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  1. I've never had gyro meat and I'm not even sure what animal that meat comes from, so I'm not sure what it should taste like for gyros... but try it the way it is first. It's a little like pepperoni. Someone is the thread I originally started this (the link is in the original post) actually redid this recipe to make gyros and I think they posted a recipe. ::elevator music:: I went and searched for the recipe and pics. Pics posted by RNSK about halfway down the page: http://www.postpunkkitchen.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=15959&p=11 Recipe.. also about halfway down the page and by the same person: http://www.postpunkkitchen.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=15959&p=12
  2. Body part splits are a little outdated unless you are training a specific part for some specific reason, so your gut feeling is correct. Try a full body type workout or an upper/lower type "split." Also, your abs should be worked just like any other muscle group and not every day. Although my personal opinion is that your abs get a good enough workout if you focus on compound movements that require a stable core. Think about how your abdominals react when you do a nice, deep squat. If anything, I'd recommend only do abs a couple times a week. My abs are not great, but you can see them in my avatar. I don't specifically work my abs at all. Free weights are all you really need anyway. A pull-up bar is a great thing to have at home, though. Also, on cardio, remember that it is about quality, not quantity. Cardio everyday is perhaps not the best way to go, unless you just love doing cardio and can't help yourself. If you do the same "light" cardio every day your body will just adapt and it will no longer give you much bang for you buck. Vary it up, in intensity and type. Since you are coming back after a long period of inactivity, ease into it. I'd start with lifting twice a week, focusing on compound movements primarily, a little core work since you have been out of the game for a while, and moderate cardio to ease you back into before you start tweaking it a little more for precision. Just my $.02.
  3. Here's my advice. I'm certified by NASM, NSCA, and ISSA (and I have sports nutrition certifications as well as plenty of CEUs in all sorts of topics like functional anatomy and clinical nutrition etc.). The first two are considered the best certs and third is meh. Despite being one of "the best" as far as letters by my name go (and college educated) I sucked as a trainer. Know why? Well, because I'm not a salesperson! It turns out that working for a gym sucks because: 1. Most trainers have no clue what they are doing. Seriously. It's embarrassing. 2. If you are more introverted that extroverted and unwilling to act like a used car salesperson, then you are in for a very very hard time. Once I went from the gym to running my own business that was based online where I acted as a consultant, I did much better... but still not all that great. I wasn't into shameless self-promotion and the hours I had to log on various forums just cultivating relationships was ridiculous. So, my advice... think long and hard before you decide on being a trainer. This is just my point of view, of course, but I know very few trainers who haven't said the same thing to me when we've discussed it. It's also frustrating because truthfully, most people do not want to help themselves. They hire a trainer and seem to think that they now have the magical answer... and when they stray from the plan and things don't progress in a magical fashion, they now have a scapegoat, "Well, I have a trainer, but she/he sucks." Also, in this economy, it's really difficult to convince people to pay you in the area of a dollar a minute for your services. And sure, you can charge less, but consider the cut you have to give to your gym (whether you are an employee or contract) and also consider that when you lower your prices drastically people take that to mean you aren't worth all that much... and thus you get less clients. It's very competitive and often nasty amongst trainers. And you will work alongside many trainers who haven't the least clue what they are doing and it makes you all look bad. I didn't train for very long. I'm a quiet gal, serious about my training and health, but without the sales skills you need to make this work. And you do get sick of people bitching all the time. And be prepared for your clients to think you are their therapist and dump their problems on you after a long day's work... as well as dump their excuses on you, too. So, like I said, this is just my point of view, but I'm giving it to you because I wish that someone had spoken to me about all of this before I spent upwards of $4000 on certs etc. And the truth it... I learned NOTHING from studying for the certification tests that I didn't already know and in addition to that, much of the info in those texts and packets is outdated and just plain inaccurate. That said, I'll never ever need to hire a trainer or nutritionist for myself or my family, so it still worked out fine in the end getting all those certs...lol.
  4. It's wonderful! Especially with a little agave nectar and some soy creamer... nummy.
  5. I'm 30. And my thirties... so far, WAY WAY better than any other age.
  6. I'm going to the University of Arkansas. Previously I went to the University of Maryland. No, my dogs are not vegan. I haven't yet made the switch because I'm reluctant to do so until I've done all of the researching that I can on it so as to make the absolute best decision for them and their health. One of them was a rescue that has very fragile health due to all of the abuse she went through and I'm really hesitant to make the switch to vegan for her, especially. If you have any resources you can direct me to, I'd like that. Do you have vegan dogs? I've heard so many things for both sides... and of course, when you ask the vet about it they look at you like you're nuts.
  7. I posted this on the PPK (http://www.postpunkkitchen.com/forum/viewtopic.php?pid=302590#p302590) where I go by the name Lachesis. It's been a big hit and is going into the cookbook I am writing. Anyway, the post over there has had 43,159 views and 387 responses so far, so I thought perhaps it would be appreciated here as well. In the thread over there people have come up with some really creative variations, so check it out if you are interested. Here's the recipe. Enjoy. Trust me- it's GOOD. Seitan and the Great Becoming I decided boiling seitan was just wrong, so after a few tries I decided to make my own recipe for it (a composite of a few of others, actually, but tweaked to my liking... based mostly on a recipe from another website): The Recipe O' Greatness: Ingredients: 1.5 cups vital wheat gluten 1/4 cup nutritional yeast 1 tsp salt 2 tsp paprika 1/4 tsp cinnamon 1/4 tsp cumin 1-2 tsp pepper (I use 2 tsp) 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (you can use 1/8 tsp if you like it less spicy) 1/8 tsp allspice 2 tsp garlic powder 3/4 cups water 4 tbsp tomato paste 1 tbsp tamari 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 2 tbsp vegetarian Worcestershire sauce Preheat oven to 325°. In a large mixing bowl mix dry ingredients. Mix the rest of the ingredients (liquid ingredients) in a smaller mixing bowl. Whisk well until mixed. Add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients. Mix well, then knead for a minute or two.. it doesn't need long. Form into a log (6-8" long), wrap tightly in foil, twisting ends. Bake for 90 minutes. When done baking, unwrap and leave out to cool all the way. Then wrap it foil or plastic and refrigerate. Slice to use as desired. Nutritional Info The entire log has: 1134 calories 32g fat 63g carbs 158g protein I did a photodocumentary on it... hehe... ok, not really... but I did take pictures. The Pictures This is just after the wet and dry ingredients are mixed: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v628/PandoraFit/000_0413.jpg This is after kneading and forming into a log: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v628/PandoraFit/000_0414.jpg This is all wrapped up nice and tight in the foil about to go in the oven: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v628/PandoraFit/000_0415.jpg Fresh out of the oven: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v628/PandoraFit/000_0416.jpg It can slice like pastrami! http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v628/PandoraFit/000_0417.jpg Or you can cut it into chunks (notice the pastrami-type slice is missing... yum...) http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v628/PandoraFit/000_0418.jpg
  8. Agreed. I've only been vegan for a year, but I can honestly say I crave no non-vegan foods and I think my diet is much more diverse now than it was. I know I have accidentally consumed non-vegan items a few times. I ate some granola that had honey in it and bread that had whey... but when I realized it I threw the items out and didn't eat them again. I love being vegan and I don't find it difficult to remain vegan in the least. I'm always a little like, "huh?" when people tell me they'd be vegan but it's "so hard!" I just don't get that. Even in the smallest towns there are vegan options these days. Of course, I can choose veganism for anyone but me, but as a vegan I do not ever cheat. In fact I don't like the word "cheat" because that words brings with it a lot of baggage. Being vegan is my lifestyle and it is permanent, so the idea of "cheating" makes it seem like its a game whereby I may want to skirt the "rules" for some reason or other. I guess in my point of view you are either committed to being vegan or not... and it's no skin off my back what someone else chooses, but as for me, my choice is set in stone. That said, I do own a leather belt and a wool sweater than I've owned for years and years. I didn't throw them out... I couldn't see the purpose in doing that. But when it comes to food, I don't put any animal products or byproducts into my mouth... ever. Also, I have yet to find a non-vegan food that I cannot replicate with a vegan version or that I have been unable to find a suitable and very enjoyable substitute for.
  9. Seitan Tofu Tempeh Chickpeas Olive oil Tomatoes Spinach Oats of any type (rolled and steel cut are my favorites) Soy yogurt + All Bran Hemp & Rice protein power And I eat onions every day... love 'em.
  10. I wanted to post an intro before I just jumped in and started posting. I'm Catti-Brie. I've been vegetarian for a long time, but vegan for about a year. I honestly don't know why I didn't do it sooner. The food is tastier and I feel much better all around. It's also allowed me to go off my diabetes medication, which has been a blessing, especially considering I've always been fit and always felt it was unfair that I developed type II diabetes despite never being unhealthy. Anyway, I've been seriously into lifting and fitness for about ten years or so. I'm a certified personal trainer (NASM, NSCA, ISSA), but I don't do anything with that. Instead I'm about to start on a masters/PhD program for clinical psychology. I am also a writer and trying to get my second book finished and published, which happens to be a vegan cookbook. (The first book never got published... it's a really, really bad novel sitting on my hard drive for eternity.. lol.) I am a yoga nut, love to lift, hike, and do any type of cardio that doesn't involve droning away on some machine. I have a husband and a son and some wonderful dogs. Anyway, hi. I'm looking forward to getting involved here. I've been on a few other fitness boards over the years, but since being vegan I find it harder and harder to relate to those crowds, so I'm really excited to be a part of this board.
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