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  1. I just wanted to chime in to say that what drew me to this discussion forum was also the fact that it seemed generally free from the (in my opinion) ridiculous flaming, arguing, and judging of other vegans I saw on every other vegan message board I visited. I won't name websites, but I was seriously turned off by the prevailing attitude (usually backed up/encouraged by the site admins/owners/moderators) on some of these websites. Here I was naively thinking I was going to find a community of like-minded folks who are working to make the world a better place, when all I found were people sniping, judging, and alienating other groups/people that, when compared to mainstream western society, they agreed with more than they disagreed with. Attempting to point this out or encourage some solidarity was nearly always completely and utterly a waste of time.


    And this is what it boils down to, for me... solidarity. The reality of the situation is that, like it or not, we're INCREDIBLY and UTTERLY outnumbered, out-financed, and out-maneuvered. To my mind, it is the height of self-destructiveness (as a movement) to then start alienating potential allies.


    So PETA does some shit that pisses a lot of vegans off. Great, I can sympathize with that. Let's acknowledge that and try to change PETA, rather than sit around complaining about them and undermining everything they do. Cuz the bottom line is that while PETA is not perfect, they are not our enemies.


    It's called solidarity. The enemy of my enemy is my friend. There will be plenty of time for criticizing and purging (that's a strong word, but to me it feels like what is sometimes advocated on these other forums) the movement once 98.4% of the population is vegan, rather than 1.6%. In the meantime, it is suicidal to not at least present a united front, in solidarity, even if we criticize or have issues with a group or person in private.


    When you're up against such overwhelming odds like we are, it is completely irresponsible to alienate ANY potential ally, no matter the differences you may have with them.


    We will never, and I mean NEVER, spread veganism into mainstream culture if we can't stick together when it matters.


    For this reason, I've often found myself believing that those vegan purists on other forums who angrily tear down those who don't see things their way and refuse to act in solidarity do more to harm animals than the people they're criticizing. Their actions do more to harm the movement and thus slow down the spread of veganism to mainstream culture than anything the meat industry/government could think up.

  2. Personally I think overtraining can be felt mentally as well as physically.


    But as you train longer, your body will produce less and less lactic acid over time, so you may not feel soreness in your muscles as much, even if you're getting a good workout.

  3. Green/black/white tea is a diuretic, just like coffee. One cup a day is fine in my opinion, but you need to drink a ton of water to rehydrate if you're drinking as many as you say you are.


    Diuretics cause the cells in your body to lose water, thus why you pee so much when you drink tea. This can lead to dehydration if you're not consuming *at least* one glass of water to every cup of tea.


    Most herbal teas are not as bad in this regard as green/black/white tea, though.

  4. I have a couple suggestions that will really work for you.


    Add a bit more healty fats to each meal. Especially to breakfast where you have none. I see that you have some, but add a little more. Your body will use it.


    I agree with this suggestion. Many people get hungry because their body is lacking in essential fats. Taking a flax oil supplement (1 - 2 tablespoons a day, in the morning or with lunch) usually helps.

  5. This is an interesting topic for vegans to discuss.


    Basically this is why I decided to start working out. I was a very passionate new vegan, and despite the fact that I'd been skinny (really skinny) my whole life, whenever I'd talk to someone about veganism their mind would automatically equate my skinniness with veganism. I could talk till blue in the face with all the logic and facts I could muster about protein and nutrition, etc, and nothing would change the impression people got that I was too skinny because I was vegan.


    So, I realized that as a vegan I had to work twice as hard to represent veganism well. I believe that I have a responsibility to represent it well. And while this may mean different things to different people, I wish more vegans made the effort to represent it well.


    Ultimately I believe that since we're the minority, we're automatically going to be judged more critically. This is not fair, but it is reality, thus we must work harder to be not just in good shape and general good health, but in great shape and great health, to overcome people biases.


    Nowadays I can speak with confidence, with the evidence to back it up, when someone starts asking me about protein, iron or nutrition. It's much harder for them to argue with the evidence before their eyes that clearly I am getting enough protein and I'm thriving, not just surviving. They still sometimes TRY, but it's much harder to ignore the facts.


    This is a big motivation that keeps me training.

  6. for a man over 6', trying to gain weight, with a very active weightlifting/calisthenics/cardio routine. 4,000 - 5,000 calorie diet kind of active.


    I stopped eating protein powders because I read a lot of research that suggests that if you're getting enough calories to sustain your activity level, you're getting enough protein, as long as your diet isn't complete crap (which mine isn't). I also believe that excess protein is hard on your body (particularly the bones -- protein digestion creates acidity which requires calcium to neutralize -- and liver -- ammonia is the byproduct of protein digestion which has to be detoxed by your liver--).


    So after tracking my food, it looks like I'm getting about 130 grams of protein a day, which constitutes about 12-14% of my calories in a day.


    So, for building muscle mass on a large male whose workouts put his calories around the 4,000+ a day mark, do you consider this adequate or inadequate protein?


    What percentage of calories do you feel is the healthiest?

  7. I'm thinking about trying out Vega in my morning smoothie. It's been awhile since I last looked at it, but I seem to recall that a canister only came with 7 servings and was pretty expensive. If you break it down into smaller servings, is it still useful? Worth the $$$? Or just not enough nutrition in smaller portions to make the $$$ stretch for us budget-conscious vegans?

  8. The reason you're not getting email notifications is because of that SMTP connection error you posted about before.


    SMTP = simple mail transfer protocol


    It's the protocol used to send email, i.e. notifications. So when that error message pops up, it means that the bulletin board software was unable to send the email for whatever reason. This means when that happens you won't get the email notice.


    It is possible that your server is not accepting SMTP connections, but it also seems like SOMETIMES the notifications are working, so it's kind of randomly not accepting them. This is something to tell your hosting company about, as they should make sure that their server is accepting your SMTP requests and sending the email.


    I got an email notification of the PM you just sent me, but when I responded, I got the SMTP error, so you probably did not receive email notification of my response.

  9. I don' t think there's a one-size fits all answer to this question. You need to listen to your body and determine what it's asking from you before bed.


    Personally, I have a very fast metabolism, and I have to eat a *lot* even to maintain weight on my current exercise regimen. If I want to put on weight, I have to pretty much eat constantly. So eating before bed is very important to me, it's a great way to load up on calories.


    I believe that it is better to eat something high-protein, high-fat at night, rather than high-carb. Too many carbs right before bed, I believe, disrupt your sleep somewhat. But I will eat carbs before bed, just usually not a whole lot, or a slow-burning carb, like agave nectar.


    I also think there's something to the theory that since your muscles repair themselves from your training while you sleep, protein before bed helps that process a little.


    But if I don't feel like cooking something before bed, I'll wolf down an organic food bar (which, btw, are the absolute best vegan energy/protein bar I've ever seen - they freakin' rock - http://www.organicfoodbar.com/). And I feel better in the morning and can maintain/gain weight easier.

  10. I started training mostly for self-defense purposes, but also for the physical fitness/strength aspect. I wanted to get into better shape, and martial artists always seemed to be in the best shape. I also wanted to learn how to properly and effectively defend myself, were the need to do so ever to arise.


    I have to say that while these motivations remain, my thoughts on training have definitely changed and evolved. I can't really describe how or why, but I feel like my reasons for continuing to train have changed and evolved as well.


    It's fun, it's challenging, and I feel like it's changing me, and not just in a physical sense.


    So, why do you train martial arts?

  11. It depends on how in shape you are and how serious you are about it. I often combine weightlifting and martial arts. You definitely need to be smart about it, but you can do it.


    I've experimented with both lifting before and lifting after MA class. By a long shot, I've found that lifting before is the better option. I also don't like to give myself too much time in between. I lift, take half an hour or so to eat a banana or drink some fruit juice for energy, and then go into class.


    Oddly, I've found that I can usually hold stances longer after lifting, rather than being tired and not being able to hold stances as long. My muscles are looser and ready for punishment, and it just feels better. My best workouts ever have been doing heavy lifting and then going and training MA.


    I should also note that I don't lift as often now that I'm training MA as I was before. That is partially to conserve energy for the MA training, which is my priority, and also because I feel like I don't need to lift as often to maintain/make gains, as the MA training builds a lot of strength.


    But I say go for it, just listen to your body and don't push yourself too hard if your body is sending signals that you need to slow down.

  12. Jarra's on Hawthorne near 15th is excellent. Be forewarned, though, the owner will spend more time trying to chat you up and telling you about his family than actually serving you drinks and food. Which is all well and good, unless you're really thirsty and just wish he would bring your drink before getting all chatty.

  13. That hardly looks like a fight to me. I don't really know what a kiai master is, since a kiai is only one technique that you can use in a fight, but this guy didn't seem to really know how to fight at all. I can't imagine that any halfway competent student in a real fighting art that's trained for as little as six months would have gotten beat down that quickly by those attacks. The guy didn't even try and parry or keep his hands up.


    Also, as someone else pointed out, the video of his training is suspect since there's no contact with his students.

  14. 27 year old vegan from Portland, OR (originally the midwest) here. I've been vegetarian for 6 years and vegan for almost 5. I lift weights, run, bike, hike, train martial arts, and play basketball/disc golf/anything that sounds fun.


    Health/fitness has become a big part of my life so just looking to pick up some pointers/give some of my own/hopefully get to know some cool vegans along the way.



  15. Competition, even UFC competition, is very different from a street fight, in my opinion. I would put my money on a trained, true martial artist from a legitimate fighting art over a UFC guy any day on the street. Yes, the UFC guy would probably be bigger, stronger, meaner and more aggressive, but a true martial artist has spent decades developing his or her inner chi and when you train that for a long enough time, you can do some amazing things that no amount of competition/bulking up/aggressiveness can overcome.


    Unfortunately with the popularization of MMA, true martial artists seem to be becoming rarer and rarer. The black belts in the art I train have to undergo a 48-hour long test (24 hours of physical tests followed by 24 hours of meditation). They have such an amazing presence and can project their energy, their will without even lifting a finger. No modern MMA fighter (that I know of) has that ability.

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