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  1. I guess I have a similar situation but personally I don't consider it a problem. I just figured it was because I eat quite a lot (for me) and frequently (since it's fine first thing when I wake up or after not eating for 3 or 4 hours or so). Mine's at its worse after I drink a smoothie or a lot of water at once. I also have a low salt/processed foods diet.


    What's it like when you wake up in the morning?


    i guess it's probably not a problem. generally it's much better in the morning. just wanted to make sure.

  2. they just do the animal thing. I personally can't fault them for it.


    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.


    that's what they get. Life lessons taught by animals.


    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. It could also be from water...if you are either drinking a lot of water or drinking a decent amount of water and eating something that retains water, or if you even just have a body that retains water. And like the person above said with the beans maybe...it's hard to say when each person really has a different answer for a different body.


    Why do you have to toss out the soak water? (I always do, but just curious.)

  4. I would suggest cutting back on your sodium as well, and always drink plenty of water.

    Are you taking protein supplements or creatine? That can also cause bloating.


    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. When it boils down to it, make the choice you feel is right.


    I couldn't agree with you more on that.


    He said the following, which I took as truth, because its what I needed to hear regardless of truth.


    seems to me that there is information to either help you quit the coffee...or, to defend your consumption.


    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.


    To me, its a drug (in this sense) if it affects your mentals.


    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. My question is why you're so addicted to the sauna.



    Pegesus had a great suggestion. I keep protein powder and protein bars in my car so I can get something in my system.


    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?

  7. I to am more on the lighter side at least for my liking. I'm 6'0" at last weigh in 160 lbs.


    I used to train 5 days a week I ate around 4500 calories a day and never really noticed too much gain. I have a super fast metabolism as well. So bout 5 months ago I started on a Strength Training Program. Starting Strength but slightly modified. I workout now 3 days a weeks eat around 2500 - 3000 calories and I have noticed great gains as well and strength. I am now adding in at least 2 to 3 sessions of cardio each week around 1 hour since I am trying to cut the annoying bodyfat that lingers around the mid section in an effort to get the nice abs showing.


    I would suggest trying something like that and see where it takes you.


    will do. thanks

  8. 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.



    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



    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?)



    same as Monday

  9. 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?


    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?

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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?

  13. Vegans value the sanctity of life, which is in conflict with Republican values."


    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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