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The PhytoAthlete

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  1. Hello Micah, Welcome to the forum. I am also a MMA fan. Do you plan on starting a blog here on the forum?
  2. Yeah, I generally don't eat as much in the summer and especially less meals prepared hot. Although, I have noticed since I quit eating meat it isn't near as bad.
  3. I agree, I freeze atleast 20 one gallon bags of tomatoes that I grow every summer. I prefer to have upwards of 30 bags frozen. That way I can eat one bag a week and last me for 7 months, which gets me almost back to when fresh tomatoes are in season again.
  4. I drink Almond milk the most just because I think it taste better, but Almond milk has very little protein in it. Soy milk is a better choice if someone is wanting more protein and I do drink it as well. I do not like coconut milk and not real crazy over rice milk. I don't believe I have ever tried hemp milk. Haven't watched the youtube vid yet.
  5. You've got to go back more than that - from people in the footwear and clothing industries I've spoken with over the years, most of them are still shaking their fists at Clinton for his work via NAFTA (pushing more garment manufacturing to Mexico and Central American nations) and giving China "Most Favored Trade" status that started the mad rush to move factories overseas during the early to mid 90s (which destroyed the market for US footwear manufacturing except for high-end product or Los Angeles / NYC sweatshop made items). . You are absolutely correct that it goes back further than 10 yrs. NAFTA does seem to be the start of it, but I said 10yrs because that is when we really started seeing the mass closings of the textile mills in the south. I guess it took that long for NAFTA to really cause its effect. I remember watching the 1992 presidential debate between Bush Sr. and Clinton and they both were in support of NAFTA as were most all politicians at that time. There was only one guy in the debate who was against it, Perot. And he warned if NAFTA went through we would hear a "sucking sound" of the jobs leaving this country. Well it didn't happen immediately, but it has come to pass that he was correct after all. I remember many tv/radio show host making fun of his statement on the topic back then.
  6. Welcome to the forum. Yes, a lot of knowledgable people on this forum. And yes, getting enough protein isn't a problem.
  7. Yeah, it is annoying and embarrassing really as a country, but I agree not surprising. What is suprising to me is that the politicians are so surprised over this?! Where have they been the last 10 yrs? Do they not realize that almost every textile mill in the country as closed down and it's almost impossible to find a piece of clothing made in the USA.
  8. Concerning the USDA subsides: http://farm.ewg.org/progdetail.php?fips=00000&progcode=dairy If you click on top recipients you can see exactly what various farms are receiving. http://www.ers.usda.gov/topics/animal-products/dairy/policy.aspx USDA website explaining how they support the price of milk. http://www.fas.usda.gov/excredits/deip/deip-new.asp USDA even supports the exporting of milk. http://www.reuters.com/article/2009/12/17/us-agriculture-dairy-idUSTRE5BG4HM20091217 Apparently anytime prices drop too low the USDA comes in and gives special payments to the dairy farmers. http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/lunch/AboutLunch/ProgramHistory_11.htm USDA pushes milk in the schools. http://www.freakonomics.com/2008/07/24/the-illogic-of-farm-subsidies-and-other-agricultural-truths/ Talks about farm subsidies in general. My point here is not to knock the farmers themselves. I realize farming is hard work and we certainly need them to live. But this is what happens when a government agency that is responsible for educating the public on what is supposedly healthy food gets involved in the subsidizing of food, it is only natural that they then will begin to promote these foods. The USDA recommendations on food intake have been terrible for years for many reasons, not just with the dairy intake recommendations. They have changed the food pyramid many times over the years but haven't really improved it very much as far as healthy recommendations except for increasing the recommendated intake of fruits/vegs slightly.
  9. Here are a few quick links I found about the great depression pouring of milk. I will try to get more info. on the government involvement when I have time. http://www.ehow.com/facts_7150986_government-regulate-buying-price-milk_.html http://www.kgbanswers.com/during-the-great-depression-why-did-dairy-farmers-dump-their-milk/10233665 http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1G2-3468301232.html Under Foreclosure and Dispossession section 'Wisconsin farmers hijacked milk trucks and spilled their contents in an effort to raise milk prices and protect their farms." http://www.livinghistoryfarm.org/farminginthe30s/money_11.html
  10. I learned about this is of documentary type show several years ago. They showed actual video of the dairy farmers pouring the milk out. There may be video of it on YouTube? I will see if I can find something online about it.
  11. Yeah, the whole dairy thing may be the biggest nutritional fraud ever propagated on the american public by the government(USDA). It started back in the depression when dairy farmers refused to sell their milk at very low prices and instead choose to pour it out on the ground. The government thought we can't have this while people are starving, so the government started buying the milk which eventually lead to dairy subsidies basically putting the government into the dairy business. So of course, then they had to start promoting the supposed benefits of it to move their product. People often think about things other cultures around the world consume which seem gross to us, but yet they think consuming something that comes from the utter of a cow normal just because that is what they grew up doing.
  12. Welcome to the forum! Congrats on your lifestyle change.
  13. I assume if you have been bodybuilding that you are carrying a fair amount of muscle mass. If you want to change to a triathlete I would think the first thing you would want to do is drop some muscle, especially in the upper body for the biking and running part. Muscles require oxygen, so carrying more muscle in the cardio intense/endurance sports involved in triathalons will require your heart to pump more oxygen thus causing your heart to have to work harder.
  14. The percentage ratio for carbs, protein and fat can vary depending on what you are wanting to accomplish. In general, usually the ranges are 50-60% carbs, 15-25% protein, 10-30% fat. Various factors involved may be: If you competing in an endurance/high cardio intense event you want to be at the 60% for carbs as you get close to the time of the event. If you are wanting to gain muscle your protein intake would be on the higher end of the protein range. If you are concerned with body fat levels your fat intake may be on the lower end, although what you consume in total calories is important here too. Beans are not high in fat but nuts/seeds are. If you want to keep your fat intake lower than you do have to reduce the amount of nuts/seeds you consume. Personally, this isn't something I concern myself with, some days I may even get close to 40% of my intake is from fat, but normally around the 20-30% range. But the fat from nuts/seeds is mostly unsaturated fat which isn't as unhealthy as saturated fats and nuts/seeds do have a fair amount of nutrients in them. Welcome to the forum btw.
  15. I agree. I would not recommend it for someone trying to lose weight. I don't think it should be done until someone reaches a weight they are happy with because it should slow down your metabolism and make weight lose harder to acheive. But this isn't what the Swedish bodybuilder guy believes, his name is Martin Berkhan. He can be found at http://www.leangains.com/ and apparently he uses it as a weight lose method. I actually discovered him on here on the first page of the thread viewtopic.php?f=6&t=19399 He has low bodyfat and has many success stories/pics from his students on his website, so it is hard to argue with his results. This is assuming that no steroids or similar products are involved, which he states he doesn't use, so I will take him at his word.
  16. I usually go 16-18hrs. between my last meal of the day and lunch the next day. I seldom eat any breakfast. I do this because I have read it is better for your overall general health because it gives your body time to repair itself. When you eat, your body must produce enzymes and breakdown/digest the food which puts a certain amount of stress on your body. If your body is in this state constantly it doesn't have the opporunity to heal your body as much. The down side is you must be careful not to over eat when you do eat as the article mentions. I have read it is better to eat more often than to overeat if you only eat once or twice a day. This also slows down your metabolism which slows the aging process and is actually a good thing for your overall health BUT can make it harder to lose weight or easier to gain weight if you cheat. I read where a lot of bodybuilders are doing this now and I read the website of a fitness/bodybuilder guy in Sweden(can't recall his name at the moment) who has been doing this and training others to do it for years with great success. They were not vegan though. I think this is a practise many may not agree with though.
  17. Like stcalico mentioned, there are seeds. Many people who are allergic to nuts aren't allergic to seeds. And sometimes you are only allergic to some nuts and not others, have you been allergy tested for all kinds of nuts? Do you eat beans? They are a good source of protein as well.
  18. Collard greens are part of the cruciferous vegetable family and are very high in phytonutrient content. Since I grow them in my garden, I have an abundance of them and eat them almost daily.
  19. Thanks for the info. Dylan. I think the only use I have heard of before mentioned in your info. is the piano keys, but thought as your info. suggest that most piano keys nowadays are not actually ivory. I am not a piano purist, so I couldn't tell the difference. With all the modern man made products available today, I don't see why ivory is used. I guess because people see it as "special" or "higher quality".
  20. Welcome. Great discipline on your part to not eat your pizza anymore than you do. I eat pizza occasionally, but it is a veggie pizza with no cheese and extra sauce. I get some weird looks sometimes when I ask for no cheese, but I think the pizza actually taste better that way, you can taste the flavor of the sauce and vegetables. If it has cheese on it the cheese over rides the taste of everything else.
  21. I love telling people if they knew what was in a hotdog they wouldn't eat it, just to see the look on their face. Of course, many know and still eat them, but it is still fun to remind them of it ever so often.
  22. I am not a calorie counter either, although I did about 6 weeks ago for couple weeks just out of curiosity. I don't think it is necessary unless you are training for something like a bodybuilding meet and you are trying to cut weight. But in your case, it may not hurt to count the calories for a few days, just to see where you are at, then that way you can start adding calories and see what it takes to get you to start gaining the weight you want.
  23. Got to stop the desire for people to own ivory. As long as there is a demand for it, there will be poachers willing to kill to get it. How to stop the demand? I have no idea. What are the things ivory is used for/to make? I have never owned any ivory or anything with ivory in it as far as I know.
  24. Since you can't eat beans and you said you liked nuts/seeds, I would suggest more nuts/seeds/nut seeds butters. I know you said you couldn't eat grains daily, but have you tried amaranth, quinoa, or millet which are actually seeds. And maybe spelt, although it is grain from wheat, so may not work for you. Have you ever figured up the amount of calories and protein you take in on an average day?
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