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  1. you can get the same high antioxident content from palm fruit or hibiscus. elder berries. black currants. honestly, most berries are super high. i think that goji berries are a successful marketing ploy. with the amount available, the price should come down. if they tasted better or were prooven to grow ten pounds of muscle, i would eat them at this price, but unless that happens, i agree with whoever said it above... i only snag them from friends...
  2. I suppose I make it relatively difficult on the guys who'd like to date me. I only eat at vegetarian restaurants. Or at least, I have intentionally only eaten at them for over 5 years now.. Granted I would love to see what I could do with a salad at a mainstream restaurant; I really like going to veggie only places/raw food cafe's, to open my date up to what there really is the eat out there. To show them it's not all lettuce and tomatoes i'm the same way. in fact, the only non veg restaurants i've eaten at in as long as i can remember have been when i was out of town (as i am now). like now, i'm in memphis, TN. no veg places nearby. there's a wild oats, or else i would probably starve. but i like ordering the salads with no cheese and watching the waiters down here look at me as if i have asked them to cook and serve me their first born child. and i ordered my dad something with tofu at a taco place called moes. that kid behind the counter looked like he was going to vomit! all acne covered and overweight. i didn't even bother to explain. but when he asked why i liked tofu, i said (honestly) that i didn't and it was for someone else. that shut him up. anyway. in LA i find that most hot girls (sorry to be a guy now)... anyway, most hot girls who are in my profession (film/tv) are vegetarians or vegans. there are some of the atkins persuasion, but they are easy to sway, as they are really only concerned about how they look. thank god demi moore looks as hot as she does, because that makes it easy to convince young actresses that raw diet is something the should look at seriously. i can't remember what my point was, so i will end it here i s'pose. oh yeah, tomorrow night i'm going to a raw food support group meeting at wild oats in Memphis. i'll make a new thread next time i'm on the net and post some of what i 'learn' .....
  3. potter, what are you talking about? they're great! and even if you don't like the taste, you eat them because of their ridiculous protein content! it's like over 50% protein in those things (granted they have very little caloric content, but still!)
  4. here's joe eigo: he's in toronto. what's with the canadians?
  5. this video is simply awesome!! i already do three of these things, but the rest!! i will be getting on this stuff tomorrow. i'm going to make my pilates class do this stuff lol where would one go about getting that wheel thing he used? that's called chi push ups, and supposedly some monks can do it. alternatively, jack black calls it cock pushups, but he can only do one
  6. you could try adding electrolytes. i do that. but yeah, i agree with all above. drinking water improves performance and you feel better.
  7. it all depends on the person i think. i never do anything different. but i know some people who will only eat protein for the day before. or they starve. or who have other weird rituals. one male model friend works out like hell the morning of the shoot. and he's always doing flexing/calastenics(sp?)/cruncjes during the shoot to keep his muscles full of blood. but he's concerned with his washboard abs and veins and such. so i guess there is no one way of preparing. being relxed and trying to have as much fun as possible is the best bet for most people.
  8. interesting. do/did you get fresh spirulina? also, do you drink "vegan" bear? don't know why it matters, but still curious. man, 80 lbs in 9 months!! and i was impressed when my mom lost 35!!
  9. that's hilarious! this site is really getting into your subconsious then! dunno about the mass. what are you're stats? height/weight/age? mass gain will and should be different for different body types.
  10. I'm a pretty lazy vegan though. Do you think I'll be fine? ummm...... too lazy to check your stool?? j/k you might try VegLife's vegan one multi. i think it's iron-free. http://veganessentials.com/catalog/multi-veg-vitamin-and-mineral-complex-by-veglife.htm if you scroll down that page, there are lots of different vegan multis there.
  11. is she single? i would like to marry her! seriously! she's beautiful! actually not seriously... marriage is too old fashined for me.... but that's another discussion thread. 92 days!!!! andesuma's 30 day water fast starts to sound easy now not really but still.....
  12. boo! andesuma! buy raw agave instead of raw honey! stop bee enslavement! or stick with the honey... but i think that makes you a beegan instead of a vegan. according to one issue of herbivore anyway... what exactly is liquid chlorophyl? is it from algae? is it still living/bioactive?
  13. well for me, the gluten thing was pretty specific. i'm not a celiac (google it) but i think i'm close. now when i eat anything with gluten, my throat swells and i have trouble swallowing it. so i know to spit it out. but i used to eat a lot of gluten stuff as a kid and my throat wasn't quite as bad *or maybe i just didn't pay attention). i could not gain weight. in fact, i dropped it a lot. and dropped muscle mass. and i always thought i had bloating problems, but after i isolated this allergy i realized that my intestines were swelling up just like my throat. i know it wasn't celiacs cuz it never put me in the hospital and i had no trouble growing (6' by the age of 12). i just couldn't gain weight. basically, since my intestines were freaking out about the gluten, i wasn't absorbing the right amount of nutrients. with soy, the allergy is pretty straightforward. i eat soy, my face breaks out. this includes soy oil, soy lecithin, soy natural flavors, even foods cooked in the same pan as something with soy. if i eat a ton of soy, i get cold like symptoms (kind of like hayfever). lots of mucous, stuffy or runny nose, sore throat, aches. for years i thought i was allergic to chocolate, but once i isolated the soy allergy, i realized that most american chocolates have soy lecithin. so if i eat dark chocolates with no soy lecithin, there is no problem. again, raw helps here cuz nibs or cocoa powder plus dates equals an awesome chocolate bar. not that anyone here is eating it, but dairy is my worst allergy. i will actually run a high fever (105!) and shake. i will get achy all over with flu like symptoms. the dairy comes out the other end pretty fast too. this one runs in the family. omg! what a horrible unintended pun! anyway, my mom's side is part cherokee and none of us can do dairy without getting digestive problems, though my allergy is the worst. (i have read in multiple places that vast numbers of native americans can't eat cow's milk without complications....) anyway, you'll have to do an elimination/isolation diet. it does take about two weeks for the stuff to cycle out enough to see a difference. then you can only add one thing at a time. treat wheat as separate from gluten. so instead of wheat eat only oat, barley, and maybe rye, kamut, and spelt. then soy. corn is another common problem for digestion. and i guess you can isolate tree nuts and peanuts too. but you'd probably already know if you were allergic to those because they usually cause trachial/bronchial swelling. really? don't you hate how a lot of raw chefs insist on putting nama in everything? is miso raw?? if it is, then the miso man (actual brand name) sells a chickpea miso that is vegan/organic and soy free. i have some and it's great for salad dressing. just add some lemon and maybe some agave. perfecto! i added some to some black surrant kuice once and it tasted and smelled like wine, so that was interesting.... anyway. let's see... grains. i can't eat regular quinoa. only the red variety. dunno why. it has a lot of natural pesticides on it, so maybe my stomach doesn't like them. i know that it gives me a lot of gas so i avoid it. but buckwheat never gives me any problems. it's a complete protein and it's cheap. plus it sprouts in a days, so i eat it a lot. but i know how there are raw theories about cutting all starches. i'm not willing to go that far though.... i don't think i posted this tipic before (the grains... is that what you were referring to? yeah, this is probably the first i've mentioned it here...)
  14. almost all restaurants have salads. or at least pick someplace that does. well for me, dating and vegnaism or rawism is nothing special. i guess being in LA, everyone is used to every kind of diet imaginable. i've dated omnivores, junkfood whores, vegetarians, and vegans. never dated someone who was specifically raw, but most of the vegans/vegetarians and even some of the omnivores really like the raw restaurants here in LA. everyone always (ALWAYS) says how energized and fresh they feel afterwards. so... hmm..... dunno what my contribution to this convo is really. guess my thoughts are that it depends on the type of people in the dating pool you're fishing. i just remembered about one girl who was wild about me but she smoked, drank a lot, and ate all sorts of junk. so i didn't want to date her. then i didn't see her for like a year. suddenly i ran into her and she had stopped smoking, cut back on alcohol, gone vegan and was eating hi-raw! what the heck? i'm not arrogant enough to think i did that, but i like to think that i at least set a good example.
  15. and branch out to others greens. i had a salad earlier today with red mustard greens in it. they were great. tasted a little like horse radish or hot chinese mustard, but they were delish!
  16. you are talking about small avocados. and i think i was talking in terms of one cup of avocado. but again, sheesh! everyone should know that all fruits' and veggies' nutrition facts vary widely due to size, maturity, etc.....
  17. everything you guys say is true. (though veganpotter's claim about aluminum blocks in his head isn't true. ) i don't see where the argument is. i even said that other foods contain phytoestrogen. the thread was started because someone wass asking about adverse effects of soy, so i listed a bunch possible side effects with their possible causes. you can eat all the soy you want. but if you wouldn't drink cow milk with hormones in it, why do you drink soy that has phyto-hormones in it? honestly, why can't we just hook pregnant women up to milking machine, bottle their human milk, and sell it at the store. they could even offer milk from vegan women who only ate organic and certify it as organic!
  18. the VegLife Vegan One Multiple is pretty good and well balanced. and it's totally vegan, so unless you're allergic to soy, you can't go wrong there.
  19. interesting. i just realized i've posted in this thread a bunch without saying what drew me to raw. it's pretty simple. i'm allergic to soy and gluten. raw diet is a really simple way to eat well and avoid those things which have soy and gluten. that and i met juliano about 6 years ago. it was before he had a restaurant or book. he just catered parties and special raw-ins. (if you don't know juliano, just go to rawrestaurant.com ... he's the 'hollywood raw guru' who feeds Woody, Demi and Pam, among other such raw celebs.) anyhow, he was pretty convincing at the time, and he was way against soy (escept nama shouyu, which is still a problem for me) so i listened to him and di a really slow transition (or i guess am currently doing the slow transition). anyway, i eat a little different on the raw stuff that most of you on here. i eat a lot of sprouted buckwheat. and it sounds like i eat more nuts and seeds than most of you. but still... that's part of what i like about raw. it's not just one monolithic diet. it's more of a lifestyle within which diets are tailored to the individual. i do still have a problem gaining weight, though. a lot of it is my body type. i'm tall and thin. but gains are much harder for me on raw. i think i need to use more sprouted legumes or something... haven't figured it out yet...
  20. soy beans leach aluminum from the soil. in fact all beans do this. but soy is unique because the plants don't cycle it back out the way that other beans do. so soy has one of the highest levels of aluminum of any edible plant. and aluminum affects memory. it goes straight across the blood brain barrier and takes months to leave the system. it has been linked to alzheimer's in several european studies. granted, eating soy will not give you the kind of dose of aluminum that drinking from aluminum cans or cooking in aluminum pans will, but it is still a likely cause of you're noted decrease in mental acuity. or you could be allergic. the symptoms you describe happen to me if i eat anything with egg in it. i'm pretty damn allergic to soy, too, but my allergy is different. i break out in a rash and get acne (which i otherwise never have). i get a lot of phlegm and mucous. and i also often get cold-like symptoms. you shouuld also be aware of the phytoestrogens in soy. they will work against your own natural hormone balance. google this, as there are numerous websites that explain what happens to the hormones. you will find those that say the opposite. that the small amount of phytoestrogens in soy is not enough to cause a change, the way taking an actual estrogen supplement might. but there are also the theories that in small enough amounts, your body doesn't notice it and, therefore, doesn't do anything to stop it. (the same theory has been proven true of pesticides and petrochemicals) and that is my tuppence.
  21. the idea of cooked food producing the logner lives of homosapiens and higher brain size is true. but you have to realize that this was in an era when cleanliness standards were not only non-exisatent, but not even thought of yet. people didn't even know to bathe. nowadays with cleaner foods, sustained agriculture providing larger variety of foods to eat, and a host of other healthy practices by humans, this logic is not the same. cleaner standards for most humans equals increased safety and viabilty of a raw diet. and i doubt anyone will flame you. everyone who eats raw has probably heard this before.
  22. i remember this stuff now!!! my mom and grandma have had multiple kidney stones. it runs in the family and has more to do with some genetic problem with calcium than with diet. nonetheless, my mom's doctor told her to cut as much oxalates out as possible. one interesting thing i remember was that he told her that soy protein was a really bad oxaltes producer. he told her to eat more lettuce and less spinach. i see from the charts gaia found that all those are on the avoid list. anyway, i think the best bet is to not eat a restrictive diet or a repetitive diet (ie, same thing every day). most vegans eat variety anyway, so this is not something to worry about.... but then again, if you're eating tons of kale every day...
  23. uh-oh! someone double posted! so what you're both saying about big pharma... *rant mode on* capitalism and a free market create a profit motive for big pharma to manufacture pills that make people sick. if they made pills that healed people, those people would be healthy and stop buying big pharma goods. so if they make things that hurt people, then those people need new things to fix the problems that the first things created. plus, it's a pharma-medico-insurance complex. they can keep consumers spinning in a cycle that feeds all three industries. and they make sure that western style medicine is seen as the only real way to go. you can't blame people for not knowing any better when the system is built to keep them from knowing. *rant mode off* you know i think you're awesome, so don't warry about the way i ask this. i'm just being direct. how much of this do you think might just be that you found something to focus on? i mean, raw lifestyle the way you live it takes a lot of effort. granted, i also believe that raw can really be a tremendous boon to individual health and happiness. but i wonder if a lot of it has to do with the effort...?
  24. yeah, Splenda killed a lot of animals during the products design and testing.
  25. i have read several times that something very similar to tofu can be made from fava beans. which by the way are good on a burrito. (to stay on topic )
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