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  • in reply to: Nitric Oxide Opinions #12384
    tangytam
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    I disagree with the studies, then. There was a noticeable difference with, and without arginine. We changed only that, since he had some odd side effects (see above) and he’s a heavy lifter. Works for some.

    in reply to: Can you feel your body "repairing"? #12323
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    Hi crinkly, this may or may not be helpful, but I’ve had similar sciatic pain. Now gone, it took me awhile with chiropractic care, but mostly stretching and walking. I follow the advice of Katy Bowman from alignedandwell.com She works on the body’s natural alignment, especially as it relates to the pelvic floor. I noticed that as I stretched, or even just “released” the tension I had in my muscles that I would get a rebound effect later in the day, so that my sciatic or psoas would start hurting. Eventually it went away and I have no pain now. But it took awhile, especially since it involved changing habits along the way.

    Also, I totally think I can feel “growing pains” like I did when I was younger that don’t respond to supplements or food intake. Definitely incited by movement. All it takes for me is getting my body properly stacked with gravity, as opposed to sitting/lying down all the time by walking. It’s not uncomfortable, just noticeable.

    in reply to: I Didn't Quit Sugar book #9503
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    @KC what attracted you to the book and what did you like about it? Swimming around the 180D world, I know that it’s hard for outsiders to see through the muck and hop on the sugar-is-NOT-the-devil train that Matt is conducting over here.

    in reply to: I Didn't Quit Sugar book #9492
    tangytam
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    Okay, thanks KC and Matt. I hope it has a chance to see the light of day soon!

    in reply to: Need help with spoof blog name! #9358
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    I love that the two of you (@The Real Amy and @ThomasSeay) are moderators. Sets up the tone for the rest of the forum’s moderation.

    tangytam
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    @amajo319 You mention that you took seriphos and that you suspect that your sleep problems stem from cortisol disturbances. Did you take it at night with dinner or before bed? I know that many people take supplements without giving much thought to the timing of things. According to Chris Kresser, the timing of seriphos is critical, so I’m just fishing to see if you were aware. He advises 1-2 with dinner to down regulate the cortisol at the appropriate times.

    I’ve considered taking seriphos to counteract my own disregulated circadian rhythms, but I’m not that motivated yet. I’ve had really good results with the correct timing (for me, at least) of supplementing with vitamin D. I got the idea from Seth Robert’s experiments with morning vitamin D therapy, as well as increasing the dosage to between 4000-8000 IUs. Here is his archive on the effects of vitamin D and sleep (scroll down and/or go through previous entries to see more)-

    http://blog.sethroberts.net/category/sleep/vitamin-d3-and-sleep/

    I think for me, the vitamin D when I wake up, as well as exposing my eyes to bright light soon after waking has helped move my cycle to be more conducive for better sleep and energy. I also periodically take ashwaganda, which is another adaptogen like Rhodiola, to deal with stress. Since Rhodiola seemed to work for you, albeit temporarily, maybe consider other adaptogens? Siberian ginseng, green tea extract, and maca are also supposed to be adaptogens, but can be over stimulating for some people. For others they fit the profile of adapting to the stresses of life for regulating either high or low states. Just for your consideration.

    tangytam
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    @The Real Amy, although I understand your position on marijuana, you might want to look up the effects of CBD and THC. There really is such a thing as no-high marijuana, that exhibits the positive effects on anxiety, sleep, pain relief, etc.

    Just a quick search produced this intro piece- http://healthland.time.com/2012/06/04/a-new-marijuana-plant-without-the-high-it-could-be-good-medicine/

    The problem seems to be that the “good” street or dispensary stuff tends to be super high (ha!) in THC, as the market seems to veer towards the most potent getting the most money. From what I read, THC and CBD compete for the same receptor sites, so the more THC, the less CBD there is. Of course, that seems to be the point for many.

    in reply to: Bras, Are They Bad For You? #9342
    tangytam
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    I think this article by Katy Bowman is very moderate in its take on bras. She talks about bra-free living kind of like the barefoot movement; that you should gradually let your tissues adapt to the loads of support vs no support. I agree with The Real Amy that lymph and breast massage is beneficial, but especially if you are hunched over a computer everyday and get adhesion spots due to the fascia getting locked in one position that can impede circulation of blood and lymph.

    http://www.alignedandwell.com/katysays/thanks-for-the-mammaries/#sthash.rtMH9kfC.dpbs

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    in reply to: Nitric Oxide Opinions #9338
    tangytam
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    My boyfriend took arginine for awhile when he lifted. It worked for lifting strong and heavy and also for erections, but at the same time made him very aggressive, moody, and I swear that his skin had a green tint to it (it was noticeable to me, but he’s Asian, so maybe that has something to do with it?). I called it his Hulk period. I think he’s considered doing it again, but at a lower dose. It was very cheap, especially since he got even better results than his buddies who were buying the expensive mixes like NO-XPLODE, NOS, or whatever they’re called.

    A male friend of mine had good results from drinking beet juice before his workouts (during my vegan days I had a lot of beet recipes that I showed him).

    Nowadays, my boyfriend has been taking Niacin, which is supposed to help with Nitric Oxide utilization, for unrelated reasons. He gets some of the same good effects that he did with the arginine, but also with the usual flush symptoms.

    Watermelon and its rind contains citrulline, which converts to arginine in the body. The rind supposedly has the most of any food item out there. I think you have to eat a lot of it, but it might be something to look into.

    in reply to: Im missing a Food Porn thread! #8661
    tangytam
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    @Dutchie
    Pinterest is just a website that you have your own space to collect webpages on. I think part of the idea comes from “Idea Boards” that positive manifestation psychology talks about. If you put up your dream board for your house, career, body, or wedding, then you are more likely to have it come true, so says that thinking. This is just a digital version of cutting up newspaper and magazine pics and articles and putting them in a binder or on a cork board.

    I just use it for ideas for food, mostly. It is so nice to look at all of the pretty photos of food to get inspired to create something rather than looking at a bland google search of recipes with words. If I’m craving something, like shrimp, I’ll either look for new pins and ideas or look at my own board and look at what I’ve already made that was good. I avoid recipes that say low fat, sugar-free, or use ingredients that I don’t like. Sometimes I pin them anyway and just substitute where I see fit. The inspiration is what I really look forward to when using pinterest. Most of my friends use it for wedding ideas, or for creating their “perfect” house, but I don’t really care.

    Anyway, sorry for taking attention away from your thread. It suits my purposes for food porn, and has been working so well as I continue to Eat the Food to heal, that I thought I’d recommend it. Let me know if you have any other questions about using pinterest, and I’ll help you out :)

    in reply to: Im missing a Food Porn thread! #8642
    tangytam
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    @Dutchie, hmmmm…. I wish I could help you with what you’re missing. Since I don’t know what you’re stuck on, I’m going to go through the basics. However, if you aren’t interested or I’m still not addressing your question, please disregard as I mean no insult!

    If you’re interested, you can just start with the Categories (this is a symbol that looks like an equals sign = with another line that looks like _ under it so it is 3 lines together up in a corner; I believe this symbol is right next to the search bar) and click on the “Food & Drink” heading. This will lead you to a page filled with “pins” of food & drinks that people have pinned recently.Right now when I click “Food & Drink” I see pictures for recipes of “Dutch potato salad”, “Sweet potato chipotle soup with avocado”, and “frosty coconut mojitos” among hundreds.

    You can scroll through this and look for any ideas that appeal to you. Once you see something that you like you click the picture and then click “Pin It”. You’ll then have to pick one of your boards to pin it to, as a small tab opens up. You can name that board anything you want. That is how you build your own board of pins.

    If you find a pin you like and click the pin and click it again, it will take you to the website where that pin originated from. Often times, if you liked that pin, you’ll like other things on that website, too. You can then pin directly from that website or blog if it has the little Pinterest “P” for pinning.

    You can also just “follow” a person or a specific board from a person who you seem to a lot of pins from.

    It might not work if you are searching too specifically. But I just typed in “Ray Peat” in the search bar and it opened up a bunch of pins that look promising. I do not strive for any particular eating style, but Pinterest lets me look at food porn and ditch my orthorexic eating patterns.

    I’m only trying to help if you were interested and just didn’t know how to get started. If you aren’t interested, I understand! I like to use pinterest as my food porn, as I really don’t post much else except for tattoos and some pretty home decor. You can search for me under the same username and click pinners instead of pins to search for, and there I am!

    in reply to: Im missing a Food Porn thread! #8633
    tangytam
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    Hey Dutchie, I know you’re not in the States, but have you heard of Pinterest? This is what I use to search for and “pin” my own food porn. Pancakes, smoothies, milkshakes, shrimp dishes, coconut recipes, etc. It is easy to sign up for and you can “follow” other people’s boards so you can get other ideas. It is also used for fashion, design, and some “workout” ideas that can be triggering if you search for them, but I just use it to get ideas for dinner. I find, at the very least, that it calms me enough to WANT to eat food when I just feel blah.

    in reply to: Molasses, etc… #8612
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    To answer your other questions, when I was in the vegan world many people touted the benefits of beets and juicing green, leafy vegetables or wheatgrass as good for iron levels. I did see good benefits, but I’ve never had any anemia. Part of that comes from the fact that I’ve lived in Colorado much of my life where the altitude tends to make the blood more efficient.

    I’m a big fan of Earth Clinic and its testimonials from everyday folk and I really like researching, so I recommend it a lot. :) I am also all about the adage “Give a man a fish…Teach a man to fish…” and giving you some resources to look at and decide for your own health what works for you. Here’s their anemia page.

    http://www.earthclinic.com/CURES/anemia.html

    in reply to: Molasses, etc… #8598
    tangytam
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    Hi butterball, in my research the best kind of molasses to get is Blackstrap molasses. It is from the third and final boiling of the sugar cane and while the first few boils is to get more sugar out, the last is where all the minerals are left, including iron. Look it up on google and you should be directed to more info. It is different than organic or unsulfured but can be both. Another great resource is Earth Clinic’s molasses page- as it is a known folk remedy for anemia, among other things.

    http://www.earthclinic.com/Remedies/molasses.html

    You’ll also find a breakdown of molasses brands there. Just from my own experience, I got hives while taking the Plantation brand and don’t get them while I use Aunt Patty’s found in my local grocer’s. I like it in milk or half-n-half, in a concoction Matt Stone, himself, calls “half-asses”. It is more bitter than regular molasses, but adding it to a creamy liquid like over ice cream or with warm milk makes it turn into a caramel-like taste (which is essentially burnt sugar anyway).

    in reply to: Swollen Feet and Ankles #7649
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    Hey Kedado, these are just my thoughts, but I don’t really see the prescription of 2+ years of refeeding as dire. You have to think about what you want to do. The same as always or something new? So many of us here have been healing our metabolism for a long while, and you’ll find some that there are those who have been doing it for 18+ months right now. Where would you like to be in 2 years? Still improving, right?

    As for the bone loss, that too will take time and is not that bad. A lot of people misunderstand osteoporosis and believe that it is exclusively nutrition based. However, if true bone building stopped at age (30, or 50, or whatever they say), then we wouldn’t have any old people. Yes, it is true that it tends to slow down probably due to hormones and a reduction in activity, but it does not stop, nor is it impossible to regenerate bone loss. Bone needs basic nutrients to be able to grow, however it is told how and where to grow by compression due to gravity and activity. Check out this post- http://www.alignedandwell.com/katysays/5-things-you-probably-didnt-know-about-osteoporosis/#sthash.rw4DFmpq.dpbs

    This is just the tip of the iceberg. I follow along with Katy Bowman’s recommendations. She talks of natural movement that is not contingent on culture (as in, it doesn’t matter if you grew up in Asia, Latin America or in a cave). Our bodies have not adapted well to heeled shoes, cars, and sitting down at desks all day. We were built for squatting, walking, bending, reaching, etc. When we move away from our natural movements the repercussions for many are pain and immobility.
    What I’m trying to get at with all this wordiness, is that health is about cultivating habits. There are no quick fixes here. Although Gwyneth says recovery means not exercising, I would say that walking is required. However, in her experience those that didn’t rest exclusively didn’t recover as well, I believe that there are a few reasons for that. First, many of those recovering had done damage to themselves by exercising, so taking away that other form of restriction is mandatory. Secondly, exercise is stressful and requires calories that are absolutely necessary for repair of vital systems.

    In order to mitigate those circumstances, my recommendation is to make sure that you are ready to start walking, like you really feel like moving, not just think you should. Then work your way up (don’t just jump into walking for an hour or more). Start slowly, and for bone regeneration, avoid treadmills and do it outside. Then lastly, eat, not only sufficient calories, but probably over to account for the extra movement. Walking should not be for the purpose of burning calories, but to move your muscles for movement’s sake and to regenerate bone and muscle.

    I hope this helps you, and just know that you are worth the extra energy it takes to heal yourself. You are worthy of being healthy!

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