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  1. but the rest I would like to get from real food. I've found 2 things so far. Flax seeds and chia seeds. Problem is that it's not recommended to eat a lot of flax seeds and chia seeds can cause digestion issues because they soak up a lot of liquid. Both are high in protein and omega 3's but if I can't consume a lot that does me no good.


    Any ideas?


    I buy flaxseed oil and mix it with my food. Flaxseed oil's content is 14% omega-6 / 57% omega-3.. Which should help push your levels to a more even plane. No matter how many nuts you eat, you won't even out your omega-3/omega-6 ratio because they all have much more omega-6s than 3s..

    Not to mention, n-6 and n-3 fatty acids compete for the same conversion enzymes. This means that the quantity of n-6 in the diet directly affects the conversion of n-3 ALA, found in plant foods, to long-chain n-3 EPA and DHA.

    If you're eating the flax seeds/chia seeds whole, that may not guarantee that you're getting all the fatty-acids from within them. Consuming the oil makes it more bio-available.

    I don't really know any other foods with good omega-3 levels that are plant-based, but I did a search and found these:

    "Wild rice is not only a good source of omega-3, but contains only slightly more omega-6, for a ratio of about 1.25:1"

    according to this page: http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/legumes-and-legume-products/4297/2 kidney beans have more omega-3s than 6s..

    Same with Cloves(a spice).. http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/spices-and-herbs/181/2


    Broccoli has slightly more 3s than 6s http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/vegetables-and-vegetable-products/2356/2

    spinach seems to have a lot more 3s than 6s http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/vegetables-and-vegetable-products/2626/2

    cauliflower too..

    brussel sprouts..

    mustard seeds are about even..

    cabbage has more 3s than 6s..

    green beans have more 3s than 6s.

    kale has more 3s..

    romaine lettuce has more 3s..

    turnip greens has more 3s..

    winter squash has more 3s..


    Thanks gives me some good ideas on what to plant in my garden this spring. Thanks everyone else for adding too. BTW do hemp seeds taste any good?

  2. Basically I think everything has already been covered. To summarize what I know you can build muscle with less protein than is recommended for weight lifters, however you will gain more muscle in the same time period with the same exercise regimine with more protein. The only reason you shouldn't take protein powders (as far as I know + I've asked my doctor) is if you have a pre-existing kidney condition. I can understand your ideology though.


    When I first started I ate a pretty low protein (HIGH JUNK FOOD) intake and still built muscle, although it was over the course of a few years. I did nothing that was conventionally recommended. I did 80 to 120 reps and I never changed my workout(vs 6 to 20 reps and always changing your workout) well after I built myself up to that many reps. Could I have made better use of my time? Probably. My motivation however was not to get as big as possible but to just do something that I was comfortable doing over a long period of time. My workout really only took 30 mins because I was so used to it. I was comfortable doing it and I kept it up over years so I'm happy. Also I gained more muscle than I was even trying to gain. I've recently started eating a lot better than I used to and doing my workouts differently but that is just because my goals have changed.


    The point I'm trying to make is these 'general guidelines' are for optimal gains. While some people take it out of context and say you will get no gains at all they are wrong.

  3. The answer is pretty simple, yet complex. Basically we all just think we know everything but there is not one person on planet earth that knows everything(or nearly as much as they think they know). Often times even scientific studies can give conflicting information. I've read ALA to DHA conversion can be anywhere from 5 pct to .1 pct for omega 3's.


    If you have ever played a game of Telephone http://www.thefreedictionary.com/Telephone+(game) you would understand how information changes every time it passes from one person to another. This is from direct contact and instant transmission of the message. Normally when information is passed on a month or 2+ (maybe years) has already passed and the story changes entirely. Something that they heard started with, soy has estrogen mimicing compounds. Then the next person hears it as soy has estrogen in it. The next person hears it as soy reduces your testosterone. The next person hears it as your testes shrink and you grow boobs. AFAIK that can only happen if you take extremely large doses. http://www.jissn.com/content/4/1/4


    We are not all scientists and we don't often fact check information. We just hear things and take it as fact (often times, not everyone). The whole gluten scare came from people having Celiac Disease. Gluten somehow harms their small intestines and prevents them from absorbing food. Some people also have similar symptoms to celiacs but not the actual disease or as extreme. Perhaps just mild indigestion. Really the only people who shouldn't eat gluten are those that actually are affected by it. Everyone else can eat it.


    Another huge problem can be bloggers. People take their word as fact when in fact they are often just clot poles who spread around misinformation and myths. There is no prerequisite to starting a blog. No formal education whatsoever. Not trying to be pretentious or anything because some of them are often useful or informative.


    I am wrong a lot myself. I know for sure there is a lot of bad information swimming around in my head. I try to learn a little bit more every day provided it is something I am interested in. My whole post could be entirely wrong. It's just part of being human. Sometimes something sounds right in your head and looks decent on paper but it ends up being completely wrong.

  4. High in both I mean. I think I've been eating a lot of omega 6's but just realized I was seriously lacking omega 3's. I ordered some DHA (vegan from algae) because I've heard ALA to DHA conversion is seriously bad but the rest I would like to get from real food. I've found 2 things so far. Flax seeds and chia seeds. Problem is that it's not recommended to eat a lot of flax seeds and chia seeds can cause digestion issues because they soak up a lot of liquid. Both are high in protein and omega 3's but if I can't consume a lot that does me no good.


    Any ideas?

  5. I am spitballing it here but I think you would be able to manage 3-4 days of running for 30-40 minutes without losing muscle mass. While doing a build up to a marathon I managed running five days a week and wasn't until I hit 35+ miles plus a week that I started to see my muscle mass start to take a hit. There is something to be said for conditioning here, obviously I built up to that milage so my body was a bit used to running and I also lifted three times a day to hold off the loss of muscle mass. On the days that I ran and lifted I spaced them out by a few hours.


    Granted my sample size of one really isn't scientific but should give you a starting point. I think with a decent scale and diligent documenting workouts you will likely be able to figure out when your running is impacting your lean muscle mass.


    Actually personal experience is one of the best things I could ask for since you've already been there. Looks like I'm already pretty close to my maximum. Maybe I'll hold off adding more at the moment and see how things go.


    @Evader - I kind of like the 2 days rest after workout to recover. Running in that window seems to rack on the soreness. At least for me anyway.

  6. Dig around on this forum, lots of discussion about this topic before that has plenty of useful info. It'll save me the hours of typing it all up again


    I think I found the one you are talking about. Just finished reading the whole thread it was from like 2008. Still on the fence I guess. What I really need to make my decision are cold hard facts. While seeing it works for some dogs is nice, but maybe the people it didn't work for are just too embarassed to say anything about it. Do you know of any studies done with side by side comparisons?


    I saw PETA did a study where 82 percent that had been on a vegan diet for 5 years or more were in good to excellent health. I don't really know what that means though because what about the other 18 percent. Is that the normal rate of bad health or is it higher than a meat based diet. I'll keep looking for more studies. Would like to base my decision solely on facts.


    Think maybe next pet will be a pig or something I know I can feed entirely vegan. Was sort of thinking a pig would be a nice pet anyway. Possibly pursuade others to show them that they aren't food.

  7. Not really planning on running any marathons(although I'm not totally ruling it out maybe would like to run 1 in my lifetime). I really only run for the health benefits. Right now I'm comfortable at 40 mins @ 5mph. I kind of want a balance of strength (muscles) and fitness (cardio).


    Well right now I'm running half of the days in a set period of time. It works out to be 3 or 4 times per week averaging at 3.5. Hopefully maybe up that to 4 or 5 maximum per week. Doesn't have to be exactly on a weekly schedule though. I just like there to be a pattern.

  8. Also what would be a good routine? I want to run more but seems to be hard to work out a routine. Currently I'm doing:

    Day 1 - 40min run.

    Day 2 - 40min run fullbody workout.

    Day 3 - rest

    Day 4 - rest

    Day 5 - repeat


    Would 2 days running, 1 day run + workout, then 1 day rest be enough rest time? I've though of running M, T, W, T, F then rest S, S with a workout on friday but I don't seem to get results working out only once per week I seem to lose strength.


    Edit: Also the gains don't really have to be that fast or optimal. I'm very patient. However I don't want to lose any muscle and would like to make regular gains.

  9. Just makes me cringe when I have to go down the dogfood aisle at the store. I don't like how it was produced and all the carnage I'm creating just to feed my dog. Has anyone tried a vegan diet for a dog before? I've read a little bit and found out that it was possible at least. There was a dog named Bramble that was a vegan and lived to 27 years old. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_oldest_dogs Bramble is 6th on the list)


    I have a harder time making my dog a vegan than I would myself. I wouldn't want to exert my influence over another being and do it harm. I have an easier time experimenting with myself on a vegan diet than I would experimenting with my dog.


    Just my question is what do you do with your dogs? If anyone has tried a vegan diet did you have good or bad results? I read a little about deficiencies in calcium, vitamin D, taurine and L-carnatine can cause a dog problems if their food isn't fortified with them. Is there anything else I need to look for other than that?


    So far I've found v-dog and natural balance vegetarian dry dog food. They seem to be reputable brands and both are vegan afaik.

  10. I'm newly vegan. Was previously vegetarian for a few years. I had thought about changing over before but what finally gave me the motivation to try it was this website. Feeling good so far.


    Was 190-195~ before changing over. Probably roughly 20pct body fat. Worked out for years however quit for medical reasons and just started up again a few months ago.


    Dropped down to 187-190 in the past week however that is probably because I'm cycling off creatine (it's vegan) and consume a lot less sodium. Don't really personally want to get huge or anything just stay healthy, lift and run and get to around 180-190 with 10-15 pct body fat.

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