Archive for May, 2010

I cut and pasted this from another thread. I was talking about if you need to take a b12 supp or need some emergency medication due to an accident, then do it and dont worry about your ‘raw purity’ status. Hey, no point being the most raw person in the graveyard! 🙂

If youve got low serum b12, elevated MCV, low hb, elevated homocycsteine etc and your living/eating as best you can, take a supp and see what happens to your blood profile. Too easy. And if we are too attached to our ‘purity’ status, then perhaps we might want to meditate on that one. The ‘purest’ people I know are the ones with the poorest health ironically. Im not saying that health excellence aint a goal but lets be realistic. I had a mate that was raw and smashed his ankle up real good from falling out of a coconut tree and the surgeons had to put some pins in his foot to save it. He asked them not to use medication cos he was ‘raw’. They laughed and said that if he wants to keep his foot, its time to use some pain killer so they can do their job.

One friend lost most of their teeth via starvation cos they refused to eat anything but tree ripend fruit. They almost lost their sanity in the process. One friend died from renal failure last year whilst doing a water fast/juice fast and refusing to drink water cos it ‘came from dirty pipes’.

Ive got 9 raw paleo friends that are ALL low in b12 and they just eat massive amounts of raw animal products hoping to improve their b12 status but it clearly is not working and what is happening is their health and fitness is going downhill. They could just take a supp and all would be cool but thats not ‘raw’…

One friend ended up in hospital from a blood clot after eating just one type of fruit and not eating enough calories from that one fruit, they went from an already fit,trim and healthy 50kg down to 38kg. They got force fed meds and hospital food.

One friend went from model to michelin man cos they tried to ‘control their emotional eating via restriction and discipline’ and just ended up losing it all together. They say ‘oh I did that raw thing and I was so disciplined and strong but it just doesnt work!’ They didnt learn that when we try and fight the body, the body wins or we literally die trying.

One friend ended up in a mental ward for a free holiday after pushing too hard on too few calories.

I wont name names but a few members here can vouch for whom Im talking about. We all make mistakes, nobody is perfect and we are all human and its important to learn from our mistakes and others so we can keep on being excellent.

There is times where we can push to far to reach ‘purity’. Its like in fitness, we think more is better and it can be to an extent but we need to know when enough is enough. So many cyclists I know have a bad race and then just train harder and harder and just burn out, when often all they needed was more recovery from the already sufficient training they were doing.

Back to b12 supps, 99% of professional athletes I know are doing b12 injections. None of them are vegan. I learnt how to do b12 injections off a meat eating bodybuilding forum and I first learnt about em from my meat eating elite cycling buddies. People eating a SAD diet are supping b12 left right and center in their red bulls, farmed animals that are fed/injected b12 supps, fortified cereals etc. Then they go organic and the b12 levels drop and they blame the diet. Or they come from a history of digestive issues like chrons, colitis etc and then they go vegan to cure it and then learn about b12, get tested, come up low and thing its from being a vegan or eating organic. They are ignorant to how rampant b12 deficiencies are in society regardless of diet.

In nature we would eat 100% tree ripend fruit. Try and do that in society and youll literally starve to death or be not far from it. Im happy to compromise just a little by eating fruit that is allowed to ripen off the plant. Im happy to do a b12 supp to live in a sterile society. Im happy to sit behind a computer and soak up the EMR’s to get the message out there. Im happy cos I choose to be. 🙂

Yesterday did another Div 1 road race here on the Gold Coast Australia. We only had a small pack and I thought it was gonna be an easy race but I was wrong! I recorded the highest wattages and heart rate for a race of that distance and it was attacks off the start line and the whole way thru. I felt great on the climbs and bridged each gap no sweat. My mantra for the entire race was ‘This pain makes me a better person..’ 🙂

I finished in the sprint 3 seconds behind the winner. We had a few institute under 19 riders that rode real hard. Its great to see such young talent and sad to see em eat junk and burn out most of the time. The ones that make it thru are the ones that keep their head on and stay healthy.

I had 15 dates blended with a litre of water for breakfast and 3 litres of water during/before the race. So a total of 5 litres for the day. I had 2 dried bananas in the race and 2 dried bananas 30 mins before the start. I felt carbed up and hydrated up. As the race got longer, I felt stronger.

I eat this version of a vegan diet cos it allows me to be the best example of veganism for those that are ignorant to it. Nobody in that race or watching that race doubts a vegan diet provides the nutrients for peak athletic performance. After the race a racer gal came up and said ‘nice kit! (reffering to my kit) and I said ‘thanks’ She asked me if I was a vegan and what I did for protein/calcium and I told her that there isnt actually a medical word for dietary related protein/ calcium deficiency, so I keep my focus on getting enough wholefood carb calories cos bonking sucks no matter what diet we eat.. and if we get enough calories from our fav wholefood carbs sources, automatically our other bases are covered..’

I always say, everyone should be vegan cos its so TASTY, HEALTHY & GOOD FOR THE PLANET! :), and what you eat as a vegan, is a personal choice. Just make sure its the best one for you. No point eating something cos its healthy if you hate it! That aint sustainable or fun. 🙂