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  1. This thread makes vegans look even more like the awkward, sociopathic weirdos that society at large makes us out to be.


    This is overall not a good thing.


    Agreed. Good point. If you don't want to drink, then don't drink. But moralizing about others drinking as if everyone who has a beer is a drunk-driving, wife-beating addict is not only silly and ridiculous, but also makes for a poor impression of veganism.

  2. I respect everyone's decision whether they choose to have a few drinks or not. It's not for everyone, so if someone wants to abstain, that's completely fine and I back their decision. However, for those that have vehement anti-alcohol positions and speak of it in the same realm as if having a drink on occasion is similar to being a junkie or that it leads to criminal behavior, I do have to chuckle. It's one thing to be opposed to something based on your own experiences and ideals, and completely different when one's opposition becomes overhyped fearmongering with scare tactics that basically say that one drink will likely lead to your ultimate ruin. It's fine to voice dissent in regard to the idea of drinking, but let's not turn this thread into a Reefer Madness-esque carnival, please. Some of us have managed to responsibly enjoy a glass from time to time without driving drunk, beating our spouses, abusing children or anything else of that nature, and we're quite content to keep doing as we've done


    Very Well said VE, I was trying to think of a polite way to say something just like this and no going very well.


    Same here, well said. Especially that last sentence.

  3. If you broke a rib you'd know it... you probably wouldn't be able to get out of bed without severe pain. Ribs are a very bad injury and if you break one, you feel it in every thing you do, as pretty much every movement requires core movement. Also if you didn't notice bruising it's probably not broken.


    However, it does sound like you may have a dislocated and/or bruised rib. If it's dislocated, you need to have it popped back into place. A chiropractor can do this, as can many first-aid trained folks. If it's bruised, there's nothing you can do but take it easy and let it heal.


    I had several bruised and dislocated ribs when I first started training martial arts and didn't know how to fall properly. A badly bruised rib can take anywhere from 4 - 8 weeks to feel fully recovered. Mine usually took about 5 or 6 before they felt better.

  4. Don't forget to tune in and cheer for Mac and he attempts to bounce back from a tough loss to Clay Guida. Broadcast is at 9pm eastern/pacific.


    Josh Neer was arrested on New Year's eve, and apparently barely made weight (had to try twice). I'm wondering how prepared he is for this fight. Mac on the other hand has said that he didn't prepare well for the Guida fight and is not going to make the same mistake twice.

  5. what are the benefits of quarter and half squats? serious question.


    I think the idea is that because you can lift a heavier weight, the specific muscles and areas of muscles that are hit by a partial squat get stronger and develop more, rather than being held back by the weakest link while performing a full squat.


    If you can hit a muscle that can squat 500 lbs. with a partial squat, but only 300 lbs. with a full squat, then if you only do full squats, that muscle will never be challenged.


    At least, that's my understanding, and I'm no expert on serious heavy lifting, so I could be off here.

  6. Here is an interesting tidbit from the executive director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission...


    Kizer, sitting at the commission table cageside, entered the cage after the second round after he saw a cornerman put Vaseline on the Canadian's face and then touch his back in a "weird breathing thing for Mr. St. Pierre."


    Kizer then asked the GSP corner to wipe down the fighter.


    "It wasn't like it was an excessive amount of Vaseline but it did appear that there was still some Vaseline on him."


    The fighter was wiped down and the commission ordered the same thing after the third round "just to play it safe."




    While he goes on to state concerns that this taints GSP's victory, it also establishes that the amount was small and possibly accidental, and GSP was wiped down. Further, if Kizer thought that this would potentially change the outcome of the fight, why didn't he take further steps to remove the vaseline? The ref also checks fighters before the next round starts.


    On the other hand, that final video posted above makes GSP look pretty greasy.


    But I still think this kind of smells like some sore loser stuff... guys are sweaty and slippery during a fight. Some guys sweat a lot more than others (I'm one of those). Maybe GSP is just a sweaty dude.

  7. In another thread Troy said he read the book, but that he couldn't find any citations in it for the claims the author makes or any citations at all.

    He directly says in the book that he doesn't have any source: it's all from trial and error with his own body.



    The sad thing is that there are plenty of intelligent and otherwise well educated people who will not be bothered by that.


    I guess you can count me as one of those. Personally I don't understand your objection to Brendan Brazier sharing his knowledge of vegan performance nutrition to the world. Brendan makes it clear that he has spent a lot of time researching these things and putting them to the test in real world situations, i.e. his own training. I trust an accomplished, professional athlete's opinion on nutrition more than some scientist who is just running "studies." I mean come on, there's a study out there to prove just about anything. Studies are a dime a dozen.


    But more than that, I think the lack of citation is irrelevant for one simple reason: if you read a text and it makes sense, matches up with what you already know, is full of common sense, and your own good judgment tells you that the author probably knows what they're talking about, I would listen to the advice and try it out for yourself, citations or no citations. If you read a text and it doesn't make sense, the information doesn't match up with what you already know, and your own good judgment tells you that the author probably doesn't know up from down, I would discard the information, citations or no citations.


    Citing sources doesn't make good information better, or bad information good. Not citing sources doesn't make good information bad. Having a study to back up bullshit still makes something bullshit.


    Brendan's book is well-written and he is well-informed. You indicate you haven't even read it but you're dismissing it. I find that a little unfortunate.

  8. If you want cheap-cheap, renting a room in a house is your best bet, and there are plenty available, just peruse craigslist (as jessifly noted).


    I'm only familiar with inner southeast portland apartment-hunting, but that's a great place to be if you're looking. You can find reasonably priced stuff, there are four-plexes, converted duplexes, and large apartment buildings on practically every block around here. The large apartment buildings are your best bet. But you're not going to find them advertised online usually. That's because all they gotta do is put a sign out front of their building and they get applicants. Your best bets for these kinds of buildings is to drive around the neighborhood you want to move to and write down phone numbers and call them all.


    Also you can contact the many property management services that manage these buildings and ask them for their listings.

  9. So we should cut out









    and now gluten too?




    Christ what is left to eat?


    Is this directed at me? I never said to cut out soy. I eat soy every day. But at any rate, there's plenty left to eat. Fruits and vegetables, gluten-free grains (brown rice, millet, quinoa), beans, tofu, tempeh, nuts/seeds and nut/seed butters, even Garden burger makes vegan gluten-free veggie burgers and other meat imitations. A little creativity and it's really no problem whatsoever, you can come up with all kinds of combinations and creative uses of recipes based on these fundamental foods.

  10. My assertion that gluten is difficult to digest doesn't have anything to do with complicated methods. It has to do with my experience, the experience of many people I know and that I've interacted with over the years, and my interactions with multiple nutritionists, who all tend to agree (of course there are exceptions and everyone has a slightly different opinion, but I worked in the health food industry for years and worked with a number of highly qualified nutritionists and have read quite a few books on the subject) that gluten is a difficult protein to digest, and in some cases that can lead to serious side effects (celiac disease/gluten sensitivities and intolerances are very widespread). In other cases, it just means your body has to work harder to assimilate the food you're putting into it. That might not matter to some people, but for a lot of people, especially athletes, I think it's an important factor considering you'd probably be better off saving that energy for working out, recovery and strengthening your immune system.


    But I certainly won't argue that seitan isn't tasty and delicious. If your body handles it without side effects and you enjoy it then more power to ya, but I think it's important to let people make an educated decision with both sides of the story rather than pretending there's nothing wrong with it.


    Just my opinion.

  11. I think it's not a great idea to depend on seitan for a large chunk of your protein. Quality is just as important, or more important, than quantity, and gluten is a low-quality protein that is very difficult to digest. Those soy steaks are probably better, but like others have said, still more processed than tofu or tempeh.


    Personally I think you can get more than enough protein from tofu/tempeh, beans and rice, and vegetables - all of which are reasonably priced (and besides, how can you put a price on your health?) to support most training regimes/lifestyles.

  12. http://www.sherdog.com/news/articles/danzig-breathes-new-life-into-career-15472


    Here's an excerpt (more at link)...


    A winner of “The Ultimate Fighter 6” in 2007, Danzig saw it was time for a change. His methodology inside Xtreme Couture Mixed Martial Arts’ walls had become stagnant and he’d lost his thirst to train as hard as some of the other warriors inside Las Vegas’ most famous gym. Not that his training partners or the facility itself had become outdated by any means; Danzig admits he just wasn’t as focused or serious as he should have been, especially leading up to his most recent bout.


    Last September, Danzig (18-5-1) dropped a unanimous decision to wrestler Clay Guida at UFC Fight Night 15 in Omaha, Neb.


    “I was listening to my corner with their combinations, but I was throwing them like a robot and I got a little too anxious where I should have just relaxed and waited and then picked him apart,” Danzig said of Guida. “I should have let him shoot into one of my knees but instead I was throwing knees at the end of combinations after he was already backing up so, of course, the knee isn’t there and he would use that to get a takedown.”


    His new baby has given Danzig the fire in his belly he needed though.


    “I always train hard and I wasn’t sure if the fire was still there like it was (in the past),” he said. “But having this kid has changed me a lot. It’s given me a new perspective and has given me a whole lot of motivation to go in there and really do right by myself and my family and get the most out of my career. I’m starting to watch tapes again and really getting back into the whole mindset of combat, which I was getting a little tired of after a while. I’m ready to go and I got a new reason to fight.”

  13. This is funny...




    December 24, 2008

    PETA at war with Palin's office

    PETA v. Palin: Drop the video game or we'll sue!


    PETA received a call from governor Sarah Palin's office this week and Palin's spokeman Bill McAllister wasn't in the mood for laughs.


    Yesterday morning, PETA President Ingrid Newkirk took a call from someone in Sarah Palin’s office, demanding that we pull down a new online game that involves pelting the Governor with snowballs. When she asked for his name, he yelled into the phone, “Just take the game down or you’ll read my name on the lawsuit.”


    http://www.peta.org/feat/HolidaySnowballFight/index.aspx (Gov. Palin’s stage is actually the culmination of the game—you also get to pelt Anna Wintour, Madonna, the Ollsen twins, and Col. Sanders).

  14. 2. There is technically no such thing as too low of cholesterol


    That's actually incorrect. Cholesterol is an essential nutrient that, ideally, your body produces on its own to provide the amounts it needs. Typically because of the Standard American Diet the problem is that most people get too much dietary cholesterol and this leads to problems. But for a vegan who is not consuming any dietary cholesterol, it is something to watch, you do need cholesterol and very low amounts of it are known to cause issues.


  15. Due to your body having extra stress placed on it by having to fight off colds and other illnesses more frequently? Since exercise is stressing your body beyond it's normal limit so as to stimulate growth and development, where is the fine line between healthy stress and just doing harm?


    What are the typical symptoms of over training your body that you've experienced? Illness, fatigue, irritability, interrupted sleep?


    I ask because I was sick a LOT last winter. I've always had a strong immune system, at some points in my life going years without so much as a sniffle. After I went vegan and quit smoking, I definitely saw an improvement in my winter health as well. When I only lifted weights 2 - 3 times a week, I felt stronger, and didn't get sick often either.


    Then over the past couple years I've gotten into martial arts, which is a really intense workout. Last winter I was going to 4 - 6 classes a week, which has kinda been my standard on-and-off since I started training martial arts, in addition to lifting weights a couple times a week. I was also going through a lot of stress at work, and then you add in indulgences like coffee and alcohol and, looking back, I can see why my body was so run down and sick.


    But I don't want to make the same mistake this winter. I've already cut down my coffee intake to once or twice a week and started drinking yerba mate instead. I'm also limiting my alcohol consumption more, both of which I hope will help me sleep better and reduce the unnecessary stress I'm putting on my body. I also feel like my diet is a little cleaner now, as well.


    But basically, I'm wondering if anyone else with a very high "work load" in their work out routine (i.e., not just lifting weights or jogging once or twice a week) finds they need to cut back on their regimen during the winter to keep from over training (which I want to avoid, because winter is the easiest time to train in my opinion, since the weather sucks and you don't get outside as much)?

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