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  1. why not use a Pilates or Yoga ball instead creating more waste by buying more?


    Duh! In my original post, I mentioned that an "exercise ball" had been my office chair but was causing the same problems of every other chair, so getting another one would kind of be like healing a knife wound by jamming another knife into the gaping hole....That's what happens when you focus on the good of the situation instead of the bad.


    Baby Herc


    I'll keep my questions to myself next time. My gawd this forum is full of pricks.



  2. It's been two months now of the best lifestyle I have ever chosen! However, despite being able to easily find razors, deodorant, toothpaste, etc. it's been a real challenge finding hairdye that is not Henna, that fits my requirements.


    I went gray as a mule at 16 yrs and I work in the food and beverage industry so looking old would not be good for me.


    I live in Toronto, Canada and downtown. I have tried Kensigton Market Sugar and Spice, Pancea and Nutrition Depot on Bloor. Am I missing a place that might sell Revlon(who don't test) or something?

  3. Eating a lot of saturated fat can increase the cholesterol in your blood. High levels of cholesterol can increase your risk of:


    a heart attack,

    stroke, and

    narrowed arteries (atherosclerosis)

    Cholesterol is a type of fat that your liver makes from the fatty food that you eat.


    Saturated fat ARE BAD FATS!


    Good fats include mono and polyunsaturated fat, such as Avacado, Macademia Nut, Almond oil are good fats and won't flood your blood stream with cholesterol (bad).


    I maybe a new vegan, but I am not new to nutrtion and health.

  4. An important factor with organic crops often overlooked is food security. Chemical fertilizers come from oil, oil is becoming more expensive and it is running out. Even before BP, oil wasn't doing favor for the environment, nor was the wash off of chemical fertilizers.


    Oil will run out. Once a field is in production with chemical fertilizers it takes several years to make the soil productive without them.


    So what you're saying is that organic is more sustainable, and that conventional farming uses chemical fertilizers made from oil?


    Do you have any links I can read?

  5. Open for discussion, but I'm finding a lot of evidence suggesting that the environmental aspect is a huge myth. Prior to 1970, all crops were organic and people starved, and food was healthier? Unhealthier?


    GM food is modified for heartiness, and health. How is it bad?


    Now that most food is not organic, people are still starving. Millions of people are dying of hunger or malnourrishment despite the promises of Monsanto and other gm crops producers that have been saying for over 15 years that their gm cron and soy will save the world. How come its not happening? It is the opposite. It ruined thousands of Indian farmers, now one indian farmer commit suicide each 7 minutes or something like that. Farmers around the world are now just slaves of those gm crops, companies and their insecticides. I recommand reading the book The World According to Monsanto, much better than the film. You don't see the big picture, see the GMO's issue with a holistic eye and from the point of view of Nature, don't forget that things were created and evolved the way they are and not the way we made it, now we are changing this, and we are against the law of nature, it is inevitable that it will turn against us in the future or right now. Just one example: we noticed that bees are dying; less and less bees, for mysterious reasons but experts suspect it is linked with GM crops. Albert Einstein said that the day bees will disappear, mankind will be able to survive just a few years longer.

    Unbelievable, now we mix genes of pics in strawberries or fish in tomatoes, we unleash some genetically modified mosquitos in nature, we give gm food to cattle along with grownt hormones and antibiotics and we are planning on genetically modify the cattle itself so that they produce less methane, etc...


    You think GM food is better for health? You must be kidding. So when you buy food you search for genetically modified stuff. If, as you say in your post, organic food is not so much better for the environment (which I highly doubt, since its more natural, requires less toxic chemicals, etc), it is impossible that non-organic food is superior for health; full of health-hazardous insecticides and pesticides, and the fact it is genetically modified is not good at all, the body is not designed to deal with something that does not exist in nature - and then we wonder why there's 1000% more allergies, cancers, asthma, diabetes etc than a few decades ago.


    There,s absolutly no benefits from gmo for the people, only for those who make and sell it.



    First off, I make NO CLAIMS. I am asking questions. Just like every intelligent person should, and I never swallow on faith any facts that I might be spoon fed from one extreme to the next. I make my decisions based on scientific fact, logic, and regional laws and politics pertaining to me.


    The bee problem is very very good point. There are quite a few plants that can only be pollinated based on where a bee is carrying it's pollen let alone by the bee. There are so many factors in nature, that to the run of the mill human it is improbable to mathematically consider all and any possible outcomes.


    Making the right choice is daunting. Thank you for your input.

  6. I stopped by organic when I became vegan. I know a lot of people in agriculture and a lot of "facts" about Organic food is a really a myth and redundant as a vegan.





    Much of the country's organic milk and meat comes from small farms, where animals are often given more space to roam than those at larger factory farms.


    Well, I don't drink milk or consume dairy anymore....soooo



    Organic meat can't have any animal by-products in its feed, which is a primary contributor to mad-cow disease.


    Well...I covered that.



    Companies like Kellogg's and Kraft are rolling out organic versions of their cereals and mac and cheese, so it's hassle-free to convince kids and boyfriends to eat it. And with discount superchains like Wal-Mart (the country's number-one seller of organic milk) slashing the organic markup to 10 percent (it's usually 20 to 30 percent), organics aren't just for the Whole Foods elite.


    That's probably because that cheaper organic stuff is from China, and they don't have a good track record for not poisoning livestock, pets or people





    Organics don't contaminate soil and groundwater with pesticides and chemicals like regular farming does, but there's a surprising downside: Since organic farming is only about half as productive as conventional farming, it requires far more land to produce the same amount of food. Dennis Avery of the Hudson Institute's Center for Global Food Issues estimates that modern high-yield farming has saved 15 million square miles of wildlife habitat, and that if the world switched to organic farming, we'd need to cut down 10 million square miles of forest. Less-productive farming could also lead to even less food for the world's undernourished.



    Studies keep flip-flopping on this: One found more vitamin C in organic tomatoes than in conventional ones; another found more cancer-fighting flavonoids in organic corn and strawberries. But other studies haven't found organics to have a nutritional edge. What makes the biggest difference in nutrients is how long produce sits on the shelf. Spinach, for instance, loses about half of its foliate within a week.



    Nobody has been able to tell the difference except in one study of apples, where organics came out ahead. To get raspberries that taste raspberrier, buy produce that's locally grown, is in season, and hasn't been sitting on the shelf too long. Let's face it: Nothing is at its best when it's flown halfway around the world and waxed, then has to spend a week in the grocery store.



    All produce, whether purchased from a grocery megachain or your local organic farm, is susceptible to nasty bacteria, such as E. coli (the news-maker that's also been known to kill people). Soil and runoff water that's contaminated with E. coli-harboring animal poop can get onto produce — particularly melons, lettuce, sprouts, tomatoes, spinach, and green onions, since they grow close to the ground. Your best defense: Wash everything thoroughly under running water.



    General Mills owns the Cascadian Farms brand, Kraft owns Back to Nature and Boca Burger, and Kellogg's owns Morningstar Farms, to name a few conglomerates basking in organics' glow (and dough). And with such high demand (in the past year, the market for organic milk outstripped the supply by 10 percent), these giant companies are importing organic ingredients as cheaply as possible — often from other countries. Whole Foods sold roughly $1 billion in produce last year; only about 16 percent was locally grown. So with all the CO2 spent in transport, some organics have questionable eco-virtues.


    Cheap So-Called 'Organic' Food from China: A Bad Idea


    * China's Hair-Raising Condiments, & Other Agribiz Atrocities

    By Kerry Trueman

    The Huffington Post, May 1, 2007

    Straight to the Source


    When we welded our wagon to China's economic engine, did we sign on to an environmental train wreck?


    I'm glad the Chinese government's hired clean tech trailblazer William McDonough's design firm to create a green blueprint for six new cities and a village--who better to help China bind its ever-widening carbon footprint than McDonough, the internationally influential green architect and designer who turned Ford's River Rouge factory green and helped Nike create a biodegradable sneaker?


    But China may have misinterpreted his "Waste = Food" concept. I'm pretty sure McDonough doesn't advocate putting pulverized scraps of plastic in pet food, or making soy sauce out of human hair (not to mention lard out of sewage.)


    The premise of McDonough's environmental manifesto, Cradle to Cradle, co-written with Michael Braungart, a former Greenpeace activist turned sustainability scholar, is that every product we make should be non-toxic and biodegradable, or else endlessly recyclable. It's a utopian vision for a garbage-and-pollution-free future.


    Maybe McDonough's tilting at wind turbines, but his ground breaking, earth saving designs have been hailed by environmental activists and not-so-crunchy corporatists alike. Steven Spielberg reportedly wants to do a documentary about McDonough's heroic eco-endeavors.


    And Chinese officials recognize the need to tackle the problems their overheated economy poses for the planet. In fact, while we fume about all the greenhouse gases China's spewing, they may actually leave us in the dust when it comes to cutting carbon emissions.


    But while the Chinese government may be leaning green, its business sector has been caught red-handed pumping up its profits by dumping chemicals into our food supply. The confirmation that melamine has been routinely added to animal feed to cut costs makes you wonder what else they might be putting in the food they're shipping to our shores.


    The other day we asked our friend Sue, who's been to China several times, whether she would trust Chinese produce that's labeled organic. "No way!" was her emphatic response.


    And yet, more and more of the organic food we buy in the U.S. is coming from China. Supposedly, our food manufacturers have to rely on imports because American farmers simply can't grow enough organic produce to meet the ever-growing demand.


    I accepted this notion at face value until my friend and fellow NYC Food Systems Network colleague Christina Grace, a farmers' market maven, pointed out that it really comes down to the fact that Big Food would rather cut corners and buy cheap from China than support America's small family farms.


    After all, it's a terrific boon to the corporate bottom line to be able to do business with suppliers who can manufacture their products without the added expense of such niceties as worker safety or environmental protection.


    Of course, here at home, the agencies entrusted to protect us aren't doing such a bang-up job of things, either. It doesn't help that the FDA's budget keeps shrinking even as food imports rise. Welcome to Small Government, a wholly owned subsidiary of Big Food.


    The USDA's going to compensate the pork producers for the millions of dollars they'll lose when they euthanize those 6,000 melamine-tainted hogs. Bereaved pet owners, on the other hand, will get nothing.


    So taxpayers get stuck with the bill for Big Ag's habit of salvaging substandard pet food and feeding it to the pigs. The dead dogs and cats? Just collateral damage. You know, like all those Iraqi civilians.


    Open for discussion, but I'm finding a lot of evidence suggesting that the environmental aspect is a huge myth. Prior to 1970, all crops were organic and people starved, and food was healthier? Unhealthier?


    GM food is modified for heartiness, and health. How is it bad?

  7. Cats need taurine. They can only get that from amino acids in meat, or I have to supplement them if diets don't provide it. I did animal care for years, I'm not worried and it always be trial until I see they can't handle it.


    I read about dogs living longer, and avoiding endocrine cancers which has a higher rate in the city.


    That being said, I've made my decision;

    I've weighed the pros and cons for my kids. I'm getting Vegetarian formula from Natural Balance for my Alaska, and see how she does. The boys are getting regular cat fud but from ingredients only from Canada made in Canada.

  8. We've got everything you need! If you want to make the food yourself, go with the Hoana items for both cats and dogs (I recommend the VegeDog and VegeCat pH formula) as they will come with a variety of recipes for you to make at home with the contents of the container (which is essentially a supplement base that you mix with fresh ingredients and bake into kibble). Probably the best overall rate of people who have found excellent long-term success with their animals on a vegan diet based on feedback, so that's what I'd suggest!


    We've got it both at VeganEssentials.com and VeganCats.com, let me know if you have any questions on shipping or anything else!


    I'll check about making it. I'd prefer local just to save on shipping costs. I'm a student too.

  9. I heard this some time ago, and it doesn't surprise me. i tried to keep a hive when i was little(i love bugs!!), wasps take over the nest sometimes and it's heartbreaking:(I like their dance when they find something everyone needs to see.


    If they did that to my hive, and with the lack of habitat it wouldn't be a shock that poor little honey bees aren't thriving.

  10. The belt is to protect already weak backs.
    You could replace "belt" and "backs" with "wraps" and "knees" (or wrists depending what kind of wraps). Or "straps" (versa grips) to avoid poor "grip strength".


    Unless you have serious knee problems, I doubt wraps will do shit during a deadlift. Also I wouldn't recommend using straps when trying to build up grip strength.


    Bottom line is if you use any of these you are avoiding the problem, and your weak link is only going to get weaker by protecting it. The only reason you'd use them is if you don't care about a certain area but want to work others (you're failing on grip but don't care about building it - use straps to use more weight to hit back/hams more), or you're training for simply as high a weight as possible, as a number...for example a goal, or for a competition you're allowed to use some of this gear.


    For a beginner, get technique down first, solid raw strength and give it a good run at hitting and breaking plateau's...at least identify your sticking points/weak areas first and then work on them.



    Increasing your max without equipment will increase your max with equipment (and build everything up evenly including joint strength).

    Increasing your max with equipment won't necessarily increase your max without equipment (and increases risk of injury without it).


    What's good for the gander isn't always good for the goose. I forget that,my advice came from a female prospective. I can barely get my hand around the bar.

  11. NO tablets of the lemonades with creatine mixed in and glutamine and protein shake for me always was a great combo. I went from doing 80lb dead lefts and 90lb leg press to triple that for both in no time. In fact, I have sciatica and squats always exacerbate it but with that combo (and dynamic stretching) I managed to do 135lb squats, which was previously 60lbs max.


    2 hours after the gym I always made sure I had a good meal with some ginger and black tea to reduce inflammation and before bed more glutamine mixed in with casein which will be tofu and glutamine now. Granted it's only been less than a week but I feel MORE energy and lighter!!

  12. I'm making it as paleo friendly as possible for my brother since he's letting me at least keep it vegan. Here's what we're having.


    tempeh stuffed zucchini

    Thai coconut soup with crispy pumpkin seed based tofu

    grain free cauliflower "risotto"

    broccoli and mushrooms smothered in a cashew cheese sauce

    raw cherry cobbler


    pkjane- most of that would be appropriate for your ketogenic diet btw (excluding the cobbler and possibly the tempeh)



    OO ? Recipes?

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