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  1. It's really going to depend on the fruit and how much exercise you're doing. You can go to sites like http://nutritiondata.self.com/ to check out the kind of calories and carbs that the fruits have, and work them into your diet accordingly.
  2. Okay, diet is paying off slowly, I am actually really happy with the progress. Leaning up... just got to keep on top of it! http://www.godfist.com/body/abs/1d.jpg
  3. If you are doing that much exercise, I'd say 1800-2000 is fine, don't worry! You are doing lots of cardio, so that will really help you out, and you can afford to eat a moderate amount. You will feel bad if you eat a lot less, combined with that level of activity, so keep it up, you are looking great. Don't be scared of the picture, it is a joke more than anything
  4. Yeah man this is not good at all. I am presuming (perhaps incorrectly) that some companies will not use it, even if it does get made, due to allergy concerns. Also just the "weird" factor, if this reaches enough people, even non-vegans, they might not want their fruit sprayed with shell food, just from an "ew" perspective.
  5. Hey - I would echo what Dylan says, that your mid section looks fine. I think a lot of people would be jealous in fact. But, what training are you doing right now to become leaner? What kind of cardio and how much? I would say that 1800-2000 calories is actually moderate or high for someone trying to cut back, unless you are doing a lot of cardio.
  6. Hey welcome to the forum, and glad you're coming around to veganism. I think one of the key things to remember is that whatever happens, it isn't irreversible. If you try a new diet of any kind, and something isn't working for you, it can be adapted. It doesn't have to be all or nothing. Also, listen to beforewisdom, he has a lot of great links to useful information. I think it's very easy to get protein on a vegan diet. It may surprise you if you start to put it together and actually count up the grams of protein you can get per day. Beans, pulses, nuts, seeds, a few grains... You don't need any protein supplements. But one or two can be convenient, just like for people on a non-vegan diet. You don't need them, but people often take them, vegans are not unique in that aspect.
  7. Richard


    Welcome to the site, where are you in the UK? I watched a documentary recently about intermittent fasting, and it was really interesting. What are you eating on the fast days?
  8. I don't think it's healthy to cut out fruit, they are a great source of vitamins, and are a healthy way to get carbs, that's number one. Number two, you can definitely cut fat whilst eating fruit. They are virtually fat-free. Number three, eating fruit will not prevent you from building muscle - but they are not what you should eat alone to achieve that. But just being part of your diet, fruit won't prevent muscle mass from being built.
  9. Yeah, all I can really say is, look at what she did achieve on a vegan diet, look at what everyone else has achieved, and most of all, look at what science tells us about the benefits of a plant-based diet.
  10. Well this is disappointing. Regarding the benefits of veganism on different individuals - we don't know for sure everything she was doing, so it's impossible to say whether she did it "right" or whatever. You'd have to take a number of people and give them the same diet to reach any kind of conclusion. But, the bottom line for me is always, if you can be healthy, and you don't need animal products to survive, then that's it. To say that you *want* to do XYZ is to miss the point of veganism to start with - there should be no question about it.
  11. Yeah buddy, good job keeping track with photos, must feel great to be able to see where you started and where you're at
  12. www.ethicalsuperstore.com www.alternativestores.com Both are expensive but have a large range. I tend to go to local health food shops more than anything
  13. I might be inclined to read more if I have trouble sleeping and really need something to send me off. Rattling on about pedantic things like what to do if you are starving to death is such a waste of time. Is the author starving to death? But to address the ludicrous point they are hammering - yes, killing and eating a human is as acceptable as killing and eating another animal if you are starving. It is a last resort. From a practical point of view, killing a human is a bad idea because first of all, it will be quite hard, and there may be other humans around who could take revenge on you later. Plus other humans can work together as a team in this unspecified survival situation. Killing an animal is easier, has far less risk associated with it, and you aren't losing a potential ally, so that's why I'd recommend killing the animals first. But ethically, it is the same. Likewise, if you have a pet rabbit and you are starving, you are more likely to go after and kill another animal, rather than kill your pet. And you're more likely to kill another human stranger, than kill your own children etc. But to rise above this entire line of debate, it's possible to have a level of speciesism, without having absolute speciesism. Likewise, if a person is sexist and says that women are stupid, that's different to someone being sexist and saying all women should be hooked up to milking machines and raped. So if someone is "speciesist" and is saying they will eat a rabbit before they eat their own kids, so be it. That doesn't mean that just because they are "speciesist" that they should then see animals as completely expendable even in non-survival situations. It's not black and white, and god I am sick of typing now, what a stupid, stupid, stupid article.
  14. Silk is very easy to live without - is it really a big part of anyone's life? I don't think it takes much dedication to use cotton instead, or any other material
  15. You could donate your non-vegan clothes to a 2nd hand shop, for charity. Regarding dealing with people and lack of consideration, it's always going to be a struggle. All you really can do is focus on yourself, be happy with your own principles, and behave in a positive way around other people. But I don't know of a way to get through to people directly.
  16. I didn't candy-coat anything. If you want to aim for longer eye lashes and professional tan-application, be my guest. But my advice is to aim for a body that you personally are happy with, and don't worry about impressing others. Why worry about their standards?
  17. Surely Kendo armour is expensive too?
  18. You can't think of a reason why they can't eat meat? All you need is compassion for an animal, and you can put yourself in the animal's position, just like you would if you were to talk about why it's wrong to kill a human. From the victim's perspective, it's a bad thing, and as it's totally unnecessary, it is wrong. When you talk about looking down on people, that's a completely different subject, as I said before. You can think that an action is wrong, without actually doing anything, or forming an opinion of those who do it - if you want to. There's a difference between saying something is wrong, and saying that those who do it are "evil" etc. Regarding 100% veganism being nearly impossible to attain - I agree, and we all face a dilemma regarding where we draw a line. We live in a society which relies upon animal products in all kinds of places. You actually can't escape it realistically. But, it isn't futile. Though we all have different "comfort zones" and what we're willing to go without, the more people who are vegetarian and vegan to any extent are joining a mass-boycott against the exploitation of animals. The problem is so vast and far-reaching that you can't target it specifically. But, all efforts have a result, and the industry is becoming less profitable. So from a practical point of view, you don't need to think "it's wrong for me to do this, so I'm not going to do it" and feel restricted - rather, you should realise we live in a shit-hole universe, and you can try to make some positive decisions that will help the future, such as buying alternatives where possible. But fundamentally, I do believe that living in comfort at the expense of other animals is wrong, and I know that just by living in the society that I do, that I must be having negative impact. I'm aware of some of it, but most likely there are things that I don't even realise. I go without what I don't need to live a productive life in this society, but I still drive a car and even the basic necessitities obviously have an impact. I know what it would take for me to have 0% impact, but I lack the strength to do it, at a fundamental level, I am too selfish. I can give you excuses as above, about how I was born into this society and didn't choose etc, but I could remove myself and try to live in the wilderness technically - but it doesn't appeal to me, so I actively choose this society now. Pretty much everybody is guilty of that. I don't have a high opinion of humans in general, including myself. I see veganism as striving towards better and more positive actions, an aspect of myself which is actually good. Perfect veganism isn't necessary in order to change the world though. Regarding the Kendo armour... you could buy it 2nd hand, that way you are not funding a production company. Those situations are irritating. I can't tell you how to feel about the situation. From my perspective, the less leather somebody buys, the better. But, as I said above, we are all guilty pretty much, we are all doing things that I'd personally say are wrong. We attempt to balance our activies in life with the damage we cause, and I can't personally justify it, but there you go! I feel guilt for how I live too. At a very fundamental level... even more fundamental... it's a numbers game. Buying that Kendo armour with a tiny piece of leather on it, isn't as bad as buying a leather coat, because more leather is being used, in the long run, more animals have to die. If there is only a tiny strip of leather on a kendo suit, then 1 animal dies to make presumably hundreds of those. So it takes hundreds of customers for 1 animal to die. But, with a leather coat, maybe you will only get 3 or 4 coats off 1 animal, so if hundreds of people did the same, you end up with thousands of dead animals. So while I can't justify any use of leather, I'm aware that the more a person uses, the worse it is.
  19. I don't like to go round in circles, particularly with someone who fundamentally agrees - at least in practice! I got confused about what you were addressing, because it seemed you were talking about eating meat in general, and talking about treatment of meat-eaters (in general). But now you are saying you are specifically talking about those who hunt and kill animals personally - a tiny minority of meat-eaters. So to address hunting: You can't compare humans to other animals in the way that you're doing. Humans are highly intelligent, and adaptable. Most other animals are in a routine of survival, and are acting on instinct. Humans are aware of what's going on, and can make a choice - and they know the outcome of the choices beforehand. We are not "innocent" like animals, in that respect, and also in the environment we live we do not struggle for survival. So it is not as simple as "lions eat meat, so we can eat meat, and it's okay". We know that other animals are alive, and concious, and we know what it means to kill something. We also know we have a choice not to do it - so to deliberately make that choice is selfish and unethical. Beyond this, the entire notion of food chains, evolution and survival is horrible. It is "natural", but it's actually harsh as hell, and I don't know why we'd want to be part of it! Things get sick and die, inferior animals are born and die, things rip each other apart, struggling to get enough food just to survive, things die of thirst when water is scarce... it's dreadful. Just because it is "natural", it doesn't mean we should strive to be part of it. Picking meat-eating specifically out of all the things that are natural is self-serving, and actually nothing to do with wanting to be part of a cycle, or nature. If someone really wanted to do that, they'd go live in the wild, with no phone, no gun, no shoes... and struggle like animals do. That's nature - and it sucks
  20. What food chain are we a part of? Animals bred into captivity are by definition not in the food chain, they are isolated specifically for us to consume. But once again, a food chain is irrelevant. We're talking about murder - killing an animal in cold blood, for the single reason of our enjoyment at the dinner table. That must be backed-up with a very good reason. It isn't a matter of personal choice or some kind of freedom - it is killing.
  21. I don't really think there is a need to ridicule meat-eaters, or even show aggression towards them. But that's not the same as forming a logical explanation of why they are wrong to do what they do. I am positive towards meat-eaters, and don't treat them negatively. If they talk to me about veganism, I explain to them why I am vegan, not why they are wrong - and certainly don't insult them. But fundamentally - they are wrong. In addition, having the opinion that eating meat is wrong is not the same as attempting to get everyone to stop eating meat. I know it is futile, even if it would be a good thing. That is out of my hands, I can only deal with those around me and try to do what I can, in a positive way. Can you outline to me why there isn't a problem with killing an animal? Do you think there is a problem with killing a human? I just want to underline that there is no need to be confrontational on the subject - to me it is a matter of logic. Taking a life is intrinsically wrong, because it is halting the life of an individual without their consent - regardless of the suffering caused before the death.
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