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The leftovers from my juicing were striped today. xD

The leftovers from my juicing were striped today. xD

So … I didn’t get around to TapouT yesterday night (Monday), so I actually did the first day this morning.  And funny story; I haven’t done TapouT in almost a full year, but when I was working out … strangely – I needed the next resistance band up from the standard one that came with the original TapouT.  If you saw my video on TapouT (and if you didn’t you should definitely check it out here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KcIpBzrfm68) then you know that I bought some resistance bands for $5 from Five Below when I first started doing TapouT.  They were a lot cheaper than the official ones, and if they served their purpose great, and if they didn’t, well it was less than $20 into a wasted experiment.

Mmm ... 36 Drops of Chlorophyll ...

Mmm … 36 Drops of Chlorophyll …

Well, interestingly, because they were cheaper, they are shorter than the TapOut band – and they are made of stiffer, less bendable rubber.  Which means they are not as good quality – but it also means that as an accidental effect, they actually give more resistance … Like, a lot more resistance than the TapouT band I have.  Which is awesome for my purposes … So, in short, I started off with the red band that I purchased from Five Below because with the red TapouT band I literally felt like I was using nothing.

So, for that I felt cool.

Now; for things that are less cool.

We’ll start with my apartment.  And the fact that there really is no good open space to do this workout.  I was constantly rolling back and forth and kicking my plant and my coffee table, as well as hitting my face and shins on various desk legs and TV trays … So there was that.  I have to figure out better placement of thing, which is going to mean moving my desk around I think and getting rid of said TV tray and maybe … ick I dunno, but it’ll take some thought.  Another problem I realized?  Well, my heat is included in my rent.  Which is just dandy because my landlord keeps the temperature at a hellish level (literally there are times I feel like I am boiling in oil while sitting on my couch).  And that’s awesome in the winter when it’s 3 degrees outside, which it currently is some such ludicrous temperature, but … When you’re working out, not so awesome.  Went through 2 bottles of water this morning while working out and that was just taking breaks and stuff.  I chugged like, a lot of my juice when I first made it too.

Which brings me to another not so cool thing.  My juice concoction for today.  Because I learned a valuable lesson today – either have a SUPER high powered juicer than can handle broccoli, or strain it after you make it, because there are little tiny broccoli bud pieces all over this juice … To the point that I couldn’t finish it for today; I had to pour out the last few ounces or so. : /  If you look to the right, you will see what I put in today – and this is all of it xD  No last minute additions here.

0107140735Today we have:

– Half a head of Kale
– 1 Fuji Apple
– 1 Bosc Pear
– 1-1/2″ Ginger Root
– 1/2 Lemon
– 1 Cucumber
– 1 Broccoli Crown
– 1 bag of baby carrots
– 36 drops Chlorophyl
– 1/2c or so of water

And it actually tasted pretty good … But the texture was so frothy and bumpy that I couldn’t do it.  I’m not usually all about texture – I can stomach a lot of things, but … this was asking a little too much today.  I drank most of it – probably like 28-30 of the 32oz I had to drink, but … Ick.  So, lesson learned – if you are juicing broccoli, make sure you have a high powered juicer that will grind it up really fine, or else head over to your utensils drawer, get a strainer and go to town.  Maybe some cheesecloth if you are really fancy or well prepared in the kitchen area.  I’m not, but maybe you are. ^^;;

0107140745And again, there were pretty colors; this time they layered when I juiced them which was kind of cool.  Yesterday they just sort of mixed up together, and that was that.  This was just the fruit and carrots at this point, the kale and cucumber and stuff was afterwards but .. yeah – weird stripe-age.  Anyways.  So, what have I learned so far for juicing for a day?

Well, the stories were true; SO MUCH CRAVING FOR SOLID FOOD.  I was heating up the tomato soup I had to make for dinner last night, and I was like, OMG I WANT CRACKERS.  OR BREAD.  OR SOMETHING WITH THIS. GAAAHHH.  It was terrible. ^^;; But, I did manage to persevere after much persevering, and managed to sit down in front of my computer and just do my WoW dailies quietly without solid food.  I also indulged in a Bolthouse Farms Vanilla Chai tea with soy, which while not hot and delicious like the version I get from Starbucks (which I refuse to purchase when in the city because holy crap that price), still delicious and gave me a little extra protein and a few more calories to cram in my gullet so that I at least made my 1200 calorie intake.  Actually I hit 1300 but who’s counting? xD  Speaking of which, let’s figure out the calories for today so far, shall we?  There will probably be less because I forewent the grapes, but you never know …

Produce Amount Caloric Value
1 Fuji Apple 80 Calories
1 Bosc Pear 100 Calories
1-1/2″ Ginger Root 20 Calories
1 Cucumber 46 Calories
1/2 Lemon 15 calories
Kale 70 Calories
Broccoli Crown 75 Calories
Baby Carrots 175 Calories
Chlorophyll 15 Calories
Total: 596 Calories

Aand … well, not too bad, but missing that punch that the red grapes gave it yesterday for sure xD It’s almost 300 calories less, but that’s ok – still in an acceptable range, especially because I had another one of those delicious Vanilla Chai tea drinks, and they’re like, 300 calories a pop or something so … We’re good for the moment. I’ve still got at least one meal to eat and 5 hours before bed, so I’m sure I’ll manage another 300 calories or so by then.

That’s all for this update.  I’ll be back tomorrow after more TapouT with a new juice experiment.  Without broccoli.  Or, if with broccoli, then I’ll let you know how straining the juice goes.

Until next time, remember: There’s no use boiling your cabbage twice. :]

groceriesAlright; so I’m getting accustomed to things in my new apartment (I just moved into my own place in the Big Apple, yay!) and I realize … I’m running out of food and paper supplies.  Something that I’ve never had to worry about before.  Which means of course, that I will have to purchase these goods myself.  Now, I’ve been grocery shopping before – ever since becoming a (casual) Vegan, I’ve had to buy my own stuff, mostly because a lot of the time, if someone were going to buy food for me, they’d have no idea where to get what I was talking about if I wrote “Carob Chips” or “SO Delicious Dairy Free Vanilla Yogurt” on the list.  Which is fine by me; this weird food is expensive besides – I’ve totally been living on toast for breakfast for the past like, 3 weeks or so ^^;;  I digress; I am going to have to go to the store and buy things that I have never had to buy before.  Toilet paper, napkins, paper toweling … These are all mysterious items of mystery to me – and not only that, but I am definitely afraid that I am going to forget everything when I go.  And it is a bit of a trek to go shopping where I live, so I don’t really want to have to make multiple trips on the weekend when I am supposed to be recuperating from the work week.

grocerylistEx2So, rather than be worried about all of that happening, I decided to find one of those magnetic pads that you stick to your fridge to make lists; sounds like a good plan, right?  Just jot down what you need when you run out of it or getting low, and at the end of the week just go buy what you need.  Notice I said NEED, not WANT – big difference there, I’m finding out.  ^^;; Anyway, on my quest to find a pad, I discovered a tutorial on how to make your own pad – which I thought was great, because that meant I could save money and just print out lists, glue the pages together, and slap a magnet on the back.  Problem solved.  Which would have been perfect if I hadn’t found this template … It is lik, the cutest thing I have ever seen!

You should totally check out the blog and download it here because it is super awesome and totally free :3  But anyway, this page is a full sheet – which means no sticking it to the front of my fridge because I have plenty of other stuff stuck to it.  I can’t add a whole 8.5″x11″ sheet to it too and reasonably expect my fridge to remain upright … ^^;; But this is the shopping list I’m using from now on – is that not the cutest little grocery store you’ve ever seen up there?  And the rainbow coloring of the categories; I love rainbows!  However, not only is it aesthetically pleasing, but it breaks down things to be sure that you take them with you too, which I desperately need …

In the upper right hand corner, under the date line, it gives you check boxes to grocery-shopping1make sure you remember to bring your coupons, reusable bags, and your shopper’s cards to make sure you save all the money you can.  And, speaking of money, there’s a slot to put your budget at the bottom, as well as what you actually spend, so you can make sure you stay on track.  Add that to large lines with plenty of space to write in, and organized categories, and I’m pretty sure this was made specifically with me in mind.

But, what else can you do to make sure you stay on task and buy what you need, not what you want?  I was really nervous about this, so I’ve been doing some research, because I have a tendency to go overboard when I buy things.  I found this site with the Top Ten Shopping Tips listed on it, and it was super helpful.  A quick summary of what it says:

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1. Shop with a list.  Ok; check that one off, since I now have the cutest list in creation at my disposal.
2. Set a budget.  Yeah, I always do that, but sticking to it is the problem …
3. Pay with Cash.  Right now since I’m waiting for my first paycheck that’s not happening…
4. Set a Timeframe. … o.o I have never thought about this before … But it totally makes sense.
5. Pick the best time for You. Well yeah; that means the only time I can go, right? xD
6. Shop alone. Ah, one of the times I don’t envy mothers that have to drag their children everywhere.
7.  Don’t shop when you are tired, hungry, lonely, bored or upset. … All of these things!? o.o;
8. Ask “do I really need this?”… I hate this question.  Which probably means I should ask more.
9. Remember that the sales person is there to sell to you! And they do such a good job too …
10. Don’t buy just because it’s on sale. But, if you’re already buying it, make sure you get the sale!

So, in short, I’ve got … one of these things down.  ^^;; Maybe I’ll write these on the back of my shopping list so that I can remember them when I’m at the store …?  Yeah.  That might work. Hopefully.  Maybe.

We’ll see what my bank account says afterwards.

In the meantime … I hope these tips help you, and I hope you too can have a super cute shopping list to help organize your life!

Remember, there’s no use boiling your cabbage twice!kalyn-grocery-cart

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Alright; today I’m here to talk to you as a sort of public service announcement.  I thought of this topic because the family that I’m staying with right now knows that I am eating vegan, and is constantly hassling me about my protein intake, as well as my other nutritional needs.  They are big on medical issues, and are constantly telling me how I need to take vitamin supplements to make sure I’m getting the nutrition I need every day.  And it is really starting to bug me; so I started thinking, are there other people like them out there?  People that think that vegans need to work hard to get the protein and other vitamins and nutrients they need in a day in order to survive?  Because that just isn’t true, and I’m here to prove it to you.

The fact of the matter is, most Americans and people all over the world for that matter eat too much protein in a day.  Between cheeseburgers, fast food, and what we eat every day, people consume way more than the amount they really need, which is around 1/3 of your body weight in grams per day.  I weigh 180lbs, so that means that I need about 60g of protein every day.  And I really don’t have to try hard to get myself there; in fact, I don’t even really think about it or monitor it at all – I did when I first became a vegan because I was nervous that I was going to make myself sick, but after going on two years of eating this way, I think I have a pretty good routine going on.

Let me tell you what I’m eating today, and we’ll see how many vitamins, nutrients, calories, and protein I am getting.

best-smoothie-recipesWe’ll start with breakfast, which for me just about every day is a smoothie.  And, in this smoothie goes all sorts of delicious things (though because of the contrasting colors, it usually ends up looking like mud …)  I always start with kale and/or spinach, depending on what I have, and mixed frozen vegetables.  I’m partial to frozen bananas and peaches, which is what I had today, but if I don’t have those I also make ice cubes using soy or almond milk for the cold part of the smoothie.  I also use a cup of nondairy yogurt, and as you may have guessed from my earlier post about So Delicious Greek yogurt, which you can see here, that is what I use, which has live cultures in it for probiotics.  Then goes the fruit juice, which is a combination of acai juice and peach mango silk juice at the moment, along with some coconut oil.

Let’s look at this objectively now, and consider the numbers.  Half a cup of kale is about a gram of protein, 103% of my daily vitamin A, 70% of my daily vitamin C, 5% of my calcium, and 3% iron.  In ONE ingredient.  Frozen fruits, assuming bananas and peaches, though I believe there is something else in the mix I get, have 1g protein, 3% vitamin A, 15% of my vitamin C, and 1% iron.  In the So Delicious Greek yogurt, (and I’m using the almond milk variety) there is another 7g of protein, as well as 35% of my daily vitamin B12, 35% of my daily Calcium, 30% of my daily vitamin D, and 30% of my daily Magnesium intake.  The coconut oil is sort of like fish oil, since it is good for my hair and nails, and that’s why I add it, so there really isn’t much actual nutritional value in it … After that, as for the juices, we’ll start with the mango peach juice.  That has 5g of protein, 100% of my daily vitamin C intake, 20% of my daily calcium intake, and 4% of my daily iron intake.  And finally, the acai juice has 1g of protein, 81% of my daily vitamin C, 8% of my daily calcium, and 7% of my daily iron, as well as being loaded with antioxidants.

That was a wall of text, I know, but let me show you what those numbers mean.  For breakfast alone, I am consuming:

Nutrient Amount
Protein  15g
Calcium  88%
Vitamin A  106%
Vitamin B12  35%
Vitamin C  266%
Vitamin D  30%
Iron  15%
Magnesium  30%

This is all just the first thing I eat in the morning, and I already have most of the vitamins and nutrients I need for the whole fricking day.  I’ve had a quarter of my protein, all the Vitamin A and C I could ever need, and I’m well on my way to having all of my calcium.  Next, let’s talk about my snacks during the day.  I’ve discovered that the Duane Reade I work above sells Karma Wellness Water in the cooler, so I’ve been getting that for lunch every day.  But, since it is supposed to be like a vitamin supplement, I’m not going to count it – I love the stuff, don’t get me wrong, but if we are only talking about the food I consume in a day, then I will simply have to dedicate a separate post to Karma Wellness Water all by itself.

The first thing I had to eat today when I got hungry at about 10am was a serving of dried dates, which was about a cup of them or so.  A cup of dates has 4g of protein, 1% of my Vitamin C, 6% of my calcium, and 8% of my iron.  About an hour or two later, I had basically ants on a log, except instead of peanut butter I had Sunbutter on the celery, which is basically peanut butter with sunflower kernels instead of the peanuts.  A great alternative for people who have allergies to nuts/tree nuts, btw, and it’s gluten free.  I had 3 large stalks of celery, which means about 2g of protein, 15% Vitamin A, 9% Vitamin C, 6% Calcium, and 2% Iron with about 2-3Tbsp of almond butter.  which is about 9g protein, 8% Calcium, 8% iron, 25% Vitamin E, and 20% Magnesium.  I had about a half cup of seedless raisins, which were about 3g of protein, 6% Vitamin C, 8% Calcium, and 17% Iron.  Next, about a cup of seedless red grapes, which is 1g protein, 2% Vitamin A, 27% Vitamin C, 2% Calcium, and 3% Iron.

Let’s add those numbers to the tally and see where I’m at now.

Nutrient Amount
Protein 34g
Calcium 110%
Vitamin A 121%
Vitamin B12 35%
Vitamin C 309%
Vitamin D 30%
Vitamin E 25%
Iron 53%
Magnesium 50%

It just keeps looking better and better, doesn’t it?  And we haven’t even hit lunch yet.  Lunch consists of about a half cup of hummus, (today I have the Tuscan Garden version, yum!) which is 8g of protein, 2% Calcium, 2% Vitamin A, and 4% Iron.  I’m going to eat that with a bag full of baby bell peppers in varying colors, which means 1g of protein, 1% Calcium, 11% Vitamin A, 200% Vitamin C, and 3% Iron.  After that, for afternoon snacks I have a package of Annie’s Grapes Galore bunny fruit snacks, which has pretty much nothing but 100% Vitamin C, but I love them so whatever xD  I also have a DeLish black bean and corn salsa for this afternoon as well, which I ate half of yesterday.  That has 10g protein, 4% Calcium, 80% Vitamin A, 40% Vitamin C, and 15% Iron.  And finally, I have a bag of sunflower kernels, which I just wrote a blog post about actually, if you want to take a look at it here.  There are 9g of protein in those, and 4% calcium.

If we add all of my lunch and afternoon numbers to the table, now we get this:

Nutrient Amount
Protein 62g
Calcium 121%
Vitamin A 214%
Vitamin B12 35%
Vitamin C 646%
Vitamin D 30%
Vitamin E 25%
Iron 75%
Magnesium 50%

Now, as you can see, I easily hit my protein mark, and I haven’t even added dinner in yet.  Since I’m writing this during the day, I haven’t figured out what I’m having for dinner, but it will probably be something like a seitan cutlet or a veggie burger, some wilted spinach, and some fruit, which will increase my Iron to 100%, as well as increase my vitamins A and C most likely.  Depending on the cutlet or burger could also increase my protein, magnesium and vitamin E and D as well.

But, my point is, people are always getting angry and me and telling me that I’m not going to be healthy because I don’t eat meat and I don’t drink milk, so I must have low protein and calcium.  You can see here quite clearly that I easily hit my protein needs of 60g as well as my calcium needs at more than 100%, and this isn’t even all the food I will be eating today.

Just because I eat different foods doesn’t mean I’m not healthy; in fact, I am probably much more healthy than a lot of people in the world.  If I ate a bowl of cereal and milk, do you think I’d hit the numbers I did today?  Even if I had bacon, eggs, and toast, I still wouldn’t be as well off.  All protein doesn’t come from animals, and all calcium doesn’t come from milk.  All vitamins don’t come from pills.  Just because I don’t to take a supplement every day doesn’t mean that I’m not perfectly healthy.  Yes, my B12 is low, so is my Magnesium and my Vitamin D.  But you know, what?  I go outside a lot, which increases my Vitamin D because your epidermis produces vitamin D when exposed to sunlight.  Magnesium and B12 are not required to be healthy, they are basically an added bonus and can make some medical conditions easier.  Medical conditions that I do not have.

So, before people start telling me that I’m unhealthy because I don’t eat meat or dairy, I want them to do the same thing I’ve done here – map out exactly what you eat for the majority of the day.  Then, compare your numbers to mine, and tell me which ones look like they are more healthy.

Until next time, this is RaeynnBeau, signing out.

Vegan Protein and an Iron Chef

Walking from Grand Central to 6th up 45th, I happened to notice this sign on my mad dash to work, and I was really excited, so I ended up taking a picture on my lunch break:

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Now, to be fair I didn’t see her on Iron Chef, but I actually really dislike Alex when she’s a judge on Chopped, which is definitely one of my favorite shows on the Food Network.  She always seems needlessly dramatic in a snotty sort of way, and iis unncessarily harsh a lot of the time, even compared to the other judges … Even when she’s giving a compliment it always seems like she’s annoyed or looking down her nose at the contestant she’s addressing.

But then, that’s just my oppinion; she could be a total sweetheart irl, and how would I know? xD

I mean, it’s not like I would probably ever eat at this restaurant anyway because of my dietary restrictions (judging by the name I’d guess it’s not a vegan friendly establishment xD) and it’s probably super $$$, but I thought it was cool that an Iron Chef was opening a restaurant basically next to where I work.  I used to watch the old Ryori no Tetstujin seasons when they aired, mostly because the chairman was awesome xD

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I mean, come on – how can you not love that face? xD He always totally cracked me up.  To be fair however, I hear that the Iron Chef America chairman is also pretty entertaining, though I haven’t seen him in action either.  But, since this was the first inage result on Google when I searched for Iron Chef Chairman, I’m thinking what I’ve heard is true.

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Look at his eyes; he looks like a cracked out Batman villan that just set his evil plan in motion. xD Or the sidekick from the Green Hornet if he ever went crazy and became evil or something.  Yeah.  ^^;;

Anyway, I promised you a quick Vegan protein tip in this post, and I won’t disappoint! 

I was hungry at lunch today and hummus and baby bell peppers, though delicious, just weren’t turning me on today.  So, I wandered down to the Duane Reade that is basically the first floor of my office building and started looking for something new and exciting to snack on… And while this isn’t a new product by any stretch of the imagination, it was very exciting when I saw the protein content:

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What is this magical snack with 9g of protein per serving that is vegan friendly, you ask?  Well, it’s surprisingly not a soy based product, which is normally the reason most vegan food has protein, and it’s not a bagel, though those are high in protein too … Believe it or not, this is actually a bag of sunflower kernels!  (A word to the wise though – these things are defintely NOT braces friendly.  Carry toothpicks or something if you’re going to munch on them with braces, because they’re small enough to get stuck in everything >>;; )

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This is just the little snack sized bag I got for a few dollars at Duane Reade, but I’m sure any of them will have within one gram of protein or so of these.  I guess I shouldn’t be surprised, since the sunbutter I eat has a high protein content and it’s made of sunflower kernels as well (sunflower kernels being the delicious inside parts of sunflower seeds), I just didn’t really make the connection I guess.

This whole bag (and it’s a good sized bag – I still haven’t finished them all and I’ve been eating them for the past four hours) is only 250 calories, and with all that protein it’s definitely worth it.  However, I think these ones are salted and toasted, though the bag doesn’t indicate that at all … But it definitely tastes like they’ve been salted three or four times … ^^;; So you’ll definitely want a drink if you decide to indulge in this delicious little snack.

But yeah; those were my two discoveries for today – check back in over the weekend sometime for a recipe on a vegan version of my absolute favorite candy of all time! :3

Eating on a Dime in NYC

ImageAlright; now I know that picture doesn’t seem to have much to do with eating, but this is where the largest chunk of my money goes every month living outside of the city and working in it.  Commuting.  I’ve only worked at my new job for a little while, but I can tell you that it costs $400 per month to catch the train in, which is twice what I used to pay to put gas in my car every week.  It’s a good thing I make more than I used to, but that doesn’t mean money isn’t tight.

Now, I know what you’re thinking – I’m going to tell you to bring food with you instead of buying in the city.  And yes, depending on where you work or live, that is exactly what I’m going to tell you.  I work in Midtown Manhattan, and I see food advertised all the time – $8 here, $12 there.  It is almost twice what it costs in my hometown here to get the same cup of Starbucks for pity’s sake!  (Needless to say, I don’t even have the occasional cup anymore xD)  Now, if you have been following my sparsely updated YouTube channel, you know that I’m really into taking my lunch to work, even before I moved to the Big Apple.  But, the biggest question is, how in the hell do you get all that food (and I do mean all of that food; I take enough to get me through 12 hours) into the city, down the street or in the subway, up the stairs, and into your office?

Well, I am about to blow your mind.  Get ready, and then scroll down and look at this:

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This isn’t the one that I have, but it is a cooler on wheels that you pull like carry on luggage.  This baby easily fits a bento along with four or five Tupperware containers, water bottles, and cool packs.  I even have a blanket and pillow I wrap up and stick in here so that I can sleep on the commuter train (since I have to get on a 7am train to get to work by 9, and I don’t get off the train again until 7pm) and be a bit more comfortable while I’m doing it.  And, it really does fit everything I want to bring for food, so I don’t need any snacks or lunch or anything.  Then, I just eat at home, and I am all set for food – no expensive purchases during the day, and I stay full and happy as a bonus!

Today I have red grapes, hummus, carrots, pita, mini bell peppers, a bagel, and dates, and since I drink a smoothie in the morning on my way to/on the train, that usually lasts me literally all day until I get on the train at night.  Just eating when I get hungry really cuts down on how much I eat as well, instead of starving until lunch or the train ride home and gorging on whatever I can get my hands on.

So yeah; fun tidbit for living in NYC; invest in one of these little babies, and you will never have to buy expensive meal foods in the middle of the business district again! Let me know if you want more of these, or if you want me to see if I can scope out less expensive places in the city to eat at?  I’ve been thinking about it,b but I don’t know … let me know your thoughts!

GRRRR MUSCLES!

GRRRR MUSCLES!

So, in my last post, Scales Still Suck, I mentioned a protein shake that I’ve been using post-workout to try and combat the intense hunger I feel.  I wanted to expand on that, and explain why I bought the protein mix that I did, how I figured out how much I want/need to take after a work out, how much protein you’re supposed to have in a day to lose weight (which is not the same as how much you’re supposed to have if you’re not losing weight), how to absorb more protein more efficiently … Just a lot of things about protein in general.

Ready, set, go!

So, first off, I wanted to figure out how many grams of protein I was supposed to have in a day – and after a bit of research, I discovered that the recommended amount of protein is about .45g/lb you weigh.  And I was getting around that much every day just by eating what I normally eat, so I wasn’t sure if I should start drinking protein shakes or not, because I didn’t want to have some kind of protein OD.  However, I decided to look into maybe a higher protein shake recipe for afterwards at least, and stumbled across several informative sites that basically said that, while in your normal diet you want about .45g-.5g of protein per pound you weigh, if you are working out or exercising regularly and you are trying to cut (re: lose) weight, you should actually have about .9g of protein per pound you weigh.

Interesting.

Not only should you have about twice the protein, but as I mentioned before, if you’re feeling peckish after a workout, it’s probably because you burned all of your muscle’s stored sugar – which is good, because that means you definitely started burning at least some fat!  But is bad because now your muscles have nothing in reserve, and your body will basically demand they be fed in preparation for the next time you decide to go crazy and exercise for an  hour straight (which presumably will be the next day, but your muscles don’t need to know that!)  However, this the best time to stimulate the growth and production of new muscle tissue, and that would be through consumption of protein – in fact, you apparently should have .33g of protein per pound you weigh directly after a strenuous work out.

You should also have carbohydrates with your shake in order to maximize your protein intake – which, if you’re on a low carb diet probably won’t sit well with you, but I’m not so I was ok with this.  Most places suggested mixing dextrose with the protein shake.  And, once place I found also suggested mixing in a little cinnamon and honey, because there are studies that have suggested that those two things increase your body’s receptiveness to taking in protein.  Also they’re tasty.  xD

So, doing a little math, I figured out that, if I weigh 197lbs (which I did at the time I was doing this research project) I need:

197lbs x .45g protein = 89g protein/day to maintain weight while working out
197lbs x .9g of protein = 177g protein/day to cut weight while working out
197lbs x .33g protein = 65g protein directly after workout

Which is a lot different, and a lot more protein than I was getting.  I adjusted my diet somewhat, though I still don’t get 177g of protein every day – I get somewhere closer to between 100-120g.  But anyway, what about all this protein I’m supposed to get directly after my workout?  The answer was of course a protein shake!

Now, most places suggested this stuff here:

Arbonne Essentials

Arbonne Essentials

The Arbonne Essentials vanilla protein powder.  It’s got whey protein in it, which is the protein that stimulates muscle growth the most – you find it in most non-vegan protein powders.  And it is expensive, as most protein powders are, I came to find out.  That giant jug thing is $60 and has like, 25 servings in it … However, the big question is, how much protein is in a serving of that?  Answer: there are 20g of protein in 2 scoops according to the nutrition facts provided on the official website for the Arbonne product line.  Meaning there are about 10g/scoop or so, and if you recall, I need 65g of protein or so after each workout.

Which means I would need roughly three servings every time I work out.

Which means that that giant vat would literally last me about 8 days.

$60/week for protein powder?  Um – no thank you, I’ll pass.

However, I didn’t just quit looking at that point; I figure maybe I’ll splurge on that when I weigh less so I need less protein after my workouts.  In the meantime, I went to my local organic hippie store, since Whole Foods and places of that nature don’t exist where I live for the most part, and I found their protein/supplement section.  And I proceeded to read ALL of the labels, looking for one thing – which powder supplied the most protein for the least amount of product?

The one I eventually settled on is called Vegan Sport: Performance Protein

Vegan Sport Performance Protein

Vegan Sport Performance Protein

And it is for one simple reason that I chose this powder, even though a giant vat of it also cost me $60, so it doesn’t really seem like I’m ahead, does it?  xD Well, this protein powder, though it is not whey protein, which I really tried to find but they just did not have, has a serving size of one scoop.  Which I really appreciated because I don’t want to have to mix however many scoops I need with a gallon of water so that it’s not like trying to eat sand when I put it in my mouth.  However, even better than that … Well here – I’ll let you see for yourself.

Omg look at the amount of protein in 1 SCOOP!

Omg look at the amount of protein in 1 SCOOP!

Yeah … this stuff has more protein in one scoop than the Arbonne provides in 2 scoops … That is definitely a positive.  So, instead of having to use six scoops of protein powder, I only need to use two, and this vat says that there are roughly 24 servings inside.  Which means this vat should last me two weeks since I don’t exercise on Sundays.  EXCELLENT.  $30/week, while still a steep price, is a far cry from $60/week, tyvm.

Along with two scoops of powder into my water bottle, I also add a half a tsp of cinnamon and two tablespoons of honey, roughly.  And can I just tell you, with the vanilla shake mix, which is the one I bought, this combination is DELICIOUS.  I actually sort of look forward to the shake, even if it does have the consistency of roughly ground up chalk unless you constantly mix it.  Oh, and word to the wise?  Add a splash of water to your shake if you use this stuff before you take the last few sips – for some reason no matter how much you shake, it has these gritty particulates at the bottom and they are very hard to get down, I find … ^^;;

Now, as far as adding dextrose I didn’t get into all of that yet – I’m waiting until I can cut down a little on how much powder I use, because right now I have a 16oz water bottle, and for every scoop you’re supposed to add 8-12oz of water and mix.  So right now, I have a perfect bottle for making up my shake – I don’t want to add more powder to it because then I’ll have to add more liquid.  But if I can get down a little weight wise, I’ll get some of that dextrose stuff and see how it goes.

But until then, I am happy with my little shake mixture, and I’ll continue using it the way I am, because hey – it’s more protein directly after a workout than I was getting before! xD

Hopefully this was informative, and I’ll see you next time :]

❤ RaeynnBeau

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So, I still haven’t posted my next video yet because yesterday was a fiasco and my computer is full of hatred … But hopefully it will calm the eff down and I’ll get it posted today. In the meantime, you get another post written on my phone. So sorry for any typos – autocorrect is a cruel mistress….

But I digress. This week … I gained 2 lbs. Which doesn’t make any sense to me, because I’m still working out, still eating 1200ish calories, still being “good”, as it were. And yet, last week I weighed in at 195.5, and this week, I’m 197.5 – I gained exactly 2lbs.

However, I have a hypothesis as to why this may have happened, and while it’s still discouraging, at least it means I’m not gaining fat.

So, if you read my regularly sporadic posts, you will know that after I exercise hard, I tend to get super hungry. Like, stomach growling, in pain hungry. Not the kind of hungry you can ignore, and not the “hungry” you think you get when you’re actually just bored.

Well, it got to the point that I wanted to know if that was healthy – or if I was doing something wrong. Because if it was a sign of like, overworking my muscles and I was going to pull something or worse, i decided I wanted to know.

Turns out that it’s actually perfectly normal. Apparently when you exercise, you burn the sugars your muscles have in storage, which makes sense. But, if you work really hard and burn all of the sugar, or most of it, of course your body will want to replace it as soon as possible, which is why I feel like I could eat an elephant after I finish working out. xD The other fun fact I found out was that you should have 1/3 of your daily protein intake directly after working out – protein of course promotes muscle growth.

But, more than that, the more muscle you have, the more fat you can actually burn, since it’s your muscles that, after they burn their stored sugar, start turning fat into fuel. So, the more muscles you have, the more fat you can get rid of. So, bearing this in mind, I got some mix for a vanilla protein shake that tastes like ground up chalk you mix with water … But I can stomach it and when I’m done drinking it, I’m not hungry anymore. So it seems as though all is well – I’m not hungry after working out, and I’m building more fat burning muscle.

Excellent deal, right?

Well, nothing comes without a price. Even the best deal.

And there’s no exception here – because muscle weighs more than fat. So, if I remove a pound of fat and replace it with muscle, it’s going to actually make me gain weight, since the same quantity of muscle is heavier than the fat I got rid of.

However, if that really is the reason I gained weight, then I’m actually ok with that. Because, even though the muscle is heavier, it also will make my body look slimmer and more toned, so it will look like I’m losing weight either way. So that’s that.

But, if my pictures next Sunday don’t look like there’s been improvement, I don’t know what I’m going to do … Die maybe D: No , I’m probably just start biking more often and stop eating into the calories I’ve burned for the dayas best I can … Even though I’ve been doing that for 3 weeks and I still lost weight for the first couple …

Anyway, I’ll keep you updated on this conundrum … And hopefully have the week 3 update ready tonight :3

Until next time!
~Raeynn

So – still no video, but I’m fixing to work on it after work… I think I might download the free trial of Vegas Pro, because I’m just having no luck with Windows Movie Maker or Jashaka. Or whatever it’s called. And I’m just super frustrated.

But anyway, that’s not why I’m here.  I’m here to let all of you in on a fact that I want aware of … Though after I post this, I’m sure a hundred people are going to comment that this is a no-duh statement … (Actually, if I got a hundred comments, even negative ones, I’d be excited xD) Alright … So my groundbreaking statement is …

Not all honey is created equally.

Wait, wait – let me explain before you just walk out in exasperation! ^^;; So, I ran out of honey for my tea, and I ran to the grocery store on my lunch break to get more.  When I got there, they didn’t have the stuff I’ve been using – I think it was designer blossom honey or something. Now, I’ve had honey made from all sorts of flowers and whatnot, and from my experience, thigh there are taste differences, its all sweet gloppy stuff that worlds (in my opinion) the same as or better than sugar.  So, I just grabbed one off of the shelf because as far as I was concerned, honey is honey is honey.  This little beauty is what I ended up with:

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As the label states, this is buckwheat honey – which  I’ve never tried before.  So, I skipped merrily to the cash register, blissfully unaware of what I was purchasing.  Honestly, do you see how dark that bottle is? The lighting isn’t really bad in thus picture, it really does look like that … I think my thought prices was something along the lines of “well, it looks like molasses, and that’s sweet, so this will be fine.”

Motor oil looks like molasses too, but I’m pretty sure that’s not sweet.

… I don’t even know.

So, I get it and put it in my desk, all ready for my tea the next morning.  I come in, I get my tea, pour in my normal waaaaay too much honey … No, but seriously I dump like, 3tbsp of honey in a small cup of tea xD Anyway, I poured it in, I mixed it up, let it sit to cool, took a sip … … And probably made a really hilarious face, actually, in retrospect.

It had the weirdest, slightly bitter edge to it … I might have thought the cream had gone bad, except I don’t use cream in my tea … Looking suspiciously at the culprit, I dabbed a little honey on my soon to taste it straight … And sure enough, though it was sweet, it had this weird tang to it … I checked the date on it and its fine for several more months, so I assume for some reason buckwheat makes honey taste … Strange.

I guess this is sort of just a cautionary tale – know what honey tastes like from different sources before you spend like, $12 on it xD I’m going to use it because I don’t want it to go to waste, but basically lesson learned – from now on, I’ll buy honey made from flower blossoms.  Or just honey that’s actually gold instead of like thin molasses. Or something.

Hopefully the YouTube video will be up tonight or tomorrow ^^;;

Red Wine :D

No no; I don’t mean ‘whining’ like complaining – I mean wine like the drink!  There are a lot of studies out there that say a glass of red wine can do wonders for your health … And let me just say that I have a really hard time with this little tidbit of information I learned …

The antioxidants in wine are said to keep your heart healthy – but like most antioxidant-full foods, I can’t stand eating.  A prime example is blueberries; most people love them.  I can’t stand them – and I have tried them a million and one different ways and different times.  I’ve tried them ripe, over ripe, and under ripe – I’ve had them mashed, jellied, in all sorts of pies and confections … I just cannot  stand blueberries.  And, like them, I honestly just don’t like the taste of alcohol – of most kinds.  Which apparently is kind of a shame because I can drink like a fish; I can out-drink most of my friends (as far as I know) … But I just don’t like to drink it leisurely, and I have yet to find an alcohol with a taste that I can pallet without it being a horrible experience …

However, for the health benefits, I always try to move above and beyond my taste buds – hence why I’ve tried blueberries so many times and have failed so spectacularly.  Well, it’s the same with red wine; getting through 6 to 8 ounces a day or so is pretty brutal, and it’s not even really that much.

Lambrusco Emilia

This is the first time I ever bought this type of alcoholic beverage, I had to ask the man standing at the counter to recommend a very fruity red wine – he directed me to this ginormous vat of booze, pictured to the side – it’s called Lambrusco Emilia, and it’s a “soft Italian Red Wine”.  And true to form, it tastes sort of like slightly tart grape juice with a weird after taste … And as you can see, I bought the biggest bottle I that was available – it only cost $15, so I figured why not? If I was going to be drinking it every day, it would be easier and cheaper than buying a bunch of smaller bottles during the week, right?  Well, so far, I have been drinking it once a day all week, or at least as often as I could stand it, (I think I missed a couple days …) and this bottle is about 3/4 of the way gone.  And, after drinking it for a while … I’m still not really used to the taste.  I guess I’m a weird young person – not liking the taste of alcohol and what not … xD

Usually I drink it while I’m preparing dinner, or while I’m eating dinner, because the other tastes help to cancel out the flavor of the wine … And I can’t really say that I’ve noticed much of a difference, and I’m not sure it’s really worth spending $15/week on alcohol that I don’t even really like, but … Well, as it stands I’m doing pretty well health wise, so we’ll see if I decide this is a worth-while investment or not.

Many people who probably think I’m crazy will most likely have no where near the amount of trouble downing a glass of this stuff on a daily basis; I really need to get over my troubles with foods that are high in antioxidants …

Now if I could just get behind eating dark chocolate …

Working Up to Working Out …

No fun pictures today; I just wanted to give an update on my work out aspirations, and tell you how they’ve changed.  This should be a fairly short post, but we all know how I like to write, (and ramble …), so that probably won’t be the case.

Alright; so my plan has always  been to take it slowly and work out in ten minute intervals twice a day every other day during the week.  Basically, a 10 minute bike ride before work, and a 10 minute bike ride after work on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.   And Monday that went alright; rode my bike before I took my morning shower, and then after I got home and ate, rode my bike the same amount after I finished writing my blog post.

Guess how I felt Tuesday?

Now, I’ve worked out before – I know what that sort of uncomfortable burning sensation you get in the body parts you worked the day or two afterwards feels like.  All in all, it doesn’t actually feel bad, just tender – a little sore, but that is just evidence that you did the work.  Yeah, well, when I went on that bicycle ride this morning, my legs were screaming; I thought the neighborhood watch was going to call the cops or something.

But seriously; I almost couldn’t finish the ride this morning – it was actually painful.

So, I decided that it was too much; I am so far out of shape that I can’t do 20 minutes of exercise a day yet.  Notice that I used the conditional “yet” – I will get there.  I am just cutting it down to biking once a day in the morning for 10 minutes, and seeing how that goes for the rest of this week.

And, before anyone says anything, yes, I’m super out of shape – but when I bike, I don’t let the wheels “cycle” either, unless I absolutely can’t pedal; I treat it like an exercise bike, and I pretend that if I don’t constantly pedal, it will stop moving.  So, when I say 20 minutes of constant cardiovascular exercise, I mean 20 full minutes of my throat feeling raw and my lungs attempting to escape my chest while my legs attempt to fall off.

I have even clocked how far I ride my bicycle with the odometer on my car – it takes me 10 minutes to ride 1.8 miles.  So I average about 10mph on my bicycle, which I don’t think is bad.  Especially since it keeps my heart rate up constantly while I’m doing it.

The moral of this story is, if you’re starting out exercising, please don’t feel like you need to do EVERYTHING in the first week or else you’re going to fail.  Take it in small steps – and, like me, if you feel like your body is telling you you’re doing to much, tone it down.  The fat’s not going anywhere (unfortunately xD); it will wait for you to work it off.  You don’t have to get rid of all of it RIGHT NOW.

That being said, my rice and steamed vegetables just finished, so I’m going to go eat. 🙂

EDIT: Ok; so I lied – one picture.  This is my dinner – steamed brown rice and mixed veggies, with sesame seeds for protein! ^-^ It’s really good – once again, pixelated cell phone picture – I really need to find my camera …