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  1. Yeah, I know. Like I said, every situation is individual. Personally, I get my eggs from mainly rescued hens. They insist that they don't destroy any males and give the females a long and happy retirement. They live right out in the open and quite frankly the farmer does them a favour in return for harvesting their eggs, by protecting them against other animals, caring for them when they are ill, offering them warmth in the winter etc. They really love their hens!! XD. However, as you can imagine, for this life time in the countryside and a "happy retirement", the cost of a dozen eggs is nearly 5 euros, as compared to the 2.40 for 12 "free range" eggs in the local supermarket. This is why I could never really envisage a large commercial market for truly free range eggs because people simply wouldn't be prepared to pay for them. Anyway, given these particular circumstances, I don't personally feel I am betraying my "vegan" ethics for eating these specific eggs...especially considering my intolerance to soy and wheat. Most of my vegan friends still consider me "vegan" where it counts most, and not because I complete some check list of specific dietary habits. I always try to eat, and consume in general, without causing harm to others, or indeed the planet. That I believe is nearly always possible but sometimes it takes a while to find your specific way of achieving it. I've found the only way I can at present, and unfortunately for many narrow minded people I am now an outcast from vegan society, or at the very least de-moted to "vegetarian"!!! Thank god not all vegans are the same! XD
  2. I think soy is Ok for most people in moderation although what has been said about it causing bitch tits and the like is true and there have been many documented cases, but only in people taking in HUGE amounts of concentrated soy protein every day. There are a lot of fors and againsts about soy but one thing that can't be denied is that unless its a fermented soy product, the structure of the protein molecule makes it incredibly hard to digest for most humans. I particularly have a bad time digesting soy, and while I can tolerate small amounts, like in my tea for example, if I have more than a drop of soy milk, it makes me really ill. However, of course it's possible to be vegan without soy,but I'm also allergic to gluten so that makes things all the more complicated. It's OK for people to say you can prepare this dish, or the other..but if you don't have time? What then? What about the people who have two jobs and the single parents? What about people on low incomes who simply can't afford the more expensive pre-prepared vegan foods? What about people who live in places where there are no pre-prepared vegan products available? What about people who have to cook for fussy kids and don't have time to hang around and force them to eat it? Sometimes we have to compromise and do the best we can in any given situation. My solution after a lot of thought was to stop being officially "vegan" and start eating eggs again. I'm lucky because we have REALLY free range eggs for sale where I live and I've seen how the chickens are cared for and I don't have any problems eating their eggs because I don't feel the chickens are being exploited, just that there is some really cool symbiosis going on. So hey, now I can't call myself vegan any more..according to other vegans. But I still consider myself a vegan because being a vegan, for me, never consisted of a list of foods I could eat or not eat. It was about eating to avoid animal cruelty, and I don't feel I've compromised my personal ethics by starting to eat eggs again. I'm not encouraging you to do what I've done, I'm just sharing with you and letting you know that you're not the only vegan to have allergies, and an intolerance to soy can cause SEVERE health problems, so do what you need to do to protect yourself and don't beat yourself up about it, and don't let those "holier than thou" type vegans put you down!!! Good luck XD P.S. Please don't bother having a go at me about eating eggs, I've heard it all before and I DON'T feel guilty! I just call myself as an "ethical eater" now which kind of describes my food choices perfectly. I buy locally sourced, organic products whenever possible, but have often being criticised for the "egg" thing by other vegans, while they themselves, buy from local supermarkets and contribute to environmental damage and exploitation of 3rd world workers etc. etc. Like I said, anyone who condenses being vegan to a simple list of foods you can and can't eat, is really missing the point in my opinion. I think it's about respect for the other animals we share the planet with, and I certainly haven't lost that just because I occasionally eat an egg when I don't have time to cook beans!
  3. Wow..learning Spanish! K tal lo llevas tio?¿ jajajj I have no idea what keysi is or Krav Maga!! We have a martial arts school next to the house but they only teach the typical martial arts we all know about... I used to go running too, but over the yorkshire moors until i screwed up my achiles tendon so now I just work out in the gym when I can make enough time XD. Anyway, hope you enjoy this community. There is lots of cool information here and lots of people willing to help!
  4. No..I'm from Birmingham but I live in Spain..nice area you live in! Tell us something about yourself!
  5. Wow! You guys are really going for it here aren't you! Just going back to the origional topic a bit.... Creatine shouldn't really cause you any problems if you only take a small dose. 5g a day should be enough. Side efects often spoken about with creatine are when people are loading it and take much larger doses. In my opinion creatine doesn't affect your energy levels or moods. My boyfriend is bipolar but he doesn't medicate anyore. However, he has to be careful to watch his consumption of sugar as it affects his mood, and since I've been living with him I've come to realise that it's often sugar imbalances which make you aggressive and unsable and causes panic attacks and the like. So, low GI foods and 5g of creatine a day should be fine. Maybe you could start with just 2.5g and see how it goes, I'm sure you'll hardly notice and you could work up bit by bit to 5g stopping if you have any adverse efects. Just an aside, I took creatine for years and while I got a great pump during my workouts, that's the only thing I really noticed. Also, unfortunately, you need to take it with sugar for it to be effective. This kind of insulin spike will stop muscle growth dead in its tracks if you put it into your post workout shake and can also have negative effects immediately pre workout, so be careful about your timing if you decide to use creatine.
  6. What part of the Uk are you from? And are you a girl or a guy? XD
  7. like I said, raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar with a few drops of tea tree, and or peppermint oil applied twice a day. Later make a mask with 7 crushed asprin and a large spoon of honey and apply the mask twice a week. Don't use soap, wash your face with honey too. Just apply it like gel soap to your damp face, massage in and rinse off. The difference it has made to my daughters skin is AMAZING, so hopefully it may work for you too!
  8. like I said, raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar with a few drops of tea tree, and or peppermint oil applied twice a day. Later make a mask with 7 crushed asprin and a large spoon of honey and apply the mask twice a week. Don't use soap, wash your face with honey too. Just apply it like gel soap to your damp face, massage in and rinse off. The difference it has made to my daughters skin is AMAZING, so hopefully it may work for you too!
  9. Yeah, that works, just crush up about 7 asprins and mix them with honey. Apply and leave on for about 15 min XD
  10. Apply raw apple cider vinegar..it clears up back (and ass) acne in days! You'll need to buy a good unfiltered one for it to work, one which looks cloudy and has some of the "mother" in it. Don't forget to do a skin test first because some people are more sensitive to it than others and have to dilute it 50/50 with distilled water. However, I do find it works best neat and with a couple of drops of oregano oil, or tea tree oil mixed in XD
  11. You really can't fight through knock knees..believe me. You have to correct the problem first. You definitely shouldn't run much, lower impact cardio would be preferable, especially something where you can concentrate on correct form...and correct form is really difficult to achieve when running! I did a lot of step-ups and step-downs onto a high box in interval fashion for my cardio. I think I was inspired by a video on you tube for knee rehabilitation by the Diesel Crew... Maybe one day you could go back to running a lot, but as someone who broke their achilees tendon from "fighting through it", I personally can't recommend it. Hip, knee, lower back, ankle, tendon and many other injuries can result from running with knock knees. I actually found using the foam roller immensely helpful in lengthening tightened tendons and ligaments or whatnot which had resulted from walking around knock kneed for years! I too however, am no expert. I read everything I could find on the net and had a fisio who was interested in curing my injuries, not keeping me as a regular client... To be safe consult a fisio if you've got the cash XD
  12. Fine, I'll tell you what he told me but in real laymans terms XD. Having knock knees in general stems from the lazy way you learn to walk when you are a toddlerl. You find it easier to "cheat" and "swing" your legs around, one infront of the other, than pick up your knees and walk correctly. This causes an imbalance in the muscle and ligament lengths, and strengths on the inside and outside of your legs. You will find that if you look straight ahead at your legs in the mirror, the bottom of your foot will bend in at an angle towards your ancle. If you put your weight on the outside of your feet and twist your knees out, you will see that your ancles don't "sag down" so much and are far straighter in relation to the base of the heel (mm..hope you are following me). Well basically you need to remember this position and try to maintain it from now on at all times. You'll need to re-learn how you walk, remembering to walk with your weight on the outside of your feet, trying to suprinate rather than pronate the foot. You have to remember also not to relax your ancle when you are standing still. It feels really unnatural at first and you have to have it constantly in mind. It took about 6 weeks for me to learn to walk and stand in another way. Also, when you do leg exercises at the gym, remember that your knees should never buckle in, push using the outside edge of your feet and predominantly with the heel. I also did a lot of leg extentions, but only working the top 10-20% of the movement and focussing on tensing the muscle at the top. I also did one leg at a time so I could rotate my foot out, you'll see this concentrates the effort onto that tear shaped muscle you have above your knee, this muscle is also very important in holding your knee in line, so to say. Its difficult to find a knock kneed person who has this muscle well developed. I had good leg muscles but this one was out of proportion. Use 7 sets of 10-15 reps with this one with very little rest imbetween. I also worked on this muscle on the running machine. I put a slight incline on the machine but I didn't turn on the motor. Then I got on the machine backwards and PUSHED the tape away from me, like i was walking backwards uphill. I also had to run sidewards on the tape. It was difficult at first but I got used to it and used to put the machine at about 9kmph and do 20 seconds skipping to the right, 20 seconds going backwards and 20 seconds skipping to the left etc. Be careful though, its takes a bit of practise to turn around when the machine is on and you get some wierd looks from other gym members! When I first started these exercises along with walking in a different way, my aductors got tired and my ancles and my knees felt kinda "wierd", but then I started noticing they looked straighter and now they are almost perfect. I also used to get a lot of probelms with my achiles tendons but they stopped when I sorted out my knock knees...Oh! Also my shoes last longer now because they don't get deformed by excessive pronation, checking the wear on your shoes is a great indicator of if you are doing this correctly...XD Good luck!
  13. Barcelona is not really anything like the rest of Spain, it's rather like comparing london with the rest of the UK XD. In Cordoba I don't have any problems whatsoever finding raw seeds and nuts, I get them from the "herboristeria" and they aren't too expensive. About the fruit, well in the South we have great fruit and veggies, MUCH better tasting than everything in the UK. We also have "almocafre" (who I believe have stores in Barcelona) who sell only organically produced veggies, fruit, nuts, seeds etc...problem is their prices do tend to be a bit steep. The only thing missing is ready prepared meals for when you just don't have any time! Ohh..and also a BIT of understanding from the Spanish. In the end, I dont have such a problem with being a vegan in Spain, I only have a problem with being a British woman in Spain. If the racism doesn't piss you off then the sexism will get you! Fuckers make my blood boil sometimes!! (well often if I am being honest). I think you can enjoy a visit to Spain if you don't really understand what they are saying..course it's not everyone, but it's still considered "cool" to be racist and sexist by the mayority of the population here..especially in the South and it's ALSO considered hysterically funny to hide little pieces of "jamon" under your veggies when you are not looking...take that one lying down and I'll give you a medal! These people MADE me a racist!!
  14. Birmingham born and bred..but I live in Spain XD
  15. Lol "¿" ... That's weird... You have this on your keyboard?I live in spain XD
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