Is pea protein less effective than whey?

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Short answer: Probably not.

Longer answer: Hot and fresh out the proverbial kitchen is a study in the journal Sports that compares muscle growth and performance between people supplementing with pea protein powder and people supplementing with whey. The conclusion:

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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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What I eat on bad days

Today the United States bleeds. At a Senate hearing, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford let the entire country excavate the most traumatic event of her life. When she was 15, she told a panel of older men, a boy named Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her, laughing and smothering her screams. The day had me and so many others feeling a raw and open wound that can never quite scab over.

I couldn’t eat much yesterday. I couldn’t move much. When I left the conference room after her testimony, I cried at my desk. I needed to eat, and I did. Bad coffee, a noodle bowl by Annie Chun’s. A mint chocolate Clif bar. When I felt empty again, a Raw Rev vegan bar, shiny with oil.

At home, I ate squash and red onions and corn on the cob and tempeh crumbles. I ate it with guacamole. My stomach swooped, like I had thought there was another step at the end of the staircase.

I drank a margarita: lime juice, tequila, triple sec, and agave. I drank it alone. I drank it with half the world.

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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