Last night I worked out my arms, much the same as I have in past workouts that I’ve posted here and I ate a lot of stuff similar to what I posted yesterday, so I’m gonna share something different today. Don’t get me wrong, I like sharing my workout and diet here every day so that others can see what a Female Vegan Bodybuilder does (besides obsessively posing in the mirror and picking out new colors of spray tan).  But every now and then I come across extra stuff that I want to share with you.  I am on a quest here, and so I spend a lot of time reading and researching bodybuilding and vegan nutrition.  And I get excited when I find something really good.  For instance, the wonderfully cushion-y “Squat Sponge” that I told you about in the “Booty Booty Booty” blog of March 31 (yes, there was something else in that blog besides a big picture of my butt).

This time I’ve discovered an organic cereal with 10 grams of protein per 3/4 cup!!!

Most cereals have about 6grams per cup, so this is a big deal because it’s double that!!!  If you’re trying to get around 200 grams of protein into your body every day (like me), then you know that every thing you eat has to be high in protein.  You cannot waste your time on low protein foods. To get filled up on foods that do not have very much protein is completely and utterly foolish. Because of this, I have not been eating cereal for the past few months and I’ve really missed it.  So, to find this cereal is wonderful because it puts another food choice into my life.  Yay!  Add to that the seitan choices that I’ve recently added back into my diet (in moderation) and my “protein portfolio” is looking very good!  (Note: this cereal contains green tea, let the caffeine-sensitive beware).

And I’ve discovered the Vibram 5 Finger shoes.  I assume that a lot of people will think that these shoes look “weird”.  But think about it–why is it weird to be able to properly align your toes and use them when you walk and exercise and normal to bind them up and pretend like you have no toes?  What’s wrong with admitting that you have toes people? Funny the things we choose to hide about our bodies, although we all know what’s being hidden. (Like nipples—everybody knows that everybody has them and they all look pretty much alike, but the mere threat of showing even one is shocking enough to cause a Super Bowl size upset— odd.  But I digress.)

Anyway, bunions and hammer toes are caused by shoes, they are painful to the point of crippling and they’re definitely not pretty. Even if you don’t mind being crippled by your toe-binding and even if you want to hide your feet from most of the world, most of the time— your lover and the other people on the beach will see them some day.  Don’t you want your toes to be straight and pretty on those occasions rather than twisted and lumpy from shoes that crowd them?

And what about function?  The toes need to be strong and in proper alignment to do a proper calf raise.  If you are just using your big toe for everything, you are robbing yourself of real stability and you’re not working the entire calf muscle to the extent that you could if your toes were straight and strong and all pressing against the floor or plate.  Weight should be distributed across all the toes to engage all the muscle fibers that arise from there.  It is for this reason that, for years, many experts have suggested doing calf raises bare footed.  Well, if you’re like me (and I hope you are in this regard), taking my shoes off and putting my bare feet on the machines at the gym is not appealing.  Hence we have a wonderful new creation called “toe shoes” on the market for people like me from Vibram 5 Fingers and now Nike (“Skele-toes”).

The feel of having the toes separated and in proper alignment may take a little getting used to for some (isn’t that sad?).  But for folks like me with a background in yoga, it’s no problem.  We yogis have been spreading our toes during our work outs and even wearing toe socks for years.  It’s about time we had some shoes to let us do the same in environments where we’d rather not go barefoot.

I could go into how monkeys probably think that we’re stupid for not using all of our fingers to do stuff, and how I do worry about what monkeys think of me, but I will leave it at that.  With a sincere thank you to Vibram for starting something wonderful!


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