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  1. I make these high calorie bean shakes, they actually taste really good. I mix: 1 can rinsed black beans 1 banana 2 tbsp peanut or almond butter 1/4 cup oepitas 2 tsp Spirulina 1 scoop plant fusion (chocolate) Roughly 1000 calories & 63g protein. they work great for me!
  2. Hi Everyone, I am on the search for the "best" Vegan Whole Food Multi-vitamin. Preferably something with a full nutritional profile from food, and some of the essential "vegan deficiencies" like ALA or L-Carnitine. I would love to know what you guys are loving! Thanks, D
  3. Awesome! So glad to hear you had great results. I was torn as to whether I was going to order Body Beast before or After P90X2. I decided to go with X2 first. Do you really like the Body beast program? Do you make your recovery drink like they recommended for Vegans? I've been doing the following, but I feel like it's a lot of sugar when I look at my meal planner at the end of the day: 1 scoop Plantfusion (22g protein, 120 calories) 1 tsp of each of the following: Maca, Wheat Grass, BCAAs, L-Glutamine & Creatine (all Vegan) 24oz (3 cups) Fruit Juice (a little more than 90g sugar/carbs) This gives me the 1:4 Protein to Carb Ratio, but it's so much sugar. I'd love to hear your thoughts on that.
  4. I'm no Doctor, but I think Green foods in general can benefit anyone. Chlorella, Spirulina, Wheat grass, Green smoothies, etc. "Greendrinks" changed my life, my body, and the way I look at food. I would say go for it. Be mindful though that many people have detox symptoms, some break outs, and what not what starting daily consumption of green foods like Chlorophyll as they help you body detoxify and clean out debris. Hope that helps
  5. however, for what its worth, I dont think supplements can ever replace Quality Whole Foods, and should be treated as an enhancement.
  6. i know in Robert's book he talks about BCAAs, L-Gluatmine, Creative, Meal Replacement Powder & Protein Powder being the real heavy hitters for supplements. Im sure you can get great results without them, however I find they have helped me a lot. Especially L-Glutamine, which has additionally helped my stomach heal from some nasty digestive problems that went away when I went Vegan.
  7. I definitely recommend Roberts book, so does that make a fourth? Haha. however, I own and read McCauley's book and as much as I am sure some people could benefit, it wasn't overly informative and not "truly" a bodybuilding book IMHO. If you are interested about Raw foods, the Live Food Factor by Susan Schenk will change the way you look at food - it was the book that changed my diet forever about 4 years ago. She lightly touches on how her husband was into body building and had success while on a raw vegan diet. Hope that helps.
  8. Thanks for your posts! I have the 80/10/10 Diet by Dr. Graham (i think that's who wrote it) on my Amazon.com wishlist. I tried doing the 100% Raw Vegan Diet a few years back, and I had difficulty with EXTREME coldness in my body. I always related that to back to an Ayurvedic diagnosis that I was mostly "vata" and should avoid large amounts of raw foods. I do still enjoy a raw greensmoothie most days. I will however try to put more raw foods in my diet for their obvious health benefits. As for the Holistic Health Counseling, I took a very indepth and interactive Online course from IntegrativeNutrition.com - Very thorough, and offers a Board Certification by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners upon completion. I highly recommend it and you can learn more about it by going to my Website at Live-Shiny.com - They have a huge mindset of Health Counselors recruiting more potenticial HC's to help create a Healthier World. The Man who created the school is just a mind blowing example of the ripple effect of positive change. Additionally, I really would like to take the Plant Based Nutrition Study from eCornell.com - its the same one Derek Tresize took!
  9. Whoops! As you can see I cross posted this on the BeachBody.com (They make P90X) forum. Pretend the above is addressed to the VBB Forum
  10. Hi All, I was very excited to find a Vegan thread here on the Beachbody Forum. I have recently (within the last few months) transitioned to a fully Vegan diet, based on Food allergies, the preference of my Digestive System (haha) and Ethics. I'd love to hear any tips people have discovered on putting on extra muscle on a Vegan diet. I currently use a lot of Vega Products (Pre-workout, Recovery Accelerator, Protein Powder, Protein Bars, and Chlorella) aswell as PlantFusion (great alternative to Vega Protein powder that's half the price. I rotate between the two.) I am a Holistic Health Counselor by trade, so I am heavy into GreenFoods (whole & in supplements) and am not interested in throwing out general Health principals to "get huge" as has been advised by a lot of Standard Diet Body Builders. I have lots of smoothies, with Avocado, Banana, Blueberries, Coconut Oil, etc. I also utilize Goji Berry, Spirulina, Maca & Wheatgrass powders (all raw) aswell as BCAAs, L-Glutamine, Meal Replacement Powders, etc. I think I will start with a Vegan Creatine in the nearby future. I am currently doing a Modified Version of P90X (subbing out some of the Cardio videos for High Intensity Yoga, burns less calories and works towards my mind-set) in preparation for P90X2 which I will be starting in a few weeks. I'm going to allow the Vegan Diet plan to heavily influence me, as when I first did P90X in 2010 or so I kinda just ate whatever under the guise of "I'm spending over an hour a day working out so I can eat anything" which obviously doesn't work. I did Insanity with my partner the following year and got way WAY too skinny. Either way, I've grown a lot Mentally & physically and have a much better understanding of my body & how it reacts to food & exercise which has pushed me to really commit this time. I have spent a lot of time in the past year in the gym, figuring my body out. I've had good results, but I enjoy the System of the at home videos, and I had saved the necessary funds to have the proper equipment to get the best out of it. Anyway, can't wait to hear/read what everyone has to say - Even if it's just support. I am pretty much the only Vegan I know, so it get's a little frustrating; especially when trying to go out with friends. Also, I am also one of the most fitness motivated people I know, so I often feel like I'm being forced to pick between a lifestyle I love and friends I love. However, My partner is super supportive, and I know he is already benefiting from a more plant based diet. He always defends my choices, regardless of who questions them. They recently opened a delicious Vegan restaurant one town over, so I've been lurking around there hoping to make friends. Haha. Anyway, I've begun to ramble. Best, Dan
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