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  1. Here is a brand new article published on UFC.com about Mac. His vegan diet is a topic discussed in the article. Don't forget the fight is this Saturday! http://www.ufc.com/index.cfm?fa=news.detail&gid=11291
  2. FYI: Mac Danzig is featured in the April issue of Fight! Magazine. I'm still trying to track down a copy, so I don't know if his diet is discussed in the article, but I'm thinking it probably is. http://www.fightmagazine.com/
  3. I used to have acid reflux really bad. It would keep me up at night sometimes. Then I started working at a health food store, and my boss recommended a supplement that I started taking, and I never get heartburn/acid reflux anymore. Basically, the problem is that your body is struggling to properly breakdown and digest the food you're putting into it. This is particularly common with processed foods and when bulking/eating a lot. Raw, fresh, organic foods are enzymatically active, and the enzymes are the chemical catalysts that breakdown the various macronutrients that you're consuming. Without the enzymes, you can't break down the food. Now, your body can, to some degree, produce the necessary enzymes on its own. Your saliva has enzymes, stomach acid has enzymes, etc. But sometimes it can't produce enough, especially if you're eating a lot/eating a lot of cooked/processed food. So how does it compensate? It produces more acid to break down the food that it's having trouble digesting. This causes heartburn and acid reflux. Typically people then take tums or another acid neutralizer to feel better, but this only adds to the cycle, because it neutralizes more acid than is necessary, thus triggering your body to produce even more acid. Here's what you can do to break the cycle. 1) Don't chew gum or anything else that involves a chewing motion unless you're eating food. 2) Chew your food slowly and carefully, every bite. 3) Whenever possible, eat more raw, organic foods. (I'm not a raw foodist, but it really helps) 4) *this is the big one* Go get digestive enzymes and take them with EVERY single meal and snack. I recommend Now brand Plant Enzymes. They're vegan, and work great. Don't get enzymes with pancreatin in them, it is made from pig pancreas. This will help break down your food and your body will stop over-producing stomach acid to compensate. It will probably take a couple weeks to fully get relief, but it will be long-term relief. Once your body starts to settle into a healthy pattern, you can experiment with going down to one capsule of enzymes per big meal, but I would recommend taking 2 - 3 every time you put anything in your body for at least 2 weeks, or until the heartburn goes away. 5) Don't drink alcohol until the heartburn goes away. Alcohol impairs your body's ability to digest food and triggers more acid production as a result. Good luck.
  4. This reminds me of one of my favorite quotes... from Douglas Adams: "It is an important and popular fact that things are not always what they seem. For instance, on the planet Earth, man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much - the wheel, New York, wars and so on - while all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man - for precisely the same reason."
  5. I was sent this link by a friend... figured some people here might be interesting in participating. http://www.shannonmrush.com/current (click the link for the complete FAQ) Excerpt: Current Project My current project is a portrait book featuring vegans. My goal in this creative endeavour is to show the diversity in our vegan community and to reveal a bit about each individual vegan through dialogue and thoughtful portraiture. Currently I am looking for interested vegan participants. To volunteer or to ask questions please contact me at [email protected] or 503-997-5045.
  6. Anyone looking for an old-school, no frills gym in SE Portland should check out Loprinzi's on 41st and Division. It's been there since the 40's, and hasn't changed much in all that time. A lot of the same equipment is still there, going strong. The owner is a very nice, laid back bodybuilder, who is there all the time and can help you out with anything you need (tips on form, a spotter, just someone to chat to). It's small, although they do have a pool and sauna, but it's great. A lot cheaper than the corporate gyms, too.
  7. http://www.macdanzig.net/ 2008-02-02 Mac is scheduled to make his return to the Octagon on April 19th against Jiu-Jitsu expert Mark Bocek in Montreal, Canada at UFC 84, live on ppv
  8. That is simply not true, and exemplifies your ignorance of what actually goes on in most typical strip clubs. Which is to be expected, seeing as I doubt you've spent much time in any strip clubs given your negative feelings towards them. The women ARE in control, the men with the money are not. That much is plainly obvious to anyone who has ever gone to a strip club and tried to sit up front without tipping. Again, that is simply not true, it is a stereotype. Most of the men who go to these places have healthy relationships with women, including wives, girlfriends and mothers that they love. I know because I know many men who go to strip clubs. Please take a look at your statement here. You're insulting the women who choose to dance for a living by suggesting that they don't know any better. How is that NOT patriarchal? You are doing exactly what you claim to be opposed to - demeaning these women by stating that YOU, a man, know what's best for them.
  9. I want to start out by saying that I'm not a huge fan of strip clubs. I've been to one once or twice when a group of friends was going (I do live in Portland, after all, where it seems there's a strip club on every other corner), but that's about it. But I wanted to jump in and offer a differing point of view to what seems to be a knee-jerk reaction that strip clubs are automatically bad. Yes, some strip clubs are bad, and exploit the women that work there. But saying that all strip clubs are bad because some are bad is kind of like saying that all shoes are bad because some shoes exploit children in the making of them. Just because some companies abuse children to make shoes doesn't mean you should never wear shoes, it just means you shouldn't wear shoes from those companies. The allegation of misogyny is quite common, but I find this allegation hypocritical. It is misogynistic to associate any expression of female sexuality as exploitative. It is misogynistic to suggest that grown women shouldn't be allowed the opportunity to decide they want to dance to make money. It is misogynistic to suggest that all strippers are being exploited, because this implies that they're incapable of making their own decisions. Many strip clubs are run by very caring, professional people. Many strippers are normal, intelligent women who would never let themselves be exploited. They own their sexuality, and they're in control when they're dancing. Just because it is not YOUR thing, what right do you have to make blanket statements about how those women are expressing themselves and making decisions? If you don't like strip clubs, don't go to them. But please don't lump all strip clubs into one category, all strippers into one category, or all men who visit strip clubs into one category. To do so is insulting to both men and women. My two cents.
  10. 6'2" 150lbs when I started working out (had been vegan for about 3 years at that point). 175lbs now, hoping to get above 190 by the summer.
  11. It's possible you're not digesting the protein you're using very well. You could try a more "alive" protein like cold-milled hemp protein. You could also try taking digestive enzymes (make sure to the kind without pancreatin, which is not vegan) and probiotics (make sure to get the kind without dairy cultures), which will improve your ability to breakdown and absorb all foods, including the extra protein you're consuming.
  12. I know you said you couldn't check the board, but no offense, you should listen to your doctor. Do you have an urgent care facility nearby? They're cheaper than the ER, though you will probably have to wait a little longer. I don't know what the deal is in your state, but many states require hospitals to write off your bill if you make less than a certain amount per year and you're uninsured. You sound seriously sick, and I don't think you should take any chances. But obviously the standard things like drinking a lot of orange juice, emergen-c, rest, echinacea tea, etc are good ideas in general if you're sick. Hope you feel better.
  13. Interesting article, thanks for posting it. I hope that Gonzalez will go completely vegan sooner or later.
  14. If you're just worried about protein, you could try a hemp protein shake once a day to shore up your daily protein intake. Hemp is a complete protein and provides other valuable nutrients, such as essential fatty acids.
  15. Yes, the taller you are the more muscle you have to add to get the same shape. I'm almost 6'3", and I've noticed this. However, I see it as an advantage. Think of it this way, you may have to work harder and add more mass to get the same shape as someone shorter, but a muscle that you have that looks the same as a muscle someone else has, is bigger and stronger in reality, due to the proportion differences.
  16. leg abduction(can use the cable as well): http://ejmas.com/pt/2006pt/heidi/abduct3.jpg and just the reverse leg adduction(can use cables too): http://www.acefitness.org/images/exercises/leg_adduct_band2.jpg Breaking of the hips means putting your butt out there rather than trying to bend at the knees. Next time you squat try sticking butt out more... DV- Use a SwissBall on the bottom of your back up against a wall and do your squats like that! It will help with the knee problem(shouldnt have any). http://content.answers.com/main/content/wp/en-commons/thumb/c/c9/200px-SwissBallSquat.JPG Thanks! This and all the feedback given so far has been extremely helpful. I don't think I stick my butt out very much, maybe because I felt like this made me bend forward, and I was thinking that keeping your back vertical was important. But I will give this a try!
  17. Would you mind elaborating on what you mean by break at the hips?
  18. What are good exercises for the hip flexors?
  19. I'm suddenly wondering if I'm doing squats properly. I'm curious how you guys do them. How far apart are your feet spaced? Do your turn your toes forward (knees out) so the feet are parallel to each other? Do you go as low as you can without bending your back, or till your thighs are parallel to the floor, or higher? Thanks for input.
  20. Which do you prefer? For taste/convenience reasons, or for nutrition reasons? Beans are pretty much the only thing I eat canned, but they always seem so gross when they come right out and smell horrible. I wonder if anyone knows if canned beans are not as good for you?
  21. My experience with martial arts + weight training is limit your weight training to once a week. The calisthenics you do during the course of martial arts training will do more for your raw strength than weight lifting. However, weight lifting will build more muscle mass than calisthenics. Thus, weight training once a week (hit your whole body on one day with heavy, compound exercises... don't waste your time isolating muscles) will keep your muscle mass growing, while your MA training will build your strength, flexibility and endurance. Also, medicine ball work (polymetrics) are great for explosive, "twitch" muscle strength. Get a partner and a ten pound medicine ball. Sit across from each other with your feet out, but not quite touching, tensing your core to stay upright. Take the medicine ball and twist to one side, tapping it on the ground, then back to center, then chest pass it to your partner, who taps it and chest passes back. Then you twist twice (once right, once left) and tap twice, and pass, he taps twice and passes, then three taps, all the way up to ten taps, then work your way back down to one. Rest for 1 - 2 minutes then repeat. There are endless variations on these medicine ball routines, and they're amazing workouts. Finally, with any sort of serious MA training, especially if you're also weight training, you need to eat clean, healthy and often. You will not have the energy to keep up with your training routine if you slack off in this department.
  22. Anyone interested in the Shaolin temple and its modern history should pick up the book "American Shaolin" by Matthew Polly. I just finished reading it, and I couldn't put it down. It's written by an American who dropped out of college to go train at the Shaolin temple and eventually befriended many of the monks there. It's very humorous, the author is a great writer, and the cultural insight is astounding. I highly recommend it.
  23. I've always been a little baffled by this trend. I mean, people can do what they like, it doesn't bother me... but an acquaintance of mine (who's fairly athletic) was once telling me over beers how he wants to get a fixed gear bike. I asked him why. He said, "To train my legs, get bigger thighs. You gotta work harder on a fixie." I responded, "Why don't you use a regular bike and just not change gears if you want to train your legs?" He looked baffled.
  24. This is huge positive publicity for vegan athletes. Mac wins a UFC contract where he which he will use to continue competing and hopefully continuing to talk about his vegan lifestyle. http://canadianpress.google.com/article/ALeqM5ikwYZ42XubXmjkk4fXAwH35y4OBA http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mac_Danzig http://www.ufc.com/index.cfm?fa=Tuf.Danzig
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