Pop to the local chemist or health food store for a bottle of Floradix Calcium Magnesium with Vitamin D and Zinc, which is a purely plant-derived liquid formula, really pleasant tasting and easy to take. Dish it out to all of them one at a time and then take one yourself to show you’re part of the team. It doesn’t keep long owing to no preservatives, so keep it in the fridge and be sure to take every day. Zinc is another important nutrient for hormonal boys, it’s highly concentrated in sperm and as such, teenage boys can be deficient in it (where does all the zinc go?!).
I have discussed my decision to become a vegan with my personal trainer and he told me that this will not work for me. He feels I won’t be getting enough protein to maintain my muscles AND to lose the weight I want because I will be consuming too many carbs and calories for the amount of proteins I need. (I am a 63 y. o. female and weigh about 127 kg.) He feels I should be ingesting at least 120 gm of protein per day (preferably more) because I train hard 3x/week. For instance, he said I would have to eat 4 cups of black beans or 37 cups of spinach or 7 cups of quinoa or 2 cups of almonds per day to equal an 8 oz. portion of chicken (56 Gm protein) which would be only half my daily requirement. Yet, most healthy vegans I know seem to be healthy and fit. Please help me to justify my intentions. I’m confused.
Erythropoietin (EPO): A 165 amino acid glycoprotein hormone (glycoproteins consist of several sugar molecules linked with a protein molecule). EPO stimulates erythrocyte (red blood cell) production in the bone marrow, boosting the blood's ability to carry oxygen. Studies have shown that significant amounts of EPO resist digestion and survive to reach receptors in the intestinal tract. One raw milk-drinking athlete was wrongly accused of blood-doping, so there's at least anecdotal evidence of EPO's activity in our systems!