couple tablespoons of hempseed --possible a teaspoon of flax seed if I remember --possibly mango or pineapple chunks from a can, but they don't add too much blended, with a bit of water. My smoothies are delicious. How will adding a protein mix like this affect the flavor? Should I get one of the added natural flavors? Which one? THANKS!
  3. look at these 15g samples of each of these brands of hemp seeds 1. Navitas brand organic hemp seeds (unshelled) 80 calories, 7g fat, 5g protein http://www.navitasnaturals.com/products/hemp/hemp-seeds.html 2. Nutiva brand organic hemp seeds (shelled) 85 calories, 7.75g fat, 5.5 g protein https://store.nutiva.com/hempseed/ 3. Manitoba Harvest brand organic hemp seeds (shelled) 80 calories, 4.9g fat, 5.5 g protein http://manitobaharvest.com/product/61/Certified-Organic-Shelled-Hemp-Seed-12oz.html how is Manitoba Harvest the only brand with such a low fat content? also, you'd figure the 2 unshelled brands would have such similar nutrition facts, not a shelled brand and the unshelled brand. what gives? I guess this begs the larger questions: how and why do different brands that sell the same product have such different nutrition facts? I see the same thing with different other foods too.
  4. Is it better to store Vega in the fridge or in the pantry, in terms of maintaining nutritional quality?
  5. It is a big source of "protein" but I can't help but believe that it has a poor amino acid profile. Does anyone know what the amino acid breakdown is? Even wheat in general, like in bread, pasta, or cereal, usually has decently high protein totals. I just doubt wheat gluten has any real protein value. Does anyone know otherwise? Thanks.
  6. Thanks for the responses. Let's say I am eating one type of food, like hemp for example. And let's say it has low levels of 2 different kinds of amino acids. Why wouldn't eating a lot of hemp satisfy your needs since, by eating a lot of hemp, you'd be accumulating more of each amino acid. Does it have to do with ratios?
  7. I've heard that "complete proteins" are a rarity in the plant kingdom. I sometimes use a hemp protein powder that apparently has amounts of at least 19 or 20 of the 21 possible amino acids, including all of the essential ones that the human body can't create. I never hear hemp being a complete protein. In fact I only hear that about soy isolate and quinoa. Assuming nutritiondata.com is accurate, I looked at a few things I like to eat: ~200 calories of cooked broccoli I ate tonight have about 13 or 14 grams of protein, with amounts of every amino acid except one called hydroxyproline, which I don't think is an essential one. See: http://www.nutritiondata.com/facts/vegetables-and-vegetable-products/2357/2 ~200 calories of cooked brown rice has 5 g of protein with each kind of amino acid See: http://www.nutritiondata.com/facts/cereal-grains-and-pasta/5710/2 ~200 calories of cooked quinoa has 8 g of protein, with each kind of amino acid See: http://www.nutritiondata.com/facts/cereal-grains-and-pasta/10352/2 ~200 calories of kidney beans or black beans, 15 g of protein, same thing See: http://www.nutritiondata.com/facts/legumes-and-legume-products/4284/2 or http://www.nutritiondata.com/facts/legumes-and-legume-products/4297/2 And spinach: http://www.nutritiondata.com/facts/vegetables-and-vegetable-products/2627/2 And flaxseed, which even has this mysterious "hydroxyproline": http://www.nutritiondata.com/facts/nut-and-seed-products/3163/2 And so on.... Everything I've mentioned is the basis for a lot of my meals, especially dinner-type meals. Aren't all of these complete proteins? Or at least foods that don't really need to be complemented with anything because, at the very least, they have all the essential amino acids? Is there a certain amount of each amino acid that needs to be met for a food to be a "complete" protein? Thanks for any and all help.
  8. Hey fellow vegans. Even before I started a vegan lifestyle, my arms and wrists have been scrawny. My wrists, especially, are pretty thin. Does anyone have any basic tips, nutrition and workout wise, how to increase their girth? Are there specific exercises? On a separate, but maybe related note, I've never really done any consistent exercising, before or after my diet change. I plan on starting a program very soon but am concerned about my wrist size! Thanks everyone.
  9. Hey everyone. Does anyone have any experience taking piracetam? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piracetam A friend of mine recommended it to me to help with studying and concentrating. But I know nothing about it. Does it work? Is it vegan? Is it safe? Does anyone know or know where to find this stuff out from? Thanks! -A fellow vegan
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