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Vegan Complete Protein Ratios

One of the most ubiquitous combinations of food found in indigenous cultures around the world is rice and beans. Rice (high in lysine) and beans (high in methionine) provide the body with all the essential amino acids necessary to build protein that would otherwise be lacking from a vegan diet. For a great cheat-sheet listing […]

October 20, 2014 · Michael · No Comments
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Grocery Shopping in Orlando - A guide to buying healthy, mostly organic foods (on a student budget!)

I've lived in Orlando for 4 years as a college student. I try to keep my grocery bill under $200 per month, and I try to eat mostly organics; this guide will show you how I do this.

October 20, 2014 · Michael · No Comments
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CFE FCU denies cyclists to utilize drive-thru services

Today I was denied access to make a deposit at the Central Florida Educators Federal Credit Union drive-thru because I was on a bicycle. I expect better from a local, member-owned cooperative. If you are a member of CFE and you want to see this policy changed, send me an email at michael .dot. sa […]

December 31, 2011 · Michael · 2 Comments
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Homegrown, Sustainable Wheat

I've biked past the wheat fields of Kansas/Colorado. I saw the seemingly endless fields of annual corn + wheat GMOs. The centralized food industry of the United States has evolved far beyond traditional farming. Today, our farming techniques are very good at producing mass quantities of drought-resistant, disease-resistant, and (*gasp*) herbicide-resistant crops. However, our feeble […]

March 10, 2011 · Michael · No Comments
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Reduce throw-away lunches

Ever since UCF Tent City Fall '09, I've seem to become known as 'that guy with the stainless steel lunch thing.' As only one person has noticed, that 'steel lunch thing' is really the To-Go Ware 3-Tier Stainless Steel Tiffin Carrier. Tiffin Carriers are reusable lunch boxes (typically stainless steel) that are popular in India. […]

March 10, 2011 · Michael · No Comments
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The Methionine + Lysine Complete Protein Cheat Sheet

Being a self-educated vegan, it's easy to muck things up--especially when it comes to eating the right protein when the FDA doesn't require foods to be labeled with their amino acid contents. The mere grams of protein in a meal is insufficient information to determine how much protein your body can actually absorb. I recently […]

February 12, 2011 · Michael · 3 Comments
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Cheap Vegan Protein Shakes

The more I learned about the meat industry in America, the more I learned how impossible it was to maintain a low carbon foot print and live a sustainable lifestyle while still supporting the meat industry. Organic meats are few and far between, expensive, and still less efficient than eating plants directly. So, several months […]

March 9, 2010 · Michael · No Comments
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Antioxident-Rich Plants, for real

Not long after I began dissecting and altering my lifestyle to become more sustainable, I realized the benefits of supporting local farms. What's better than buying produce from local farms? Growing yourself. As I had just bought a house, I made it my goal to convert the overgrown weedy backyard into an organic garden. While […]

January 27, 2010 · Michael · 5 Comments
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Cross-country Bicycle Trip

It's been a couple of weeks since Quinn and I created a website specifically for our cross-country bicycle trip (Georgia to California) that we're embarking on this summer (2010), but I haven't really advertised it, yet. Then again, I haven't really advertised *this* site at all. Nevertheless, the website is: https://1guy2biketrips.michaelaltfield.net. If 2 guys can […]

December 23, 2009 · Michael · 2 Comments
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New Blog

Hello World! I created this entirely new blog (segregated from my Technology Blog) specifically for environmentally-friendly/sustainable lifestyle related posts. As always, this is more for me than anyone else, but if someone benefits from reading this rubbish, so much the better! 😀

December 23, 2009 · Michael · No Comments
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