You are what you eat

I have spent the last few days watching documentaries about our food industry and the HORRIBLEness behind it!!!

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If you haven’t watch Food Matters or Forks over Knives I highly recommend them, Netflix has them as well as many others.

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With that said today is Day one as vegetarian! Wish me luck!

I have spent the last day researching vegan and vegetarian athletes and what their food intake looks like.

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Here’s a list of the top-7 plant-based foods high in protein:

 1. Quinoa: 11g Protein / Cup

 A grain like seed, quinoa is a high protein alternative to rice or pasta, served alone or over vegetables and greens. It provides a good base for a veggie burger and is also a fantastic breakfast cereal when served cold with almond or coconut milk and berries.

2. Lentils: 17.9g Protein / Cup

 Delicious, nutritious and super easy to prepare. Trader Joe’s sells them pre-cooked and I’m not afraid to just eat them cold right out of the package for lunch or a snack on the run.

3. Tempeh: 24g Protein / 4 Ounces

 A fermented soybean-based food, tempeh is a healthy protein-packed alternative to it’s non-fermented cousin tofu. It makes for a great veggie burger and doubles as a tasty meat alternative to meatballs in pasta, or over brown rice and vegetables.

4. Seitan: 24g Protein / 4 Ounces

 An excellent substitute for beef, fish and soy products, one serving provides about 25% of your RDA of protein. But not for those with gluten sensitivities, as it is made from wheat gluten.

5. Beans (Black, Kidney, Mung, Pinto): 12-15g Protein / Cup

 I love beans. Great on a veggie burrito, in chili and soups, on salads or over rice with vegetables, beans of all varieties are a daily staple of my diet.

6. Spirulina: 6g Protein / 10 grams

 A blue-green algae, spirulina is a highly bioavailable complete protein containing all essential amino acids. At 60% protein (the highest of any natural food), it’s a plant-based protein powerhouse that finds it way into my Vitamix blends daily.

 7. Hemp Seeds: 16g Protein / 3 Tbsp

 With a perfect ration of omega-6 and omega-3 EFA’s, hemp seeds are another bioavailable complete protein rivaled only by spirulina.

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 Today’s Workout 

 Snatch Practice (hip/above knee/ below knee) #45 (4,4)
Power snatch #45 (4,3)
Power cleans #45/55/65/65 (4,3)
Back squat #95/100/105/105 (4.3)

I mile run
2000 meter row
run 8:57
row 10:54.3
total time: 21:03

I have Kettlebell tonight….not sure what’s in store, but I’m sure it’s horrible wonderful!

Any vegetarians out there?

 

 

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One thought on “You are what you eat

  1. Me and my wife recently became vegan. Earlier this week was one month since we started. We feel wonderful. Those documentaries you listed were part of the inspiration for our lifestyle change. Hows it going so far?

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