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The Protein Myth

May 10, 2012

There are so many myths that meat-eating-vegan-haters have constructed over the years about why a plant-based diet is bad for you—it’s just straight up laughable.  But the greatest myth of all is the all too familiar question “Where do you get your protein?” The question is so ingrained into the consciousness of the American public, I can remember asking it myself when I was young.  The best part is that most people who ask that question don’t even know what protein is.

As meat loving Americans, we are obsessed with protein. Back in the days, athletes used to eat steaks before competitions because they thought it would improve their performance.  Shiiiit, I used to eat raw eggs after working out because, like Rocky, I thought I needed it to build muscle.  There is this idea that without animal protein, you will not only perform poorly, you may just wither away and die.  Well I’ve been vegan for sixteen years…and I’m thriving.

As Americans we usually get too much protein, not too little (remember that extra protein is stored in the body as fat).

So what is a protein? In layman’s terms,  proteins are made of chains of amino acids, which are found in all foods, not just meat and dairy. Of all the different amino acids, only eight are essential, meaning we need to consume them in food because our bodies do not produce them. As all plant proteins contain the full array of essential amino acids—albeit in different amounts—plant-based foods become entirely sufficient suppliers of protein when you go vegan.

Here are some amazing sources of vegan protein: dark leafy greens like kale, chard, mustard, and even Romaine lettuce; hemp seeds or rice protein powder, nuts, beans, seeds, and superfoods like spirulina and chlorella.  Typically, one needs about 0.4 grams of protein per day for every pound of healthy body weight. Some people need more protein, some less, but in any case, plant-based foods can certainly and easily fulfill anyone’s dietary needs.  If you start your day with a hemp powder smoothie, have a bowl of lentil soup for lunch, and a big salad topped with spirulina and pumpkin seeds and a side of quinoa, you’re good. On some days you might consume more, on some days, less—the key is adding new foods to your weekly repertoire. Let’s not forget where Popeye the Sailor Man got his knock-out power—spinach!!!

If you don’t think that you can get diesel from a plant-based diet, think again. Just ask Iron Mike Tyson—vegan.  Olympic medalist Carl Lewis—vegan. Mixed martial arts fighters Jake Shields, Nick Diaz, Jon Fitch…the list of vegan superheroes goes on and on until the break of dawn…myth dispelled.

The protein-deficiency myth has pushed been by the meat and dairy industries to instill fear of veganism, sell crap, and make us doubt that nature has not done enough to nourish us with greens, fruits, nuts, seeds and vegetables.  Seriously?  Let’s not forget that the largest most powerful animals on the planet are herbivores. Gorillas, giraffes, hippos, horses and rhinos—WHAT!  I personally feel strong as an ox—oh snap! Oxen are vegan, too!

There are so many deficiency worries when it comes to the vegan diet, I can only think that most people just take for granted that the mainstream information they’ve been fed their whole lives is accurate. Proof? The other common questions are always the same: “Where do you get your calcium?” “Where do you get your iron?”  “Where do you get your Omega 3s?” And of course the only one that’s actually justifiable: “Where do you get your rockstar clear skin?”

Damn, I feel good…but that’s just how you feel when you’re vegan!!!

David Wolfe: superfoods for artists, dancers, and rappers

July 19, 2011

If you’ve seen the term “superfoods,” if you’ve sipped on fresh coconut, if you’ve snacked on raw cacao, then you’re already connected to David Wolfe.

For the past 15 years, David has been circling the far reaches of the globe, exploring the most progressive health information available…and bringing it to us. With a Masters in nutrition, and degrees in physics, mechanical engineering and law, David walks the walk. In fact, he’s strengthened his immune system so thoroughly, its protective radius extends feet outside his body. The man hasn’t been sick in years…and when we filmed this clip, he had just done 14 flights in 27 days. No doctor, no naturopath, no dietician on Earth could out-nutrition David…though we’d love to see that battle. He is a mad-scientist/living genius—and one of the wittiest, most articulate, brilliant, quick-draw speakers ever (when he comes to your city, GO see him!). While some of the crowd that runs with David have turned to raw meat and raw dairy (yeah, what?! What happened to the VEGAN raw movement?!), we can say for SURE—because he is a personal friend—that David does NOT partake in meat or dairy himself. Don’t be fooled by the hippie shirt and disheveled Woodstock hair, this is one of the baddest motherfuckers to walk this planet…barefoot-style. and

Mr. Wiggles

June 20, 2011

If you don’t know Mr. Wiggles, you’re about to witness an international treasure. Besides being one of the original innovators of Hip Hop culture—best known for his popping (check the second video—the music dances to Wiggles, not the other way around)—Wigs is one of the realest human beings on Earth. This South Bronx Puerto Rican came up during the birth of Hip Hop and has fine-tuned his skills in ALL elements of Hip Hop as a member of three legendary forces in the culture: Rock Steady Crew, the Electric Boogaloos, and the Zulu Nation. His career spans decades, he’s married with six kids, and he’s still got the energy to dance circles around the planet year after year. WTF??? VEGAN FOR 20+ YEARS, that’s what!  He was turned on to eating right in the 1970s by Afrika Bambaataa, one of the founding fathers of Hip Hop (Bam gave the culture its name). Back in the days, Bam took kids under his wing, but they had to abide by his rules of the Zulu Nation. You won’t even believe what Wigs says happened back then if you were caught eating pork while trying to be down with Zulu…

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