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October 26, 2006

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Mermade

Does the vegan diet prohibit diary products? Like, ice cream is off-limits? (I only ask this because I'm currently stuffing my face with chocolate ice cream...) :-)

Hugo

Dairy is out, yes. But soy ice cream.... all good.

djw

I don't think it's that big of a leap from your football fandom...

SamChevre

One of my room-mates was a competitive bobybuilder. He actively avoided all soy products; he told me that soy products (specifically--unlike other legumes) have an estrogen-mimicking effect, and thus reduce one's ability to build muscle bulk.

If you are losing muscle bulk, despite working out and sufficient protein intake, this effect may be a possible factor to consider.

The Chief

The violence in the ring is one thing, but the corruption in the back room often associated with professional boxing is a different matter alltogether. Did your friend indicate if he'd ever encountered that sort of business, been pressured to throw a fight, anything like that?

Kevin T. Keith

If you won't even watch boxing due to pacifist inclinations, why do you participate in boxing?

I know you aren't entering prize fights, but I assume you are actually hitting people in the ring, right? How is that different from what the professionals are doing, in terms of how it relates to your values?

Hugo

Sam, I have heard that about soy. As a vegetarian, dropping soy would make getting protein very difficult indeed -- soy is such a staple of my diet (more of my calories come from soy than anything else) that I can't imagine living without it.

Kevin, I am only sparring a bit -- and the only person I hit is my trainer, a former Olympian, and I am hitting his mitts, his headgear, etc. No actual potential for injury.

Stacy

I'm not a pacifist but I don't believe in violence as the answer to problems either. It hasn't stopped me from practicing Krav Maga for the last 6 months. The best workouts I've ever had. I've dropped 3 pants sizes, and gained 5 pounds, and am really enjoying myself.

mica

lots of nutrition info and muscly vegan guys in the photo galleries:

http://www.veganbodybuilding.com/

catswym

you could try whey protein shakes. not vegan, but a possible alternative if you're concerned with too much soy.

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Shin Splints is a painful condition in the shin involving inflammation that occurs either in the front or inside section of the shin bone. In many cases shin splints can result from intense physical activity such as running or jumping, and is a condition that can often take a long time to heal.

The symptoms for shin splints include tightness and/or tenderness around the shin, especially after running or walking for long distances. Shin splints are generally caused by excessive stretching of muscles and tendons along the shin bones (tibia and fibula). Overuse of these muscles by athletes and runners is the most common factor.

Excessive pronation of the feet can also be a major contributing factor. Over-pronation leads to internal tibial rotation and increases the tractional forces upon the muscles and ligaments in the lower leg.

In the short term, rest is required to help alleviate shin pain; running and other strenuous activities should be avoided until the condition is minimized. Shin Splints can frequently be prevented by warming up before intense physical activity.

Using appropriate footwear is also a good way to prevent and reduce the effect of shin splints, especially for runners who strike heavily with the heel. Running shoes with proper rear foot stability are important. Orthotic insoles are useful in that they help prevent over-pronation and provide heel cushioning to reduce impact while providing heel stability.

N.Ray

I would not worry about soy protein cause estrogen-like effects. Although the research proves this, one must take into consideration the amounts of soy needed to have the causality. If you look in relative terms, you would need to consume nearly 1500 to 2000 grams of soy protein per day to have estrogen effects. I highly doubt that you are consuming that much protein, as even consuming 400-500 grams a day is alot!

N.Ray, human performance specialist

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I am suffering from a severe shin splint in only my right leg, b/c I ran too long and didnt listen to my body:( I have stopped running all together for 2 months and have been receiving laser treatment from my chiropracter. Things were healing great, until last night I venture on to the cross trainer...there was no pain and I was able to go for about 45 minutes. It wasnt until I had iced the area post workout that I noticed swelling and redness!! For the last 48hrs, I have been constantly applying ice to the area in hopes to heal the inflammation....now I think my shin has frost bite!! AHHH!! What do I do now? Keep icing it? Apply heat instead? Help!! I just want to run again like I used to :(

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If you won't even watch boxing due to pacifist inclinations, why do you participate in boxing?

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