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  1. i guess it's probably not a problem. generally it's much better in the morning. just wanted to make sure.
  2. It seems to me the lack of moral accountability you describe is a good argument for why it is okay to kill an animal for human safety reasons. Agreed. But note that a tiger could never learn a similar lesson taught by humans. Tatiana wasn't thinking, "is this because I mauled those people?" when they shot her. There is no moral equivalency between humans and animals even if you want there to be.
  3. Why do you have to toss out the soak water? (I always do, but just curious.)
  4. No creatine. I eat some raw hemp protein powder, maybe 1-2 servings per day at most. No other supplements of any kind. And my sodium intake is low. My diet is maybe 60% raw, I use very little salt (if at all) for flavoring, and I generally don't buy or eat processed foods because I like to cook my own food. I guess it could be gluten, but I even if it was, I don't want to give up wheat! I have an a priori ideological bias in favor of wheat. I refuse to acknowledge wheat could be bad.
  5. I couldn't agree with you more on that. ... However, I disagree with your pragmatist definition of truth. Yes, one can twist information to support or oppose a certain viewpoint, but that fact does not bear on the question whether there isn't a reality to things (including coffee) that transcends the various viewpoints. Moderation in all things still seems to me to be the best policy. I feel that when something is exercising control over you and you feel like it is interfering with your ability to be the best person you can be, you should either scale back or quit. As you indicated, that is a very personal decision. I asked about what a drug was because sometimes I feel like the definition of drug is "something bad which affects me when ingested," whereas food, herb, or medicine is "something good which affects me when ingested." Pretty much anything we eat and drink affects our physical and mental states in one way or another; I prefer not to make arbitrary moralistic distinctions between ingestants, but to judge each on its merits and how it is affecting my life, body, mind, and soul. That's why I definitely agree with you that "when it boils down to it, make the choice you feel is right."
  6. Modus omnibus in rebus. http://www.eatingwell.com/nutrition_health/nutrition_news_information/health_perks_of_coffee What is a drug? How do you define it?
  7. So you would recommend that mix? I saw that in the store and thought about getting it.
  8. I don't why I'm addicted to the sauna. I just like sitting in there and/or the hot tub and.or the steam room. I find it relaxing and it makes me feel better afterwards and seems to help me sleep at night. Obviously I can go with out it, but I figure I'm at the gym, its there, why not?
  9. For someone weightlifting on a regular basis and trying to pack on some muscle, what size slices of my total daily calorie intake should be protein, carbohydrate, and fat? (%)
  10. Is this an okay outline for a work-out for a relative noob? Im 23 6'4" 175lbs, naturally thin body. I'm gonna write down how heavy (lbs) when I go work out today, but for now I just have an outline of exercises, sets and reps. Monday 3-5 minutes warm-up cardio Bench Press 3 sets 10 reps Incline 3 sets 10 reps Pull-ups 2 sets 8 reps Chin-ups 3 sets 8 reps Dips 2 sets 8 reps Dumbbell curls 3 sets 6 reps Lat pull down 3 sets 10 reps Seated cable row 3 sets 8 reps Deadlifts? (how many and how heavy? I'm worried about doing too heavy and messing up my back) Squats 3 sets 10 reps Leg press 3 sets 10 reps Calf raises 2 sets 8 reps Wednesday Focus on shoulders 3-5 minutes warm-up cardio Dumbbell Shoulder Press 3 sets 10 reps Lateral Raise 3 sets 10 reps Barbell Shoulder shrug 3 sets 10 reps Abs/core (what should I do? situps? crunches? weighted crunches?) Friday same as Monday
  11. What are the advantages and disadvantages of the various non-dairy drinks like soy milk, almond milk, etc.? Which one do you like the best? Why? Are the stories about soy and estrogen true?
  12. What is your opinion about maca? If you eat it, what types of things do you put it in?
  13. Nutrition-wise, if you're slowly gaining weight and increasing strenght in the gym - it's all good. But training 5 times/week and doing cardio sounds like overkill to me. Especially for a newbie lifter. If I were you, I'd stick to 3 weekly lifting sessions (moderate volume, high-intensity usually works best for naturally skinny ectomorph-types) and only do cardio if bodyweight is going up, strenght is going up and if I absolutely LOVE doing it, which is rarely the case with most weightlifters All forms of cardio have their own pros and cons and can be incorporated into a sensible lifting program to keep fat-gain at bay (although not eating way too much works just as well), raise one's VO2 max, increase work capacity, etc., but, again, I wouldn't worry about that kind of thing just now. Lift heavy, eat plenty, rest plenty, repeat. Get the fundamentals down first, worry about minutiae later. Good luck! Thanks for the advice. I think I'll tone things down a bit. Is it okay to 5 times a week though if I'm just focussing on one or two muscle groups per day?
  14. I Started Seriously Weight Training 2 Weeks Ago. Here's some pictures of me now. I'm about 175lbs. I'm hoping to get up to 180-85 in the nearish future.
  15. I'm 23, 6'4", 175lbs. I'm thin. I lift weights usually 5 days a week. Most of those days I like to do some cardio, usually only about 20 minutes, burning 200-300 calories. The cardio makes me feel good and sleep better. I need to eat over 3000 calories a day to maintain or gain weight. If I meet that goal, will I necessarily grow muscle? or am I overtraining, either with lifting or cardio? I just read an article saying skinny guys should be careful about overtraining.
  16. I have a six-pack, but I feel like my lower abdomen (belly) always looks bloated. Not really fat, just like full all the time. Is this "intestinal toxemia" or whatever? or is this normal?
  17. I grew my own organic tobacco once, Nicotiana tabaccum and Nicotiana rustica. I don't see how that adversely affected anyone else, human or animal, in any serious way. I smoked it in a hookah and it was great actually. I quit smoking since then, however, with a view towards being healthier in general.
  18. I like the 24 hour fitness I've been working out at.
  19. I read somewhere that I should be consuming a high-protein meal or shake very soon after working out to maximize muscle growth. But I'm addicted to using the sauna after my workout; so I'm not going home till like an hour after my workout. Also add to that I often do some cardio like running or swimming after weightlifting. Could I just mix some protein powder with some water and drink that after lifting and then go in the sauna? For gaining muscle, do I have to get that protein right after lifting, or can it come after the cardio?
  20. I just listened to this program on the same topic with primatologist Richard Wrangham: http://www.world-science.org/podcast/2009-6-26-cooking-and-human-evolution-giant-kangaroos-shrinking-dinosaurs/
  21. That statement is so bizarre. I wonder if he is only against the Republicans, or if he also dislikes the Democrats as well for being pro-corporate, anti-"sanctity-of-life." Confession: I am not a Republican, but I do consider myself a conservative (well, sort of). More of the "red Tory" type. I used to joke that I was an anarcho-tsarist. I believe in respecting all living beings, but I don't think any political party has a monopoly on trampling on life.
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