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  1. Have you tried increasing your protein intake? You need protein to fill you. Once you feel full you won't have the desire to eat so many unhealthy foods. I normally drink a protein shake after my workout and one at night because I am usually super hungry at night and if I don't eat protein I tend to over eat.
  2. UNSWEETENED ALMOND PLUS™ Nutrition Facts Serving Size 1 cup (240 mL) Amount Per Serving Calories 40 Calories from Fat 15 % Daily Value* Total Fat 2g 3% Saturated Fat 0g 0% Trans Fat 0g Cholesterol 0mg 0% Sodium 95mg 7% Potassium 35mg 1% Total Carbohydrate 1g 0% Dietary Fiber 0g 0% Sugar 0g Protein 5g • Vitamin A10%• Vitamin C0%• Calcium10%• Iron0%• Vitamin D30%• Folate6%• Vitamin B1250%• Magnesium10%• Zinc4%• Selenium8% Ingredients: ALMOND MILK (WATER, ALMONDS), PEA PROTEIN, RICE PROTEIN, CALCIUM PHOSPHATE, MAGNESIUM PHOSPHATE, CARRAGEENAN, NATURAL FLAVOR, LOCUST BEAN GUM, KOSHER SEA SALT, VITAMIN A PALMITATE, VITAMIN D-2, L-SELENOMETHIONINE (SELENIUM), ZINC OXIDE, FOLIC ACID, VITAMIN B-12.
  3. I like almond milk best for my cereal, though I like coconut milk for smoothies. I love soy milk but I cut it out for a while due to the estrogen thing. However I really need to eat more protein (to build muscle) so I've decided to incorporate some soy milk into my diet again.
  4. Here's a pushup program I read about on another board. It seems to work! "You find your 2 minute max number of pushups, multiply that be 4, and do that amount for 10 days. On odd days, you do them all at once, as fast as you can. On even days, you break them up throughout the day. After the 10 days, you rest for 3 days and test again (2 minute max)."
  5. I started drinking 20 grams of protein (pea or rice) along with my breakfast of quinoa and almond milk. I feel like the protein has helped me keep up my endurance and strength for my morning workouts. For the past three days I started drinking 30 grams (15 grams of actual protein) of hemp protein first thing in the morning and I've found that it fills me up so much that I don't have room for my breakfast. I've only worked out twice during this time but my energy has been great so far. I also take 5 grams of BCAAs right before my workout and I feel that helps too.
  6. It looks like Valeo discontinued their non-leather gloves. I'll look into cycling gloves. Is there any other options? Thanks!
  7. The only brand I can find are Newgrip but it's not what I'm looking for. I just want a glove that's cruelty free, are there any other options? I'd love it if there was a women's version. I've started Crossfit and I can't wear gloves then so my hands are ripped up right now. I know eventually they will callus. I could wear tape every time I lift but it seems a bit much. TIA!
  8. I've been lifting heavy for a little over two years. I introduced more cardio about a year ago when I picked up running. I'm thinking of getting my thyroid checked again and progesterone levels since I have no other ideas. I would have expected a huge change by now.
  9. Breakfast 1/2 cup cooked quinoa 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk 18 grams sunflower seeds 18 grams pumpkin seeds 10 grams chia seeds 18 gram flax seeds Post workout ~30 grams rice protein powder 5 grams BCAA 5 grams l-glutamine 2-3 grams chlorella 2-3 prunes/dates or 1/4 cup raisins Lunch 1/2 block of tofu 1/2 green, yellow, or red pepper 1/2 onion Snack (varies) raw bar or gluten-free muffin or 2 T. peanut butter with a handful of gluten free rice crackers Dinner (varies) veggie soup with beans or broccoli/greenbeans with beans, quinoa pasta sauce, nutritional yet and nori Snack Another bowl of what I had for breakfast or muffin or peanut butter with rice crackers or a bar If I'm still hungry I'll drink a protein shake before bed. I eat until I'm content. I'm 5'4 and 125 lbs. I read that I should be consuming 1,800-2,000 calories though I never keep track. I've also tried drinking three protein shakes (my BILs idea) a day so that's 90 grams of protein from rice protein alone but I couldn't handle doing it for more then a couple of weeks. As far as exercise goes I usually go six times a week for 1-2 hours. Currently I'm working out 8-9 times a week. I run 5 times a week, lift five times a week (bis and tris, shoulders, back, chest, legs), and cross train (elliptical or Stair Master) 1-3 times a week. On days I workout morning and night I'll have two protein shakes.
  10. So I'm really peeved. I still weigh exactly the same as I have since a few months after giving birth over three years ago. I know my body composition has changed a little. I looked up when I first started taking my measurements about 2.5 years ago and I've lost 10" but 3 of them are from my chest. So overall not a huge change considering I went from not working out at all to working out all the time. I'm irritated that I'm not transforming my body into something more. I was out of commission for a couple of months due to a stress fracture in my leg but it can't have put my that far back right? I was still getting to the gym at least four times a week to do upper body lifting. I'm basically out of ideas on how to create a more lean me. I'm a lot stronger then when I started but you can't tell that by just looking at me. My brother in law swears it's because I don't eat meat. Is anyone else having trouble leaning out and gaining muscle? Any ideas/input on this? Thanks!
  11. The soy I buy is great because there is so much protein (60g) vs. carbs (5g). That's why I love it so much. As far as I know nothing else has that kind of ratio as far as whole foods go. I tried tempeh once, it tasted ok but I can't get past the mold.
  12. I buy organic tofu. I buy everything organic for the most part. I've never heard that tofu contains high levels of aluminum before. I'm going to research that.
  13. I've been on a tofu kick for the past few weeks. I eat a bock of extra firm tofu a day and I love it because it fills me up so well. I'm sure it's all the protein in it, one block has 60 grams of protein in it. So ideally I'd like to continue eating tofu but my meat loving bodybuilding brother in law told me to stay away from soy. Is tofu really that bad? Should I be limiting it? If so is there something else that can fill me up so well? Beans don't give me that nice content feeling when I'm done eating them, same with quinoa. So I'm a bit at a loss on what else I can eat that's high in protein and good for me. I'm gluten free and I try to limit my processed food intake. Any ideas? Thanks!
  14. There ajinomoto bcaa is vegan or do they not sell it anymore? I only ordered from them once a while back.
  15. trueprotein and vitacost sell just straight BCAAs.
  16. I just looked up Xtend, it's full of artificial flavors, colors, and sweetner which makes it an easy pass for me. Why not just straight BCAAs?
  17. I don't think any specific diet the issue here. You need to eat whole unprocessed foods. Load up on protein since it helps satiate you. Beans, tofu, quinoa, lots of leafy greens. Seeds are wonderful and help keep you full as well. I love hemp seeds, flax seeds, sunflower seeds, and pumpkin seeds. I also try to eat a handful of walnuts everyday. I think following any type of strict diet is just asking you to fail. You need to love what you eat. As for exercise I feel best when I lift heavy and incorporate cardio. It seems like you've gained weight because you've been eating lots of processed crap, stop eating the stuff and you should start feeling better and looking better. Good luck!
  18. I love working my biceps and triceps because I enjoy the exercises and it makes me feel strong! I can lift just as much weight as half the guys at the gym which rocks (I'm female)!
  19. I eat raisins everyday in my quinoa every morning. Besides that I'll eat a handful of dried fruit after my workout along with a protein shake to get my carbs in. I personally don't think it's ideal to eat them all day long, it's better then candy of course since candy has no nutritional value and dried fruits do. Ideally you keep your sugars to a minimum, too much sugar in your diet plays havoc on your body.
  20. FYI: check the weight of the items you receive from them. I bought BCAAs and the weight was way less then I should have received. They did send me an extra pound free of charge but it sucks that they didn't just give me what I paid for in the first place. I also received someone else's order at first and had to pack it back up and mail it UPS to the person it was suppose to go to. So my order took a long time to actually get to me.
  21. How's your workouts going? I'm now in a boot so I can totally sympathize with your situation. My doctor gave me the OK to do upper body lifting so that's what I'm doing.
  22. My brother in law is a bodybuilder and he does very little cardio but when he does it's usually the stairmaster. I personally like cardio but I'm female so I feel like I need it to stay trim.
  23. I have the CS2000 it weighs in grams and ounces and goes up to 2,000 grams. The smallest increment it reads is 1 gram.
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