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  1. Hi all, Does anyone know of any bodybuilders that follow a raw vegan, fruitarian or 80-10-10 style diet? What is a good estimate of monthly food costs for such a diet? Assume 3000 calories a day.
  2. Tuesday. January 3rd, 2012 Upon waking: 500ml of water Breakfast: 1 1/4 cup brown rice (uncooked amount) Snack: 1lb green peas with Earth Balance Soy Free Spread Workout: 30 Seconds Hills Sprints x5 (This is the first time I've ever run hill sprints and my legs are now quite sore on top of lots of squat motions in yesterday weight training circuit.) Recovery: Frozen Apple Smoothie with Water Snack: Smucker's Natural Creamy Peanut Butter on Whole Wheat Bread Lunch: Alexia Harvest Sweets (frozen veggie packet with oil and herbs) over top of Organic Baby Spinach (which I found out tastes excellent all by itself!) It was my last one as I thought they were vegan but it turns out they have honey in this particular variant so I won't be buying it anymore. The other 3 variations are safe I believe. They are a nice go to meal for when my mom doesn't know what to cook for me when I visit. Haha. She was interested in looking at my Veganomicon though Dinner: 2 Fresco Style Bean Burritos from Taco Bell (It counts as vegan but I know I was bad!) Whole Wheat Pasta with Marinara Sauce 2 Pieces of homemade bread with Earth Balance Soy Free Spread
  3. Monday, January 2nd, 2012 Upon waking: 1/2 liter of water Workout: 1 circuit of Men's Health Spartacus Workout (Ideally it would be 3 circuits & 3x a week) 1 Minute of each exercise, as many reps as you can (I used 20lb dumbbells used throughout) -Goblet Squat -Mountain Climber -Single-arm dumbbell swing -T-Pushup -Split Jump (Very difficult to balance at this point for me) -Dumbbell Row -Dumbbell Side Lunge and Touch -Pushup-position row -Dumbbell lunge and rotation -Dumbbell Push Press Breakfast/Recovery: Fruit smoothie (3 bananas with water) and some Vita Coca Coconut Water with Pineapple Recovery Snack: 1lb green peas with Earth Balance Soy Free Spread Lunch: Foot long hearty itallian Subway sub with lettuce, tomato, green pepper, cucumbers, spinach, oil and spicy mustard Snack: Starbucks Grande Chai Tea with Soy Milk and a plain Multi-Grain Bagel Dinner: Alexia Sweet Potato Puffs and a Salad with Italian Dressing Snack: Green Machine Naked Juice Throughout the Day: Lots of water
  4. Hi everyone! Excited to be holding myself accountable for actually working out. I haven't done much of it in the past but after going vegan in November and seeing the results people can get on a vegan diet, I've decided to give it a shot myself. Good luck and the best of wishes to everyone on here who is training Fitness Background: Martial arts (Karate) Long Distance Running Starting Stats: Weight: 160lbs BF%: 18% Waist: 35" Goal Stats: BF%: 12% Waist: 32" My Dropbox Before Photos: *No flexing or special poses, just the usual profiles Front View - https://dl-web.dropbox.com/get/Photos/Front%20View%20-%20Before.jpg?w=2db19fb5 Side View 1 - https://dl-web.dropbox.com/get/Photos/Side%20View%20-%20Before.jpg?w=600f9f8d Side View 2 - https://dl-web.dropbox.com/get/Photos/Side%20View%202%20-%20Before.jpg?w=adf24f6d I'd say "enjoy" but I'm not much to look at right now. Haha. - Brandon
  5. I do take a multivitamin and get outside when I can. I need to eat about 2800 calories a day according to the USDA calculator online. I don't really workout right now so my calorie burn is probably not too high with the exception of class days at karate (2x a week, mostly interval cardio type stuff). Would 15% protein be sufficient to gain muscle? That's about 100g at 2800 calories. I have felt quite pathetic muscularly since going vegan although my energy seems to pretty good. I'm assuming those measurements are for dry uncooked foods?
  6. I want to know how I would go about designing a 100% whole foods vegan diet approach for training. What I consider whole foods: -Fruits -Vegetables -Grains -Legumes -Nuts/Seeds -Blending whole foods is fine since it contains all the parts -Nut butters are also fine as they contain all parts -Cooked or raw is fine Things I don't consider whole foods: -Oils such as olive, hemp, flaxseed etc. (they aren't the whole food, they are missing components of the original source) -Most protein powders with the exception of maybe hemp as it is just ground hemp seeds -I would prefer to be SOY FREE if it can be helped Essentially, I want to eat a 100% whole food diet with no technicalities and no/minimal supplementation aside from maybe hemp protein (with fiber included). How might I go about doing this? I am a 23 yr old male. I weigh 161.2 lbs @ 17.9% Body Fat. I am 5'11" medium build
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