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  1. As for hot showers and clean sheets, I'm fine without them. Have lived outdoors for months at a time and never showered, just dipped in some creek, river, lake or ocean every day. I'm just as likely to sleep on the ground under the stars as to bother with a tent. My favorite was in New Mexico a couple of summers ago, sleeping on the ground in a thunderstorm, dozing in and out catching glimpses of the amazing light show in the sky. The best part was that by the time I got out of my sleeping bag, almost everything was completely dry including me. Gotta love the desert!



    That sounds awesome Michael. Were you living outside for months just for fun, or did you have some type of guide job?

  2. Lisa, that is awesome! Mt. Hood is so amazing; I'll be up there, myself, all summer, bagging the rest of the trails that connect to Timberline Trail. It's the closest place that offers above-treeline views and actual geothermal activity. I'll be scoping out fumeroles as I hike. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fumarole


    Regarding summiting Mt. Hood: know how to tell when you are ready to summit something? When it seems like the most natural thing in the world to do and you are so excited, you look forward to it constantly. If your mind is mostly filled with fear and what-if's, you're not in the sweet spot yet. When you get to the place of "I was MADE to do this! Why haven't I done this earlier?" you know you're there. You can get someone else to teach you climbing technique but only you can train you mentally, and trust me, that's the biggest part of scaling a mountain. Ain't nothing like standing on that summit, girl! You're gonna love it! Woo-HOO!


    Plenty of good stuff to do on Hood in the meantime--as soon as they open up Cloud Cap Road to vehicles this spring, get up to Cooper Spur and hang out as much as you can at elevation. It will condition your body as well as acclimate your mind to that kind of topography. When it feels "normal" to be hangin' out with eagles and glaciers and rocky precipices, it'll be an easy walk over to the wilder side. Barrett Spur is another fun little pointy spot that you can get to from Elk Cove Trail, Pinnacle Ridge Trail, or Vista Ridge Trail. The roads for those will suck for a while yet, though. If you can get to the Sisters, I have a lot of friends who like to train there, too. Then, there's always the ultimate, Smith Rock. http://www.smithrock.com/


    Baby Herc


    Thanks Baby Herc! Sounds like you have some awesome hikes planned out for this summer! I am not sure if I am quite at the sweet spot yet, unfortunately. I need some more time to get in better shape I think to not have the "can I really haul my fat ass up a mountiain?" thoughts. If they do the trip again next year I will be ready for it though! I really want to move out the Pacific NW sometime, to have all that amazing stuff out in your backyard to play in would be so cool! Ocean and mountains, doesn't get better than that. But its not like I lose if I don't go on the Mt. Hood trip, the other option is a week long kayaking trip down the Main Salmon River in Idaho, so still an amazing trip!

  3. I personally see no reason to go for hemp protein unless you want variety. If you want a very complete powder, go for gemma, if you eat a diet high in beans, rice protein will complement your diet very well. 50% pea/50% rice would be a good start, and it's cheaper than if you included hemp.


    I wouldnt recommend you including creatine into the mix, buy that seperately, and also buy some dextrose(corn sugar), as well.


    This should explain why: http://www.trulyhuge.com/creatinemonohydrateL14.html


    tl;dr: if creatine takes too long to digest, it will become useless, therefore it's best to take it some time after your last meal, with a fast absorbing carbohydrate(such as dextrose).


    Good information, thanks!

  4. So, I am confused (doesn't take much). I have been searching to boards trying to learn more about BCAAs and other supplements and just have myself completely confused. Say I want to order protein powder off the True Protein website, what exactly should I include? What percentage of pea, hemp, and rice protein, and what should I add? I guess I should add the Aljipure BCAAs by the pound too, but at what percent? Do I need to add essential amino acids, L-Leucine, or anything like that too? I wasn't clear whether those were vegan or not from the discussions. If I want to add creatine, what percentage should I add, or should I get that separately from my protein powder? Thanks in advance!

  5. Are you sure you weren't looking at creatinine, not creatine? Creatinine is a test of kidney function and is produced when the kidneys break down creatine, I believe, but I am not sure if that value tells your creatine levels.

  6. I am a person who has always wanted to be super outdoorsey so I am working on becoming that now. I am learning to white water kayak and rock climb and hike/backpack. It is helping me get back in shape too. An organization I am involved with is summiting Mt. Hood in June, and I would love to do it but I am just not sure if I am up for that one yet.

  7. So how do water distillers work? Do they boil the water and trap the steam and then cool it to make pure water? I live in an area with a good quality well but have a friend that lives in a city and is concerned that her Pur faucet filter isn't enough for things like the recently discovered hexavalent chromium that is in many cities water. Would a distiller get rid of stuff like that?

  8. NOW Tru-Food Vegan is an alternative, but I don't know if it is cheaper or not. Before you buy the Vega make sure to try a sample pack first, because some people don't like the taste, at least mixed with just plain water. I think a lot of people only do a half serving a day too instead of a whole one. Vega's Sport Performance Protein is much better tasting when blended into a smoothie.


    You definitely have to eat real food when taking the Vega too unless you are doing way more than one serving a day to meet you calorie needs.

  9. Keto diets done in the short-term can definitely work well for some people. I know that the vegan community has a big grudge against the "eat tons of meat and no carbs" -style keto diet stuff, but done vegan and for short periods of time, it's not likely to be any worry of anything unhealthy. Of course, I don't recommend anyone to do a drastically low carb diet for more than perhaps 1-2 months at a time without a break, unlike some in the past who used to try to live low-carb for years on end and paid the price with their health by failing to ever consider getting adequate nutrition in any way, shape or form.


    Some people, myself included, simply do not respond to high-carb, low to moderate protein fat loss diets. It just doesn't work, so some like myself seek low-carb plans that actually do what they're supposed to. I can either see near-zero change after 3 months of eating high carb with some caloric reduction and cardio added in, or I can cut the carbs drastically, do minimal cardio work and lose 10-14 lbs., so the choice is clear and easy for those whose body types are extremely resistant to fat loss with high carbohydrate intake.


    We're all different, so while I do envy those who can lose fat on a higher carbohydrate diet, I know it doesn't work for me. 20+ attempts over 15 years and all failures (until I figured out it was the carbs that screw me up), it's easy to see why I won't go that route again



    I think my body doesn't handle carbs well either. How do you eat realatively low carb as a vegan? Do you do a lot of fake meats?

  10. This is interesting stuff. I have never heard that your body cannabolizes muscle if you eat an incomplete protein, I always thought you body just stored the extra until complementing proteins were eaten. That is why most vegans don't worry about protein complemting anymore as long as they eat a varied diet. It is also really interesting that if you eat a cup of black beans you need four whole cups of rice, that is quite a bit. I also thought soy and hemp and quinoa were all complete proteins so that no complemeting would be needed. When are you planning on publishing your program?

  11. Thanks everyone, I am excited to find this place. John, I am from just south of Youngstown so I am not too far from Cleveland. Have you been to the Flaming Ice Cube? It is a new vegan resturaunt in downtown Cleveland. The original one is in Boardman and I am obsessed with their buffalo panini and peanut butter crunch bars.

  12. I love this recipe. I crave it all the time.


    Curried Lentil Soup


    2 tablespoons coconut oil

    1 large onion, chopped

    2 large carrots, chopped

    2 ribs celery, thinly sliced

    4 cloves garlic, minced

    3 teaspoon ground sweet paprika

    3 teaspoon curry powder

    2 teaspoon ground turmeric

    1/2 teaspoon salt

    1 teaspoon ground black pepper

    1 bag (16 ounces) lentils, picked over and rinsed

    8 cups vegetable broth

    2 cups water

    1 pound fresh or frozen spinach


    -Heat the oil and saute the onion, carrots, celery, and garlic.

    -Stir in the paprika, curry powder, turmeric, salt, and pepper.

    -Add the lentils, broth, and water and bring to a boil.

    -Reduce the heat to a simmer and cover, stirring occasionally about 30 minutes until the lentils are done. Add the spinach until done.

  13. Welcome!

    Daiya cheeeeeeeeeeeesssssssssssseeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!


    I keep hearing great things about that cheese, I might have to try some. It would be great if I could eat pizza that still tastes like pizza!

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