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  1. Hey Saski, welcome to the site Start up a training journal to keep track of what you're doing and get feedback from dudes on the forum
  2. Hi Nic, welcome to the site, there must be people on the forum from your area
  3. Hey welcome to the site. Without being a suck up, yeah I recommend Rob's book. The main thing I got from it was motivation, he makes it clear what you have to do to succeed, and makes you realise what you're doing that holds you back. Keep a journal and show us some progress pictures Do you want to stop eating cheese? Up to you man, if you do I'm sure we can give you some tips to help you out
  4. Hey man, welcome to the site. I find that I get gas build-up from specific products, not all soy. The soy protein shakes that I take do not give me a problem, but some cooked soy products dom, I guess it's a matter of experimentation, but there are other ways to get protein if it really doesn't work out
  5. Hey welcome to the site. Of course, everyone is welcome here. But the focus is veganism, so you will not get support or advice from other posters relating to non-vegan products such as milk, eggs, cheese etc. People will recommend vegan things to you most likely
  6. There are a bunch of people who follow a 100% raw diet, some are in the profiles section of the site, for example off the top of my head: http://www.veganbodybuilding.com/?page=bio_sofia http://www.veganbodybuilding.com/?page=bio_jack http://www.veganbodybuilding.com/?page=bio_tonya_kay http://www.veganbodybuilding.com/?page=bio_marcus_patrick But, I personally don't know why someone would go absolutely 100% raw, for health or bodybuilding performance. I think that those who follow a raw diet gain benefits because they are not eating processed or sugary foods, and don't have the heavy things that bloat you like bread and pasta etc. But, you can avoid those things on a non-raw diet, and still get some benefits from stuff like protein powders, and other foods which are rather gross or even inedible when uncooked (like kale, though I do know that some people like raw kale, I personally would rather eat my own hands). So I'd say you should analyze your interest in a raw diet before cutting out things which might otherwise help your training, or variety in your diet. I also strongly recommend watching the video that beforewisdom posted:
  7. Hey man, welcome to the forum People can recommend all kinds of things, but it might not be appropriate for you, or fit in with the kind of diet you currently follow. Generally the best thing to do is share what you currently eat, and then people can suggest things to swap out, to make the transition easier. So let us know what you're eating per day now, and I'm sure you'll get lots of answers!
  8. I work a physical job, so I need to have things through the day to eat. Typically I have done the following: Take a couple of tubs of oats with sunflower seeds, walnuts, coconut, sultanas/raisins, ground flax seed (and sometimes some protein powder too), and also take a bottle or carton of soy milk so I can make it up. It's quick, fills you up, cheap (apart from the walnuts, but put whatever you want in) Any fruits you like, I tend to go with apples or bananas Any raw vegetables you can take, carrots fill me up and take a while to eat, so I take a bunch of those these days, keeps me occupied, but I guess you could go with celery, sweet potato, pepper... whatever really, takes no real preparation, just cut it the night before and stick it in a tub. You can take another tub with a dip if you don't want them on their own Bag of mixed nuts and dried fruit to pick at, again, keeps you going for a long while because of the nuts Final option, when cooking the night before for your evening meal, make twice as much and take the left-overs in a tub for work, I sometimes do this with a stir fry, pasta dish, pizza or rice. Bit of a pain in the ass, so I don't do it so often, but it is satisfying the next day. The other good thing about this is that people around you can see that you're eating "real food" and it's a nice way to promote vegan food
  9. Yeah man, keep it up! Share some photos too to keep track of where you started
  10. I sometimes put some cocoa with my shake and a teaspoon of regular sugar in if I really don't feel like having it plain (I have unflavoured pure soy protein powder, so it does taste of ass on its own too). Sometimes you have to make a sacrifice and do what's best for your training - gulping down a protein shake is only a few seconds out of your day and you can wash it down with another drink, and it's over. There are other ways to use a protein powder - use it in cooking, pancakes, pizza base, naan bread etc. You don't notice it so much then
  11. What kind of powder is it? I have soy powder, and I find the best way to get a nice consistency is to put all the powder in, then just put a little water in and whisk it so it is like a thick paste, then add the rest of the fluid. Otherwise it can be grainy, especially if you are putting anything else in with it. I don't know what others would say, but I think that the carbs you'd get from milk aren't going to be that high (unless you put lots in). So I don't know that it matters too much whether you have it or not
  12. Welcome to the forum, let me know if you need anything
  13. Hell yeah man, show them what sexy is. Be sure to share how you do, you can do a write up for the site, or we'll put up pics in a gallery, whatever you like
  14. Have you tried mango in a smoothie?
  15. Turn the flash off on your camera to avoid glare from a mirror
  16. Have you got progress photos? I couldn't see a thread for you in the photos section
  17. Yeah that's the way to do it man, sorry to hear about the re-injury.
  18. Oh wow I just read that you said it's the first ever serbian vegan cook book - that is really something!! Just wanted to say congratulations
  19. Yes Okay now I have 9 days off work, I will be very productive in this time in various areas of life, including the gym. I aim to go every day, and twice on some days. So, this is today so far: Training: 2 minutes on cross trainer warm up Rest of the workout was like a circuit, doing 1 set of each exercise one after the other in a circle, but the results were: No-weight squats: 20, 20, 20 Crunches: 20, 20, 20, 50 Dumbbell bench press: 30kg x11, 7, 7 Incline dumbbell bench press: 26kg x9, 9, 8 Upright cable row: 35kg x12, 10, 10, 10 Hammer curls: 14kg x12 GYM SECOND HELPING: 10 minutes bike 15 minutes rowing machine 5 minutes cross trainer Breakfast: Dried pineapple Brunch: 4x burger Post-workout: Protein shake with flax Main meal: Rice, spicy tofu strips, stir fry, small serving of chips Snack: Half a mango Evening: Protein shake with flax Not too bad, looking forward to tomorrow
  20. I don't think that's the case, you must link to an off-site image
  21. You can't upload from your computer to this site. You need to upload it to another site and copy the URL. There is a topic to explain how if you're not sure: viewtopic.php?f=2&t=3293
  22. Feeling good. My diet now is looking like this each day roughly. I am actually feeling full from it. The smoothies are pretty big, today for instance I had a bunch of spinach, 2 bananas, pear, kiwi, and water. After a meal that packs me full... 06:45am - Protein shake 10:00am - Nuts, sultanas, carrots, apple 01:00pm - Nuts, sultanas, carrots, apple 04:30pm - Some kind of meal with vegetables, beans, soy... but no bread, pasta or rice 04:45pm - Smoothie with spinach, and various fruits and berries 09:00pm - Protein shake
  23. What are your meals specifically, how much are you eating? You need to eat a lot Regarding weight-lifting, are you saying you're doing 8-15 reps per set? I would say that 15 is too high for what you're aiming for. I wouldn't even really go past 10. I'd say if you can do much more than 10, you need to put up the weight, make sure that you are struggling so that you're working hard. Once you get up past 10, put up the weight, even if it means you are only able to do 5 or 6 reps with the next weight, do that and get stronger with that weight that you struggle with, then increase from there once that is easy for you
  24. Yeah man, as Tarzan says, tell us what you're eating each day, and what your workouts look like. If you ask me, you don't need to do much cardio if you are aiming to put on muscle. I'm sure we'll find a way to help you!
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