This is my 4th day on the Vegan Challenge and so far I'm feeling great!I don't eat a lot of meat, mostly chicken and fish, but look at this as an opportunity to try some new recipes and see how my body responds to a Vegan diet. I've always wanted to do this, but honestly was a bit afraid..of what I don't know? Today I made the Salsa del Sol, Almond burgers and the Vega-rich sorbet (a post-workout treat)! I couldn't believe how good the Almond burgers are . I made them in my foreman grill (I… Continue
Added by Charlene Waldner on April 30, 2009 at 7:31pm —
In honor of this weekend’s Vancouver Marathon – which Vega is attending
– today’s recipe is all about recovery. After a race or intense training session, optimize recovery by having a snack within the first 45 minutes. Choose one that is easily digestible and consists mostly of simple carbohydrates. After you’ve pushed yourself, your body is too tired to work at heavy digestion—refuel it with liquid or near-liquid… Continue
Added by Brendan Brazier on April 30, 2009 at 7:30am —
After 3 successful days eating 100% plant based foods, I'm thinking, hey this ain't that bad! This is the longest I have ever been "vegan" and I feel great! The biggest difference I've noticed is that I need less sleep (6 hours feels like 8 hours) and I wake up more refreshed and energized! And with all the cool recipes out there, I am actually enjoying the experience.
Today was a bit of a challenge becuase I had 3 dinners - dinner #1, after a round of golf with the boys, I had an… Continue
Added by Charles Chang on April 29, 2009 at 10:52pm —
Well what can I say about my first 2 days of being Vegan accept, HELP! I was actually extremely close to backing out yesterday, thinking that mentally I wasn't in the right head space to take this challenge on. However, with a little "self talk" and reassurance from everyone here at Sequel I have decided to commit one month of my life to Veganism! Before this challenge started I wasn't too worried about it. I only ever really ate chicken, eggs and seafood so I thought… Continue
Added by Chelsie Hodge on April 29, 2009 at 10:03am —
So far so good.
I'm a couple days behind on my blog posts for this Vegan Challenge but I'm happy to report that at this point everything is going great! I love to cook on a regular day so the challenge to find really yummy, satisfying recipes that are vegan is taking it one step further. I was up until 10pm last night filling my fridge with Asian coleslaw, Quinoa Tabouleh, and a vegan version of Waldorf salad. At the same time I was cooking black beans, soaking almonds, and making… Continue
Added by Koreann Webster on April 29, 2009 at 9:05am —
Sequel staffers are generally a pretty healthy bunch. From running to weight lifting, we love to stay active. When it comes to food, we have an awesome lunch program in-office. Vega smoothies
for breakfast, a Vega bar
for snack, and a big leafy, green salad from our salad bar for lunch. But at… Continue
Added by Vega Kelly on April 29, 2009 at 9:00am —
Day 2 is over, and what an experience. I have to admit there were times where I sat confused about if an ingredient came from an animal or not. what is beef flavour.. is that animal or is there a magical mineral that tastes like steak?
Now that I am also scanning every ingredient I am shocked at how much dairy is in the food chain. It seems as if whey is in almost every product I picked up. Disappointing at best.
As mentioned in my last post I am in Ontario now and had a… Continue
Added by Phil LeBeau on April 28, 2009 at 9:33pm —
This Sunday marked the 20th Times Colonist 10k Run in Victoria, BC. With a record registration topping 14,000 runners and walkers the event was brimming with excitement as I neared the start line. The morning couldn't have been nicer either, about 10 degrees, Sun, and little wind.
The run begins in the cities downtown park, Beacon Hill Park, winding its way through the park towards the waterfront. Once by the water the run goes parallel to the ocean to the 4km mark turnaround and… Continue
Added by Andrew Russell on April 28, 2009 at 8:44pm —
After posting a question on the forum about 24 hour racing and what to eat between gu flasks I started asking myself if I could race for 24 hours clean and mostly alkalyne? I got a response from Tanya, another 24 hour racer with some suggestions. Thank you Tanya!! What I realized is we are really eating the same thing. I am actually very seasoned in 24 hour solo racing but like I told Tanya about a year and a half ago my body started rejecting all the brown rice syrup in the 75 gu's I was… Continue
Added by Erika Tieszen on April 28, 2009 at 4:10pm —
The Spanish, makers of traditional Paella, have long been serving up a healthy serving of this mix and match dish that combines a lot of great flavours.
I was in a bind for dinner a few days ago and put together what might be a west coast version...well sort of.
Makes a lot:
4 Cups Water
2 Cups Quinoa
1.5 Cups Peas
4 Spring Onions
Lots of minced Ginger
Smoked or Candied (preferred) Wild Salmon
2 Tbsp Tamari
Added by Andrew Russell on April 28, 2009 at 12:57pm —
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Want to get the biggest bang for your nutritional buck? Try soaking and sprouting to maximize nutrient density at your next meal.
Soaking nuts and seeds is an easy way to improve… Continue
Added by Vega Kelly on April 28, 2009 at 8:00am —
The last month of my life has driven home the truth of that statement very poignantly. I have been 99% vegetarian most of my adult life, eating no red meat or pork at all, consuming chicken or turkey very rarely, and fish occasionally. I avoided dairy because of an intolerance, but sometimes consumed foods containing eggs or gelatin. As my diet was largely raw, I managed quite well on that regime.
About a month ago, I needed some surgery that resulted in substantial blood loss and… Continue
Added by Vivien Nichols-Fauth on April 28, 2009 at 5:00am —
This chunky salsa is bursting with flavor PLUS antioxidants, Omega 3 and GLA (which promotes a healthy cardiovascular system and regulates metabolism). And it’s not just for dipping - try it as a crisp, refreshing and tangy salad topping too.
• 1/3 cup Vega Antioxidant EFA Oil Blend • 1 can corn niblets
• 1 can black beans
• 1 lg tomato or 2 roma tomatoes
• 1 red pepper
• 1 ripe avocado
• 1/2 cup…
Added by Vega Kelly on April 27, 2009 at 1:00pm —
The first day of the Vegan Challenge started, and I have to admit there is a little trepidation to the entire process. I have put a lot of personal pride on the line here, and though there isn’t any repercussion for not competition this challenge, I have a deep personal conviction to see it through.
Last night I had an omnivore panic attack reminiscing (yes not even started and I am reminiscing) on the cornucopia of options available to eat. There are more meats available than anyone… Continue
Added by Phil LeBeau on April 27, 2009 at 9:47am —
The Wholesome Original Vibrance bar is my Fav right now! BUT who am I kidding...I have many more Vega 'Favs':
Chocolate Health Optimizer
and Now...I am really enjoying the Sport Performance Optimizer!
When you eat well, you feel great! When you feel great, you take on the day! When you take on the day, you live with passion! When you live with passion, you are open to finding your purpose! When you find your purpose, you are willing to learn! When you… Continue
Added by Sara Westbrook on April 25, 2009 at 6:14am —
I am just now returning to some sense of normalcy after the cardiovascular assault known as the sun run! I know it is only 10KM, but when you don’t train and weigh over 230lbs, it can become a taxing event.
Though I am in pretty good shape, everything I train is always geared towards power and explosiveness. So my time of 1:05 is OK, but I know I can do better. So much better, that I am running once a week and even though I was sore, can barely make it up the stairs, and the… Continue
Added by Phil LeBeau on April 24, 2009 at 11:30am —
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Added by Vega Kelly on April 24, 2009 at 10:00am —
I had my first Vega whole food optimizer after my workout this morning. I used the chocolate flavor and blended it with water, almond butter and a banana. It passed my taste test! I guess most of you aren't surprised, but I'm pretty happy. I kept the recipe pretty simple, so I could really get a feel for the taste. Going to guess that when I prepare it with almond milk and all other sorts of combinations I will enjoy it even more.
My second test for the day is to keep an eye on my… Continue
Added by Veronica Giggey on April 24, 2009 at 6:41am —
Looking for a natural boost before your next workout? We are thrilled to announce the launch of Vega Sport
. Developed by Brendan Brazier
, Vega Sport was created to help anyone, from soccer mom to professional athlete, improve their athletic and mental performance. Watch the video and learn what makes Vega… Continue
Added by Vega Kelly on April 23, 2009 at 10:41am —
Each week, the Vega Community blog will bring you one healthy, plant-based recipe that is easy to make, delicious, and nutritious. In honor of Earth Day, today’s recipe features a green smoothie.
Sweet Green Smoothie
Romaine lettuce is rich in chlorophyll and surprisingly sweet. Blended with melon, it gives this smoothie an extra fresh taste.
6 leaves romaine lettuce
2 fresh or soaked dried dates
Added by Vega Kelly on April 22, 2009 at 2:30pm —