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  1. It's actually still going on shockingly enough....it's basically the same (what I like to call) holy trio debate - Calcium/Protein/Iron In a nutshell it comes down to them waiving them arms in the air screaming WILL SOMEONE PLEASE THINK OF THE CHILDREN. Started with the whole "They need milk to grow big and strong like the commercials tell us"....Once that was quelled with some talk of calcium and what it actually is and sources they moved to Iron, saying it can't be found readily in vegan diets. Once again a quick Hemi vs Non-Hemi Iron discussion and they quieted down. Finally moved over to Protein and they joked that there wouldn't be any sports teams coming out of this school...that was the easy one... They've now just brought up the fats in animal vs non-animal sources citing something they read in the latest Time magazine thinking that because we're vegan, we don't eat fats and that somehow animal fats are different from those we find in plant based foods...no, we don't eat gristle off the bone, but ounce for ounce I can find a better source of Omega 3's and 6's then their cod fish oil...
  2. Had a pretty lengthy debate with a friend about this on facebook this morning. Appears that James Cameron and his wife and funding the worlds first all-vegan school by 2015. http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2014/06/08/305860073/james-cameron-backed-school-to-terminate-meat-and-dairy Thoughts?
  3. Great reference guide here as well, has a lot of info as well as some higher sources of protein for the vegan diet. http://www.vrg.org/nutrition/protein.php I've based mine around the 0.36 per pound for the last 3 years or so but have increased slightly with the higher amount of training I've been doing, seems to fit quite well and as Cappy and VB mentioned, if you are eating whole, natural foods it comes pretty dang easy to get.
  4. I've used the 'Ener-G' egg replacer for quite some time and have had no problems with it but we usually don't put in in pancakes and use banana's as the binder instead. Made these a few weeks back, used the chocolate instead of the vanilla powder, a little heavy but made a great meal. http://myvega.com/vega-life/recipe-center/vegan-banana-protein-pancakes/
  5. Yup, Paneer is cheese curds. Pretty much made the same way Tofu is made but with real milk instead of soy. And yup, Tofu makes a great paneer substitute. A well pressed extra firm block marinated in nutritional yeast (for that cheesy flavor), water, and spices and it makes a pretty dang good replacement.
  6. The only input I would add is try to keep it Organic. A LOT of Tofu on the market is GMO based and studies have shown it to have heightened amounts of estrogen (to help the cows grow and produce milk faster when pregnant) in it then it's Organic counterpart, just keep an eye on the label. My wife and I don't eat a lot of it, usually in breakfast scrambles on the weekends. If you are looking for other sources I'd recommend Tempeh as well, it's a fermented soybeans that have a different texture then tofu and it's packed with much more of the good stuff (100grams of Tempeh yields 19 grams of protein whereas tofu yields 8 for the same amount) and just like tofu it's mild in flavor and great for absorbing seasoning/marinades and make kickass burgers.
  7. Thanks C.O., Haven't considered creatine yet, I was doing the EC stack for a bit to drop some weight but decided I wanted to try to keep things as natural as I can and just focus on diet and training. Don't really have a trainer but a couple of my co-workers that I go with have been lifting/training for years so they give tips and the push I need. I'm just using the JeFit App on my phone to track the reps/sets on the limited equipment that we have at our local gym that we walk to at lunch (mostly older cable machines dumbbells, nothing really new or fancy). But I think I'll post on another board on my training schedule to get some tips as I could be doing things incorrectly with the little time I have. My main concern is the diet as I know protein=muscle. But if it looks somewhat solid then I think I'll need to investigate my training schedule next and see what can be done.
  8. Okay, so I know if you are like me, you hate it when people ask "Where do you get your protein" and have to spit off a laundry list of food items to quell the nay-sayers that say we as vegan's don't get enough. But I'm going to ask for a little help here, I've done the research, made a pretty significant change in my diet, but need some help and advice from people who are more experienced at this then me I've been weight training for around 6 months now doing 5-6 days a week for about 45-60 mins a day during my lunch hour with a few friends at work. Although I've seen some pretty radical improvements so far (I can actually see pecs!) I feel like I am just not getting the same results as the other guys and I've hit a peak on the amount I can lift. Now I know everyone is different in the terms of results, but could it also come down to my protein intake? I've noticed the other guys consuming chicken breasts like they are going out of style and I can't help but figure maybe this might be it? I'm 6'0 and 180 lbs and I've been on par (usually over) to get the 0.36 grams per pound daily (180 pounds x 0.36 = 64.8 grams) but I'm almost thinking this isn't enough? My Daily Food Routine (tracking on myfitnesspal) Breakfast: (7:00am) Holy Crap Cereal - 3 Tbps Almond Milk - 1 cup Total: 9 grams OR (1-2 days a week) 1/2 serving Fresh Green Juice (1 Cucumber, 1 Broccoli Stem, 3 Carrots, 3 ribs Celery, 4 leaves Kale, nub of Ginger, 1 Pear) Total: 4 grams Mid Day: (10:00) 1/4 cup almonds 1 fruit (apple, orange, grapefruit, etc) Total: 8 grams Lunch: (12:00pm) Salad (1.5 cups Kale, 1/2 Tomato, 6 slices Cucumber, 1/2 Avocado, 1/2 cup Quinoa, 1/4 cup Chickpeas, 2 Tbps Hemp Hearts, 2 Tbps Flax Oil) Total: 19 grams (Work out from 1:30-2:30) Post Work Out: (2:30pm) 1.5 Serving Vega Sport Protein with water Total: 38 grams Dinner: (7:30pm-ish) This changes daily as both my wife and I are aspiring vegan 'chefs' so we're always trying out new recipes but they are typically heavy into the beans/legume side of things or use tempeh as the base. Can say it adds an attentional 10-15 grams of protein on average. So tallied up it comes out to roughly 80-89 grams daily. So I guess the main question is, does this seem enough? Would you add/remove anything? I suppose if this looks decent enough for the amount I am working out, it might actually be time to up the training time to try to get over this hump I've hit. Any feedback would be very much appreciated!
  9. Hey Guys, Wanted to pop by and say hey, was just doing some research on our local VegExpo here in Vancouver, BC and noticed this site was promoted, been poking around and can see it's a pretty great community here. Have been vegan for just over 3 years now after my wife and I decided to do a little experiment and see if we could actually do it. On a whim one weekend we bought 'Crazy, Sexy, Diet' by Kris Carr, a juicer, and a tonne of green veggies, cut out the meat cold turkey and did her 21 day cleanse and haven't looked back since. Just started getting seriously into weight training about 6 months ago and have been looking for resources for diet and routines so I'll definitely have some questions and hopefully provide some input as the weeks pass.
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