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  1. I don't think I'd feel very comfortable sitting down on a bench or bike seat naked, that some naked person just got off of. As for the swimwear, I like the Muslim style, but the Christian version is pretty ugly! And feet and ankles can be pretty titilating (as can the word 'titilating) for some people, I'm surprised they are allowed to be shown.
  2. I discovered one lone copy of a movie called "The Hemp Revolution" at my local Familry Video and rented it. It's copyright 1995, but seems to be just out now on DVD. The images look more like something out of 1970. It gives a pretty good overview of hemp and why it is beneficial,, but it gets off to a rather bad start, IMO, by associating hemp too much with marijuana (it clears up the differences later, but first impressions, you know...).
  3. What workout is it? There are some good (and some bad) workouts on video/DVD. I do all my workouts at home, and have a huge collection of DVD's, so I'm never bored!
  4. Shaved hair doesn't actually grow back thicker, but it can look like it, because you have cut into the hair, so you aren't seeing the tapered end (like you would if you removed hair from the root and it grew back) but the sliced 'middle' part of the hair shaft. If you removed hair from the root (by waxing, depilitories, etc.) it would look finer at first when it starts to grow back.
  5. The "conseils" (advice) are for dietary advice, which includes emphasizing (privilégier) fish like sardines (the supplement itself doesn't contain fish).
  6. As long as the hairs are from heads, it doesn't bother me. (I'd rather have it come from human hair, probably from hair clippings at beauty salons?, than from an animal, since the human isn't tortured and abused and killed for it.)
  7. That's what I've always heard as well. But even if your symptoms are only from the neck up and you feel too crappy to workout...don't. Taking off the time you need to recover is better than forcing yourself through a workout and stressing your body so it can't go about its job of healing. As for love handles: people tend to carry excess fat in various places on their body. For women, it's lower abs and hips, for example, and for men, it's often the 'love handle' area. If you get your body fat down, they will go away, but unfortunately, some people have to go really low to reduce their genetically-programmed fat store areas (for example, for me not to have a lower belly bulge--when my body likes to store 'extra,'---I would have to get such a low body fat that I get a bony chest, and that's not a look I like).
  8. It's normal to lose about 100 hairs a day. If this woman has long hair, that can look like a lot (while someone with short hair wouldn't fill up the bathtub drain). It would be interesting to send her back to the doc with another complain (made up) and see if he recommends more protein for that (LOL!).
  9. They hit mine right (born in Minnesota, and lived in Wisconsin and Illinois): "You may think you speak "Standard English straight out of the dictionary" but when you step away from the Great Lakes you get asked annoying questions like "Are you from Wisconsin?" or "Are you from Chicago?" Chances are you call carbonated drinks "pop."
  10. Who often overwork the 'mirror' muscles (chest, front delt) to the detriment of the back muscles. Muscular strength alone isn't an automatic road to good posture: that strength must be balanced. When I see a well-muscled guy with the posture of a gorilla (slumped forward), I can pretty much tell he does a LOT of benching, but not much to stretch those muscles or to balance with back work.
  11. A lot of people have bad posture from a combination of overworked chest/front shoulder muscles (we do mostly 'pushing' activities in our daily lives) and weak upper back muscles (we round forward in front of computers, and when we are sitting at desks or watching TV). A good 'fix' for this: Work on chest/front shoulder flexibility (clasp your hands together behind your back, put your chest up and out and lift your hands back behind you. You'll feel a stretch through the front delt and the pecs. This is especially good to do once in a while if you are sitting at a desk. Also, get in the habit of rolliing your shoulders back and down, and hold a scapular retraction (shoulders back and down) when doing weight work, especially upper body). Work on strengthening the upper back and rear delt with reverse flyes and dumbbell rows done with the elbows out to the sides. And again, work on keeping a scapular retraction when doing upper body work especially. I agree with several authors who recommend omitting (or at least not doing regularly) isolated front shoulder work, like anterior raises. The anterior delt is worked plenty when you do push-ups and bench presses (and in daily life) and most people need to work more on gaining flexibility in this area rather than making it tighter. Having imbalances in the front-vs-rear muscles of the upper body not only leads to bad posture, but can cause some pretty nasty shoulder problems. HTH
  12. I hate the whole idea that eating healthfully (I try to stick with a whole foods vegan diet...though I will indulge in some vegan 'treats' as well) is somehow a 'derprivation." But I used to kind of go along with that way of thinking. Until just a couple of years ago, I would feel somehow deprived at not being able to share in 'treats' my colleagues were having...then I finally had a talk with myself and asked myself why I should feel deprived by not having something I don't want anyway! As for the sick/skinny vegans: I'm afraid that more-and-more, healthy people will look 'skinny' compared to the every-'growing' US population (waistline growth!). Since over 60% of the population is overweight, and around 1/3 are obese, those who are at a healthy weight look thin by contrast. And there is so much press out there now about anoreixic/stick-thin celebrities (who are not 'healthily thin,' ) and so many Lifetime movies about eatinig disorders, that people jump to conclusions. It's funny (in warped and strange way) when fat, unfit, unhealthy people make comments about healthy thin people looking unhealthy.
  13. I've seen other authors state that leafy greens should be in a category all by themselves, because of their superior nutritional content as compared to other vegetables.
  14. That's great! I know we had a thread a while back where some people were dismayed about the Vega adds comparing the amounts of some of the nutrients in Vega to some non-vegan foods (ie: as much protein as three eggs---or is it four?), but I think that tactic helps appeal more to non-vegans. And once 'they' discover that a vegan food product can be as effecitive as (more effective than?) a non-vegan alternative, it might make them think a bit more about veganism, or at least going further in that direction.
  15. I love "Thrive." It has influenced a lot of my more recent dietary 'tweaks' (like adding Maca and Chlorella and Hemp protein) and started me on the path of learning more about adrenal fatigue and other things he mentioned. I was very impressed overall with the book, and think of it as a good example of what well-thought-out, intelligent arguments for a vegan diet should be. I'm glad to hear about the upcoming book. I've been waiting for it ever since I saw a mention of it in "Thrive." Any chance of "somebody" putting together a special offer with the new book (signed by Brendan) and a container of Vega, or something to that effect?
  16. A tropical island! You'd have fresh food all year round, which makes being a raw fooder so much easier. Of course, tropical islands are probably either overrun by tourists these days, or isolated and full of disease-carrying mosquitos!
  17. I see talk about anywhere from 8 to 10 essential amino acids. I think the '10' means we need all those amino acids, but the '8' means that two of the 10 we need can be synthesized by the body from the other 8.
  18. Part of why I dislike the holidays is that I don't have any close family around (just a stepmother I'm not close to--and who seems to get more and more religious every year, some cousins I haven't seen for years), so it's pretty much 'alone' time for me. I'm not lonely most of the time, but sometimes it hits me (especially when I keep coming accross all the corny 'family' Christmas movies on TV.) Then, this small "middle of the corn and soybean fields" town feels like it's really in the middle of nowhere!
  19. Ingesting small amounts of B12 from produce that is not washed is certainly one way to get it (or used to be: in one study comparing organic to conventional farming methods, non-organic soil didn't contain any cobalt, whereas organic soil did. And soil-based B12 (a cobalamin) is dependant on the presence of cobalt in the soil. It's possible that by growing your own produce and rinsing lightly (in rain water or other non-chlorinated water) could provide some B12 (but I haven't read anything to convince me that not taking B12 supplement is a good idea!). "lack of hygiene" to me suggest not washing after defecating or such, and wouldn't be a particularly good idea, as it can also pass on bad things, like ecoli (which is naturally present in our intestinal tracts in small quantities, but isn't good when it comes in the other end!) Of course, in some societies where one does eat with one's hands, one had is used for personal hygiene, and the other hand is used for eating. And it's tabou to use the 'hygiene' hand for eatiing.
  20. Interesting that they didn't start to get skanky. Usually, if you don't rinse beans enough,, or they don't have enough air circulation, bad stuff can start to grow on them. Garbanzos and other large beans can be particularly difficult.
  21. Pistachios, pecans, almonds, walnuts (especially black walnuts). I just discovered pine nuts this year. Raw, soaked, germinated for a day and then redried, they actually taste pretty good. I can tolerate filberts/hazel nuts, but for a few years--after I bought some fresh ones in a French market, and found a squiggly white worm in the center of one (and wondered how many I had eaten previously-- without looking in the center--that might have been inhabited) I couldn't even look at them without feeling nauseated.
  22. And a Joyeux Noël et bonne année to you!
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