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Hot Topics / Re: Frustration with my heart.
« on: February 28, 2012, 09:03:38 am »
Here's what i ate today with accurate calorie/fat/protein content

Chicken drumsticks seasoned with himalayan sea salt and organic herbs - 1080 cals/60 grams of fat/120 grams of protein/0 carbs

herbal tea with tbs of coconut oil, 2 scoops of undenatured grass fed whey protein, psyllum husk seeds - 430 calories/50 grams of protein/ 20 grams of fat / 25 grams of carbs

2 bananas - 200 cals/40 grams of carbs/0 g of fat or protein

1 cup of home brewed kombucha - 80-100 cals/20 grams of carbs/0 g of fat or protein

hope that helps.

Hot Topics / Re: Frustration with my heart.
« on: February 28, 2012, 08:27:21 am »
i guess i consider it high fat compared to conventional healthy diets. idk.. All i know is that i consume a lot of fat, it isn't ALL that i consume, but i still consume it.

Hot Topics / Re: Frustration with my heart.
« on: February 28, 2012, 08:25:55 am »
When i listed those fruits i enjoyed, i didn't mean "in a day". I'll have 1 or 2 persimmons a day max. Same with bananas and melon. Lower calorie fruits like clementines, ill have maybe 4 or 5. To give you a better perspective as to what my diet (as a 150 pound 20 year old male) It is around 1800 calories a day. Today i consumed about 80-90 grams of fat, around 60-70 grams of carbs and i don't know how much protein, but it is probably pretty high (around 150-180) Of course, other days vary. Some days, fat content might be 70-80, while carbs are higher.

Hot Topics / Re: Frustration with my heart.
« on: February 28, 2012, 07:42:53 am »
I seem to fare well on raw dairy. One thing is i only consume about 2 quarts of kefir a week and i wouldn't see how dairy could effect your heart? at least i've never heard of such a thing.

Also, i am not low carb. I eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. I enjoy persimmons, clementines, bananas and even melon. I also consume raw vegetables, even though many would argue against that, i don't see the harm. I consume sweet potatoes (cooked btw) So i am not 100% raw. Sometimes i even sear my grass fed meats a little bit, but the inside is still completely raw. (please don't tell me the reason my murmur got worse was because i heated my meat for a couple minutes)

Could it be possible the high fat diet just isn't for me and i'd be better off on something like the WAI diet?

Hot Topics / Frustration with my heart.
« on: February 28, 2012, 06:18:09 am »
So, i've mentioned in the past that i was diagnosed with a heart murmur before i started eating a high fat diet with grass fed meat and raw dairy. To make the story short, i paid the doctor a visit this morning and apparently my murmur has gotten way worse, and the obstruction is considerable. I may even have to get surgery to remove a part of the muscle. Of course, i was incredibly saddened by the news, but at the same time, ready to punch a brick wall. I called my mom to tell her and her response? "Maybe you shouldn't eat so much fat!".... like just what i needed to hear right. And here i was trying to persuade her and teach her that conventional medicine is all wrong and that saturated fats should not be feared. But who is to believe the guy who has heart problems? I'm only 20 years old and frankly, this sucks. I don't know what to do. Even though, i'm not fat, i think according to the bmi, i am overweight by like 10 pounds. I'm thinking the fact that i'm overweight and stocky might have something to do with this. If i lose some extra pounds, maybe i'll prevent this murmur from getting any worse. Thoughts and advice please?

Exercise / Bodybuilding / Re: Exercise v. Diet
« on: February 15, 2012, 04:12:08 am »
My dad's father (my grandfather obviously) died of a heart attack when he was 51 years old. He ate a pretty bad diet, i'm assuming. Even though he lived in Iran, i'm pretty sure the main staples of his diet were white rice and a bunch of meat stews with factory farmed meat. Of course, i'm not positive, though i am positive that he did not exercise and was overweight as a result.  My father, however exercises daily, even though he technically eats a sad diet. He is 63 years old and in great shape. I hope that gives a good outlook on the benefits of exercise. I'm pretty sure my dad eats worse than my grandfather ate, considering my grandfather probably ate home cooked with wholesome ingredients. I'm not gonna sit here and bash my dad's eating habits because he does eat a big bowl of salad everday (non-organic lettuce,bunch of non organic vegetables, and evoo). He does indulge in desserts like german chocolate and commercial ice cream because he likes to treat himself. He doesn't eat fast food, but he doesn't eat the healthiest food either, even though my mom does a lot of cooking for him. (she uses vegetable oils, sugar,flour etc) lol sorry but i'm just trying to paint a good picture of what kind of lifestyle my father has with exercise incorporated and he is 63 and in good health, looking very fit, even though aesthetics aren't always a great indicator of health.

Hot Topics / Re: Supplementing; what do u recommend?
« on: February 08, 2012, 10:20:21 am »
One world whey is cold processed as well. i would try mercolas, but one world whey is cheaper.

Hot Topics / Re: Supplementing; what do u recommend?
« on: February 07, 2012, 11:49:49 am »
I have been taking the vanilla flavor (which is made with organic ground vanilla bean, not natural flavoring and stevia extract :p)  The taste is truly amazing, as far as mixing i can't complain either. If you use a blender, you definitely should not have a problem. I tried mixing 2 scoops once with some dandelion root tea in a mason jar and shaking it for a good minute or so, and there were some particles of whey still left over. To be honest, i don't mind the particles because the taste is so good even when it is not dissolved.

 I want to try mixing it with some raw honey and blueberries to make a pudding type consistency similar to how some people do with colostrum powder.

Hot Topics / Re: Supplmenting; what do u recommend?
« on: February 06, 2012, 02:43:33 am »
I don't really consider whey protein a supplement, as it is a complete food that comes from cows and is processed into a powder. It is definitely not as fresh as consuming something like raw milk or raw or even slightly cooked grass fed meat, but it still has many of it's nutrients in tact, as well as the bio-available protein and amino acids.

I use One World whey protein, which is pasture raised whey protein concentrate. As for "post workout" nutrition, i don't really know how much of a difference it would make because i haven't experimented. I think it really matters what your consuming over the course of the entire day (i.e total macronutrients). You want to make sure you're getting optimal amounts of protein and carbs because both of those things are very important in building or maintaining muscle. The rest of it depends on consistent training. You don't have to even lift heavy, just lift something that you could do at least 5 or 6 reps to that is challenging at the same time. You will know if it is somewhat challenging if you feel a burning sensation or increased heart rate obviously.

Anyway, i wouldn't be too concerned about post workout nutrition, though you might want to consume "something", just don't think about it too hard. Meal timing is all bullshit imo. (look up intermittent fasting for instance) With that said, i think whey protein is very beneficial to building muscle and getting healthy protein and amino acids in your diet. The quality of the protein is very important and i think mercola says a pretty superb product, even though it is quite pricey. If price is an issue, i would use the whey protein every other day or days when you work out.
sorry for the long post!_

Health / Foods and/or herbs for a heart murmur?
« on: January 22, 2012, 12:30:53 pm »
Hello all,
 To start off, i am a 20 year old male from New Jersey.  I was diagnosed with a heart murmur when i was younger (about 15) and as a result was prescribed a beta blocker called "atenolol". Though the side effects of the beta blocker don't seem to be too menacing to my health, i'm still trying my best to live without them because it isn't natural by any means. It has definitely been a goal of mine, ever since i began my healthy lifestyle 2 or 3 years ago. Though the heart murmur isn't too serious, whenever i pay the doctor a visit, it seems like my heart isn't making any improvement, in fact the opposite. Currently, i've been supplementing with hawthorn berry extract after coming across some great articles on it's heart healthy effects. If anyone has any advice (foods or herbs to consume, exercises, fasts etc.) to help please let me know!
Thank you

Can you guys just please post some tips and advice for someone about to start the zero carb (or close to zero carb) diet. I've tried this before in the past for a little while and my biggest issues were constipation and lack of energy which is why I've always added fruit. But I feel now that the fruit is getting a little out of hand (almost a wai type diet situation) and I find myself often consuming non-organic persimmons, pomegranates, clementines because they are available in the house and so convenient. I know certain foods are more vital to consume organic, so I figure it's not a big deal. But that's not entirely why I'm starting zero carb, even though I know it's bad to consume non-organic fruits, I think I'm still receiving the benefits of the fruit and I personally have no grudge against fructose (even though I'm going zero carb)
The main reason I'm going zero carb is to get leaner and healthier (than I was at least)

I usually count calories (consuming 1800-1900 cals a day) in which I've gotten results and I know they matter to an extent. I realize I'm probably one of the only people that counts calories on this forum, but I believe based on experience that it really helps with losing fat and keeping my body controlled (no overeating that causes drowsiness,sickness etc.) I believe calories matter, but I also believe carbs matter a great deal as well, which is why so many people have lost fat on diets such as atkins. I think limiting both from one's diet would further increase fat loss and prevent aging.  I know I'm gonna run into the same problems with constipation and energy as I did before, what do you guys advise I do? Should I take a probiotic supplement? I don't want to drink any stimulated beverage to give me energy because I'm trying to avoid that for now because of a heart murmur.


Omnivorous Raw Paleo Diet / Re: Raw cow blood?
« on: January 07, 2012, 09:27:51 am »
Awesome. That is some great footage and lol @ the jack lalanne interview. Some of the things he said were hilarious, but inspiring none the less. Interesting what he says about the blood, then goes onto to blast milk, even though the maasai consumed more milk than blood(i'm assuming).

Omnivorous Raw Paleo Diet / Re: Raw cow blood?
« on: January 06, 2012, 12:29:27 pm »
 So i take it that it wasn't a good experience then? Did you notice any positive benefits from drinking the blood? Were there any other negative effects besides the odd stool?

 Would you happen to have a link to the interview? i'm really interested in knowing more about this subject.

I assume that the maasai drank the blood shortly after they killed the animal, so i'm not sure that there was any fermentation going on, however it would be really interesting to see how fermented blood would look and taste. lol

Omnivorous Raw Paleo Diet / Raw cow blood?
« on: January 05, 2012, 10:50:31 am »
I'm just curious if anyone has ever experimented with raw cow blood. I know the maasai tribe drank raw blood as a staple of their diet in addition to raw milk and this sparked my curiosity of the potential health benefits of consuming blood. I'm thinking about asking my local farmer if they'd sell me some of their cow blood, even though it isn't an item on the "menu".

Also, i once listened to an interview on superhumanradio with the author of Muscle, Smoke and Mirrors, where he discusses how some bodybuilders including jack lalanne consumed raw cow's blood in prep for a show. I don't know how accurate that statement is, considering jack went on to become a devout vegetarian as well as his overall diet back in the day. (lots of egg whites/salads/fresh juice).

Any info would be helpful. thanks!

Raw Weston Price / Re: How much raw milk does everyone drink?
« on: October 24, 2011, 12:12:23 am »
i'm like you in that i drink raw milk every week. I order some unpasteurized grass fed goat milk from my local farmer. I chug through about a half gallon every week and feel great. I personally don't think there is anything wrong with drinking this much milk or the amount you are drinking if you do not feel any ill effects from it. If you are unsure about the effects it has on you, maybe you should take some time off the milk too observe your body's reaction.

There's a big difference to your body craving a food and your brain craving a certain food. This may just a case in point of your body craving a food it really needs. This especially makes sense since you were never breast fed and given formula. I love raw milk (i stick to goat and sheeps milk for various reasons) and dont intend to stop drinking it unless it starts giving me issues. i mix it with some organic blackstrap molasses and raw honey for a great post-workout treat.

Raw Weston Price / Re: Dangers of Pasteurized Almonds?
« on: June 22, 2011, 08:37:21 am »
Thanks for the response. Whole foods seems to be the only place i can find that sells truly raw almonds, and it is only in the form of butter of course from Sicily. Anyway, it's $18 for one yeah fml.

Just a side question, are all nuts actually pasteurized? or is it just almonds? If all nuts are pasteurized, this is probably gonna be the biggest bummer, seeing as how i love nuts/nut butters and how expensive unpasteurized nuts are.

Raw Weston Price / Dangers of Pasteurized Almonds?
« on: April 26, 2011, 02:24:48 pm »
As many of you may know, many of the so called "raw" almonds that are being sold in stores aren't actually raw and are put through the process of pasteurization. Of course, i've heard countless times about the ill effects of pasteurized milk. I guess, i'm just wondering if the same applies to almonds. i'm on and off with almonds. I'll go a couple weeks without them, then start again stuffing my face with them for a good couple days then stop again. I'm just wondering if i should really be worried about get the fake raw almonds from a place like trader joes.(they sell at a pretty reasonable price and are so addictive, but then again so are sugar and fructose)

Also, if you could give me your thoughts on nuts. I know it may be different for everyone depending on how their body reacts to it, but as far as a snack in terms of good health and nutrition.

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