High-protein vegan foods I ate this week

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If there’s one question all vegans get asked, it’s: “But where do you get your protein?” Concern trolling has soured the inquiry for a lot of vegans, largely because the biological requirements for protein are, in fact, much lower than many Americans believe. Vegans know this, so they can see through the veneer of concern in their coworker’s casual question. Kevin’s pretending to care about my health only because it’s an easy vehicle for him to pick apart my values or lifestyle. (Fat people experience this a lot, too—even more so than vegans.)

But it’s a valid question! And many would-be vegans have this curiosity.

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How to get a full-body workout with an injured knee

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In the first half of a roller derby scrimmage on Saturday, I was in the middle of a pile-up on the track. In the tussle, I messed up my MCL, or the ligament on the inside of my knee. If it’s torn, it’s only slightly. It’s Wednesday now, and it already feels 10,000 times better than it did on Saturday.

Of course, it probably wouldn’t have hurt that bad on Saturday if that pesky adrenaline hadn’t encouraged me to ignore it and play the second half at full-throttle. But I digress.

As much as I missed squatting yesterday, I knew skipping out on leg day was the only non-stupid thing to do. I want to give myself the opportunity to recover, and fast.

Still, two of my five gym days involve my fair use of my gams. With them out of commission, what was I supposed to do?

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What I ate on Day 1 of my vegan cut

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^ Not a picture of me. I do not such fancy shoes.

I’m proud of my first day on the program, even though I did not do things perfectly.

For one, I totally forgot to do agility training. That’s a total of 5 extra minutes or so, so I’ll just tack it onto my Wednesday workout.

Even without agility, the workout took much longer than I expected.

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What a vegan strength-training program looks like

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The secret is: it’s what a non-vegan strength-training program looks like. Perhaps this blog post would be more accurately titled “What a derby player’s strength training program looks like” because that ultimately has more impact on my training program than my diet. But that’s cool. I want to rope vegans into this conversation so they know they can and should lift weights.

But first, a confession.

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