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Hey just go to youtube and search "crossfit" or "body weight exercises" and they have people doing workouts using your own body weight or weights from stuff around the house. Most of the stuff is short burst plyometric type stuff and not endurance stuff. If you don't like running on pavement you could also try trail running it's move varied and has better scenery.
For diet try using whole foods that haven't been processed of minimally processed, like whole fruits and veggies (most can be eaten raw) and whole grains.
This site has some interesting recipe idea's, I see you have experimented with raw foods have you looked into the 80/10/10 approach from Dr Graham? I suppose you could modify it some by eating aw fruits during the day and then having a cooked dinner with whole grain foods and cooked/stewed/steamed veggies? I mean unless you are consuming alot of vegan junk foods and refined grain's/beans/separated protein isolates and other chemical concoctions then you should not be having any issues with your weight. Exercise is key, getting outside and reducing your stress levels are also key as well, diet is only a portion of it. All of these things attribute to your health and well being.
okay, i'll make this quick so it might feel brusque.
it's okay to eat HIGH QUALITY grass fed or wild game meats. especially the organs and fats. you can always try being vegan or vegetarian, choosing only high quality foods for a short term cleansing effect. short being relative to your choices and desired results. a high carbohydrate diet, including unfermented fruits and grains, will eventually destroy you, screw up your hormones and make you feel hungry all the time and rot your teeth. humans weren't designed for abundant high carbs in nature. we need high fat and fat soluble vitamins & minerals, adequate protein, and minimal carbs.
with some research online you can learn why, just avoid weird dogmas and personal ideologies from both sides of the debate and go for the results!
when starting exercise in a weakened physio-chemical state, overtraining is very easy. don't overtrain. rest/recovery/joint mobilization/increased circulation like walking/proper nutrition is 80% of health. functional movement training and strength & conditioning work is the other 20%.
personally, i say don't go into "exercise mode" until you feel great at least 80% of the time from practicing the first category.
good luck and be well!
It dawned on me that my last response was not an answer to your questions. I should like to point out that I'm not some militant vegan enforcer! I don't hold anybodies choices against them...after all we ARE omnivores and what you choose to eat is just that...your choice. I have only recently chosen a vegan lifestyle because the plethora of health issues I had to correct. Anyone who has been told by their physician that their cholesterol is too high and they have excess pounds to shed for their health, knows why they've gotten there.
When I was trainning for strenght competitions, I ate POUNDS of meat daily. When that stopped I lost track and balooned, since then I've eaten what I thought should be a reasonably healthy diet based on the Canada Food Guide; lean cuts of meat and fish, 6-8 fruits and veggies...etc. I counted calories and supplemented with all the 'right' stuff and still couldn't get down to where I was told I should be as far as body composition goes. I bought a bike, hit the gym and tried all manner of 'diet secrets' and STILL wasn't getting anywhere. With decreasing energy levels and worse health I went for yet one more supplement: VEGA Whole Food Health Optimizer. Within weeks I noticed a marked improvement in my energy level so I ended up buying Brendans' book Thrive and it all made sense to me. So I thought I would give this raw whole food thing a try much to the surprise of all my friends and family!
In 3.5 months I have dropped 40 lbs, knocked ten points of my diastolic pressure (may loose the BP meds later this year) have totally corrected my blood sugar issues (I'll be off the meds for isulin resistance this june) and have freed myself from asthma medication (seems to have been cured). I just started the exercise program in March and am now working out twice daily plus a bike ride or rigorous walk. I used to be chronic insomniac now I sleep solid, my mind is clearer and I have more energy than when I was 20. I wake at the crack of dawn ready to rock and roll! Now I'm thinking I may look to compete in some strength challenges again because the gains I'm making at the gym are unhuman! Each week I'm adding % to my strentgth gains with NO soarness...astounding recovery!! My weight has platoed since the exercise program started but the change in my physique is noticable weekly...just tonight one of the guys at the pool asked if I'm 'on the juice'.....NO!
There are a few people that don't agree with a vegetarian lifestyle and are trying to convince others that what we have learned about heart disease and cancer are untrue and that a diet high in animal fats is beneficial. That would mean everything we have learned in science that last thousand years must be scrapped to suit a couple quacks!
My advice to you is give Thrive Nutrition and Thrive Fitness a read. If it sounds like it may benefit you, give it a whirl for a selected period of time...say 90 days. During that time continue reading more about health and fitness. If you get results then formulate your own program based on what you've learned. Everybody is different so when it comes right down to it, you have to experiment with yourself a bit to find what works best.
To health and longevity!
This is a ton of information guys, I admit it will take a while to go through. Debates like these can be healthy, but I'm not against eating a certain way, I just know I've tried raw and it does not appeal to me. I am much happier eating a vegetarian/vegan diet and substituting a lean cut of beef/venison and a piece of fish now and then.
So let's say I was eating a healthy diet. How would I use the Vega products? Right now I am taking 30g (1 packet) of complete health food health optimizer for breakfast, usually a leftover vegan meal for lunch and then we cook a vegan meal for dinner. Meals generally include a ton of veggies, brown rice, and we try to include beans or other proteins (lentils) a few times a week. Am I using the Vega product correctly? Should I be using more than 1 packet? (8oz seems like very little) I purchased the packets because I didn't want to commit to the $80 bottle.
Also, I see that there is a sport product from Vega with a higher protein content. Does anyone use this in conjunction with the whole food health optimizer while working out?
Thanks for all of your comments thus far. I really appreciate it.