ContraBardus

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    At the moment, not dying, video games, books, movies, and getting well enough to get another job so I'm not stuck at home all day.
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    I don't like stuff that sucks.

    My dog is awesome.

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  1. This is an effective parenting tip:
  2. Too lazy to take that bait today, but BO will probably like this pic...
  3. This is a strange question to ask really. I mean... What -can't- you read about on the internet? If it exists, there's a page, forum, or something out there that addresses it, probably multiple sites in fact. Hell, there's likely something about it even if it doesn't exist. Also, somewhere out there, there's porn of it too. The only real limiting factor is how deep you're willing to go to find it, and for some things, how dirty you're willing to get your hands to obtain it.
  4. Yet Harvard Medical School says otherwise... http://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/the-truth-about-fats-bad-and-good This is what I mean by this isn't anywhere near "settled science". These kinds of contradictory studies come out all the time saying some food or component of food or other is really good or bad for you, and that we "thought wrong" about it for however long. The thing is that this isn't surprising, we're not putting just one chemical into our bodies and existing only on that. Nobody eats pure saturated fat, but a mixture of various foods full of all sorts of chemicals that all mix together in our bodies and have an impact on each other. What we eat varies a great deal based on region, culture, income level, and a vast assortment of other factors, and that's before we even factor in genetics. Nutrition is a lot more complicated than most people realize, and even though we've been studying it for centuries, we still don't have a firm grasp on how it all works. That's not saying there isn't a lot we do know. We've definitely made leaps and bounds of progress towards understanding it, but there's still a lot that isn't pinned down about what is or isn't good for us to eat in the long run.
  5. Since when is Buzzfeed news? This is a meme, not news. A stupid one to be sure, but it was never intended to be a news story.
  6. This is correct in the context you used it, but your statement also implied a presumption. Therefore, both of you are technically correct about the implication of your statement.
  7. This is mostly true, but I have a severe dislike of the term "Detox" [and "cleansing"] as it's a buzzword and bullshit holistic belief in the way it's often [usually] presented. It's not that greens "clean" this stuff out, it's that you're taking in less of it to begin with by not eating white flower, corn syrup, excessive levels of sugars, alcohol, saturated fat, etc. Eating tons of this stuff makes you look and feel like shit. Eating less of it makes you feel better, but greens [or soup, or vinegar, or lemon juice, or whatever] do not accelerate or aid directly in the process of cleaning it out. Proponents of this often suggest these foods get into your system and absorb or flush this stuff out, and I've yet to see a credible source that supports that. Detoxification is a basic body function that happens automatically on a constant basis. Toxins are naturally eliminated through the colon, liver, kidneys, lungs, lymph, and skin. Your body is pretty much always doing this to begin with, and no food really makes it any more efficient. Your body gets overloaded because many ingest this shit faster than the body can get rid of it. Eating healthy just gives your body the chance to catch up. So yes, eating more greens is a good idea in practice, provided you're replacing shitty "food" and not just eating more greens in addition to the unhealthy crap. Some of the other common "detox" methods have no benefit at all though. Your advice here is sound in that regard, and I'm not arguing that it isn't. Greens as a "detox" is one of those things that is only sort of true, and it's often used in bullshit holistic snake oil as a sexy sounding buzzword that makes people think it's an easy and nearly magical way to have the body of an athlete without changing their bad habits. There are lots of good reasons to eat more greens, but detox or cleansing isn't one of them in a direct sense. They are a far better alternative to a diet full of over processed crap, but based on what I've seen they don't actually do anything to clean the body's system aside from not adding more of the bad crap that junk does. There are other ways to achieve the same thing aside from bitter green veggies [various types of squash, avacado, carrots, broccoli/cauliflower, cucumber/zucchini, mushrooms, cheese, hummus, beans, peas, nuts, fruits, soy, etc...] though that is indeed a reliable way to do so. I find it's easier for most people to mix it up with a variety of plant foods as it helps curb getting sick of having one type of greenery all the time. I don't believe it's really necessary for most people to eliminate carbs or sugars, just regulating them is usually enough. Sometimes just better alternatives work just as well, such as whole grain flour, brown rice, and real sugar in moderate amounts instead of corn syrup or synthetic sweeteners. Bleached and over processed grains are not good for you, so that's a big one. Some people have a problem with self control, but often trying to completely eliminate carbs and other shitty foods doesn't work because of that lack of self control, but they can manage if they regulate them. Other people need to cut themselves off cold turkey and can't handle just regulating them. The thing about diets is that most people look at them as temporary, and that's not effective. They do it to lose those pounds, and then [assuming the diet doesn't fail] once they reach that goal they go right back to their old bad habits and gain it all back again. A real diet should be a lifestyle change, permanent. Something you can keep up and stick with. That's the only way to get and stay healthy, bungee diets don't work very well and aren't going to keep someone healthy. The problem with most fad diets is that they are intended to be temporary, and are often extreme and unhealthy as a long term plan [and sometimes even the short term]. Like I said, I don't think there is a singular universal "Ideal diet" that works for everyone, but there are eating habits that are bad for pretty much everyone. The problem is that there is so much misinformation, short term fad plans, and bullshit out there that it can be hard to find a plan that works for an individual. Nutrition is complicated, and there's still a lot we don't know about how it all works. This creates the perfect environment for bullshit, snake oil, and misinformation to spread, which often leads many to bounce from one plan to another, or overcompensate and go all in on extreme diets that may not be ideal for them. If you find a diet that you can stick with that works for you that has a positive impact on your heath and makes you look and feel great, you're very fortunate. I wouldn't advise anyone who has managed this to do anything differently. This is how I look at my own diet, I've managed exactly that, and see no reason to change it unless something happens with my situation that warrants it, and that's entirely possible. For now, I see no need to fix what isn't broken.
  8. This. I eat healthy, but am perfectly fine with fruits and grains, which I get most of my sugars from. I don't eat a lot of bread to be honest, but don't actively avoid it either. I use beans, pasta, and rice fairly frequently. I don't really eat candy, drink soda, or junk/snack foods very often at all. I might have one small bag of potato chips and maybe a pastry or two of some sort a month, and it's something I'll get from a bakery and not some pre-made, preservative soaked, 99% High Fructose Corn Syrup, crap in a plastic wrapper. I also have a weakness for Haribo Gummy Bears, but I don't eat them frequently because I order them online so I can get the amazingly awesome German ones [Goldbaren], which have far better ingredients and just taste better than the US version, which are made in Turkey and are mostly corn syrup. The expense of this keeps my habit in check. Very rarely I might grab a candy bar or something, but that's maybe a handful of times in a year. Soda I buy individual servings of and not cases, and I get caffeine free stuff that uses real sugar when I do. When I eat out I usually drink unsweetened tea with no lemon or water. I haven't had a major soda brand in five years. I drink a lot of tea at home as well and don't drink coffee. Most of the grain I consume comes from making sandwiches, which I don't do frequently. I also eat potatoes fairly regularly, usually in something, such as a stew or as part of a stir fry type meal, and they are never anywhere near the bulk of the dish. When I do bake or mash one, it's always a small one. As I've posted before, I'm a certified chef and cook 99% of my own meals, mostly from scratch. I know everything that goes into my body and how much of it I'm eating. It's also worth pointing out that nearly everything we eat is processed. A cooked steak with no seasonings is processed food. Cut up fruit is processed food, so is a raw salad. Hell, raw steak is processed because it's been carved and portioned. Unless you're only eating raw foods that are in the same state as when they were removed from the plant, you eat processed food, which isn't as healthy as raw food enthusiasts would like to believe as cooking makes food easier to digest, which allows us to gain more nutritional value from it, more than is lost in the process of cooking it, which is why our ancestors started using fire that way to begin with. That's why it was an evolutionary advantage, because it allowed our ancestors to get more nutritional value from less food. The carcinogen thing many of the fully raw crowd go on about is also mostly BS providing you aren't turning your food into charcoal. I get what people mean by 'processed' by the way. You don't have to explain. There are a lot of things I actively avoid, such as high fructose corn syrup or synthetic sweeteners of any kind. Still, it's a misuse of the term the way it's used by many as anything prepared at all is processed. I'm healthy and see no reason to change my diet as it's working for me. I don't have pinched nerves, don't have high cholesterol, have a good bodyfat ratio, and don't have any diet related issues. Due to my congenital issues I go to the doctor on a regular basis and get regular examinations and blood tests, and according to my physician I'm a picture of health for my age. There isn't any good reason for me to change my eating habits regardless of testimonials from others.
  9. I'm not going to pretend there isn't some truth to that. If money is getting spread around, everyone will be looking for a piece of it. That's how it's always been, whether government is involved or not. However, the evidence that it's impacting your area is there, but it's not the sort of thing you can just eyeball either. You can see the impact climate change is having on the Gulf Coast, but you have to know what to look for and what to be aware of. It's in things like more damage from storm surges and worse flooding, beach erosion getting worse, and data that correlates with it from ecological surveys. It's not something where you can go down to the beach, look at the water, and see it happening just by staring at the tide. That's the problem here, it's not something that is readily obvious to a casual observer. You can't just go down to the bay, drop a ruler in the water, and see that the water is a fraction of a fraction of a millimeter higher than it was the day before by staring at it real hard for a few minutes. The issue is a cumulative one, it's lots of tiny, to the point of nearly being miscroscopic, variations from day to day that gradually build up into a bigger issue so gradually that the casual observer won't notice the difference until they get their toes wet from the surf while going out to their mailbox one day.
  10. That's great. I seriously mean that. However, that diet might be perfect for your specific circumstances, but that doesn't mean it's ideal for anyone else. There's a lot we don't know about nutrition. That's not saying there isn't a lot we do know, but there are huge gaps in our understanding of the chemistry of it all and how it relates to specific genetics and various other factors. I'm not diabetic, and based purely on your posts I'm probably in better shape than you. Don't get me wrong, I'm not pretending I'm a 22 year old body builder by any stretch. That doesn't mean my diet would work for you or that I think you should change what's working for you. Hell, what I eat might even kill you. I'd suggest not doing it as what you're doing is working so well for you and your situation. Still, the same can be said of the other way around. What you eat might not be good for someone else. It might even be bad for them. It's difficult to say and depends on a lot of different things.
  11. For starters we're talking about a difference of inches over the course of several years, which again, you'd literally need super powers to be able to eyeball the way you're suggesting you can. There is plenty of evidence of climate change in the Escambia and Santa Rosa county areas, it's of particular concern to beach property. Enough that the local government has been actively looking into it to help preserve historical sites along the Gulf Coast, including Ft. Pickens.
  12. Now we're getting somewhere, though I wouldn't care much about the personal experiences of a few people. Though, again, genetics, environment, and activity level matter too, and this isn't and never was settled science. This might work great for a lot of people, but that doesn't mean it's what is best for everyone. I eat a fairly large amount of carbs, but have low body fat and am in good shape and can bench my own bodyweight. Why should I change my diet? My only heath problems are related to congenital issues, and according to my doctor those are minimized by how healthy I am despite them. I'm arguing that depending on other factors, a diet with a fairly large amount of carbs can be healthy too. There's as much proof of that as there is of the diet you're suggesting. That's the entire problem. We don't know a lot about how the chemistry of it all works, and there are a lot of other factors that affect it as well. I have arguably better eating habits than most, but see no good reason to go so far as to eliminate carbs as I eat a fair amount and am far healthier than most my age even with my congenital health issues. I'd call your diet an extreme solution to an extreme problem, and possibly taking things farther than needed for most. It might be the ideal human diet for the average person, but so could a thousand other diets that work well for different people.