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  1. Hola! First glance, meal routine looks pretty good. Agree with your trainer, protein craze up here is like the miracle nutrient....haha..note: too much protein for what your body needs either gets excremented or stored as fat.... We've close to similar builds....6'2 lingering somewhere around 175-180. Currently training for 1/2 marathon vs weight training until end of May. Dashing out to get the dog from the snow...(yeah, it's the end of April and we have gotten 8 inches of snow!) I need Cabo!!! Get back soon...
  2. Hi there! Welcome back! Maybe old account closed due to low/no activity? Regardless, I'll send you a couple breakfast ideas...one is easy/fast for getting out the door to work days, another fav I usually make in a batch, and just warm it up (or not...tastes great either way) for days when you have more time.
  3. Hi Denise! I'm gonna have to dig up some of my books on some of the issues you listed...lol! Medical not my strong suit. Though the number of friends I have in real life with this issue or that and googling random "issue" vegan plant based diet forks over knives...and getting off animal protein is almost a recurring theme. If you have netflix, check out some of these documentaries, they'll help and inspire! -Forks Over Knives (this was follow-on to China Study) -Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead -Cowspiracy There are others, once you see one or 2 they'll suggest to you what to watch next. We all transition for various reasons and at our own pace. Some I know learned something, and flipped a switch to PBWF (Plant-based Whole Foods) lifestyle. Others, vegetarian. Me, Vegetarian for about 10 years, then transitioned to vegan.... Also, check out meetup.com and look for a veg/vegan group local to you for some support, friends and AWESOME potlucks!
  4. In addition to checking out Robert's books...available in your local library likely.....check out Torre....he's got stuff up on his diet too...
  5. Hi! So first, you look great! Supplements. That's a tough question. And lots of opinions and equally amounts of false info out there, so do be careful. I large part, I think I'd try to source as much of my nutrients and micros naturally -- given that so many of them work in concert with each other. Isolated into supplement form can impact both the bio-availability and efficiency of them. It takes a fair amount of reading, asking questions, and experimentation. Easier said than done, eating a range of grains, nuts, colors of veg, fruits, and hoping to get the right portions is pretty easy for just general wellness. Trying to source the right balance of macros ontop of it to help with fitness/performance goals is like going to the next level. My usual question, is what are you eating on a typical day? Foods and rough portions/frequency? That will help! I try to source my nutrients as directly as I can from foods. However, if you came over and looked in my pantry you'd find NOW Pea Protein Powder (great in smoothies, helps with protein macros when my daily intake is pretty light), hemp powder, ground flaxseeds, chia seeds, an awesome organic superfood smoothie mix (acai, goji, and other good stuff), great multi-vitamin (as I was 'low' on my Vit D and Bs), and a bio-available magnesium supplement. Full transparency, authenticity. Currently training for 1/2 marathon while working out to maintain my strength/physique. So my food intake is kinda all over the place depending on whether I'm doing running training or weights. LOL. Some days feels like complete opposite objectives, but I digress... I'll tick the box to get a notice when you reply..or you can msg me so I'll know to come check it out!
  6. looks pretty good to me! Hard part is adding in quality carbs and not packing on weight. Could add a bit of peanut butter into your oatmeal.... Can always add in more plants, but as you know, they tend to be low cal relative to a serviing. I didn't add up all what you're eating. Looks clean, even with the processed Boca/Tofurky add ins. So might ask, what is lacking either performance wise or goal wise? What is your BMR and BMI? Weight, add a 0....give roughly cals per day just doing nothing.... For me, my Cals were enough to sustain my fitness, but I struggled completing 2 classes of Krav without pooping out half way through. I most adjusted the timing of what I was eating.
  7. Hi! Sorry for lag in messaging. Life.. So...need more info, but a few comments too.. First, it's April, you mentioned getting back to vegan in mid-January. Not a long time, and (if you're like me and were raised omni)...old habits die hard. There's the initial veg/vegan diet change....and later on lifestyle change. So don't worry much about all that. It can be 'easy' after a long time of learning, and all the marketing, to come up with a calorie and nutrient sufficient diet without much thinking. When I first went veg, pretty easy...lots of meat alternatives to fill the gap, and the usual processed stuff. When I went vegan, that took some more focused relearning not just about nutrition, but about as you said, making meals. Weaning off the processed stuff was another learning curve. One thing I have learned, it's all about the micros and NOT the macros. Re-learning really. Lots of info out there...good and bad. Listen to lots of podcasts from both veg/vegans and from fitness/nutrition guru's like Mike Dolce (who's not vegan, but you can vegan up all his stuff!). Paleo....how effing poptarts can be good for you based on fitting macro profile for carbs/cals/fats/protein (but very LOW nutritional density) is deemed 'good' stumps me. Other than the 'it tastes good' category! haha. Knowing a bit more about both what you're typically eating (and when) and what your fitness goals plus activities are will help. Just from your description, sounds like maybe carb heavy (opps...I just said a macro word!! lol -- old habits) relative to your activity. The over-eating thing..makes me think you're nutrient deficient. General 'hunger' is a sign that your body is needing something that it's missing from your fuel sources. That took some re-familiarization for me too. Random craving for broccoli, or a baked potato...have to listen to those. But with a little more info on your average days foods will help. I was doing great with my weight training, and progress. But when I added in some pretty extreme MMA/Krav Maga...not only did I have to adjust what/when I was eating, but my calorie content (macro again!!!! argh!!!) because I was too low... Live, experiment, inquire, experiment, wait 2 weeks, adjust....
  8. Hi! Sorry for delay getting back to you. Work and life and all that. So I'm vegan, 4 years now. Vegetarian for almost 10 years before that. Rocking it pretty good. Don't have soy issues, but I do add in pea protein, etc. when I've not sourced enough from my regular diet. Curious what your ambitions are and what your body issues might be, and what your fitness and diet is like? We, especially in marketing today are WAYY over marketed on the amounts of protein needed (I saw Cheerios w/protein the other day in the grocery store the other day...really??). A calorie sufficient plant based whole foods diet will be more than sufficient for all your needs, including protein. If you're a focused body builder or other type of focused activity, may need some tweaks..... So, what's the goal and the current fuel you're getting?
  9. Hi!!!! More to come tomorrow...gotta get to bed as almost midnight. Boards mysteriously quiet lately, but I'll help!! till tomorrow... Your carbs/fat/protein ratios ring as a macro-phile (my own word!), but it's good...a helpful bit of info would be to know your ultimate objectives? Weight gain/loss/sustain with improvements in health, etc.....and what is your current fitness project? Thanks!
  10. Hey Martin... 1st...sorry boards have been quiet lately...bummer. 2nd...so at 18, guessing support at home might be kinda limited.....(crap....need to dash...bed time in Colorado...more tomorrow!!!!)..... hang in there!!! There are options you can do!!!!
  11. NIce share! While in many cases I like Dr Oz and the out reach to the masses, I find it more than irritating when, for example having Dr Fuhrmann on talking about animal based proteins and associated health findings, or the Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead guy talking about plant-based lifestyle....followed up with a meat eating segment....?!?!?! Same things on other daytime shows. Talk about sharing conflicting information (due to sponsors no doubt!) it's now wonder the public don't know what to do or think or eat. Wine, eggs, meat (factory or grass fed), dairy....good for me? bad for me? The 'experts' with such a reach out to the public should at least be thorough, present both the underlying facts and the weaknesses of the study.
  12. Almost 100 lbs down already. Nicely done! Lifestyle change is hard for most overnight, but good news is its SO much more of a healthy lifestyle, and with some creativity you can plant-base pretty much whatever your favorite indulgences are to pack in the nutrition. Just always pair up the bad with lots more good -- moderation and all that. Plus the grains/greens/etc go a long way to filling you up and keeping you full -- micro nutrients will feed your body and also quell hunger. Props for your marathons, and iron mans....doing my first 1/2 this May. Running for me was a training tool, not something I did/do 'for fun'...haha!
  13. Short answer, yes. 6 months would be way too short for me to relearn what/how/when to eat for optimal results, even after reading tons of books, listening to podcasts and seeing live speakers, I'm still learning new stuff all the time. As for example, new UFC champ Nate Diaz is vegan since 18 yrs old, and mostly raw now. Also, worlds strongest man from Germany or some such place is vegan. So it's not just about loading up on nuts/seeds/etc to get tons of protein.. On current particular source I listen to is a UFC trainer who touts whole-foods, fresh from the earth nutrients. Being plant-based, yeah, we have to source our proteins (aka amino's really) and the timing of foods. He's not plant-based, but all his recipies are adaptable with just a little tweaking. I'm with you on avoiding random supplements and shakes. TOO many nutrients and micro nutrients are either not bio available, or are not optimally used by the body in isoloation -- they need other nutrients to make them work. Rather than just tossing random stuff at you that might work for me, or take some guesses at raw approaches, I think I need more info to be helpful. I have raw bodybuilding friends who seem to be rocking it with just eating lots of fruits/veg from the whole color set of the rainbow. Dark greens, red peppers, watermelons, beans, seeds, nuts, etc.... What are you eating now? If you have a balanced and diverse set of meals, raw or just plant-based, you'll not have to worry about protein (SO much mis-information and brain washing not just in fitness world but general diet info/advertising). What is a typical workout cycle for you? Types, reps and sequences of workouts you're doing?
  14. So I'm signed up for my 1st half in May. The NYRR (New York Road Runners I think) who put on the 5 borough races have a training program that I'm starting...week one done. Looks like like it starts reasonable...3 mile runs...and include some interval speed work for getting a better time. And it increases your runs each week up to race day. Set up as a 10 week program. Did my first 6 mile run today. My time wasn't what I'd hoped, blame it on the wind! Let me know if you can find it and I can email it to you.
  15. interestingly...just go word that friends who are UK expats living in NZ are getting married. Not yet sure timeframe though, so might get down there in 2016!
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