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  1. Actually working out has a pretty minimal impact on overall test levels. Diet can impact your test; high fat diets being the ones that raise your test the most. Creatine does volumize your muscle cells some by retaining a bit of water. Most people don't retain more than 5 pounds of water though, and it takes about a month of consistent dosing to get to that point. That isn't a lot of water compared to the overall amount of water consumed in a months time. Creatine absolutely does not st
  2. What's your definition of a "balanced diet"? If a diet provides all essential nutrients without providing carbohydrates, would you consider it balanced?
  3. Taking multivitamins with soda? Sometimes, people say things that...oh never mind.
  4. Ezekiel cinnamon raisin is pretty darn good if you ask me.
  5. The standard dose around here from what I can tell is 3 - 4 grams of combined EPA and DHA daily.
  6. Most likely. People usually eat more than twice that in omega-6 fatty acids every day. Just make sure you're eating at least as much omega-6 as omega-3.
  7. Canola oil has primarily monounsaturated and omega-3 fats, but it's usually processed at high temperatures, which damages the sensitive omega-3 fats. If you wanted to use it, I would try finding one specifically processed at low temperatures. You could also try non-virgin olive or coconut oil, which have weaker flavors than virgin versions. High-oleic safflower oil is another option, but again try to find one that's cold-processed. Butter would probably be good, but you obviously can't
  8. Like you, I use olive oil and coconut oil. I avoid highly polyunsaturated vegetable oils for a few reasons: one, they lead to unnaturally large consumption of polyunsaturated fats (up until recently, humans have usually had a low omega-6 intake); they're usually processed at high temperatures which makes them rancid before you even purchase a bottle; they lack the antioxidant system found in whole plant foods (i.e. I'll have sunflower seeds but not sunflower oil).
  9. You can tell it's a scam just looking at the cliched format of her website...graduate's degree not required. If you want high quality information on healthy weight loss, I recommend you look at any one of Lyle McDonald's free articles. Weight loss in and of itself tends to improve hormonal profiles, so I wouldn't worry about methods that specifically try to control "acne hormones".
  10. The switch from brown rice to white rice seems to have been relatively recent (<50 years), and refined sugar intake in Japan seems to have been kept low. I think that refined sugars are the worse of the two evils (for lack of a better term). If you were doing it for Ayla's sake, I'm sure she's quite aware of research suggesting health benefits of whole grains. =/ I was pointing out that the China Study, the quintessential example of such research, is itself ambiguous. Most epidem
  11. Theoretically it could hurt; theoretically it could help.
  12. This post is directed at both at you and mike_wf -- The China Study (referenced by mike at the bottom of this page somewhere) found that average legume consumption (which would encompass soy consumption as well) in China ranged from 0 - 58 grams a day, with an average of just 13 grams. This translates into just spoonfuls of soy each day; hardly tantamount to a cup of soy milk or a dish of tofu. Ayla already posted data on soy consumption in Japan, which was relatively low. It's hard to co
  13. What was your diet like before making the transition into the Wai Diet?
  14. I'm not opposing your right to thought, but sticking up for the OP's right to a helpful answer. There's a difference. The fact that you don't see the irony in what you just wrote is amusing... We probably don't see eye-to-eye on what being friendly is about, so I'm not even going to bother with this one. Let me just say that I've helped to the best of my abilities dozens of people on this forum on PM alone, and probably a lot more (although I couldn't quantify it) through my posts.