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Suggestion Box / Delete account
« on: July 21, 2011, 09:53:10 pm »
How can I delete my account? It seems this option is not in the profile page. Maybe some administrator could delete it? Just ban me that should work :) Thanks.

General Discussion / Re: Redesigning food guide pyramid
« on: July 21, 2011, 08:27:24 am »
The door -- not very logical.

I wasn't presenting any solution myself, only suggesting which diets are viable and which in my research are not going to be healthful particularly for people with existing conditions.

Saying people all people would benefit from low carb (which I am not exactly saying currently) would be less extreme based on statistics of what works. thats my point.

What statistics is that? Based on people from forums on which people usually have some existing problems (with sugar, etc.)? I don't think this is a very representative sample of the whole population.

The OP asked what food pyramid would you suggest; something like this needs to be general enough to cover the whole population. I suggested 30-50% fruits, not 50% as you seem to see it. It's a general guideline, feel free to eat less or more fruits if that works better for you.

E.g. 30% would be about 150 grams of sugar. 5.5 medium bananas or 7 medium apples for example. Is that a lot of fruit?

General Discussion / Re: Thoughts of the Day.........
« on: July 21, 2011, 06:44:18 am »
Plenty of cats choose to eat grass and leaves. Both of the cats that I owned ate grass.  They didn't eat it as the majority of their diet, but I definitely saw them eating it from time to time.

Yes all my cats as well, but usually they throw it up later. I've also noticed the dogs doing the same occasionally. My father was saying they're cleaning their digestive systems.

More specifically, if a vegan diet is missing some vital nutrient, that deficiency creeps up slowly and causes serious, hard-to-repair damage.  The gradual, slow nature of the defiency is what makes it dangerous.

I'm trying to explain this to some friends that have recently decided to go vegan, but it just doesn't work. Their arguments usually are "I feel fine, blood tests are great, I take B12", and so on. We've always been omnivore (veganism is a pretty new thing), who knows what else besides B12 you might be missing by avoiding animal foods.

General Discussion / Re: Redesigning food guide pyramid
« on: July 21, 2011, 05:17:06 am »
My belief is to rather do what's more logical. Instinctive too, but we shouldn't forget using the brain.

Going by other people's experiences.. I don't think so.
Self-experimentation.. if it works for some short period it doesn't mean you won't burn out soon.

General Discussion / Re: Redesigning food guide pyramid
« on: July 21, 2011, 02:30:54 am »
All that history about the traditional people living healthfully on low carb diets is a bit too uncertain (and we can only guess whether it's the diet or something third).

Low carb is unnatural. Many parts of the body prefer glucose over fat and definitely over ketones. Why should we force it into ketosis then, do we know better than our own body? Some say the heart works X% better on ketones, and they are good for this and that.. why aren't they produced as needed if they are so good, but we instead need to force it into some special state (low carb). In addition you waste protein getting converted to glucose. If you don't get enough dietary protein, bye bye muscles.

It's a wrong, unoptimal diet for people who have no problems utilizing dietary carbs.

On the other end you have high carb (811..). Even worse..

So as a general recommendation something balanced in between these extremes would be best.

General Discussion / Re: Redesigning food guide pyramid
« on: July 21, 2011, 01:39:07 am »
Well it doesn't seem that much different from that raw paleo pyramid (just that it's not so specific).

Actually no, that pyramid seems to be very low carb (10% fruits). Is that by calories? 2 fruits per day? Which statistics shows that such low carb diet is better than my version with higher carb for healthy people?

General Discussion / Re: Redesigning food guide pyramid
« on: July 21, 2011, 12:51:55 am »
what statistics is this based on as resulting in healthy people?

Well it doesn't seem that much different from that raw paleo pyramid (just that it's not so specific).

General Discussion / Re: Redesigning food guide pyramid
« on: July 20, 2011, 09:47:53 pm »
A serving or so of steamed white polished rice could be recommended for those who don't like so much fruits and need a higher ratio of glucose to fructose in the diet (e.g. highly active people).

General Discussion / Re: Redesigning food guide pyramid
« on: July 20, 2011, 09:42:33 pm »
30-50% of the calories from fruits, the rest from unprocessed animal foods.

Health / Phytic acid and teeth
« on: July 19, 2011, 11:14:03 pm »
I researched a bit on phytic acid, considering this diagram of how it binds to nutrients

I came up with this table (left out the protein)

phytic acid  660.04   100
calcium       40.078   6
magnesium  24.305   3.6
zinc           65.409   9.9
iron            55.845   8.5

First column are molar weights, the second is normalized to 100 for phytic acid. So 100mg phytic acid theoretically would bind to 6mg Ca, 3.6mg Mg, etc. (if my calculations here are correct, I don't have much clue about chemistry actually).

According to this phytic acid is a lot worse regarding zinc/iron availability than calcium/magnesium, which goes along with what's written on Wikipedia:

it chelates and thus makes unabsorbable certain important minor minerals such as zinc and iron, and to a lesser extent, also macro minerals such as calcium and magnesium.

Even if you consume like 5000mg phytic acid daily it won't affect dietary Ca/Mg that much (considering their high RDAs), plus in practice the binding numbers will be probably lower. So I'm wondering, why does it have such a bad reputation regarding teeth health? Are zinc and iron that important for the teeth? Is it possible that it binds calcium/magnesium directly from the teeth already in the mouth? Can't think of other options.

Off Topic / Re: Barefoot walking technique
« on: July 19, 2011, 06:36:53 pm »
Do you barefooters here walk in a similar manner to the running technique?

You'd need to make half steps in order to walk like when you're running, i.e. keep the foot forward only to the point below your center of gravity. I guess you could try stepping on your forefoot even if you make full steps but it would be very unnatural and weird.
When running, especially if it's more like sprint, due to the momentum this happens naturally.

When I think better you're probably right about going by smell/taste, the bad molds as far as I know are bad because they produce some toxins? and toxins usually are not very tasteful.

I've had some really bad diarrhea recently, and later on I've noticed that the coconut I started eating before the diarrhea was all moldy (it was in the fridge for a few days), but it was hardly noticeable because the mold and the coconut are both white. I couldn't link the problem to anything else but the mold so I'm very careful since then.
I know some are ok (like the moldy cheeses?), but it's a bit risky finding out through trial and error in my opinion.

Off Topic / Re: Linux Question
« on: July 19, 2011, 04:13:17 am »
2.16 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo

That's 64bit but the 32bit Ubuntu will work fine as well (unless you have more than 4GB RAM).

My UK processor is 4GHZ AMZ. I have been looking at  gaming PCs costing 4,500 pounds plus which are even better. I am hoping that Moore's law still applies, but am worried that the only suitable  high quality PCs will only ever be parallel processors.

What's AMZ? Why would you need so much performance (4,500 pounds plus)?

Off Topic / Re: Linux Question
« on: July 19, 2011, 03:26:17 am »
depends on your processor

Hot Topics / Re: Nora Gedgaudas - Primal Diet, Primal Mind
« on: July 19, 2011, 01:53:55 am »
From the sample chapter of the book:

What Do All the Longest-living Individuals Have in Common?

    Low fasting insulin levels
    Low fasting glucose
    Optimally low leptin
    Low triglycerides
    Low percentage of visceral body fat
    Lower body temperature

Does anyone here sees something wrong? Low body temperature?? Low fasting glucose (not sure what's low fasting glucose according to her, but hopefully it's not much lower than 90)? Somehow I don't think these exactly will help you live longer (or if they do then it will be a crappy life).

Off Topic / Re: Linux Question
« on: July 18, 2011, 10:27:05 pm »
Ubuntu, with each version it actually looks more and more like Mac so I'm pretty sure it would be easiest for you.
I myself use Debian (Ubuntu is getting way too pretty for me :D), but I think it's not the best distribution for a beginner.

Off Topic / Re: Linux Question
« on: July 18, 2011, 09:39:43 pm »
Linux is very user-friendly nowadays, it should be an easy thing to get used to.
Funny thing is I (as a Linux user) find Mac to be a very frustrating experience :D I've had to fix my girlfriends Mac a few times.. such a pain in the ass, even though the two systems are fairly similar under the hood as they come from a common predecessor (Unix).

Wild boar aged some weeks in my fridge. A nice and very tasty white coat of yeast formed on surface since that fridge seems to be sown now.

So you eat it along with the mold?? I throw any moldy food (primarily fruits) that I spot, hmm.

Welcoming Committee / Re: Just Another Newbie
« on: July 18, 2011, 09:34:08 am »
I have found that when on the diet I have not experienced the great energy levels enjoyed by most people which I’m guessing is an intolerance to high carbohydrates, up to 400g a day! Which can't be good for canidia? Also when I’m on the diet my jaw seems to be constantly tense.

It sounds to me like you haven't eaten enough fat btw? In the wai diet it's promoted that calories from carbs and fat are roughly half-half (individually you'd adjust this ratio according to activity), thus I wouldn't say it's a very high-carb diet. If you've eaten up to 400g carbs, I doubt you've eaten 200g fat in addition.

Off Topic / Re: Clay
« on: July 17, 2011, 10:28:18 pm »
What did you expect? :D When there's water it's mud, otherwise it's that bunch of desert

Your quote from your linked website is just contradictory with what it says above:  

No it's not. Of course you'll have extreme thirst when dehydrated (although it seems in old people this is not so true), but if you drink only until the thirst is gone it won't be enough. Especially not when you're losing like 2 liters of water per hour. I've seen max 44C on my bike computer, at that temp it's hell cycling on the asphalt, and from my experience senses get messed up at much lower temperatures. Maybe your thirst mechanism works extremely well who knows

Off Topic / Re: Clay
« on: July 17, 2011, 09:36:48 pm »
Go out when it hasn't rained for quite some time and look for places like this

Off Topic / Re: Clay
« on: July 17, 2011, 09:27:11 pm »
or pottery mud

I think it's exactly this? As kids we would go collect from this mud and make pots and "art" etc. Obviously it's everywhere around, but only on few places you would find it in sufficiently pure form that will work well for pottery. I never thought this would be edible though :)

;DYou're wise!  ;D I also drink when I'm thirsty and I stop drinking when not thirsty anymore. Isn't that really mind-blowing?

Thirst can fool you in many situations. If I go by thirst when cycling for example, dehydration usually hits me in 2-3 hours (depending on temperature and how hard is the ride). With time you learn this but in the beginning..


Unfortunately, thirst isn't always a reliable gauge of the body's need for water, especially in children and older adults. A better indicator is the color of your urine: Clear or light-colored urine means you're well hydrated, whereas a dark yellow or amber color usually signals dehydration.

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