The P90x Nutrition Plan: An ethical dilemma

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    Jan 02, 2011 6:50 PM GMT
    I know there are like hundreds of threads on P90x so I apologize for adding yet another one to the mix, but I don't think this topic has been addressed before.
    I'm about to start the program tomorrow, and as I'm compiling my grocery list for the diet, I found something quite disturbing. My boyfriend and I are both doing this. He's a Level I and I'm a Level II. Four days out of the week, the plan calls for an omelette or a scramble for breakfast. For me, it's requiring 8 egg whites for each, and 6 for him. And since my math is significantly better than my grammar, I can calculate that I'm gonna need 56 egg whites for the week. Wait.. Am I reading that correctly? 56?!?!?! icon_eek.gif That is some serious chicken genocide right there!
    I'm so excited about this program and would love nothing more than to have a ripped muscular body and a six pack, but at what cost? I can't have the brutal killing of unborn chicken babies on my conscience. I mean.. a few is okay, but not 56 a week. That's a little excessive.
    Does anyone who has been through the program or is familiar with these types of diet plans have any advice? Is there anything else I can have for breakfast that is relatively simple and quick to make but provides as much of the necessary nutrients to get that body that I'm going to be working so hard for without compromising my values?
    Thanks in advance icon_smile.gif
  • UnluckyTitan

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    Jan 03, 2011 6:04 AM GMT
    I haven't done the program myself, but that does seem like a lot of egg whites. That's some serious $$ to shell out for breakfast alone. I'm guessing the point of the egg whites is protein. I would say have a couple of egg whites then add in a protein shake.

    Personally I wouldn't have a problem with it since those chickens were bread for the sole purpose of laying eggs for market. In all likly hood if people aren't buying eggs those chickens wouldn't exist.
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    Jan 03, 2011 6:41 AM GMT
    If your goal is to build muscle, then you need the protein. And egg whites are one of the best sources of complete proteins.

    Not sure why you are having any type of dilemma with eating the egg whites. Whether it's 8 a day or 1 a day, shouldn't make a difference to your conscience. Either you eat animal protein, or you don't, doesn't matter the quantity (a "murder" is a "murder", right?).

    If it's really bothering you that much, then substitute 24 grams of a whey protein as a substitute (with minimal carb content). Or use greek yogurt and low-fat cottage cheese (I mix 1/2 cup greek yogurt with 1/2 cup low-fat cottage cheese with frozen blueberries, and chopped almonds for about 30 grams of protein in the morning) - be mindful that this combination has carbs.

  • calibro

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    Jan 03, 2011 7:42 AM GMT
    umm... what you're saying is the equivalent of a woman who has her period just had an abortion. chickens naturally lay eggs. they only give birth when there is a rooster around to fertilize those eggs. if you've ever cracked an egg and found blood in it, that was a fertilized egg. so no, no chickens have or will die from that, though i do recommend you buy eggs from cage free facilities.
  • JDean

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    Jan 03, 2011 7:54 AM GMT
    Or go buy ur own chickens. We have like a dozen or so. They're pretty easy to maintain and supply a rather heafty amount of eggs.
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    Jan 03, 2011 8:01 AM GMT
    steviestar saidA chicken egg is not a baby chicken. It needs to be fertilized and incubated to produce a chick.

    Your dilemma should be the battery hens and the conditions they endure, so you can have breakfast.


    Yeah, he's not killing any unborn babies by eating eggs, lol.

    Also cage free tastes so much better.
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    Jan 03, 2011 8:07 AM GMT
    steviestar saidA chicken egg is not a baby chicken. It needs to be fertilized and incubated to produce a chick.

    Your dilemma should be the battery hens and the conditions they endure, so you can have breakfast.

    Make sure your eggs are free range,then your conscience can be clear.



    Exactly what I was going to say...It's only an ethical dilemma if you are a vegan. An egg is not a baby chicken, it like a chicken 'period.' An unfertilized egg, that's it.

    If you were a vegan or a member of PETA the ethical dilemma lies in the treatment of the chickens who's 'periods' you're stealing.
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    Jan 04, 2011 3:57 PM GMT
    Thanks guys! Now I just feel dumb! I always thought an egg was a baby chicken, and that the yolk was the chick. I need to pick up a book or go back to school or something. haha
    So I guess I can eat them with a clear conscience now. But it still seemed like a lot of work so I ended up buying several cartons of egg whites.
    Thanks for all your input icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jan 04, 2011 4:12 PM GMT
    Did you consider buying pasteurized white, so you don't have to throw away half the egg?

    I'd feel worse about all that... food being wasted. I guess people that sell egg white use the yolk to do some desserts and stuff (that you won't eat at P90x :p)... so less waste.

    Also, pasteurized whites come in handy boxes, ready to use, yay!
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    Jan 04, 2011 4:15 PM GMT
    Oh great, I just read your last post, now I'm the dumb one, icon_biggrin.gif
  • SoDakGuy

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    Jan 04, 2011 4:15 PM GMT
    Drama queen.