My name is Rich.

I've been Straight Edge and Vegan for almost 12 years and I have been doing Crossfit for two.

 

I know I said I would try and cut out the quinoa because of carb worries, but I was feeling a little sick and I think its because I’m so used to a large carb intake so I’m uppin’ my quinoa again.

I feel really great, but I think I need to state that I don’t always eat this well and wont always. I don’t want to promote food guilt at all. I am under a microscope with this blog and sometimes its stresses me out. So I may not post as often, but I will still post here.

I hope that the posts will be more interesting because I basically eat a lot of the same thing each day. So i’ll mostly post cool snack or different meals and workouts.

I hope that makes sense.

yesterdays breakfast was good! I feel so much more energetic with more carbs! just not the gluten! bananas/coconut/raw pecan/raw walnut/quinoa/almond milk

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snack was some alm butt and apple

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for lunch I was not hungry so I just had a smoothie with bananas/blueberries/alm milk and one of these dudesimage

heres the smoothie

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my bike tire was flat so Ive been driving the last 2 days. very lazy about changing tires.

after wrk I went to the gym

Workout Of the Day:
Push Press 3-3-3-3-3
(70-80-90-70-90%)

5 Rounds Each For Time:
5 Power Cleans, 135#
3 Front Squats, 135#
1 Jerk, 135#
200m Run
1 Min Rest Between Rounds
Post total time.

my push presses are getting better, but I’m still pretty bad at them. My arms and back are weeeeaaaakkk!

I finished the workout in 12:35 at 135#

went home made a smoove

and laid around before a meeting I had to go to. We worked on putting together this event calendar for the month of Octoberimage

for dinner I made this delicious sweet potato with tahini/quinoa/and raw kale

party

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no food at the crib

no food at the crib so I’m buying A lot more food at work than I would hope for.

I worked on sunday which I usually don’t so I couldn’t go on my sunday run

breakfast:

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lunch:

kale and seaweed salad plus lara bar and mineral water.

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after work I had band practice and it took the whole night afterward it was so late I didn’t feel so hungry so I just made a smoothie

kale/coconut water/flax seed/pineapple/mango

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I also had some leftover hummus and kale

I need more food this is getting booooooring. anyone got any good recipes I should try?

two days / big cheat

I’ve been busy with junk so I couldn’t blog friday.

friday at work I ate that deconstructed cereal from the night before. This is my go to jam for when I’m running low on food. which I totally am!!

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you should also just expect that through out my day I’, eat raw nuts and some type of unsweetened dried fruit. If there aint no picture just expect that its going down ALL THE TIME!

I got a coffee (DUH!) coffee is not thrive friendly but I love it so fight me.

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lunchtime was bangin’! I was gonna get a salad then decided to get this bad ass wrap instead.

raw hummus wrapped in kale leaves with avocado and bell pepper!

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I went home and did the babiest 2 mile run ever because Im squat sore f’real!

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after the run made a recovery shakey shake…shirtless

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for dinner I made this raw pasta dish with zuccini noodles and avocado ‘alfredo sauce’

the sauce was on, but I dont know why I made this the zuccini ‘noodles’ always make me queezy like im eating a slimey booger strip! I added kale and some leftover black beans (not pictured) because I was gonna barf

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next day (saturday) I woke up and slept in waaaaay to long. Im still sore, so I made a breakfast smoov-e with vega post workout junk/left over avocado/banana/kale/strawberries and coconut drink.

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I walked the dogs for like 30 minutes then went to grab a coffee

iced almond milk latte

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so today was my roommates (tessas) birthday and like a million of our friends were going to see THE SOFTIES and before hand eat pizza for her.

this is tessa

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so I had a big cheat and a pizza with all of them and I felt so horrible that I didn’t even photograph it!.

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actually I didn’t care and I was so busy enjoying the pizza that I didn’t take a picture. I never have food guilt that is a very unhealthy habit to gain! Although the more cheats, the harder it is to stay ON TRACK.

I also had a coffee while we waited for our table

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I had a great night and weekend

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I slept in today and when I awoke I snacked upon the other raw flax-cake from the day before.

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I sat around the house talking to the dogs for awhile then headed out to my tattoo appointment. I stopped off at this coffee shop called B2 I did their chalkboard sign so I get discounted/free coffee :]

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then I got my arm drilled for a couple of hours

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during a break in tattooing my friend Meghan gave me half of this little wrap. the whole thing was raw and vegan and within the THRIVE guidelines except for the whole wheat tortilla.

ww tortilla/kale/hummus/raw cashew cheese/bell pepper

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I went home and ate a cup of grapes and then took a two hour nap before a show I was playing.

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my hand were tore up from pull ups.

before the show I made a big smoothie

kale/mango/banana/flax/maca root/avocado/coconut water

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it was as big as my head.

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I put some almonds in my pocket to snack on at the show

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the show was weird and a lot of this type of mosh going on.

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when I got back I made this deconstructed cereal thang.

pine nuts/pecans/date/flax/cinnamon/banana/coconut drank

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then I passssseedddd ooouuuutttt!

no workout today just legitimate rest day

long daze

I woke up and ate this raw flax seed “pancake” that I had might the night before.

The hardest parts about eating well, I think are preparation, being social and trying to stay on track and tricking yourself you are eating bad (hahaha).

I’m glad I made these pancakes the night before it made my morning way better.image

1c ground flax meal
1 ripe banana

1/2 cup Raw Pecans
2 pitted dates
1/2tbsp cinnamon
1tbsp coconut oil
water, as needed

I only ate 1 because it was very filling.

I fed the dogs then rode to work!

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my boss took me out to coffee, but we had to walk to the coffee shop. It was the slowest walk on earth because I was still sore from the run and hadnt stretched yet.

almond milk latte :]

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snacked on some of these little homies throughout my workday

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for lunch I had a Lara bar and a Kale smoothie (kale/coconut water/mango/pineapple/banana)

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before I left work I grabbed a little snack to hold me over through the gym and till dinner.

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I also drank another VEGA PRE WORKOUT thang.

I then rode to the gym

the warm up wasimage

then the W.O.D

“Barbara”
5 Rounds For Time
20 Pull Ups
30 Push Ups
40 Sit Ups
50 Squats
Rest exactly 3 minutes between rounds.
Post total time.

my total time for this was 35:00 I beat my old time by 4 minutes!

That bummer part is I think I could have destroyed my old time but because of the previous days run the squats were horrrrrrriiibblllee!

I rode home after (this is the total distance from my work-the gym-home)

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I made a recovery smoothie vega/banana/strawberries/a date/ maca root powder

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I had to head out to San Francisco for a friends show so I had to make my dinner fast because I knew everyone would be eating up there and I wouldn’t be able to indulge in any of it.

I made this deconstructed raw chili (minus the beans) kinda thing I don’t know what to call it. it was kinda like a salsa.

imageimagethis shit was so good! (spot the hiding dog paw on the ground)

I devoured that on the ride up to the show and snacked on some grapes.

I pay for this bi-weekly local organic produce delivery and we’ve been getting these killer grapes! I love ‘em! So far I like the deliveries, but I cant wait for the seasons to change so I can get some new stuff!

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we all got coffee on the way up to the city.

I got an almond milk latte with ginger and orange zest shaved in!!!!

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the show was cool.

Tuesday Thangs

Got up a little late so couldn’t eat food at the house.

this was my bike ride to work.

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and this was my quick breakfast while working

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as a mid morning snack I ate this raw bar that taste kinda chalky but I needed something else plus a coffee.

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for lunch I at a BIG ASS SALADimage

chard/spinach/kale/garbanzo beans/pine nuts/cabbage and this tahini and oil dressing

late day snack

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after work I rode home

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I was planning on going on a really long run and I felt like I didn’t take in enough calories for the run so I had gotten one of these dudes.

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these tarts are 1-delicious and 2- high in healthy fats and sustainable burning energy.

I usually try to take in high HEALTHY fatty foods before a run for energy. Your body wants to burn fat for energy but all that gluten and sugar and other junk get in the way.

I also drank some of this stuff VEGA PRE WORKOUT ENERGIZER I drink this sometimes before hard workouts

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It has a good mixture of plant based ingredients that help with sustained energy. I highly recommend it!

anyway so I did the run…

imageThe run was the longest run I’ve ever done! I was feeling good! I ran straight for an hour and a half!

when I got back I made a smoothie. Dates/banana/vega/coconut drinkimage

after that I had a band meeting that took up most of my night. For some reason I was not hungry at all! the rest of the night! They all went out to eat and I just drank water.

This could be because according to the thrive book, when you eat more nutrient dense foods your body wont crave as much because it has received all it needs.

This is why you can eat like 6 breakfast jacks and still want to eat, because you are physically full but your brain still needs nutrients.

I wasn’t sure if this was the case, but I was worried that I wouldnt get in enough calories because of the run so I made myself eat some leftover lentils and a banana with almond butter and called it a night after some computer stuff!

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whatsup dog

Woke up and ate some left over coconut curried lentils with quinoa. This was a little heavier for a breakfast than I would want, but I didn’t want the food to go to waste.

I also ate a few pieces of dried mango.

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I went to the gym after and did the following.

warm up 3 rounds of:

:30 push ups to a ‘T’

:30 mountain climbers

:30 shoulder mobility with lunges

:30 situps

1:00 leg swings

then the W.O.D (workout of the day)


Strict Press 3-3-3-3-3
(65%/75%/85%/65%/85%)

3 Rounds For Time:
5 Strict Press @ 95#
5 Toes to bar
7 Push press @95#
5 Toes to bar
9 Push jerks @95#
5 Toes to bar
Post total time.

The first strength portion was maxed out at 105# and the 3 rounds portion I got 10:25 all prescribed.

Here’s an awkward bald man demonstrating each of those lifts

http://youtu.be/xLcntfkyXbM

I went home home and made a post workout smoothie.

Coconut Flakes / Frozen Mango / Vega Protein Powder / Coconut Drink

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I used to make these from scratch from thrive recipes, but they got pretty pricey so I have since opted for the VEGA SPORT PROTEIN POWDER. It gives me a pre measured portion of around 3:1 carb to protein ratio plus a ton of omegas and amino I need for a speedy recovery.

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After I went with my sister to her work to this fancy coffee shop BAREFOOT COFFEE

Iced coffee with almond milk

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I went home and handled some stuff then went for a light jog

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After I got down on some snackin’

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Later my house had a meeting for a new local booking collective and d.i.y event calendar

We made dinner, I ate sweet potatoes with raw pecans and pine nuts and sauteed chard

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During the meeting I was still hungry so I ate a pear and a banana with raw almond butter

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I have recently been inspired by a few friends to re-start this blog.
I will be posting again, the foods I eat and the workouts I do, plus any tricks/secrets/cool things I learn a long the way.
This time around since I’m going to be socially accountable for my eating again, I think I’m going to try and
• Consume a little less Quinoa than before. I know its a pseudo grain and is a more complete protein but the carb-protein ratio isnt really worth it ( this is mostly if I am incorporating it into every meal like I was before)
"Quinoa is often touted as being high in protein, although this is not true in the way most people think of a high-protein food. The amount of protein in quinoa is similar to other grains (that is, not a whole lot compared to the amount of starch and calories they contain)."
• A lot more protein I want a very high protein and fat diet with way less carbs. this will be tricky
Like before I will be following a mostly whole food, plant based diet. Vegetables, legumes, fruits, nuts, and good fats and oils. Make sure I’m getting protein in everything, as well as Omega-3′s.
No grains (with a few minor exceptions), no refined sugar, no gluten, no corn, no processed foods. The diet is geared toward an athletic/active lifestyle so it’s all easily digestible, energy efficient foods, and very high in protein. 
I hope to achieve:• Significant Gains in my running• Gain more energy throughout my day• Significant gains in my lifting• and again gain more food/health/fitness knowledge

I have recently been inspired by a few friends to re-start this blog.

I will be posting again, the foods I eat and the workouts I do, plus any tricks/secrets/cool things I learn a long the way.

This time around since I’m going to be socially accountable for my eating again, I think I’m going to try and

• Consume a little less Quinoa than before. I know its a pseudo grain and is a more complete protein but the carb-protein ratio isnt really worth it ( this is mostly if I am incorporating it into every meal like I was before)

"Quinoa is often touted as being high in protein, although this is not true in the way most people think of a high-protein food. The amount of protein in quinoa is similar to other grains (that is, not a whole lot compared to the amount of starch and calories they contain)."

• A lot more protein I want a very high protein and fat diet with way less carbs. this will be tricky

Like before I will be following a mostly whole food, plant based diet. Vegetables, legumes, fruits, nuts, and good fats and oils. Make sure I’m getting protein in everything, as well as Omega-3′s.

No grains (with a few minor exceptions), no refined sugar, no gluten, no corn, no processed foods. The diet is geared toward an athletic/active lifestyle so it’s all easily digestible, energy efficient foods, and very high in protein.

I hope to achieve:
• Significant Gains in my running
• Gain more energy throughout my day
• Significant gains in my lifting
• and again gain more food/health/fitness knowledge

Day 54-55

I’m slippin’ on these photos!

these breakfast things have been getting nuts!

quinoa, dates, blueberries, raw pumpkin seeds, raw sunflower seeds, raw pecans, cinnamon, bananas, agave and almond milk

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later I had an apple

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kale and seaweed salad with some quinoa carrots beets and some pumpkin seeds

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recovery drank

imagelittle energy boost before the gym

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the warm up was

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the W.O.D was

Handstand Push Up/Push Up Skill Work then…..

“Death By 10m”
With a continuously running clock, on the first minute run 10m (1 lap), on the second minute run 2 laps (20m), and on the third minute run 3. Continue until you can no longer make that many laps in the minute.
Post total minutes plus laps in to the next minute completed.

It was totally weird but by the 10th minute I was getting tired and it was crazy.

I got 15 rounds plus 15 laps one off of 16

went home and made a lemon/lime recovery smoothie

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  • 4 large Medjool dates (remove pits)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tbsp hemp protein
  • 1 tbsp ground salba
  • 2 tbsp sprouted buckwheat (or substitute cooked)
  • Juice from 1/2 lemon
  • Juice from 1/4 lime
  • 1/2 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 tsp ground dulse flakes
  • 1 tsp maca
  • 1 tsp greens powder (chlorella or spirulina)

Blend all the ingredients together in a blender.

dinner was coconut curry lentils with quinoa and a fat salad

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Day 55-

this breakfast was nuts and the best i’ve eaten so far!

Bananas, blueberries, strawberries, raw pecans, raw pumpkin seeds, raw almonds, cinnamon, dates, agave, dulse flakes, ground flax seed, quinoa and almond milk!

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mid morning snack

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lunche’ was this guy for energy

imageplus raw kale, quinoa, raw pumpkin seeds and some braggs liquid aminos

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recovery junk

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when I got home I did this W.O.D in my driveway

5-10-15-20-25-30 Reps For Time
Push Ups
Power Cleans, 95/65
Post max load and total time

I then had band practice and afterward I had a burrito with beans and rice that I didn’t take a picture of.

I have no more food left in my cupboard or fridge.

Day 51-53

I’m almost done and these blog posts are killin’ me! Its hard to find time to make these posts!

Breakfast-

Quinoa and bananas and almonds

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mid day snack lara bar

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I got an espresso durin lunch

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had a vega bar as well, I’ve really gotten into the vega bars more now…they are raw and gave sprouted nuts and give me a bit more than the other raw bars and lara bars.

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dinner was quinoa sushi with sweet spud and cucumber

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also some seaweed soup!

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Day 52-

Ground flax seed, apples, dates, bananas and some nuts

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lunch was a baby salad and some almonds

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before heading out to the gym I had one of these dudes. I like em a lot and feel the difference.

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I forgot to grab a picture of the warm up but it was mostly stretching and jumping.

the W.O.D was

Press 3-3-3-3-3 find a max

“Jackie”
For Time
1,000m Row
50 Thrusters, 45/33
30 Pull Ups
Post max load and total time.

this is a deceiving workout, you think its so easy but the moment you hop off the row machine your jelly and have to find composure and energy, its hard.

I got 105#’s for the press ( I have weak upper body) and 9:21 for Jackie my previous time doing this workou was 10:55 so I did improve!

I rode home and made a recovery drank

lots of lemon and dates and coconut in this one

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for dinner left over beans, quinoa, some almonds some carrots and garlic tahini sauce.

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Day 53-

breakfast was a mix of junk I grabbed from the food bar at work

quinoa, agave, carrots, apple, banana,  almonds, walnuts and some almond milk

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I had a little cappuccino as well

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lunch was a kale smoothie….kale, coconut water, mango, pineapple, banana

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my coworker went to this deep dish chicago pizza place for lunch that has a vegan pizza and I was tortured while they ate it….it looked real good!

I would probably feel like shit if I ate it though

I had a coffee instead only because they served BLUE BOTTLE COFFEE which is a local roaster I dig

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later I had one of these bad boys!

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so after work I drove up to san francisco to look at a bus to possibly buy for my band. When we got back it was getting late and we had no groceries at the house so I decided to grab some veggie PHO froma local vegetarian spot.

this was a big cheat, but I had very limited options at this time. Like I said before I’d rather eat something instead of not eat at all, that is a bad habit to form.

It had noodles and some seitan meats

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I felt a little gross afterwards, just because It was really heavy.

GLUTEN IS A BEAST!