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  1. __steve__'s Avatar
    Plenty of protein in peanut butter. I like the stuff without emulsified sugar where the oil is on top. Sometimes I get the almond butter but that's expensive. There's probably only several amino-acids a vegetarian athlete needs to supplement if diet is balanced
  2. mcnair's Avatar
    Thanks, ekw, that's awesome... yeah, just because something is vegan doesn't mean it is that good for you. I like the idea of 2-3 servings in VYY; my wife likes to eat my creations, but the boys... not so much so. I have been looking up recipes on the internet too and find that I can only really manage to juggle a dozen or so recipes in my brain at a time... which is more than enough things to cycle in and out of over the course of a few weeks.
  3. ekw's Avatar
    Oh, one more - Appetite for Reduction. I haven't used this one as much because I got it as I was really tapering off my diligence at cooking attempts, but the Everyday Chickpea-Quinoa Salad is really good.
  4. ekw's Avatar
    The three I used the most were the Veganomicon, the Vegan Yum Yum Cookbook, and Vegan Brunch. There's also Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World, but just because something is vegan doesn't necessarily mean it's healthy. Tasty cupcakes, though!

    Veganomicon is huge and if you were going to get just one cookbook that would be my choice. VYY is based on a blog and I use(d) it a lot, especially because the recipes mostly made 2-3 servings, which is a much more manageable amount of food for a single person to end up with. Vegan Brunch has some great waffle recipes plus a pancake recipe that's perfect, in my opinion. I'm guessing those probably won't interest you because of the flour. However, there are a lot of tofu scrambles, etc. in there. One I have that looks good but I haven't actually cooked from (since for someone who owns a lot of cookbooks, I don't actually like to cook much) is Viva Vegan, which is Latin American inspired.

    Of course, with all the blogs out there, you really don't need many cookbooks. Pinterest is a great place to collect recipes - I can tell you some boards to follow on there if you are interested.

    (Why does someone who doesn't really like to cook own so many cookbooks? My mother. She keeps telling all my relatives I love to cook. I like the idea of cooking but I find it a pain to cook for just myself because I end up with so many leftovers. I'm not a natural cook so I really do have to follow a recipe. Result: Pasta.)
  5. mcnair's Avatar
    Dude, no supersizing! If you guys have Netflix... James, might I suggest "Supersize Me"?... pretty scary stuff. My favorite recent documentary is "Forks over Knives"... really makes the case for the plant-based diet.

    It is tough to get all the nutrients if you don't know where they are coming from... which is what happens when we eat the processed foods or let the fast food chains prepare our foods for us... even the so-called "healthy-choice" frozen meals. "Forks over Knives" goes into that, if you're interested, Stewart. The trick for me was just to decide that I was going to invest a little time in making batches of whole-food, plant based meals that I could mix and match... bulgur, dried fruits and nuts, for example, or couscous and lentils with pine nuts... and lots of greens. Now, for lunch I grab a tupperware and fill it with kale, bulgur and or couscous (again, just mixing and matching). Lots of fruit. Lots of vegan versions of other foods that I might prepare and eat. It takes a little time to research the ingredients and chop the veggies yourself, but it's worth it.

    So, ekw, what cookbooks did you find most useful?
  6. jaadams1's Avatar
    Eating healthy suggestions? Does that mean not supersizing my combo meal?
  7. ekw's Avatar
    Let me know if you would like any cookbook recommendations. I was vegan at home for quite a while.
  8. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    I watched "Food Inc." and "The flight of the bumble bees" on Netflix not so ago and it's amazing how messed up the human food system is. I am curious how hard it's going to be to follow a healthy vegan diet. I want to eat healthier but it's so hard, and I don't just mean from a will power standpoint. I look forward to hearing how you find the new diet.
  9. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Your times are seriously coming down which is awesome. All that hard work is paying dividend and that's very exciting. Keep up the good work.

    I am looking forward to reading the diet blog later this weekend.
  10. mcnair's Avatar
    It sounds easy enough... swim a goal-pace 200 but sprinkle in :30 of rest; but, yeah it is a real physical and mental challenge after the first couple. The 200 fly, broken into 50s on 1:00, at the end is the real hammer in this workout... I think subconsciously your body knows what is coming and is holding you back/bracing you for it.
  11. Karl_S's Avatar
    You did (4x50@200 pace on :10RI) TEN TIMES in one workout!? That's brutal. The most I've done is five, and after that I am completely cooked.
  12. mcnair's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Karl_S
    ...and it's showing in your time improvements. It may not be the best for your OW swimming, (a subject I know effectively 0 about) but it looks like it is paying significant dividend in your pool swimming.
    I know I'm behind in the OW training this year, but hope the extra stroke work in the pool is giving me some skills that make me a better swimmer in open water too. My aerobic capacity feels about the same... but there is a mental part of swimming in the open without the walls and lane lines that is very difficult to compensate for in the pool.
  13. mcnair's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Karl_S
    It looks like you might have to endure some pretty impressive Midwestern thunderstorms though. (For readers who haven't experienced them, Midwestern thunderstorms carry rather more of a "bang" than coastal cousins.)
    Yep. I hope the scattered severe thunderstorms in the forecast are scattered elsewhere!
  14. Karl_S's Avatar
    Tomorrow: ... a 5.5-hour drive after work to the north woods of WI, where I'll join my younger two boys for their last couple of days of summer camp. Heat and humidity have been positively tropical here this week... probably not going to need that sweatshirt.
    It looks like you might have to endure some pretty impressive Midwestern thunderstorms though. (For readers who haven't experienced them, Midwestern thunderstorms carry rather more of a "bang" than coastal cousins.)
  15. Karl_S's Avatar
    I'm putting in a lot less mileage this summer and a lot more quality
    ...and it's showing in your time improvements. It may not be the best for your OW swimming, (a subject I know effectively 0 about) but it looks like it is paying significant dividend in your pool swimming.
  16. mcnair's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by aztimm
    For some reason I thought you'd have passed 300 a while ago. You're only 20-25 miles ahead of me, and I think at this point last year you were at least 50 miles ahead.
    I'm putting in a lot less mileage this summer and a lot more quality; another thing that is different is that I haven't done the long OW swims every weekend like last year... I put in 5000 yards in the lake over two days last weekend, where last year I was disappointed if I didn't have 5K/day.
  17. aztimm's Avatar
    For some reason I thought you'd have passed 300 a while ago. You're only 20-25 miles ahead of me, and I think at this point last year you were at least 50 miles ahead.
  18. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    I had a similar thing happen to me today. I found out I am 0.05 of a mile short of 400 miles. According to the flog I am 92 yards away. Like you said, whatever.

    Nice job Alex.
  19. knelson's Avatar
    Impressive!
  20. mcnair's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by StewartACarroll
    Seriously nice effort on this one. Your times are coming down and you should be able to drop even more simply by swimming in race conditions at a meet. I have never done a PR in a workout. That's awesome Alex.
    Thanks. Some of these PRs I'm swimming in practice now are easy to pick off because my PRs in many of these events are now months old... and I seem to be getting better a lot faster since I've been more intentional and consistent with my interval workouts and improving strokes that are still fairly new to me... the learning curve is steep and I hope it doesn't level off too soon!
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