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About Drizzler

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  2. You have that backwards... when in a heightened stress/alert state, blood actually flows away from the extremities, and close to the heart/brain/lungs/core musculature via vasoconstriction of the peripheral blood vessels. I don't know what effect this has on peristalsis, though it's pretty well known getting scared enough (high stress...) can cause evacuation of the bowels i.e. "scared sh*tless". That is total fallacy. One person's boon is another's bane. Some foods are not meant to be consumed by certain people, plain and simple. Think about food consumption possibilities in a geographical and chronological context Forget paleo & the grain consumption debates, forget "neolithic foods" arguments and what homo sapiens evolved eating. Think about the vastly different types/quantities/qualitites of food distinctly available to the various regions of the world, and think about how incredibly different people around the world look and act. There is no blanket nutritional approach; no single protocol or list of foods that one must abide by in order to achieve health. The ultimate health secret is fully realizing how various foods impact your body, and determining the optimal foods for your body. Nutrigenomics is the way of the future my man. Having said that, it doesn't negate your entire post; I fully agree megadosing vitamins/supplements probably isn't the greatest idea, and the the emotional/stress side of this is key, but often and easily overlooked.
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    So I tried an experiment...

    How in the world are you eating 40% fat on a vegetarian diet? Your omega-6 intake must be through the roof!! Unless you are guzzling coconut oil... I am really curious what ingredients were in your "deli meat" turkey, and whether or not you made those meatballs yourself (...subway?).
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    Should it smell bad?

    Congratulations, there is no longer a huge party of hyper-proliferating bacteria/yeasts/microscopic organisms taking over your colon.
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    Binge Eating & Acne

    You should consider using something like FitDay, Cron-O-Meter and track calories/macros for a few days. You may find you are not eating enough day to day, which is causing the compulsive over-eating [AKA rebound hyperphagia]. If you get the sudden urge to eat, make yourself prepare a tasty/healthy full balanced meal. Everytime you find yourself reaching for some snack or anything, make a meal. Like a big salad with some protein, or a couple hard boiled eggs and chopped veggies. Make it a rule that everytime you get the urge to eat, you won't reach for the nearest snack food, but will satisfy your cravings with something delicious, healthy and fulfilling. [This of course requires having said items on hand at all times- next time at the grocery store stock up on fresh fruits and veggies, eggs, cans of tuna and/or sardines, fresh/frozen fish filets, organic beef and chicken (shop sales!)] You won't be depriving yourself, you won't feel guilty afterwards, and most likely your compulsive eating habits with gradually balance out, perhaps subside completely. Never be afraid to eat big quantities of healthy, nutritious foods (carefully prepared by you). It's when you fulfill those urges with horrible crap snack foods that have no business being in your body do you get all the negatives that come with it.
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    Are These Foods Allowed In Candida Diet?

    You are asking one question but getting two different answers. Are buckwheat and brown rice allowed on a strict "candida diet" as per the prescribed protocol? No. Are buckwheat and brown rice "bad" foods that need to be eliminated from the diet entirely/indefinitely? No. Buckwheat is extremely nutritious, and one of the few "grains" (a pseudo-grain really, like quinoa) that contains lots of phytase- buckwheat becomes a superfood when soaked and/or fermented. But it is a starchy high-carb food, so might not be the best option for some individuals in their current contexts. Blueberries, grapefruits, almonds, apples... go to town. Stick to butter for frying or butter/olive oil for quick sauteing. But favor less intense cooking methods such as steaming, braising, stewing as a rule.
  7. Different types/durations/intensities of exercise have different effects. I have found personally that the two best types of exercise are: 1. Shorter duration, high-intensity movements such as explosive compound lifts with moderate weight, and/or interval sprint sessions (be it on a bike, running, swimming whatever) 2. Long duration, low-intensity such as walking/hiking... house chores etc... just plain old "doing stuff". It's the long-duration moderate-high intensity, like extended jogging, that wears more on the body, elevates stress and inflammation, and forces your body to rely on sugar burning.
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    Who Here Still Has Acne? Need help?

    Cashews are not legumes. Cashews are the seed a of a fruit in the same family as mangos and pistachios. All legumes are part of the Fabaceae family, which cashews are not. But yes, fairly high in omega 6, but also very high in many nutrients- one of the best sources of magnesium in fact.
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    So when do I get to eat like a man again?

    Dude, if you are going to be a class 1 competitive swimmer, you should NOT be worried about carbohydrates at all. It's good that you have your caloric needs dialed in. However, you should always be concerned with quality of calories, both from an acne and health standpoint. Why do you want to eat a bunch of processed carbohydrates? The science of what this stuff does to our bodies is becoming well known and increasingly evident. Always favor sweet potatoes, potatoes, rice, oatmeal, quinoa, fruit and sourdough fermented whole or part-whole meal breads (with as few ingredients as possible) if you got no gluten issues. And by all means, load up on steak. There is a gradient to all foods, grass fed organic is best but of course not always feasible. Lean cuts of conventionally raised beef is OK. It's not about achieving dietary purity and perfection, rather possessing the mentality of what is optimal/better/worse and striving to achieve the highest levels of food quality as possible, without going crazy about it. Eating a super nutrient dense, whole foods diet that covers all your macro and micro nutrients bases, keeping blood sugar in check and avoiding toxic processed crap, you'll be fine (better than fine).
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    Get this

    Bodyweight is both a function of calories consumed vs. energy expenditure, but also in part a result of specific hormonal signaling caused by the specific foods you eat and your level/type of activity. The idea is the body creates a "setpoint" at which it "wants" to be, and will adjust your appetite and/or desire to engage in physical activity accordingly. This is the whole thesis of the book Good Calories Bad Calories... certain foods disrupt this balance, and make your body "want" to be bigger and not expend energy. But I guess that's beside the point. You, being a young male, might have an extremely high basal metabolic rate, and you really may need 4000+ calories just to maintain. Do you exercise? I'd eliminate any cardio for the time being, and a couple times per week do a relatively intense weight workout, followed by a huge portion of healthy natural starches such as potatoes/sweet potatoes, rice etc. This is the best way to add lean, healthy mass, and maintain a good hormonal status; carb cycling in a slight caloric surplus, with emphasis on proteins, healthy fats, tons of veggies (and don't be afraid of a little fruit). 2-3 times per week do a full body, high intensity compound weight workout, followed by a large, lower-fat, higher carb meal.
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    My stomach is rebelling

    Yeah I got really bad nausea from zinc pills when I used to take them. Try taking it at the very end of your biggest meal of the day. Same with the B vit.
  12. Which type of milk is it: 1%, 2%, skim, full? You did say you it was organic correct? Yeah, milk is one food I could never really introduce without issues. I can do butter, some cream and even some good quality, aged cheese (preferably from raw milk like several European varieties). Aside from the whole "milk is for cows" discussion, I think it is important to note that mostly every traditional dairy-consuming culture manipulates their milk in some way- fermenting into yogurt or kefir, or making and aging cheeses. -Or not at all... raw, unmixed, straight from the [healthy] cow.
  13. The title and purpose of the thread still stands. If you have normal or high levels then it doesn't apply, how does that not go without saying? Obviously I am talking about the issue of low sex hormone binding globulin, which as shown is lowered by very common things in the diet; things that are eaten by many people, things often considered unquestionably healthy. This is not some pseudo-scientific crackpot theory. This is a very real condition, easy to land yourself in, and should not be overlooked by anybody. If you have low SHBG, you need to address it.
  14. I worded it as such because it is well known that androgens stimulate sebaceous glands; it required no additional emphasis as this is the most basic tenet of acne production. Hence why teenage boys get such bad acne. Sorry you needed that explained to you. This thread is intended to help people. This is a logical and rather basic explanation for a relationship between the foods you eat and a proven factor in acne and health. This exists in a very real context of our modern diets- not only relevant to anyone with acne, but really everybody. You had to come in here with your pompous ass "If you're a male and you follow this guy's advice, I feel sorry for you" comment, and then proceed to twist my words. I said nothing of testosterone levels being high or low. Perhaps I could have clarified on this, that you can have very healthy, ideal levels of testosterone in the blood, yet low SHBG presents a very real problem. Now please, if you have nothing valuable to contribute to this conversation, take it elsewhere.
  15. Save it. It has nothing to do with actual testosterone levels or any actual hormone levels for that matter. Normal levels of testosterone, with abnormally low SHBG is the recipe for problems. Get your facts straight.