So, first, I'm a vegetarian and I'm not really an activist, an advocate of some fad, an animal rights fanatic or anything like that. I do love animals so it feels good to me. I like to study spirituality and I enjoy Eastern Philosophy so that might motivate me a bit. I haven't been a particular healthy eater for years. I've eaten lots of vegetarian pasta, baked potatoes with cheese, cookies, chips and lots of things that will kill you in enough quantity. I used to be much thinner and healthier in spite of this diet because I spent hours a day riding and training horses. As I've grown older I've become less active and now I'm fat and less healthy.
On medication I got much better and I eat a better diet now. I decided I wanted to feel better. I'm not trying to lose weight but I wouldn't mind if it happened. I miss 25 years ago when I was lifting weights and near competing in a bodybuilding competition. So, recently I've started lifting again even if my protein requirements will be a challenge.
I found a product that I LOVE. It's called Soylent and I'll drop an Amazon affiliate link below but that's not just so you might click it, it's because I am passionate about the product. It isn't for everyone. If you already use smoothies or protein shakes to supplements, you might like it. It's lower in sugar than products like Boost. It's not a weight loss product like Slimfast but you could use it as part of a program and it has far more balanced nutrients. It's vegetarian. It comes in plain white and plain brown (cacao flavor.) The package is even pure white, like a lovely white cake.
Now, for those of you who read the book "Make Room, Make Room!" or saw the old movie "Soylent Green" you may already be wondering about Soylent. The guy who came up with the formula thought it was a bit funny and might draw attention. It hasn't hurt sales since I am on a subscription plan and last month they ran out of powdered Soylent for 2 weeks. They make it in pre-mixed bottles too but it's cheap in powder.
For a weight lifter, though, the protein in Soylent isn't enough to drink as a whole source of food. If you add peanut butter you get more sugar and fat. You can add egg whites but I'm scared of those. I was looking into protein sources when I found out about pea protein. It's basically powdered split peas. So, I decided I wanted to try it but now I'm pondering the issue.
What to DO for more protein? GREEN pea protein?
Split peas are green. Plain Soylent powder is white. If I add pea protein powder, is my Soylent going to turn green? Can I drink green Soylent? Does that make it into Soylent green and if so, is it made of people or just pea-ple? If you have thoughts on this or my dilemma, or if you have other ideas for a nonfat vegetarian protein source, leave a comment or sent me an email through my contact page!
Other than this green dilemma, Soylent is the best thing that has happened to me in ages. I've dropped 30 lbs by replacing 2 meals a day with it. I don't think it will help just anyone, but if you are interested, there is a link below. I really appreciate it if you click the link from my site and help me keep the site running, but it's also fine if you don't. If you are confused, go see the movie Soylent Green and you will understand my peaple conundrum.
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