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  1. Maybe it's all in my mind, but I think the Vega pre-workout stuff helps me get through a grueling hour with my trainer. Everyone I know is insistent that you need protein right after a workout, so yeah -- add protein to it. It will help you recover. P90x is pretty intense, so you need lots of protein.
  2. I know what you mean about the cheese -- it is very hard to give up, and the fake cheeses are pretty lame, especially if you want them melted. Veggie slices aren't too bad, but they don't melt well. I'm finding eating vegan VERY enjoyable because I love to cook and I've been experimenting with all kinds of ethnic recipes. Americans eat tons of meat, but most of the rest of the world doesn't. Try Indian, Israeli, and Moroccan recipes, and learn to use spices and herbs.
  3. My whole family hunts. I'm the only vegan in the family and I do it simply for health reasons. I was diabetic before I started eating vegan, and now I'm not. I have no problem going hunting because anything I kill will get eaten by my family. I don't bow hunt even though I am an Ojibwa, because I think bowhunting is barbaric. If you're going to kill something, do it quickly. I also fish, just because I really love it. We bass fish and we practice catch and release. Veganism is not a religion to me, it's a health choice. I think you're going to run into a lot of vegans like me because of Dr. Neal Barnard.
  4. Find a trainer who has competed for him/herself. The guy who owns the gym I go to in Phoenix competed and so does a lady trainer I know in Phoenix. In fact, she is in a show right now. The useless trainers are usually the ones in the meat market gyms, so do your research.
  5. I have trouble eating BEFORE a workout. I get heartburn or I feel like I'm gonna puke. After a workout I have trouble getting enough protein without getting too many calories.
  6. My husband is not a vegan, so I cook meat for him. He has come to love many of my vegan recipes, so I don't have to cook two separate meals as often as I did when I first became vegan. Is your spouse vegan? If not, do you cook for him or her? Who does the shopping? Does it gross you out to watch them eat meat?
  7. We didn't watch it either. Just don't care for football. We went to Sprouts.
  8. I don't know what she was thinking, but from the context I think she meant that she ate vegan meals 80% of the time. Weird, huh? I for one would rather NOT have people know I'm vegan. Some people get really defensive and others shun you because they don't feel free to eat what they want in front of you. Others turn into the food police -- or worse, constantly urge you to eat "just a bite -- it won't hurt anything". So mostly I just keep my mouth shut about it. I have a lot of hunting and fishing friends, and the other day one of them posted a really derogatory cartoon about vegans on Facebook. He doesn't know I'm vegan, but I wonder if he would have posted it anyway. It's not like I go around trying to convert people, but I think that's what they fear. Seriously, it's almost the same reaction I get when people hear that I am a born-again Christian. Anybody here have the same experience?
  9. Like the guy in the Bible who said "all I know is I was blind and now I see"; all I can say is I had diabetes and now I don't. Becoming 100% vegan was the only change I made. No meds.
  10. One of my Facebook friends posted a recipe recently, and said that she is "about 80%" vegan. Is that even possible? Isn't that like being a little bit pregnant? Has anybody else here run into people who claim to be partially vegan?
  11. My family is Bear clan. As far as I know, I am the lone vegan Ojibwa in AZ. There aren't very many Ojibwa here anyway so I'm related to most of them. We are from the Red Lake Minnesota band. I have an extra struggle because I have been an outdoor writer for over 25 years, writing hunting and fishing stories for newspapers and magazines. I know that a a lot of vegans are very passionate about animal rights, so I spend a lot of time being embarrassed about what I do. But as an Ojibwa, I should feel pride in my hunting and fishing skills, and in my ability to share them with others. Being vegan does seem to be changing my attitudes about killing animals, and I don't know whether to be happy or bummed about that. I have a LOT of hunting and fishing buddies, and I would like to stay buddies with them. I'm well aware that many vegans would not approve of fishing, even catch and release fishing, but I still do dearly love bass fishing, and so does my husband. We have always released the bass, even before I became a vegan. I've only been vegan for about a year and a half, so I'm still trying to get my head wrapped around stuff.
  12. I have a black belt in taekwondo. I think that the weight training has helped a great deal by making me stronger and giving me more endurance. I usually train on Monday Wednesday and Friday, and I do taekwondo on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The taekwondo keeps me limber and helps stretch my muscles. It has also helped my balance. I have very bad feet so balance has always been an issue. I hired a trainer and he incorporated a lot of martial arts - type moves into my workouts -- like one-legged tables, etc. I worked with a trainer for about a year and a half, then hired one again six weeks before my black belt test. It really helped get me in shape with lots of cardio so I could survive the test. And it also helped me fine-tune what I should eat before the test. You know how that goes -- too much and you feel sick, too little and you run out of gas. There is no eating OR drinking during a black belt test. It was brutal, but hey -- if it was easy, everybody would be a black belt, right?
  13. Y'all are not going to like this. My dad was an Ojibwa Indian who took me on my first hunting trip when I was about 8 years old. I have hunted and fished all my life. Recently I discovered that what I like most about hunting is the hiking, so I've been doing a lot of hiking and I shoot sporting clays. I am vegan because it cured my diabetes, and diabetes is what killed my dad. I haven't done any hunting lately because what would be the point? I'm not going to eat it. I would really love to hear from another American Indian vegan to find out how they deal with the conflict between their hunting and fishing heritage and being vegan.
  14. My husband took a photo of me in 2006. I was 223 pounds. I didn't even recognize myself! I signed up at the gym the next day and I've been working out three or more times a week ever since. My husband and grand kids work out with me now and we all hike together, too.
  15. I had diabetes and sky-high cholesterol, even after losing 83 pounds and working out three days a week for five years. I tried the low carb diet and it did nothing but make things worse. So I decided to give a vegan diet a try for three months. Truth is, I was actually hoping it would NOT work. I couldn't imagine life without meat, eggs, milk, cheese, etc. But after three months, my blood sugar was completely normal and my A1c's were normal, too. My doctor was blown away and so was I. I thought that being vegan would be hard and boring, but I have tried more different kinds of foods in the last year and a half than I ever did before. I have so much more energy and I can train even harder. The biggest surprise was my last visit to the eye doctor. Seems diabetes makes your lenses hold water and makes your vision worse. So now that I am no longer diabetic, my eyesight has improved drastically. Instead of a 2.0 and a 2.5 in my prescription, I have a 1.0 and a 1.5! I'm enjoying all kinds of exotic new foods (to me, anyway!), and I am so happy to have conquered diabetes. I watched my dad die a slow horrible death from complications of diabetes, and being vegan is NOTHING compared to that. I am enjoying life with my husband and my grandkids, and looking forward to being healthy and happy for however many more years God grants me.
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