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December 29, 2011

New Year Resolutions: Vegan Weight Loss/Muscle Gaining Regimen

by ashley

by Ashley Morgan

While it sounds incredibly kitschy, Jessica and I have decided to do the most cliché thing I can think of this time of year: take a New Year resolution that we have every intention of keeping. We are going to lose weight and gain lean muscle, all on a completely vegan diet. Jessica has me hooked on all of the success stories BodyBuilding.com has for women. There are literally dozens of stories coming from women of all ages, sizes and ethnicities, complete with their full diet and exercise programs used to come to these results.

The thing we noticed while looking at all of these stories was that they use tons of supplements and almost no vegetarian/vegan protein options. Jessica being the huge fan of Brendan Brazier that she is, we are fully aware that it is absolutely possible to build lean muscle without consuming animal protein. We haven’t started yet (don’t want to set ourselves up for failure on New Year’s Eve), but I am going to start eating better between now and Monday. We will begin the full plan on January 02nd, so if you want to do it with us, by all means please do. And if you do choose to join in, please send us a quick message or comment, we’d love to hear from you to help keep us motivated.

(These are rough ideas of a plan that we haven’t yet started. These may and probably will be changed as we begin, but we will let you know of any changes made throughout the plan.)

The Diet Plan

Breakfast –

½ cup plain oatmeal

1 cup spinach, banana and strawberry smoothie, with one scoop vegan protein powder

Snack #1 –

½ cup hummus with raw celery

OR

Vegan protein bar

Lunch –

Lean vegan protein, such as tofu, tempeh or beans

Vegetables

Whole grain or seeds, such as quinoa, barley, brown rice or millet

Snack #2 –

1 cup almond milk with scoop of vegan protein powder

OR
Vegan protein bar

Dinner –

Lean vegan protein, such as tofu, tempeh or beans

Vegetables

Whole grain or seeds, such as quinoa, barley, brown rice or millet

OPTIONAL Snack #3 –

If you absolutely need another snack after working out, try an apple, ½ cup oatmeal or a vegan protein bar.

The Workout Plan*

(*this workout plan is taken 100% from Rebecca Bargeloh’s success story on BodyBuilding.com)

Day 1: 30-45 minutes cardio (130+ heart rate)

Day 2: Upper Body

Dumbbell Bicep Curl, 3 sets of 15 reps

Side Lateral Rise, 3 sets of 15 reps

Front Dumbbell Raise, 3 sets of 15 reps

Wide-Grip Lat Pulldown, 3 sets of 15 reps

Day 3: 30-45 minutes cardio (130+ heart rate)

Day 4: Lower Body

Barbell Squat, 3 sets of 15 reps

Dumbbell Lunges, 3 sets of 15 reps

Seated Leg Curl, 3 sets of 15 reps

Standing Calf Raises, 3 sets of 15 reps

Day 5: 30-45 minutes cardio (130+ heart rate)

Day 6: Full Body

Pushups, 3 sets of 15 reps

Dumbbell Bench Press, 3 sets of 15 reps

Triceps Pushdown, 3 sets of 15 reps

Side Lateral Raise, 3 sets of 15 reps

Barbell Deadlift, 3 sets of 15 reps

Dumbbell Lunges, 3 sets of 15 reps

Barbell Squat, 3 sets of 15 reps

Day 7: Active rest day (clean the house, go for a walk on the beach)

September 21, 2011

Blk Water: Fulvic Acid and pH Imbalance

by ashley

by Ashley Morgan

While I normally avoid cloudy water, both Jessica and I were intrigued by the extremely dark Blk(sic -brand name) water while browsing our local health foods store. Neither of us were extremely knowledgeable on fulvic acid, which is Blk’s claim to balancing pH in the body, however we decided to give it a try since it was only $0.99. The first thing that really caught my attention when opening the bottle is the surreal feeling you get when drinking it – the water is pitch black, yet it tastes no different than regular spring water. It’s something I’d have to get used to if I decide to continue drinking it.

When we got back to a computer, I decided to do some research on fulvic acid and maintaining pH levels in the body, since I really was (and still am) pretty ignorant on the subject. Doing a simple search on the subject brings up a lot of false advertising – claims that body pH can cause cancers,  is a cure to all sorts of diseases and also that the body doesn’t naturally heal itself to these contagions. The simple fact is that most of these sites are looking to sell you something, and therefore their information is questionable at best. So I delved deeper into the internet, trying to find scientific facts on the subject of pH and fulvic acid. I couldn’t find much on fulvic acid, other than it is a naturally occurring substance made of dead organic matter (plant). Being that it is made from several algae species, I can understand how it would have a high alkaline pH. Dark, leafy green vegetables are well-known for being very alkaline.

Most of the other information I have found is quite contradictory, though. There are many arguments to the effectiveness of consuming alkaline liquids and several more against it. After hours of research, I still couldn’t find a definitive answer, however I am starting to lean toward believing we do need to watch our body’s pH levels but that alkaline products are not necessarily the answer. As with many other health aspects, the best way to maintain a healthy body pH is through a proper diet rich in dark, leafy vegetables and low in dairy/fats.

There may be individuals who need more than just a simple diet change, such as those who suffer from acidosis. But these conditions are rare and should be treated under the strict guidance of a trusted doctor. A simple alkaline beverage will not cure you of any disease. I don’t think drinking alkaline products, such as Blk water, are bad for you. However due to the fact that most people who will come in contact with this beverage, i.e. through their health foods store, are already conscious and therefore simply do not need the help. Be careful with over consumption of high-alkaline products as well, as the opposite of acidosis is alkalosis and can be triggered by a highly alkaline bloodstream.

I’m certainly not trying to bash an entire diet, as I’m not qualified enough to do so, however as with any other fad diet, you should always check out every argument to make an informed decision. We only get one body, so treat it with respect and love!

Here are some good resources I’ve found on this subject:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0002164/

http://www.apswater.com/article.asp?id=198&title=Alkaline_Water_Hoax_-_It_Is_Simple_Science.

http://www.anaesthesiamcq.com/AcidBaseBook/ABindex.php

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