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  1. This is just a thought stream, and I'd love to hear what you have to say. So we know: 1. Complex starchy carbohydrates are very good for delivering protein to muscle. You can rapidly increase mass gains just by increasing the total grams of starchy carbs per day. 2. Commercial mass gain solutions that are priced to take your grandmother's home comprise mostly of a mix of a protein solution and a carbohydrate solution. 3. Commercial mass gain solutions unfortunately also contain a lot of sugar and simple carbohydrates. 4. A great polysaccharide to use as our carb of choice is starch, or essentially Amylose/Amylopectin. So I followed this principle: 1. Find a protein supplier (soy, hemp, etc.), bulk order 2. Find a starch/Amylose/Amylopectin (potato starch, corn starch?) supplier, bulk order 3. Mix and eat per regular dietary regimen (I'm thinking I would probably want to integrate it with a meal, getting 200-300 calories of the mix + whatever additional calories/nutrition from regular meal 6 times a day) Thoughts? I'd love other ideas!
  2. Here are some thoughts from the keyboard of Endy, hope they help. This was mostly thrown together, so PLEASE add to it, remove from it, do whatever. Two minds are always better than one! ---------- THE LETTER: Dear [specific name], The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is a wonderful inspiration. I am very glad to share news of your outstanding care of animals with others. When I visited recently, your [something] was simply amazing. [Employee name or department name or whatnot] did a wonderful job with [employee duty, animal name, or whatever else]. Without a doubt, I believe you run an excellent zoo. Your mission statement announces your commitment to encouraging respect and stewardship of the natural world. I feel this is a noble goal and you earn my heartfelt respect for it. I truly appreciate the commitment you meet, but am saddened to see that your restaurant serves animal products. This is a message that unfortunately harms your mission for two reasons: 1) Animals are slaughtered, especially in a context where meat overconsumption is a problem. [Come up with something better than this?] 2) According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization [citations, statistics], consumption of animals is a major contributor global warming, destruction of habitats and natural environments. [substantiate this more]. I honestly feel that serving animal products does not contribute to the mission of the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. Instead, it is an obstacle that promotes disrespect and harm towards the natural world we all strive to protect. As an alternative and to further increase the organization's profits, the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo can satsify customers with [alternate solution here--come up with whatever you want]. [Write a paragraph or two to make it solid--remember, they're also concerned about their bottom line and one of the best ways to persuade is to convince them of a solution that makes sure they end up with more money] [first name], thank you so much for your time and consideration. Your support for the natural world continues to inspire me and I genuinely look forward to a time where I can say the zoo's commitment is truly the best I have ever seen. Sincerely, [your name] ---------------- IMPLEMENTATION: Fill out the blanks Call the cleveland zoo, find names, find people in departments. Get a personnel list. (Ask if you want help on this). Look for people who have authority to make the changes you want. Shoot high, but remember sometimes people high on the list might be more busy than people lower who also have the influence you need. You might have to call several times and navigate bureaucratic obstacles. Once you get a name, call that person. Come in with a solid case (which you will have once you fill out the details in this letter). As you talk (and in a way that encourages you two to bond), let him know you're forwarding a letter. Don't forget to ask how else you can get this message spread at the zoo. You might get some wonderful advice.
  3. Hey all you guys! I haven't been around for a while, and that's horrible news because I miss you guys! I'm here hoping you all are making progress towards your goals and I'm cheering for all of you. I've got a question for you. How do I overfeed? Simple question, but here's my challenge. My natural appetite puts me to barely 1,000 calories a day. When I made a gain of 10lbs over the Summer, I ended up getting most from Clif bars and other sources that are processed, high in sugars, and high in fats. Even then, I was lucky to scrape the 2,000 calorie mark. After dropping simple carbs, I blend as many starchy carbs as I can now. Tastes horrible, but I'm trying to figure out how to get the goods into my system first before working on taste. Ever since dropping those simple carbs, I've actually been losing weight, reversing a huge chunk of my Summer gains. Any advice? Would love to hear some.
  4. I don't see any B12 in those sources you mentioned. Rye: http://www.nutritiondata.com/facts/cereal-grains-and-pasta/5727/2 Kamut, uncooked: http://www.nutritiondata.com/facts/cereal-grains-and-pasta/10353/2 No B12?
  5. For all this discussion about corn, I think something's a little awry. Looking up raw white sweet corn and raw yellow sweet corn reveals a pretty good amino acid profile, only a little weak in Lysine and solid in Tryptophan. Am I missing something? (Perhaps a type of corn that is not represented at nutritiondata.com?) White sweet corn, raw: http://www.nutritiondata.com/facts/vegetables-and-vegetable-products/2972/2 Yellow sweet corn, raw: http://www.nutritiondata.com/facts/vegetables-and-vegetable-products/2415/2
  6. I really am fascinated by the transformation in your pectorals. In the first pictures, they're quite small, but now they're well defined, present, and a FORCE TO RECKON WITH!
  7. DV's post is straight on. The more I learn about the fitness industry, the more I realize how much misinformation is right on our plates, and it's not even funny. The expense comes straight out of our pockets, especially as soon as medical bills begin to hit. If you really do want to do recovery drinks, why not make your own? This is one of my favorites, even if I don't do recovery drinks much: Brazier calls this a "Lemon-Lime Recovery Drink" Juice of 1/2 lemon Juice 1/4 lime 4 dates 2 cups water 2 tbsp agave nectar 1 tbsp hemp protein 1 tsp ground dulse flakes 1 tsp hemp oil 1/2 tsp lemon zest
  8. Imagine posting the same thing 4 times in a row on the same thread. Imagine trying to pick up Super Heavy Weight Wrestler and throwing him around like a bag of rice. http://i340.photobucket.com/albums/o350/the_truth_bucket/AlexanderKarelin.jpg Hahahahahaha. My bad.
  9. It will be hard We need a temporary ninja to take his place. It won't be the same, though.
  10. Imagine not just doing that with the Tour de France, but also the Giro d'Italia and the Vuelta a España in one year.
  11. Imagine not just doing that with the Tour de France, but also the Giro d'Italia and the Vuelta a España in one year.
  12. Imagine not just doing that with the Tour de France, but also the Giro d'Italia and the Vuelta a España in one year.
  13. Imagine not just doing that with the Tour de France, but also the Giro d'Italia and the Vuelta a España in one year.
  14. But you have to be careful. Ninjas are allergic to it.
  15. What does it do? It, quite masterfully, works out your Extensor Digitorum Brevis while you sleep and listen to Bach's Little Fugue in G Minor. http://www.podiatrychannel.com/pod/Images/ft_frntvw.jpg
  16. Yeah, you're right about that -- I've completely removed the shoulder exercises and have been monitoring my healing. It's coming along and in a month I should be okay. I'm hoping at some stage I'll be able to do a little to flush the system with blood -- I find it helps me with post-workout recoveries as well. My question was more about how to work out my back and my pecs without using the shoulders (or the injured part). I found out today that I can mimic cable crossovers without any sort of shoulder problem, so that's a way I can work my pecs (except I don't have the equipment). What I did for today was just make the motions I normally make, but try to stress the muscles. Like, instead of barbells for my bicep curls, I just mimicked the motion and stressed both my triceps and biceps. It doesn't seem to give as big a pump, so I'm looking for other ideas?
  17. Fantastic post, Alec! I made/am making the transition and I'm finding how ridiculous all the old perspectives I had on a vegan diet are really miles and miles off-base. I love how I feel with it, and I love knowing I'm loading my body with all the good nutrition I need (and more). Thanks for the inspiration. And I just have to say, when I saw your title, I thought "What? You mean rocks are made out of animals too?!?!"
  18. I'm a hardgainer. Diet is most crucial, but asking around for ideas on dumbbell routines is smart! Kudos to you, amigo. This is my routine, it's all dumbbells plus some bodyweight with pushups. viewtopic.php?f=46&t=13712 Hope that helps! At the end of the six week cycle, I go back to the start, but this time with higher weights (assuming I've made gains).
  19. I just joined the shoulder woes club that seems to be growing here on VBB. The anterior and medial heads of my left deltoids feel totally out of tune. I had a small pain there that I really exacerbated during some pushups the other day. It hurts a little, but it feels really weird when i move my arm in a specific way or apply any sort of stress, such as holding a barbell. This throws off most of my workout, since I work exclusively with barbells or body weight. So I've been trying to redesign it. My abs day workout is fine, and I'm thinking of just putting weights in a backpack to have weight for my legs routine. But when it comes to the upper body, I'm not sure what to do? How can I work out my pecs, my back, my biceps and triceps without adding stress to my left delts? Help! I've gained another 4 pounds since starting this routine and would love to keep my progress going! My current workout schedule: viewtopic.php?f=46&t=13712 -- I'm in weeks 5,6 of the plan.
  20. Beforewisdom is right. You also want to pick a field that gives you the most flexibility with your own skillset. Economist Robert Reich predicts the coming of a brand-portal element in our economy. He says, essentially, that the time of employer loyalty to workers is long past, and we're migrating to a time where you sell yourself, moving from position to position and educating yourself along the way. In this sense, don't think of it in terms of having a job, think of it in terms of what skills you're going to get, and how you can use them, whether as an entrepreneur or when working for the man. That will take you so much further.
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