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  1. Hey VP! Long time! Good to hear you are whipping yourself into great shape! I am maintaining at the moment but not gaining any ground as I haven't been in a gym in two months! Spent a month in Thailand and got to Dubai a month ago. Got a great job and all that but gyms are REALLY expensive and you have to pay a year in advance, so I'll have to wait for after pay day. I've just been doing a bit of yoga and some weights at home. Weight is very stable now at 123. Its still a little higher than I'd like to be but I'm wearing tiny skirts, dresses and heels and looking fabulous. I don't watch my protein intakes AT ALL and eat AT LEAST 60% carbs but all is very well. As soon as I get back in the gym and back on the cardio train I will shed the last few pounds very easily. I just record everything I eat in a little notebook and that keeps it all under control. My new job has a netball team and they have signed me up for it. There is even a coach! So that will be a fun way to get my cardio in! Anyway hope you are very well! Will sign up for some training schedules as soon as I have managed to join the gym and get back into weight training.
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  3. Yes me too. I've got some pea protein powders that I'm going to finish and then I don't think I'll order more. I really prefer to do whole foods and as much raw as possible, so hemp is the best option there. Unfortunately I don't really like the taste of the Manitoba Raw hemp. I love Vega though which has hemp. I have five pounds of soy protein isolate and I actually just don't want anything to do with it anymore so I think I'm just going to chuck it. I'm not sure if the pea is nearly so bad. In "Thrive" Brendan Brazier writes that pea protein is a very healthy protein source along with hemp, but then maybe that is only referring to the whole food version. However he writes that soy protein isolates are highly acid forming and damaging to health.
  4. Thanks for posting all that information veganessentials! I hadn't known that about cats, but it is very good to know for future reference. I don't have any companion animals, but I have a vegetarian friend with a cat and I know he will be very interested to know that it can be made vegan. So I have forwarded your post to him. Very interesting and informative. Thank you.
  5. Well I've had a bad week. I got hit by such hectic fatigue on Monday, that after going to the gym, I actually couldn't make it to work. I took the rest of the week off, (gym, not work) and was literally dragging myself through the days. Thankfully its sorted itself out. So I'm back in there from tomorrow. Diet has gone way off this weekend. It was my one year wedding anniversary and we booked into a very swanky hotel. Also went out to dinner and of course breakfast this morning, and I even had a glass of champagne last night, in the enormous jacuzzi! My husband is completely teetotal so that stops me from overdoing it. Still, it was my first drink in over 3 months so I was definitely a little woopsy. And since I am a perfectionist in the worst way and today is already ruined food-wise, I might as well just consider the whole weekend a write off and start again tomorrow! So that's what I'll do! Banana smoothies and movies at home tonight! Yay! Bring on the carbs and lots of them! Okay not too many....
  6. Sorry about the job! You are too good for them! I would say forget it and move forward! Start doing positive affirmations such as "I now accept a wonderful new job" out loud, and personal affirmations such as "I approve of myself". These are actually amazingly important. You need to be in a positive frame of mind to find an awesome new job and you deserve something with great pay and as many hours as you want. Honestly it didn't sound like an ideal job anyway, you have said the pay was low and the scheduling changes at the last minute were also less than ideal. You can do much better. See this as an opportunity. Think about your ultimate job, what you would ultimately LOVE to do, and start putting it in place.
  7. Mine too! I've never had a boyfriend who worried about my weight, it was only ever me who was worried.
  8. The title was one of the reasons for the books success. Victoria Beckham who is called a skinny bitch once picked up the book and posed with it in a book shop. She didn't even buy the book, but the pictures were featured in the tabloids and suddenly it became a bestseller in Britain and started getting tons of attention. The authors purposefully say at the end of the book that the title was just for attention, they don't care what size woman are, it is about being happy and healthy and vegan, no matter what size you are. But that being said, certain people do have to eat pretty low calorie in order to achieve their ideal body weight, because they have very slow metabolisms. And any more than an inch of body fat at your belly button for a women and half an inch for a man is actually too much for strictly health reasons. For ultimate health and longevity it is best to be thin. Muscular sure, but excess body fat is unhealthy and ultimately shortens your life. I still have more than an inch on my waist by the way, so I don't say this from any sort of a lofty position. I am still on the path to the ultimately healthy body.
  9. Well if you finish the book you will see that he says if you are an athlete or someone who is either gaining weight or has no problem with their weight, a bit or even a lot of olive oil is fine. He is just saying that for those who are losing weight it is a definite no! Rather get your fats from avocados or raw nuts and seeds as they contain so many other healthful things. He is saying it is not the 'health' food it has been made out to be, it will make you fat, very fat indeed, whether its a good fat or not. Also he points out that the meditteraneans who consumed this diet high in olive oil, were also consuming a mainly fruit and vegetable diet, along with working manual labour so getting in a good 8 hours or more of exercise daily. Now that they no longer do so much exercise and have kept the olive oil but not so much the fruit and veg they are fat along with everyone else. Anyway olive oil in limited amounts is fine, and for an active person with a high metabolism they can go wild, but for everyone else it shouldn't be utilised that much. He is saying you will find fats from nuts and avos much more satisfying and filling, and its a lot easier not to overdo it.
  10. A whole food that uses quite a bit of isolated hemp and pea protein in it. Well hemp isn't an isolated protein, it is a whole food. I was under the impression that since Vega advertises itself as being exclusively from whole foods, that the rice and pea part of it might not be from isolates but rather from the foods themselves.
  11. Thanks for clearing that up DV. I was wondering if it meant tofu and soy milk as well. I don't eat much of that either, but the odd serving of tofu in a restaurant or something is nice to have. I also wonder about the isolated pea proteins and all the rest. I am still using pea protein but I think when its finished I will stick to Vega since its a whole food.
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