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Rachel J. Olsen
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  • Calgary, Alberta
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Vanilla Chai Whole Food Optimizer
How did you discover Vega?
I was looking for a dairy free protein shake supplement and found Vega products at a local organic store, Amaranth. I have used it ever since and love it!
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I am a 33 year old kinesiologist and personal trainer. I have been a vegetarian for quite a few years now and prefer to eat vegan and raw meals. I have started training for a Figure competition and had my trainer provide me with a diet that is full of eggs and fish protein. In only two days my body was sluggish, bloated, and I felt terrible. Therefore, I have been searching for new ways to eat more vegan yet still succeed in competition.

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At 11:44am on January 29, 2011, Brenda Carey said…

My best advice for leaning out, if you're already vegan, is to go to bed a little hungry and wake up hungry (I'm sure you've heard the old adage about not eating 3 hours before bedtime).  Also, if you have trouble with pockets of fat in small areas, like I do, I just discovered that vigorous massage on those areas 2+ times per day helps.  It makes sense because the reason we gain fat in certain stubborn spots is that we have poor circulation in those spots. I even sit on a heating pad sometimes to keep circulation going into my upper thighs and butt region. I am seeing a smoothing of the cellulite in those areas as a result of the increased circulation. Other than that, my experience with leaning out involves avoiding processed foods, high glycemic foods, and gluten, which makes me bloated.  

As for the weight training and your advice for me--do you ever use drop sets or other tricky techniques to up your weight?  I am experimenting with that and I am getting very strong. The thought is that a stronger muscle is a bigger muscle.   But funny that last night I was pressing 400 lbs on the calf machine and some guy remarked that that was a lot of weight and then I laughed and showed him how small my calves still are despite my strength.  Oh well, what can I do?  I'll just keep plugging along and trying different things.

Please let me know when and where you plan on competing.  I would love to come cheer on a fellow vegan!  

Best Wishes,


At 7:17pm on January 28, 2011, Brenda Carey said…
Hi Rachel, I am also seeking to create that figure competition winning physique by using vegan nutrition and, of course, Vega products. I have always been athletic, but I am the tall, thin body type and have never been muscular.  I have been inspired by the Monica Brandt's of the world to try for more muscle.  I have been making some changes and seeing some results lately.  I thought we might be able to share info and root each other on to our dream physiques.  One thing I've been doing more lately is breaking up my workouts into smaller muscle groups per day so that I do more different movements to hit each muscle group more thoroughly in the time I spend at the gym each night.  I have also been really increasing the weight, even if I can only do 3 reps sometimes (in those scenarios, I usually end up doing a drop set to take it to the burn).  I am also doing my cardio in the method Brendan describes as the VO2 method to get greater efficiency.  I am keeping a training and food journal and making sure I get lots of good vegan protein.  And, finally, I am taking lots of naps and getting massages to try to speed recovery.  How about you?  Any methods working especially well for you that you'd like to share.  I'm always looking for tips.  Thanks : ) Your Friend, Brenda
At 7:18am on January 26, 2011, Keith Courneyea said…
Your definitely headed in the right direction.  I've been using the whole food optimizer for over a year.  It's great.

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