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  1. I more or less like Thrive and I like Brazier, but I do agree with you on this point. Some of the claims in that book just seem like he plucked them out of thin air or there aren't any peer-reviewed articles cited. Ditto on this sentiment. The whole idea at the foundation of buying a non-fiction book is that the author is telling you facts you don't know. People make mistakes. People make things up. You know you are getting facts ( and not wasting your time with the book ) by asking "how does the author know what s/he claims to know?". Citations to solid research where people can look up those claims directly is how that question is answered. Without that question answered you might as well take advice from anyone. To be fair, some pop health publishers don't like printing citations as they think it turn the mass market pop health reader off. Then again, I've come across many nutrition books written for popular audiences where the authors did manage to get quality citations printed.
  2. I like "vay gun" much better, sounds less goofy and even a little cool, like we are from the vega solar system
  3. FYI on the word "vegan" In post World War II Great Britain Donald Watson with his wife coined the term “vegan” to refer to people who believe that it is wrong to exploit animals. The Waston's went on to form the Vegan Society Of The UK. There probably needs to be another word for people who do not eat animal products, but who don't think it is unethical to exploit animals ( use for our own selfish reasons ) or eat animal products. There are a lot of people into a health kick, alternative health kick or environmentalism who haven't really invested themselves into thinking about animals.
  4. So are most vegans . I never liked the pronunciation of the word "vegan". "Veegan" always sounded goofy to me. I hear what you are saying though. I've had people prejudge me upon hearing the word "vegan". You can't control what other people do, either how they react to you or how other vegans present themselves. Honestly, there are vocal vegans who are either assholes or ignorant who do give people bad impressions. However, a word is what you make it and you do have control over your own actions. I don't proactively tell people I'm a vegan, but I don't lie or act ashamed about it either. It is bad for you to be ashamed about something that you are/are into. If people I don't know ask me if I am a veg*n I say that I am and continue to act in a friendly, down to Earth way. That is enough to change their minds once they get to know me and the ones who will not modify their opinion after knowing me aren't worth knowing.
  5. If you click the second link in my post you will a comparison of total calcium and % absorbed for milk as compared to various vegetables.
  6. There is an urban legend going around on the internet ( and in at least one cookbook that I happened to buy ) that 1 cup of cooked quinoa has more calcium than a quart of milk. This isn't true. One cup of cooked quinoa has about 1/10 the calcium of just 1 cup of cows milk. From the USDA nutrition database: http://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/foods/show/6430 Not to be entirely negative, there are tasty vegan calcium sources that do match and exceed the amount of calcium found in cows milk: http://beforewisdom.com/blog/milkandbones/absorbing-calcium/
  7. Its not that complicated Print this out Daily Recommendations for Vegan Adults.. It can be fit on one page. Print out enough to use one copy a day for two weeks as a checklist. Mark off each "to do" every day for the two weeks. Checking it off will make sure you actually do each of those things instead of just thinking you are doing those things.......like actually writing entries in a checkbook versus thinking you aren't spending that much money. Doing this for two weeks will teach you new habits to make sure your nutrition is properly rounded. If you still feel tired after that, you have an issues that you will need an RD or an MD to help you with. Make sure you get enough calories, sleep ( 8 hours at set, regular times ) and water ( minimum 2 quarts a day ) Good luck
  8. I stumbled across this interesting piece from a news show about Orthorexia. It includes a segment interviewing the doctor who coined the term and who wrote the essay in the post before this one. Part 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-RinnfW52c Part 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZupQCDAHgnk
  9. Orthorexia Nervosa is a term coined by Dr. Steven Bratman, M.D.. Basically, it is being obsessed with eating healthy to the point of harming your health or harming your life. Below is his original essay he wrote for the Yoga Journal. It looks a bit long, but it is well worth the read. I think the important point not to miss is that a diet isn't being criticized, it is being compulsive or obsessive about diet to the point of hurting your health or having your diet becoming the focus of your life........instead of having a life. From http://www.orthorexia.com/index.php?page=katef The bolding in the quoted article is mostly mine.
  10. First thing to do is to make sure you are comparing equal portions. There could be many possible reasons for a discrepency - different equipment used by different groups to take the meaurements - different samples grown in a different qualities of soil giving the samples different nutrition.
  11. http://tallgirls-thefilm.com/page/trailer/
  12. I was never on an exercise regime I didn't enjoy ( aside from physical therapy exercises ). I've only stopped some exercise regimes, because they didn't like ME ( injuries/joint issues ) or lack of time. Yoga and weights were the big culprits there, both addictive and I could easily spend 2 hours a day on either.
  13. http://images.veganchicago.com/veganChicagoBaloneyDetectionKit_page.png Read More
  14. Interesting. When I was into the bodybuilding side of weight lifting in college I didn't care as much about size as some guys who seemed to be on a religious mission about it. I never had trouble with being too thin in my life, so I couldn't relate to their head trip. I trained because it felt good.
  15. Here is one back at you. It is a new documentary about the emotional distress of women strength athletes who end up altering their bodies to unfeminine appearances for the sake of their sport: http://www.itvs.org/films/strong
  16. The money quote was "if you care about your health, go to college" Sad....
  17. The best vegan protein sources are soy, soy foods, gluten (example, seitan ) and legumes. If you don't eat those you will be getting far less protein and you will not get enough lysine. Outisde of legumes your best (possibly not adequate for your needs ) sources of lysine are quinoa and pistachios: http://www.veganhealth.org/articles/protein#lys I don't know how practical using sprouted legumes for protein is. I never tried that. If it isn't you are SOL if your food has to be raw. If you are very athletic you will need to use protein powders........highly processed foods like oil and sugar........to get protein, which sort of defeats the point of being raw.......to eat less processed food and get benefits destroyed by processing.
  18. You don't keep up with The Walking Dead, do you? Hunting got carl shot and Otis killed.
  19. I don't think culture and tradition is a valid reason for doing ethically questionable things. The times change, life is change, people and cultures have to adapt. The cultures that exist now aren't carved in stone. The cultures that exist now weren't always are as they are now. At one point those cultures were something different and changed to fit a situation. Same goes for religion. At some point you have to update to the way things are now the best you can, embracing the new and saving what is most useful out of the old. No disrespect to anyone.
  20. You don't eat meat out of moral reasons, yet you plan to hunt?
  21. snip http://jezebel.com/5899319/stop-using-cavemen-as-an-excuse-for-your-fad-diet
  22. A new study was published in the news citing evidence that Homo Erectus may have been using fire and cooking food as early as 1 million years ago. That would mean people were eating cooked meals before people were people ( Homo Sapiens ). Outside of scientific circles this may only be significant to raw foodists, many of whom justify eating only raw foods on the belief that it is the diet human beings evolved on and what we are adapted to.
  23. Many of the worst anti-vegan, ant-soy rants I see on the web are published by "food writers"....translation, people without any relevant education or degrees. Any time I see any article on the web published about nutrition I check the date, the name of the author, the credentials of the author and how they earn their money. Unfortunately there is no easy way to judge an article as being "safe", in regards to facts. Yes, if someone has NO credentials, like the "food writers" you can dismiss it as bullshit. However, most MDs don't have any nutrition education. It isn't much better with RDs or other degreed nutritionists either. Unless an individual RD has a strong interest in veg*n nutrition.....or.....even staying up on the latest research, they are going to speaking from the default view of nutrition they got during their undergraduate education: very conservative, very out of date and very animal product centered. If I wasn't familiar with Norris' and Messina's writing.....or vegan nutrition I would be suspicious of what they write as they are animal advocates and have a vested interest that way. However, since they also bring up potentially unflattering points, I see that they are trying to be fair and balanced.....no matter where the facts fall.
  24. I really like both of their blogs too. They do not cherry pick information to make vegan diets look more flattering. If there is a problem or an issue they will tell you about it. You can can trust their information and you can trust them to tell you the whole story. You need that kind of information to stay healthy.
  25. I just finished this excellent book Vegan For Life http://images.bestwebbuys.com/muze/bookmed/31/9780738214931.jpg This is a great book for anyone interested in eating a vegan diet. Beginners will find everything they need to know boiled down into a single page, on page 88, called "The Vegan Food Guide". People who have been eating vegan diets for a while will find updated nutrition information(the book was just published in 2011), including entire chapters debunking much misinformation and urban folklore about vegan diets. I found the chapters on soy food consumption and the real health benefits of vegan diets particularly interesting. Instead of being a comprehensive ( and much longer ) book on nutrition, this book focuses on nutrition issues that people eating vegan diets should be aware of. This makes for a shorter, fact based book that is a bit more practical for people who aren't nutrition buffs. The book has a strong focus on practicality, actually making a vegan diet work in day to day life. In chapter 8 the authors have some really good food preparation suggestions that can be used over and over for many types of food when people are rushed and not into making a recipe. There is also a section in the back of the book on page 243 describing basic cooking instructions for dietary staple foods. All phases of life, and even nutrition for athletic training are covered. Jack Norris and Virginia Messina are Registered Dietitians who stay regularly abreast of current nutrition research and who are scrupulously honest about reporting the complete story in regards to nutrition...even if it isn't always what people want to hear ( they both regularly maintain blogs dedicated to vegan nutrition information ). In other words, you can depend on them to give you complete, up to date and truthful information. That is what you will get in this book, in plain, easy to read language.
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