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  1. I agree that this is the "typical" mindset. However, the progression of this thread seems to indicate that the consensus (you and me included) seems to agree; amino ratios are more important than total amino content. It logically follows that we should focus our efforts by concentrating on "amino-acid ratios", rather than "amino-acid content by weight". From what I've gleaned from your personal nutrition plan, economy is not your primary concern, maximum health is. I have to give you credit... your diet has inspired me to include more fruit in my diet (blackberries, blueberries, etc.). I have even started putting Udo's with DHA in my smoothies and hummos. I used to use flax oil, but this seems like a way better product Thanks!!! I see your point about the ratios of each amino acid being the same within each protein in the original chart, however, one needs a calculator to compare one protein ratio to another. This is where the chart that compares amino-acid percentages really shines. The bottom line for me is: If I have to consume a higher quantity of hemp/rice protein PRODUCT (by mass) in order to obtain a particular amino-ratio, I am ok with that. Additionally, I don't think the "extra" mass in the product is necessarily harmful. I am inclined to think that it is actually less harmful than consuming the more refined "isolate" type products. Yes it may cost more, but research has shown that excessive protein is not great for your longevity. Ok, so we are all consuming excessive protein... But I'd like to minimize that as much as possible. So for me personally, I would rather consume 200g of what I consider to be an "ideal" amino-acid ratio protein, than consume 250g. of a less expensive mix. Provided of course that it contains the same amount of aminos I consider to be important, but doesn't contain the others that I don't feel I need. On a side note, Robert mentioned that he started taking NO Explode, which I took a quick look at. In addition to caffeine and Creatine-Ethy-Ester Malate, as well as a bunch of other random things, it contains the following amino acids: L-Arginine, L-Histidine, and L-Tyrosene... I was also looking around at the various other brands of Nitric Oxide products, and it seems as though they all contain some form of L-Arginine as their main ingredient. Please refer to the Arginine content of the vegan proteins in the Amino by Percentage chart and prepare to scratch your head. hmmmm.... It is very interesting that VIRTUALLY ALL OF THE VEGAN PROTEINS contain equal or greater concentrations of L-Arginine, L-Histidine, and L-Tyrosene by amino percentage than either of the whey products... Now this could mean that these aminos are good things for all bodybuilders to supplement OR it could mean that bodybuilders consuming lots of whey (the majority) are deficient in these aminos as compared to us vegan cats, and therefore see great results when this deficiency is corrected... I have a bunch of other crazy observations to discuss, but I haven't got the time right now!!! -Chris
  2. Not long ago, a vegan friend of mine was introducing me to someone and described me as "cruelty-free" because I strive to avoid consumption of "sweatshop" produced goods, in addition to adhering to a "vegan" diet. I'm not sure "cruelty-free" is the term I would prefer... Maybe "conscious consumer"??? I think if anyone is trying to find a "new term" to describe lifestyles such as ours, it should take into account the fact that this is something we strive towards. Not something we are already... Like the term "vegan"...none of us can claim that we don't cause some kind of animal suffering in some way (as others have pointed out). Ultimately, I think labeling our lifestyle may be counterproductive, because as soon as you create a label, someone will say "you're not really this and I am...". If asked to describe my decisions as a consumer, I usually say that "I try my best to take the repercussions of my actions into account whenever I buy a product". Maybe we each need our own terminology to describe what we strive towards? -Chris Edit: Some of this now seems redundant now, as Jessifly covered some of this while I was composing my post...
  3. Welcome preacher! If you spend some time looking around these forums, you will easily resolve your nutrition woes! -Chris
  4. LongTimeVegan wrote: Troy wrote: Troy- I see you've changed your mind about my "L-Isoleucine, L-Leucine, L-Valine" suggestion... Welcome to the dark side... I wasn't able to open the excel file you sent due to compatability issues. This turned out to be a good thing, because in making my own version of the "Protein Calculator" I came upon something interesting... We are comparing ratios of amino acids in various proteins based upon the amount of aminos present in a 100g sample. This is flawed methodology, because some proteins contain 100g aminos per 100g sample, while others contain considerably less than that. For those that might have trouble wrapping their head around this, consider the following: In order to get 100g of Amino Acids from Hemp Protein, you will need approximately 233g of product. In order to get 100g of Amino Acids from Rice Protein, you will need approximately 125g of product. I have created "coefficients" for each of the protein powders we are discussing, which serve to correct this inaccuracy. The first table is basically the same as the one you originally posted. Listed below it are the "coefficients" that correspond to each protein type. I have used these coefficients to create a new comparison, which appears below the original chart. In this new chart we can compare the various proteins without bias that was present before. http://img261.imageshack.us/img261/3753/table1uy1.jpg By longtimevegan at 2007-12-19 http://img261.imageshack.us/img261/8649/table2xw0.jpg By longtimevegan at 2007-12-19 As you can see, the new table is drastically different from the original. Of course Hemp and Rice look deficient in the first table, because we are comparing 42.9g Hemp Aminos, and 80g. Rice Aminos, to 100g of Gemma Aminos. Of course this means that once you find that ideal amino ratio, you then have to use these coefficients again to calculate the actual weight of product that is required of each type of protein to obtain your desired amino ratio. Another nice thing about the coefficients is that they correct for the fact that Gemma and the Whey Proteins add up to over 100g Aminos per 100g Sample in the original chart. This is obviously not the case, and these seems like the most accurate way to fix that. All this data comes from an Excel based "Protein Calculator" I am working on that is very similar to the one Troy made. As soon as it is ready for public consumption I will gladly distribute it to anyone who is interested. -Chris
  5. Wednesday December 19, 2007: Incline Bench DB Curls: 4x8 with 45,45,45,40lbs <<< Tricep Cable Pushdown: 4x8 with 80lbs (These excercises were Superset with no rest between excercise 1 & 2, then 1 minute rest before beginning again) Hammer DB Curls: 4x8 with 35lbs Overhead DB Tricep Extenstion: 4x8 with 70lbs (These excercises were Superset with no rest between excercise 1 & 2, then 1 minute rest before beginning again) One Arm DB Preacher Curl: 4x8 with 30lbs Close Grip Palms-In DB Flat Press: 4x8 with 65lbs <<< (These excercises were Superset with no rest between excercise 1 & 2, then 1 minute rest before beginning again) Standing Overhead BB Press: 4x8 with 95,105,105,95lbs (only 6 reps on 3rd Set ) Upright Rows: 4x8 with 75lbs (These excercises were Superset with no rest between excercise 1 & 2, then2-3 minutes rest before beginning again) PBs on Incline Curls and One-Arm Preacher Curls tonite! Also new weight on the Palms-In Close grip DB Flat Press! Standing overhead presses were weak tonite. My delts were slightly fatigued from yesterdays workout. -Chris
  6. Pink, are you really going to sacrafice access to a REAL gym and work out at home just because you can't afford to work out at the "bourgeoisie" gym??? If you are trying to build your body, and you don't have access to: squat rack, olympic weights, dip bars, pullup facilities, heavy dumbbells, adjustable and flat bench, you are basically half-assing it (IMHO). Unless you spend a whole lot of money on home gym equipment, you are way better off just buying a gym membership. You will be able to vary your routine because they have more equipment than you have at home! If you are really working out with intensity, you won't even notice all those lowly working class folks that are working out around you! -Chris
  7. 1. Inadequate Rest 2. Various Injuries 2. Lack of Proper Nutrition Inadequate rest is chronic. The others can be managed, more or less... -Chris
  8. Welcome to the forums, Luvegan! -Chris
  9. Tuesday December 18, 2007: DB Flat Press: 4x8 with 85,85,85,90lb DBs (only made 7 reps on last set) <<< One Arm DB Row: 4x8 with 90lb DB (These excercises were Superset with no rest between excercise 1 & 2, then 2-3 minutes rest before beginning again) Incline DB Press (Palms In): 4x8 with 75lb DBs Close Grip Cable Row: 4x8 with 160lbs (These excercises were Superset with no rest between excercise 1 & 2, then 2-3 minutes rest before beginning again) Supinated Close Grip Pulldown: 4x8 with 180lbs Incline Cable Crossovers: 4x8 with 50,60,60,50lbs (These excercises were Superset with no rest between excercise 1 & 2, then 1 minute rest before beginning again) Incline Bench Reverse DB Flys: 4x8 with 20lbs Seated Plate Loaded Calf Press: 135lbs x 15,15,12,12 reps (These excercises were Superset with no rest between excercise 1 & 2, then 1 minute rest before beginning again) Flat Pressing 90lb DBs is a PB for me! I did my one-arm DB rows on the flat bench tonite so I could get extra strict. I always pause for a moment at the top of each rep, and avoid using momentum, but lately when I've been doing these, I've been using the DB rack as support. Palms-in incline press seemed really hard! I usually do incline press first, then flat press. I decided to switch it up tonite. Good numbers on everything else tonite. Overall, I'm happy with my progress. -Chris
  10. "Supro" soy protein isolate is non-GMO. It's not gritty like some others I've tried. Twinlab markets it as "Vege Fuel". Or you could order it bulk from someplace like "nutrabio.com" (only $4.66 a pound if you buy 15lbs). -Chris
  11. Scraping old linoleoum is not fun... You must be feeling nice after 11 hours of that! Hopefully you had one of the scraping tools that's like a shovel handle with a burly scraper thing at the bottom???
  12. For as long as I can remember, there have always been "vegans" that eat honey. For this reason, it's always a good idea to read the label, even if it says "vegan"... So, if there are people who consider food with honey to be "vegan" (bread, cookies, etc.), there are also going to be people who put them in health/beauty products, then make the claim that the product is free of animal products/cruelty-free/vegan/etc... Bottom line: Always read the ingredients. -Chris
  13. Welcome to the forums, Mehrad!
  14. Monday December 17, 2007: BB Squat (warm-up set): 135lbs x 8 reps BB Squat (to parallel): 4x8 with 215lbs <<< Lying Machine Ham Curl: 4x8 with 120lbs (These excercises were Superset with no rest between excercise 1 & 2, then 3-4 minutes rest before beginning again) Straight-Leg Deadlift: 4x8 with 185lbs <<< DB Lunges: 4x8 with 55lb DBs (These excercises were Superset with no rest between excercise 1 & 2, then 3-4 minutes rest before beginning again) Plate Loaded Incline Leg Press: 4x8 with 380lbs Standing One-Leg Machine Ham Curl: 4x8 with 45lbs (These excercises were Superset with no rest between excercise 1 & 2, then 2-3 minutes rest before beginning again) Seated Machine Calf Press: 4x15 with 400lbs Standing One-Leg Calf Raises: Bodyweight for 12,10,8,6 reps (These excercises were Superset with no rest between excercise 1 & 2, then 1 minute rest before beginning again) I was not very motivated today, but I sucked it up and worked really hard. I'm really happy about squatting 4x8 with 215lbs. That last set was brutal... I have never come so close to failure as I did on the last rep. When I was warming up, I was amazed at how light 135lbs is starting to feel. Unfortunately, 215lbs still feels ridiculously heavy. I'm also pretty happy about my Straight-Leg Deadlift. I'm pretty sure 4x8 with 185lbs is a personal best as well. This is by far my most dreaded superset. My forearms are so fatigued as I near the end of the Lunges that most of my mental focus goes into my grip, not my legs. I don't go super heavy on the Plate Loaded Incline Leg Press Machine, but I do go pretty deep (legs touching chest at bottom of rep). These were surprisingly hard... my legs were really rocked from those squats and lunges. Earlier in the day, I strained my left wrist which is making me a little nervous about my chest/back workout tomorrow... Hopefully it will be all better tomorrow morning!!! -Chris
  15. Yeah, supersetting really gets the heart pumping. In about a week I'll be changing my set structure to 4 excercises per superset, in a 5x6 set structure. I'll do that for two weeks before beginning my cycle over again. The exhaustion these giant supersets induce makes it difficult to focus as clearly, so I usually lower my weights a bit to keep myself from getting hurt. Sunday December 16, 2007: Seated DB Curls: 4x8 with 40lb DBs Lying Tricep DB Extension: 4x8 with 30lb DBs (These excercises were Superset with no rest between excercise 1 & 2, then 2-3 minutes rest before beginning again) Concentration Curls: 4x8 with 35lbs Tricep DB Kickbacks: 4x8 with 30lbs (These excercises were Superset with no rest between excercise 1 & 2, then 2-3 minutes rest before beginning again) Reverse Grip EZ Bar Curls: 4x8 with 70lbs Dips (Tricep Emphasis): Bodyweight for 15,15,15,12 reps <<< (These excercises were Superset with no rest between excercise 1 & 2, then 2-3 minutes rest before beginning again) Seated DB Overhead Press: 4x8 with 55lb DBs (only made 7 reps on last set) DB Lateral Raises: 4x8 with 30,25,25,25lb DBs(These excercises were Superset with no rest between excercise 1 & 2, then 2-3 minutes rest before beginning again) I took yesterday off because my shoulder was still hurting a bit. I knew I wouldn't be able to do overhead presses like that. My chest was really sore, which is unusual for the day after. Usually it's the second day after the workout that I get sore. As for tonights workout; Many of these weights are new as of last week. I am getting comfortable with them and trying to be as strict as possible with my form. I did quite a few dips tonite. I'm sure this is a personal best. The last time I could do anywhere near this many reps, I was weighing closer too 180lbs. I REALLY need a dip belt!!! -Chris
  16. Friday December 14, 2007: Incline DB Press: 8 reps with 65lb DBs (Warmup-Set) Incline DB Press: 4x8 with 90,85,85,80lb DBs One-Arm DB Rows: 4x8 with 90lb DB <<< (These excercises were Superset with no rest between excercise 1 & 2, then 2-3 minutes rest before beginning again) Flat DB Press: 4x8 with 80lb DBs DB Pullovers: 4x8 with 60,60,55,55lb DBs (These excercises were Superset with no rest between excercise 1 & 2, then 2-3 minutes rest before beginning again) Wide Grip Pulldowns: 4x8 with 170,180,180,180lbs Incline DB Flys: 4x8 with 65,60,55,50lb DBs (These excercises were Superset with no rest between excercise 1 & 2, then 1 minute rest before beginning again) Seated Rear Delt Machine: 4x8 with 135lbs <<< Plate Loaded Seated Calf Raises: 4x15 with 135lbs (These excercises were Superset with no rest between excercise 1 & 2, then 1 minute rest before beginning again) Decline Cable Crossovers: 3x8 with 50,60,50 Pushups (medium grip, on knuckles): 12,10,8 (These excercises were Superset with no rest between excercise 1 & 2, then 1 minute rest before beginning again) I got stuck trying to get into position for my first set with 90lb DBs on incline-press.... Luckily someone was nearby to help, but I really strained my right shoulder and chest before getting help, which haunted me the rest of the workout. Performed all reps without assistance, but did need a spot to get set up to starting position on first set. I took my frustration out by doing my one-arm rows with a 90lb DB. I did hit some nice numbers on the wide grip pulldown. Progressively dropped weight with each set on the incline DB flys and played with my form, since I wasn't going to be able to go heavier here. New PB on the seated rear delt machine . Hopefully this will translate into better performance on my incline bench DB lateral raises. Also had some nice numbers on the Seated Plate Loaded Calf Raise machine. -Chris
  17. Welcome to the forums, Anatasia!
  18. This site shows some cool bodyweight excercises: http://www.beastskills.com/tutorials.htm Check out the one-legged "pistol-squats" page (link is on right side, halfway down). There are actually several cool bodyweight excercises on the pistol-squat page, and most of them are highly challenging. This variation of the squat is probably the most difficult bodyweight excercise I've ever attempted. -Chris
  19. As others have said, quality stainless cookware will last a lifetime. A little steel wool and some elbow grease every few years, and they look like new again. I'm not excited about heating teflon with my food, so I avoid the "non-stick" cookware. -Chris
  20. Toby's tofu spread and dip... Classic Lemon Dill or Jalepeno... Eat it with corn chips or pita bread. Mmmmmmmmm If the grocery store was still open I'd go get some right now. I usually eat the whole container within 24 hours of buying it, so I'm always out. -Chris ps. I think at least one flavor of this spread isn't vegan, but the Lemon Dill and Jalepeno are good to go.
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