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MVP #054 – Your Morning Choices Could Save Your Life
WHY POWER
Are you working in a positive direction or slipping backwards?
Opportunity cost = missed opportunities caused by choices.
Opportunity cost can be good or bad? You can choose to get up in the morning and move your body and your opportunity cost was only a few minutes of sleep. Choosing bad foods for breakfast could cost you some of your performance during the day that day. Find good habits, clear out the excuses, help yourself and help others along the way.

Vegan
veg•an
ˈvēɡən/
noun
1. a person who does not eat or use animal products.
“I’m a strict vegan”

A plant-based diet is one based on vegetables, whole grains, legumes and fruit, with little or no animal products (including dairy). It may refer to: Vegan diet: a plant-based diet with no food from animal sources.

Some meat eaters that don’t care about the animals welfare because their religion says the animals don’t have souls.
Carnism is the invisible belief system, or ideology, that conditions people to eat certain animals. Carnism is essentially the opposite of veganism; “carn” means “flesh” or “of the flesh” and “ism” denotes a belief system. Most people view eating animals as a given, rather than a choice; in meat-eating cultures around the world people typically don’t think about why they find the flesh of some animals disgusting and the flesh of other animals appetizing, or why they eat any animals at all. But when eating animals is not a necessity for survival, as is the case in much of the world today, it is a choice – and choices always stem from beliefs.

**SOME THINGS JUST AREN’T RIGHT**
Historically: Raising animals for your own consumption.
Now we have a several generation deep tradition of holiday meat feasts.
Dairy and meat industry have sponsored the food pyramid.

Is eating meat the right thing to do? Some situations require it. Understood.
We make choices because we are able to. Underdeveloped countries and poorer communities don’t have the same advantage of being able to choose the fast food drive through as opposed to food from their own fields.
What better choices can we make for our health? Consider a stronger whole food diet.
Infographic on grams of protein per 100g of a food:

Get educated so you can see the options available to you.
What’s in your salad? Lazy vegan salad toppings…
Where do you get your fiber?

If Vegans Said the Stuff Meat-Eaters Say

PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals)

Make a difference. Be responsible. Speak up when you know something is wrong. Speak up when you can prevent something bad from happening.
Be the example. Become the person you want other people to be.
Are cattle keeping our water hostage?
We force the animals to reproduce. Reduce the demand, reduce the available profits, reduce the number of factory farmed animals.

How consistent are you ethically? Is it okay to kill certain animals and not others? Can we force feed geese, but not dogs? Where do you draw the line?

Milking cats? How is that different than what we do with cows?
Could you have a litter of puppies … and then eat them?
What beliefs were you brought up with?

Vegan kickstart
http://pcrm.org/kickstartHome/
Trying Vegan facebook group
https://www.facebook.com/groups/TryingVegan/
Nutritionfacts.org contains an encyclopedia of research comparison to help cut through the acres of research. Nice work!
Educate yourself to the alternatives and the reasons WHY change is necessary.
Be thoughtful. Ask questions. Do good things. Help yourself and others live long and healthful lives.
Find community. Find support.
Mark
mark@mochavegan.com
@mochavegan

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MVP #052 – Animal Agriculture is Killing Our Planet – Turn the World Upside Down

Responsible pet owners

Controlling everything

Would you EAT YOUR PETS?? Adopt a pet to eat it? Not what we do in the United States.

Disturbing videos online from Korea showing atrocities towards animals:

  • Cat being burned with a torch
  • Dogs being skinned alive
  • Dogs being force-fed to fatten them up. Assume the dogs are too stressed to eat knowing what is happening to them.

How much different are these videos to things happening here in the United States legally?

Chicken farmers start with a load of chicks and a quantity of food. They are paid based upon the live weight of chickens when the contract company returns to pick up the results of their time.

Pigs are skinned after being dipped in hot water to loosen the skin. We hope that the animals are dead before this happens.

Do we really believe that the animals have no idea that they are in line for slaughter?

YOU can make a difference! Shed the blissful existence of ignorance and stop eating meat.

The goal is to achieve alignment regarding veganism within the leadership. The leadership within our family, our community, our schools, our country, our planet.

What makes a more healthy meat / animal product?

Why is eating animal products unhealthy?

Are we being punished?

Educate yourself to the alternatives and the reasons WHY change is necessary.

We, as a species, must learn to create food to replace food that is being grown / farmed now. Find healthful alternatives. Make positive choices and impact your life and your planet.

Here’s to a less cheesy world. Evolve. Improve. Live!

Mark

mark@mochavegan.com

@mochavegan

ON THE ROAD AGAIN!

Mobile Interview with Jeff Sanders.

Thank you, Jeff for being the first mobile interview for what has become the “Mobile” Vegan Podcast!

47 Strategies to be Insanely Productive

http://jeffsanders.com/how-productive-could-you-be/

http://47strategies.com

You have to get 47 Strategies to be Insanely Productive!

47 Strategies to be Insanely Productive

I will post my progress over the next few months as I try to improve my performance by becoming more productive the Jeff Sanders way!

Until next time:

Mark
@mochavegan
mark@mochavegan.com

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The Mocha Vegan Performance Podcast is recorded in Mark’s mobile recording studio on the 101 Freeway near Mesa, Arizona.

 

 

 

Eating By Numbers

Do you know that there are approximately 3500 calories in a pound?
When did you start reading labels?

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1/4 second sprayYum

Reasons for reading labels:

1. How many servings does the package of goldfish have? One serving is, perhaps, 140 calories.
2. Watch out for the labeling rules: Example, zero fat cooking spray. That just doesn’t work. Canola oil in a can and then sprayed does not a fatless spray make. It is required that the spray be 1/4 of a second which makes the amount of oil sprayed contain less than 0.5 grams of fat then it can be called zero fat. Total B.S.
3. Learn something about macro nutrients: 1 gram fat = 9 calories, 1 gram carbohydrates = 4 calories = 1 gram protein. Add up the grams of each times the number of grams in the serving. The label will tell you how many fat calories are included in one serving. From that you can determine the percentage of fat by dividing the fat calories from the total calories.
4. How many calories are in a bag of chocolate chips? Multiply the number of servings in the package by the number of calories per serving. From an actual bag: Serving Size 1 Tablespoon, Servings per container 23, calories per serving 70. 70 x 23 = 1,610 calories per 11.3 ounce bag. Ouch! Imagine if you have to add oil to this melted bag of chocolate to have it flow in your chocolate fountain…See below.
5. Determine percentage of any macro-nutrient for a food by dividing the calories from, say, protein by the total calories for the serving. Look for 10% or more protein in your foods and you’ll be fine.

What is 25/25/50?

Some prescribe a diet should contain this type of balance of protein / fat / carbohydrates. I suggest that it is good to analyze what you are doing with your diet, but that a balanced diet of whole, plant-based foods will always have the best result.

Using a chocolate fountain

Either use a higher quality chocolate that contains 32-39% cocoa butter which helps create a better flow OR use other types of chocolate will require the addition of vegetable/canola oil – approximately 1 cup of oil to 5 pounds of chocolate. I recommend using high quality dipping foods with your chocolate fountain to minimize guilt. 🙂

Please find habits that you can hang on to that are good for you and keep you coming back again and again.

Until next time:

Mark
@mochavegan
mark@mochavegan.com

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Vegan Thanksgiving

Quinoa-Stuffed Acorn Squash

Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash credit to http://veganyackattack.com – something to bring to Thanksgiving Dinner at your favorite carnivore’s house that will raise an eyebrow or two.

Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash

Improving Run Performance

My recipe for improving run performance

Speed training 2-3 times per week
Long Run for endurance once per week
Yoga once per week
Core 1 – 3 times per week

Until next time:

Mark
@mochavegan
mark@mochavegan.com

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Eating Insects

Mmmm, tasty!???

Cricket

Seriously, did you expect me to talk about this? In this hypothetical journey into ‘oh, no, he didn’t’ I contemplate the impacts of people eating insects.

My recipe for Halloween Cricket Stir Fry

2 cups noodles of choice
1/4 cup sliced onions
2 cloves garlic
1 T chia seeds
1 t EVOO
1 1/2 cups of crickets, fresh

Improving Run Performance

My recipe for improving run performance

Speed training 2-3 times per week
Long Run for endurance once per week
Yoga once per week
Core 1 – 3 times per week

Until next time:

Mark
@mochavegan
mark@mochavegan.com

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Running! Jeff Sanders of jeffsanders.com and host of the 5AM Miracle Podcast joins the show today. What is a vegan? And seriously, what is a raw vegan?!

Think about what you put in your body and making time to move your body.

A preview of the movie Cowspiracy – The Sustainability Secret and discussion about Ag Gag Laws:

Anti-Whistleblower Bills Hide Factory-Farming Abuses from the Public

We talked about how Jeff’s dog, Benny, motivated him to start putting better food in his body. Find your motivation and join the journey towards a happier and healthier life.

Apology for the audio issues at the beginning…

Be healthy and happy! 🙂

Enjoy the episode!

Until next time:

Mark
@mochavegan
mark@mochavegan.com

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ICE CREAM!

29 Amazing Vegan Ice Cream Recipes

It calls you from the freezer: Come and get me, bring a big spoon. Don’t tell the brownies, you can have them tomorrow.

Enjoy the episode!

Until next time:

Mark
@mochavegan
mark@mochavegan.com

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Are you having trouble adequately hydrating your body?

Do you get headaches and blame it on your food?

Perhaps you are just running on empty when it comes to water. Water goes a LONG way towards fixing what ails you. In this ridiculous mockery, Mark makes it so simple that you should never have any hydration excuses again.

Recorded on the 101 freeway in the Phoenix Metropolitan Area, it’s the Mocha Vegan Performance Podcast.

Enjoy!

Mark Phipps
THE Mocha Vegan

Mark shares how it feels to be ‘in a funk’ and how to set goals to lead yourself out of it. Seek out the areas where you are most happy in life and expand those feelings into other areas of your life.

Set a milestone or goal to train for

  1. Marathon or half marathon
  2. Focus on your strengths

Take care of your body – it wants to take care of you
Pick a goal with realistic training requirements (not another full time job)

What to do when you reach your goal: “You have arrived.”

 

  1. Less things with wrappers
  2. Less things that required milk or butter and came with a sauce in powder form
  3. Whole grain pasta, lentils, brown rice

 

BIG BATTLE

  1. This is a daily battle for me.
  2. I am on new, uncharted, territory
  3. I don’t want to force what I am doing on others in my life.
  4. Offer grapes and bananas in lieu of pop tarts
  5. Carrot sticks instead of cheetos – alternative options for the kids

It is not about being perfect – be a better version of you

  1. Where are you happy in your life
  2. Take your successful areas and expand those

Mangoes Rock!

MVP #002 – Being Vegan Could Save Your Life! – Mark Phipps – Mocha Vegan Podcast

Save yourself! Protect your manhood and stay away from the blue pill. Get into the greens and grains and make your own healthful future!

Portable digital audio recorder from Zoom. The H4N makes recording on the go really easy! Even in the car on the 101 freeway!!!

Have fun with your kids while entertaining them. Q stands for quince! Show them the way, but let them make their own choices.