Role of caffine in you diet

Caffeine, again, can contribute to dehydration, which in turn will interfere with proper synthesis of neurotransmitters. It also uses up a lot of vitamin C. These things could exacerbate ADD as a result, but I have found that I have no problem with moderate amounts of caffeine so long as I drink enough water & have enough C in my diet. You can take C supplements- but many of these can cause diarrhea, which will then increase other deficiencies & exacerbate dehydration. C supplements are best taken on a full stomach. Smaller doses taken 4X per day are better than one large dose, since this gets pissed away in a few hours. Frankly, I find that just eating well (which will naturally insure a steady intake of C) to be much less of a hassle than taking supplements 4X per day.


I’ve never heard of apples & milk causing inordinate drowsiness, except when milk is heated to release the tryptophan. I suppose a person who has difficulty digesting milk might be fatigued by the alcohols created by its fermentation. Most milk digestion problems can be corrected by having a little bit of cardamom or nutmeg along with it. When cold milk hits stomach acid, it curdles into little chunks of cheese. These chunks have a poor surface-to-mass ratio. The enzymes only work on the surface, so the lactose in the middle has plenty of time to ferment. I discovered this when I was experimenting with making Indian dessert cheeses.


I had several different pots of milk boiling, and added different flavorings to each. When I added lemon juice to curdle them, the ones containing cardamom and nutmeg refused to curdle. I had heard that Ayurveda reccommends those spices for people having a hard time with milk, and I think that this explains it. Nutmeg and cardamom contain chemicals which keep milk proteins from coagulating. This enables the milk to remain a liquid in the stomach, which causes it to digest very fast. My only dietary rule is a paraphrase of Aleister Crowley: “Eat what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law.”


I keep my digestion strong with Yoga, & have resolved most of my neurotic anxieties with psychoanalysis & introspection & giving/receiving love. I’m lacto-ovo-vegetarian by preference, but am not rigid. One time early on I pissed someone off by being too preachy about my diet. I went out and ate a Whopper as penance, then made sure they knew & had my apology. Alienating your friends is worse for your health than anything you can eat. If a friend is unaware of my preference, and lovingly offers me food with meat in it, I eat it as a gift from God & never have a problem afterwards, which is interesting- because when I have eaten meat simply because it would be inconvenient to get something else, I feel it in my stomach like a lump for a while afterwards. More specifically for ADD, there are a few dietary things that I have found very helpful. I discovered them myself, and don’t know if they’ll work for everybody. See the “herbal/nutritional cures for A.D.D.?” thread to read about it, & some interesting conversations about it.


Concerns over the diet plans

“A lot of people have been concerned that the Atkins diet will cause cholesterol levels to go through the roof,” Dansinger said. “But we found that total cholesterol dropped by about 3 percent, and low density lipoprotein went down about 8 percent.” Although neither of those changes are statistically significant, Dansinger said those numbers are more than offset by a 15 percent rise in protective cholesterol — high density lipoprotein. “That was significant,” he said. Another concern addressed by the study is whether very high carbohydrate diets, such as Ornish, increase the risk of diabetes by overtaxing insulin production.


Although there was an initial rise in insulin levels in the Ornish group, at the one-year mark insulin had dropped 27 percent. Response from the diets’ advocates was generally positive and low-key, in contrast to the hyperbole often used to promote the programs. “People on our diet lost the most of all the four diets,” Ornish noted. Colette Heimowitz, vice president for education and research at Atkins Health and Medical Information Services in New York, said the findings reflect “our position that one diet does not fit all.”


Barry Sears, who developed the Zone diet, said the results show that “people who make an effort can lose weight. It is slow. It is not miraculous…. This is something that you do for the rest of your life.” Government statistics suggest that two-thirds of those who diet on their own regain weight within a year, said registered dietitian Karen Miller-Kovach, senior scientist for Weight Watchers International. “The fact that these people were still below their baseline weight at one year is encouraging.” It suggests, she said, that “the role of a total program such as Weight Watchers and the ongoing support it provides makes a big difference, far bigger than most people recognize.”


What is the future of dieting

Take a woman of 30 years old who stands 5’6″ who is in normal health, weighs 181 pounds, and moderately active. Here calories out are in the area of 2150. If she takes in less calories then she puts out she would drop weight. The recommendation from some sources for calorie reduction in this case would be about 1850 calories. This doesn’t sound like a lot, but it is suppose to insure you are still getting what you require. Interesting note is that a couple of experiments on both rodents and monkeys seem to indicate a possible increase in longevity by as little as a decrease of 10% calories compared to a control group.


The critters look a little thinner, however don’t seem to be emaciated and appear to function as well as their counterparts, with the exception that the ones on a diet seem to be outliving them (based on more deaths in the control group, the monkey’s haven’t been alive long enough to see if their average age will exceed the average monkey age) One of the stated side effects using a vlcd is that it may drop your calories out for your normal processes. “I exercised and still can’t lose any pounds”, but then over a day I may actually be putting out less when counting all sources of calories out triggered by the bodies response to a vlcd.


Calories out via excretion, transfer of heat from the body to the air, and so on, could in fact drop enough to compensate for any type of gain one is trying to get with an exercise program. Amazingly, this is actually the case. I’m a compulsive muncher, a habit which has caused quite a bit of weight gain in the past 10 years. Last fall, I hit 192 (i’m 5’11), and found out my blood cholesterol was 312. I decided it was maybe time to do something about that. So, instead of scarfing down junk food all day, I began eating baby carrots, straight outta the bag. I’d also have a thing or two of instant oatmeal on a daily basis.


In three months, through the miracle of carrots and oatmeal, I dropped 17 pounds, without a lick of exercise. Of course, I got out of that routine, and have since gained back about 7 pounds. But still… I did learn one interesting thing during that time, and that’s the mechanism whereby oatmeal lowers your cholesterol. It’s not some bizarre chemical thing it does to your blood, but the fact that it’s so effing filling that once you eat some, you haven’t room for anything else.


Information on juice diets

I was just wondering if anyone has ever tried any of those juice diets…where you just drink JUICE.  I’m curious whether they work and are easy to stick to for about a week or two. I’m going to the beach in about two weeks and I kinda wanted to shed a couple lbs. Just to get an idea I’m about 5’5 and roughly 125 lbs. Also, does anyone know what juices would be the best? Thanks ahead of time! but ur only supposed to do it for 2 days at a time. and then eat healthy for a few days, then go back to the juice diet. thatch what i heard anyway.


but it is healthy and doctors approve of it, as long as its for a short time period, and you cant just drink water. its like an all liquid diet and you need to have juices and water and like chicken broth and stuff… to make sure you get all nutrients and stuff… anyway i think it sounds cool but i haven’t tried it yet cant see how that can work at all because juice has a lot of calories in it. it doesn’t make much sense. it would probably be a total crash diet, and the minute you started eating again you would just quickly gain the weight back if the juice diet ended up working.


All that we had was so unbelievable Now that it’s gone it’s inconceivable Still in my dreams, you were so damn beautiful How could it be that you ruined my Everything, everything, everything i know in my heart that my life ends and starts with you and baby i know that this feeling i’m feeling just won’t let me go cuz you’re the first true love I’ve ever known. A glass of juice usually has the same amount of calories as a glass of any soft drink. Calories do equal energy, but unless you’re burning them off, they can be stored in the form of fat, I believe. So sitting on your ass and drinking juice really does nothing for you.


I roast red and green peppers, put them in a polythene bag so they sweat the skins off, peel off the skins, and cut them into strips. I marinate the chicken in a mix of lemon juice, thyme, salt, onion powder, oregano, pepper, garlic, chopped chillies (either jalopenos, fresno or anaheim ones) , basil and rosemary. Then i throw it all in a wok and stir fry on high. Once the chicken is cooked well, i add a chopped onion and the peppers, and fry for a couple more minutes and then server it up with wheat tortillas.


Why all these low carb diets?

It should. Most low-carb diets are based on what is commonly know as “The Mayo Clinic Diet”. It’s design is to help potential candidates for *open heart surgery* lose weight to prior to having the operation. As a rule, obesity lowers the outcome of a successful bypass. Please keep in mind; cardiac patients following this diet are usually under a doctor’s care, where blood and urine can be checked at regular intervals for the presence of ketones. Too many ketones in the bloodstream can lead to a condition called metabolic acidosis…the body doesn’t like that very much and has a tendency to shut down…if you get my meaning.


I am impressed Steve. I would have thought that you thought of me as your mortal enemy based on your previous posts. It is true that content is all that really counts but you’ll find that people will alienate you very quickly if you act like you don’t respect their views. There was a time when I used to blurt out my views and opinions just like you but I found that that’s an easy way to make enemies. Why bother? It’s not that difficult to add a few words before you begin. You know, build them up before you tear them down? No offense intended ( 3 words only) but I wouldn’t want you to be an ambassador.


Wars have started over off-hand remarks. so what do you guys think of this new trend, where people are eating bacon and eggs for breakfast, hamburger for lunch, and steak for dinner…as much as you want, as long as you don’t touch the bread, pasta, fruits or vegetables. it sounds downright scary to me…in the bookstore where i work, the dr. atkins diet has been a bestseller for about two years, and now oprah clued everyone in to the carbohydrate-addicts diet…we have a waiting list with over a hundred people who are desperate to get their mitts on this book.


I just read an article today that claims that there are several doctors who are alarmed by that way of eating (how can they *not* be) and point out that the weight loss is due to ketosis, which can be dangerous, and won’t last. plus the cholesterol levels have got to be going through the roof. it’s everywhere…i even saw a news report on the re surging popularity of pork rinds, due to the thumbs up by atkins. one store said that their pork rind sales have gone up 60%.


Diets: Not only for losing weight

I have read with interest all the posts on dieting and wanting to lose weight. It does not matter what diet you try, none will work if you have not got yourself together. How many of you and those around you have dieted only to put the weight back on at a not too later date? Why are there all these Diet/Good Food shops around?. They have all jumped on a weakness shown by human beings and are ripping us off with high priced, high marked up goods. They are preying on your weakness. Wake up !!!! Get your inner self right, build your self esteem, eat good nutritional food and exercise (in moderation) regularly and you won’t need to spend all that money on synthetics only to fill the pockets of corporate profiteers.


Colin, there is no way to kick start someone into applying DTC, I think you know that. They must either consciously decide to or not. And actually it’s not anyone Else’s responsibility to attempt such dead-end, fruitless tasks. The only people we have the slightest chance of helping is our children. If we teach them the right way before their minds get diseased and hope they follow through. I know there are many who still think they can change others. And that if they help someone to change we are that much closer to the CoU and they can pat themselves on the back. But this is false. If everyone on this list would concentrate on eliminating every shred of mysticism in themselves and forget about everyone else, except their romantic-love partner and children, we could really start making some greater strides to our golden future.


You might ask why am I wasting my time writing to this list then. It is not a waste. Because I believe that a lot of the people here are very close to beginning to apply the philosophy and the others, like myself, who already live it, enjoy discussing interesting topics and being challenged when we say something that isn’t quite integrated. I have in the past, as you all know, wasted too much time discussing moot topics and philosophical babble with individuals who seem to have some serious integration blockers.


I have asked questions like theirs years ago, that is why I don’t call them idiots or the like, as they so easily call me. I don’t think they are idiots, at all. I just realize that being polite, politically correct, nice, etc. requires more thought than the discussion deserves. Actually, I don’t think the problem is my lack of tact as much as the emotional response from the reader. In the end all that matters is whether the content is right or wrong. I am equally prepared to defend or discard my conclusions as necessary.


Guests’ Special diets Reception Buffet?

I do not agree that it is the hosts’ reponsibility to know and remember the special dietary needs/restrictions of each one of their guests, or that not to do so is a slight. I do think that it is wise to include a variety of foods so that given the wide variety of diets – chosen or inflicted because of health reasons – that people can choose some things they can eat and enjoy. This does not mean that they have to be catered to on an individual basis. You said that you could have picked things you could eat if you had gone through the buffet line yourself, so I don’t see how you figure that “vegetarians were slighted in planning” the meal. Would it have been nice for you to have something substantial – a vegetarian main course – to eat? Yes.


Did it make sense for them to arrange for that for one person given how many they were serving, and given that there were other things there that you would be able to eat? I guess not. Maybe they were counting on your good will, figuring that you wouldn’t mind a meal of green beans, potatoes, and bread rather than have something prepared just for you. My sister (MOH) doesn’t like fish. Does that mean I didn’t serve it? No, I wanted my smoked salmon. It meant that I also had something she and other non-fish eating people would like: roast beef.


And she wouldn’t dream of interpreting the fact that I put fish on the table as a slap in her face. She knows the reason it was there was because it is one of our favorite things. I don’t know, I am just amazed that *especially* because you were the best man, and supposedly close to the groom, that you would be so heavy handed in interpreting what it “meant” that people who ate meat actually served it as a main course at their reception dinner. And that you would assume that after asking you to take the honored position of best man that their in- tention was to slight you by not having a vegetarian meal. The gracious guest will assume that his hosts are offering him their hospitality.


He doesn’t have to eat everything, or drink everything. What if you didn’t drink? Would you be offended if someone offered you a glass of champagne? Or would you say “No thank you”, and assume they meant well when they offered it? I think you should show a little (no, a LOT) more good will toward these people who asked you to be a part of the most important day of their lives, and rea- lize that no, you did not have to like everything they served that day, and that it didn’t “mean” anything that they didn’t insist that Dave be happy with every selection. Geez, if we all made sure that the *only* things we served were things *every- body* could eat, we would all serve big platters of plain macaroni (oops! there are people out there who can’t eat wheat — how about plain rice?). It would be cheap, but not very interesting.


Thoughts on diets

There are Diets and There are Diets! * A diet is a weigh of life. * It’s something most of us do religiously: We eat what we want and pray we don’t gain weight. * A diet is what you go on when not only can’t you fit into the store’s dresses, you can’t fit into the dressing room. * One guideline applies to fat and thin people alike: If you’re thin, don’t eat fast. If you’re fat, don’t eat…fast. * The problem with curbing our appetites is that most of us do it at the drive in window of McDonalds. * The most fattening thing you can put in an ice cream sundae is a spoon. * The biggest drawback to fasting for seven days is that it makes one weak. * Above all, dieters are advised to avoid Pepsi, the pause that refreshes.


Sweets are the destiny that shapes our ends. * Diets are for people who are thick and tired of it. * The toughest part of a diet isn’t watching what you eat. It’s watching what other people eat. * Diets are for women who not only kept their girlish figure but doubled it. * A diet is when you have to go to some length to change your width. * It’s not the minutes spent at the table that put on weight, it’s the seconds. * Many women reduce and reduce, yet still never manage to become a bargain. * The best way to lose weight is by skipping…snacks and desert. * Most people gain weight by having intimate dinners for two…alone. * People go to Weight Watchers to learn their lessens.


A diet is the modern-day meal in which a family counts its calories instead of its blessings. Too much fat IS bad for us. There are good fats and bad fats. But eating too much of the good fats is not good for you either. Fats should be used sparingly. Some people follow a low carb diet and eat a LOT of fat. They will tell you that all that matters is blood sugar. That simply isn’t true. But I don’t follow a low carb diet. I am biased on that. I don’t think low carb is healthy.


Daily required diet

The common method for determining the recommended daily protein intake is base on body weight, not on calories consumed: 1g protein for every 2.2 pounds of body weight. Therefore: The daily protein recommended for a 200 pound man would be 90g. The daily protein recommended for a 130 pound woman would be 60g. Protein doesn’t work like calories when the desire is to lose weight. Actually, protein needs to be reduced on the back side of the weight loss equation.


Loosely stated: Reduced Calories = Reduced Weight = Reduced Protein If the 200 pound man reduces his weight by 5 pounds, the daily protein requirement is only reduced to 88g. In order to have a significant reduction of required daily protein (10g) the 200 pound man would need to lose 20 pounds. Therefore, if the average weight lost per week is 2.5 pounds, the man is on a “high” protein diet for the seven weeks following the loss of the initial 2.5 pounds. Of course, the daily needs for all components of food are different for each individual dependent on state of fitness and level of health. For example, athletes need approximately 10% more protein than “average” individual. Therefore, a 200 pound athletic man can safely tolerate (and in fact needs) 100g protein daily.


Will an increase of protein result in an increase of muscle mass? I haven’t seen anything personally convincing that supports that theory. It should be pointed out that the study was sponsored by the beef industry, only ran for 12 weeks and only covered two dietary plans – both of which would probably be better described as high protein diets rather than low fat or low carb diets, based on what I have read. No mention was made of whether the diets were matched for calorie intake. It also contradicts the results from a longer term study conducted by the *same* institution examining a broader range of dietary systems which were matched for calorie intake. This earlier study concluded that no diet was any better than any other in terms of weight loss outcomes. In other words, the key to losing weight is reduce your energy intake and increase your energy expenditure.

Vegan diets lack sufficient calcium

An examination of the amount of calcium in strict vegetarian diets that exclude dairy products has found that those diets–known as vegan–lack the calcium needed to prevent osteoporosis later in life. Vegan diets are not likely to provide enough calcium, even if people avoid salt, protein, caffeine, and other substances that increase calcium loss, warns Connie Weaver, head of the Department of Foods and Nutrition, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind. She doubts that many people could follow such a strictly limited diet. “A lot of vegetarians include milk in their diets, so getting enough calcium isn’t a problem. But if they give up dairy products, and don’t eat calcium-fortified foods, I don’t know how they’re going to do it.”


According to Weaver, many non-dairy foods contain calcium, and a number of vegetarian diets try to substitute vegetables for dairy products. However, the amount of calcium in vegetables is very low compared to dairy products, and, making matters worse, many of the vegetables contain substances that block the body’s ability to absorb the calcium. “Broccoli is very well absorbed by the body and contains a good amount of calcium for a vegetable. But how much broccoli would you have to eat?” The study found that four and a half servings of broccoli offer the same amount of calcium as one cup of milk. A person forsaking dairy products would need to eat as many as 20 servings of broccoli each day to get enough of the nutrient.


“Another good example is kale. Kale is readily absorbed. But are people really going to eat 10 servings of kale a day? Get real,” she says. “On a practical level, it’s virtually impossible to get the calcium level you need without drinking milk in a Western diet or without adding fortified foods or supplements.” Achieving the recommended daily amount of calcium can be complex. Not only do foods vary greatly in the amount of calcium they contain, but the body absorbs the calcium in various foods differently.


For example, the vitamin D in milk aids in calcium absorption, but spinach, which is high in calcium, contains oxalic acid that binds with the calcium and prevents the body from absorbing 95% of it. Other factors can influence the absorption, or bio-availability, of calcium. Foods that contain high levels of sulfur amino acids, such as cereals, nuts, and seeds, reduce retention of calcium. This creates a problem for vegans because these foods are often the only sources of protein in their diets. Eliminating these foods to help increase the absorption of calcium would cause a serious nutritional deficiency and would greatly limit the choice of foods available for the diet.