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Mocha Vegan Performance Podcast — episode #061

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Planning for Success

Goal Definition and Creating a Plan.

Listen in to Episode #061 and MAKE YOUR PLAN TODAY!

MVP #061 – Half Marathon Emergency Plan

MVP #058 – DISASTER! – Recovery When Everything Goes Wrong – Mark Phipps – Mocha Vegan Performance Podcast

Imagine the moment, your basketball team takes the court at another school. Wearing their bright blue uniforms smiling and excited for the game ahead. The first half is played aggressively with tons of energy. Your team is up almost twenty points at the half and spirits are extremely high. The other team is good, but your team is still in control of the game. In the second half, a series of events takes place that challenges all preparation and mental toughness. That’s the topic of this week’s conversation with Mark Phipps, age 12, regarding a recent basketball challenge never imagined.

Albert Einstein

“You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.”

– Albert Einstein

Why Vegan

Posted: May 19, 2015 in @mochavegan, consistency, Speciesism, vegan
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The concept of vegan is alien to many, treated as remarkably extreme. The truth is that many change to veganism as a result of traumatic events in their lives. Whether your doctor tells you to lose weight, you witnessed animal cruelties and exploitation or you want to live a greener life, vegan is for you.

Improve your Health

People are turning to a vegan diet for the health benefits: you can experience increased energy and diet rich in vitamins and minerals. Planning a diet more solidly founded in whole plant-based foods will provide countless benefits. Your diet can become rich in vitamins and minerals, high in fiber and lower in saturated fat. Cholesterol comes from animal products. Dietary cholesterol is not a part of vegan diets. Consult with your doctor or dietitian if you want direct feedback or do the research yourself. My life changed dramatically. I recover faster following workouts, have significantly lower cholesterol and feel like I could live forever.

Animal Welfare

Exploiting animals isn’t necessary. It has become traditional. Diet supplementation with animals was necessary in tribes living off the land. In most societies today what you eat is your choice. Food is available at a nearby grocery store where there is a produce section in addition to the meat section. Grains are available just like seafood. We do not have to factory farm animals or over fish the oceans to have adequate, nutritionally rich food to eat.

Caring for the welfare of animals does not mean that you worship them. The Garden of Eden supported a vegan diet before the fall of man. Many have pets that are their companions and feel that their furry and feathered family members and other animals have a right to life when a choice is available. Avoiding animal products takes a stand against animal cruelty. You have a choice of what to put your fork into.

Save the World and Mankind

Some people compost, many recycle, I used to bike commute when possible. We all like to think we are making a difference through our actions. To make a widespread impact and lower your carbon footprint, consider removing animal products from your lifestyle.

Producing of meat has a greater environmental impact than many realize. We grow crops and use water required to feed the animals. Transportation of the crops to the animals, animals to the slaughterhouse and processing plants and further transportation and cold storage to reach the final spot on your grocery shelf. To support the large amount of crops required to feed the animals being grown for food, forest area destroyed to grow more grain. Deforestation, habitat loss and species extinction are serious, sometimes unrealized, impacts of meat production.

Efficiency of a vegan diet make this an effective way to positively impact the environment. Crops are grown to eat in lieu of being fed to an animal eventually intended for our plate. This reduces the cycle time of food production along with lower quantities of water being used to sustain a vegan diet.

Make the change

It is much easier than ever to make a change. Popularity of substitute (fake versions) of cheese and meats have increasing production and in many cases are tastier than than the foods they are meant to imitate. Remember, you don’t have to be a health nut to be vegan. There are many vegans that choose to cook with generous quantities of oil, enjoy their desserts and maintain a robust waistline. They just do it in a more environmentally responsible way. Whether you are considering improving your health, standing up for animals or protecting the Earth for your children’s children, vegan is the way to go!

Mark Phipps
@mochavegan
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Running!

Jeff Sanders and The 5AM Miracle

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Enjoy Jeff Sanders and our discussion about food, running, responsibility and how all these things work together.

Mocha Vegan Performance Podcast #27

FINALLY! New podcast episode up. #13 discusses mornings and setting yourself up for success with a routine.

Mark exposes multiple other podcasts for what they are.

What got Mocha Vegan started?

Is it safe to cross the streams?

Tune in and find out.

Jeff Sanders, Rich Roll, No Meat Athlete, Matt Frazier, Approaching the Natural, Sid Garza-Hillman, The 5AM Miracle, Jeff Sanders, The Compound Effect, Darren Hardy

These notes are from last year (March 2013). One of the many tools that I brought into my toolbox was My Fitness Pal. 

I am loving this journey!  I am now consistently drinking 18 cups of water per day (6 of my water bottles).  I owe much of my consistency to the iPhone application My Fitness Pal.  It has a simple water cup tracker to help keep up with your hydration. It has a built-in bar code scanner now allows me to log things as I go, after the fact or even at the grocery store.

It is great.  I can actually scan items right at the grocery store and add them to my foods or a meal as zero servings and then put in what I actually eat when I do.  It is VERY convenient.  I enjoy weighing myself most mornings and understanding the body works on a cycle.  I also love that I can drink tons of water and it doesn’t stay with me.

2014 update:
What I eventually discovered was that I am most hydrated in the evening; that is typically when I weighed the most – after dinner / before bed. I figured out the daily cycle based upon weighing in at different times of the day when I was off work last year and in close proximity to a scale.

 

When I was regularly tracking my weight, I liked to use my morning weigh in after a bathroom break. I could measure without clothes, before I got dressed and it takes away many of the variables that provide uncertainty when tracking your weight. Things that leave doubt in your mind can steer you away from your goals. Find a private spot, weigh in naked and you eliminate the concern about whether your clothes weigh five pounds or a half pound; they are not a part of the equation.

I have learned so much. It helps to be a little obsessive about tracking what you are doing. What many people think is an unhealthy obsession can more aptly be termed LASER FOCUS.

 

By weighing in multiple times per day, at the same times each day, I discovered that you cannot rely on an individual weigh-in or snapshot to evaluate where you are in the process. My weight would fluctuate as many as SEVEN POUNDS during a single day or two.

Only by looking at weekly snapshots over several weeks can you see if you are trending up or down in weight.

Back to 2013:

My TapouT XT workouts 6 out of 7 days a week are extreme in their intensity and test my resolve, but the calories added to my daily food intake are worth the effort.  Plus the changes in my body are fun.  I am really starting to burn fat around the middle and I really didn’t think it was possible.  I had always just considered that the spare tire would remain no matter what I did…I guess I just hadn’t found the right thing yet.

Keep smiling,

Mark
@MochaVegan