Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Questions & Answers

I've been receiving so many emails and phone calls with many questions on a variety of posts, so I am going to use today to reply to the questions that seem to keep repeating themselves. Let's get started.

Q: Why do you think that plant protein is better than animal protein?

A: For many reasons, plant protein is not taking a life, it's not filled with hormones, steroids, antibiotics, mercury and metals, it feels better, it's not in your system for days and most plant protein is not acid forming like meat. It's not difficult to digest (though some people have problems with soy, this is usually if they consume too much, have an allergy to it or are not eating organic soy). I could go on but I think I've given you enough to consider for now. :-)

Q: You mentioned either BMI or WHR can you help me? What is the right waist measurements?

A: If I understand your question correctly you want to know what you should aim for in waist size. For a woman it's no bigger than 32" and for a man no larger than 35". Some calculators allow for an inch or more in either direction.

Q: Are you taking on more Personal Training clients? I'd love you to train me.

A: I'm sorry to say that at this time I am not taking on new clients.

Q: Do I have to be vegan to follow your program?

A: No, but it certainly helps in feeling healthier and living a cleaner life. Being vegan also will help you to lose weight, lower blood pressure and cholesterol. It's really one of the best decisions you can make for your health, for the animals and for the planet.

Q: Are there cookbooks you would recommend?

A: Yes! Please see the link at the top and bottom of the blog home page.

Q: In your post about protein shakes you talked about a lot of them being bad for you but you didn't give us any that you'd recommend, and I don't want a recipe. I want a powder I can take with me and add water too. Can you give me a brand name?

A: Good point! I didn't offer up any brand names as a healthy alternative and I should have. One that I use and recommend is Vega. The creator is both vegan and a Canadian athlete! He has many flavours to choose from as well. You can find it in most stores that carry protein powders.

Q: As a vegan/vegetarian do you worry about B12?

Short answer no? I've been living this healthy lifestyle for most of my life I am very aware of what foods contain B12. If you are new to becoming veggie (vegetarian or vegan) you may hear a lot about B12 as a scare tactic. There are many non-meat sources of B12 which I will list shortly or you can look into taking supplements. Other sources include nutritional yeast, miso, most fermented soy products.

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