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What Do You Need To Start A Raw Food Diet

Written By: admin - Aug• 22•12

It's no joke when it comes to what we want to be smart. We will not deceive us, a desire to be smarter than the average bear, right? Having a good memory, and still think clearly is healthy and get more out of life. The application of the correct diet in their daily lives is the first exit to that. The right diet raw food diet plan will help sharpen the brain and help you think clearly.

When it comes to planning a meal that will keep you alert, you want to start with breakfast. Of course, this is obvious, but needs the right breakfast foods. Now this part may not include all raw food diets, but I'm not against the different types of food. Anyway, eating some fiber and healthy carbs is a good start to your day. Examples would be 2 large eggs with a glass of milk to 2%. You can see below.

Although this is not included in a typical meal plan raw food diet, which is still great to start the day well. Eat something high in fiber will keep the body full and satisfied. You have a feeling of fullness. This means that you will feel more satisfied, and will not be hungry until late in the day. The mistake people are eating that Krispy Kreme donut. Consumption of food as this will make you more hungry before, and also put unhealthy fat and sugar in the body. This evening will drain your energy later, leaving it difficult for you to think.

If you need to eat between lunch and dinner, replace unhealthy Snickers bar with an apple or a banana. It's also good to have cucumbers, carrots, olives, raw, or even a healthy shake. You wan to drink water instead of soda.

For lunch, some people are eating cheeseburgers and fries. With a plan raw food diet, you want to eat as Spaghetti Marinara, avocado, Thai cabbage salad, tomato salad, olive oil, and more. Do not get me wrong, it is good that the cheeseburger and fries occasionally. But I ma not a habit. This vital importance when it comes to creating energy and stay mentally alert all day.

Now is the time for dinner. So, what to eat? You can do some simple meals. A few raw foods that you can try Shaved fennel salad with raspberry dressing, Rawshi, and more.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How do I start and continue a raw food diet.?
    Does anyone have recipes, guidance etc? How soon will I feel the benefits? Should I expect side effects? Can I expect weight loss, and if so how much how quickly? Just need some facts about it so as to know what to expect. I have a lot of inflammatory problems such as psoriasis and aching joints and I've been told by someone it might help.
    Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      The general consensus/claim is that a raw vegan diet will help clear up a number of ailments.
      How to start? Many people suggest starting out bit by bit, say, one raw meal a day, but if you have an aggravating or serious condition, such as what you mention, or cancer, for example, you might want to just jump right in 100%. I think that is the easiest way, ultimately, just as quitting cigarettes by not smoking them at all anymore is the best way to quit smoking

      Go through your kitchen and remove anything that is not a fresh vegetable or fruit, or raw nut or seed.

      Get a good beginner's book, like The Raw Food Revolution Diet, which will explain to you all the basics, including where your vitamins and protein are coming from and how much you need to eat of them.

      You can also check out the files at the RawFood yahoogroup
      ( http://groups.yahoo.com/group/rawfood ) You will have to sign up for the list, but you can sign up for "reading on the web" (which I recommend - there isn't much going on on that listanymore, sadly), and then you can browse through the files section, which I created from the 5 years of list postings when the list was active, and which have a wealth of information for beginners, as well as a lot of good recipes.

      For recipes, and informational articles, you can go to http://www.living-foods.com/ which is one of the best single sites for *everything* raw

      Another good place to go, and sign up, is the Raw Food Right Now blog ( http://rawfoodrightnow.blogspot.com/ )That is a good place to sign up to, and read their back posts, as well as follow whatever they post now... they also have a comprehensive list of existing raw food blogs. You start there, and end up with all the information you will ever need, as well as some new favorite spots to visit. You're computer savvy - subscribe to the spots you really like, so you can read them easily when they are updated

      Another thing you can do is sign up for a raw food training.
      I have the best ones I could find listed on my blog: http://prettysmarrawfoods.com The direct link to trainings is
      http://tinyurl.com/85d7wy

      This should be enough to get you started. If you play around there enough, you are likely to stumble upon something that directly addresses your issues.

  2. QUESTION:
    Raw food diet help!!!!!?
    I want to start a raw food diet but I don't know how?

    I don't undestand all these recapeise online, half of the foods there I never heard of them.

    I need something easy!! I dont cook and I dont have time, if the recepiece have vegtables I need something I can find in a vegtable store!

    Help me!?
    I like bread, can I eat bread?
    What about eggs? can they be cooked?
    What about milk? what kind of milk can I drink and can I get it in the supermarket?
    What about Cheese?
    What about Soy burgers? the kind you get in supermarket and warm them up in the microwave?

    What about rice, pasta, cereal???

    If I can't eat this stuff wher am I supposed to get my carbs??

    What can I eat for breakfast? I need somehing to fill me up, I need carbs! I'm never full if I don't eat carbs!

    How do I cook stuff? They say it cant be heated over a certain degree, can I cook stuff in water? can I make hot dogs in water?
    How do I defrost stuff? Can i defrost in the microwave?

    What About Chiken??? can I cook chicken or put in the oven on low heat??(sorry veggies)

    As you can see, I have no clue how to diet on raw food so someone experinced please help me? I know nothing!

    I want my diet to be at least 90% raw.

    Help please, thank you

    • ANSWER:
      Are you sure you want to start a raw foods diet? It seems like you have no idea.

  3. QUESTION:
    I want to start my dog on a raw food diet?
    I want to switch my dog from kibble to a raw food diet. I’ve been researching for a while now and brands such as Nature’s Variety and Instinct are too expensive for me. I’ve been trying to find out how to make the food myself but all these websites are just too confusing and overwhelming for me. Someone mentioned that there is no way to just give me a couple of basic recipes that I can add like in a cookbook and I was wondering if this is true. I really just need someone to tell me what to buy and how much to give my dog.
    From my research, I have managed to gather that my 6yro overweight golden retriever needs to be fed mostly chicken but I’m scared I won’t give him the right amount to nutrients etc. Someone please help me. I don’t want anyone to say “it’s too hard & too much effort for you just stick to a good kibble” because I can do it I just need to be pointed in the right direction. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:

  4. QUESTION:
    Do you want to know why you should eat a raw plant food diet?
    101 Reasons Why You Should Eat Raw...

    1. You'll have more energy.

    2. You'll feel alive - just like your food.

    3. You'll nourish your body with food that is designed to be eaten.

    4. You’ll start to reverse the signs of ageing.

    5. You’ll achieve your ideal body weight

    6. You wont feel ‘fat.’

    7. If you’re too thin, you’ll start to look more healthy.

    8. You won't ever have to count a calorie again in your life!

    9. You’ll replace calorie counting with nutrient counting.

    10. Any cellulite will start to fade, or even totally disappear.

    11. You’ll start to truly love your body.

    12. You may notice you look as good as you did in your teens.

    13. You’ll acquire more endurance.

    14. You may notice that you become more flexible.

    15. Your skin will glow.

    16. Skin problems will be repaired.

    17. You'll never be sick (after a detox).

    18. If you are currently sick, you will recover in faster time.

    19. Any disease within the body may start to repair.

    20. You’ll feel light.

    21. You’ll feel free.

    22. You can bin any diet books you have that just make you feel fat!

    23. You won't worry about avocados and nuts having too many calories.

    24. Your food will excite you with its bright colour.

    25. You’ll wonder why you didn’t eat more raw food years ago.

    26. You’ll beat depression naturally.

    27. You’ll embark on a journey, which may thoroughly change your life.

    28. You wont be able to stop yourself from gasping at what others have in their supermarket trolleys!

    29. You’ll genuinely care about what you are putting into your body.

    30. You’ll be more conscious of what other people are putting into their’s

    31. You’ll recover more quickly after exercise.

    32. You’ll enjoy sex more.

    33. Your mind will be clearer

    34. Your taste buds will sharpen.

    35. Every time you try a new raw recipe, you’ll be in love with raw food all over again!

    36. Your family and friends will see how great you look and feel.

    37. You’ll become more positive.

    38. As your body changes, you’ll feel more motivated to eat healthily.

    39. You’ll love life even more.

    40. You will become more conscious of the effects of your other actions.

    41. Less sleep = more play, but what will you choose to fill this time? New hobby etc..

    42. You’ll start to listen to your body more, and tune into it.

    43. You’ll become more fertile (women only)

    44. You’ll have less painful periods (women only)

    45. Your monthly cycle may even change too, as you detox (women only)

    46. You’ll be detoxing out the years of less than optimum living.

    47. You’ll be less drawn to unhealthy food.

    48. The ingredients within junk food will repulse you.

    49. You’ll feel like you are really caring for your body (for maybe the first time ever.)

    50. Your other senses will become more acute.

    51. You wont ever need your oven again.

    52. You can use your oven as an extra cupboard.

    53. You’ll barely need your freezer.

    54. You can treat yourself to a huge fridge – and even then, it probably wont be quite big enough!!

    55. You can have friends over and impress them with your raw dishes.

    56. You’ll surprise yourself just how simple raw cuisine can be – over and over again!

    57. You’ll meet some fab ‘Life Buddies’ along the way, who share the same health interests at you.

    58. You’ll look great first thing in the morning.

    59. You’ll need less make-up.

    60. You’ll start to really care about what you put on your skin.

    61. You’ll start to really care about what you clean your house with.

    62. You’ll be more aware of the environment.

    63. You’ll be saving the environment.

    64. You’ll have much less waste that the average household.

    65. Your hair will grow not only quicker, but thicker too.

    66. Your nails wont always be breaking off – they'll be too thick and strong.

    67. Your hair will shine naturally.

    68. You’ll be drawn to other forms of high-energy.

    69. Your brain will function better.

    70. You’ll be more open to change and new ideas.

    71. You won’t ever burn yourself again.

    72. You’ll stand less chance of burning your house down.

    73. You’ll come across food that you would have otherwise never usually of tried – like Durians.

    74. Your tummy will be flatter.

    75. You’ll never ruin a meal by forgetting about it in the oven!

    76. Your friends and family wont actually believe you when you tell them that their meal isn't healthy!

    77. Your book collection will expand.

    78. You’ll discover the super foods!

    79. You can eat chocolate and lose weight.

    80. You can eat chocolate, full stop!!

    81. You can dust your juicer down and revive it again.

    82. You can treat yourself to a new one!

    83. You can leave your kitchen equipment out on the side, at least then you’ll remember it exists!

    84. You can have fun and games explaining what each piece of kitchen equipment does, to your guests.

    85. You’ll be an inspiration to others.

    86. You may just save someone’s life.

    87. You may save your own life.

    88. You’ll have the energy to love and appreciate each day.

    89. You’ll value the simple things in life.

    90. You’ll be living by the laws of nature.

    91. You’ll be more drawn to being outside, within nature.

    92. You wont be fighting food cravings.

    93. You’ll feel less drawn to alcohol and other toxins.

    94. You wont be taking in harmful carcinogens when you eat your meal.

    95. Unusual chemical changes wont be occurring within the body, every time you eat.

    96. You’ll know what a dehydrator can do for your diet.

    97. You’ll learn how to sprout.

    98. You’ll learn what a sprout actually is – no, we’re not talking Brussels here!

    99. You'll be the last one standing after a night out!

    100. You’ll live longer!

    101. You’ll be grateful that Total Raw Food exists!

    • ANSWER:
      Wow, people are being really mean to you. There's nothing wrong with sharing a little information. I'm starting to think that we DO need a healthy eating section.

      I agree that you feel a lot better eating that way, but I just can't stay out of Maggie Mudd. Neither can I leave the curly fries alone, or the popcorn or the reese's cereal....basically if it's not hurting an animal I'll eat it, despite the hydrogenated oils and all that other bad stuff.

  5. QUESTION:
    can a big cockeroach be considered a meal for the raw food diet?
    ok i dont trust commercial cat food at all.
    nobody regulates it really.

    its complete garbage.

    i want to start my cat on the raw food diet, but all the research i do i dont understand it all sounds like "blah blah blah" with alot of words i cant define.

    so is there like a "raw food diet for dummies?"
    and where can i find the supplements for thet cats at?
    and what the heck is a grinder?

    im dumb, i need i explained to me like you would have to explain it to a 4 year old.

    and were can i find really fast recipes?
    do you realize thats what they would eat in the wild?

    you feed your cat crap!
    it will probably end up with a liver damage

    so you know how much ash and fillers are in cat food, do your research.
    the cat food companys slide buy with the minimal nutrients in it.
    Also please dont awsner my question if you have no idea of the benifits of the raw food diet.

    this is manly for people who are feeding there cats that.

    So please refrain from anwsering my question if you are not educated in this topic

    • ANSWER:
      Good for you!!!!! I am a raw feeder of 14 cats and I've spent the last few years researching feline nutrition. It started with a cat we rescued that had IBD and after a year of messing around with high quality dry (boy was that an oxy-moron, there is no such thing) and then canned... we finally made it to raw and our IBD cat was miraculously cured, and raw also cured 2 of our other cats that suffered from stones and UTI's.

      I know exactly what you are feeling about feeling dumb and needing “raw food for dummies”. There are so many opinions out there about raw feeding that your head gets all bogged up and you just want to scream because you are so confused. LOL! You know you want to do the right thing for your animal, but there are so many ways to raw feed, you don't know which one is right, and you don’t want to choose the wrong one.

      After getting to the point you did, I made a decision to decide what I was going to choose was right for my cat. Meaning, I had to settle on something in my head, and feel good about the choice I was making. I finally did. I chose to feed Ground food because Mr. IBD kitty had lost so many teeth he couldn’t gnaw bones. And I chose my recipes from Catinfo.org and cat nutrition.org. I also choose to modify the diet a bit and make it match the nutritional value of whole prey a bit more to meet what I knew was right for a cat. You should not do this though unless you study feline nutrition.

      So… I’m going to invite you e-mail me if you would like more help. I am always happy to provide my knowledge to others. Below you will find my standard answer to feeding raw with lots of links to help you. :o )

      *******

      I personally feed a ground Raw Meat, Bones and Organ based diet to my cats and they are very healthy on it. I HIGHLY recommend it. Once I got the hang of it and felt comfortable with it it's a snap to prepare.

      Cats are obligate carnivores after all and must derive ALL their nutrients from meat based sources. They are unable to absorb them from any other source. Despite thousands of years of domestication they remain strictly carnivorous. True and honest meat eaters and that is what they need most. Protein from meat!

      If you are interested in feeding a raw diet some great places to start learning are http://www.catinfo.org/ , http://www.catnutrition.org/ , and http://www.felinefuture.com/nutrition/ .

      If you would like to try raw with your cats and don’t want to get all technical about it but want to try a trusted, time tested and balanced raw diet you can order from http://www.felinespride.com/products/catfood.aspx . I purchased this myself when I first started and my cats loved it!

      Another premade Raw you can try is Natures Varity. I personally have never used this but know many people that do and it’s pretty easy to find http://www.naturesvariety.com/content.lasso?page=1507&-session=naturesvariety:D04EC9250597c11908GJS417647E

      Here's a bunch of websites to help you learn what you need to know.

      http://www.catinfo.org/

      http://www.catnutrition.org/

      http://www.rawfedcats.org/

      http://www.felinespride.com/

      http://www.felinefuture.com/

      http://www.felineinstincts.com/index.htm...

      http://www.raisingcatsnaturally.com/

      http://www.blakkatz.com/index.html

      http://www.holisticat.com/

      http://goldcoastragdolls.com/MyOwnCatFood.htm

      http://www.mypetcarnivore.com/rawfeeding_basics.htm

  6. QUESTION:
    raw food diet- help! i'm dumb...?
    I'm planning on going raw (hopefully 100% at least initially), but I need to save some money and do a little more research before I start. I'm not purchasing my own groceries right now, which is why I need to save some money - I don't think anyone else should have to pay for my choices. I probably won't be able to purchase much organic produce, so is it still worthwhile to go raw?

    From what I've read, most advocate organic, but that just isn't a viable option right now. I don't exactly buy all of the purported benefits of the diet, but I do think that it is extremely healthy (or can be). What are your thoughts on organic vs. not? What do you think of frozen veggies? I know some people say they're fine and others think they're as pointless as cooked. Would you choose to purchase a blender or a food processor if you had to choose?

    Thanks so much for all of your input!

    • ANSWER:
      Organic foods are excellent but 100% raw diet is bad for you and ill explain why.

      Right now, your body is built up to eating tough foods like meats, fish dairy etc. when you eat all raw foods, you lose this strengh of digestion and become very weak in your stomach. I reccommend not eating 100% raw because its very difficult to go back.

  7. QUESTION:
    Question(s) for the people who are against crate training/feeding high quality food/raw diet?
    Why are you against crate training

    or feeding a dog high quality food/raw diet?

    Have you ever tried either, or know someone that has tried either and that is what made you see the above as something negative or wrong?

    I'm just curious because those things, plus training methods, seem to be topics or subjects that raise conflict among dog owners, especially here on Yahoo answers.

    Personally, before I started crating and doing crate training with my dog-I wasn't exactly keen on the idea. I did think it seemed rather cruel. However, I got curious about it and began to do research and then tried it myself and was happy with the results.

    Dogs like to have a small place or a "den" to themselves. Even if one does not crate train them or provide crate for them, they will find a small area to go to when they want to be alone/have privacy(like underneath the bed for example). It's not cruel by any means, especially when done correctly. Plus with puppies it helps in the housebreaking process and it will prevent the dog or puppy from damaging the house and consuming something that may be harmful to them when their owner cannot watch them.

    As for the high quality food. Again honestly when I was younger I saw no need to pay for a bag of dog food. However I have personally experienced and seen benefit from switching a dog(and cat) from a commercial brand(such as Purina) to a more high quality food.

    For the raw diet-I am still doing research on this, and I can understand some worries people will have for it, but I don't understand the negativity because they do not agree with it.

    I'm not trying to start anything negative, I'm just honestly curious as to why people are against crate training or feeding dogs high quality food or a raw diet.
    @Rusty- I understand that reasoning/worry completely. Generally the door to the crate should only be closed when the owner is not home/unable to watch the dog-other then that it should be left open so the dog can go in and leave the crate whenever they want. When the dog is old enough to know not to chew or eat anything it is not suppose to and is completely housebroken people will leave the door to the crate opened even when they are not home.

    Thanks for giving your input on the matter :)

    • ANSWER:

  8. QUESTION:
    I am going on a raw food diet (but including one serving of meat per day) How much weight could i loose?
    I have a bmi of 34 (195 at 5'4) I am obese and I want to loose a about 80 pounds. I want to cleanse my body of all the toxins because my cravings for starchy and junk foods are so intense. I want to start with a 3 day juice fast. I need to know what kind of juice do I buy? I dont have a juicer or the money to purchase one. Is there a certain brand I can use?

    If i do the 3 day juice fast, then the rest of the month I eat raw foods with teh exception of 4oz of meat per day (OR one egg a day) How much weight can I loose? I will try to do some excersizes but i'm sure that it will be alittle hard.

    I understand that some people do not agree with this, and i do plan to go back to normal eating slowly but i feel once i loose all the weight and i'm clean from the insides i'll be able to have a much better control on how much i eat and the cravings!

    Lets say i do this for 30 days, how much weight could i possible loose? (I'm a mesomorph hourglass figure also if that helps any)

    Oh also, when i start eating normally again with cooked foods...How do i do that without getting sick?

    Thank you, and please NO rude answers. :)

    • ANSWER:

  9. QUESTION:
    Raw food diet?
    i'm 15 years old, and this diet has really interested me, and i would like to test it for a couple months, and see what would change in my health, and weight. What i would like to know from you, is how to start it, and what i would need to do it full time. Also, how should i go about telling my parents? i'm a little embarrassed for some reason.

    • ANSWER:
      I did it for 5 days and i swear i lost SOOOOO much weight like my clothes literally fell off me!! it was amazing but after 5 days i startd to get dpressed on the food! and i stoped and put it all back on in like a week, but what i did was to start, in got together lots of difffernt recipes hoping not to get bored, i juicd alot of fruit, made lots of pulse dippy things. i suggest you get really informed about it first before u talk2 ur olds, u might freak thm out they might think ur ganna get a eatting disorder, but go to them with facts and infomation on the raw food diet! i'm sure they'll be all for it!

  10. QUESTION:
    I started my puppy on a RAW MEAT diet 4 weeks ago now & she it's still causing soft stool/diarrhea. Why?!?
    PLEASE READ THIS ADDITIONAL INFO BEFORE COMMENTING!!!

    I've done tons of research on raw diets before I started Luna on one. My puppy, Luna, is 5 months old. She weighs about 12 pounds. She gets the correct 80/10/10 ratio of meat/bone/organ. She eats a 1lb - 1.5lbs a day depending on how hungry she is. Her diet consists of mostly chicken & bone (usually leg quarters or split breast - and then twice a week she gets liver) Sometimes I'll throw in some high quality lamb riblet as a treat. This diet has been consistent for about a month now. She poops usually once a day (sometimes twice) And I'd say that 85% of the time her stool is either soft & mooshy or straight diarreah. I have tried probiotics; I have tried cottage cheese; tried yoghurt to no avail. Nothing has worked to make her stools "regular" and solid. She does not seem sick at all. She has tons of energy, loves to play. She's been to the vet 3 times in the past 3 months for general checkups & vaccs. She is healthy.

    She did not have diarreah at all on her old kibble, which was a very high quality & grain free puppy food called Orijen. It all started following her start on the raw meat diet. She loves the raw food (She HATES every dog food I've tried which is why, amongst other reasons that I switched her to raw.) But, if her system keeps acting up because of this; I have to get her off of raw.

    What can I do? Have any of you raw feeders had this problem? If so, what did you do? I really want to keep her on raw due to the long term benefits. But, I must find out how to fix this quickly.

    Also, she is dewormed, has no parasites & has totally healthy blood tests; so none of these would be causing her stool problem. It is definately the diet. I need to find out what's going on.

    Thank you guys so much for any input.
    Also, I've tried Pumpkin to help her stomach, but pumpkin is not working either.
    PSS - I never mix her kibble with her raw. They digest differently & would make her quite sick.. So, that's a big no-no. She was doing very well on the Orijen kibble (whose main ingrediant was chicken) I had her on; BUT she's only eat about 1/3rd of the amount she was supposed to be eating daily which is not good from a growing Eskimo Spitz puppy.

    Also, I'm sticking to grain free. So I will not feed her rice. Fish occasionally is good, but with all the mercury in fish nowadays, I don't want to give it to her more than once a week.

    What other readily available meat sources could I use? I don't think porl would work; I gave her about a week on high wuality beed, but that too didn't help. Also, to the person who told me to check the solutions in the chicken; I'm way ahead of that :) I make sure it's chicken & chicken only. BUT, it is grocery bought chicken. Perhaps i should go to a Whole Food/ Natural Food store to get her totally unproccessed meat. We shall see how it goes. Thanks!
    Please, to those who don't agree with raw feeding, that is fine. But, Please do not comment. It is uneeded. And besides this "poop problem" my puppy has gained a lot more muscle since starting raw & is at a healthy weight compared to being a bit undersized. Her coat is 80% shinier & softer & growing much faster. Her eyes no longer tear stain. Two weeks after I started raw, all of her baby teeth began to fall out to expose beautiful, glistening white strong adult teeth. And, most amazingly, her knees/joints which may have been developing luxating patellas, would "pop" & "crack when she walked before we started the raw diet. But this has totally stopped after only 3 weeks on raw - no more joint creaking problems. The benefits are obvious.

    But, to each their own. As long as you guys arefeeding high quality-grain free kibble I have no problem with the way you feed your pet. So, please do me the honor of allowing me to raise mine without scrutiny. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Diarrhea is caused by food moving too quickly through the digestive system, not allowing enough time for the intestines to remove water from the waste. While pumpkin does have fiber, there are better sources of fiber. Fiber serves an important purpose in digestion...it can bulk up stools and slow down the digestive waste process, allowing more time for water removal (and lessening the chances of dehydration)...it can also act as a laxative. The right amount of fiber can ensure normal waste. Fiber can reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, digestive diseases (like Colitis and diverticulitis), and cancers. It's available in a number of sources...the reason that dog foods usually contain some grain is to add a source of fiber and carbohydrates to the dog's diet.

      Since you are averse to using grain in the dog's diet, I'd suggest adding a size-appropriate amount of Metamucil to the dog's food daily.

      If you would rather add a food source for fiber here are some good food sources: whole grains (good ones for dogs: oatmeal, brown rice, millet, barley, flax seed), beans, artichoke, peas. Peas, beans, barley and oats are some of the fiberful of the bunch...and dogs love to eat them (cooked, of course...I understand you choose to feed raw, but I'm offering suggestions).

      By the way, the popping and cracking sounds are harmless...they are caused simply by gasses in the body-like when you crack your knuckes or your own joints make those sounds (knees, ankles, back, neck-these are common places to hear it).

  11. QUESTION:
    Raw Feeders, please help: I want to feed my future dog RAW diet and start feeding my cats now.?
    I am getting a collie in what I hope to be six months from July 1st of 2010. (Yes, I like planning ahead, so that my dog does not end up in a shelter)

    I want to feed my pup raw diet, because I did some research on the net saying it's better.

    Can you give me all the information I need? I do want to know the cost, is it really cheaper than kibbles?

    I currently feed my cats EVO, however I do want to switch them to raw diet as well.

    But I have no idea where to start, like nutrition.

    I am going to feed them organic food, but do I have to vaccinate them against something?

    Please add all the information you can. 10 points for best answer.

    • ANSWER:
      There is no need to grind anything together unless your dog has dental/digestive or any other medical issues that cause him/her to be unable to chew/digest properly, In which case I would be looking for a vet that understands and excepts Raw feeding to work with before going any further.... That being said.....

      1.You want to start your dog on just one protein source at a time and gradually add in others over a course of a month's time give each protein source a week or two before adding in another one .. I would start off with Chicken Backs, thighs and legs then move on to Pork, Fish or Venison.. Save the Beef and Organs for last...{they are very rich and are most likely to cause stomach upset.}

      2. Salmon oil tabs are fine. however, you can also feed sardines, canned mackerel, salmon etc about once a week or so instead. Fish does not have to be canned it can be fresh if you can find it at an affordable price.

      3. Yes, the amount should equal about 10% of the dog's weekly diet.. Liver is the most common organ fed (and should make up 50% of total amount of organs fed) but you can also feed kidneys and green tripe etc. Organs can be added say 1-2 chicken livers, a few pieces of kidney or a bit of tripe every other meal.. or can be given as a whole meal once or 2x a week. my vote is to add a little bit at every other meal time... it's easier on the stomach and digestive tract overall..

      4. You want to fast your pup for at least 24 hrs then feed him/her completely RAW no mixing of RAW and Kibble. They digest at different rates and can cause severe stomach upset or even bloat if mixed together. for starters you may want to trim the fat but gradually as you pup adjusts you will want to slowly add in more and more of the fat content till you can feed it without causing stomach upset.. Fat is good for the dogs.. If you feel more comfortable yes, by all means slice the portions down into bite size pieces it may very well reduce the "regurgitating" that, may occur, is expected and should subside once your dog fully adjusts to the diet.. Soft and loose stools are also expected and should clear up after a few days.. If not you may want/need to add more bone to the diet... Chicken Backs and Turkey necks are good for this...

      5. No there is no need to feed again 6 hrs later.. Breaking the meals up into 2 separate portions and feeding 2x daily is sufficient enough unless your dog is one to do better with 3 meals a day...

      Dogs should eat somewhere between 1-3% of their Adult weight daily. ie: 80lbs should be eating approx 2 1/2 lbs of food a day. Depending on his/her activity level this amount may increase or decrease slightly...

      By the end of a couple months your pup's diet should consist of eating 80% muscle meat, 10% Bone and 10% Organ {note the heart is considered muscle meat} and only give Large weight baring bones {Femurs} for recreational chewing... Veggies are not a major necessity and Grains are hard for dogs to digest.. However, if you would like to add some vegetables such as mashed Green Beans, carrots, broccoli into the mix I would suggest waiting until after you have fully transitioned him/her to the meat products.. Even then I would only add a small amount, about 2% of the daily diet, about once or twice a week..

      http://www.rawfed.com/
      http://www.daybreakaussies.com
      http://www.rawmeatybones.com/
      http://www.rawfeddogs.net/

      Tripe: is the stomach lining/intestines of an animal, Green tripe is what it is called when it is fresh or has been processed very little

      Eggs: Can be fed shell and all, easiest way is to crack and mix in with some ground chicken, turkey or beef. Or mix it up in a blender like a scrambled egg crushing up the shell and pour it over the his/her meal...

      Organs and Bones: Yes, they are needed they contain essential vitamins/minerals etc that are either, not found in or are not supplied enough by, the other parts of the diet.. As far as what kind.. the most common fed are Chicken or Turkey organs{ usually because they are the cheapest to buy} However, any organs from any animal are always good.. I would stay away from anything (unprocessed) dealing with Brain matter or Cerebral fluids. For me, there is too much of risk of Bovine spongiform encephalopathy "Mad cow disease" and other similar/related diseases that can affect animals in much the same way as this does cows... As well as liver from Sheep... as it contains too much Copper

      Bones: Chicken Backs, legs, turkey/chicken necks, Pork , beef, venison etc Ribs.. Basically Any part of a small game animal or Any part of a Large game animal that are not weight baring... ie: femurs..

      FOR CATS: It's pretty much the same just scaled down a bit: Ie: you'd feed bones of a small game animal only......And there is Absolutely no need for vegetables....

  12. QUESTION:
    Raw diet for my dog, opinions please.?
    I don't want any rude answers please.. merely your respectable opinion.

    My friend has been hounding (lol) me to start feeding my dog a raw diet of organs, bones, and meat. I am one of the dog owners that feed premium kibble like Origin, Acana, etc. and my dog has never had a problem. Healthy, beautiful coat, etc. Of course he eats other things as well (some meat on occasion), but his main diet does consist of kibble and wet food. Would anyone like to convince me whether I should switch or not?

    She claims dogs are wolves technically so all they actually need is meat. No grains, no fruits/veggies. I am a little appalled by the cleanliness aspect (my dog loves to give me kisses) of tossing a raw chicken carcass to my dog, but she makes me feel pressured to "convert"(yes she used that term. haha.)

    What are your thoughts on a raw diet? This is quoted from an email she sent me (copy and pasted from a website I presume)

    --

    "If you feed a premium kibble (or any kibble), please think through why you feed it to your pets. Could they benefit more from a raw diet? And ask the ultimate question: how is a processed diet better for my pets than a diet of fresh, whole, raw foods?

    Raw food—particularly whole carcasses and raw meaty bones—provide the NECESSARY teeth-cleaning effects that are lacking in any cooked diet. Periodontal disease-causing bacteria are scraped away at each feeding, whereas a cooked food-fed dog has that bacteria remaining, which are then coated over by a sticky plaque resulting from the cooked grains, vegetables, and meat proteins.

    While the better quality foods certainly do start with better materials, after processing these 'food' materials are still of a lesser quality compared to the fresh, raw, real thing.

    Our dogs and cats are not designed to eat processed food pellets regardless of how good of quality these processed food pellets are. A premium kibble would be like us eating a 'premium' cereal day in and day out; the premium cereal has to be better for us than one of those cheaper cereals, right (think of Raisin Bran versus Captain Crunch)?

    A Shi Tzu has the same elemental nutritional needs as a Great Dane; the only difference is that the Shi Tzu has to eat much less to satisfy those needs. The short time that the dog has been domesticated and that specific breeds have existed in various parts of the world is not long enough for an evolutionary need for the foods of the region from which they originate to be developed.

    "Wolves usually tear into the body cavity of large prey and...consume the larger internal organs, such as lungs, heart, and liver. The large rumen [, which is one of the main stomach chambers in large ruminant herbivores,]...is usually punctured during removal and its contents spilled. The vegetation in the intestinal tract is of no interest to the wolves, but the stomach lining and intestinal wall are consumed, and their contents further strewn about the kill site." (pg.123, emphasis added)

    "To grow and maintain their own bodies, wolves need to ingest all the major parts of their herbivorous prey, except the plants in the digestive system." (pg.124, emphasis added)."

    --

    Her dog is a pug, so she feels if she can do that for her PUG, then I surely should convert with my dogs as well. I want to know more about the anti-raw diet side because so far everyone I've approached just tells me how great it is, and I want to know if that is REALLY TRUE before making my decision for what's best for my dog AND me.
    SHE ALSO SAID:
    " dogs don't need grains/fruit/veggies! If they can't digest them, having a bit of it in their diet wouldn't benefit them as they can't use it, right? Puglet liked to eat bananas and stuff too but really, when I think about it, it's odd. A dog eating fruit isn't gonna get much out of it! Even if there were bananas available in addition to meat in the wild, wolves would go for the meat first and only eat the fruit in times where there were slimmer pickings. I suppose these non-meat foods are just for variety or whatever but animals in the wild usually hunt the same stuff. I mean, why try to improve on the food that's already great for you? Natural stuffs yo. ;) It's people who have the desire to sample new stuff all the time otherwise they get bored. xDD I think dogs would find eating kibble, regardless of what it contains, more boring than crunching + tearing through flesh and bones "

    • ANSWER:
      I am a raw feeder, and your friend is wrong on several points.

      1) Dogs are not wolves, nor are they true obligate carnivores.

      Truth: The Dog digestive system processes meat more effectively than non-meat. It is true that dogs don't 'need' grains and veggies IF you feed a perfectly balanced raw diet, but it is not true to go so far as to say that these items are indigestable, completely non-nutritious or inappropriate.

      2) There are zero credible scientific studies that prove that a raw diet results in better health, less disease, longer lifespans, etc. than a premium kibble diet.

      Truth: feeding your dog real, unprocessed food as opposed to feeding highly processed, pressure cooked kibble and entrusting your dogs lifeflong diet to profit-driven possibly greedy and unscrupulous manufacturers and their countless outsourced and offshored vendors - may make alot of sense to you. This alone is a good enough reason to switch, and this is why I switched.

      3) Raw diet does not prevent periodontal disease.

      Truth: raw diet is generally believed (not scientifically proven) to do more to scrub teeth clean (but also, if practiced incorrectly, break teeth) than kibble. However, your dog will still likely contract periodontal disease by age 2 if you don't regularly brush his teeth (2x min per week) and get his teeth professionally cleaned.

      Scientifically, wild wolves and pre-kibble dogs have been found to have the same dental health problems as kibble-fed dogs. The true difference-maker is the amount of dental care (brushing/cleaning) applied.

      4) "dogs and cats not designed to eat processed food pellets" - the cereal comparison here doesn't make sense to me.

      5) "a Shi Tzu... Great Dane.. etc" Is this an argument against 'breed specific' dog foods? If yes then to some extent I agree - breed-specific dog foods is more a marketing gimmick than anything else.

      6) "Wolves usually tear into the body cavity..." Dogs are not wolves. In the wild, wolves do ALOT of things dogs don't do - including having higher mortality rates and generally shorter lifespans.

      7) Dogs can and do digest fruit/grain/veggies, just not as efficiently as meat. What wolves do in the wild is for the most part irrelevant.

      **************************
      Almost all of the ANTI-RAW arguments are just as false and flawed, and predicated on incorrect application of the raw diet.

      1) feeding bones is dangerous.

      Truth: yes it can be, IF - 1) you cook them, and 2) you don't observe your dogs while they eat them, and 3) you feed bones that are too hard (weight bearing bones of large animals).

      So don't cook, observe your dogs, and don't feed huge cattle leg bones.

      2) raw meats contain pathogens

      Truth: yes they can, IF - 1) you don't freeze the meat first, 2) you practive sloppy hygiene while handling the raw meat. But dogs are practically impervious to salmonella - YOULL catch it before they do. E coli is a legit concern. So freeze the meat first, and if you're still worried {whispering here} go ahead and cook it to rare.

  13. QUESTION:
    Started feeding raw... Need some help please!?
    My best friend recently started feeding her dogs raw. We have both done a lot of research on feeding raw over the last couple years and have wanted to try it. Finally, 5 days ago my best friend decided to see how her dogs do on a raw dog food diet. She was feeding them mostly chicken (chicken leg quarters). The first couple days she had mixed the chicken with some of the Natural Balance that she use to feed her dogs, that way she could kind of change them over gradually. After that, she was just feeding them the raw chicken (with the bones) with some carrots and apples (not much, just a little bit) and a raw egg each (with the shell), and today she added some liver (but some of the dogs didn't eat the liver). She was also going to give them each 1 whole fish a week and she was going to start adding in some organ meat.

    So, today when she woke up, the dogs were all sick (except 1). They aren't acting sick really, they still have energy and all that, but they all have the runs and the younger ones are throwing up as well. Their stool smells horrible, is really slimy, and it's almost like a reddish color but she says that it's doesn't look bloody. Like I said, this is the 5th day or so that she's been feeding them raw, and she didn't have any problems until now. And again, all but 1 dog is sick (all 5 dogs were being fed raw, including the 1 that's not sick). Obviously this is really worrying her, but because they aren't acting sick and because 1 of the dogs isn't sick at all, we are thinking that this might just be because they are adjusting to eating raw. She was thinking about getting them some organic yogurt and seeing if that helps them some. I use to always give my dogs this organic vanilla yogurt when they had upset stomachs and it always seemed to help, not to mention, they loved it! She was going to start adding the yogurt to their meals anyway.

    So, what do you think? Do you think that the dogs are just getting adjusted? Do you think the yogurt would help? Should she give them the yogurt and wait a day or two to see if they get better or worse? Or do you think this sounds like they all need to be taken to the vet?

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like a case of to much to soon, and possibly some enhanced meats. Those huge bags of cheap chicken quarters are especially notorious for this, but you have to watch poultry in general. Much of it does contain enhancements to make the meat more tender during cooking. These enhancements can wreak havoc for some dogs.

      Make sure she's not feeding chicken that says things like "Up to a % of solution has been added" contains broth, self basting etc. The only thing that's ok to be in that fine print on the package is Contains x% of water. Some water is retained in the butchering process and that's fine.

      Chicken quarters do have a nice meat to bone ratio. Make sure they aren't enhanced and feed just those for a couple weeks. When the dogs are pooping normally slowly add in organs and other meats.

      Chicken and fish are great in a raw diet, liver is essential, but she needs more variety. Not right away but eventually she needs to feed a wide variety of meats to make the diet balanced. Different meats contain different nutrients. Feeding more red meats (includes pork) is preferable to feeding alot of white meats. I only feed poultry a couple times a week since I use it for the dogs edible bone. The rest of the week they get red meats.

      When she does add liver back in try feeding it frozen. Some dogs don't like the "squidgy" nature of liver and prefer liver-sicles instead.

  14. QUESTION:
    What food is healthy and what food is unhealthy?
    Hi, I'm starting to do exercises at home and working out and am starting at a gym. I wondered if anyone here has any tips on healthy and unhealthy food while building the body up as I need a good diet as well as working out.

    I'll give you my details.

    I weigh 10 stone and am skinny, not too skinny but I have my families buff features but am basically a blank slate, my father was once upon a time really buff and so was my grandad and his dad (farmer family once upon a time).

    There poses one potential roadblock, I have an unusually extremely high metabolism. I have been on a diet of junk food and only one cooked meal a week for a long time (about 6 years) and I'm nearly 22. No matter how much junk I have never put on weight, at all. I've always put this down to the metabolism. But...

    I started a raw diet not long ago but lost at least a stone in one week, my body seems to need a lot of fatty foods to keep my body mass up, yet after the raw food diet (which wasn't good for me and thus came off) I have been disgusted at the idea of eating crisps and biscuits and ready meals etc. I haven't even been to the chippy. The diet was good because its stirred this want to be healthy lifestyle. I have 5 a day now whereas before I did not and have raw oatmeal with water as breakfast everyday and that alone is making me feel more positive about myself.

    Anyway, can anyone tell me the standard everyday foods that are healthy and not healthy? I have to overly state that I hate veg and most fruit. I like Oranges,Bananass, plums, grapes but that is about it. I can eat any vegetable when cooked, I also eat plenty of nuts as well.

    I plan to be really fit and active, yet money is an object because I don't have a job anymore and I do want to work in an office, but that is beyond the joke because its not for me, I want to be active.

    Thanks for any feedback, and because I went on long here I'll ask the question again:

    "What food is healthy and what food is unhealthy?"

    Thanks again.

    PS Please bare in mind my overactive metabolism in answering the question.

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Here are some good ideas:
      1. Do something that gets your heart rate up a bit like, walking, running, biking, and swimming.
      2. Eat Whole, Organic foods like: Broccoli, Cabbage, Organic Brown Rice, Beans, Spinach, Sweet Potato, Apples, and other fruits and vegetables in their Natural State.
      3. Avoid eating corn, sugar, white bread, white rice, white potatoes, candy, sodas, chips, and anything else that you already know you shouldn’t be eating.
      4. Drink clean water as your beverage of choice. Avoid Fruit drinks and fruit juices (unless YOU juice them yourself)
      5. Stop smoking, drinking beer & wine, and drinking coffee.
      6. Get 8 hours of sleep each night.
      7. Hang out with people who want to be healthy.
      8. Avoid anything with High Fructose Corn Syrup.
      9. Look into taking a multi-vitamin.
      10. Check out this website for excellent health advice: naturalnews.com

      Tone up the muscles:

      1. Join a gym and get a trainer.
      2. If you’re short on cash, start a light stretching & yoga regimen.
      3. Do push-ups, and light dumbbell curls for the upper body.
      4. As I said above, walk, run, swim, and or bike
      5. Take an aerobics class, a yoga class, or some other fitness class.
      6. Join the local YMCA.
      7. Buy or borrow this book by Bill Pearl called GETTING STRONGER.
      In the book, he describes everything you need for a great fitness plan.
      8. Crunches & Curl ups for the abs.

      Mental Health:

      1. Get a friend to talk to each day about your feelings.
      2. If you have some money or insurance, get a counselor to talk to.
      3. Learn how to meditate.
      4. Join a support group for the issue you’re dealing with.
      5. Ask your Higher Self (or God) for guidance.
      6. Start keeping a diary or journal about your feelings & thoughts.
      7. Write a ‘gratitude’ list every night.
      8. Do something that makes you happy each day like: listen to your favorite music, draw, paint, write, or anything creative.
      9. Do something for someone else who needs help.
      10. If the above suggestions don't improve your mental health, talk with your therapist about the possibility of taking some medication or check out some natural herbal remedies like St. John's Wort.
      11. Check out the book FEELING GOOD by David Burns.

      Take care of yourself

      Yam King

  15. QUESTION:
    Help with My beagle's digestion problem? what diet/food should i follow? wellness/raw diet?
    Hello everyone. I am hoping to get some advice on the following issue. I have a beagle puppy (about to be 6 months in April) and he's had digestion problems all along (i got him from a store... yes i know! the worse thing i could've done... but i love him now). Here is a timeline of the different things I've tried:

    1. The was being fed Eukanuba at the per store. He hated this food, he would not eat it and had diarrhea, and mushy stools. I quickly changed his food to Taste of The Wild. He was 2 months

    2. While on TOTW, he could not eat the kibble is was way too hard for him, and he was always sneezing and a scab started appearing on top of his head. So researched and through he might be allergic to this high-protein food. So I got him something that had less protein... so we went with Nutro Natural Choice (chicken and oatmeal for sensitive stomachs) I also added moisted food.. which he does like a lot.

    3. He was doing ''good'' on this, but he started stinking A LOT. Having horrible gas that could kill anyone in the room. So i decided to feed him better quality food, and I went with Wellness Puppy food. I havent finish the transition yet. I started this week.

    I feed him 3 times a day, 1/4 cup each time (vet said this is the amount he should eat). I always give him his kibble with a little wet food (one time i just gave him kibble and he eats it so fast he threw up).
    He is also NEVER satisfied and tried to eat everything he can get his mouth on.
    I give him treats, probably way too many because he seems to be so hungry all the time. I give chicken fillets from BeefEaters, banana and chicken treats from Wellness. To try to keep his calories down.. i've given him banana, carrots, watermelon and apples... is this ok? nothing seems to change when i give him fruits, and it takes him longer to eat it than when i give him "dog treats".

    His stools have never been consistant. He goes hours after eating, and I've always read they should be going to the bathroom almost right away? And his poop is NEVER hard, always soft... and is hard to clean up. It has become so STINKY, i almost want to gag. He has also developed a bad body odor (not just regular puppy smell), and his bed/crate stink. I try washing it once or twice a week.

    His eating schedule/bowel movement:
    - He eats in the morning at 6am and will go poop at around 12-12:30 pm.
    - Lunch at 1pm. Sometimes will poop around 5:30-6pm, and sometimes not.
    - Will eat dinner around 7pm. If he went to the bathroom at 5:30 - 6pm he wont go again until the next morning. And when he goes to the bathroom... is like 2-3 times, and its A LOT.

    I've been researching about the raw diet, and i am now wondering if this is what he needs. Or if i should keep him on Wellness.. see if he gets better. Until now, i dont see any change. Should i now be feeding 2 a day? when should i change from 3 to 2?

    I dont want to keep switching, and maybe messing him up even more. I am hoping i can get some suggestions.

    Are soft stools normal? Caused by the wet food? Should i switch to raw diet? May this help his stomach/bad odor/allergies? (He is always putting his paws in his mouth... licking biting them) He doesnt have any fleas, but he is ALWAYS scratching.

    I am sorry if this is a lot, i am (obviously) a first-time dog owner. Thank you for reading.
    one quick question, I've read to give a raw egg is great for a dog, but... with shell and all? just like that? would he even know ot eat it? or should i open it for him?

    • ANSWER:
      ok first...he eats too often for 6 months old (2x a day feeding by 6months old for a beagle size puppy) and you've switched an awfully lot of times for a puppy. An older dog, with regular consistent food changes, is actually beneficial to do that to vary the proteins and prevent food allergies, but a puppy i would guess all the changes and extra foods you give him are why he got so gassy/stinky and has bowel issues. It takes at least 3 weeks to see any positive changes from a food change.

      I've noticed with any food change whether it's going to raw or homecooking or changing dog food, the most common mistake is going to fast....either adding in new food too fast or not giving enough time for adjustment and seeing physical changes.

      if you asked this same question on the yahoo group rawfeeders, they would tell you: STOP ALL THE KIBBLE NOW AND GET HIM ON RAW ;)

      if you asked this on the dogster.com raw forum, they would tell you to do a ton of reading/research about a raw food diet and direct you to this thread:
      http://www.dogster.com/forums/Raw_Food_Diet/thread/431875

      if you asked this question to your vet...well depending on the vet, but usually you'd get an answer that was against feeding raw.

      my answer is to stop everything extra. no snacks, no treats. just plain food, whether that is wellness kibble, or raw chicken. For at least 2 weeks. during those 2 weeks, to research your butt off on whatever diet you want to go with. raw, homecooked, or kibble/can.

      If your puppy's problems are not getting better after 2 weeks on just a bland diet of kibble, or chicken, then he might have some other issues going on, like food allergies/intolerances, parasites, GI conditions, etc.

      After 2 weeks if all is fine, then add in one new food. if you stuck with wellness kibble, then add in the banana treats only. if you went with raw, then you would introduce a little bit of a new protein, like beef, or an organ like liver, in a very small amount at first.

      don't even think about the raw egg for now..you shouldnt add that in so fast, after any diet change. 2 weeks of one source of food (kibble, raw chicken, raw beef, etc) is not going to hurt your puppy. But you must take the time to research what a balanced raw food diet is..it's meat, real meaty bones (RMBs), and organs. veggies are optional and called a BARF method of raw feeding.

  16. QUESTION:
    Raw foods, naturopaths, what is good for the lungs, please read :?
    I started a complete Raw Food diet 3 months ago. It healed me completely of my M.E. that I had for 15 years, truly a miracle healing, but I am a newbie at this and now my lungs must need cleaning or ?? I have this bothersome cough and now it is worse.It is not a cold, it could be like asthma or connected to over use of the adrenals For those of you who do RAw foods, what might you suggest, I am sure I am not covering all the necessary foods yet, I bought a daily supplement yesterday, and I have no insurance, so I will NOT go to the dr. until I think it is serious, but even naturopaths, what is good for my lungs, I'll try them all ;) thanks ;) from a newbie ;)

    • ANSWER:
      There are quite a few natural foods that can help with respiratory health and lung health, but the main thing that would help would depend on what exactly is causing the coughing. You could get a supplement combination that has several nutrients that help specifically for the health of the lungs, but if you wanted to stick with only whole foods, here are a few options:
      -Garlic (great for cardiovascular and immune system health among many other benefits)
      -Pineapple (the Bromelain that's naturally occurring in it is good for the health of the lungs, digestion, and even your joints)
      -Elderberry (more commonly used for the immune system and could help if it was a cold, but it also helps with healthy breathing year-round)
      -Licorice (the real stuff, not the candy... it's good for lung health, but don't take too much as it can be harmful if you eat too much for too long; you may want to get a supplement of this one for safety sake)
      -Nettle Root (an excellent respiratory aid, but I can't say I've ever seen the whole root where you could eat it straight... you may need to get a supplement of this one, too)

      Those are the main things I would start with, but I would also recommend minimizing dairy (as that contributes to mucus production, which can impact a cough) and make sure you drink plenty of water. Good luck and I hope I helped!

  17. QUESTION:
    raw food can change your eye color and you can have clearer eyes?
    i went on this website that said if u have a raw food diet for like a month or so then your eyes will be more clear and possibly change color? if this is true what kinds of raw food are safe for me to eat so i wont get sick because one time my friend was eating raw eggs for a long time, that was all she ate all day then the chicken grew inside her stomach? then she needed to get surgery. so is there any SAFE raw foods that wont make me SICK? and how do i eat it? do i just stuff it in my mouth and start chewing??? thanks in advance!!!

    • ANSWER:
      what website did you go to that said this? And didnt the website say what kind of raw foods to eat in order to do this?

      Ive never heard of this and dont understand it could be possible, eye color is based on genetics not your diet. I would think that if your eye color changed because of your diet it probably wouldnt be a good thing, probably to many minerals or something.

      How old are you? Because im pretty sure that by the time your 10 you should understand that live chickens cant grow inside your body from an egg. she would have had to eat a whole egg (with shell) that was just about ready to hatch and it happened to hatch inside her before the acids in her stomache could kill it... it wouldnt take to long and her stomach would have digested it enough that it would have passed through her system. Unless it happened to hatch on the way down... highly unlikely though cuz i would think she would have choked on the egg while trying to swallow it.

      As for safe raw foods i would suggest most vegetables or fruit. just make sure to wash them first.

  18. QUESTION:
    How do I feed my dogs raw food?
    Okay, after food allergies and ear infections and skin problems, my husband and I have decided to switch to our dogs to raw food. I've done a little research, and I know the benifits and the risks. I think boosting my dogs overall health with raw food outweighs the risks, and I also think the continued health problems I've been having with dry dog food is ridiculous and more harmful than switching them to raw food. That being said, I need advice on exactly HOW to feed them the raw food'. We've decided on these meats: chicken, beef, turkey, pork, and fish. I read online that we should feed them 2 to 4 percent of their weight. So, among other things I need to buy today, a food scale will be one of them. I needed one for cooking anyway. We'll probably start with 2 percent, because they're both a little porky. I also know not to feed them grains, like corn. The only vegetables the article mentioned was pumpkin. The article also said, when switching to a raw diet, we need to introduce only one raw food per week. One week introduce chicken, one week introduce beef, etc. Once all foods have been introduced, we can go ahead and vary their diet throughout the week. So, we'll start with chicken this week. We just ran out of dog food, so no better time to start than now. We'll be going to the store and a butcher today to get the beef and chicken we'll need for the next two weeks. I need to know what vegetable to feed them along with the meat, and what the meat to veggies ratio should be. One of my dogs is sleeping on the floor near me, farting right now, and I hear that raw diets help with that kind of smell. I sure hope so. His farts smell like rotten cheese. Anyway, I need to know the ratio of meat to veggies, and what about bones? I know the bones need to be uncooked, to prevent splintering, and meaty. Should I include the bones and veggies in the 2 percent weight of their food, or should I only weight the meat and take away an estimate of the bones? Or am I overthinking this too much? Anyway, if nothing else, I need advice on the veggies. What kind and how much. Thanks in advance!!

    Oh, and like I said above, I know the risks of a raw diet, so if raw opposers want to post their opinions on the raw diet, nothing you say will convince me not to switch to raw food. Your comments will be ignored. So don't waste your time.
    If you would have read my "fairy tale" then maybe you would have been able to answer my question instead of giving me a totally useless answer. Luckily, some people on here actually read it and are giving great answers, unlike you.
    Just to clarify, I was talking about eurometrix. All the other people are helping. : )

    • ANSWER:
      No opposition here.... I can at this very moment hear my dogs on their raw meaty bones which is part of their 2 % per day. Never gone up to 4 % actually and don't think you will need to. Start as you say with 2 % and you'll probably find that will be fine.

      Agree with all you are saying and looks like you have read up quite a lot.

      I do feed prey model and therefore don't give veg, however, if my dogs start munching grass then I add some for a week or two. Any dog I have ever changed to raw I have done straight over and never found a problem.

      Do as you have said and start with chicken. Carcass is good as a lot of it is fine rib bone easy to crunch, and cartiledge, but do make sure there is still plenty of meat on it. Tripe is another good food to add as it is what the nutrients from a ruminants stomach goes into and therefore contains a lot of goodness. Don't forget your offal and raw eggs.

      If you want to join the yahoo raw group then it will give you some confidence as there is always someone to ask. If you would like more stuff to read then you are welcome to email me with a proper email address and I'll send you some stuff to read.

      Well done -- oh yes - and no smelly farts AT ALL....

      You might notice a few changes first of all like coat condition or body smell that we tend to think of as the body detoxing. It doesn't always happen but it is possible. Then their body changes shape as the muscle definition changes.

      If you do add veg then make that part of the 2%.

      The two proponents of raw are Tom Lonsdale (raw meaty bones) prey model - and Ian Billingshurst (BARF) with veg etc.

  19. QUESTION:
    BARF- Raw dog diet questions?
    I am reading alot about the Barf diet and homemade dog food diets, and I would really like to try it for my 2 dachshunds, but I am not really finding much info on what to feed, how much to feed, etc. I understand that it mostly consists of raw meat and bones, but I am trying to find the best way to start. I am assuming raw as in not cooked? Can they eat raw chicken? Should you include grains like rice and veggies? How much should you feed 10-13lb dogs? Are there any supplements or special nutrients I need to add?
    Any answers to these questions or links to helpful websites would be great! Also, just to note, I am a little squeamish when it comes to animal carcasses and bones, so any tips to help on that would be great too:) I am willing to do what is healthiest for my dogs though!

    • ANSWER:
      I'm against the BARF diet... look up the raw prey-model diet. Prey-model is much more species appropriate. BARF requires you to feed all sorts of species-inappropriate foods such as veggies, fruits, grains, and unnecessary supplements.

      Prey-model diet guidelines are 80% raw meat, 10% raw bone, and 10% raw organ. Some people feed an omega 3 supplement if they don't feed fish. It's much simpler, and much healthier than BARF, in my opinion. Here's some sites to browse...

      http://www.prey4pets.com/servlet/StoreFront
      http://www.rawlearning.com/
      http://www.dogtorj.net/id51.html
      http://www.rawfed.com/myths/index.html

      And here is a link to a yahoo group with over 17,000 members, all successfully feeding a raw, prey-model diet. It is a GREAT place to get started and ask any question you might have.
      http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/rawfeeding/

      Edit to kate .s.: Yeah, dogs have been domesticated for thousands of years, but commercial dog food has only been around for 60! Dog's have been eating raw, whole prey (meat, bones, and organs) since the beginning of their time. 60 years is not enough to change the digestive system of an entire species. This is, truly, the healthiest way to feed dogs.

      Edit to ladybug: You also don't know what you're talking about. Steak bones and soup bones are un-edible. They are weight-bearing and too hard for dogs to consume, they are only meant to be chewed on. With a raw diet, a dog needs edible bone such as raw bones from a chicken, turkey, duck, pig, rabbit, quail, etc. Most beef bones (and all soup bones) are too hard for dogs to eat.

  20. QUESTION:
    How to feed a kitten a raw diet?
    My 6 month old kitten has allergies. She did have really bad infected skin and diarrhea, etc. She also has feline herpes virus but she has medicine to help that. But the food allergies certainly did not help it any. I switched her to food to the blue buffalo chicken rice kitten food. That cleared her skin up and she seems to be doing fine with it…but I’ve read that dry food can lead to kidney problems or something. I’ve also read that even canned food is not near as healthy as raw food. So I would like to feed her something as close to what she would eat in the wild as I possibly can. That seems to be healthiest way to go. But I don’t know where to start. So to the people who raw feed I need as much info on it as possible. If you could tell me what to feed, how much to feed, anything like that I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      I have prepared a raw food diet for my cats for eight years now. I use a supplement powder (http://felineinstincts.com

      You can go there to learn something about it. You can also join the Yahoo group WholeCatHealth. The members there feed raw or are making the transition to raw.

      I use a combination of raw and canned. My two kittens, who are now 7 months old, have eaten the raw since I got them at three months.

      You might start with quality canned food. Wellness has turkey, chicken, beef and chicken which substantially have no ingredients other than the meat.

  21. QUESTION:
    How to get a completely toned body (as a woman?)?
    I'm 16 years old, have been trying to lose weight for 8 years and am scared. I need to lose this weight. My body disgusts me. My stomach is HUGE. My entire body is covered in celluite.

    I understand, losing weight is hard. There is no "miracle treatment." But with a proper diet and exercise, you will lose weight. It's the whole willpower and actually DOING it. I've been trying to lose weight for 8 years and I can see this; I don't stick to diets, I get bored, I'm addicted to junk, I can't find the time to exercise.

    I need to lose about 50 pounds. I'm starting a raw food diet of mostly fruit, milk and vegetables. I will try to go running, do push ups, leg lifts, and the "bicycle" exercise.

    By this June I want to have the perfect body. What other things can I do to have a toned body? I don't want to be "ripped." I think muscular on women is kinda gross... I just want to be firm all around.

    Any tips would be great!

    Thank you so much.

    • ANSWER:
      stop eating junk.
      and run.

  22. QUESTION:
    Crohn's Disease... again...?
    Ok, although I posted once before for this specific topic, I find that I must post again. I appreciated the advice that I received, to go the emergency room. Despite my lack of health insurance, I did that, and they wouldn't even prescribe me a steroid as simple as prednisone - after begging and giving them several samples of nothing but blood and liquid, they gave me 30 days of Sulfasalizine and Folic Acid to go with it. This would typically be ideal, but it didn't calm down anything.

    Now, to be honest, I am on my laptop and writing from my anchor, the bathroom. I am out of here ten minutes tops, and in here for another twenty. Most times, I am not doing anything but plain bleeding into the toilet, and trust me - I'm a female who thinks farts are a riot and poop jokes are even funnier, but this is actually humiliating to have to ask.

    HELP! I originally mentioned that I have lost so much weight my hipbones were disgustingly sticking out - well, now it's getting even worse. My boyfriend doesn't even like to touch me, and says I look anorexic. "Eewwww, gross..." yeah, that's something you want to hear when all you want is a reassuring hug...

    So, back to the whole hospital bit - when I went in there to the ER, they took my blood and told me I am extremely Anemic (I could have guessed that). They said I needed to be admitted immediately, and then when the billing person came in to ask me about insurance and all that, and found out that I have none - it was all they could do to get me out of there. Nice, right? I love American health systems (NOT)... and the people at PSU SHAC are also not helpful, because they don't "deal with this type of stuff" and they refer me out into the community, whose patient rosters all are full, from the calls I have made.

    Changing courses again - I resorted to buying Prednisone off of a friend. This is illegal, and I don't give a crap at this point. I was desperate, and I just did it earlier tonight. I WANT TO STOP BLEEDING!!! Other things I tried were starting a raw food diet (although I rarely eat anything at all because I am scared to - every time I do, I cramp 5 minutes later and don't stop bleeding for 20), aloe water, and acidophilus pills. I am starting to get headaches, blurred vision, and I am out of breath after 5 steps. I count twice in the past week I have fainted while in the bathroom, actually, and had to have my boyfriend, who is scared spitless at this point, carry me into the bedroom.

    I am still in the bathroom, still writing... I'm desperate. I'm scared. I've been losing blood for 2 months, the hospital will not admit me when we all know I need it, and I dunno what to do. Yeah, and this is finals week - I don't think I need to tell you how that has been going. My professors all understand, but they watch me like a criminal who is going to cheat when I leave the room.

    I'll give you the things that will help again - I am 24, female, full Italian ethnicity, university student, semi-stressful lifestyle, normally very athletic when I am well. I have Anemia, Asthma, Crohn's, Hypoglycemia, and have been formally diagnosed Fibromyalgia. Yes, I actually do have it, it wasn't a wrong diagnosis. Trust me, I went through a million tests, and I have had VERY slight loss of bone since diagnosis.

    Thanks, to any and to all who help me! If you have this or know someone who does, I'm sure you know where I am coming from!

    Signid,

    DESPERATE

    • ANSWER:
      Wow, I am so sorry to hear about your situation. The American health care system disgusts me. I don't have any advice on how to get you the proper care that you need. However...I have a little advice on what might ease the pain slightly.

      No raw food diet !! OWWIE when you're flaring. You need to stick to white bland food. Rice, pasta (rice pasta is best over wheat based), potatoes. NO SAUCES/OILS. Drink broth if you can't handle solids. NO DAIRY. Drink water if your tummy can handle it. Hot water with ginger is good. You can try veggies--broccoli, cauliflower, carrots--but they must be very steamed. I suggest only eating ONE type for a day to see if it irritates your bum.

      I wish I could help you. I am so sorry. Also, if you are taking prednisone on your own be VERY careful. How much are you taking? YOU CAN NOT STOP TAKING IT!!! You must now taper it. If you were to suddenly stop taking it you could die. Please be careful.

      I'm going to post a link for you on the bottom of this page. It is a forum for sufferers of Ulcerative Colitis. There are many of us from all over the world. I'm hoping if you post that you'll find some Americans that will have some information for you on how to get help in your state. Please go.

      http://www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=38&p=1&x=25&ord=ld

  23. QUESTION:
    Can you get organic organs at Whole Foods? If you feed raw where do you get yours?
    Ok, so I am starting my cat on a raw food diet. I eventually want to go with the whole raw method where you give them pieces of the organ and a part of the animal with the bone still in, like a chicken leg or something. Anyways, tonight I cut up some pieces of chicken to slowly see if she could handle chewing up five cut up pieces and if she would even like the taste. Well 10 minuets later she was licking the plate clean! I want to do this for a couple days and feed her wet food as well. Once she's on the program completely I'll ween her off her wet food. But she needs the nutrients from it now as I am not feeding her whole raw yet. blah blah blah. Anyways, so next I would like to introduce pieces of organ to her. Can you get organic organs at whole foods? I'd like to stay organic if I can. Also, what other meats can you get there? Should I try to find a local butcher? What do you do with your cat?

    • ANSWER:
      I am sure that the Whole Foods near you sells Bell and Evans poultry. B+E is an "all-natural" brand and some of their product line is organic certified.

      The B+E chicken live I buy does not say "organic" but it is from chicken raised without antibiotics and hormones and fed a vegetarian diet. This is close enough to organic for me for now.

      I think that for a meat to be certified organic its feed has to have been certified organic also.

      Liver is the biggest part of their organ food and liver is also the part of the animal's body most likely to accumulate toxins. So I buy the
      safest liver I can find.

      I buy most of my cats' meat at a regular meat market ( some of the chicken is Bell and Evans) because at the co-op where I do most of my other shopping the meat is expensive and there is no rabbit or unusual meats like venison or goat ( I mix things up for the cats ) and no hearts or kidneys.

      You might be able to find all of these meats at WFM but you will have to ask at the counter for them, maybe ask them to save them for you when they come in. All the WFs are different.

      Since she already ate the chicken you shouldn't have much trouble transitioning her. Give her more each day. Next try some pieces with small bones. Try a wing cut into 3 or 4 pieces and with part of the skin removed - cats need the fat in the skin but it might be more appetiseing for her without at first. Then add some small chunks of chicken liver.

      You could order frozen rabbit from WFM, I am sure they'll get it for you. You could ask them to saw it up for you so you wouldn't need to hack it up with a cleaver at home (what I do). My cats adore rabbit. It is their favorite meat.

      Rabbit is a lot more expensive than chicken, I pay .59/lb for whole dressed frozen at a meat market. It works out less expensive than it sounds though. I feed my cats 1 raw meal a day out of three ( I want to increase to 2 ) and a rabbit meal for 3 cats is 5-6 ounces with bone. I add a few chunks of chicken fat when I package the meals because rabbit is very lean as well as a tablespoon of finely cut-up chicken liver.

      When I feed chicken, I mostly use "cornish game hens" because they are easy to cut up, I make the packages a little smaller as it is fattier and has more calories.

      So, I guess this is kind of a long way of saying you can probably get either certified organic chicken liver or the "close enough" Bell and Evans at WFM. You can probably get organs like kidney there also but I am not sure about heart.

      I worked for Whole Foods as a buyer (in the Whole Body dept). They do have stringent quality and safety standards with regard the products they sell.

  24. QUESTION:
    Cat food people, need your opinions?
    OK this question is for the ones that believe that a diet of full canned food is best. If you're going to tell me otherwise please skip this question, thanks.

    Anyway.

    I currently have my two adult cats (female; spayed) on a diet of full canned food.. however, it's low quality -- can't afford to feed only high quality canned food. =/

    Would it be better if I made the diet 50% low quality canned & 50% high quality dry? Or should I stick with what I'm doing now? I know how important canned food is.. thanks for your input.

    **I feed my dog a raw diet so the cats occasionally get raw treats, however they won't switch to full raw, so please no suggestions on feeding raw. With my next kitten I plan on starting on raw so I don't have to bribe them.
    Tink ~ LMAO! You're full of it, eh?
    The canned is the generic dollar store brand, and Friskies.
    The dry is Felidae.

    The only good quality cans they have here are very expensive, about /can - the 5.5oz cans. I can get Felidae dry for only about /bag.

    • ANSWER:
      I would feed the low quality wet over high quality dry. Felidae is a middle quality brand, it's not that amazing anyways. Even the grain-free version still has 33% carbs, and this percentage should be below 5%, maximum 10%.

      Keep feeding the canned food and give them as much raw meat as they are willing to eat. My cat took a long time to convert, so maybe not all hope is lost. But the more meat they are willing to eat, the less filler in the canned food they will consume, so keep offering :-)

      Good luck!

  25. QUESTION:
    Need help with feeding raw? And a "Rotation" diet?
    I'm unsure how I should feed raw?
    I'm getting a new puppy, is it safe for puppies?
    What type of meat?
    Should I just cut up a few pieces and put it in his food?
    (I'm thinking about doing taste of wild or orijen)

    And is it literally raw? like you buy it from the store and use that?
    I'm really unsure about all of this!?
    Because I was thinking that I was just going to get a kibble type food like Taste Of Wild, and then people started talking about feeding raw and a "Rotation Diet" ?
    Help!?
    I'll give best answer!
    To Mescudi : But, if my dog has bones in the raw meat, won't he choke

    • ANSWER:
      Most of the time people go to a local butcher's shop and get their meat. There is so much to learn before deciding.. and I think I was one of those who suggested you feed raw..

      You basically can use any meat, such as lamb, chicken, turkey, etc. Most people feed raw without the kibble. I don't know anything about the rotation diet, sorry. I have only known people who feed raw meat and bones, nothing else.

      And no, you don't need to cut up the meat. When dogs chew up the meat and bones it works their jaws, which makes them stronger and the bones will scrape the tartar off of the dog's teeth, which is one of the benefits- better dental health.

      If I were you I wouldn't rotate. I would only feed raw. What most people do is freeze the meat for about 2 weeks, which will kill any parasites that might be in the meat. Oh, and when feeding raw you need to feed 80% meat, 10% bone, and 10% organ.

      There are so many benefits of feeding raw, such as cleaner teeth, better breath, no doggy odor, smooth coat, less shedding, more energy, and so much more. There are also myths about feeding raw, like "it will make your dog a blood thirsty killer" - no it won't.

      Yes, it is literally raw. You do not cook it. You do not season it. You feed it raw.

      I will post some links under my sources that will help you decide if feeding raw is right for you and your dog.

      ADD: Most bones are absolutely fine for dogs as they are built to crush, consume, and digest them.  Chicken bones, when fed raw, are actually soft and easy to chomp to pieces. Raw bones are easily digested. The best thing to do is supervise your dog whenever feeding bones so that you understand how your dog eats; whether he is a gulper, a nibbler, or a gagger. For example, if your dog is a gulper you may not want to feed him turkey necks, until he figures out how to eat them.

  26. QUESTION:
    feeding raw to my ferrets?
    mI have some qustions, I want to swithch my 2 female ferrets, 6 months old on a raw diet, So they will be healthier. 1, is it cheaper or the same is kibble? 2. What meat, wotng and legs are exepensive, I will be gettint it at krogers, so what stuff is good and cheaper. 3. How to switch, I have started moistening their kibble, I got thses instructions form holstic ferret, are theres good? And, I want to feed mice, live. But how often, ditly? weekly?

    1. Begin adding some moisture to the kibble by dripping some water over it before feeding. I like to use warm water - not too hot or cold. If your fuzzy already will eat canned food you may be able to skip to step 5 by taking away all kibble and just feeding canned.

    2. Add more water to the day's kibble each day as long as your ferret is willing to eat the food. Most will eat wet kibble fairly easily and I think this is because their imprinting is more about smell than texture.

    3. Once the ferret is eating the kibble with enough water to make it soggy begin mashing the kibble up a little bit with a fork before feeding.

    4. Slowly mash the kibble up more each feeding until the ferret is eating all of the food well mashed. The mashed kibble should look almost like canned food now.

    5. Only if the ferret is eating the canned-food-looking-mashed kibble without a problem is it time for this step. Now you will take just a tiny bit of the raw ground meat - maybe a pinch or two and add it to the kibble before mashing. Mash the kibble as usual and be sure the bit of raw food is well mixed with the rest.

    6. As long as your ferret will eat the food with the raw meat mixed in you can double the amount of raw food added about every other day. Be sure you are mashing it up well with the rest of the food.

    7. At some point there will get to be a lot of raw food in the bowl and it will no longer be hidden in with the mashed kibble. That's great as long as your ferret is consistently eating the food. Once this happens and as long as your ferret is still eating the food, begin cutting back on the amount of kibble in the bowl. The kibble should be cut just as slowly as the raw is added in.

    8. Cut back on the kibble until there is no kibble left in the bowl. Congrats! Now your fuzzies will eat raw! It should be mentioned that if at any point during this switch your ferret refuses the food go back a step or two. If your ferret decides mashed kibble is yucky go back to just adding a bit of water. I think the main issue with switching ferrets to raw is to be determined that you want to do it and that the ferrets will be switched. Don't let setbacks make you give up - keep trying and they will eat raw

    Now if you were using ground meat from the store to switch, you will need to start thinking about what foods you are going to feed. Feeding all ground food is ok for switching but bone and organs are needed for a balanced diet. Pre-made raw food (with bones, organs and meat all ground) is available, but it tends to be the most expensive way to feed raw. Other options are chicken necks/wing tips, livers and hearts from any number of animals, frozen fish such as smelt, mice (live or frozen), frozen chicks or rabbit parts.

    I would start with something easy and try to find chicken necks or wing tips. To switch your fuzzie to eating raw meaty bones:
    1. Chop the RMB (raw meaty bone such as a chicken neck) into small parts and mix it into the ground meat your fuzzy is now eating.

    2. As long as your fuzzy eats the meal as usual add the chopped RMB every day. Every other day chop the RMB into slightly larger pieces.

    3. Soon you won't have to chop it up at all! Once the chopped parts are quite large try just offering the whole RMB.

    http://holisticferret.proboards80.com/index.cgi?board=newbie&action=display&thread=825&page=1

    Can they live on mice, with meat as a treat?
    weloveourweasles, I want to, but i dont think i would allowed to put in my name ans city...

    • ANSWER:
      Ask all these question on the site. They are good at what they do and know exactly how to help you. don't feel embarrased to ask question they are very nice people and are there to help. Just go to member introduction introduce yourself. http://holisticferret.proboards80.com/index.cgi?board=intro

      Ask any questions here about raw feeding http://holisticferret.proboards80.com/index.cgi?board=newbquest

      Learn as much as posible.

      Then go here and read this. They are preliminary question you must fill out.

      http://holisticferret.proboards80.com/index.cgi?board=newbie&action=display&thread=822

      EDIT: Like I said before ask all these question on the forum. The mentors their are EXPERTS I am serious. They will tell you exactly how much of what is ok to feed

  27. QUESTION:
    Do you feed your dogs raw (Barf) diet & if so at what age did you start?
    I have a 16 week old staff & after trying various (loads of various dog foods) I was keen to try her on what seems to be her favourite food (meat & veg) I purchased some Nature's choice meat nuggets which contain meat and veg in thawed nuggets.Tried her with them last night and she loved them.She has access to dried food & fresh water is there anything else I need to give her and what should I look for in terms of the food agreeing with her other than her poo? lol

    • ANSWER:
      Raw is really a great way to go. However, some dogs don't do as well on grain free diets, so you can do different options.
      This company makes a good well-balanced dehydrated raw complete food, then you can add raw meat to it, or even raw meaty bones, to make sure your pup gets the best nutrition.
      www.thehonestkitchen.com

      I started my dog just recently on raw. He is 3 years old and He is doing well on it. But he is the type of dog that needs some grain, so I am thinking of using The Honest Kitchen "Verve" formula and then adding more raw meat.

  28. QUESTION:
    Raw Feeding & Diets?
    I am going to put my dogs on a Raw Diet, but I have some questions on what and how much to feed.

    To feed a dog a raw diet, does this mean, I go to my local grocery store, pick up bags of chicken drumsticks/wings/necks and start feeding to them raw? Or do i need to do something else to it?

    Also, how much should I feed? I have two boxer puppies (6 months, 40 pounds). And what about vegetables. What types should I give? I also read that you shouldnt give raw vegetables, but you have to grind it up. Is this true?

    I know you can buy packages of raw/barf food, but I would like to do it on my own. I have been searching through the web, but if any of you can provide some experience or recipes, that would be great. Thanks!
    Please, if you dont believe in Raw diets, do not answer. I understand that many dont like it, so just skip the question.

    • ANSWER:
      If you have boxers, I would not suggest using chicken, but rather beef and lamb meat and bones. The best thing I've heard is to find a butcher and see if you can buy the meaty bones he has left over after cutting off the muscle meat. You can also buy just regular beef and lamb, but the meaty bones are supposed to be a large part of the diet. I would also suggest you offer the raw food to them while still offering their old food, for at least a week or two to allow their digestive systems to switch over.

      You can give some raw veggies, but there are a lot you should avoid. Raw carrots are one of the best choices. Avoid corn, wet greens like celery and lettuce, and broccoli. Raw sweet potato is also very good. There's no need to grind them up, just wash them well, chop them into edible pieces, and serve.

      Small amounts of plain yogurt or cottage cheese can be good once or twice a week. Do not use milk, cream, regular cheese, or other dairy products. Do not use anything with soy either.

      Some people suggest you add small amounts of barley or bran once or twice a week as well. Limit processed grains though, as it's not a major part of their diet. (Non-meat products ARE a natural part of a wild dog's diet; they eat the stomach of their prey, which contains seeds, grasses, grains, vegetable matter, etc. But it should be a very small portion of their total intake.)

      Once every 2 weeks, you can offer small amounts of blueberries and cranberries. The antioxidants are good for them, but other fruits should not be offered, and the berries should be a very infrequent treat.

      I also suggest the addition of:
      -dog formulated vitamins
      -flaxseed
      -salmon oil
      -glucosamine/chondroitin

      You don't have to use all of them all the time, maybe just use a different one every other day or so, to make sure they're getting what they need. At least 80% of their diet should be the raw bones and meat, with the veggies, grains, and supplements combining for the other 20%.

      Good luck! You're making a good choice, dogs are much healthier this way.

      (Ignore the people who are opposed to this- any intelligent person can figure out that a dog was never meant to eat a dry processed kibble that is most corn and ground bones.)

  29. QUESTION:
    Need a person's help w/ Veterinary experience please: I need help in why my dog is CONSTANTLY scratching....?
    It has come to my attention that my 3 1/2 year old Border Collie, Demon, scratches horribly when we are in the State of Washington. Now before asking for help, I am going to announce what I know, and what I have done in the past to try and help him, only to have him go back to a rediculous state of chronic scratching as we have arrived in Seattle some 5 days ago.

    I attained Demon from a local breeder an hour north of Seattle, and had him at 11 weeks of age. I had just turned 18 at the time, with my first dog, and although I had a more than average knowledge about dogs than any 40 year old, I started him on Eukanuba dog food. 6 months down the line, I grew a brain, started to compete in Rally O, Formal Obedience, and Agility with some sheepherding on the side, and switched him to a holistic dog food, Innova EVO. Never had I had a problem. I moved back to San Diego when he was around 8 months of age, and I never had a problem with any itching. Demon had always been on Advantix since Day 1 that I got him, and I had a reapplication every 3-4 weeks. Around 2 1/2 years of age, he started scratching some. And we first thought it was fleas, yet it wasn't.

    We decided to come to Washington for the summer last year late May. No scratching. About 2 weeks later, he started itching. And he itches every 30 minutes or so. I took him to a couple of Veterinarians. The 1st one said it was his dog food. I had to argue that she was wrong with a passsion. She recommended that I take Science Diet. I said HELL no. As Science Diet, or any DOG FOOD FROM PETS MART, WALMART, or Grocery store is complete shit and is horrible for your dog. She asked what I fed him, I said EVO, and she said that was the problem cause the dumb bitch didn't hear about the dog food. EVO has no grains, no fillers, is made of quality meat, no meat-by product, corn, gluten meal, flour, animal digest, nothing BAD you can find in Dog Chow, Purina, Pedigree, Beneful, Royal Canin, etc.

    The second vet said the same. So they put Demon on prednizone, a type of steroid. When he was on it, it made the scratching worse, he formed bumps, he started getting red swells. I was so mad at the veterinarians, they wanted to "test" another type of medicine on him, I said no as all they kept wanting to do was perscribe and perscribe and perscribe.

    The 3rd vet we went to 3 weeks later said he was getting bathed too much. Once every 3 weeks? That isn't a lot. And I use all natural, all holistic dog shampoo that has oatmeal in it. He doesn't have a dry coat, he has a nice coat, he gets brushed 3-4 times a week, and has oils we put on his coat to prevent it from drying out.

    Veterinarians 4-6 wanted to put him on the pred too. I am just so frustrated that these people couldn't figure it out, and they did very little, or so I feel, to help with the situation. We had recently left San Diego and came to Seattle some 4-5 days ago, and he's scratching again. We have the advantix on him. We started him on the BARF diet (Biologically Appropriate Raw Food). Somethings I generated on my own is that he is maybe allergic to the Santa Ana Winds as they come along prior to the summer, and scratches. Maybe there's a dust or pollen he is allergic to in Wahsington? What baffles me is that he was born in washington and has lived here with me for 8 months before going to Cali. and after that he never scratched, and olny did so when we relocated again.... Please help with some advice or similar stories.

    • ANSWER:
      I can't comment on locality/feeds because I'm in the UK. Just to say that bathing every 3 weeks IS too much. Unless you have one of the coated breeds, like Afghans, which need regular bathing, or unless there's a reason (rolling in something he shouldn't) this will strip the coat of natural oils. Good skin/coat comes from within and if a dog is healthy, and on a good balanced diet - allergies apart (which is where for me the BARF diet falls down because the average person doesn't always know how to make up a properly balanced diet) and has regular grooming, his cost shouldn't need extra oils putting on it all the time.

      There is a slow acting shot that can be given, lasts 4 months or so, to stop itching and there are other steriods than pred. that might help. But have you considered the possibility that you may have him on too high a protein count diet? Often these 'more is better' feeds are not right, for some dogs and overheat their systems. I suggest for an adult, if you don't go the BARF route, you stick to something closer to 18% protein, and no higher than 20%. It might help and is worth a try.

      Otherwise you might consult a specialist in dog skin conditions.

      Finally, whilst you have every right to question what vets tell you (been there with some rotten vets lately), they do a lengthy training to become vets and at least you should listen to what they are suggesting without closing your mind to what they are saying.

      Just my opinion fwiw.

  30. QUESTION:
    A few questions about raw feeding a cat?
    1) I'd like to go with frankenprey model for the time being. I already supplement my cat's canned with raw meaty bones and tried fish. But I read that when feeding frankenprey, I don't need any supplements, contrary to BARF. Why is that? Isn't BARF basically ground prey?

    2) I will be feeding fish for the Omega 3, how often do I need to feed it so that I don't have to supplement with fish oil, and at the same time to not cause thyamine deficiency in my cat?

    3) I was considering a whole prey model, but first of all there are no suppliers of frozen prey in my country (Czech Republic) as far as I can tell and serving live mice from the pet store seems too cruel to me to be honest. But if I could find something, I am worried about the mess. My cat likes to take his chunks of meat or bones and carry them around my kitchen and bathroom and eat them at various places, even though he has a designated eating place. How messy does a whole prey model feeding get? I don't want to have to sweep up blood all the time from my floors...

    4) The recommended amount to feed the cat is about 2-4% of it's ideal weight. My cat should weigh about 4 kilos, which would mean I would be feeding 80-160 grams of raw a day. That just seems very little considering he often eats 500 grams of canned food a day. I do realize the raw has more nutrients than the canned, but this just seems to little. Even though it's just a guideline, I still feel like I should feed at least 300g. I mean, 160g is like one chicken wing... Thoughts?
    (4 kilos = 8.8 pounds, 160g = 0.4 pound, 500g = 1.1 pound, 300g = 0.7 pound)

    5) Will I need to deworm my indoor cat more often? usually it's recommended to worm indoors once a year, but there may be some worm eggs in the meat, right? Or will freezing the food prior to serving take care of that problem?

    6) Raw feeding and concerns about feline nutrition is quite a recent phenomenon. As with everything 'new' ( I do know it's been out there for a while, but the awareness is starting to raise), there are a lot of positives associated with it. Just like there were with smoking in 50s :-) What are some current known cons or possible disadvantages/risks of feeding raw? Isn't it possible that this trend will be disproved in 5 years time after we've all taken it up? I'm not trying to be negative about it, I just want be aware of both the pros and cons.

    7) raw eggs. Necessary or not? How do you feed them? I just can't imagine my cat breaking the shell or munching on a cracked egg :-) And what about the Biotin issue?

    8) I have a Norwegian Forest. I'm pretty sure none of his ancestors were fed raw diet, since breeders mostly feed commercial food. Isn't it possible that domestic cats, especially bred, have really lost some of their ability to process raw food, and are not as able to handle bacteria, worm eggs etc. as wild cats? I mean, these cats have been eating the commercial or cooked food for generations, wouldn't it be enough time for their digestive tract to adapt to that? Just thinking...

    Sorry for so many questions and thanks for your time reading and answering them. I've done a lot of research but want to be absolutely sure about what I'm doing :-)
    Currently he is getting a lot of water from the 500g of wet food. He never drinks water by himself. If I reduce the amount of food to smaller portions of raw, I am a little worried about his water intake....
    Sorry but I do not trust my vet or any other vet here when it comes to nutrition. Generally they get very little education on the topic in the school and most of them don't do the research. Also the only 2 nutritionists in my country are Hill's nutritionist. Enough said.

    • ANSWER:
      (1) BARF is esentially supplementing a raw meat with vegetable and various powdered nutrients. I personally do not think powdered supplements are necessary and my cat's do not eat veg in the wild (unless in the stomach of the prey they kill) so this IMO is unnessasary. The only supplements which i view as necessary are omega 3 as you say, so salmon oil and prehaps some taurine if you are not feeding foods rich in taurine. Unlike other species cat's cannot synthesize taurine in their body. And anyway if too much is fed it is secreted out of urine, so IMO to much is preferable to too little. Frankenprey, by my understanding is feeding prey several times a week with the rest of the time being meaty bones etc.

      (2) Only feed fish rich in omega 3 about once a week, this is plenty. You could also buy salmon oil capsules instead if you want, the human grade one's are fine as the animal one's are just rebranded and alot more expensive.

      (3)I have only started feeding prey and i do it in my kitchen, so just clean the floor when necessary

      (4) I find my cat of 14 years doesn't really eat much more than his recommended daily intake anyway so not a problem. Anyway my cat is not overweigh, and untill he is, i see no problem with feeding him as and when he want's it.

      (5) Simply put no, this is rubbish!

      (6) As far as i am aware as long as you provide a balanced diet there are no cons. And as for the positives, well they speak for themslves. Your cat is a carnivore and you will be feeding a species appropriate diet, so i don't see how this could ever be viewed in a negative light.

      (7)You can feed raw eggs, very good source of protein but my cat's hate them. And if you do, no you do not just hand then the egg, you break it open in a dish for them! Lol!

      (8) A need for a species appropriate diet is never lost, only kept in check by can feeders.

      Also for the issue of water you could get a water fountain. It encourages them to drink, because as we know cat's are not natural drinkers.

      May i also refer you to the yahoo group Rawcat, it is an excellent resource.

  31. QUESTION:
    I need help building a diet/workout routine?
    Please don't respond with the typical Just "diet and exercise" stuff.

    First off and most important- the largest contributing factor to my weight getting out of control is my asthma. In my kid and teen years my metabolism was higher and with it slowing down coupled with my asthma keeping me from being as active as I would like- I've gained about 40lbs too many.

    I am 5' 7" tall, I have a 35DD bust, broad shoulders,and wide hips. I've always been curvy even before I was fat.

    I say "fat" because I am sick of sugar coating my bad health.

    I'm not 100% sure what a healthy weight for me would be, but I'd be happy at 130. Satisfied at 140. Looking down at the scale this evening brought me to tears because I am at 178 right now. And three months ago, before I started dieting, I weighed 163.

    I do not drink soda pop or even juice, coffee, or much tea. When I drink tea it's a couple times a week, an 8oz serving of green tea. All I drink is water. Maybe a few times weekly, I add a packet of crystal light peach, strawberry, or cherry for flavor.

    As for my current failing diet plan, I am strict about waking up and eating a bowl of cereal. Usually raisin bran, Cheerios, or special k.

    I usually either have a salad with vinegar and pepper, no cheese or meat, or a ham and cheese sandwich at lunch on wheat bread and fat free mayo.

    Dinner is up in the air. We hardly ever eat out fast food. My husband is a Marine and all about diet. Maybe once every couple months after a long day of 4 wheelering or a day long date to the zoo or sea world.

    We eat at restaurants about 2 times monthly for dates, but I try to be cautious about what I eat then too. I usually stick to the "weight watchers" portion of the menu and drink unsweetened tea or water with lemon.

    When I cook at home- I try to cook good balanced meals. Always some kind of veggie, lower portions of meat. And I don't eat hamburgers, ever. Generally, I cook chicken or fish. I grill steaks maybe once monthly.

    I don't snack much. If I do- it's kettle corn, or some raw veggies. I really would rather eat a tomato slice, some celery, or carrots than candy or chips. I haven't touched a potato chip in months. I did eat a handful of tortilla chips with salsa the last time we went to On The Border though. But no more than probably 10 chips.

    I try to make dinner very early, between 5-7. The exception is when my husband works very late. His job is unpredictable. But I don't eat if it's within a couple hours of my bedtime.

    So I don't know what I am doing wrong diet wise.

    Exercise wise- I am doing virtually nothing. I can't even walk a half mile in temperate weather without wheezing.

    I've tried the advare discus, and a few different pills to control my symptoms but m doctor and I are still trying to find something that works well.

    The only thing that works is avoiding situations that will set me off- perfume, pet dander, too much exertion, hot weather makes it worse.

    I've tried walking and lifting weights and it just doesn't help much. After a few weeks I might drop 3 lbs. But without some result to motivate me I just give up.

    My husband is very supportive and never stops telling me how beautiful he thinks I am, but I don't feel beautiful. I am sick of avoiding mirrors and crying when I do see myself in one.

    I just don't know what to do. And military doctors are so wretched, or at least all of the ones I've been sent to. They don't give a damn about helping their patients. You just get herded through as quickly as possible. My doctor was more than willing to give me ample amounts of prozac for my supposed "depression" problem, but no advice or nutrition guide to help me fix the cause, my lousy weight.

    I didn't even fill the prescription. I hate putting lots of drugs into my body like that- especially ones I don't think I really need.

    I just need some help finding a diet and maybe even exercise routine to help me drop about 40-50 lbs. I'm willing to work for it. Just not put myself in eh hospital with an asthma attack.

    Please, any advice or resources would be very greatly appreciated
    ------------------------------------------------------
    Yeah, but the problem with the acai berry stuff is that is a scam.

    You can buy that at any health food or vitamin store for >.00 as opposed to the .00< you'll start getting charged monthly.

    PLUS- because of my husbands job-we're always exposed to those fads- and I've tried it. All it does is clean your colon out. And without enough of the right kind of exercise it's virtually useless.

    • ANSWER:
      It looks like you have a fairly restrictive diet. If you are not getting enough calories and variety in your food choices then you can put your body into "starvation mode" and you will not be able to loose weight. Make sure you are eating enough and following the Canadian Guide to Healty Eating. Online tools such as sparkpeople can also be helpful in tracking what you are eating, the portions, and give nutrition tips.

      Exercise is also key, but I can understand how your asthma is slowing you down. I'm fortunate enough to not suffer from it so I can't really offer any advice other than to continue working with your doctor to get it under control. You may not be able to do things like running and sports, but you can try less stenuous activities like short walks and yoga. Try to be as active as you can without suffering an asthma attack.

  32. QUESTION:
    Do you like my answer? This was the question..?
    You are 90 years old, what are you doing..what is your life like?

    At 90 I have all the confidence I had always wished I had when I was younger. I truly live the phrase "life is but a dream" I have perfected the art of not worrying about anything at all...ever. Having started a diet in raw food and frequent activity of yoga and strength training in my 30s, I now don't look a day over 60. I have had a successful career in wholistic counseling and now enjoy my modest home and a minimalist lifestyle...everything I could ever need (which is very little) I have. I still maintain the businesses I started when I was younger "When it rains, this pours" Inc. of selling custom copper rain chains. In my "spare" time, I help people design rock and moss gardens I also volunteer to be a pet sitter.

    • ANSWER:
      yes very interesting. is it true though???

  33. QUESTION:
    Do you like my homework answer? This was the question..?
    You are 90 years old, what are you doing..what is your life like?

    At 90 I have all the confidence I had always wished I had when I was younger. I truly live the phrase "life is but a dream" I have perfected the art of not worrying about anything at all...ever. Having started a diet in raw food and frequent activity of yoga and strength training in my 30s, I now don't look a day over 60. I have had a successful career in wholistic counseling and now enjoy my modest home and a minimalist lifestyle...everything I could ever need (which is very little) I have. I still maintain the businesses I started when I was younger "When it rains, this pours" Inc. of selling custom copper rain chains. In my "spare" time, I help people design rock and moss gardens I also volunteer to be a pet sitter.

    • ANSWER:
      Awesome.

      I don't know what custom copper rain chains are, or what they're for, but the rest sounds quite nice. I love gardens myself.

      If you accomplish all this, you'll have a better life than many.

  34. QUESTION:
    Healthy weight loss vegetarian diet. I need advices?
    Hello. I've been lacto-ovo vegetarian for about 7 years. Beside avoiding meat, I never really took care of my diet. No exercise either. I've been growing belly fat which i want to get rid off so I've recently been browsing through different websites to realize that my diet was wrong - I've been basically eating nothing but carbs for years. Again, I'm a complete dummy when it comes to diet but I think I'm getting even more confused than I was, they all suggest to have a "balanced" diet with enough fruits, veggies, dairy, fibers, carbs, etc. But what does that even mean?? Ok, I should eat this and that but on what frequencies? I don't like cooking as well but I don't mind eating boring raw food such as nuts, salad or whatever. I also started doing some cardio exercises and sit-ups. Any helpful advice would be appreciated. Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      As healthy as sweet fruits may be, they do not promote fat loss. Fructose, the sugar in most fruits creates triglycerides which "trap" fat in fat cells.

      I add ground flax seed or chia seed to about everything. They are both incredibly nutritious. Chia seeds swell up when soaked and remind me of tapioca with a strawberry seed inside. They really have no taste but I love the texture. No other whole grain compares on a nutritional level, and it has an Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) that is greater than blueberries on a per-gram basis (80 micromole TE/d). I let them sit on the counter to soak for 12 hours this germinates them and raises the ORAC level 2.5x higher.

      I think they are much more nutritious raw and add them to salads & tuna as well as making faux tapioca regularly. I also add them to cooked food for bulk but prefer to use flax seed for cooked food. Flax seed has a slight taste to it but chia seed is tasteless so it doesn't change the flavor of foods the way flax seed would. In Mexico, they add chia seed to lemonade and call it chia fresca and it is addicting. I was getting 400% of my daily requirement of fiber by drinking this and have to regulate my intake, but it is fun.

      Chia seeds sound so expensive but 1# will make 10# food. I buy in bulk from getchia.com for # with free shipping.

      I make a "porridge" as suggested by Dr.Mercola with low carb whey powder & water, I add ground flax seeds, chia seeds, sunflower seeds, almonds, coconut milk, tahini (ground sesame seeds) & raw egg. All seeds & nuts are raw & soaked to germinate them.

      I make a green drink with spirulina, chlorella, wheat grass & kelp with lemon juice & stevia (or raw apple cider vinegar & raw honey) & add rehydrated chia seed gel and drink this all day.

      I'll make a salad with canned foods: mackerel & or sardines, baby corn, water chestnuts, bamboo shoots, spinach or collard greens, artichoke hearts, sweet red peppers & add mayo, chia seed gel & sometimes soaked sunflower seeds. Lately I've been mixing in cod liver oil to virgin coconut oil & adding in soy sauce & miso before adding mayo & all the other items.

      Faux tapioca - 2 cups of water, 5 scoops of low carb whey protein powder, stir together & add cup of chia seeds, after they have started to absorb the water, add in 2 cans of coconut milk & sweetener if you like and mix it all in. Can be eaten after an hour but will be better tomorrow. Cream a pkg. of cream cheese into a can of pumpkin and add to the faux tapioca for an even more nutritious pumpkin pie pudding.

      Ground flax seed (4 Tbsp) 1/4 cup water, artificial sweetener, mix in a raw egg - let sit 10 min. to absorb liquid, put some cream cheese in the middle & nuke 2 minutes. For daily fiber needs.

  35. QUESTION:
    I want to know your opinion on the way that I eat...?
    Heres a little back ground information: I have chronic fatigue syndrome and I used to jump from diet to diet because I started gaining weight. I am pretty muscular and I do exercise a lot.
    My aunt gave me the tip that eat small portions and healthfully during the week, but stay away from sweets and as soon as Saturday comes along you can treat yourself along with Sunday.
    The way that I want to incorporate her advice is to eat the raw food diet during the week and heat a macrobiotic diet on the weekends occasionally with some dessert. And the reason I don't want to go completely raw is because
    1. it is very difficult (i've done it before)
    2. I cook a lot!
    3. my friends love that i can cook and entertain
    4.I always have functions to go to on the weekends where it is a pain for me to be inconvenient to my friends and family if I need to eat only raw food.
    I just want to know what you guys think. I want to succeed. But am I setting myself up for failure. I will be getting all the protein, and vitamins required. My doctor is completely fine with it, but you know how doctors don't know everyones specific weight loss goal. He says I'm a good weight, but I'm in college and so many girls are so tiny. But please don't write all that crap about how I shouldn't be sooo thin. I'm sort of sick of hearing it.

    • ANSWER:
      i didnt read your whole question it was overly wordy and long winded i think you are attention starved not interested in vegetarian questions

  36. QUESTION:
    Cat throwing up Innova EVO canned and raw chicken?
    I've been feeding my cat Innova EVO for a while and at first it was great, she didn't throw it up and she was full of energy. But, that didn't last. She's been throwing it up quite a bit and I thought that maybe it was the huge chunks of carrots in the food so I started picking them out... one by one... by one. I think it worked for a while. But she was back to throwing up again shortly after I started picking out the carrots. I decided I'd start feeding her a homemade raw meat diet.

    http://www.catinfo.org/makingcatfood.htm#

    So, I did what that website says and I went out and bought some whole raw chicken thighs from Whole Foods. Last night I prepared one (rinsed it, and lightly cooked it in boiling water) and cut it up into little chunks. I gave her a few little pieces and she ate them after she sniffed them for a while. Since I still had some Innova EVO left I prepared her food for the night like I normally do (picked out the carrots) and added some pieces of chicken into it. I gave it to her. She ate all of it, which was probably too much for one sitting, and for a couple hours after that she was just cleaning herself and lounging around. I guess maybe she threw up right after she ate or later in the night but either way she threw it up. This morning I made the food the same way but just portioned it a little smaller. I left her in her room for most of the day after she ate to see if she would throw it up and I don't think she did. Tonight I prepared her food the same way thinking she just threw it up because there was some new food in the mix and maybe she ate too much. She didn't eat all I put out, but she ate most of it. Immediately after eating she threw up again! What's the problem? Do you think it's the EVO? I think tomorrow morning I'm just going to feed her chicken chunks to see how she does. I need to get a Tasin grinder and supplements ASAP. Can I get raw whole free-range antibiotic and hormone free chicken hearts from Whole Foods?
    She doesn't have salmonella and she doesn't have hairballs. She's probably eating too fast.
    I'm going to get her some Nature's Variety Raw Frozen Lamb Formula tomorrow because I think she may be allergic to chicken. I'm also going to get it in the Chicken Formula just in case she doesn't want to eat the Lamb.

    • ANSWER:
      You should take her to the vet to see if she may possibly be allergic to the chicken. If the cat had salmonella poisoning, she'd have more than just that one symptom. These are the symptoms:

      * Vomiting (often with blood in the vomit)
      * Diarrhea (often with blood present)
      * Fever
      * A refusal to eat
      * Gurgling and bubbling sounds in the abdomen
      * Lethargy
      * Dehydration, often severe
      * Drooling and panting (often a sign of nausea and/or pain in dogs and cats)

      I've been feeding raw chicken, turkey, duck and quail for almost 1 yr now and my cats have gotten an infection once due to the negligence of their petsitter when she decided to ignore my requests and NOT wash out their food bowls. She simply rinsed them out. Of course, bacteria grew, they got sick.

      Secondly, along with the cat possibly being allergic to chicken, like Khayos said, she may also have a hairball. To remedy this, put some plain petroleum jelly (Vaseline) on her paw on in her mouth (about 1/2 tspn) and this will rid of the hairball temporarily. For long term hairball treatment, begin adding Omega 3 Fish Oil 1000 mg pill contents to her food. One pill once per day. Just pierce the pill with a knife and pour contents on food. You can purchase a bottle at Walgreens, instead of paying more for the same product at a pet store. Omega 3's also aid in digestion and shine/health of the coat.

      Edit: My cat's vet as well as just about all other vets sell Laxatone to aid in hairball removal. The first ingredient in Laxatone is Petrolatum. The first ingredient in Vaseline is Petrolatum. Just about all vets suggest giving a cat 1/2 tspn of petrolatum to aid in quick hairball removal. I've given my cats petrolatum and, contrary to others opinions, my cats are still alive and healthy.

      Omega 3 Fish Oil is not a home remedy. It's simply something someone may not have heard of and they pass it off as home remedy. Again, my cat's have been receiving Omega 3's since June 2008. And again, I'm looking at them right now and they sure as hell don't look dead or sick. They also haven't had any hairballs since giving them Omega 3's.

      Make sure to take a pill for yourself too.

  37. QUESTION:
    I'm about ready to give up on my dog completely?
    Heck I'm not even sure what I mean by that, but I'm out of options and truly don't believe that there is a solution to the problem as I've been battling this for 2 years. My dog has eating issues. Must have developed them early on with the previous owner because he came to us this way. He gaurds his food like mad. Will not eat it to the point that his tummy gets empty and he barfs acid. Yes dogs don't starve themselves, I know that, but cleaning up piles of stomach acid gets really really old and a dog that only lays by his food dish is just sad. I've tried just leaving it be and seeing what he would do-he gaurds it ALL day. I've tried setting a sort of time limit before it was taken away, and he still won't eat it and just goes too long and barfs. Talked to vets, they're no help. He's in perfect health as well. I've changed dog foods a few times over the years. Always gradually as you must. Do not give him people food. Do not have the time for a raw food diet or to cook him people food meals as I have a newborn to care for. A couple months ago I said screw it and started buying canned dog food. I didn't want to spoil him but needed him to eat so I now mix in some canned with his dry and man did he love that....for a couple months. Now we're back to the same old routine. His prob this whole time hasn't been holding out for better since it was always just a switch to another dry food a couple times, and the only real true upgrade he got was this canned. I feed him Diamond lamb and rice I think it is. A good quality food. And I don't need recommendations about what other foods to try as he'll eat them for a while, then stop eating completely again. Anyone else have a dog like this? At this point I'm about ready to make him a primarily outdoor dog. Feed him as usual, if he chooses not to eat, then at least the barf is out on the grass and not the carpet :( I'm so freakin depressed. I just want him to be a happy eater.

    • ANSWER:
      he might have some tooth or gum issues so hopefully the vet didn't over look that. If he was eating the canned/dry mix stick with that and hand feed him. Make him sit, give food, lay down give food, sit up give food. Excersize his mind and let him know that your going to feed him.

      Good luck.

  38. QUESTION:
    Survey for raw feeders!?
    1. Did you start feeding raw because of an existing health condition? If yes, please specify the condition and whether or not a raw diet helped with the illness or disease.

    2. Do you ever feed kibble/canned food? If yes, how often and what kind?

    3. Has feeding raw ever contributed to any of the following conditions?
    -Broken teeth
    -Salmonella
    -Other bacterial infection
    -Foreign object requiring surgery
    -Other (please specify)

    4. What do you do to maintain dental health?
    -Dental care by vet
    -Dental care @ home
    -Raw meaty bones
    -Nothing

    5. Since feeding raw, has your dog had any internal or external parasites? (If yes, please specify what kind)

    6. Do your dogs ever need to have their anal glands expressed since being fed raw? If yes, how often?

    7. How long have you been feeding raw?

    Thanks for your time!

    Thanks for your time!
    Aquella: interesting tidbit about the eggshells! I do feed my dogs whole eggs but I didn't realize eggshells can scrape away the larvae of parasites, good info!

    • ANSWER:
      1. Did you start feeding raw because of an existing health condition? If yes, please specify the condition and whether or not a raw diet helped with the illness or disease.

      I had a b*tch die of a small intestinal cancer - the veterinary oncologist stated that it was due to the lack of "cleaning out" that happens with many kibbles. He was quite elderly and we had a great discussion about the increase in such cancers as kibble has become the norm (it wasn't when he started his practice). Couple this with my own grandparents (who bred Sams) assertion that the decrease in longevity in the breed (15-17 years when they bred them, 12-15 years now) was partially due to dietary change and partially due to over-vaccination and I opted to pursue raw feeding.

      2. Do you ever feed kibble/canned food? If yes, how often and what kind?

      I feed some kibble as treats/training aids and the occasional meal. Bark at the Moon, Natural Balance Ultra Premium Puppy through adult.

      3. Has feeding raw ever contributed to any of the following conditions?
      -Broken teeth
      -Salmonella
      -Other bacterial infection
      -Foreign object requiring surgery
      -Other (please specify)

      None of the above.

      4. What do you do to maintain dental health?
      -Dental care by vet
      -Dental care @ home
      -Raw meaty bones
      -Nothing

      My dog's teeth are beautiful, white and whole well into advanced age. I truly believe they chew LESS on foreign objects when raw fed .. which leads to less tooth wear and tear.

      5. Since feeding raw, has your dog had any internal or external parasites? (If yes, please specify what kind)

      Nothing beyond the norm as far as internal parasites - I see fewer roundworms in their stool when I worm them than I did when I had kibble fed dogs. I've had one bout of fleas in 15 years....

      6. Do your dogs ever need to have their anal glands expressed since being fed raw? If yes, how often?

      NEVER EVER. This is one DRASTIC area of improvement especially since I had a bloodline with anal gland issues.

      ~~~~~~~~~~~~~

      I should also note that I've seen a vast improvement in decreased food thievery while raw-feeding. My dogs don't act like they are STARVING anymore.

  39. QUESTION:
    Are loose stools a symptom of allergy during a food trial (for dogs)?
    My cocker spaniel suffers from food allergies. Her symptoms were dermatitis, ear infections and facial swelling which progressively got worse and recently landed her in the ER. We recently began a food trial in the following way:

    She got homecooked chicken ONLY for almost a week, including some ground bone meal from the same chicken.
    Once that went well, she got cooked white rice added to this for about a week.
    When that went well, I added lamb (cooked).
    When that went well, I added tomato.

    The reason I did these particular foods, in this order, was that I purchased a bag of Wellness SImple with exactly those 5 ingredients in it, and I was thinking those foods would be less likely to cause a reaction as she has eaten them before as whole foods.

    So, now we are mixing the Wellness Simple with cooked chicken and rice everyday and that's what she's eating. When I added the Wellness Simple, she began having very loose stools 3-4 times daily, which is unusual. I allowed it over a week to see if her system adjusted to it but it is not changing.

    SO...is this another allergy symptom (perhaps to one of the vitamins?)?
    Should i reduce the amount of food Im giving her?
    Should I try to add canned pumpkin to see if that helps?
    Is one of the ingredients the problem and therefor I need to scrap this and start over? (and if that's the case, how the heck do I determine which ingredients to use? THe plain, whole foods seemed just fine but isn't really enough for a long term, well balanced diet)

    I realize raw food is an option but I'll flat out tell you that I wont be doing that. I am a very busy mom of 3 with more than one dog, and I simply do not have the time or money to put into that. Im very willing to try other foods but I dont know WHAT the offender is, here! Everything was fine until I added the kibble!

    • ANSWER:
      I don't know if this is worth anything to you, but I'm allergic to tomatoes in one form and not another. Raw tomatoes cause a rash, but I tolerate tomato soup and tomato sauce well. I might be biased, but it's the tomato I'd suspect.

      Have you tried other low allergen prepared formulas? You might try "Taste of the Wild" which is completely grain free, but nutritionally complete. It's usually the grains they're allergic to.

      Usually with allergy exclusion diets you're focusing on protein/carb combinations. You now know she can handle chicken and lamb and rice. Try some other kibble formulas using those items. There are other brands that offer low-allergen formulas. You'll tend to do best with the ones that are "natural" and have fewer preservatives and artificial colors and flavors.

      BTW, diarrhea is not an allergy symptom but an intolerance symptom, so this is probably unrelated to the allergy (itchiness and skin issues) that caused you to start this journey. In short, your dog has more than one food item causing problems.

  40. QUESTION:
    What do you feed your dogs & why?
    I have noticed a lot of advertisers like Dogs Life & other media focused on dogs/pets are really pushing the complete dry feeds over all else. Most saying it's impossible to prepare the correct food yourself with meat & raw food based diets. I doubt this as my dogs are often commented on how good their overall health is & how great they look & I make 70% of their diet. I'm not sure I believe in full raw diets for some breeds but my big dogs get raw meat, chicken necks, wings, red meat bones, mashed cooked veg, bran, pasta/rice, couple of eggs a week & have a high quality complete dry food available at all times. I also feed garlic, salt bush, chia & a multi vitamin & mineral supplement plus injections yearly(winter) of a B12 plus injections. I do feed my small breeds a higher % of the bran & veg compared to meat than I do the large breed dogs as they don't need diets as high in fats n protein & my growing dogs receive extra fat & meat plus are feed a high quality complete dry puppy kibble. The fatties have their kibble mixed 50/50 with a mature & lite kibble but I only have 2 out of 11 that I call fatties & both are older de sexed bitches who most would not really call fat. But I know they will be if I don't keep an eye on their intake & their ribs differently are a little harder to feel than the rest of my dogs who would fall in the perfect weight range. I see a lot of over weight dogs these days & feel it's cruel & very avoidable.
    So what do you feed & why my answer to the why is because over 25yrs I've tried various diets & food for my dogs but since I started killing a lot of my own meat & preparing their meals the first thing I've noticed is better teeth well into their teens(even on the little breeds), not near as many hot spots or other skin issues, no allergies, general well being is much improved & they just look like fit & healthy dogs more than ever.

    • ANSWER:
      My dogs (a Chihuahua and a German Shepherd) get variety every day. The dry food they get is all three Orijen 80.20 formulas and Acana Grasslands. I cycle through the flavors daily. They also often get canned mixed in with the dry probably about 3 times a week. The canned food brands I use are Wellness, Wellness CORE, EVO, and Before Grain. They also get Nature's Variety freeze dried raw meat crumbled on their dry food. Another added extra they get sometimes is Deli Fresh dog food or Vital (both are fresh refrigerated foods). I feed my dogs these foods because I believe they need mainly meat as their main meal and the least amount of grains possible. I also believe variety is a good thing plus my dogs love the variety of flavors, meat types, textures, etc. The reason for canned and fresh is because I always believe fresh is better, no matter the species and canned adds extra moisture intake which is great since according to my vet, most dogs that are only fed kibble are in a constant mild state of dehydration and the owners don't even know it. The freeze dried raw meat is just an added extra for them and I don't think I could ever feed my dogs an all raw diet. My dogs are extremely healthy and active on these foods and the vet is amazed with their health and teeth every visit. Plus my dogs love the foods. That is enough for me to continue with what I feed.

  41. QUESTION:
    can you tell me if this diet will change anything?
    im 29 and i have premature wrinkles which i am quite certain is bad diet related. also i have diabetes, high blood pressure, high colesterol, and i have pain in kidneys. so im gonna tell you what i currently eat and then tell you what im gonna change, and you can tell me if it will help.

    currently i dont exercise
    i dont drink water
    i down soda's like i should be downing water
    i dont eat vegetables or fruit
    i eat junk food, fried food.
    pizza, burgers, hot dogs, you name it.
    and i also eat candy like its halloween 24/7
    so thats the current eating habits

    now here is the new diet im gonna start
    a complete raw vegan diet

    cut out soda's and other sugary drinks completely
    drink nothing but water, plenty of it
    cut out the candy and all sweets except fruit
    eat plenty of vegetables, especially green leafy ones, i heard they have alot vitamins and nutrients.
    also im gonna snack on pecans and almonds, i heard they have some benefits.
    get some excercise
    also im gonna start taking resveratrol, see if theres anything to it.
    and also start using a moisturizer
    and get a little sun, not too much though.

    so there is my new diet. will it do anything for the wrinkles and my overall health? i need help so please let me know

    • ANSWER:
      ur gone

  42. QUESTION:
    I have one more question for Raw Feeders (Raw Feeders only please)?
    I have been asking a ton of questions about raw feeding and doing tons of research and when I tell someone I am raw feeding my dog a lot of questions are posed that I do not know the answer so I research and ask questions. I want to know because I am feeding raw meat to my dogs is the bacteria in the meat such as E-coli going to effect my dog in a dangerous manner? I know dogs have a much better immune system then we do but can they handle raw meat bacteria? My dogs both have been tested for kidney disease, Pancreatic cancer, have had blood tests and have a clean bill of health before I started the diet. They have seemed to be thriving so far. If the bacteria will effect them how long till I notice signs and if it does effect them what are the signs I need to look out for? I am just a worried owner and this is about everything not just there food thank you for your help.

    P.S.- I always always wash my hands, counter, and utensils before handling raw meats and after. Also Thank you in advance for your help in my transition to Raw Diet.
    They have no scientific proof in 2007 do your research again they have done research to prove there is a better outcome to raw feeding and its a controversial subject that sways 50/50 just like every thing in this world. That is why I asked for raw feeders only I know others opinions on the fact I have read tons and so far my dogs are doing fabulous my 9 year old that was sluggish and sleeping all day and was told that she is going to start to slow down by her vet has had a 180 she is playing with my 10 month old pup like she is a pup again to the vet is astonished by her switch behavior. She was also told she would be needing a teeth cleaning in a year and the vet again told me that her teeth are doing 100 percent better that she may not need that cleaning after all and that is proof enough for me.
    Oh and FYI everything is a FAD even commercail grade food yes your purina is a FAD and there is nothing that proves commercial grade food is healthier for pets but they have been recalled so many times. Trust me I do my research not just on the interenet but with butchers, vets, other dog owners, books everything I can think of because anything can be put on the web.

    • ANSWER:
      The canine digestive system developed to handle raw meat. and in the wild the meat is not even always fresh - but some canines prefer it aged.
      Their stomachs have much more HCL acid than the human digestive tract and so that kills off much of the bacteria that might effect humans.
      Just remember that no matter what/how you choice to feed your dog their will be plenty of people ready to tell you you are doing it wrong - you just need to be comfortable in yourself that what you are doing is right for you and your dog.
      I would suggest that you might want ot join one of the yahoo e-list on raw feeding - that would be an excellent source of information for you.

  43. QUESTION:
    Are detoxes safe and do they mess up our metabolism and cause starvation mode to go into affect?
    I want to loose weight and also detox. First you go on a 3 day juice fast, then after that you eat various raw fruits for 7 days. After that for the rest of the month you live on a strict vegan/raw food diet. It cleans you out while helping you loose weight. The diet plan has ALOt of food, for example for breakfast you have a entire melon (any melon) and 2 apples and 2 oranges. That's more food that i can eat so i dont think your starving yourself at any rate, You have raisins and also nuts for protien.

    BUT isn't it true that your body would go into starvtion mode? It would be very hard to eat enough calories with only raw fruit?

    What about the 3 day juice fast? Wouldnt' your body definetly go into starvation mode doing any kinda liquid fast? I've always heard there healthy?

    I want to do a fast to get rid of cravings and reset my body with the food and loose weight (I need to loose about 80 pounds to be a healthy weight) But i do not want to mess up my metabolism or health in the process..

    I dont want to be vegan or vegetarian for the rest of my life either, but use it as a stepping stone to learn how to eat healthy. When i get to my ideal weight i want to start to incorperate meats and carbs back sugars slowly back into my body but controlling it to a very healthy amount.

    any tips and advice are welcome but please no add's and rude comments. Thank you :)

    • ANSWER:
      There are a lot of peer-reviewed scientific studies that show that not only are these types of "detox" diets a hoax, they can sometimes do more harm than good. It sounds like this one will only slow down your metabolism and cause your bodyfat to increase, not decrease.

      So much fruit... do you think that, in the end, all that sugar is really good for you? And nuts are a poor protein source unless you eat a LOT; then you're getting a lot of calories and fat. You get much more protein and fewer calories by eating meat, fish, and eggs.

      The human body is good at taking care of itself, as long as you provide it with a variety of nutritious food.

      The detox industry is all about making money for themselves on false dreams and ignorance.

  44. QUESTION:
    All natural diet for my puppy need help?!?!?
    I am getting a Bichon frise puppy in a few weeks and i want to start her on an all natural diet that is home made. I dont believe that the food you buy in a can is very nutritious. I want to use a combination of raw and cooked meats including offal, grains and vegetables. what are some recipe or meal ideas i can use and do i need to use supplements such as calcium in her meals or is there another ingredient i can add to her food that will provide enough calcium?

    • ANSWER:
      No calcium and no grains. If you feed an appropriate amount of raw muscle meat, raw bones, and raw organ meats, especially liver, then your dog will be getting the nutrients she needs.

      Grains are a foreign food to canines - their digestive system is not designed to break them down, and only stress the body. Fruits and veggies offer no real nutritional value either - they cannot fully break them down, and so they are really just filler.

      Don't bother to cook anything - cooking only kills nutrients from food and canines are designed by Nature to hunt, kill, and consume their prey raw - so feed your dog that way.

      A good rule of thumb is 80% muscle meat, 10% bone, and 5% liver, 5% other organ meats.

      http://www.rawlearning.com/rawfaq.html
      http://rawmeatybones.com/
      http://www.rawfed.com/myths/

  45. QUESTION:
    Losing 90 lbs in 100 days can you help?
    I have a goal I want to lose 90 lbs by the end of may starting feb 21 that's 100 days. I weigh 270 and my goal is 180. I'm 72 in tall and I'm 18 years old I'll be graduating at the end of may and I want to lose this weight before I graduate. I'm thinking about going into the military but even if I don't I still want to do this before college. I have many reasons but I just need some advice. Iv been doing some research and I know I'm going to have to make a huge diet change and I'm ready for that. I'm also ready to commit 60 mins a day to exercise what ever it takes I'm ready I just need some advice and guidance. I have thought about the raw food diet but idk if it's the best way just let me know anything will help! Thanks in advance. I'm ready for a life style change!

    • ANSWER:
      When you are losing weight, you should exercise and diet together.
      If you exercise without dieting, you will get bigger appetite, which
      will lead to increase of weight, or muscle grow
      underneath the fat layer, and make you bulkier. If you diet without
      exercising, you will become flabby and will have excess skin. For
      diet, go wheat free. No pasta, pizza, bread and so on. And no food
      after 7 p.m. People achieve marvellous results with it. Depending on
      your initial weight, you can drop upwards from 20 pounds a month. If
      you don't eat wheat then you don't eat all those sticky, fatty goey
      cakes, you don't eat junk food, and you don't eat biscuits. But your
      diet is still balanced. It costs nothing, and you do not have to
      calculate points or to buy special meals or plans. For exercising,
      start with walking, and then switch to running/jogging. Running is the
      most efficient and calorie-burn exercise ever. If you are overweight a
      lot, walk first or you may have health complications (heart attack,
      disjointed bones and so on). Weight lifting is a good means to target
      your problem areas for men and women. It's not necessarily to become a
      bodybuilder or even join a gym - a couple of dumbbells will help you
      to target your problem areas (stomach, butt, legs, arms, chest).

  46. QUESTION:
    I need a STRICT detox diet plan for the next two weeks. help?!?
    I was wondering if there were any health experts here? If you could leave your email for me please. Or if you do not feel comfortable doing that you can just leave a helpful tip maybe?

    I am trying to completely clense my whole system. For the next to weeks I want to be in complete detox process. Meaning.... starting the morning off with hot lemon juice.... honey.. etc.. Basically, I am just trying to find a plan that consists mainly of juices or raw foods or vegies etc.. if you understand what DETOX means.. then you get what im shootin' for here,

    Thanks so much

    • ANSWER:
      Here is a really good short article that tells you some of the best and safest ways to detoxify your body. Cheers,
      http://www.ehow.com/how_4816220_detoxify-your-body.html

  47. QUESTION:
    Q's about Grains + Raw Diets?
    Hello, looking for some information from someone who is vegan/raw food only etc

    What is classified as a grain?
    I know of oats, bread, rice, wheat etc but I would be interested to know ALL grains.

    I am vegetarian and have been for quite some time, want to go vegan but having difficulties with getting started......I don't need anymore animal cruelty sob stories (I am a wildlife scientist and wildlife carer, have devoted my career to wildlife and am completely aware of what happens in factory farms etc) I just need motivation and perhaps to hear some success stories of other people who have gone raw/vegan. I am an animal lover and whilst I am partly wanting to go vegan for the animals sake, I did study nutrition at college and am aware of the health benefits that come with eating raw food only.

    Last of all, if you have a favourite meal or snack that is VEGAN or any raw ideas I would love to hear them!
    10 points for the most helpful answer!

    • ANSWER:
      There are many, many grains, and cereals are a subset. The most common cereals are wheat, barley, oats, triticale, and rye. With that said, grain and cereals are very lightly used in raw vegan diets. Sprouted wheatberries and barley taste pretty decent, but of course cannot be used unsprouted without being cooked.

      I lost a lot of weight going raw. I ate tons of leafy dark veggies, avocado, nuts, many other seeds, sprouted quinoa, lotsa salsa, etc. By coupling it with exercise, I actually lost 27 lbs in the first 6 weeks!

      My favorite raw food is taboulleh (aka tabouli) salad. I use sprouted quinoa or wheatberries, lemon juice, olive oil, a little salt parsley, cilantro, tomato, cucumber, and fresh mint. Chop the herbs very finely, dice the other veggies, then soak everything in the lemon and oil for a few hours. Delicious!

  48. QUESTION:
    Reaction about ENZYME. read more.?
    What can you say about this article about enzyme?

    The study of enzymes has not been simple since enzymes operate on both chemical and biological levels, and science cannot measure or synthesize their biological or life energy.

    Enzymes are responsible in maintaining health and in healing they are our metabolism - the body’s labour force.

    Enzymes are substances that make life possible. They are needed for every chemical reaction that takes place in the human body. No mineral, vitamin or hormone can do any work without enzymes. They are the manual workers that build our bodies from proteins, carbohydrates, and fats.

    Researches believe that our enzyme energy has a limit and we must help to maintain them as much as possible in order to have a longer life.

    There are three classes of enzymes: metabolic enzymes, which run our bodies; digestive enzymes, which digest our food; and food enzymes from raw foods, which start food digestion. Our bodies- all organs and tissues-are run by metabolic enzymes.

    These enzyme workers take proteins, fats, carbohydrates, starches and sugars, etc and structure them into healthy bodies, keeping everything working well.

    Digestive enzymes have only three main jobs: digesting protein, carbohydrate, and fat. Proteases are enzymes that digest protein; amylases digest carbohydrate, and lipases digest fat.

    “The Food Enzyme Concept” by Dr. Edward Howell is a different approach of looking at disease. It defends the idea that when ingested, the enzymes in raw food, or supplementary enzymes result in a significant degree of digestion, lowering the drain on the organisms own enzyme potential. Dr. Edward Howell defends that by eating raw food the work of the enzymes is less and the result is a healthy body. By eating raw food less stomach acid is secreted.

    He remarks that most people spend their enzyme bank account and seldom make a deposit. It would be wiser to conserve enzymes and get enzymes reinforcements from the outside, since various experiments have taught us that enzymes are precious commodities.

    He believes that by cutting down on the amount of food we can contribute to a higher enzyme potential, less food means fewer digestive enzymes are required. This keeps death away as well as arming the body against disease.

    Enzymes convert the food we eat into chemical structures that can pass through the cell membranes of the cells lining the digestive tract into the bloodstream.

    He defends that all uncooked foods contain an abundance of food enzymes, which correspond to the nutritional highlights of the food.

    He says that nature has enclosed all raw foods with the correct and balanced amounts of food enzymes either for human consumption or eventual decomposition outside the human body.

    The enzyme diet defended by Dr Edward Howell is defined by a regimen in which food is taken in its raw state, in its unprocessed form, in possession of its full quota of enzymes.

    The digestive enzymes of civilized humans are infinitely stronger and more concentrated in enzyme activity than any other enzyme combination found in nature.

    The organism values its enzymes highly and will make no more than are needed for the job. The body will make less concentrated digestive enzymes, if some of the food is digested by enzymes present in it.

    In humans, the upper portion of the stomach is in fact a food-enzyme stomach. This part secretes no enzymes. In fact, the digestion of the protein, carbohydrate, and fat in raw food begins in the mouth the very moment the plant cell walls are ruptured, releasing the food enzymes during the act of mastification.

    After swallowing, digestion continues in the food-enzyme section of the stomach for one-half to one hour, or until the rising tide of acidity reaches a point where it is inhibited. Then the stomach enzyme pepsin takes over.

    If harmful bacteria are swallowed with the food they may attack it during this time of enforced illness. The salivary enzyme works on the carbohydrate, but the protein and fat must wait.

    Dr. Howell believes that mankind’s change in the diet from mostly uncooked to cooked foods has probably resulted in changes in the structure of our gastrointestinal tract beyond the stomach specifically, the appendix and cecum play an active role in digestion in many herbivorous animals but have atrophied in humans.

    He explains that when there are no food enzymes in the food eaten, to predigest it the pancreas must work to give out more internal enzymes to do the job. Metabolic enzymes do the work.

    The pancreas must send out messages to all parts of the body looking for enzymes it can reprocess into digestive enzymes. When it finds them it has to change metabolic enzymes into digestive enzymes this means extra work and the enlargement of the pancreas.

    This enlargement may not harm the pancreas, but when it confiscates metabolic enzymes it punishes the whole body by depriving it of the mechanics of eve

    • ANSWER:
      "Our enzyme energy has a limit"??? c'mon man, you must be delusional or just an idiot. our bodies make these enzymes--they are proteins coded for by our DNA. While the transcription/translation of these enzymes is regulated, we don't run out of enzymes, or "enzyme energy"... what the hell is that supposed to mean anyway? learn what an enzyme really is.

  49. QUESTION:
    Another Science Diet, Vet question?
    the Dog section here on Yahoo! Answers is a very busy section. I know this subject has been brought up before, yet I thought I would share my experience with you all and see if you have had something similar happen to you.

    First, let me start by saying I used to feed my dogs Purina One. I noticed one of my Huskies was rather thin. I asked my mother what she feeds her mastiffs and her Great Dane and she told me she used the Raw diet. She told me her Vet recommended it to her to help put some weight on one of her foster dogs.

    I tried this diet out. And less than two weeks later I was at my vet for a routine check-up/shot appt. I mentioned I was trying this new diet and he looked at me like I was crazy and said that it wasn't healthy for my dogs. He then went on to say ANY commercial brand dog food that is carried at the store is good for your dog. He told me, it has all the nutrients your dog needs. He said, he himself feeds his dogs a "high quality" brand, Science Diet. Which of course his shelves were stocked full of.

    Of course I was shocked to hear he said any food. I asked him about foods such as Ol' Roy. He told me that he couldn't specifically say anything negative about any certain brand of dog food because he could get sued. But, he did go on to tell me how he loves Science Diet for his dogs and how it's very healthy for dogs since it's a premium dog food.

    Long story short, I started coming to the Dog section here and learned quite a lot about what to feed my dogs. I now feed them Wellness. The question is, should I ask my vet why he said most dog foods are created equally? Everyone has their opinions about what foods are the best and what is not the best. Looking back I feel rather bothered he would tell me that. Just by comparing ingrediants on certain dog foods you can plainly see what is good and what is not.

    Most people take what Vets say as Word. I used to think that as well, after all they are the ones with the degree. yet, why would one vet say the Raw diet is ok,while another said it wasn't healthy and he recommends a dog food that is known to be full of fillers and sometimes roadkill? I've heard Vet tech's say they do and some say they don't take kickbacks from Science Diet. Should I ask my vet what the deal is and bring a printout of dogfoodanalysis.com to show him, or just get a new vet and forget about it?

    And no I can't use my mother's vet since she lives in IL and I live in NC.

    One more question. I read that Huskies were known to have allergic reactions to certain anesthesia. Many have died on the table. I brought this up to my vet when I got my first Husky Nuetered and he laughed and said every dog has a risk when they are put under. has anyone else heard of this? Or do they know anyone who has had a husky that passed from this? I know I might seem paranoid, but I had a boxer die on the table from anesthesia when I was 16.

    Sorry this is so long. I just wondered what everyone thought. Thank you for your time.
    Of course now that I need a reference I can't find where I read that about the breed having difficulties. I look like a loon now lol. But, thank you Loki for letting me know!
    Hey simply_genuine07,
    I wasn't really arguing about the raw diet. As I said I stopped feeding them that food. And you may be right about the dogfoodanalysis.com site. But, when you LOOK at the ingredients listed on the Science Diet bag you can see the first ingredient is a filler.
    My problem was he stated that pretty much anything I buy at the grocery store has all the nutritional value my dog needs and all dog foods are created equally. You said yourself, that's not true.
    I said before everyone has their own opinion. I don't think an attitude is necessary. It bothers me when my vet tells me something that according to what I read and many others have as well, is not true. As far as Science Diet having the most research to back it up that's great if that's the case. But, it still doesn't change what's in the food. I would like to know where you recommend going to read about the ingredients in dog foods like Science diet since my website is no good. And yes I did have bloodwork done.
    simply_genuine07,

    I understand what you're trying to say. You don't want any dogs hurt by eating a diet that to many people is unknown how to do it the right way. It seemed that your post had a bit of attitude in it when responding to my question. Granted, it is text and it can be hard to differentiate. I love my dogs and want to provide the best for them. As I said, I have always trusted my Vet, yet when he made that comment it made me wonder. He is the one with the degree not me. But there are some people online who perhaps shared my experience and I wondered what they thought. I will continue to feed my dogs Wellness, because I have noticed a great difference with them. I didn't want to start a problem or upset anyone.

    • ANSWER:
      In vet school, vets are taught how to diagnose and treat health problems. They are taught how to perform different types of surgical procedures.

      This is as far as it goes, unless they choose to specialize. They are taught next to nothing about nutrition -- so they base their comments on what sounds plausible to them, or what they're told by dog food salesmen (i.e. Science Diet "nutrition experts").

      This is why you get differing opinions from different vets. Some have more training and experience than others. Some have been brainwashed. Some actually compete with their dogs, read up on the latest information, and make informed decisions on what to tell their clientele.

      Now -- about the anesthesia question. In more than 20 years of dealing with Siberian huskies, I have never lost one to anesthesia (knock on wood!). I have never heard from my mentors, friends, or associates, nor even working in a vet clinic, that this breed is overly-sensitive to anesthesia (as sighthounds and some herding breeds are).

      Your vet is correct that any animal (or human, for that matter) runs risk of heart failure while under anesthesia. I don't put my dogs under unless it is absolutely necessary for this very reason.

      But the breed itself is not known for anesthesia sensitivity.

      ADD: simply_genuine -- Hamburger and diatomacious earth is a far cry from a well-balanced prey model diet. There is a difference between feeding raw, and being a moron.

      In nearly 15 years of feeding my sled dogs raw beef bones, raw turkey necks, and raw chicken thighs, as well as raw meat processed from wild game and beef, I have yet to see a blockage/perforation from a fresh raw bone, or see bacterial poisoning. Dogs eat garbage, deer poop, horse hoof filings...comparing their digestive systems to ours is not realistic.

      And as someone who has researched canine nutrition for a long time in order to get the best performance and health out of my working dogs, yes -- I do think I am more qualified to make statements on nutrition than many vets. One argument with the Science Diet rep who visited my employer's clinic several years ago was enough to convince me of that.

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      ADD2: Re: Anesthesia -- I was going back through some old digests of a Siberian-related email list I'm on. Someone mentioned their adult male Siberian going into cardiac arrest during anesthesia to remove a growth -- the drug used was called *Dexdomitor* (dexmedetomidine hydrochloride). She claimed the drug was newish. Subsequent comments from a vet tech on the list claimed that the drug has been around awhile and is no more dangerous than any other.

      However, this is something you might want to consider discussing with your vet if your dog needs anesthesia.

  50. QUESTION:
    Pit Bulls and Information please?
    Okay, I own two American Pit Bull Terriers. They are 6 months old.
    Youngest is 40lbs and Oldest is 28lbs (little bro has bigger body build)

    Food: I want to start feeding them Raw Diet, what do you recommend? The oldest is under weight - I've tried Canidae and Evo, it works okay but doesn't help him very much.

    Exercise: I have been taking them out 2/3 times a day. What I do is my girlfriend and I grab our skateboards - get leashes and put on their weight training pulling harnesses - then we go around the block. They love it, and just wanna go! Is this good enough for them, should I limit the exercise or add more?

    Socialization: Not sure about any Pit Bull / Bully Clubs in Central Valley, CA area. We were skating with them yesterday and this little dog (yorkie?) ran through the fence and after them. The owner came our yelling at her dog, and told us she was sorry "He tries to act big and bad haha" and her friend or whoever walked up saying to the dog "They will eat you, you're just a meal to them" which pissed us off. Our boys are VERY social - they are protective yes (bark when hearing loud noises at night, someone knocks, sees something at night when going potty, when strangers come too close) but they were raised with 3 ferrets, 4 other dogs, 4 cats and kids including myself (I'm 16) What do you suggest, dog parks? IDK

    Can someone send me links on how to make a custom spring pole? I had one before but my boys break them too easy. Also, when can I start weight training them - they are six months. I think I can start the youngest because he is built and ready - but I need the oldest to get to a healthier weight.

    What else can I do to make them happy?

    Thanks!

    Karma, Destiny & The "Ace" of Spades, Troublemaker
    No, just because they have weight training harnesses do not mean I am trying to fight them. I do not tolerate nor condone fighting. Get your facts straight - Pit Bulls (all bully breeds) have high drive for adrenaline and weight pulling including spring poles is something they enjoy doing and is perfectly fine for them, Smart one.
    So 18 months to start weight pulling? Okay
    p.s I don't just skateboard with them - I take them for long walks around the neighborhood and other neighborhoods. Let them explore and such. Thanks
    We've both been raised with them our whole lives. My grandparents and dad were reputable APBT breeders (with the older bloodlines, colby, redboy, etc.)
    I have a break stick for emergencies.
    They are in basic obedience and protection training. Yes they are brothers - yes they've had fights; but it has been resolved by professional trainers.

    • ANSWER:
      Socialization means exposing your dogs to as many situations as possible so that you can teach them appropriate behavior in as many situations as possible. The best way to do this is by taking them on long, daily walks. You can't teach them when you are trying to stay on a skateboard, the dogs are running, etc. It is just too hard to keep their attention that way.

      Weight pulling should be postponed until your dogs are 18 mos. old so as not to put stress on growing joints.

      http://www.cosmos-staffords.co.uk/Training/Weight_Pulling/weight_pulling.html

      On the same link there is information about toys such as flirt poles and Boomer balls. My pit loves playing with a flirt pole. He likes to jump a hurdle too, which is easy to make with a 6 ft. board across two end supports. We recently started running him with alongside a bike, but again I would wait until they are fully grown for strenuous runs like that.

      http://www.petedge.com/Guardian-Gear-ExPETdition-Bike-Attachment-ZW80633.pro?PIPELINE_SESSION_ID=619a8f5fc0a86e660160bf504ecf3fab

      I'm not saying the skateboard is bad, I'm just saying the dogs also need plain old daily walks where they have your full attention.

      Personally, I don't take my pit to dog parks. For one thing, there are few that are very conveniently located to me. Secondly, if there is a problem between a pit and another dog in a park, the pit will get the blame. Luckily, many people in my neighborhood own dogs, which has provided opportunities for my pit to learn appropriate doggy social behavior. He plays with some neighbors' dogs on a regular basis. (Admittedly, he gets along best with the lady dogs.)

      If other people's badly-behaved dogs, leashed or not, come your way, there is no reason you have to continue going forward into the situation. You can simply turn and go another direction. Unleashed dogs, of course, might follow you anyway, as has happened to me and my dogs, but in that case I immediately stop and order the other dog to stay back. My dogs are pretty good about trusting my leadership in such situations. They defer to me and don't go nuts just because another dog approaches. I do also carry dog pepper spray in case another dog would refuse to back off, because I just really don't want to have to break up a dog fight.

      There is good information in this article about respecting the pecking order between the dogs...it might help you maintain the peace in the pack.
      http://www.canismajor.com/dog/feisty.html

      Other people have given you info about raw feeding. I do have this to add: My pit stayed on the thin side until he was neutered. Once he was neutered, he became a little more interested in food and he filled out.


What Is The Best Food For Energy And Weight Loss

Written By: admin - Aug• 22•12

Out of energy sometimes? Who isn't? The problem is that most of us choose an artificial something-or-other which gives a quick energy spike - but damages our body.. Constantly stimulating our nervous system with caffeine, guarana and other popular energy supplements is certain to damage our bodies, sooner or later. A superfoods diet is centered around fresh veggies and fruits, particular spices and whole, unrefined grains. Here is a superfoods list that promotes what we value most in our culture: radiant health, a glowing skin, self confidence and tons of natural energy.

Top Superfoods #1: Beans and Legumes

Lentils:

Lentils are slim, disk-shaped green, brownish green or brick red legumes which grow on a bush-like plant that produces an annual crop. They are native to Asia. These energizing legumes are dried immediately as they ripen. There are at least 50 varieties, and are distinguished from beans because they contain no sulfur so there is no problem with gas - a big deal to many people. The real claim-to- fame for lentils is that they're filled with fiber, which helps lower cholesterol and control blood sugar. One single cup of lentils offers a nice amount of protein - about 18 grams - and includes a tremendous 16 grams of roughage, both of which are important for athletes. Note: unlike beans, lentils need no presoaking and can be eaten in 20-30 minutes.

Garbanzo:

Garbanzos, also called chickpeas, are in the same food groups as legumes or pulses, which also includes peas, lentils [green, red and brown] and beans. Eating more legumes is almost guaranteed to shrink the risk of heart trouble due to their superior fiber content. Roughage most likely will also reduce blood cholesterol levels and slow the amount of sugar in the blood, which is enormously important both for diabetics and for people with imminent blood sugar problems (metabolic syndrome). Chickpeas have both magnesium & calcium in a 1:1 ratio,

Green Peas:

Peas are really legumes that started in western Asia. There are an amazing 1,000 different varieties of garden peas, the most common of which are the 'common' and familiar green pea that we usually find in our grocery store freezer. Peas are a little high in sugar as legumes (or vegetables) go, but that detriment is balanced by the fact that approximately four ounces of cooked peas have 5 1/2 grams of roughage. Dried peas don't hold their shape like fresh and frozen green peas do, plus they taste a bit more earthy than their sweeter fresh cousins. They're best used in purees, soups, and dishes that must have a bit of thickening.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Best and worst foods for energy/weight loss?
    I had my second baby a few months ago and am having a very difficult time getting off the last 15lbs of baby weight.

    I'm quite active ( I work out at least three days a week, plus I incorporate a lot of physical activity into my day-to-day life), but my son is a LOUSY sleeper, and I've been turning to quick-fix foods (caffeine and sugary foods) to keep my energy up. The trouble is, I feel rotten as soon as I come down off the high.

    I'm looking for a diet that will naturally boost my energy, and will help me shed the last pounds. What foods will help? What foods will hurt?

    I'm not in a rush to loose the weight, I just want to feel better and keep it off.

    • ANSWER:
      Eat what you want. Don't worry too much as long as your diet is well rounded or reasonably varied. If you have no health concerns such as diabetes or high blood pressure, the don't worry about what you eat. Remember to eat light meals and plenty of them. Exercise regularly. That's it. Exercise boosts energy levels. Eating a well balanced meal does also. Stay away from hurried meals. Also stay away from stuffing yourself. Keep things simple. I eat four or five times a day when my wife is here. When she's gone, I drop to once a day. I lose lots of weight and physical conditioning because my diet is not well rounded and my exercise is almost non-existent. I just get too depressed to take care of myself. Bad way to lose weight. Use the method described before.

  2. QUESTION:
    what's your best pre-workout food that gives you heaps of energy for an intense workout?
    fruit and stuff doesn't do it for me the only thing ive found that works is like a high-protein cereal or bread, something carbohydrate-y and thats not very good for weight loss.. help

    • ANSWER:
      It's recommended to fill up on carbs just before an intense cardio workout. For example, marathon runners will fill up on carb-filled breads and pastas before a marathon so they can perform better.

      However, for me, rather than a specific food (as I exercise 2x per day 7 days per week), I find a simple warm up works wonders. It gets your blood pumping more and preps your body for whats comming. That way, when you kick up the intensity into full gear for your "real workout" your body is already prepped for the intensity and can begin the workout more smoothly and with more energy and willingness to continue.

      Have a great day! =)

  3. QUESTION:
    How do I mentally over come the hardships of weight loss. All I think about is food?
    I am a busy woman. I'm married and do my best to enjoy the nice weather and go outdoors and stay away from the fridge. However, no matter what I'm doing I'm thinking about food. I eat as a sport not for energy. It's hard to control. I was really skinny one time in my life and I want that back but food has it's grips on me. This month I made it 15 days on my "lifestyle" change and then I thought I could have a cheat day but it all went down hill from there.

    HOW IN THE WORLD DO I JUST STAY ON TRACK AND LOSE THE WEIGHT ALREADY. This is tiring. I'm only 20 years old. My husband isn't a motivation to lose weight because he is overweight too. If he was fit then that would help but he works so much and doesn't want to ever work out together. I don't really have his support.

    • ANSWER:
      I can understand this. I suggest just stay positive and only time can make it easier, trust me. With time, your mind will slowly love being healthy and enjoying the healthy foods. Vitamin water Zero has many amazing flavors and can help with a sugary craving :) ! Hope this helps

  4. QUESTION:
    Foods for women's weight loss and good health?!? carbs and excersise?!?! (10 points to best!)?
    Im 20 and weigh about 68 kgs and am 162 tall..ive been doing "boot camp" three times a week for three months and am now able to run with my dog non stop(i do this at least 4 times a week)

    Now i feel ALLOT fitter and now enjoy exercise..its just im finding it hard to know what to eat as ive just toned up and not lost much weight at all!

    -Is it better to eat before or after exercising and what foods?

    -My friend who lost weight recently doesn't eat carbs EVER but i work two jobs and excersise, she doesn't need energy as she doesnt do anything, i think i need the energy - are there alternatives and what carbs should i eat if i have to.

    - what are some healthy snack..im dedicated just uneducated on what to do!!

    thanks so much hope you can help :D

    any question ill add them on!
    8.30am a peice of vegimight toast or muslie - i dont really like breakfast though

    1pm salad wrap/ sandwich or chicken burger or falafel...varies really

    Dinner is spaghetti or pork/chicken/fish with salad or veg

    I really dont eat the same foods over because im not sure so it varies allot

    • ANSWER:
      One more time DO NOT WORRY ABOUT WEIGHT. Muscle weighs more than fat, so as you tone up, it's possible you could increase in weight while dropping several clothing sizes. Your measurements are a better indication of body fat percentage than your weight is, and body fat percentage is the thing you want to reduce.

      As for carbs: no sugars, no starches. Complex carbs only, so Quinoa, brown rice, brown rice pasta/whole wheat pasta, cornmeal. Protein will also provide energy, and is better for you if you work out. Eat after exercising. Have a protein shake after exercising (get the whey isolates) so your muscles can absorb quicker to repair themselves.

  5. QUESTION:
    What is the best Protein Shake diet?
    Ok me and my finance are going to be doing a 24 hour 2 week straight none stop routine. We will be working out 3 to 4 times a day consisting of weight training and very heavy cardio in order to prepare for the military.

    We will be getting our primary source of protein from shakes, however we need to know what other types of food will be consistent to help us loose weight. Our shakes are high in carbs and protein to give us energy.

    Does anyone have any vegetable suggestion or other things we might need to help stimulate weight loss?

    • ANSWER:
      Well...for one thing, you should only take the protein shakes after you work out with weights. Otherwise, I would instead suggest a good fruit smoothie after cardio sessions, and you could mix some protein into these (I'd suggest fruit flavored whey).

      And make sure you don't overwork your muscles. You should not train the same muscle groups on consecutive days when weight lifting. Your muscles need 48-72 hours of rest after being worked, especially heavily worked. This is of the utmost importance because this is the only time when they grow. When you lift, they break down so that they can rebuild larger. They rebuild during this resting stage, so if you interrupt it by working them again, they will not grow to their potential! The last thing you want to do is to overtrain like this because it will stunt muscle growth and encourage catabolism.

      So I suggest that you keep this in mind and instead of doing so much weight lifting, substitute it with different forms of cardio. Do long distance, high endurance and short distance, high intensity work. Mix it up like that.

      Fruits and vegetables are highly important, because you will be needing all of the WHOLE forms of vitamins that you can get. I suggest anything dark and leafy - spinach, romaine lettuce, broccoli, brussel sprouts, asparagus, lima beans. And fruits will also provide you with powerful antioxidants - blueberries, pomegranate, grapefruit, cranberry, strawberry. Do not rely too much on protein shakes, and mix the protein up as well - animal, grain and vegetable sources. If you're supplementing with whey powder, which is a very fast absorbing protein, mix ONLY with water or you will lose that property.

      And for weight loss, it is important to get a full nights rest, and to spread out your meals through the day. The more, smaller spread out meals you use to break up your daily caloric intake, the better. And doing some high intensity cardio early in the morning (look up HIIT), will boost your metabolism for the rest of your day.

  6. QUESTION:
    When is the best time to eat fruit and drink water?
    I found this very informative and thought my contacts might want to live a longer life so please read this:

    EATING FRUIT...

    It's long but very informative

    We all think eating fruits means just buying fruits, cutting it and just popping it into our mouths. It's not as easy as you think. It's important to know how and when to eat.

    What is the correct way of eating fruits?

    IT MEANS NOT EATING FRUITS AFTER YOUR MEALS! * FRUITS SHOULD BE EATEN ON AN EMPTY STOMACH.

    If you eat fruit like that, it will play a major role to detoxify your system, supplying you with a great deal of energy for weight loss and other life activities.

    FRUIT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT FOOD. Let's say you eat two slices of bread and then a slice of fruit. The slice of fruit is ready to go straight through the stomach into the intestines, but it is prevented from doing so.

    In the meantime the whole meal rots and ferments and turns to acid. The minute the fruit comes into contact with the food in the stomach and digestive juices, the entire mass of food begins to spoil....

    So please eat your fruits on an empty stomach or before your meals! You have heard people complaining - every time I eat watermelon I burp, when I eat durian my stomach bloats up, when I eat a banana I feel like running to the toilet, etc - actually all this will not arise if you eat the fruit on an empty stomach. The fruit mixes with the putrefying other food and produces gas and hence you will bloat!

    Graying hair, balding, nervous outburst, and dark circles under the eyes all these will NOT happen if you take fruits on an empty stomach.

    There is no such thing as some fruits, like orange and lemon are acidic, because all fruits become alkaline in our body, according to Dr. Herbert Shelton who did research on this matter. If you have mastered the correct way of eating fruits, you have the Secret of beauty, longevity, health, energy, happiness and normal weight.

    When you need to drink fruit juice - drink only fresh fruit juice, NOT from the cans. Don't even drink juice that has been heated up. Don't eat cooked fruits because you don't get the nutrients at all. You only get to taste. Cooking destroys all the vitamins.

    But eating a whole fruit is better than drinking the juice. If you should drink the juice, drink it mouthful by mouthful slowly, because you must let it mix with your saliva before swallowing it. You can go on a 3-day fruit fast to cleanse your body. Just eat fruits and drink fruit juice throughout the 3 days and you will be surprised when your friends tell you how radiant you look!

    KIWI: Tiny but mighty. This is a good source of potassium, magnesium, vitamin E & fiber. Its vitamin C content is twice that of an orange.

    APPLE: An apple a day keeps the doctor away? Although an apple has a low vitamin C content, it has antioxidants & flavonoids which enhances the activity of vitamin C thereby helping to lower the risks of colon cancer, heart attack & stroke.

    STRAWBERRY: Protective Fruit. Strawberries have the highest total antioxidant power among major fruits & protect the body from cancer-causing, blood vessel-clogging free radicals.

    ORANGE : Sweetest medicine. Taking 2-4 oranges a day may help keep colds away, lower cholesterol, prevent & dissolve kidney stones as well as lessens the risk of colon cancer.

    WATERMELON: Coolest thirst quencher. Composed of 92% water, it is also packed with a giant dose of glutathione, which helps boost our immune system. They are also a key source of lycopene - the cancer fighting oxidant. Other nutrients found in watermelon are vitamin C & Potassium.

    GUAVA & PAPAYA: Top awards for vitamin C. They are the clear winners for their high vitamin C content.. Guava is also rich in fiber, which helps prevent constipation. Papaya is rich in carotene; this is good for your eyes.

    Drinking Cold water after a meal = Cancer! Can u believe this?? For those who like to drink cold water, this article is applicable to you. It is nice to have a cup of cold drink after a meal. However, the cold water will solidify the oily stuff that you have just consumed. It will slow down the digestion. Once this 'sludge' reacts with the acid, it will break down and be absorbed by the intestine faster than the solid food. It will line the intestine. Very soon, this will turn into fats and lead to cancer. It is best to drink hot soup or warm water after a meal.

    • ANSWER:
      Well...this is certainly making me realize how unhealthy of an eater I really am. It also makes me want to eat an orange.

  7. QUESTION:
    What eating plan will allow me to have enough energy to train my very best in my sport but still lose body fat?
    I am a 15 year old girl, about 5'9" and between 143-148 pounds. I would consider myself quite muscular since I am really athletic and I don't eat junk foods. What I need is an eating plan that meets my requirements, which are explained below.
    I compete in martial arts at a high level, therefor I need to train a lot. I train 5 times a week.

    Mondays I help out (instruct/demonstrate/sometimes do the karate with the kids) from 5pm-7:15 and my classes are from 7:15 to 8:45.

    Saturdays I also help out except I have my class first at 9am to 9:45, I then help out from 9:45 to 12:00 and have 2 more classes from 12 to 2 (with a 15 minute break between 12:45 and 1pm).

    Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays I only have my classes that are between 7:15 and 8:45.

    On Sunday I will usually do the P90X Plyometric Workout that lasts an hour (I do it whenever I feel like it).

    Friday is my "Off Day."

    I'm looking for an eating plan that will allow me to have enough energy to train my very best for my sport, but I also want to lose body fat.

    I understand that the most popular method of weight loss is to limit the amount of carbohydrates you consume, which puts your body into the state of ketosis where fat is essientially 'flushed out.'
    BUT I know that carbohydrates is also your main source of energy (split into lactose, fructose and glucose) where the glucose gets fed to your muscles, where if they are not completely used up they are stored as fat. (I believe that is how it works?)
    Along with working out to become better at martial arts, I want to gain muscle so I am stronger, faster and better so I eat lots of protein. Eggs almost every morning and protein shakes.
    I try to eat a well balanced diet right now, but I'm not sure HOW to change it to meet my goals (reduce body fat/gain energy and muscle so I can be better in martial arts).

    If someone could please create a table of some sort to tell what and when I should eat something. Like, what time, what I should eat,etc. for every day of the week. And how many carbohydrates should I have for specific days (regarding my martial arts schedule explained above) and how much protein and fat.

    Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      Negative Calorie Diet(google it) for snacks, plus a FEW extra items
      eat em for breakfeast, lunch and dinner
      breakfeast
      2 egg whites and whole wheat toast, fruit if still hungry
      lunch
      salad with low fat dressing or no fat
      dinner
      chicken, soup, or anything healthy

  8. QUESTION:
    Some weight loss questions....?
    I need to lose weight (seriously). I'm 20 years old, about 5'3 and around 160 lbs. I want to boost my energy and my mood, and hopefully my confidence as well as lowering my stress level. Here are my questions:

    *What are the best exercises I can do at home, without equipment? I'd like to target my belly, hips, thighs and arms. I live out in the country.

    * What are the best foods to eat, that don't have a complicated recipe? I don't have time to cook and I'm a horrible cook besides lol.

    * Would it really make a big difference if I cut sodas out of my diet completely? I'm so addicted to caffine and I can consume 2 or 3 20 ounce bottles of dr.pepper in one day! I know that's not healthy. Would it be alright for me to have just one 20 ounce bottle a day, if I drink water or juice the rest of the time?

    * What are some good ways for me to get motivated? A lot of the time I sit there thinking 'I need to get up and go work out', but I never do.

    Help will be most appreciated!

    • ANSWER:
      Running is one of the best exercises. Alternate between moderate and intense physical activity. Try to exercise at least an hour a day, plus 30 minutes of walking.

      Crunches or situps for belly. Make sure when you do crunches and situps keep your back on the ground and try to have your belly flat when you situp for best results.

      Lunges for thighs and hips. Lunges, keep your feet at shoulder width apart put on foot up on a stair or stool. bend your other leg so that your knee almost touches the ground. Hold for 2 seconds and stand back up. Repeat 15-20 times a day for each leg. (You can also hold weights in each hand when you do lunges. Keep your arms at your sides)

      Leg raises for leg and thighs.
      Push ups or lifing weights (if you don't have weights can also for arms.

      Stick to fruits, vegtables (have 6-10 servings a day) and whole grain foods (4-5 servings a day, but try staying away from baguettes) and other fibrous foods. Eat lean meats and beans for protein (2/3 servings a day). Low fat cheese, yogurt and 2% milk for milk products (2/3 servings a day).

      It makes a big difference if you don't drink soda. Caffine also slows down your metabolism so it's best to drink lots of water, and if it helps you stay on your diet, occasionally juice.

      Listen to music when you exercise.
      Set goals. If you reach a goal, reward yourself (e.g. buy something you want...)
      Start off with short walks and lengthen them everyday.
      Make sure you make time for exercise everyday.
      Have a friend exercise with you. Nothing better than a friendly competition to see who can run for longer? =P
      Keep a journal. Record how much time you exercise and what you eat everyday.

      The first few times, you may have to force yourself to exercise. Gradually you'll like exercise better since exercising releases endorphins which lifts your mood and generally makes you happier.

  9. QUESTION:
    How can I boost my energy levels in a healthy way?
    I have been feeling tired and sluggish for a very long time now and it just seems to be getting worse. My diet is not the best I know that, but while I have a general idea of 'good' and 'bad' foods I'm at a loss when it comes to specifics.
    What is a good healthy meal plan that will help keep my energy levels high and possibly help me lose weight at the same time.
    thanks,

    • ANSWER:
      exercise is the best way to boost your energy levels and drinking plenty of water

  10. QUESTION:
    im trying to gain weight as fast as possible, plz help! i hav n.o.xplode, is it worth it? and true-mass?
    ABOUT ME
    im 5'9, i weigh about 119 (yes im skinny but im like 1% fat) i have decent sized biceps, pecks, and back im currently working on triceps back chest traps shoulders and legs, my weakest points are my legs shoulders and my triceps arent TO bad, i dnt hav much money cuz i focus on school, mma training, lifting, and cardio i dont have any time what so ever for a job my goal is to become an mma fighter, i eat a bowl of cereal (raisin brand, apple jacks) every morning than b4 school ,which is at 12:30, i hav a lil snack either a boost (a nutrition drink) or a poptart lol than after school ill either hav yogurt or peanut butter n jelly than my step mom makes dinner n its a usual dinner like meat n vegetables, than wen they fall asleep i go smoke a big old juicy n tha bakyard n munch out like crazy n wake up full :/ im tryin2 stop that tho lol i hate waking up full n i no it turns into fat, but can i turn the fat i get into muscle? or shoulld i jus not let it turn in2 fat n tha 1st place?

    anyways, i think this product is great ive only taken it once (;which was 2day lol) and it actually worked but only for about an hour an a half, well after i ate it kinda went away n i was a lil shakey most likely from energy loss though because i worked out like crazy, im thinking of taking2 scoops in 1 sitting, would this work better? im thinking of buying true-mass along with it but i dont ever rlly hav money i dnt hav a job i focus on lifting running sparring and school..also, if im on that nitric oxide thing can i smoke weed? and if i do will i still be hyper or will i be high? i hate being hyper...
    Im trying my very hardest to gain weight (not fat) but its stupid hard, my stomach is all messed up like i can barley ever eat im tryin2 stretch it out but i got a dumb fuk step mom n dad who thnk they no everything n say things like "100 reps is better than 20" DUHHHH!!! but thats for muscular endurance, i can fight longer than any1 at my school n e ways im trying to build muscle mass so kids stop tryin2 mess with the "little white boy with no friends" well i handled that but still..i want to punch crazy hard, i dnt care about abs n looking good for the skeezers (sluts, smuts whatever u call it) another ? is where can i get core strength? is abs part of core strength? if so i will work on them to
    what im looking for here is..i really REALLY wanna be a proffesional fighter....how can i eat more, get more energy from my food like which foods are best for my situation, and how can i become a superb fighter by tha time febuary comes around? i know MAYBE 1 person will answer this so yes u will get the best answer thing dnt wrry whoevers reading this. can you plz make me a schedule or something on eating, lifting and all that stuff? like what to eat, when to lift, n when to go2 sleep?

    im a decent fighter i can tear any1 up at my school even though im so small, i jus knocked the "baddest" kid at schools teeth out n broke his nose cuz he wanted to beat up tha lil white boy n front of the entire school n he pushed me from behind he followed me all the way from the bak parking lot 2 the front where the entire school was at (also i hav 0 friends lol i jus moved to a charter school full of bad kids :/) n i turned around n hes all YOU GOT SUMTHIN2 SAY (to get everyones attention of course, he had tried punking me n the quad n front of the entire school (theres 250 students and only 2 building there) but i didnt punk out so hes like alright white boy after school so they new there wuld be a fight unless i punked out cuz hes mr. hardcore gangbanger guy) n i hit him n the teeth n he stumbled than he swung n i unconciensly dodged it because of my intense sparring sessions and than i hit him n tha nose n he was done and full of blood but wen i got bak in2 my car b4 i shut my door he ran after me n tried2 kick me n tha face lol, i caught his leg of course though but he got blood ALL over my dickies...that pissed me off...he even got blood all over my windsheild, my door, my seats it was literally everywhere idk how he kept on fighting after the 1st hit he almost fell n he did fall on tha 2nd hit2 tha nose n i rlly thought he was done :/ oh n he got kicked out not me :) all tha parents saw him start it n told tha principle, it was after school n this dude was a hbm hahahahahaha! i hate hbm's....more than bloods...

    • ANSWER:
      One of the best and simplest ways to gain weight is to sleep right after eating. This is what sumo wrestlers to get so...large. Haha. However, since you want to gain muscle instead of fat, I would recommend eating large amounts of protein and exercising frequently each day. Cottage cheese is an especially good food for the purpose of gaining muscle because it is very high in protein but very low in fat (especially if you buy the fat-free kind, of course). Cottage cheese is actually a favorite food of bodybuilders because of this fact. However, make sure that you do exercise often when you are on a high-protein diet as the proteins that you do not burn off will eventually be stored as fat.

      Yeah...and I wouldn't recommend gaining fat in order to "turn" it into muscle because you are basically going in the opposite direction of where you want to go, and it would just take more effort to lose the fat and then gain more muscle.

      Anyway, I hope that helped!

  11. QUESTION:
    I recieved an email with supposebly facts I would like to know if they are true?
    What is the correct way of eating fruits?
    IT MEANS NOT EATING FRUITS AFTER YOUR MEALS! * FRUITS SHOULD BE EATEN ON AN EMPTY STOMACH.
    If you eat fruit like that, it will play a major role to detoxify your system, supplying you with a great deal of energy for weight loss and other life activities.FRUIT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT FOOD.
    Let's say you eat two slices of bread and then a slice of fruit. The slice of fruit is ready to go straight through the stomach into the intestines, but it is prevented from doing so.
    In the meantime the whole meal rots and ferments and turns to acid. The minute the fruit comes into contact with the food in the stomach and digestive juices, the entire mass of food begins to spoil.

    Drinking Cold water after a meal = Cancer! Can u believe this??
    For those who like to drink cold water, this article is applicable to you. It is nice to have a cup of cold drink after a meal. However, the cold water will solidify the oily stuff that you have just consumed. It will slow down the digestion. Once this 'sludge' reacts with the acid, it will break down and be absorbed by the intestine faster than the solid food. It will line the intestine. Very soon, this will turn into fats and lead to cancer. It is best to drink hot soup or warm water after a meal.

    • ANSWER:
      Utter BS. In fact, eating fruit on an empty stomach can make you throw up. There are people (myself included) who can't eat apples on an empty stomach, for example. The tannic acid in the apple causes me to get sick.

      Also, meals don't rot in the stomach, they digest. Fruit also needs to digest, and will in no way pass right through the stomach.

      As for the cold water, that's an equally crazy story. Oil and water don't mix, therefore the "oily stuff" will not react with the water. Also, oil does not react with acid; enzymes secreted in the duodenum (the part AFTER the stomach) cause fats to digest. Also, bile causes fats to emulsify, meaning that they will mix with the water, but only after they passed through the stomach.

      Ignore that e-mail; it is total and utter nonsense.

  12. QUESTION:
    How Lose Weight Healthily?
    Hi, my name is Mary. i thinking this good article for people concern lose weight health

    Most of us obsess about how fast we can shed the weight we want to lost. The safer,more recommended route is to think about how we can lose weight steadily
    ,healthily, and be able to keep the weight off.

    Set reasonable weight loss goals.
    By setting a more practical target,we’re more likely to succeed and be encouraged to continue with the new eating and exercise regimen that got us there . Recent studies suggest a 10%reduction in body weight as the realistic starting aim. Slowly and surely is the better way to go. But always remember your personal worth is not measured in kilograms.

    Drink Plenty of Water
    When you’re feeling hungry, reach first for a glass of water. You could actually be dehydrated instead. Drinking six to eight glasses of water a day can help you curb your appetite and fill you up so you don’t over eat. Plus enough water ensures that both degestion and metabolism are working at their full capacity. And there’s no contest that water is the best substitute for any beverage,since it’s calorie-free. So drink, drink,drink water

    Stay Active
    You don’t need to do daily strenuous aerobic exercise in order to say farewell to some extra kilos.Committing oneself to such a strict regime will only be too much of a strain on your body,especially if it’s not used to such a workout , and it’s likely you won’t stick to the routine. Opt for something more doable.If you’re not accusstomed to heavy exercise then explore gentle yoga,walking,or low-inpact aerobic classes. Find something you actually like, not what everyone says is the fastest way to burn calories. Half an hour to an hour a day ,three to five days a week of mederate exercise is good enough. Aside from proper exercise , remember to keep moving during the day. Take the stairs instead of the lift. Squeeze your abdomen and buttocks as you’re waiting for the traffic light. Walk everywhere you can.

    Don’t Starve Yourself
    You need energy to get along in your daily life, as well as. To engage in a healthy amount of exercise.Not eating enough will only leave you feeling drained ,irritable,and can lead to long and short term medical problems. Don’t dip down below 1,200 calories per day.A diet plan that’s too low in calories will actually make it harder for you to lose weight,since your metabolism will slow down as your body attempts to conserve energy. It’s also essential that you eat breakfast since it fuels you for the day and you’ll be less likely to stuff yourself during lunch. Eat what you want (but do try to stay away from cake,ice cream, and junk food.) but do watch your portions. For example,eat half of what your order and take the other half home.

    resorce : http://www.vejthani.com/web-english/Health-News-en.php

    • ANSWER:
      Dont forget breakfast also. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. If you skip breakfast you will actually gain weight. Eating a big breakfast will stop overeating later on in the day. And it helps speed up your metabolism also. You can also get a calorie calculator. Like I burn 3,300 calories per day. It's nice to know how many calories your body burns.

  13. QUESTION:
    What eating plan will allow me to train my very best in my sport but still allow me to lose body fat?
    I am a 15 year old girl, about 5'9" and between 143-148 pounds. I would consider myself quite muscular since I am really athletic and I don't eat junk foods. What I need is an eating plan that meets my requirements, which are explained below.
    I compete in martial arts at a high level, therefor I need to train a lot. I train 5 times a week.

    Mondays I help out (instruct/demonstrate/sometimes do the karate with the kids) from 5pm-7:15 and my classes are from 7:15 to 8:45.

    Saturdays I also help out except I have my class first at 9am to 9:45, I then help out from 9:45 to 12:00 and have 2 more classes from 12 to 2 (with a 15 minute break between 12:45 and 1pm).

    Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays I only have my classes that are between 7:15 and 8:45.

    On Sunday I will usually do the P90X Plyometric Workout that lasts an hour (I do it whenever I feel like it).

    Friday is my "Off Day."

    I'm looking for an eating plan that will allow me to have enough energy to train my very best for my sport, but I also want to lose body fat.

    I understand that the most popular method of weight loss is to limit the amount of carbohydrates you consume, which puts your body into the state of ketosis where fat is essientially 'flushed out.'
    BUT I know that carbohydrates is also your main source of energy (split into lactose, fructose and glucose) where the glucose gets fed to your muscles, where if they are not completely used up they are stored as fat. (I believe that is how it works?)
    Along with working out to become better at martial arts, I want to gain muscle so I am stronger, faster and better so I eat lots of protein. Eggs almost every morning and protein shakes.
    I try to eat a well balanced diet right now, but I'm not sure HOW to change it to meet my goals (reduce body fat/gain energy and muscle so I can be better in martial arts).

    If someone could please create a table of some sort to tell what and when I should eat something. Like, what time, what I should eat,etc. for every day of the week. And how many carbohydrates should I have for specific days (regarding my martial arts schedule explained above) and how much protein and fat.

    Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      Carbs should consist of 60% of your diet. And you need all the protiens you can get. Increase these the day before a hard workout. Stay away from fats and sweets

  14. QUESTION:
    What eating plan would allow me to train my very best in my sport but still allow me to lose body fat?
    I am a 15 year old girl, about 5'9" and between 143-148 pounds. I would consider myself quite muscular since I am really athletic and I don't eat junk foods. What I need is an eating plan that meets my requirements, which are explained below.
    I compete in martial arts at a high level, therefor I need to train a lot. I train 5 times a week.

    Mondays I help out (instruct/demonstrate/sometimes do the karate with the kids) from 5pm-7:15 and my classes are from 7:15 to 8:45.

    Saturdays I also help out except I have my class first at 9am to 9:45, I then help out from 9:45 to 12:00 and have 2 more classes from 12 to 2 (with a 15 minute break between 12:45 and 1pm).

    Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays I only have my classes that are between 7:15 and 8:45.

    On Sunday I will usually do the P90X Plyometric Workout that lasts an hour (I do it whenever I feel like it).

    Friday is my "Off Day."

    I'm looking for an eating plan that will allow me to have enough energy to train my very best for my sport, but I also want to lose body fat.

    I understand that the most popular method of weight loss is to limit the amount of carbohydrates you consume, which puts your body into the state of ketosis where fat is essientially 'flushed out.'
    BUT I know that carbohydrates is also your main source of energy (split into lactose, fructose and glucose) where the glucose gets fed to your muscles, where if they are not completely used up they are stored as fat. (I believe that is how it works?)
    Along with working out to become better at martial arts, I want to gain muscle so I am stronger, faster and better so I eat lots of protein. Eggs almost every morning and protein shakes.
    I try to eat a well balanced diet right now, but I'm not sure HOW to change it to meet my goals (reduce body fat/gain energy and muscle so I can be better in martial arts).

    If someone could please create a table of some sort to tell what and when I should eat something. Like, what time, what I should eat,etc. for every day of the week. And how many carbohydrates should I have for specific days (regarding my martial arts schedule explained above) and how much protein and fat.

    Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      For starters make sure to eat breakfast every morning. I usually eat two eggs with vegetables like spinach or some other vegetable that cooks quickly and goes well with eggs. I usually have broccoli blanched ahead of time so i can just throw it in with the eggs.
      Water, drink LOTS of water
      Eat something every three hours. I know it sounds like allot, but it will speed up your metabolism, and you're already burning allot of calories. Just dont eat a full meal sized portion every three hours.
      Eat yourself full of vegetables during meals. Make sure to eat meat, and fruits as well, but you can feel full on vegetables and not feel guilty about it. Filling your stomach full of rice or pasta is not as good for you
      Eat fruits and sometimes some nuts (not honey roasted)in between meals, and take food in a backpack everywhere you go. I usually carry apples, bananas, mixed nuts, and home made beef jerky from a local butcher shop with me at all times.
      Eat starchy carbs post work out for an energy boost. If you dont work out that day dont eat starchy carbs. Dont worry about the carbs from fruit.
      Limit your breads and pasta intake. All bread has some form of sugar or high fructose corn syrup in it. If it doesent, it is expensive. I just rarely ever bread for my kitchen. That way when I go out and get a sandwich once a week or so, its ok. Daves Killer Bread is pretty decent though, so is Ezikeil bread.

      Myself, I am training for boot camp. So i do HIIT, and strength training as well. this eating plan works for me quite well to maintain energy and build muscle. Theres lots more but I dont feel like writing a novel, so heres what I ate today

      breakfast two eggs with broccoli
      snack one apple, one banana
      Lunch chicken with braised cabbage
      snack one pear and one orange
      snack home made smoothie with frozen berries and plain yogurt (no sugar)
      dinner romaine salad, then pork with spinach and cabbage

  15. QUESTION:
    can someone please tell me if this essay is correct, I need to turn it in as a final by Saturday?
    When it comes to a healthy life style I’d say there are three major things to consider, eating healthy; like watching your carbs, eating your 5 times a day meal routine. Exercising in order to prevent your body from becoming weak, for exercise you may join team sport, do outdoor activities. The third thing to consider would be reclaiming relaxation, learn what causes it, the effects it has towards your health when leaving with stress, and how to deal with it.
    Consider the following when it comes to what you eat “All you have to run on is what you put in your mouth. The quality of your fuel and, therefore the quality of your performance depends totally on what you eat and drink. It is essential, then, to learn the best possible fueling strategy for the best and longest- lasting performance.” If your daily activity is eating fatty foods your most likely to have very low energy for performing your daily activities, you may feel tired all the time, difficulty concentrating, and many other symptoms for not eating properly. Concentrate in the following and avoid them “foods high in fat, cholesterol, salt, sugar, and alcohol. They will cause obesity, clog your arteries, and raise your blood pressure.” Try to eat foods low in fat, cholesterol, salt, sugar, and alcohol. They will improve your looks, benefit your health, and improve your mind. When you eat healthy foods, such as; vegetables, grains, plenty of water, dairy products and anything else on the food pyramid. Making sure that you eat the right portions and not over eat, you may find yourself with plenty of energy that you will not know what to do with, your focus on activities will be top nudge, you will retain much more information. Overall you will feel great when you eat healthy things.
    When it comes to sugar products “avoid them” they may be delicious and all but as the saying goes “what tastes good is bad for you” Having sugary foods and drinks too often can cause tooth decay. Doctor Terry Grossman from Grossman Wellness Center states that “When you reduce sugary foods you will reduce (blood fats) better known as triglycerides and increase HDL, the beneficial, heart-protective form of cholesterol, which can be even more important in reducing heart attack and stroke risk.” So say goodbye to sodas, replace them with regular water on a glass of milk. If you are craving sweets grab yourself a fruit whether it be a banana, apple, orange, or any fruit available to you instead of going for any chocolate, donut or anything that has unhealthy sugar. Sugary products don’t provide the necessary fuel that your body needs for the healthy life style you’re looking for.
    As you may have heard many experts recommend that you eat 5-6 small meals a day, why? You may ask. “When you eat 2-3 big meals a day you overwhelm your metabolic system. Not eating for more than 4-5 hours at a time slows the metabolism and your body begins to think it is starving. Food gets digested slowly and more fat is stored as an energy source “just in case” no new food comes through for a while.” “When you eat smaller portions and more frequent meals through out the day is beneficial for a healthy digestive system, weight loss and having more energy.” When talking about a small portioned meal would be a portion of cottage cheese mixed with a portion of fruit or yogurt. If you have not time you can always replace your meal with a meal replacement shake, which come in both powder and ready to drink form. If your follow these steps mentioned when it comes to your eating habits you will surely notice an increase, in energy, mind focus, weight, body shape and much more. Yes, I won’t lie it may be difficult at first but once you got it the results are breath taking.
    Second when trying to lead a healthy life styles the next thing to consider and follow through is exercise. “We all unconsciously know that exercise is good for us it is fair to say that everyone wants o be healthy. At the same time, it is probably equally fair to say that most of us are not exercising enough.” It’s also said that people who are physically active live longer, since exercise helps the body maintain fit, strong and healthy to fight of illnesses. Cardiovascular disease is prevented by exercise, as well as heart disease since it lowers blood pressure. Also “The University of Illinois researches have found that Physical activity may enhance the academic achievements of children by improving their attention and working memory skills.” Many positive effects come from exercise in can produce new brain cells that can help with memory function and learning, keeps your weight in control, it prevents and controls type 2 diabetes, and much more.
    When exercising I’ve myself realized that my surroundings affect my will power to start an exercise routine. My parents actually have a treadmill, exercise bike, and many more exercise equipment. But I find it difficult just climbing on the equipment and finding myself going nowhere, jus

    • ANSWER:
      Your essay has great facts and support, but your grammar needs a little help and your sentence structure lacks the fluidity a generally well written essay should have. Your examples are sometimes too overbearing, and I find it difficult to take in all the words. If you want to better your essay, I think that perhaps your paragraphs should be simplified in a way that makes reading easier but effectively shows your knowledge on the subject.

      Also, the last paragraph is a rather off topic end to the essay that is rather unsatisfactory the way it suddenly introduces your way of a healthy life style. If the essay's topic to begin with was about your style, then the best way to go was to first mention your life style and support it with your facts above.

  16. QUESTION:
    What are the best foods to eat if you are following an intense training regime?
    I am working out 5 times a week and seeing a personal trainer once a week whilst following the Weightwatchers programme, however I am finding it extremely difficult to stick to the points that I had on WW before exercising as I am now so much more hungry!

    I think I am not eating the right foods that are low in points but keep me full and are suitable for people who are exercising alot (to sustain energy levels etc).

    Therefore please can you suggest the foods I should be eating which will help me stay within my points (19 for those that know WeightWatchers) but not feel starving all the time. I know its normal to be hungrier as Im exercising more but I don't want to defeat the object of exercisingng harder but then overeating as no improvement in weight loss will then be made?

    Many thanks in advance for your suggestions!

    • ANSWER:
      Weight Watchers is better suited for sedentary people or people who don't train at a very high intensity.

      You need lots of protein if you train a lot, 1 gram per pound of bodyweight; this protein should be supplemented with both non-starchy vegetables and a serving of any kind of essential fatty acid. You need protein and simple carbohydrates right after a workout. You need one serving of starchy carbs a day (preferably potato or wholegrain rice). I don't know how it fits into the WW scheme of things.

  17. QUESTION:
    Double Checking Answers On Nutrition Basics. HELP PLEASE! (:?
    I put brackets around my answers. example: [A]

    PLEASE! let me know if they are correct or not. thank you.

    1. One positive attribute of dietary fat is that it’s a good
    source of
    A. water.
    B. boron.
    C. vitamin C
    [D]. energy.

    2. Which one of the following choices is the best way to control
    Type II diabetes?
    A. Injecting insulin
    B. Avoiding all simple sugars
    [C]. Adopting a healthy diet and exercising
    D. Avoiding salt

    3. Which one of the following snacks provides all of the essential amino acids?
    A. Apple wedges and carrot sticks
    [B]. Small bowl of chili beans and rice
    C. Corn on the cob
    D. Pasta salad with vinaigrette dressing

    4. Which one of the following choices is the best way to build muscle bulk?
    A. Use amino acid powders from a health food store.
    B. Eat more high-protein foods.
    C. Avoid vegetarian diets.
    [D]. Eat a healthy, balanced diet and follow a regular fitness program.

    5. High triglycerides increase the risk for which one of the following conditions?
    A. Type II diabetes
    [B]. Heart disease
    C. Thyroid disease
    D. Osteoporosis

    6. Saturated fats found in animal productsGDLuch as bacon and cheese, are also called
    A. cholesterol.
    [B]. triglycerides.
    C. lipids.
    D. amino acids.

    7. An elevated HDL is considered a
    A. risk factor for osteoporosis.
    B. risk factor for arthritis.
    [C]. less harmful form of cholesterol found in the body.
    D. more harmful form of cholesterol found in the body.

    8. How can a person with lactose intolerance obtain dietary calcium?
    [A]. Take a pill that helps to digest lactose.
    B. Eat green leafy vegetables, nuts, and enriched soy products.
    C. Eat lots of fresh shellfish.
    D. Eat lots of whole grains.

    9. Which one of the following choices is most accurate about fat-soluble vitamins?
    A. They can cause gastric upset, diarrhea, and kidney stones.
    B. They provide no risk of vitamin toxicity.
    [C]. They can be stored in the body.
    D. They help build collagen and aid in healing.

    10. The glycemic index predicts the way certain foods affect
    [A]. blood sugar levels.
    B. weight loss.
    C. exercise performance.
    D. blood pressure.

    11. What are the health benefits of zinc?
    A. Reduced muscle fatigue
    [B]. Proper wound healing
    C. Control of blood pressure
    D. Lung efficiency

    12. Which one of the following factors contributes to hypertension?
    A. A vigorous exercise regimen
    B. A lack of sleep
    C. A diet that lacks protein
    [D]. A high-fat diet

    13. Which one of the following choices is the best option for a vegan snack?
    A. Vanilla soymilk, peanut butter, and pretzels
    B. Almond milk with butter cookies
    [C]. Chocolate soymilk with angel food cake
    D. Tomato juice and macaroni and cheese

    14. How should daily calorie intake be divided for an adult in good health?
    A. 80 percent carbohydrates, 20 percent proteins
    B. 60 percent carbohydrates, 40 percent proteins
    [C]. 60 percent carbohydrates, 30 percent fats, 10 percent proteins
    D. 80 percent proteins, 10 percent carbohydrates, 10 percent fats

    15. A person who is lactose intolerant would have difficulty digesting which one of the
    following foods?
    A. Grilled veggie burger on a sesame bun
    [B]. Low-fat cheesecake with raspberries
    C. Turkey hot dog with mustard
    D. Three-bean salad

    16. Which one of the following choices is the most nutrient-dense snack?
    [A]. Sliced bananas, walnuts, and orange sections
    B. Baked potato chips and sparkling water
    C. Green salad with ranch dressing
    D. Unsalted pretzels and cheddar cheese

    17. To derive energy from food, you must eat foods that contain
    A. vitamins and minerals.
    [B]. carbohydrates, proteins, and fats.
    C. water.
    D. fiber.

    18. Which one of the following choices is a simple sugar?
    A. Glucose
    B. Orange juice
    C. Lactase
    [D]. Chocolate

    19. Which one of the following snack combinations will best satisfy a person’s daily
    fluid requirements?
    A. Ice cream, sherbet, and fruit
    B. Bananas, whole-wheat bread, and water
    [C]. Fresh fruit, green salad, water
    D. Fruit juice, energy bars, cold cereal

    20 Which one of the following choices would be an acceptable small meal for a person
    who is gluten intolerant?
    [A]. Microwave popcorn and carrot sticks
    B. Peanut butter on whole-wheat toast
    C. Bread sticks with low-fat dressing
    D. Orange juice and graham crackers

    • ANSWER:
      You better send each and every question separately..

  18. QUESTION:
    Can someone please help me!!!?
    One positive attribute of dietary fat is that it's a good source of?
    A)water
    B)boron
    C)vitamin C
    D)energy

    Which one of the following choices is the best way to control Type II diabetes?
    A)Inject insulin
    B)Avoiding all simple sugars
    C)Adopting a healthy diet & excercising
    D)Avoiding salt

    which one of the following snacks provides all of the essential amino acids?
    A)Apple wedges & carrot sticks
    B)small bowl of chili beans & rice
    C)Corn on the cob
    D)Pasta salad with vinaigrette dressing

    which on of the following choices is the best way to build muscle bulk?
    A)use amino acid powders from a health food store
    B)eat more high-protein foods
    C)avoid vegetarian diets
    D)eat a healthy,balanced diet & follow a regular firness program

    High triglycerides increase the risk for which one of the following conditions?
    A)type II diabetes
    B)heart disease
    C)thyroid disease
    D)osteoporosis

    saturated fats found in animal products,such as bacon & cheese,are also called?
    A)cholesterol
    B)triglycerides
    C)lipids
    D)amino acids

    an elevated HDL is considered a?
    A)risk factor for osteoporosis
    B)risk factor for artritis
    C)less harmful form of cholesterol found in the boady
    D)more harmful form of cholesterol found in the body

    How can a person with lactose intolerance obtain dietary calcium?
    A)take a pill that helps to digest lactose
    B)eat green leafy vegetables,nuts,and enriched soy products
    C)eat lots of fresh shellfish
    D)eat lots of whole grains

    which of the following choices is most accurate about fat-soluble vitamin?
    A)they can cause gastric upset,diarrhea,and kidney stones
    B)they provide no risk of vitamin toxicity
    C)they can be stored in the body
    D)they help build collage & aid in healing

    The glycemic index predicts the way certain foods affect
    A)blood sugar levels
    B)weight loss
    C)excercise performance
    D)blood pressure

    what are the heath benefits of zinc?
    A)reduced muscle fatigue
    B)proper wound healing
    C)control of blood pressure
    D)lung efficiency

    which one of the following factors contributes to hypertension?
    A) A vegotous exercise regimen
    B) A lack of sleep
    C) A diet that lacks protein
    D) A high-fat diet

    which one of the following choices is the best option for vegan snack?
    A)Vanailla soymilk,peanut butter,& pretzels
    B)Almond milk with butter cookies
    C)Chocolate soymilk with angel food cake
    D)Tomato jucie & macaroni & cheese

    how should daily calorie intake be divided for an adult in good health?
    A)80% carbohydrates,20% proteins
    B)60% carbohydrates,40% proteins
    C)60% carbohydrates,30% fats,10% proteins
    D)80% proteins,10%carbohydrates,10% fats

    A person who is lactose intolerants would have difficulty digesting which one of the following foods?
    A)grilled veggie burg on a sesame bun
    B)low-fat cheesecake with rasberries
    C)turkey hot dog with mustard
    D)three-bean salad

    which one of the following choices is the most nutrient-dense snack?
    A)sliced bananas,walnuts,& orange sections
    B)baked potato chips & sparkling water
    C)green salad with ranch dressing
    D)unsalted pretzels & cheddar cheese

    To derive energy from food,you must eat foods that contain?
    A)vitamins & minerals
    B)carbohydrates,proteins,and fats
    C)water
    D)fiber

    which one of the following choices would be an acceptable small meal for a person who is gluten intolerant?
    A)microwave popcorn & carrot sticks
    B)peanut butter on whole-wheat toast
    C)bread sticks with low-fat dressing
    D)orange jucie & graham crackers

    • ANSWER:
      A lot of question to answer.

      Could do it, but that would deny you the chance to do some research.

      Also, would take me too long. Please do some research, and answer the questions yourself. You will be able to do it, and feel better in yourself for doing so, rather than copying answers, that could be wrong anyway.

  19. QUESTION:
    Can someone please help me with my homework....?
    One positive attribute of dietary fat is that it's a good source of?
    A)water
    B)boron
    C)vitamin C
    D)energy

    Which one of the following choices is the best way to control Type II diabetes?
    A)Inject insulin
    B)Avoiding all simple sugars
    C)Adopting a healthy diet & excercising
    D)Avoiding salt

    which one of the following snacks provides all of the essential amino acids?
    A)Apple wedges & carrot sticks
    B)small bowl of chili beans & rice
    C)Corn on the cob
    D)Pasta salad with vinaigrette dressing

    which on of the following choices is the best way to build muscle bulk?
    A)use amino acid powders from a health food store
    B)eat more high-protein foods
    C)avoid vegetarian diets
    D)eat a healthy,balanced diet & follow a regular firness program

    High triglycerides increase the risk for which one of the following conditions?
    A)type II diabetes
    B)heart disease
    C)thyroid disease
    D)osteoporosis

    saturated fats found in animal products,such as bacon & cheese,are also called?
    A)cholesterol
    B)triglycerides
    C)lipids
    D)amino acids

    an elevated HDL is considered a?
    A)risk factor for osteoporosis
    B)risk factor for artritis
    C)less harmful form of cholesterol found in the boady
    D)more harmful form of cholesterol found in the body

    How can a person with lactose intolerance obtain dietary calcium?
    A)take a pill that helps to digest lactose
    B)eat green leafy vegetables,nuts,and enriched soy products
    C)eat lots of fresh shellfish
    D)eat lots of whole grains

    which of the following choices is most accurate about fat-soluble vitamin?
    A)they can cause gastric upset,diarrhea,and kidney stones
    B)they provide no risk of vitamin toxicity
    C)they can be stored in the body
    D)they help build collage & aid in healing

    The glycemic index predicts the way certain foods affect
    A)blood sugar levels
    B)weight loss
    C)excercise performance
    D)blood pressure

    what are the heath benefits of zinc?
    A)reduced muscle fatigue
    B)proper wound healing
    C)control of blood pressure
    D)lung efficiency

    which one of the following factors contributes to hypertension?
    A) A vegotous exercise regimen
    B) A lack of sleep
    C) A diet that lacks protein
    D) A high-fat diet

    which one of the following choices is the best option for vegan snack?
    A)Vanailla soymilk,peanut butter,& pretzels
    B)Almond milk with butter cookies
    C)Chocolate soymilk with angel food cake
    D)Tomato jucie & macaroni & cheese

    how should daily calorie intake be divided for an adult in good health?
    A)80% carbohydrates,20% proteins
    B)60% carbohydrates,40% proteins
    C)60% carbohydrates,30% fats,10% proteins
    D)80% proteins,10%carbohydrates,10% fats

    A person who is lactose intolerants would have difficulty digesting which one of the following foods?
    A)grilled veggie burg on a sesame bun
    B)low-fat cheesecake with rasberries
    C)turkey hot dog with mustard
    D)three-bean salad

    which one of the following choices is the most nutrient-dense snack?
    A)sliced bananas,walnuts,& orange sections
    B)baked potato chips & sparkling water
    C)green salad with ranch dressing
    D)unsalted pretzels & cheddar cheese

    To derive energy from food,you must eat foods that contain?
    A)vitamins & minerals
    B)carbohydrates,proteins,and fats
    C)water
    D)fiber

    which one of the following choices would be an acceptable small meal for a person who is gluten intolerant?
    A)microwave popcorn & carrot sticks
    B)peanut butter on whole-wheat toast
    C)bread sticks with low-fat dressing
    D)orange jucie & graham crackers

    • ANSWER:
      haha help, more like do it for you!

  20. QUESTION:
    Practical exercises? 10 points best answer xx?
    Hey people.
    I'm in my second last year of high school.. I wake up at 6 most days (except mondays, 9) and get home at around 4 (except Wednesdays, 5:30) When i get home not only am i exhausted but I have soo much homework to do! Anyway, I'm on a diet right now and I'm goinng fine with foods but I don't really have the time or energy to start exercising?
    Anyone got any tips or ideas on some good exercises or just how to get motivated?
    And as for the weight loss, any good tips about what I should eat/not eat? I'm pretty much down to under 1000 calories a day, I drink only water and don't eat past 6.
    I'm not trying to get an instant fix, it would be nice to loose a bit over about 2 months though. Ta x
    Sorry about all the question marks lmao.

    • ANSWER:
      edit: I forgot to mention, are you trying to get stronger or lose weight? Either way, most of what iv said applies to both circumstances, but if you are trying to get stronger, you need to be eating EXCESS calories to be effective. if losing weight, just the opposit.

      First off, based on your post, i have to ask how much do you weigh? Depending on your starting weight, 1000 calories a day could be WAY to low. But, that goes in relation to your weight. Unfortunitly, nobody can motivate you but you. You have to have a goal, and want bad enough to push through the tiredness. (BTW: im not saying working out while already tired is a good idea. Body needs rest. But theres a differences between "physically exhausted" and "to tired to go do stuff"

      Your diet should consist of good, starchy carbs (WHOLE WEAT bread, baked potatoes (with minimal or no butter) sweet potatoes, etc.. good fats such as fish, shrimp, other seafoods, flax seeds, omega 3, etc.. and LEAN protein ( grilled, skinless chicken, WILD salmon. raised salmon is fairly fatty due to its diet. if you eat red meat such as burger, try to stick to the 93/7 burger, or go as lean as possible).(also, it has not been proven yet, but there are studies going into cheat meals. that is, some are saying that having a sorta unhealthy meal once every week or 2 weeks can be beneficial to your weight loss becuase your digestive system, just like muscles, can hit a plateu and get used to what your doing. Having a burger or cheat meal now and then shocks your system and keeps it guessing, just like body builders shocking their workout routines to keep it fresh. Just dont go to extreme and down half a pizza)

      There are to many foods out there to compose a comprehensive list of all of them, so most of that part will be you doing research and using good judgement. Also, while not 100% accurate, a good way to get a rough estimate of caloric intake is to take your weight and add a 0 to the end. that will give you a ROUGH number of calories your body needs daily to sustain itself (meaning no running, working out, etc..) just day to day activities of walking, talking, etc so of course this number should be higher if your doing any kind of activities.. Its important not to lower your calory intake to much becuase then you risk crash dieting and having no energy, which causes people to rebound or worse. (you might know this already, just included just incase) Contrary to what those "popular diets" like atkins and south beach say, carbs are good and NEEDED. Your nervous system for example, runs off carbs. Your body needs carbs so make sure not to cut them out, just make sure your getting the good ones.

      Drinking water is good. And i should point out another myth people seem to not talk about. It is NOT unhealthy to eat before bed. Yes you heard me right, and i may get flamed for this. It can actually help you by eating about 30 min before sleep. However, you have to eat the right things. No you cant eat a burger or pizza. But something proper such as a half can of tuna, half a pb sandwhich with honey (no jelly, and make sure the peanut butter is the natural kind with no hydrogenated oils)

      Reasoning for this is becuase when your body shuts down at night, for those who havent aten 3 or 4 hours before sleep, your body then has to go another 8 hours without food (assuming 8 hours of sleep and when your last meal was). After about 4 hours of no food , your body goes into storage mode and actually decreases its fat burning. This is becuase nature designed our bodies to store our fat reserves in the case of a emergency. As long as its not recieving food, the body will hold on to its fat as long as it can. By giving it a small portion of food before sleep, your body has food to go on and only has to go 3 or 4 hours in "storage mode" as opposed to the 12 before. This means that for the next 3 or 4 hours after you fall asleep, your body is still churning away at its fat and the food you ate, as if you were still awake.

      Another thing to note is you should take the amount of calories your trying to eat and divide it by 4 or 5. You should eat 4 or 5 meals a day as opposed to 1 or 2 large meals people in america are accustom to. lets say your taking in 1000 calories, with 4 meals you should take in around 250 calories, each meal, for 4 meals. Or you can switch those up and make breakfast your biggest meal (its perhaps the most important, and not becuase the commercials say so) and lower your last meal a bit.

      foods to stay away from: "normal" peanut butter. shoot for the kind with the oil at the top that require mixing. more work, but alot healthier. obvious things like corn dogs, white bread, (for bread, my rule of thumb is the darker the bread, the healthier it is. you want thick heavy bread becuase it keeps you fuller, longer then white) and most "quick, microwavable things" are bad like cup noodles, surprisingly, most ceriels are bad. i recomend fiber one, becuase fiber is another big player in weight loss. If you eat eggs for breakfast, considering doing a 2/1 split. if you eat 3 eggs, eat 2 egg whites for every 1 whole egg. just seperate the egg white from the yolk for 2 eggs. If mixed scrambled in with 1 whole egg, the w

  21. QUESTION:
    Fitness And Nutrition?
    1. One positive attribute of dietary fat is that it’s a good
    source of
    A. water. C. vitamin C.
    B. boron. D. energy.
    2. Which one of the following choices is the best way to control
    Type II diabetes?
    A. Injecting insulin
    B. Avoiding all simple sugars
    C. Adopting a healthy diet and exercising
    D. Avoiding salt
    3. Which one of the following snacks provides all of the essential amino acids?
    A. Apple wedges and carrot sticks
    B. Small bowl of chili beans and rice
    C. Corn on the cob
    D. Pasta salad with vinaigrette dressing
    4. Which one of the following choices is the best way to build muscle bulk?
    A. Use amino acid powders from a health food store.
    B. Eat more high-protein foods.
    C. Avoid vegetarian diets.
    D. Eat a healthy, balanced diet and follow a regular fitness program.
    5. High triglycerides increase the risk for which one of the following conditions?
    A. Type II diabetes C. Thyroid disease
    B. Heart disease D. Osteoporosis
    6. Saturated fats found in animal products, such as bacon and cheese, are also called
    A. cholesterol. C. lipids.
    B. triglycerides. D. amino acids.
    7. An elevated HDL is considered a
    A. risk factor for osteoporosis.
    B. risk factor for arthritis.
    C. less harmful form of cholesterol found in the body.
    D. more harmful form of cholesterol found in the body.
    8. How can a person with lactose intolerance obtain dietary calcium?
    A. Take a pill that helps to digest lactose.
    B. Eat green leafy vegetables, nuts, and enriched soy products.
    C. Eat lots of fresh shellfish.
    D. Eat lots of whole grains.
    9. Which one of the following choices is most accurate about fat-soluble vitamins?
    A. They can cause gastric upset, diarrhea, and kidney stones.
    B. They provide no risk of vitamin toxicity.
    C. They can be stored in the body.
    D. They help build collagen and aid in healing.
    10. The glycemic index predicts the way certain foods affect
    A. blood sugar levels. C. exercise performance.
    B. weight loss.
    11. What are the health benefits of zinc?
    A. Reduced muscle fatigue C. Control of blood pressure
    B. Proper wound healing D. Lung efficiency
    12. Which one of the following factors contributes to hypertension?
    A. A vigorous exercise regimen C. A diet that lacks protein
    B. A lack of sleep D. A high-fat diet
    13. Which one of the following choices is the best option for a vegan snack?
    A. Vanilla soymilk, peanut butter, and pretzels
    B. Almond milk with butter cookies
    C. Chocolate soymilk with angel food cake
    D. Tomato juice and macaroni and cheese
    14. How should daily calorie intake be divided for an adult in good health?
    A. 80 percent carbohydrates, 20 percent proteins
    B. 60 percent carbohydrates, 40 percent proteins
    C. 60 percent carbohydrates, 30 percent fats, 10 percent proteins
    D. 80 percent proteins, 10 percent carbohydrates, 10 percent fats
    15. A person who is lactose intolerant would have difficulty digesting which one of the
    following foods?
    A. Grilled veggie burger on a sesame bun C. Turkey hot dog with mustard
    B. Low-fat cheesecake with raspberries D. Three-bean salad
    16. Which one of the following choices is the most nutrient-dense snack?
    A. Sliced bananas, walnuts, and orange sections
    B. Baked potato chips and sparkling water
    C. Green salad with ranch dressing
    D. Unsalted pretzels and cheddar cheese
    17. To derive energy from food, you must eat foods that contain
    A. vitamins and minerals. C. water.
    B. carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. D. fiber.
    18. Which one of the following choices is a simple sugar?
    A. Glucose C. Lactase
    B. Orange juice D. Chocolate
    19. Which one of the following snack combinations will best satisfy a person’s daily
    fluid requirements?
    A. Ice cream, sherbet, and fruit
    B. Bananas, whole-wheat bread, and water
    C. Fresh fruit, green salad, water
    D. Fruit juice, energy bars, cold cereal
    20 Which one of the following choices would be an acceptable small meal for a person
    who is gluten intolerant?
    A. Microwave popcorn and carrot sticks
    B. Peanut butter on whole-wheat toast
    C. Bread sticks with low-fat dressing
    D. Orange juice and graham crackers

    • ANSWER:
      1 d
      2.c
      3.b
      4.d
      5.b
      6.b
      7.d
      8.b
      9.c
      10.a
      11.b
      12.b
      13.d
      14.c
      15.b
      16.a
      17.a
      18.b
      19.c
      20.b

      alright... i hope i did well!

  22. QUESTION:
    Help with the following questions please?
    My daughter is doing an online schooling program, and I was wondering if anyone can help with these questions, I will NOT give them to her, I just want to check her answers so I know how well she's learning and paying attention.

    Questions 1–20: Select the one best answer to each question.

    1. One positive attribute of dietary fat is that it’s a good
    source of
    A. water. C. vitamin C.
    B. boron. D. energy.

    2. Which one of the following choices is the best way to control
    Type II diabetes?
    A. Injecting insulin
    B. Avoiding all simple sugars
    C. Adopting a healthy diet and exercising
    D. Avoiding salt

    3. Which one of the following snacks provides all of the essential amino acids?
    A. Apple wedges and carrot sticks
    B. Small bowl of chili beans and rice
    C. Corn on the cob
    D. Pasta salad with vinaigrette dressing

    4. Which one of the following choices is the best way to build muscle bulk?
    A. Use amino acid powders from a health food store.
    B. Eat more high-protein foods.
    C. Avoid vegetarian diets.
    D. Eat a healthy, balanced diet and follow a regular fitness program.

    5. High triglycerides increase the risk for which one of the following conditions?
    A. Type II diabetes C. Thyroid disease
    B. Heart disease D. Osteoporosis

    6. Saturated fats found in animal products, such as bacon and cheese, are also called
    A. cholesterol. C. lipids.
    B. triglycerides. D. amino acids.

    7. An elevated HDL is considered a
    A. risk factor for osteoporosis.
    B. risk factor for arthritis.
    C. less harmful form of cholesterol found in the body.
    D. more harmful form of cholesterol found in the body.

    8. How can a person with lactose intolerance obtain dietary calcium?
    A. Take a pill that helps to digest lactose.
    B. Eat green leafy vegetables, nuts, and enriched soy products.
    C. Eat lots of fresh shellfish.
    D. Eat lots of whole grains.

    9. Which one of the following choices is most accurate about fat-soluble vitamins?
    A. They can cause gastric upset, diarrhea, and kidney stones.
    B. They provide no risk of vitamin toxicity.
    C. They can be stored in the body.
    D. They help build collagen and aid in healing.

    10. The glycemic index predicts the way certain foods affect
    A. blood sugar levels. C. exercise performance.
    B. weight loss. D. blood pressure.

    11. What are the health benefits of zinc?
    A. Reduced muscle fatigue C. Control of blood pressure
    B. Proper wound healing D. Lung efficiency

    12. Which one of the following factors contributes to hypertension?
    A. A vigorous exercise regimen C. A diet that lacks protein
    B. A lack of sleep D. A high-fat diet

    13. Which one of the following choices is the best option for a vegan snack?
    A. Vanilla soymilk, peanut butter, and pretzels
    B. Almond milk with butter cookies
    C. Chocolate soymilk with angel food cake
    D. Tomato juice and macaroni and cheese

    14. How should daily calorie intake be divided for an adult in good health?
    A. 80 percent carbohydrates, 20 percent proteins
    B. 60 percent carbohydrates, 40 percent proteins
    C. 60 percent carbohydrates, 30 percent fats, 10 percent proteins
    D. 80 percent proteins, 10 percent carbohydrates, 10 percent fats

    15. A person who is lactose intolerant would have difficulty digesting which one of the
    following foods?
    A. Grilled veggie burger on a sesame bun C. Turkey hot dog with mustard
    B. Low-fat cheesecake with raspberries D. Three-bean salad

    16. Which one of the following choices is the most nutrient-dense snack?
    A. Sliced bananas, walnuts, and orange sections
    B. Baked potato chips and sparkling water
    C. Green salad with ranch dressing
    D. Unsalted pretzels and cheddar cheese

    17. To derive energy from food, you must eat foods that contain
    A. vitamins and minerals. C. water.
    B. carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. D. fiber.

    18. Which one of the following choices is a simple sugar?
    A. Glucose C. Lactase
    B. Orange juice D. Chocolate

    19. Which one of the following snack combinations will best satisfy a person’s daily
    fluid requirements?
    A. Ice cream, sherbet, and fruit
    B. Bananas, whole-wheat bread, and water
    C. Fresh fruit, green salad, water
    D. Fruit juice, energy bars, cold cereal

    20 Which one of the following choices would be an acceptable small meal for a person
    who is gluten intolerant?
    A. Microwave popcorn and carrot sticks
    B. Peanut butter on whole-wheat toast
    C. Bread sticks with low-fat dressing
    D. Orange juice and graham crackers

    • ANSWER:

  23. QUESTION:
    Special k challenge, please answer..?
    If anyone can answer all of these questions thoroughly i will give you best answer, and thats a promise.
    1. How does Special k help you lose weight, if it has so much sugar in it. (including the bars)
    2. I have a big serving of cereal, so can i just have my 2 serves in 1?
    3. Is it true that it will leave you hungry and tired?
    4. if so, what are some foods high in energy that i can eat in the morning
    5. If i go back to my normal eating habbits when i've reached my desired weight, will i put it all back on, if so,
    6. Where can i buy their protein bars (i couldn't find them last time i went shopping)
    7. is the special k breakfast, with protein bar for lunch, and normal tea, along with snacks in between and normal exercise 5-6 times a week guaranteed a bit of weight loss.

    I know they are hard questions, but i will give best answer to whoever can answer all or most of them with detail and decent reasons. thanks :) x
    i want to lose 5 kilos.

    • ANSWER:
      1. I really don't know how Special K can help someone loose weight. Maybe its all in portion control.
      2. I don't think you can because that can cause you to still want to eat some more later on in the day.
      3. At first I was still hungry but then I got use to it. And I never felt tired. In fact I saw that as time went by I felt like I had more energy.
      4. If you have that problem then you can try eating the protein bar or having the protein shake in the morning. That will give you the energy you need.
      5.Chances are that you will. You will have to eat balanced meals. Just don't over eat. And remember to eat plenty of fruits and veggies. They will keep you full for a longer time.
      6. Maybe the store ran out at that time so you might want to shop around to find some. I usually find them in any supermarket around.
      7. Yes it does, because you will be eating smaller meals and less food through out the day.

      I hope this helps you and I wish you luck!

  24. QUESTION:
    What do you think of my thoughts on metabolism, blood sugar, and diet?
    Hear me out on this. Yeah if you know the stuff I post you know this is going to get long. Settle in.

    I'd like this question answered seriously by serious people. It's my intention to one day write a fitness self-help book. I'd like to know what I'm talking about, not just for the sake of being informed, but because I'd be giving advice to be people from which they'd be making decisions on their lives. Naturally I feel a responsibility. I suppose one could argue that this is not the place one should form their ideas for that sort of thing; and yet one can't argue that this is a place that forms ideas, and, more specifically, ideas of mine will be formed here, regardless.

    Ugh. The luck I've been having I asked this question in Diseses & Conditions>Diabetes (I'm like, hey, these guys no about blood sugar and such). I guess I should have posted it at an earlier time of day because my lone response was a guy spamming weight-loss berries from Oprah (no really). I posted it on Diet & Fitness, and it didn't even show up on the Diet & Fitness page! (Apparently that's been happening with Y!A lately. That and I think my long question broke it.), and then it happened again. So anyways, fourth time the charm?

    The thinking on the glycemic index these days is that a high post-ingestion blood sugar spike is a bad thing, because the parts of one's metabolism that convert metabolisables into body fat work hardest when there's an abundance to work with. The reason being that in evolutionary terms the best way these nutrients can be kept is deposited as fat, not swirling around in the blood stream, which can't maintain anywhere near as high an energy density (duh) especially since excessive blood sugars have toxicity issues and must be excreted from the body. Basically the body is rushing to convert this stuff to fat while there's still a bunch of it before it all gets flushed out.

    I have the notion there's more to this story though. Nutritionists talk about how low glycemic foods, give you much more energy down the line than high glycemic foods of equal calories, because, for whatever reason, the blood sugar profile of these foods is less a graph with a high spike and a rapid descent into low blood sugar, and more a low spike followed by a very shallow drop over time of moderate blood sugar, which keeps you feeling energetic and full of spunk.

    Most metabolisable nutrients have been given the O.K. in this regards. Proteins, fats, complex carbohydrates may not be equals, but are at least far better for you than simple sugars.

    Now there are some things that really bother me about that. What's going on is we are given two values, the Glycemic Index, and the number of calories in food, and that's supposed to tell us everything.

    Just to give an example if you have a high glycemic index food with a certain amount of calories, then you know two things. You know your blood sugar is probably going to be real high after you eat that food and you know the potential metabolisable energy that your body can extract from that food.

    Well suppose you want to make a graph of what that would do to your blood sugar over time. What you have is the peak value of that graph and the area that should be under the graph's line.

    You know what? That leaves alot undefined. You could have high blood sugar plateaued for a short time that then crashes like nobody's business. You could have an immediate steep decline in blood sugar. Or, you could have a quick drop in blood sugar, with moderately elevated blood sugar for some time after. You really don't know.

    This problem is helped even less since there's alot we don't know about these values that we're supposed to know. The Glycemic Index is not a measure of the immediate effect on blood sugar by each metabolisable nutrient in each category. It is not produced by calculations based on the chemical characteristics of fructose, or Omega-3 fatty acids. It is an empirical measurement of the effect of specific FOODS, that contain a variety of metabolisables, on blood sugar. In a way it is a composite measurement of the combined effects of every nutrient, and even the physical makeup and texture of a given food. And as I've suggested, nutritionists would help us out alot to try and track the effects of foods on the blood sugar over time.

    Of course, there's reasons why that's easier said than done, and perhaps even less scientific than what we're talking about in the first place. The lasting effect of foods is sometimes lost in the background (or more than background) noise of people's fat's contributions to their blood sugar. And such data over time would require fasting, before and for the duration of the tests.

    And we don't know calories the way we think either. Maybe you already know that there is not a one to one to one relationship between the number of calories that we chew and swallow, the number of calories that end up as blood sugar, and the number of calories that end up as body fat. Not everything that goes into your mouth is destined to go on your hips. But, did you know it's not just because your body isn't set to turn everything it gets into body fat, and it's not just because of the Glycemic Index?

    What we're dealing with is a theoretical number. In theory, if your body put some real effort into it, it could pry every calorie loose from that granola bar. But, I don't think it will come even close to doing that.

    So what, you ask? After all that just means even less calories to worry about than you thought. O.K. Let's go back to the whole nutritionists say low glycemic index foods are good because they make you have more personal energy to take you through your day thing. You say, so I'm down on energy, that'll just encourage my body to burn some fat instead. I may feel down, but I'll feel better when I'm fit.

    Besides that I'm fairly certain that I've seen studies that say that starving your body whatever way you do it is not a sound strategy for lasting fitness, I still have to think that's flawed. You have to take this in the context of what that means for the parts of your body that regulate your body fat. From that perspective if blood sugars are always low that's all the more reason to convert metabolisables into fat when there's a spike in them. Whenever that spike may be.

    To my thinking, for obesity the problem here is not high, medium, or low blood sugar levels. It's the jumping up and down, and the steep rises and falls of the blood sugar levels.

    Even complex carbohydrates could be bad to this line of thinking. Sure they might not spike your blood sugar very much, but what then? How long does that last? And, how steep is the crash?

    That's really what largely got me thinking on these ideas in the first place. Complex carbohydrates have been lauded for how they have low glycemic index, because it's hard for the body to convert them from food to blood sugar. My reaction to that was, that doesn't mean complex carb's are good for you because they have a low glycemic index due to their low impact on blood sugar. That means complex carb's have next to no effect on blood sugar ever so their low glycemic index is worthless. They'ra just another kind of a starvation diet.

    And, my hunch is that since complex carbohydrates are cut from the same cloth as simple sugars they are suspect. I mean there are lots of dieticians, especially sports dieticians, who will tell you that carbohydrates are still an important part of your diet.

    My point is they're not an essential part of your diet. You can't live without proteins, or fats. You can live without carb's. The closest thing they're is to a nutrient carbohydate is dietary fiber (certain kinds of complex carb's), and even they're not essential, even though yes you should include them in some way, especially if you're trying to get your cholesterol levels under control.

    But, I suppose given the information we really have we can't any more certainly point the finger at complex carbohydrates, proteins, or fats. (But simple sugars? Oh yeah.)
    Actually officially, and I believe this is the position the british governemnt still stands by, the purpose of Sir Walter Raleigh's expedition was exploration. Which although I'm sure that was a priority, I think the main interest of his journey was flagrant piracy. I mean the guy sacked a convent. As for the potato, I'm fairly certain when it was brought back it was considered a botanical oddity, and wasn't actually eaten until later. Oh and as for the obesity epidemic don't forget air conditioning. People don't sweat the way they used to. And thank god for that. And on exercise yeah I'm definitely going to tell be people that exercise before diet is the key to fitness, though diet enables exercise. You gave me alot to think about. I'll do some more research.

    Also did this question ever show up on the front page? Do you know?

    • ANSWER:
      I think your question(s?) is typical american diet propaganda. Its that looking for a magic formula principle or applying science in someway to allow us have our cake and eat it.
      I'll tell you why I think American diets don't work really- your society is based around the car ; drive everywhere;people are in wall mart driving around the aisles in motorised trolleys..I even remember seeing healthy but fat kids being pushed in wheelchairs by their skinny parents in between rides in Disneyland. You don't actually use an awful lot of glucose or glycogen stores because each year you find a way of moving less and less as a nation so that if you decrease your glucose intake it probably isn't noticed. When we try your GI diets etc we often faint cos the level of glucose is too small for our more active lifestyles.The truth is any fad diet willwork because you fatigue of eating the same crap day after day and you lose your interest in food and eat less without realising it

      My guess is the obeisity epidemic is a result of food science and is solvable by laws limiting saturated fat content and sugar content in food that was developed for pre WWII people who were on the verge of starvation and to whom a fat enriched diet was a lifesaver back then. Throughout history all countires have faced famine : thats why the english sent Sir Walter Rayleigh off to find potatoes , a source of carbohydrate. Nowadays we simply enrich our food...I seem to remember nearly everything you'd eat in the USA was sugar coated like the way you'd feed frosties to a kid who wouldn't eat..except this was adult food ! The obvious way to reduce fat is to produce foods lower in calories, fat and carbohydrates by law. Its soooo obvious but no one does it.

      To answer your stuff about intermediary metabolism your talk about the graph of glucose levels versus time is interesting. The area under the curve is called the bioavailability ( absorption) of glucose as released from the foodsource. However glucose is a complex creature because its blood levels are influenced by insulin, adrenaline, glucagon, glycogen formation, the Km of enzymes such as hexokinase and glucokinase. Right enough a peak of glucose stimulates insulin release causing the conversion to fats and glycogen (immediate stores) and glycolysis...conversion to pyruvate in order to enter the Krebbs cycle in the mitochondria. Some people probably have more/better mitochondria than others and this might contribute to weight diffences.The basic evolutionary force you speak of is really survival of the fittest at maintaining blood glucose above 5 mmol in order to keep the brain from dying ( can only burn glucose) . Hexokinase, the entry enzyme of the liver where metabolism largely occurs, has a Km of 5mmol...this means as blood glucose falls below 5 mmol its intake of glucose falls to virtually zero.This conserves glucose for the brain. Similarly starvation, through release of growth hormone causes initially the consumption of protein ( heart muscle mainly) initially and finally the mobilisation of fat stores ( glycerol ->glucose, fatty acids to ketones which are usable by Krebbs cycle if L-Carnithine is present to transport in the fats) after about 3 days. We know an awful lot about this process of starvation mainly from hospitalised patients. The shock to the body of an operation often causes large amounts of adrenaline(epinephrine) and cortisol release that promotes internal catabolism of protein and to a lesser extent fat stores. Initially it may be possible to directly supply glucose via an intravenous drip but usually after a few days in order to prevent loss of heart muscle you need to supply a certain percentage of the calories as protein and fat ..I think roughly 30/30/40 ( fat/protein/glucose) in order to stop the loss of heart muscle from the metabolic shock. Its the same with diets...you do need a balanced diet in order to prevent the body thinking it needs to produce one food group to suppliment its lack of another foodgroup( fat/protein) and to maintain glucose levels. Yes, I concede the glycemic index is probably a good idea in the sense it promotes foods with a slow release profile for glucose and sustains blood levels of glucose more evenly ( your curve is more elongated and the peak is broader) but overall you need to reduce calories modestly across all 3 foodgroups and increase exercise to preserve muscle protein.

      There is more. I lost 3 stone once in Weight watchers. My success , I perceived was down to the ability to estimate food more accurately in terms of their points system ( calories vs saturated fats) and the fact I weighed my food. It was extremely hard the first few weeks until I lost my stomach fat and after that it was easy. I formed the impression my fat cells in someway signalled my satiety centre but after you lost this fat store the signal strenght weakened ( less output from fat). I understand leptins actually do this , it was subsequently discovered and antileptin drugs may ultimately be the cure. Keeping off the weight was harder because, in my opinion, most foods you buy are artificially enriched with calories, sugars and fats and your basic western meal is enough calories for a whole day. I think governments limiting fats in foods is the only sane diet solution :)

  25. QUESTION:
    Someone check my health homework?
    1. The weight that is best for your body (1 point)
    eating disorders
    appropriate weight*
    underweight
    overweight
    2. Weighing more than what is appropriate for your gender, height, age, body frame, and growth pattern (1 point)
    underweight
    overweight*
    obese
    appropriate weight
    3. An eating disorder characterized by self-starvation leading to extreme weight loss (1 point)
    bulimia nervosa
    compulsive eating
    anorexia nervosa
    obese*
    4. The way you see and feel about your body (1 point)
    underweight
    overweight*
    body mass index
    body image
    5. The formula you can use to determine if your weight is appropriate for you (1 point)
    body mass index
    compulsive eating
    bulimia nervosa*
    body image
    6. Weighing less than is appropriate for your gender, height, age, body frame, and growth pattern
    (1 point)
    underweight*
    body mass index
    overweight
    obese
    7. Weight that is more than 20 percent higher than what is appropriate for a person's height, age, and body frame (1 point)
    appropriate weight
    overweight*
    obese
    underweight
    8. A condition in which a person eats large amounts of food and then secretly purges (1 point)
    eating disorders
    bulimia nervosa*
    body image
    anorexia nervosa
    9. Extreme and damaging eating behaviors that can lead to sickness and even death (1 point)
    compulsive eating
    bulimia nervosa
    eating disorders
    anorexia nervosa*
    10. An eating disorder in which people are unable to control their desire to eat and compulsively overeat (1 point)
    compulsive eating*
    bulimia nervosa
    obese
    anorexia nervosa
    True/False
    Indicate whether the statement is true or false.
    11. Bulimia has the highest death rate of any mental illness. (1 point)
    True*
    False
    12. A person with a binge eating disorder eats even when they are not hungry. (1 point)
    True
    False*
    13. The number of overweight American teens is at an all-time low. (1 point)
    True
    False*
    14. Eating disorders are often brought on by psychological problems. (1 point)
    True*
    False
    15. People with bulimia nervosa purge their food by vomiting or taking laxatives. (1 point)
    True*
    False
    16. Moderately active female teens should take in around 4,000 calories per day. (1 point)
    True
    False*
    17. The secret to reaching and then maintaining weight is to adjust your energy equation. (1 point)
    True*
    False
    18. People with anorexia nervosa usually have high self-esteem. (1 point)
    True
    False*
    19. If you do an hour of vigorous push-ups and sit-ups, you will burn an average of 1000 calories. (1 point)
    True*
    False
    20. Many overeaters are obese. (1 point)
    True*
    False

    • ANSWER:
      3. Anorexia Nervosa
      4. Body Image
      5. Body Mass Index
      9. Compulsive Eating
      10. Obese

  26. QUESTION:
    This is how you lose weight [Not Spam] TL;DR?
    In order to educate women and some men who believe that doing cardio and abs will help them shed pounds on their midsection. I also think it will help out trainers who have a hard time getting clients to understand the benefits of lifting moderately heavy weights, which is the best thing for them to do to lose weight.

    Everyone knows that cardio is the best thing for you when looking to burn extra calories. Or is it? What most people don’t know is cardio can be the worst thing for cutting fat when it isn’t paired with weight training. If you ask the girl (or even the guy) on the ab machine what she’s trying to do, nine times out of ten she will reply with “lose my stomach fat.” Ten times out of ten, she won’t loss stomach fat. The number one reason for this is that you can’t spot reduce an area. When you lose body fat, the fat will be reduced throughout the body, not just from the area you’re working. If we could lose weight in just one area, don’t you think we’d look a little funny? People would walk around with rock hard abs, saggy glutes, and flabby arms. All beach guys would have fat legs because they only do chest, arms, and abs.

    Stop listening to your uneducated group fitness class groupies.

    You’re working too hard and burning too many calories. Your body is eating your muscle, which is slowing your metabolism down, and you aren’t strength training.

    I don’t care about my muscle. What does that have to do with me losing weight.

    It has everything to do with you losing weight. Your muscle is going to be what regulates your metabolism. Your metabolism is going to be the amount of calories you burn at rest throughout the day. Now this is where muscle comes in. Your muscle determines your metabolism. A pound of muscle can burn anywhere up to 50 calories a day depending on its health. The more muscle you have, the more calories you will burn throughout the day. This is known as your basal metabolic rate, an estimated amount of calories you burn throughout the day. If you don’t take in enough calories throughout the day, your body will have to get the nutrients it needs from somewhere. If you had to choose between eating fat or meat, what would you eat? Meat. Your body would too.

    Meal frequency. You eat three meals a day, correct? That is ok if you’re eating the right amount of calories and your metabolism hasn’t been damaged like yours has. The trick to keeping your body burning calories or keeping your metabolism moving is to constantly put food in to be used for fuel for the body. An easy way to understand this is to think of your body as an old furnace that needs wood for fuel. The wood represents the food. To turn on the furnace, you must put wood in it. The wood will burn for a few hours, but in order to keep the furnace on, you must add more wood. The same thing goes for the body. If there isn’t any food to fuel the body, the metabolism slows down. If you are to eat every two and a half to three hours—four being the most—you will keep your metabolism constantly working. Five to six small meals should do the trick.”

    Carbs are good for you, especially after a workout. Any exercise over about 45 minutes can be long enough to completely destroy your carb or glycogen storage. Glycogen is what carbs are stored as in the body. It is stored in muscles and organs. After an intense cardio session, Have you ever noticed that your muscle are flat or you feel thinner? That isn’t just from sweating out fluids. It is also from using your energy storage. This is where the whole low carb diet thing came about.

    After one day of cutting out carbs, most people will lose one to two pounds, mostly from water. Not only do you lose weight, but you also feel thinner. That’s because you’re depleting your muscles of glycogen. Carbs will keep your muscles hydrated, making you feel like your muscles are bloated, hence the name carbohydrate. About two-thirds of your carb intake is used for the brain. That is why most people get light-headed until of course they get used to operating on less carbs. You will be able to function but not at your max.

    If you burn off more calories than you take in, you will lose weight.

    Don’t get me wrong—too many carbs are bad, but so is too much of anything. If you were able to have 2000 calories and ate 2500 calories of all protein, you wouldn’t lose weight. The same thing goes if you ate 1800 calories just from cake. You wouldn’t lose weight. Each macronutrient, protein, carb, or fat has its own job. Protein is great because it is the most versatile one.

    Adding a carb in at breakfast and lunch and then two small, healthy snacks in between lunch and dinner.

    What kind of snacks?A shake, fruit or almonds.

    Some fats are good for you. The body needs fat for certain things, and you shouldn’t deprive your body of it. It is the secondary source of energy and also helps with joint health. There are other things your body uses fat for. But no matter how good it is for yo
    u. The body needs fat for certain things, and you shouldn’t deprive your body of it. It is the secondary source of energy and also helps with joint health. There are other things your body uses fat for. But no matter how good it is for you, fat is fat in the end. Too much of any one thing isn’t any good, especially fat. It contains nine calories per gram as opposed to protein and carbs, which both have four calories per gram. That’s why fat should be kept to two servings per day in my opinion. So, yes, almonds.

    As a general rule of thumb, to help portion meals, I recommend having a small amount of protein with each meal with a serving of carbs or a protein and a serving of fat. It will balance out to about the same amount of calories. If you do a fruit or almonds by itself, that is ok to start. It is a step in the right direction.

    You're Welcome.
    gbangURmom
    (You can thank me with bee that make milk.)
    Helter Skelter you're so cool. Thanks for enlightening me.

    • ANSWER:
      Awesome stuff mate. Keep up the good work. A lot of people tend to stay away from weight training when trying to lose weight but I always balanced between my diet, weight training, and cardio to lose weight. It works wonders because the muscles help me up my metabolic rate!

  27. QUESTION:
    How should I eat to gain weight (muscle)?
    I'm a skinny guy. I wanna get lean, mean and ripped like all of you!
    ...Just kidding

    I've tried gaining muscle by eating lean and taking in a lot of protine (eating low-fat protine rich foods) and working out a lot, but it just doesn't seem to work. I make little gains in strength here and there but nothing really significant. So I decided to do the alternate which is to do a period of bulking followed by a period of fat loss which should encourage better results.
    But since I'm a relatively low body fat now (I'm pretty skinny if I haven't already said something about that) I'm unsure if I should eat and get a little more fat on me and then start bulking, or if I should just start going for it now. My theory is that if I try to bulk now, my rabbit paced metabolism will just devour all of the food and I'll have to eat my entire college campus to gain an ounce of weight. But if I gain some weight first and then start working out heavy, I'll have some fall back space with the stored energy and all so I won't start eating my own muscle. Or at least that's what I'm thinking.
    Can someone tell me which is the best method? I would really appreciate it.

    (Also, even though I live on a super cool campus and they have a gym with weight lifting equiptment and stuff, I'm not really to keen on walking in there alone and weak. So if anyone has any bodyweight regimens that I could follow to get me started and hopefully add a little mass I would greatly appreciate it. I'm looking for pretty much an entire body workout with emphasis on chest, biceps and shoulders. I have some experience in bodyweight workouts but once again...they don't really work for me or I'm just doing them wrong)

    You guys are awesome! Even if all you did was read the question to get your own tips ;)

    • ANSWER:

  28. QUESTION:
    What do you all think 'bout Beyonce's maple syrup diet? Check out this article.?
    Maple Syrup Diet
    Lose over a stone in just a fortnight! That’s the promise of the Maple Syrup Diet followed by pop star Beyonce. But is this diet really the best way to shift those excess pounds and will it work for everyone? WLR’s dietitian Juliette Kellow investigates...

    Maple Syrup Diet

    By WLR Dietitian
    Juliette Kellow BSc RD

    This month, the papers have been full of reports about a new diet made famous by pop star Beyonce Knowles.

    The ex-Destiny’s Child singer spilled the beans on how she slimmed down and lost 1½ stone in just two weeks for her new movie, Dreamgirls, due for release next January. Beyonce’s diet apparently consisted of eating nothing for a fortnight, instead surviving on detox drinks consisting of a syrup mixed with lemon juice, water and cayenne pepper!

    The syrup – Madal Bal Natural Tree Syrup – is made from the sap of maple and palm trees. Also known as The Lemon Detox, the diet was introduced more than 30 years ago by naturopath Stanley Burroughs. Many of the claimed benefits include weight loss, cleansing the body of toxins, greater resistance to illness, improved concentration, increased energy, clearer skin and eyes, shinier hair and stronger nails.

    The detox drink itself is made by mixing 2 tablespoons of the Natural Tree Syrup (which they say is 20ml) with 2 tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice, a pinch of cayenne pepper or ginger and half a pint of hot or cold water. It’s recommended you drink as much as you like, but ideally six to nine glasses daily.

    There are also four detox plans to choose from:

    The Full Detox – this involves surviving solely on the detox drink for 10 days, although it’s recommended that beginners follow it for just 5–7 days. It can also be extended for up to 14 days, but should only be done so with the consent of a health professional.

    Relaxed Version – this involves substituting breakfast, dinner or both these meals with 2–3 glasses of the detox drink. But you should still avoid sweets, processed foods, red meat, fried food, white bread, dairy products, coffee and booze for the remaining meals.

    The Once a Week version – as the name suggests, you skip food and have the detox drinks on one day each week.

    The Master Plan – a hardcore plan that involves a twice-yearly multi-day detox combined with detoxing once a week!
    WLR says:

    Pop star Beyonce may have a figure that many of us envy, but it seems she believes in the ‘no pain, no gain’ mantra to get it that way. In fact, this is one of the most extreme diets ever and makes Carol Vorderman’s detox plans look like a positive food fest.

    This diet is potentially dangerous. Effectively, it involves drinking nothing but sugared water for days on end. Of course you will lose weight, but that’s purely the result of limiting calories excessively.

    A tablespoon (which they say is 10ml) of Natural Tree Syrup contains just 26 calories. That means if you have six drinks a day (each containing the recommended 2 tablespoons of syrup), your daily intake will be just 312 calories. Even nine drinks only provide 468 calories.

    The effects of crash diet

    This low calorie diet plan will leave you hungry, irritable and lacking in energy as your blood sugar levels go on a roller coaster ride of highs and lows. And chances are, the pounds will go straight back on as soon as you ditch the diet.

    But it’s not just the extremely low calorie content that’s worrying. These drinks are devoid of protein, fibre, vitamins, minerals and all the naturally occurring plant chemicals (Phytochemicals) we know help to keep us fit and healthy. After just a few days, it’s likely you’ll become constipated due to the complete lack of fibre in the diet. And if you follow this diet for any length of time, you could end up with low nutrient levels, including iron, calcium, zinc and vitamin C. Meanwhile, a combination of sugar and acid (from the lemon juice) is also a disaster for teeth and so may increase the risk of dental decay.

    As for the idea that the body needs to detox, this is simply nonsense. Our bodies are cleverly designed to get rid of waste products and toxins – that’s one of the main functions of our liver and kidneys.

    Worryingly though, these facts aren’t stopping people from buying this product. Even though it costs a massive £39.99 for a litre (enough for 5 to 7 days), the company that distribute Madal Bal Natural Tree Syrup say they’ve gone from selling 500 tins a year to around 2,000 a month!

    Crash Diet Versus Healthy Eating

    Bottom line: this is a crash diet – and one of the worst! Put it to the back of your mind and concentrate on getting a bootylicious body by eating a healthy diet that will shift those pounds slowly – but keep them off for good.

    • ANSWER:
      strange.. ?
      hmm... =//

  29. QUESTION:
    PlEASE HELP ME WITH MY HOMEWORK!!!!?
    which of the following conditions might occur if a female athlete attempts extreme weight loss?
    a) stomachaches & severe thirst
    b)osteoposis & amenorrhea
    c) fluid retention & bloating
    d) bone fractures & torn ligaments

    In addition to decreasing the amount of fat in a dish,salsa can also increase the amount of?
    a) calories & cholesterol
    b) calcium & phosphorus
    c) vitamin C & fiber
    d) sodium & cholesterol

    If you use soymilk on regular basis,you should select a variety that's?
    a) naturally fat free
    b) enriched with calcium & vitamins
    c) fortified with protein
    d) chocolate or vanilla flavored

    Positive energy balance is impotant when?
    a) weight lose is desired
    b) a child is growing
    d) you're stressed

    A person can achieve optimum daily nutrition by
    a) eating a variety of healthy foods
    b) drinking at least six glasses of juice
    c) eating large amounts of lean protein
    d) excluding all fat from his or her diet

    An adult with a BMI of 25 to 30 is considered
    a) healthy
    b) underweight
    c) overweight
    d) obese

    What is the best way to lose one pound?
    a) reduce carbohydrate intake by 3,500
    b) reduce carbohydrate intake by 7,000
    c) reduce calorie intake by 3,500
    d) reduce calorie intake by 7,000

    Which one of the following choices is the closest in size to one serving of meat?
    a) an open palm
    b) a baseball
    c) a coffee mug
    d) a deck of cards

    Which one of the following wieght management plans is the most effective?
    a) one that causes a person to lose a lot of weight in a short time period
    b) one that can be followed over the course of a lifetime
    c) one that includes convenience foods that require little prep time
    d) one that requires specialty foods,such as canned drinks

    The body can use glycogen as an energy source when aerbic excercise lasts
    a) less than 20 min
    b) between 30 & 60 min
    c) between 50 & 80 min
    d) more than 90 min

    When calculating the daily protein needs for marathon runners or competitive weightlifters, you should allow for approximately_____grams of protein per kilogram of body weight.
    a)0.8 to 1.0
    b)1.0 to 1.2
    c)1.2 to 1.4
    d) 1.4 to 1.7

    Sports beaverages should ideally contain
    a) water,sodium,& caffeine
    b) water,sodium,& calcium
    c) water,carbohydrates,potassium,& sodium
    d) water,protein,calcium,& magnesium

    which one of the following foods is an example of healthy dessert treat?
    a) ice cream & sliced bananas
    b) lemon cream pie & dairy-based whipped topping
    c) frozen pudding with sliced almonds
    d) sorbet with fresh berries

    which one of the following choices can be added to increase the "creaminess" and nutritional value of soups without adding fat?
    a) nonfat milk
    b) pureed root vegetables
    c) cornstarch
    d) creamed corn

    • ANSWER:
      i'd say:
      b
      c
      b
      b
      a
      c
      c
      d
      b
      d-this one im not sure
      c
      c
      d
      no idea...b?

  30. QUESTION:
    who would like to answer these for me? I will give you best answer?
    23. A one-ounce slice of boiled ham has 5 grams of fat and 5 grams of protein. What is the total number of cal?
    23. A one-ounce slice of boiled ham has 5 grams of fat and 5 grams of protein. What is the total number of calories found in the ham?

    40 calories
    55 calories
    65 calories
    90 calories

    24. Bulimia is a condition described by which of the following?

    self-imposed starvation
    a binge-purge regime to control weight
    a metabolic disorder in which the victim cannot break down food
    intake of excessive vitamins and minerals

    25. What are the effects of exercise on the bones?

    It increases calcium deposits in the bones.
    It weakens the muscles that support the bones.
    It increases the risk of arthritis in the joints.
    It makes bones brittle, weak, and subject to fracture.

    26. What is the recommendation by the New Food Guide Pyramid for the amount of physical activity a teenager should get weekly?

    be physically active one to two times a week for 45 to 60 minutes
    be physically active four times a week for 15 minutes each
    be physically active every day or most days for 60 minutes
    be physically active seven days a week for 90 minutes

    27. What is your appetite?

    desire for food
    physical need for food
    illness caused by the lack of nutrients
    basal metabolic rate

    28. If an athlete experiences low blood pressure, thirst, dry skin, and mental confusion, what nutrient may be lacking?

    protein
    carbohydrates
    fats
    water

    29. Which of the following is a long-term benefit of aerobic exercise?

    decreased energy expenditure
    decreased levels of stress
    increased heart rate
    increased blood pressure

    30. What effect does exercise have on a person?

    It decreases the amount of oxygen needed by the blood.
    It decreases the heart size, increasing the strength of the contractions.
    It decreases the heart output and work the heart muscle must do.
    It decreases the amount of cholesterol/fat in the blood vessels.

    31. Which of the following activities provides the greatest aerobic benefits?

    baseball
    golf
    swimming
    tennis

    32. Sue Jane tries to do thirteen sit-ups and then cannot do any more. What component of Sue Jane's fitness needs to be improved?

    body composition
    flexibility
    strength
    endurance

    33. Robert tries to reach behind his back and finds out that he can't do it. What component of Robert's fitness needs to be improved?

    body composition
    flexibility
    strength
    endurance

    34. What disorder is associated with self-imposed starvation and an obsession with thinness?

    obesity
    anorexia nervosa
    bulimia nervosa
    binge eating

    35. Brendan wants to improve the health of his heart. What type of exercise would you recommend to him?

    flexibility
    strength
    anaerobic exercise
    cardiovascular endurance

    36. What Body Mass Index range is normal?

    13-19
    20-27
    28-35
    36-45

    37. Andrea has been feeling very tired and she looks pale. What mineral should she take to increase the number of red blood cells her body produces as well as her oxygen-carrying capacity?

    fluoride
    calcium
    potassium
    iron

    38. Which of the following is NOT a sign or symptom of anorexia nervosa?

    loss of menstrual cycles or periods
    low blood pressure
    increased sore throats and tooth decay
    increased dry, scaly, cold skin

    39. In America, what is the MOST significant factor which unconsciously encourages eating disorders?

    The availability and low cost of food
    The current trend of physical fitness and health
    The emphasis on being thin and social acceptance
    The advertisements for organic foods and products

    40. What type of body tissue burns the most calories, even when the person is sleeping?

    bone
    fat
    nervous tissue
    muscle

    41. What seems to be a major cause of eating disorders?

    low self-esteem
    excellent organizational skills
    good family relationships
    a positive outlook on life

    42. Which disorder is characterized by a craving to eat non-foods due to a mineral deficiency?

    pica
    obesity
    bulimia nervosa
    anorexia nervosa

    43. Which disorder is related to OCD and causes a person to be overly concerned with a body defect?

    binge eating
    obesity
    body dysmorphic disorder
    anorexia nervosa

    44. Which of the following is a complication of bulimia nervosa?

    tooth decay
    growth of lanugo

    • ANSWER:
      Who has the the time, patience, and mental dexterity to answer this? Not me. And please. For the love of Pete, Open your text book, and btw, your on the internet aren't you? Use it. And when i read 'these' i swore you made a malpropism(cant spell, and a straight A student. And what?). I was SO wrong.

  31. QUESTION:
    Name That Movie!!!?
    Name That Movie!!

    Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls, it’s time to play Name That Movie! Have you ever crossed by a TV set playing a movie with an interesting scene or act, but did not get to see the beginning, end, or even what the main plot is about? Well, this has happened to me several times. The point of this question is to identify the name of the movie that has the characteristics listed below. These may or may not be very important scenes, but I am only going to include what I know for sure to be in each of these movies.

    Try to name as many as you can. I will check with IMDB and Blockbuster to verify the names you give me. The person who correctly names the most movies, and provides the most information and links, wins the grand prize of Best Answer!

    Are you ready, let’s go!

    Movie A: A lady goes on bizarre weight-loss schemes, one time wearing a hearing aid that makes food scream, and another wearing glasses that makes food talk and say don’t eat me!

    Movie B: This is a movie where men get pregnant.

    Movie C: This movie has a scene where a flying object emits sulfuric acid into the atmosphere, and in one scene it shows a fish tank start with clear water, and then due to pollution the water turns pitch black and only the tips of fishes are seen when they swim by.

    Movie D: This person is wearing a pair of sunglasses that seems to make all the cans and bottles in a store appear to have hypnotizing words on it. One of these words might be “sleep.”

    Movie E: This movie has a computerized futuristic building that has so many security systems that one character says “too much security makes people feel insecure.” The computer counts demerits, and they can be earned for something as simple as pressing the elevator button twice. Towards the end one character has earned 14 demerits for the day and had to run for some reason.

    Movie G: This is a movie where teenagers go to a drive-in film that makes everyone who watches it fall asleep, while somebody at the facility goes around and destroys their cars.

    Movie H: This movie shows a monster/alien/etc. that has a little shack where it captures humans and hooks them up to tubes and wires that drain out the energy from the human and uses it to fuel itself.
    Please try to contribute useful answers. This question is rather difficult. In fact, if it was very easy, I would have probably found the answers myself. Please do not post answers that merely say that the questions are difficult, without giving any answers.

    • ANSWER:
      This is very difficult.

      Only B is known "Junior".

  32. QUESTION:
    acai berry? any good recommendations?
    I have read about this new "super food" and would like to know if anyone has tried it (did it boost your energy, did it make you "feel" better, did it aide in weight loss????) and where might be the best place to purchase a good quality product...unfortunately the internet is overflowing with so many different acai berry products it is hard to know which is best, I don't want to get into some kind of credit card scam and some of the "free trial offers" that I have read are very suspect (one said 30 day free trial, but when reading fine print it says 14 day free trial and the trial period starts as soon as you place the order)....UGH...can acai berry supplements be purchased in a regular store like a GNC or some other pharmacy and what should a person look for when purchasing (any key words to look for on the bottle?)....Thanks for the help!

    • ANSWER:
      A friend of mine uses an Acai Berry product, she too got the 14 day free trial. Shes lost quite a lot of weight and she swears by the stuff. She only had to pay like .87 shipping.

      Visit the site below and then click the red x in the top right corner of your page to close the window once it has fully opened and it will offer you a reduced shipping and hanfling offer of .87. You can cancel it at the end of the trial if you don't want to carry on.

      Heres their site: http://tinyurl.com/acaiberries

  33. QUESTION:
    i need help with my pennfoster work?
    2. Which of the following is important in maintaining a healthy lifestyle?
    A. Getting less than six hours of sleep a night
    B. Developing muscular bulk
    C. Monitoring your diet
    D. Exercising at least three hours each day

    3. Which of the following is good for your health?
    A. Smoking
    B. Positive behavioral change
    C. Substance abuse
    D. Eating fatty foods

    4. Which of these factors is most important in your fitness program?
    A. Consistency
    B. Joining a health club
    C. Doing stretching exercises
    D. Using mirrors in your exercise program

    5. Which of the following statements is true?
    A. Unexercised muscles turn into fat.
    B. Unexercised muscles lose bulk but don't atrophy.
    C. Regular exercise makes muscles firm and strong.
    D. Exercise slows down your metabolism.

    6. Cardiovascular fitness exercises strengthen which two organs?
    A. Heart and brain
    B. Liver and lungs
    C. Brain and liver
    D. Heart and lungs

    7. What five fitness goals should you set for any comprehensive fitness program?
    A. Flexibility, endurance, substantial weight loss, proper nutrition, and muscle power
    B. Disease prevention, fad diets, coordination, muscular bulk, and relaxation
    C. Flexibility, endurance, muscle power, proper nutrition and weight control, and relaxation
    D. Disease prevention, endurance, tight muscles, fast-food diet, and thin appearance

    8. Which of the following is the major cause of most back problems?
    A. Muscular weakness and lack of flexibility
    B. Long drives in an automobile
    C. A poor mattress
    D. Unaligned posture

    9. High blood pressure is the major risk factor for
    A. cancer.
    B. stroke.
    C. osteoporosis.
    D. muscular atrophy.

    10. Endorphins help rid the body of
    A. cholesterol.
    B. fat.
    C. sodium.
    D. acid.

    11. Good health was once viewed as a combination of
    A. having a good doctor and eating three hearty meals a day.
    B. possessing good personal habits and good luck.
    C. living in the right place and possessing good personal habits.
    D. good luck and the right parentage.

    12. To maintain a healthy weight, it's important to avoid being
    A. five pounds or more overweight.
    B. 10 percent or more over the suggested weight for your height.
    C. either overweight or underweight.
    D. underweight by five pounds or more.

    13. Who is primarily responsible for your health?
    A. You
    B. Your doctor
    C. Your family
    D. The medical care system

    14. Which of the following statements is true regarding the benefits of managing your health?
    A. Your self-esteem will decrease.
    B. You'll have more energy and improved cardiovascular health.
    C. Your metabolism will decrease, allowing for higher caloric intake.
    D. Your stress levels will increase.

    15. There's no health advantage to changing your weight if
    A. it's within the range on the weight tables.
    B. you feel energetic.
    C. your waist-to-hip ratio places you at risk.
    D. you've never been successful at dieting.

    16. Personal fitness trainers usually work with
    A. employees in a corporation.
    B. parks and recreation departments.
    C. individuals seeking a more personalized workout.
    D. hospital nutritionists.

    17. According to this study unit, which of the following is acceptable nutritional advice?
    A. Lose weight as fast as you can.
    B. Skip one meal a day, other than breakfast.
    C. Eat every meal quickly to speed up your metabolism.
    D. Eat three meals a day at regular times.

    18. What is the number of beats per minute for an average resting heart?
    A. 64
    B. 72
    C. 80
    D. 96

    19. Which of the following is considered a fitness goal?
    A. Watching a physical exercise program on television
    B. Obtaining optimal weight where you feel your best and you have healthy eating habits
    C. Relaxing for 10 minutes once a week
    D. Developing muscles only by lifting weights

    20. Which of the following statements is true?
    A. Lungs are strengthened through cardiovascular exercise.
    B. Inactive people find it easier to change lifestyle habits than active people.
    C. Regular exercise softens bones.
    D. Psychiatrists avoid recommending exercise as a way of dealing with depression.

    • ANSWER:
      Please do not solicit answers on Y!A, as this is considered cheating.
      If you need help, please contact the school.

      Penn Foster

  34. QUESTION:
    My whole life is getting extremely affected and I don't know what do; Advice please?
    My whole life as in relationships with family, friends, and school is being affected by problems within myself. I've looked up what I'm feeling and it lead to schizoaffective disorder. I've had a doctor ask me about being schizophrenic before, a different doctor say it was a personality disorder, and have been told i have depression and a mood disorder (wasn't told what type of mood disorder). which all leads into schizoaffective disorder.
    these are the symptoms i found with a * by the ones i'm feeling. i know that only a doctor in person is able to diagnose me, but I'm just posting this to get opinions as to if it's worth bringing up to a doctor.

    *Poor appetite
    *Weight loss or gain--ive been really stressed laetly and it's making me physically sick and i throw up. not on purpose. i wouldn't be able to bulimic anyway because if i don't eat enough sugar in one day i start getting shaky from low blood sugar. so when i have a day that i can't keep food down i eat popscycles.
    *Changes in sleeping patterns (sleeping very little or a lot)--if i'm given the cahnce i'll sleep for 12 hours or more, but i can completely function on a couple hours of sleep each night most of the time too.
    *Agitation (excessive restlessness)--i have no energy to do anything but at the same time i'm really figity all the time.
    *Lack of energy--i just don't feel up to anything, but yet hate being bored
    *Loss of interest in usual activities--at the beginning of the school year i was really into school and really wanted to do good but now i'm starting to lose interest again. i was doing good even in classes i hate, now things are dropping and i can't help it
    *Feelings of worthlessness or hopelessness
    *Guilt or self-blame
    *Inability to think or concentrate--distractability
    *Thoughts of death or suicide--never attempted, but i just feel bad sometimes
    Increased activity, including work, social and sexual activity
    Increased and/or rapid talking
    *Rapid or racing thoughts--sometimes, yes
    *Little need for sleep--i can stay up late and be fine the next day, the only thing is i get bad headaches from not getting enough sleep even though i can still function
    *Agitation--i can be in the best mood but it can be ruined very easily
    Inflated self-esteem
    *Distractibility--big problem. i can't even watch a full movie half the time.
    *Self-destructive or dangerous behavior (such as going on spending sprees, driving recklessly or having unsafe sex)--i've had issues with self injury and if i was old enough i'd probably be into gambling a little which i'd put under spending sprees since it wastes a lot of money, i love shopping and spending money but i'm not out of high school so don't have much money. i sometimes like doing things that are a little "risky", not unsafe sex or bad driving but other things that could get me in trouble or hurt i guess. just for the rush kinda.
    *Delusions (strange beliefs that are not based in reality and that the person refuses to give up, even when presented with factual information)--i'm not possitive about this one. sometimes i feel like someone's following me or something, but then they turn so it's obvisous they're not. i've been like this since i was a little kid.
    *Hallucinations (the perception of sensations that aren't real, such as hearing voices)
    *Disorganized thinking
    Odd or unusual behavior
    Slow movements or total immobility
    Lack of emotion in facial expression and speech
    *Poor motivation
    *Problems with speech and communication--(some of the things i say don't make sense. i know exactly what i'm talking about and i'm still on topic, it's just that my thoughts are SO disorganized that when i try to say things to someone else they make even less sense.)

    i'm wondering if this is worth asking my doctor about. i see my psychologist on thursday. when i try talking about things like this i chicken out because i know it wont' come out right. any advice on what to simply say so this will make sense right away to her so i can maybe get help with it?

    i can't stand this and i want help. it's affecting everything and i'm sick of this controlling my life. i need to keep my grades up. what are some things i can do? i don't have any family or friends that are close enough for me to talk to this about so i don't have anyone to say anything to until thursday. i know that this is affecting people around me because a teacher at school said that when i say things sometimes they don't come across the way she thinks i mean them to. which would be because i get angry so easily so of course things are going to come out wrong from an angry teenager, plus when i have these problems she doesn't know about and i'm not willing to tell her.

    what do i need? like is my twice a month counseling enough right now

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like it could possibly be just normal being a teenager, but without seeing you in person it is kind of hard to say. It also could possibly be depression, I'm not so sure about schizoaffective disorder. If you are really worried about it but are afraid of telling your psychologist, I would consider writing out how you are feeling and give that to him/her and give him/her enough time to read it to see what she thinks.

  35. QUESTION:
    Is my mouse dying!? Help!?
    Ok so she's a little pure white, red eyed mouse. She has a friend, who is black with white spots, (black eyes). Obviously both female, they came from the same pet shop and the same group of female mice. But only her (sugar) is ill, it must of been really slow in developing because only in the past few days have i noticed her symptoms strongly. Sugar has bad weight loss, as in i can actually feel her lighter and her spine is touchable, lack of energy to do anything (she is normally a very active mouse, always moving about), when I take them out of their cage to play both mice poop as a normal thing for a short time(don't ask, it's just what they do) but sugar hasn't been even doing that. But my main concern next to the weight loss is the fact her breathing is fluttery, anyone who owns a mouse knows you can see them breathing a small amount, but her breathing is almost too visible, as in she shakes when breathing. Her friend has none of these symptoms and is healthy and energetic. So it can't be through her food or drink.

    Even though it sounds cruel and please know I have had other rodents in the past and so has my mother, she has said to monitor her through the night and next day and if nothing improves to simply make her comfortable and put her to sleep...It sounds cruel and frankly heartbreaking for me but, is putting her into a cold sleep the best thing to do?

    And I really DO NOT want people going 'that's a horrible thing to do to an animal!', one of my precious pet mice is most likely dying and in pain. If i can help her by ending that pain, I will!

    • ANSWER:
      You don`t say how old she is. If you have had mice before, you surely know they don`t live long...I had a couple of female siblings that died very old (3 years) but the others I had before them lasted from 1.5 to 2 years max.
      Either, it could be a respiratory problem. There is an illness (Mycoplasma) that is often fatal, but one of my rats got it and we managed to save her with the right antibiotic. If you are willing to try, you must ask a vet who`s good with rodents. We treated Angelina for a long time (30 days) and all the symptoms disappeared, even if after 3-4 months (she breathed noisily, got blind, and had a head tilt). It`s maybe more difficult with mice, but you could try...if it`s not too late...good luck!
      p.s. they say it`s highly contagious but none of the other 4 rats got infected.

  36. QUESTION:
    Ways to Lose Over a Hundred Pounds?
    Hey everyone... So i have gotten myself into some trouble here. 4 years ago, I started taking Phentermine to lose weight... I took them for about a year straight and realized toward the end of that year that I was seriously addicted to them. I realized that I was just taking them to get through the day, they give you so much energy and a sense of euphoria. I had two times where I felt as if I would pass out (extremely fast heart rate, sweating all over, extreme nausea) from misuse. So I stopped taking them regularly, which I felt was the best thing to do for me, since I was not able to control myself with them. I have taken them on and off along with Aderall (the adult version of Ritalin), occasionally for about a year, mainly as party drugs or to stay up to study. However, now I have completely stopped any use of these pills. When I first went to the weight loss clinic for the Phentermine prescription, I weighed 240 lbs. I got down to 200 while taking the pills, despite the fact that I misused them, did not eat correctly, and did not exercise. However, since I stopped taking all the pills, I am now at a whooping 280 lbs!!! I am terribly self-concious now and have very low self-esteem. Keep in mind, that I am 5'9, and large-chested... for me around 170-180 lbs is a good size. Depression is threatening to overwhelm me. I have joined a gym, but it is so discouraging to work so hard and to not see a real difference and it is also very hard to overcome depression to even make it to the gym... I am also trying to watch my eating habits. I hate eating in the morning and usually only grab a light, quick lunch and then eat dinner. And I know that it is said that having three meals a day is what is good for you. I just really need help at this point. To have so much to lose and to be having no noticeable changes at the gym (besides muscle strains) is just really getting me down. And it is really hard for me to work out at the gym when males are there. I know that I am not totally repulsive, but compared to what I used to look like and the attention I used to attract from men, this is absolute hell. What I am looking for a good diet to follow that tells me exactly what to do, like a menu laid out for me. Anything that anyone else used to help them lose weight, even if it is prescription (maybe I will be able to control it better than I did Phentermine). I have heard of a few things such as Feverfew, Stacker, etc. Just wondering what has worked for others. Please help!! I don't have a lot of money to do anything very detailed and I also have NO insurance. I am a student and do not work, so my budget is limited. I paid 800 dollars for my membership at the gym for a year membership and that wiped out my money. However, my fiance purchases food for the house and I don't want a plan that will be burdensome on him. Thank you everyone in advance for your responses and assistance. Have a wonderful day!

    • ANSWER:
      Two words: Weight Watchers. I lost 80+ pounds with it. It's an excellently crafted diet. If you have the consistency to count every single thing you put in your mouth every day and don't cheat (hell, they even give you a weekly allowance if you must cheat) then you can lose weight with just that and no exercise. Weight loss of 3-5 pounds is common during your first two weeks because of all the "water weight". After that it's usually between half a pound to two pounds per week. Slow but steady.

      I used to do just the online version, but if you're more of the social type you can go to the meetings if there's one in your area. I'd be glad to help you if you need anything regarding this.

  37. QUESTION:
    Has anyone ever read AndreasAnswer by Andrea Albright?
    You should do!! It's the best HEALTHY weight loss ebook/book ever! I swear about this one. She wants to help YOU lose weight forever, don't you see? (:
    Check out her videos at youtube and check out that energy and all the tips she's got!

    www.amazingbodynow.com

    It's amazing, I swear.
    I've not been eating ANY junk food for months (not one bite), and that is thanks to her. Give it a try people.

    As you might have noticed, it's not a question - it's a MESSAGE!! A message that I want you people to listen to. (:
    Well, what are you waiting for?

    • ANSWER:
      Ohhh I might have to take a look at that. Thanks!

  38. QUESTION:
    Green tea pills?
    I've recently decided to shed a ton of stuborn fat through eliminating bad foods, excercising, eliminating stresses (I'm an emotional eater), and other things recommended for optimal weight loss. This is purely about getting down to a healthy size and boosting my self esteem.

    However, I've tried all of this before and have found that my energy level and metabolism is just not best for the kind of weight loss I need. I've heard that green tea helps with both of these things, but I HATE the tast of it! Then I found out about green tea pills. Will one or two of these a day help? If not, what else should I try?

    Remember, I AM following a healthy diet and excercise plan but that does not work perfectly for everyone!
    My mother drinks green tea and has had many varities, all of which I've tried and just not liked.
    I am overweight by quite a few pounds.

    • ANSWER:
      Have you tried different varieties of green tea? Go to a tea shop or a natural foods store or wherever you think you can find some specialty teas and you will find that there are MANY varieties of green tea -- I don't mean flavoured, but just plain green teas that taste differently; it just depends on the leaves used, the process used to make them... etc.

      Here is a website that might give you an idea. http://www.teaopia.ca/category.cfm/tea/Loose-Leaf-Green-Tea

  39. QUESTION:
    Why is my protein diet making me sick?
    Prior to going on this diet I was not eating healthy daily for many years. After becoming very overweight and low on energy, it became obvious that I needed to make a change to improve my health. But then, not knowing where to start or how to find the best remedy for my condition I became somewhat confused on what to do next.

    So, I did some checking around from friends and going on line for recommendations on the subject of losing weight and healthy nutrition. One of the sources that interested me was a well-known weight-loss company that promoted their science-based nutrition products with an emphasis on a high-protein diet.

    The program consisted of protein milk shakes and vitamin supplements that I started taking daily with one regular balanced meal. I got very excited when I lost 10 pounds my first week on this program. However, when going into my second week, I began to notice some uncomfortable bodily symptoms (headaches, allergies, bloating and digestive discomfort).

    I didn't want to stop the diet because I was very excited about the weight loss. But can anybody answer me why if by consuming better quality foods and a protein nutritional diet would present me with all these side-affects?

    • ANSWER:
      If I were asked which is the area of greatest misunderstanding and confusion in the field of nutrition, I would definitely be forced to reply, It is a failure to properly understand and interpret the symptoms and changes, which follow the beginning of a better program. A better nutritional program is the introduction of foods of higher quality ones. The quality of a nutritional program is also improved by omitting toxic substances such as coffee, tea, chocolate, tobacco, salt, pepper, etc.

      Remarkable things begin to happen to the body as well as the mind. When the quality of the food coming into the body is of higher quality than the tissues, which the body is made of, the body begins to discard the lower grade materials and tissues to make room for the superior, which it uses to make the newer and healthier tissues. What are the symptoms or signs, which become evident when we first begin to omit the lower grade foods and instead introduce superior foods? When the use of a toxic is suddenly stopped, headaches, are common and a letdown occurs. This is due to the discard by the body of toxins, which are transported by the bloodstream its many bodily rounds. Before the noxious agents reach their final destination for elimination, these irritants register in our consciousness as pain or headache. Usually, within three days the symptoms disappear and we feel stronger due to the recuperation which follows.

      As one continues on the improved diet and gradually raises the quality, interesting symptoms begin to appear. The body begins a process called "retracing." The cellular intelligence has a chance to get rid of old garbage and build a beautiful new house. The accent is on elimination and the body begins to move garbage deposited in the tissues. People may experience skin rashes or eruptions due to the elimination of poisons and harmful drugs through the skin. If they go to a doctor not familiar with this aspect of nutrition, he might diagnose it as an allergy and suggest the diet be discontinued. They don't understand that the body is "retracing." The skin is getting more alive and active. These toxins being discarded are saving you from more serious disease, which will result if you keep them in your body too much longer. Possibility: hepatitis, kidney disorders, blood disease, heart disease, arthritis, nerve degeneration, or even cancer. With some, colds may occur, or even fever. THIS IS NATURE'S WAY OF HOUSE CLEANING. Understand that those actions are constructive, even though unpleasant at the moment. DON'T try to stop these symptoms by the use of certain drugs. These symptoms are part of a cleansing process. These are not deficiency conditions or allergic reactions. Symptoms may include: headaches at the beginning, fever and/or colds, skin breakouts, bowel sluggishness, occasional diarrhea, tiredness, nervousness, irritability, negativity, etc. Some people are not affected by the cleansing process at all ...if you are, BEAR WITH IT! This too, shall pass away as your body becomes completely overhauled.

  40. QUESTION:
    How can you lose 20-25 pounds in 2 months? (actually 10 weeks)?
    Currently I am about 184 pounds.
    I'm 5'5", 21 years old
    My daily schedule is as follows...
    3-4x a week I wake up between 3:30-4AM AM because I open a coffee shop, I go to bed the previous night between 10PM and 12 AM, and the night that I've woken up @ 3:30AM, I generally go to bed around 10:30-11.
    The other days..I either wake up @ 9AM or 6:45AM. Some are for work, others for school.

    So, I already get a lower amount of sleep than most people, but it doesn't seem to affect me too much.

    I also don't like to take a shower at night because then I have to stay up and dry my hair before going to bed, so I take one in the morning or afternoon.
    I also am someone who absolutely has to take a shower after working out. (that one's probably obvious, but I don't like to feel gross when I'm on my way into public)

    I normally skip breakfast and sometimes only eat lunch with a small dinner because I am running around a lot in between school and work. but that doesn't mean I'm eating less calories or fat.

    From February 5th - April 5th, I want to go on a diet and lose about 20-25 pounds. Of course, if the weight/fat loss is successful, I will continue on the diet after the 5th of April.

    There is about 10 and a half weeks from Feb 5. - April 5, 2010.

    I already know to eat lots and lots of vegetables, with some fruits. I also know to drink a lot of water..however I'm wondering the following..

    -What time of day is best to work out? (for me, based on my schedule..and the fact that I'm the most awake with energy in the early morning)
    ..is it better in the morning or after work in the early afternoon or sometimes late afternoon?
    ...how many days/how many hours a week should I be working out?
    ....is it better to work out before work or after work..not based on my schedule, just in terms of what's the best way to manage any stress?

    -what vegetables or fruits are the absolute best for "belly fat" loss?

    -how much water do I need to drink daily?
    ...what other beverages are okay to drink besides water?
    - what are the best exercises to do during this time?
    (I will be using the elliptical runner and also a home dance program that allows me to burn 400-500 calories when I use it for about 2 hours.)
    I do have school and work, and can only commit to working out about 3-4x a week.

    -what other foods besides fruits and vegetables should I be eating daily?

    -how often should I weigh myself?

    -is there a certain time in the evening that I really shouldn't eat after? If I am (because of class or homework), what's the best "snack" item to have at this time?

    • ANSWER:
      If you want to lose weight some weeks. You can try Lose weight a week plan first!

      Day 1:

      Eat the soup accompanied with watermelon and melon for your main food all day long. Consume a glass of unsweetened cranberry juice before you go to bed.

      Day 2:

      Stop eating fruit at all! Consume your soup and you are allowed to eat green salad. Make sure the salad contain no dressings, peas and corns.

      For dinner you can consume roasted potato or baked potato with butter (don't ever think to fry it)

      Day 3:

      Consume the soup, salad and fruit but no potato today.

      Day 4:

      Eat the soup accompanied with a glass of skimmed milk. Consume 8 pieces of banana to provide your body enough energy. Your body now need carbohydrate and protein also calcium to lessen body need for sugar.

      Day 5

      Eat your soup again. Today you should consume salad and salmon fish. Make sure the salmon fish don't exceed 10 ounces.

      Day 6

      You should consume maximum 10 ounces of meat along with your soup. You need the protein here.

      Last Day

      Consume 4 table spoons of rice with vegetables. Drink fresh watermelon or melon juice without sugar and eat your soup also today.

      - Healthy life every day!

  41. QUESTION:
    I think I have S.A.D .... what should I do? HELP PLEASE?
    I have been feeling really low and not myself for the last two months. It's really putting a strain on mine and my partners relationship. In desparation I looked up online for some possible diagnosis' and found S.A.D. Symptoms are:

    feeling tired and lacking in energy (YES)
    sleep problems, such as disturbed sleep at night, sleeping for longer and feeling sleepy during the day (YES)
    loss of sex drive (YES)
    stress and anxiety (YES)
    social withdrawal (YES)
    feelings of guilt and worthlessness (YES)
    weepiness (not actually crying but really down periods)
    changes in appetite, such as a craving for carbohydrates and sweet foods (YES)
    mood swings (YES)
    weight gain (YES)
    difficulty concentrating, and
    loss of interest in activities you used to enjoy. (YES)

    All the symptoms apply to me. This pretty much sums up my life completely at the moment. Is there anything else which would have similar symptoms? And what is the next stage? The solutions I have read up are to take anti-depressents (which I don't want to do, due to some very bad past experiences with these) and light lamps. Is it best to go to doctors and be prescribed. What can they do?

    THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP

    • ANSWER:
      It is very important to see your doctor. You are clearly suffering from the symptoms of depression, but you may be wrong in assuming that it is S.A.D.

      The treatment you need depends on what the cause of the depression is. It may be that you have a dietary deficiency or hormonal condition, such as diabetes or hypothyroidism. Sleep disorder, stress, post viral fatigue, .. etc

      Light exercise and a healthy balanced diet are good for depression. A one-a-day multi-vitamin won't do you any harm, if you are struggling to eat properly.

      Cafeinne interferes with the natural sleep cycle, and stays in your system for hours. It is best to avoid any cafeinne drinks in the evening.

      Drug intervention can be very successful, but it can be hit and miss. You may need to try different anti-depressents until you find one that suits you.

      http://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/mentalhealthinfo/problems/depression/depression.aspx

  42. QUESTION:
    Seeking help & advice for a sick cat?
    I have a 16 yr old male tabby cat. He's been throwing up at least once a day. He's also losing weight and has little energy. Once a lap cat and now hates to be held.

    I did go to the vet and actually got another opinion from a second vet (another was asked too). After a thorough blood work up, full body xray, and RX food (Hills ID), nothing was found! On "paper" he looks like a completely healthy cat. Yet in person, he looks horrible. He's lost 4 lbs within the last couple months. He's just so skinny.

    Even after changing to a RX food, he still gets sick. The vets are stunned and at a loss as to "what" could be wrong. I don't know what to do. He's my baby and best friend. Anyone have any suggestions? Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      My mom has a senior cat that throws up quite regularly. Some cats have sensitive stomachs, I have seen a number of good quality foods at the pet store made just for cats with sensitive tummies. Feed stores also have a good selection of high quality foods. Me personally, I am a bit skeptical about Rx foods from the vet. I am suspicious about if they really help at all, or if they are just a way for the vet to get more of your $$$ without really helping.

      At least your kitty is eating, that is a good thing. It would be much more serious, in my opinon, if he wouldn't eat. Did your kitty get tested for distemper? There are so many conditions that cause vomiting, I can see how this is difficult to diagnose. If it were me, I would try and see if a different food helps. I would also keep calling other vets for a while to see if there are any out there with some better suggestions. If you have had the cat that long, then you should know best when he is not OK, you would know better than a vet who has never seen him before and tells you there's nothing wrong. Keep calling until you find one who takes you seriously and is willing to troubleshoot your problem in more detail.

      Good luck, I hope your kitty gets better =^.^=

  43. QUESTION:
    Biology pre taks questions?
    This isnt home work this is preparations for upcoming taks.

    100. Sand spinifex grass is adapted to growing on sand dunes. It is a rapidly spreading plant and the creeping runners produce new root systems. Which of these best explains the benefits of these features?

    A. It protects the plant from predators.

    B. It provides support by anchoring the plant.

    C. It allows the plant to tolerate salt.

    D. It limits water loss through the leaves.

    97. Producers are autotrophic. That is, they are able to feed themselves by converting carbon dioxide from the air and light energy from the Sun into food.

    Consumers and decomposers are heterotrophic. This means that these organisms must obtain their food by eating other organisms or organic matter.

    The relationships among producers, consumers, and decomposers carrying out either autotrophic or heterotrophic nutrition are identified through

    A. feedback mechanisms.

    B. Punnett squares.

    C. food webs.

    D. the periodic table.

    96.If you place 20 grams of helium at room temperature into a closed container that holds 8 ounces and then later transfer the helium into a 16 ounce closed container, which of the gas' properties will change?

    A. density

    B. mass

    C. weight

    D. viscosity

    93. One of the main characteristics of living things is that living things are able to reproduce. Viruses are also able to reproduce, but only by using the reproductive mechanisms of what?

    A. DNA

    B. a host cell

    C. binary fission

    D. RNA

    • ANSWER:
      93. B
      96. A
      97. C
      100. I'd say B

  44. QUESTION:
    I've been eating noodles for 15 years and I was suddenly taken off of eating them now i feel weird?
    So ever since i was 1 years old I've been eating Maruchan Chicken noodles. I don't get fat from it and i don't get sick. My parents recently stopped buying noodles for me and my sister like a month ago and now all we can eat is shrimp pasta, fruits, energy bars, and the jamaican food my mom cooks for dinner.
    Me and my little sister started running track a year ago when i was 15. We we sprinters when we started and still are. We've been eating 2 boxes of noodles a week this whole time and no problems. My parents told me that the noodles have to much salt in them and i know that, but for some reason my body doesn't react to salt at all. I don't know why this is but i know that my best friends grandma ate noodle like I did for almost 50 years now!!!! (mind you she's 65) And it never affected her neither, no high blood pressure, no diabetes, no nothing. Ever since i couldn't eat noodles I've been feeling weird like i have withdrawal from the noodles, and i think the sudden change to a "healthier diet" and sudden loss of noodles might have something to do with it.
    This is all in an attempt to have me lose weight. I don't think i can lose more weight or else I'll look like I'm anorexic! I don't want to sound like a little girl who just lost her favourite doll but whenever the subject on noodles come up like on the tv or in a conversation i start crying and i feel like im having withdrawal like an alcoholic from their alcohol. I think my parents should have at least weaned me off of eating noodles, one week 2 boxes, 2nd week 1 box, 3rd week half a box(six packs) then go down one pack until there's was no more instead of one week there's noodles the next there's not.
    what do you think I should do???

    • ANSWER:
      You've been used to getting a lot of starch.
      Yes they should have done it slowly...so that your bodies could have time to adjust.
      Are you sure this is all about noodles.
      Is there something else?
      Something that your not telling us.
      best of luck to you and your sister.

  45. QUESTION:
    How do you lose fat but not muscle (am I doing anything wrong)?
    So basically I want to lose fat and at the same time, not lose muscle.

    So I know not eating before a workout is good for burning fat because, since your stomach is empty, there's nothing to extract energy from, and your body will instead start burning fat, right?

    What about after the workout? Doesn't the same explanation apply? If I don't eat after the workout, my metabolism is boosted because of the workout and my body still needs a source of energy so it burns fat still right? At what point does the body start eating muscle instead of fat?

    This is basically what I do during the day:

    Wake up, then exercise (cardio, in the form of DDR if you're curious) for about 30 minutes. I drink some water before and after.
    I don't eat breakfast and then go to work.
    At work, I eat lunch consisting anywhere from 500 to 1000 calories.
    I go home and work out about 5-6 hours after lunch (20 minutes of cardio, then weight train for about 1.5 hours, including breaks).
    I get home about 15 minutes after weight training and make a protein shake with about 3 scoops (~90 g) of protein mix and milk.
    I do not eat dinner.

    So my questions are:
    Am I doing anything wrong?
    Is there something I'm doing/not doing that's preventing me from losing fat or causing me to lose muscle?
    Based on my diet, how much protein should I take at once after I weight train?
    Am I taking too much (more than my body can absorb at once)?
    Should I take more?
    Is there a limit to how much my body can take at once?

    Other notes:
    I'm a 6'1" male weighing about 210 pounds.
    I know the best diet is to spread out my meals during the day, but eating causes me to want to eat more, so sticking to just lunch is perfect for me since I'm at work and I can limit how much food I bring to work. If this is causing muscle loss, please let me know.
    I've been on the schedule listed above for less than a week, so I can't report results yet, but I just wanted to know any errors I'm making before going too far.
    My main goal is to lose belly fat. My arms have gotten slightly bigger since I started working out, but I know if I lose body fat overall, I'll definitely be more toned.

    Thanks so much. Any help would be appreciated. If what I'm doing should work, then let me know that too!

    • ANSWER:

  46. QUESTION:
    Need help with my sick dog?
    This such a long story so I will try to make this short. I have a 3 year old Chihuahua who about 8 months ago woke up one morning with hives all over him. I took him to the vet right away and he thought it was an allergic reaction to a bee sting or insect so we injected him with a steriod and gave him an anihistimine. My dog did not get better, he kept getting worse and worse as the days went on and he eventually developed a disease called Pineal Vasculitis which basically was killing the blood vessels in his ears so he had crusty, bloody ears for about a month. We were finally able to treat him correctly with an antibiotic, steriod, vascular medicine, and anihistimine until he finally got better about 6 weeks later. I also put him on hypo-allergenic food as we did not ever figure out what he was allergic to but the vet thought it was something he was injesting so I switched his food from California Naturals to Natural Balance.

    Fast forward to 3 months later, my dog ws doing great and I ran out of his food and decided to give him California Naturals food that I had left in the cupboard and sure enough the next day, he woke up with hives all over him so the Vet and I thought HEY, we figured out what he is allergic too. This time we knew what to do and put him back on steriod, vascular medicine, and anihistimine. He has now been taking these meds again for almost 2 months this time around and every time we try to take him off the meds he breaks out in hives. The Vet also switched him to Prescription food ZD which I know is not the best food but I'm scared to death to feed him ANYTHING these days and believe me, it makes me sick how much weight he has gained from the meds, etc. So just this week I tried tapering off and not giving him all these meds and sure enough, today he woke up with hives again, threw up his food this morning, and has had some diarreha. Oddly enough, he was able to eat some of his food later in the day today and keep it down, has energy although a little lathargic since I had to give him his meds to get the hives down, and is alert, go figure.

    I am starting to think this is not an allergy but something more serious like a virus he can't shake or a terminal disease. It's been 8 months now and I am so frustrated and sad and starting to consider putting him down if he has to live the rest of his life like this. Does anyone have any advice on maybe what he has or what to do at this point? I love my dog and he is my furry little kid but I just find myself completely at a loss and totally depressed at this point not knowing what to do. Any help would be much appreciated :) ......

    • ANSWER:

  47. QUESTION:
    Is money truly the root of all evil?
    "So you think that money is the root of all evil?" said Francisco d'Anconia. "Have you ever asked what is the root of money? Money is a tool of exchange, which can't exist unless there are goods produced and men able to produce them. Money is the material shape of the principle that men who wish to deal with one another must deal by trade and give value for value. Money is not the tool of the moochers, who claim your product by tears, or of the looters, who take it from you by force. Money is made possible only by the men who produce. Is this what you consider evil?

    "When you accept money in payment for your effort, you do so only on the conviction that you will exchange it for the product of the effort of others. It is not the moochers or the looters who give value to money. Not an ocean of tears not all the guns in the world can transform those pieces of paper in your wallet into the bread you will need to survive tomorrow. Those pieces of paper, which should have been gold, are a token of honor--your claim upon the energy of the men who produce. Your wallet is your statement of hope that somewhere in the world around you there are men who will not default on that moral principle which is the root of money, Is this what you consider evil?

    "Have you ever looked for the root of production? Take a look at an electric generator and dare tell yourself that it was created by the muscular effort of unthinking brutes. Try to grow a seed of wheat without the knowledge left to you by men who had to discover it for the first time. Try to obtain your food by means of nothing but physical motions--and you'll learn that man's mind is the root of all the goods produced and of all the wealth that has ever existed on earth.

    "But you say that money is made by the strong at the expense of the weak? What strength do you mean? It is not the strength of guns or muscles. Wealth is the product of man's capacity to think. Then is money made by the man who invents a motor at the expense of those who did not invent it? Is money made by the intelligent at the expense of the fools? By the able at the expense of the incompetent? By the ambitious at the expense of the lazy? Money is made--before it can be looted or mooched--made by the effort of every honest man, each to the extent of his ability. An honest man is one who knows that he can't consume more than he has produced.'

    "To trade by means of money is the code of the men of good will. Money rests on the axiom that every man is the owner of his mind and his effort. Money allows no power to prescribe the value of your effort except the voluntary choice of the man who is willing to trade you his effort in return. Money permits you to obtain for your goods and your labor that which they are worth to the men who buy them, but no more. Money permits no deals except those to mutual benefit by the unforced judgment of the traders. Money demands of you the recognition that men must work for their own benefit, not for their own injury, for their gain, not their loss--the recognition that they are not beasts of burden, born to carry the weight of your misery--that you must offer them values, not wounds--that the common bond among men is not the exchange of suffering, but the exchange of goods. Money demands that you sell, not your weakness to men's stupidity, but your talent to their reason; it demands that you buy, not the shoddiest they offer, but the best that your money can find. And when men live by trade--with reason, not force, as their final arbiter--it is the best product that wins, the best performance, the man of best judgment and highest ability--and the degree of a man's productiveness is the degree of his reward. This is the code of existence whose tool and symbol is money. Is this what you consider evil?

    "But money is only a tool. It will take you wherever you wish, but it will not replace you as the driver. It will give you the means for the satisfaction of your desires, but it will not provide you with desires. Money is the scourge of the men who attempt to reverse the law of causality--the men who seek to replace the mind by seizing the products of the mind.

    "Money will not purchase happiness for the man who has no concept of what he wants: money will not give him a code of values, if he's evaded the knowledge of what to value, and it will not provide him with a purpose, if he's evaded the choice of what to seek. Money will not buy intelligence for the fool, or admiration for the coward, or respect for the incompetent. The man who attempts to purchase the brains of his superiors to serve him, with his money replacing his judgment, ends up by becoming the victim of his inferiors. The men of intelligence desert him, but the cheats and the frauds come flocking to him, drawn by a law which he has not discovered: that no man may be smaller than his money. Is this the reason why you call it evil?

    "Only the man who does not need it, is fit to inherit weal
    http://www.capmag.com/article.asp?ID=1826

    • ANSWER:
      No. The lack of money is the root of all evil.

  48. QUESTION:
    Horse Experts Only!!!!!!!!!!!!!?
    1 - What is Founder?

    * Loss of sight in one eye
    * A tear in the cartilage of the horse’s knee
    * A twist in the horse’s intestine
    * Inflammation of the laminae of the hoof

    2 - If a horse needs 2.2 pounds of hay per 100 pounds of body weight per day, how much hay does a 900 pound horse need in a day?

    * 22.4
    * 18.6
    * 19.8
    * 20.2

    3 - Horses that are frequently exercised need what?

    * Increased glucose
    * Increased protein
    * Increased fats
    * Increased carbohydrates

    4 - What vitamin is essential for a breeding stallion to have in his diet?

    * Vitamin B
    * None of these
    * Vitamin A
    * Vitamin C

    5 - Feeding your horse sugary feeds and treats can give them cavities in their teeth:

    * True
    * False

    6 - When your horse refuses food and water, looks around at their sides, paws the ground and tries to lay down often, what is wrong?

    * They have the Flu
    * They have Impaction Colic
    * They have Twisted Gut
    * They have Spasmotic Colic

    7 - Pasture can provide your horse with an excellent source of fresh forage:

    * False
    * True

    8 - Which feed or grain provides a horse with the highest amount of energy?

    * Oats
    * Wheat
    * Corn
    * Barley

    * 1 hour ago
    * - 3 days left to answer.

    Additional Details

    1 hour ago
    this one is harder then the other one...but if u get all the questions right..i will pick you for best answer...

    • ANSWER:
      inflamation of lamini
      19.8
      glucose for joints
      a
      false
      spas colic
      true
      corn-high sugar

  49. QUESTION:
    My Health Questions... Please help me haha?
    1. What is a typical reason that a two-year-old should see a health care provider?

    to be assessed for cancer
    to receive an immunization
    to have a Pap smear
    to have blood work for cholesterol done

    2. While visiting your grandmother, you notice she loses her balance easily, has slurred speech, and is confused. Why should you get professional help from her health care provider?

    She may be having a stroke and needs immediate care.
    She may be bleeding and require an immediate transfusion.
    She may have need for the influenza vaccination to prevent further symptoms.
    She may require a shot of insulin to regulate her blood sugar.

    3. An injection of which of the following can help to the body improve one's own immunity and life-long resistance to specific types of infectious diseases?

    hormones
    vaccinations
    chemotherapy drugs
    antibiotics

    4. Which of the following diseases is best described by chronic pain and swelling in the joints?

    osteoporosis
    Paget’s disease
    arthritis
    Down’s syndrome

    5. Which health care professional would be responsible for providing an ultrasound to a pregnant woman to visualize the fetus and its development?

    phlebotomist
    registered nurse
    dietitian
    radiologic technician

    6. What is hypertension?

    high blood pressure
    plaque buildup inside arteries
    ruptured arteries in the brain
    death of heart muscle

    7. Which birth defects occurs when the roof of the mouth does not fuse together?

    Muscular Dystrophy
    Spina Bifida
    Down's Syndrome
    Cleft Palate

    8. The loss of which hormone contributes to osteoporosis?

    insulin
    oxytocin
    estrogen
    thyroxine

    9. Which of the following behaviors will not help reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease?

    using sunscreen
    maintaining a healthy weight
    exercising regularly
    eating a low-fat diet

    10. Which of the following might best describe how people with asthma feel during an asthma attack?

    they have a migraine headache
    they have increased sinus pressure
    they are having problems with their bowels
    they are trying to breathe through what feels like a small straw

    11. When the body doesn't produce insulin, what is the effect?

    cells absorb too much glucose and the blood sugar is low
    cells don't absorb enough glucose and the blood sugar is high
    cells produce too much glucose and the body uses fat for energy
    cells don't produce enough glucose and the body stores fat

    12. What can people do to reduce their risk of developing type 2, or adult-onset, diabetes?

    reduce salt intake
    wear sunscreen or protective clothing when outside
    take insulin regularly
    eat a healthy diet and maintain a proper body weight

    13. What can people do to reduce their risk of developing skin cancer?

    reduce salt intake
    wear sunscreen or protective clothing when outside
    take insulin regularly
    eat a healthy diet and maintain a proper body weight

    14. What is the most prominent and preventable risk factor contributing to lung cancer?

    air pollution
    no insulin produced
    lack of exercise
    smoking

    15. What is the single, most effective means of breaking the chain of infection?

    wearing gloves when in direct contact with people
    using disposable tissues for the cold or flu
    washing hands frequently throughout the day
    cooking and storing foods at their proper temperature

    16. Which condition best describes atherosclerosis?

    cancerous tumor growths on the hands
    scar tissue developing after surgery
    fatty plaque and cholesterol buildup inside arteries
    high blood pressure

    17. How is brain tissue destroyed by a stroke?

    A blocked artery deprives part of the brain of oxygen.
    The heart stops beating and therefore blood circulation to the brain stops.
    Trauma to the skull causes swelling and pressure on the brain.
    The lungs are filled with fluid, causing abdominal swelling.

    18. A fifty-two-year-old woman feels a squeezing, crushing pain in her chest. The pain also extends to her left arm, neck, and shoulder. She is short of breath. What is she suffering from?

    diabetes mellitus
    a stroke
    a heart attack
    breast cancer

    19. What is metastasis?

    swelling because of fluid retention in the abdomen
    cancer cells leaving a tumor and invading other parts of the body
    breathing into an inhaler to open up the airways
    using a b

    • ANSWER:
      Sorry, nice try, but you have to do your own homework. :)

  50. QUESTION:
    What is a typical reason that a two-year-old should see a health care provider? help me plz?
    I need help on these stupid speedback... im tryin to get 100% so i would lovvvvvee some opinions

    1. What is a typical reason that a two-year-old should see a health care provider?
    to be assessed for cancer
    to receive an immunization
    to have a Pap smear
    to have blood work for cholesterol done

    2. While visiting your grandmother, you notice she loses her balance easily, has slurred speech, and is confused. Why should you get professional help from her health care provider?
    She may be having a stroke and needs immediate care.
    She may be bleeding and require an immediate transfusion.
    She may have need for the influenza vaccination to prevent further symptoms.
    She may require a shot of insulin to regulate her blood sugar.

    3. An injection of which of the following can help to the body improve one's own immunity and life-long resistance to specific types of infectious diseases?
    hormones
    vaccinations
    chemotherapy drugs
    antibiotics

    4. Which of the following diseases is best described by chronic pain and swelling in the joints?
    osteoporosis
    Paget’s disease
    arthritis
    Down’s syndrome

    5. Which health care professional would be responsible for providing an ultrasound to a pregnant woman to visualize the fetus and its development?
    phlebotomist
    registered nurse
    dietitian
    radiologic technician

    6. What is hypertension?
    high blood pressure
    plaque buildup inside arteries
    ruptured arteries in the brain
    death of heart muscle

    7. Which birth defects occurs when the roof of the mouth does not fuse together?
    Muscular Dystrophy
    Spina Bifida
    Down's Syndrome
    Cleft Palate

    8. The loss of which hormone contributes to osteoporosis?
    insulin
    oxytocin
    estrogen
    thyroxine

    9. Which of the following behaviors will not help reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease?
    using sunscreen
    maintaining a healthy weight
    exercising regularly
    eating a low-fat diet

    10. Which of the following might best describe how people with asthma feel during an asthma attack?
    they have a migraine headache
    they have increased sinus pressure
    they are having problems with their bowels
    they are trying to breathe through what feels like a small straw

    11. When the body doesn't produce insulin, what is the effect?
    cells absorb too much glucose and the blood sugar is low
    cells don't absorb enough glucose and the blood sugar is high
    cells produce too much glucose and the body uses fat for energy
    cells don't produce enough glucose and the body stores fat

    12. What can people do to reduce their risk of developing type 2, or adult-onset, diabetes?
    reduce salt intake
    wear sunscreen or protective clothing when outside
    take insulin regularly
    eat a healthy diet and maintain a proper body weight

    13. What can people do to reduce their risk of developing skin cancer?
    reduce salt intake
    wear sunscreen or protective clothing when outside
    take insulin regularly
    eat a healthy diet and maintain a proper body weight

    14. What is the most prominent and preventable risk factor contributing to lung cancer?
    air pollution
    no insulin produced
    lack of exercise
    smoking

    15. What is the single, most effective means of breaking the chain of infection?
    wearing gloves when in direct contact with people
    using disposable tissues for the cold or flu
    washing hands frequently throughout the day
    cooking and storing foods at their proper temperature

    16. Which condition best describes atherosclerosis?
    cancerous tumor growths on the hands
    scar tissue developing after surgery
    fatty plaque and cholesterol buildup inside arteries
    high blood pressure

    17. How is brain tissue destroyed by a stroke?
    A blocked artery deprives part of the brain of oxygen.
    The heart stops beating and therefore blood circulation to the brain stops.
    Trauma to the skull causes swelling and pressure on the brain.
    The lungs are filled with fluid, causing abdominal swelling.

    18. A fifty-two-year-old woman feels a squeezing, crushing pain in her chest. The pain also extends to her left arm, neck, and shoulder. She is short of breath. What is she suffering from?
    diabetes mellitus
    a stroke
    a heart attack
    breast cancer

    19. What is metastasis?
    swelling because of fluid retention in the abdomen
    cancer cells leaving a tumor and invading other parts of the body
    breathin

    • ANSWER:
      Um if you don't know any of that, then you need to take the class again.That is all so basic.


What Can You Eat On The Raw Foods Diet

Written By: admin - Aug• 21•12

Gout is a common condition for both men and women. It is also considered to be very painful by those that have had an attack with gout. Gout is an inflammation of the joints that is caused by the crystallization of uric acids.

Usually there is swelling, redness and often a burning sensation accompanied by moderate to severe pain. Often the pain is crippling for the individual. Generally a change in diet will be ordered to assist in treating gout. Gout diet foods have lower levels of purines and sodium.

Why do gout diet foods need to be lower in purines and sodium? Purines induce the production of uric acid, which if not removed from the body fast enough will begin to crystallize as deposits on the joints of an individual. These deposits are what cause the pain, swelling, redness and burning sensation that is often associated with gout.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    what foods can you eat on a raw foods diet?
    im starting the raw foods diet, what foods can i eat other than fruits and veggies? i dont really want recipes, more like stuff around the house. thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raw_food_diet

      Check this out!!

      There are more foods here, just scroll to the bottom to see some things you can snack on!!

      http://www.eatsprouts.com/eat/index.html

      Good Luck!!

  2. QUESTION:
    Do you want to know why you should eat a raw plant food diet?
    101 Reasons Why You Should Eat Raw...

    1. You'll have more energy.

    2. You'll feel alive - just like your food.

    3. You'll nourish your body with food that is designed to be eaten.

    4. You’ll start to reverse the signs of ageing.

    5. You’ll achieve your ideal body weight

    6. You wont feel ‘fat.’

    7. If you’re too thin, you’ll start to look more healthy.

    8. You won't ever have to count a calorie again in your life!

    9. You’ll replace calorie counting with nutrient counting.

    10. Any cellulite will start to fade, or even totally disappear.

    11. You’ll start to truly love your body.

    12. You may notice you look as good as you did in your teens.

    13. You’ll acquire more endurance.

    14. You may notice that you become more flexible.

    15. Your skin will glow.

    16. Skin problems will be repaired.

    17. You'll never be sick (after a detox).

    18. If you are currently sick, you will recover in faster time.

    19. Any disease within the body may start to repair.

    20. You’ll feel light.

    21. You’ll feel free.

    22. You can bin any diet books you have that just make you feel fat!

    23. You won't worry about avocados and nuts having too many calories.

    24. Your food will excite you with its bright colour.

    25. You’ll wonder why you didn’t eat more raw food years ago.

    26. You’ll beat depression naturally.

    27. You’ll embark on a journey, which may thoroughly change your life.

    28. You wont be able to stop yourself from gasping at what others have in their supermarket trolleys!

    29. You’ll genuinely care about what you are putting into your body.

    30. You’ll be more conscious of what other people are putting into their’s

    31. You’ll recover more quickly after exercise.

    32. You’ll enjoy sex more.

    33. Your mind will be clearer

    34. Your taste buds will sharpen.

    35. Every time you try a new raw recipe, you’ll be in love with raw food all over again!

    36. Your family and friends will see how great you look and feel.

    37. You’ll become more positive.

    38. As your body changes, you’ll feel more motivated to eat healthily.

    39. You’ll love life even more.

    40. You will become more conscious of the effects of your other actions.

    41. Less sleep = more play, but what will you choose to fill this time? New hobby etc..

    42. You’ll start to listen to your body more, and tune into it.

    43. You’ll become more fertile (women only)

    44. You’ll have less painful periods (women only)

    45. Your monthly cycle may even change too, as you detox (women only)

    46. You’ll be detoxing out the years of less than optimum living.

    47. You’ll be less drawn to unhealthy food.

    48. The ingredients within junk food will repulse you.

    49. You’ll feel like you are really caring for your body (for maybe the first time ever.)

    50. Your other senses will become more acute.

    51. You wont ever need your oven again.

    52. You can use your oven as an extra cupboard.

    53. You’ll barely need your freezer.

    54. You can treat yourself to a huge fridge – and even then, it probably wont be quite big enough!!

    55. You can have friends over and impress them with your raw dishes.

    56. You’ll surprise yourself just how simple raw cuisine can be – over and over again!

    57. You’ll meet some fab ‘Life Buddies’ along the way, who share the same health interests at you.

    58. You’ll look great first thing in the morning.

    59. You’ll need less make-up.

    60. You’ll start to really care about what you put on your skin.

    61. You’ll start to really care about what you clean your house with.

    62. You’ll be more aware of the environment.

    63. You’ll be saving the environment.

    64. You’ll have much less waste that the average household.

    65. Your hair will grow not only quicker, but thicker too.

    66. Your nails wont always be breaking off – they'll be too thick and strong.

    67. Your hair will shine naturally.

    68. You’ll be drawn to other forms of high-energy.

    69. Your brain will function better.

    70. You’ll be more open to change and new ideas.

    71. You won’t ever burn yourself again.

    72. You’ll stand less chance of burning your house down.

    73. You’ll come across food that you would have otherwise never usually of tried – like Durians.

    74. Your tummy will be flatter.

    75. You’ll never ruin a meal by forgetting about it in the oven!

    76. Your friends and family wont actually believe you when you tell them that their meal isn't healthy!

    77. Your book collection will expand.

    78. You’ll discover the super foods!

    79. You can eat chocolate and lose weight.

    80. You can eat chocolate, full stop!!

    81. You can dust your juicer down and revive it again.

    82. You can treat yourself to a new one!

    83. You can leave your kitchen equipment out on the side, at least then you’ll remember it exists!

    84. You can have fun and games explaining what each piece of kitchen equipment does, to your guests.

    85. You’ll be an inspiration to others.

    86. You may just save someone’s life.

    87. You may save your own life.

    88. You’ll have the energy to love and appreciate each day.

    89. You’ll value the simple things in life.

    90. You’ll be living by the laws of nature.

    91. You’ll be more drawn to being outside, within nature.

    92. You wont be fighting food cravings.

    93. You’ll feel less drawn to alcohol and other toxins.

    94. You wont be taking in harmful carcinogens when you eat your meal.

    95. Unusual chemical changes wont be occurring within the body, every time you eat.

    96. You’ll know what a dehydrator can do for your diet.

    97. You’ll learn how to sprout.

    98. You’ll learn what a sprout actually is – no, we’re not talking Brussels here!

    99. You'll be the last one standing after a night out!

    100. You’ll live longer!

    101. You’ll be grateful that Total Raw Food exists!

    • ANSWER:
      Wow, people are being really mean to you. There's nothing wrong with sharing a little information. I'm starting to think that we DO need a healthy eating section.

      I agree that you feel a lot better eating that way, but I just can't stay out of Maggie Mudd. Neither can I leave the curly fries alone, or the popcorn or the reese's cereal....basically if it's not hurting an animal I'll eat it, despite the hydrogenated oils and all that other bad stuff.

  3. QUESTION:
    can you eat imitation crab on the raw food diet or is that cooked already?
    i think this fish is cooked but not sure...does anyone have a list of ALL you can eat on the raw diet? What are the must have books? or websites?

    • ANSWER:
      fresh fruits and vegetables
      Nuts
      Seeds
      Beans
      Grains
      Legumes
      Dried fruit
      Seaweed
      Unprocessed organic or natural foods
      Freshly juiced fruit and vegetables
      Purified water
      Young coconut milk

      At least 75% of food consumed should not be heated over 116 degrees F.

      consider: Sprouting seeds, grains, and beans
      Juicing fruit and vegetables
      Soaking nuts and dried fruit
      Blending
      Dehydrating food

      Some people experience a detoxification reaction when they start the raw food diet, especially if their previous diet was rich in meat, sugar, and caffeine. Mild headaches, nausea, and cravings can occur but usually last for several days.

      possible nutritional deficiencies:
      Calcium
      Iron
      B12 – The Journal of Nutrition study found that a raw food diet increased levels of homocysteine due to vitamin B-12 deficiency.
      Protein
      Calories

  4. QUESTION:
    Can you eat cooked beans on a raw food diet?
    Trying to start a raw food diet...just wondering whether or not cooked beans can be eaten??Bean such as chick peas, kidney beans and aduki beans??anyone have any information on what other foods can be eaten as part of the diet?

    • ANSWER:
      if its cooked then its not raw innit! sounds like a poor diet to me, but fire on if you think it will help

  5. QUESTION:
    What can you not eat on the raw food diet?
    I'm considering starting it soon, and I'm wondering what some of the non obvious restricted foods are. I don't know a lot about this. Of course you can't have meat or cook anything, but what are some other things you can't eat. Can you have bread or milk? Peanut butter? Or is it strictly fruit and veggies?

    • ANSWER:
      Actually - there are rawists who do eat meat and eggs - and they do not cook them. I am not recommending it - just saying that is what some people choose to do.

      Generally rawists will not eat food that has been heated above 115 degrees, which is the point where the enzymes are broken down. Most of the raw food/whole food movement is getting enzymes from living food.

      So normal bread you get in the store is out - but there are bread like foods that rawists make to use instead of bread. Generally they make a dough but instead of baking it - they put it in a dehydrator to finish "cooking" it. Here is a recipe for Italian Bread that is raw-food-compliant: http://rawfoodsdiet.wetpaint.com/page/Italian+Bread+Recipe

      Milk from the grocery store is out as it has been pasteurized. Raw milk would be acceptable - if you can find it - it is not legal in many all states.

      Peanut Butter is out because the peanuts are roasted - however you can probably find fresh-ground raw almond butter at the health food store.

  6. QUESTION:
    What can you eat on a raw food diet?
    I'm sorry for the stupid question but like, how do you eat potatoes?? do you eat them raw??
    What about canned tuna? is that raw or cooked?
    An tea? can you drink tea?

    • ANSWER:
      You going to have to buy all your food in the fresh produce section. No canned foods. Tea is something you're going to have to decide on for yourself but it's not going to mess up your diet if you decided to drink it.

  7. QUESTION:
    I want my dog to eat the raw food diet,what do you think?
    I want my golden retriever puppy (6months old)to eat the raw food diet, he is currently fed James Wellbeloved kibble. What is your personal experience?How do I make the transition from kibble to raw?where can I find a breakdown of what he should be fed on a daily basis?and do you advocate the use of fruit&vegetables as in BARF or stick with just meat?Also, what kind of damage do you think I couldve done to him already by feeding him commercial kibble?Any advice/experience would be greatly appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      my dogs are currently on a raw diet and i love it. i would start by doing some research to make sure this diet is right for you and your dog. there is a group called raw feeding here on yahoo that i am a part of and they have been very helpful with any questions.

      stay away from the BARF diet. it is not as healthy as Prey Model. and try not to use ground meat if possible.

      You don't want to mix raw with kibble. the kibble actually inhibits the dog's ability do digest the bones which is what causes most blockages. cooked bones are also a no no. the cooked bones are the ones that splinter.

      i switched because of an allergy problem with one of my dogs and she has done very well. she barely scratches at all anymore and she has a better coat better stools and a great energy level.

      you want to start with chicken. it's a simple protein and i would do leg quarters. you can usually get a 10lb bag at walmart for about . make sure you are supplementing with salmon oil for the omegas. you don't need to add glucosamine or anything like that because your dog will get that from the cartilage in the joints he is eating.

      average feeding amount is about 2-3% of the body weight. my dogs are content with one leg quarter each right now (i can't afford a meat scale so i don't know how much that is). once they've been on it for a week or so you can add in organs. the feeding ratio is supposed to be 80% muscle, 10% organ, 10% bone, and that is over a week not daily. i'm doing about equal bone and muscle because chicken is mostly bone. you start out that way so they don't have to process so much in the beginning.

      dogs are not meant to eat vegetables or fruits. even wolves shy away from such things. they remove the stomach and bust it open to let all the contents drain before they eat it.

      the damage done is not irreparable, getting on raw as soon as possible is your best bet. i fed my dogs kibble for about 2 years before i switched and i have seen nothing but improvements.

      feel free to e-mail me directly with any specific questions.

      hope this helped!

  8. QUESTION:
    Can You Eat Sushi on the Raw Food Diet?
    I'm thinking of starting a raw food diet for a few weeks to see what the health benefits/ weight loss is like. However, I was wondering if the diet is meant to be vegetarian, or if raw fish ie sushi can be eaten. I don't mind either way, I'd just like to know. Also to anyone who's done the diet, how did you find it? Did it do everything it said on the packet ie increased energy, better skin weight loss etc? Thanks in advance!

    • ANSWER:
      A general raw food diet includes anything that is uncooked and unprocessed - unpasteurized dairy products, raw meats and fish, and raw eggs are all included in this diet. If you follow a program that is called a raw vegetarian, raw vegan or living food diet you only eat fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds.

      I have been following a raw vegan diet (90%) now for the past 10 years and I have to say that the benefits have been amazing. No more depression, lots more energy, better eyesight, weight loss and a positive outlook have been my experience.

  9. QUESTION:
    list of vegetables to be eaten on raw food diet?
    hey guys, i wanted to ask you that i wanna be in raw diet but i am confused to which vegetables and fruits to eat in order to lose weight.Im Indian so please dont add non veg.And also can you give me the diet schedule i mean what should be eaten in the time of breakfast,lunch and dinner.Please reply.

    Thanks guys

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,

      i think you can eat almost anything. if you are on diet, you can avoid avocado which is higher on the calories, things like potato, mango are also on the higher side. other than that, i think normal veggie like lettuce, tomatoes, carrot, banana, apple, are just great to eat and easy to get. see link below for detail explanation on each the calories in veggie and fruits.

      other than that, i agreed with the other person earlier, pick up an exercise, walking, running, swimming, anything to keep yourself active.

      cheers

  10. QUESTION:
    raw foods diet?
    what type of fish can you eat on the raw foods diet?

    • ANSWER:
      Sushi?
      I would not eat any raw meats.
      When the world was young and unpolluted and you caught your own fish and only your own hands touched it, maybe it was OK to eat raw fish. I would not recommend it. That's just my opinion. Live well and do good.

  11. QUESTION:
    how long will it take for me to eat raw foods and for my eye color to change?
    it is known that "all raw-food" diets change eye color gradually over a few months.
    but i dont think i can eat all raw food.
    especially since im only a teen still living at home, its not exactly easy to make your parents change what they buy and cook [or not cook for that matter!]. and i just dont think i would be able to do it... i love cooked food! like chicken and pasta.. i could never become a vegetarian [which is basically what this diet is..] so how many raw things would i have to eat along with my meals [normal cooked ones like usual] in order for this eye color change to take affect?

    i only want those who know about this to answer. i dont want to bother reading those who say "its impossible to change your eyecolor" because it isnt..

    please can someone give me the answer i am looking for?
    i would love to have more information on this!!
    it is very interesting.
    thank you all!!!!! :]
    it actually does change eye color.

    sorry to disappoint you, but it has worked on many.

    http://www.rawpaleodiet.org/iris-color-change-1.html

    • ANSWER:
      Everything2.com said it takes a few months for the effects. But that you can get clarity in your vision within weeks. Hope this answers it for you. I enjoyed your question. I learned something new by researching this for you!

  12. QUESTION:
    How many calories a day does a person on a raw food diet/lifestyle eat daily? (Please answers! :) ?
    I just would like to know because i find it hard to imagine eating 1,200 (wich is the lowest you can eat and still remain healthy) calories a day. Do they just eat that most veggies and fruit to eat over 1,200+ calories or do they go below that?

    If they go below that, how do they loose so much weight without going into starvation mode?

    Also please tell me..How do you prepare for it? I want to start one by Jan 1st What can i do now to prepare, because i've been eating so unhealthy and such processed foods. I've been eating around 3,000 calories a day. I know that it will be a HUGE shock to my body if I just start. Should I start with a fast? How do i ease into this with the most minimal shock possible?

    Thanks you.

    • ANSWER:
      i'm a raw vegan.. been eating 1800 calories a day for the last 40 yrs.

      i haven't gone into starvation mode.. because i don't starve my body.

      shock? i'm not quite understanding this query... ???

      a raw food diet is much healthier... thus if you go into shock there's another problem or underlying condition dear... has nothing to do with the diet...

      the diet of a raw vegan, for instance, is much more mineral, vitamin and protein packed.. because the elements are SOLUBLE.

      unlike in meats, dairy and other processed foods. (which are packed with inert materials that the body can't processed effectively.)

  13. QUESTION:
    Thinking about the raw food diet... What else do I need to know?
    After reading about the raw food diet and looking into it more, I think I'm going to talk to my grandparents. So far, I know that you need meat, bones, and organs. I also know that they have to be given to in a certain amount of each. I also know that asking a vet wouldn't matter, since they don't study nutrition much in college.

    I have two dogs. A 70lbs wolf mix, and a less than 5lbs chihuahua, and I plan on feeding them both the raw food diet. I already know that they eat raw food anyways, because I've seen them eating a rabbit, a rat, and a bird that my wolf mix killed. I feed them both Blue Buffalo right now, and I know that that is a good dog food, but I think a more natural diet would be better. I've read reviews, and seen that people have seen improvement in their dog's energy and overall health. I just want to know every piece of information I possibly can, so I can present my grandparents with the facts.

    Also, Blue Buffalo is about for a large bag. The bags last about, eh, a month and a half, give or take. How much would the raw diet cost us monthly? Basically, the dog food is, like, 0 a month.
    I just read that online book, and now I am definitely getting my grandparents to get it. I cannot believe how in danger my dogs are. I didn't even know they could live well into their 20's! No doubt in my mind: I'm switching to raw food for our dogs.

    • ANSWER:
      One of my vets has specialized her area of expertise now into feeding a RAW diet. Her web site is listed below and you can email her or phone her for any further advise needed.

  14. QUESTION:
    How are you supposed to eat raw broccoli and cauliflower..it tastes disgusting!!?
    i'm going on a raw food diet for a week just to see what its like. except there aren't many veggies that you can eat raw but still taste good. the only ones i can think of are carrots, cucumbers, peppers and lettuce..

    • ANSWER:
      I most highly recommend this book to you

      http://www.amazon.com/Dining-Raw-Rita-Romano/dp/1575661926

      http://books.google.com/books?id=P0uPMFZWnYYC&dq=dining+in+the+raw&psp=1

      she was a cook at the world famous Hippocrates health center and once owned a health food restaurant and her recipes are amazing..half the book is raw foods using all kinds of veggies..you will be amazed at how great raw foods taste from raw dressings to deserts and everything in between.

      I love this cookbook. here is the table of contents..http://books.google.com/books?id=P0uPMFZWnYYC&dq=dining+in+the+raw&pg=PP1&ots=i7McDUTDyo&sig=U9swUnkSdIVDol1tTPMGXryOY_8&prev=http://www.google.com/search%3Fq%3Ddining%2Bin%2Bthe%2Braw%26sourceid%3Dnavclient-ff%26ie%3DUTF-8%26rlz%3D1B3DVFA_en___US204&sa=X&oi=print&ct=title&cad=one-book-with-thumbnail#PPA7,M1

      she also uses a lot of veggies that are not used that often..even raw corn salsa is great.. spinach soup is divine and waikiki pineapple pie is out of this world carrotuna is a favorite of mine..people loved this and the raw spinach soup at potlucks. I once went to a raw foods potluck at wild oats and the food was out of this world...someone made raw brownies that were so good.

      And do not forget one can also eat raw nuts and raw seeds and sprouted grains too on a raw food diets giving you many choices... she has a lot of recipes using those too,.

  15. QUESTION:
    Can a Papillon eat a Raw Dog Food Diet?
    Papillons are so small so I'm scared to give him bones. I don't know if it's considered a "BARF" diet but I'm thinking of mashing all the bones and meat up so he won't choke (Puppy) I wasn't planing on including vegetables, so is it still considered a BARF diet?

    And I've seen some people online say "The prey type is better than barf" How? If it's all raw??

    And what do you guys use for treats? (Like when your training) Should I use fruit, regular bagged doggie treats, or something raw?
    And I don't think I understand where to go and buy this?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, any dogs/puppies can eat a raw diet

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WkoqFwXZwBU

      I think you're talking about prey model, which is what most of the people I know feed. I guess it's because the BARF diet includes vegetables. etc. but dogs are carnivores. Carnivores eat MEAT, not vegetables.

      You can use anything as treats, I personally feed chunks of apple (no seeds, as they are toxic to dogs) and sometimes banana, chicken, etc.

      Just remember to do LOTS of research, you NEED to be exact when feeding raw for your dog to get the proper amount of protein, etc.

      Add: I forgot to tell you where you can get your meat.. I'd say a local butcher's shop. And if you're worried about parasites, etc. freeze your meat for a couple of weeks which will kill any existing parasites if there are any.

      Here's some more videos that you might like-

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zxf8wQyGZkU

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68M_aCcyYYc

      and my personal favorite: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZhqJyvNzA7Q&feature=related

  16. QUESTION:
    I am going on a raw food diet (but including one serving of meat per day) How much weight could i loose?
    I have a bmi of 34 (195 at 5'4) I am obese and I want to loose a about 80 pounds. I want to cleanse my body of all the toxins because my cravings for starchy and junk foods are so intense. I want to start with a 3 day juice fast. I need to know what kind of juice do I buy? I dont have a juicer or the money to purchase one. Is there a certain brand I can use?

    If i do the 3 day juice fast, then the rest of the month I eat raw foods with teh exception of 4oz of meat per day (OR one egg a day) How much weight can I loose? I will try to do some excersizes but i'm sure that it will be alittle hard.

    I understand that some people do not agree with this, and i do plan to go back to normal eating slowly but i feel once i loose all the weight and i'm clean from the insides i'll be able to have a much better control on how much i eat and the cravings!

    Lets say i do this for 30 days, how much weight could i possible loose? (I'm a mesomorph hourglass figure also if that helps any)

    Oh also, when i start eating normally again with cooked foods...How do i do that without getting sick?

    Thank you, and please NO rude answers. :)

    • ANSWER:

  17. QUESTION:
    does the raw food diet work?
    anyone on or has been on the raw foods diet please have your say.

    I read that Keira Knightley eats raw veggies and doesn't go to the gym and have you seen how thin she has become! How long do you think it would take to get that thin by dieting on raw foods when I weigh 40 kilos?

    how long did it take you to reach your desired weight and what type of exercise did you engage in?

    I'd just like some input so I can decide on whether to start this diet or not.

    thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      You only weigh ~85 pounds???? Why pray tell would you need to lose weight in the first place???? Unless your less that 36" tall, I can't even begin to wrap my mind around why you think you need to lose any weight!!! But yes, if you can survive eating nothing but raw vegetables (YUCK) then yes you could lose weight...of course you have to be in NEED of losing weight in the first place

  18. QUESTION:
    Raw food diet, please help?
    Hi,

    I was just wondering what kind of food you can eat on the raw food diet. A list would be a great help!
    I know you can eat; fresh fruit&vegetables, nuts, seeds, grains, legumes, dried fruit, seaweed, young coconut milk, purified water, freshly juiced fruit&vegetables and beans. But what else? Also, what kind of nuts, seeds, grains and beans can you eat? Thanks in advance! :-)

    • ANSWER:
      Guidelines

      Green-Leafy Vegetables, Fruits, and Fats:

      A fruit is any natural food containing seeds (e.g. tomato is a fruit, cucumber is a fruit). Eat fruits with seeds (avoid seedless hybrid fruit).

      All types of vegetables are great, however, preference should be given to green-leafed vegetables. Avoid hybrid vegetables (i.e. carrots, beets, potatoes).

      All types of raw plant foods which contain fats help transition over from cooked foods to The Raw-Food Diet. They fill you up and satiate your hunger. These include avocados, olives, coconuts, nuts, seeds, etc.

      If one is sensitive to sugar, it is a good idea to add oils (flax, olive, etc.) to smoothies or fruit salads. This will allow a slower time-release of sugar into the blood. If one is extremely sensitive to sweet fruits, replace sweet fruits in the morning with grapefruits, cucumber, tomatoes, or other low-sugar fruits. Some sweet fruit, however, is necessary in the diet.

      Eat nuts and seeds moderately. Quantities should be kept to less than 2.0-2.5 pounds (0.9-1.2 kg) of nuts per week. Eat nuts with green-leafed vegetables for ideal digestion. If one is sensitive to nuts, then replace all nuts listed in the menu below with avocados or olives.

      All daily menus should contain a healthy balance of green-leafed vegetables (i.e. chard, collards, lettuces, kale, spinach, etc.), sugary fruits (oranges, melons, mangos, papayas, etc.), and fatty foods (i.e. avocados, olives, nuts, seeds, etc.). Chlorophyll foods build the structure of the body. Sweet fruits fuel the system with glucose. Fats lubricate and oil the body.

      Salad Dressings: For salad dressings combine a raw plant fat with a sugar. For example, we can blend half an avocado with an orange in the blender and pour that on our salad as dressing. If we look at most commercial salad dressings on the market, we can see they consist of two basic ingredients a fat (oil, pasteurized dairy milk) and a sugar (high fructose corn syrup). People love fats and sugars with greens because they complete the Sunfood Triangle!

      Water: The amount of water one drinks should be dictated by thirst. Raw fruits and vegetables contain so much high-quality water one may find that thirst disappears. If you drink water, drink distilled water with a squeeze of lemon at least 30 minutes before you eat a meal -- drinking water after a meal dilutes the digestive juices and interferes with digestion. If distilled water is not available, look for Evian water in glass or, if not available, in plastic.

      Alcohol: If one drinks, s/he should preferentially choose wine over all other alcohols. Most wines have not been heat-processed. Seek out organic/no-sulfite varieties.

      All beers are brewed (cooked). One should choose dark beers with more minerals preferentially over refined commercial beers. Dark beers have a less dramatic effect on blood sugar levels.

      Gradually letting go of alcohol will increase the strength of one's immune system and decrease the risk of an early death in an accident.

      Dairy Products: Any pasteurized dairy products have long-range destructive effects on health and the digestive system. The only reason pasteurized dairy products are found in stores is because they have a longer shelf life than raw dairy products and thus they bring more money to the dairy industry.

      If dairy products are included in the diet, they should be raw. Children who simply refuse to eat healthy portions of green-leafed vegetables may have raw dairy products in their diet for calcium.

      Soy milk is also a better option than cooked milk. It has a high-fat content, and may be used to "cut" tea or coffee.

      Chewing: Be sure to fully chew every mouthful of food. The famous Dr. Fletcher recommended 50 chews per mouthful.

      Try eating with chopsticks instead of kitchen utensils as they will help to slow the rate of your eating.

  19. QUESTION:
    Raw Cat Food Diet? Suggestions/ 10 pnts?
    A raw diet for my cat, not me eating raw cats as a diet option ;)

    Anyway, i'm always looking for new ways to better my cats lives and health. The internet can be a great resource, but sometimes it turns everything into mush. There are some people who advocate only a dry food diet, as the wet food rots teeth, there are others who advocate only a wet food diet as cats don't need grain and these other "fillers", then there are those who advocate both, then those who advocate letting your cats catch their own meals, then those who advocate buying raw meat/bones and grinding it for your cats.

    My cats are on their medicine, prevention,etc all year long. I still don't feel comfortable with allowing them to hunt for their food, just because I don't want them catching any diseases.

    I am becoming a fan of this raw meat diet plan for cats though, and am wondering if anyone here feeds their cats just raw meat/bone grinds/etc.

    What diet works best for you? What do you advocate?

    Cats are currently on a mix of Innova Dry and Wet cat food.

    • ANSWER:

  20. QUESTION:
    Raw food diet. does anyone consider it Dubious?
    I am only bringing it up because i feel there's something about it that's flawed. While many claim it's the consumption of meat that allowed humans to evolve, i think it is more specifically man's ability to use fire and other tools to process.. Cooking, Milling, and understanding of chemical properties play a role in improving human diet over the millenia, us to eat more food than any other animal on this planet.

    claim one by raw foodies: a living fruit/vegetable is better than a "dead" one.
    my response: ok, so when a banana or pineapple or pear is "ripe" it's actually because its starches have broken down into sugars (which means its a dying fruit) should i have to eat my apples and banana's while they're still green? also, a fruit is not an independent organism, so how can it be considered "alive?"

    Claim two: processed food is not healthy

    well, try explaining that to ancient meso-americans, who's survival and advancement depended on processing their cornmeal with lime or ash, in order to acquire extra proteins from their main crop.

    Also, raw foodies claim it's "normal" to have headaches or extreme hunger while on a juice fast. I say that's your body's way of telling you something is wrong. (like, eat some solid food.)
    Explain to me how so many Sicilians (who eat pasta and wine), or the japanese (who eat fermented soy) live to be a hundred years

    Maybe we American's should get the martyrdom complex out of our heads, that personal suffering is the key to progress.

    And another thing: Raw Milk? Seriously? WTH? You know what raw milk is useful for? Creme Fraiche, and yes, that stuff is technically fermented product.

    • ANSWER:
      I think the best diet one can have is closest to what our earliest ancestors ate for sustenance.

      Fruits, vegetables, nuts, berries, and meats. Naturally occurring foods. Processed grains merely allowed the human population to flourish since you can raise more food per square inch of land via grains. It's basically filler food. If you notice the diet of Cretans (Greece) and Okinawans (Japan) you'll see that processed grains make up a very small portion of their diets.

      It is true though, adding heat to some foods destroys some of the nutrients.

  21. QUESTION:
    What's a Raw Food Diet?
    I know a little about this and i was wondering how this goes and the foods i can eat?
    I was also wondering if you take and apple and put it through a juicer is it the same or does
    the fiber go away? Because I am a picky eater i could just eat peas on this diet and swallow them whole correct?

    • ANSWER:

  22. QUESTION:
    Raw vs. high quality vs. commercial foods?
    I'm in the process of gathering reserach about various dog foods. And there is a lot of debate about various dog foods.

    1. commercial foods carry a lot of unneccessary fillers like corn and soy. Corn and soy have been shown to exasperate skin allergies as well as cause minor gastric issues in some dogs. mostly because corn and soy is not digestible even in humans, and consuming in large amounts, soy and corn can potentially cause bloat since it is a high gas food.

    on the other end you hear, "every dog I've ever owned has been on purina or beneful and I've never had a problem. Studies that say corn and soy are alergents are highly exaggerated and my dog has eaten actual corn off my plate and never got bloat.

    2. The raw diet is giving a dog what they would get in the wild. It provides necessary nutriants they would not otherwise get in processed foods. Many raw diet feeders will see their dog's coats getting shinier and will see the dogs getting leaner and healthier.

    on the other side of the coin there are those who say, there has been no study that has shown the raw diet to be anymore beneficial than a high quality food, except studies dont by the raw diet industry.. in fact there have been studies from independent parties that show feeding the raw diet put a dog at higher risk for salmonella poisoning, as well as putting a human at risk for salmonella. raw foods are salmonella carriers, and even if a dog does not get sick, they can shed salmonella in their hairs and feces which can spread the illness to humans. there are also choking risks. Even veterinarians recommend against the "BARF" diet... and, how many wolves do you see shopping in the frozen meat section of walmart? Part of what makes the meat healthy has been processed and frozen out of it. The freshness of the kill holds benefits for wild dogs, especially when the blood is still pulsating through. So how is the raw diet like eating in the wild?

    3. In high quality foods, meat is the more important ingredient, while in commercial brand, unnecessary fillers like Corn and corn meal are the most important. They also do not contain soy, corn, wheat or wheat gluten (which were two ingredients that were making dogs sick during the big dog food recall scare a few years ago) they also don't contain by-products (which are made out of the left overs of meat like for chicken by-products... beaks, tallons, gizzards, some feathers)

    on the other side of that coin, you have people who insist there's nothing wrong with corn or soy, by-products are no different than chicken meal, and while these products don't contain wheat, they do contain barley and rice which are also grains, and that it's just a way to make more money.

    I am not a dietary expert when it comes to dogs, and I want to make sure I'm giving all sides a fair shake.

    I was hoping you could give me your opinions

    • ANSWER:
      This is what I think, pet food is very under researched and affco standards are very low. http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=2+1659+1661&aid=662
      I used to work at a vet clinic, and talked with a science diet rep who said her company "tested' affco by putting in non food items (an old boot) in the mix and it still passed affco testing. I am not recommending any brand of dog food though.
      Each dog is an individual and will do better on some foods than others. I think it is a way too spread thing about dogs having food allergies, only 10% of dogs have allergies and usually they are environmental allergies, so in my opinion why treat for something they do not have?
      The thing with raw, (I am aware I will get thumbs down)
      1. it is not recommended because it is an environmental hazard, the dog may not have salmonella but it can still spread it in there urine or feces.
      2. Bones can cause an impaction, they are not 100% digestible
      3. The calcium and phosphorus are not always easy to keep at the right levels on any home made diet.
      4. the veggies are more nutritious for dogs and people of cooked also easier to digest.
      5. salmon is good, but becareful where you get I live in Northern CA and our salmon contains flukes which can kill a dog.

      I recomend petfoodproject.com it is written by a animal nutritionist

  23. QUESTION:
    can dogs eat raw ground beef and breakfast sausage?
    last night my fridge broke and I put everything on the back deck (since its 20 degrees in Chicago) to keep it from going bad until we go buy a new fridge tonight... my husband forgot and let our 45 pound husky outside...

    she ate 1 pound of ground beef and a whole unopened package of frozen johnsonville breakfast sausage links... she is currently on a raw food diet (but the raw food you buy in medallion form at the pet store made particularly for their diet)

    WHAT SHOULD I DO? Will she get sick??? help!

    • ANSWER:
      Any new protein suddenly introduced has the potential to cause digestive upset. I'd just fast her tonight, and make sure she has access to plenty of water.

      You really ought to look into preparing your own raw meals. Commercially produced raw foods cost double or more of what it would cost to make yourself, and most include many ingredients that dogs do not really need. Plus, a home prepared diet including bones is better for dental upkeep, and also gives you the piece of mind of knowing how all the ingredients have been stored and handled.

      For more information on home preparing a raw diet, here are some good links to check out:

      http://www.rawmeatybones.com/petowners/whatisrmb.php
      http://www.rawmeatybones.com/diet/exp-diet-guide.pdf
      http://www.ukrmb.co.uk/images/ww.pdf
      http://www.rawfed.com/myths/
      http://preymodelraw.com/how-to-get-started/
      http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/rawfeeding/
      http://dogfoodchat.com/forum/raw-feeding/

  24. QUESTION:
    How do I start a raw food diet?
    Before you answer let me clearly state, I do not want answers telling me im stupid or crazy or to not do this. the question is at the top. answer the question nothing more. I heard this is actualy healthier in the long run, giving you more of the nutrition from the food. Ill be completely honest. I dont care what people think of me. I specifically want to know about the raw meat. that is the most important anyone can pick up brocoli wash it and chow down. I practically eat my stak raw right now. its barly considered cooked lol. my gf tells me any more raw and it would moo when i poke it.

    Im one of the healthiest people i know immune system wise, I dont think i have gotten sick in...four years. I heard if you are starting this particular diet to freeze your meat for 15 days to kill bad bacteria. let it thaw and eat small portions raw. dont let it sit too long past being thawed because bacteria will develope again. eating meat raw off the animal is fine because bacteria cant culture quick enough. only when meat is left out for a while will you get sick. help me understand and start this diet.

    Please do not give your opinion on the matter. for one i dont care, and two i hate opinions. I wont listen to opinion, i listen to informations so dont waste your time with opions unless its posotive or personal experience please and thank you also dont be a disrespectfull punk...i will report you.

    another detail is that im not looing to diet. im looking to make my food intake more natural not processed...lol im 6'4 and weigh 171.

    • ANSWER:
      decide now to add more fruits and raw vegetables to your diet. You can do this by adding fruits to your breakfast and salads to your lunch and dinner. Eat the fruits and salads (made with different vegetables, especially greens) before your meals. By eating them first, you make sure to eat them. Eat whatever you like after your fruits and vegetables.

      In between meals take fresh and dried fruits, raw vegetables and raw nuts and seeds as snacks, if you need them.

      Make sure to drink enough water before and in between your meals! Many people think they are hungry, when they are thirsty. First try water or herb tea, when you feel hungry.

      You can also introduce some superfoods to your diet, like raw cacao, goji berries, maca, hempseed, flaxseed, spirulina, chlorella, MSM, aged garlic or medicinal mushrooms. These foods are very nutrient dense and help you to get rid of cravings.

      Take time to adjust to a raw food diet. Your body needs time to get used to it and to get rid of toxins. If you go too fast, you make it more difficult for yourself, because you start to detox fast. After some time, you will get used to your new habits and you can take the next step.

      This is the easiest way to change to a raw food diet, lose weight and get more and more energy. Take time and relax. Enjoy your raw food adventure.

  25. QUESTION:
    What do you think about the raw food diet?
    I'm 16 years old, about 6' and I weigh 278 Lbs. I am currently doing football workouts and I have been told by the coaches to say at the weight that I'm at for football but I don't want to. I play other sports and the weight has set me back in sports that I am very good at. I not only want to lose my weight because of sports but for my health and so I can feel good about myself as well. I want to get down to at least 215 lbs. I really want to get to about 189 because I want to wrestle in the 189 lb weight class. I understand that it may take some time but I need to know of a specific diet plan or foods that I should eat to lose weight. I want to lose as much weight as I can by July because that is when I am going on vacation to the beach and I want to actually get more girls than my cousin this year HA HA! Anyways, I'd basically just like to know what I should eat and if there are any supplements that are healthy to take and will also help me lose weight. I technically want to lose about 90 lbs. I've heard a lot about the raw food diet. Would you recommend it? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      You can find reviews in a web search for "raw food diet reviews".

  26. QUESTION:
    Is anyone on a raw food diet/lifestyle?
    Hello. I am very interested in taking up a raw food diet / lifestyle because of all of the health benefits. However, I am unsure of exactly what to eat for breakfast/lunch/dinner/snack in order to get the sufficiant amount of nutrients and calories. There has to be raw food dieters out there on Yahoo Answers. If so, can you give me a sample menu with stuff that I can find at a local grocery store on the east coast. Thanks a million,

    • ANSWER:
      Im a vegan but without even realizing
      i eat 60% raw
      lol go figure

  27. QUESTION:
    my boyfriend doesn't like that i try to eat healthy food?
    first of all, i'm 18 and my boyfriend is also 18. we're both seniors in high school and i've known the guy since we were in middle school. we've been together for 6 months. just for a little background.
    i've been a vegetarian for a year and a half. about 3 months ago i discovered this thing online called the "raw food diet". i'm pretty sure a lot of ppl know about it, it's a "diet" in which you only eat raw food, and since i'm vegetarian, it's not like i'm eating raw meat either.
    well, we recently went on a picnic and i brought a long my own lunch, which had things like sliced cucumber/tomato/jicama salad, an organic mango, pineapple, and orange smoothie that i made myself. well, apparently that's not the kind of thing a guy likes his girlfriend to show up at a picnic with.
    he started telling me that he doesn't like that i'm "always trying to follow these 'healthy' diets that don't work". i'm assuming that he thinks i'm trying to lose weight or something (hence the "don't work" statement.) well i'm 5'2" and weigh 106lbs so it's not like he thinks i'm fat or anything.
    so what the heck could he mean by that?
    are there any guys out there that can give me their perspective on this? does it seem like i'm just following all these fad diets?
    i mean, i became vegetarian b/c of animal rights. and i moved on to raw food vegan-ism because i heard it's healthier and ppl feel really good after following that lifestyle for a while. i see these "diets" as lifestyle changes that i plan to follow through with my whole life and not just a diet that i'm trying out, could it be that he's missing my point completely?

    • ANSWER:
      He is missing your point. He probably turns off when you're explaining it. Refuse to discuss it with him until you know he understands your point- which means he'll actually have to THINK about what you've said and why someone would want to eat this way. He's obviously not thinking because if he were, you certainly wouldn't have to bring your own meal to a picnic! No matter what he likes to eat, he should be able to prepare a meal specifically for you. The only meat I eat is seafood, but I'm sure I'm going to be able to suffer through cooking my man a steak (trying to prepare myself for it now lol). It seems it would be much more difficult for eaters like us to cook meat for others than it would be for them to prepare healthy food for us... but if he can't understand and support you, refuse to discuss ANY of it with him.

  28. QUESTION:
    Raw diet for my dog, opinions please.?
    I don't want any rude answers please.. merely your respectable opinion.

    My friend has been hounding (lol) me to start feeding my dog a raw diet of organs, bones, and meat. I am one of the dog owners that feed premium kibble like Origin, Acana, etc. and my dog has never had a problem. Healthy, beautiful coat, etc. Of course he eats other things as well (some meat on occasion), but his main diet does consist of kibble and wet food. Would anyone like to convince me whether I should switch or not?

    She claims dogs are wolves technically so all they actually need is meat. No grains, no fruits/veggies. I am a little appalled by the cleanliness aspect (my dog loves to give me kisses) of tossing a raw chicken carcass to my dog, but she makes me feel pressured to "convert"(yes she used that term. haha.)

    What are your thoughts on a raw diet? This is quoted from an email she sent me (copy and pasted from a website I presume)

    --

    "If you feed a premium kibble (or any kibble), please think through why you feed it to your pets. Could they benefit more from a raw diet? And ask the ultimate question: how is a processed diet better for my pets than a diet of fresh, whole, raw foods?

    Raw food—particularly whole carcasses and raw meaty bones—provide the NECESSARY teeth-cleaning effects that are lacking in any cooked diet. Periodontal disease-causing bacteria are scraped away at each feeding, whereas a cooked food-fed dog has that bacteria remaining, which are then coated over by a sticky plaque resulting from the cooked grains, vegetables, and meat proteins.

    While the better quality foods certainly do start with better materials, after processing these 'food' materials are still of a lesser quality compared to the fresh, raw, real thing.

    Our dogs and cats are not designed to eat processed food pellets regardless of how good of quality these processed food pellets are. A premium kibble would be like us eating a 'premium' cereal day in and day out; the premium cereal has to be better for us than one of those cheaper cereals, right (think of Raisin Bran versus Captain Crunch)?

    A Shi Tzu has the same elemental nutritional needs as a Great Dane; the only difference is that the Shi Tzu has to eat much less to satisfy those needs. The short time that the dog has been domesticated and that specific breeds have existed in various parts of the world is not long enough for an evolutionary need for the foods of the region from which they originate to be developed.

    "Wolves usually tear into the body cavity of large prey and...consume the larger internal organs, such as lungs, heart, and liver. The large rumen [, which is one of the main stomach chambers in large ruminant herbivores,]...is usually punctured during removal and its contents spilled. The vegetation in the intestinal tract is of no interest to the wolves, but the stomach lining and intestinal wall are consumed, and their contents further strewn about the kill site." (pg.123, emphasis added)

    "To grow and maintain their own bodies, wolves need to ingest all the major parts of their herbivorous prey, except the plants in the digestive system." (pg.124, emphasis added)."

    --

    Her dog is a pug, so she feels if she can do that for her PUG, then I surely should convert with my dogs as well. I want to know more about the anti-raw diet side because so far everyone I've approached just tells me how great it is, and I want to know if that is REALLY TRUE before making my decision for what's best for my dog AND me.
    SHE ALSO SAID:
    " dogs don't need grains/fruit/veggies! If they can't digest them, having a bit of it in their diet wouldn't benefit them as they can't use it, right? Puglet liked to eat bananas and stuff too but really, when I think about it, it's odd. A dog eating fruit isn't gonna get much out of it! Even if there were bananas available in addition to meat in the wild, wolves would go for the meat first and only eat the fruit in times where there were slimmer pickings. I suppose these non-meat foods are just for variety or whatever but animals in the wild usually hunt the same stuff. I mean, why try to improve on the food that's already great for you? Natural stuffs yo. ;) It's people who have the desire to sample new stuff all the time otherwise they get bored. xDD I think dogs would find eating kibble, regardless of what it contains, more boring than crunching + tearing through flesh and bones "

    • ANSWER:
      I am a raw feeder, and your friend is wrong on several points.

      1) Dogs are not wolves, nor are they true obligate carnivores.

      Truth: The Dog digestive system processes meat more effectively than non-meat. It is true that dogs don't 'need' grains and veggies IF you feed a perfectly balanced raw diet, but it is not true to go so far as to say that these items are indigestable, completely non-nutritious or inappropriate.

      2) There are zero credible scientific studies that prove that a raw diet results in better health, less disease, longer lifespans, etc. than a premium kibble diet.

      Truth: feeding your dog real, unprocessed food as opposed to feeding highly processed, pressure cooked kibble and entrusting your dogs lifeflong diet to profit-driven possibly greedy and unscrupulous manufacturers and their countless outsourced and offshored vendors - may make alot of sense to you. This alone is a good enough reason to switch, and this is why I switched.

      3) Raw diet does not prevent periodontal disease.

      Truth: raw diet is generally believed (not scientifically proven) to do more to scrub teeth clean (but also, if practiced incorrectly, break teeth) than kibble. However, your dog will still likely contract periodontal disease by age 2 if you don't regularly brush his teeth (2x min per week) and get his teeth professionally cleaned.

      Scientifically, wild wolves and pre-kibble dogs have been found to have the same dental health problems as kibble-fed dogs. The true difference-maker is the amount of dental care (brushing/cleaning) applied.

      4) "dogs and cats not designed to eat processed food pellets" - the cereal comparison here doesn't make sense to me.

      5) "a Shi Tzu... Great Dane.. etc" Is this an argument against 'breed specific' dog foods? If yes then to some extent I agree - breed-specific dog foods is more a marketing gimmick than anything else.

      6) "Wolves usually tear into the body cavity..." Dogs are not wolves. In the wild, wolves do ALOT of things dogs don't do - including having higher mortality rates and generally shorter lifespans.

      7) Dogs can and do digest fruit/grain/veggies, just not as efficiently as meat. What wolves do in the wild is for the most part irrelevant.

      **************************
      Almost all of the ANTI-RAW arguments are just as false and flawed, and predicated on incorrect application of the raw diet.

      1) feeding bones is dangerous.

      Truth: yes it can be, IF - 1) you cook them, and 2) you don't observe your dogs while they eat them, and 3) you feed bones that are too hard (weight bearing bones of large animals).

      So don't cook, observe your dogs, and don't feed huge cattle leg bones.

      2) raw meats contain pathogens

      Truth: yes they can, IF - 1) you don't freeze the meat first, 2) you practive sloppy hygiene while handling the raw meat. But dogs are practically impervious to salmonella - YOULL catch it before they do. E coli is a legit concern. So freeze the meat first, and if you're still worried {whispering here} go ahead and cook it to rare.

  29. QUESTION:
    help i am considering going on the the raw food diet. what kinds of food does it consist of?
    and how much of those foods can you eat within a days time without gaining weight

    • ANSWER:
      if youre considering such a drastic diet change you need to do it under someones supervision. Its not hard to get major deficiencies when u start new diets that restrict certain foods if you dont know hwat ur doing. You'dneed to make sure youre getting enough protein (fats and carbs not a problem on raw diet). Vitamin B6, B12 and iron will be the main nutrients to boost up, maybe you could take a supplement or maybe look high foods high in them. Remember to listen to your body....good luck

  30. QUESTION:
    Raw food diet?
    Lately I have been hearing a lot of things about feeding your dog a raw food diet lately and I would really like some information on this. I haven't fed my dog and dog food since the scare about a year ago when the pet food was contanimated. I take really good care of my dog, I treat him like he is my child and I have him on an all natural diet. I usually bake him some chicken or make him a lean hamburger patty and then tear it up for him or something like that. As a special treat I sometime give him cheese or plain yogurt. I've tried out varioius fruits and veggies that are ok for dogs on him, but he doesn't seem to interested. He's a very picky eater. He's also got a very weak stomach, so I've pretty much learned over time what he can and can't eat. Anyway I want to know about this raw diet, is it really the way to go? What kinds of things do you feed your dog on a diet. Also my dog will be 5 on the 16th of this month, do you think he would even change over to the raw diet since...
    he's used to eating cooked food all the time...Thanks in advance for any info :)

    • ANSWER:
      I feed both my dogs raw, and I honestly believe this is the best diet for them. Dogs' diets should be mostly protein - they're not geared towards large amounts of carbohydrates and grains like we are, and dry foods tend contain a lot of grain 'fillers'. A switch to raw should be good for your dog with a weak stomach, as he'll be digesting foods that he's evolved to digest. The raw food diet is fantastic for their teeth and breath, and they often have a lot of fun with it too, especially the bones. Their poo tends to be a lot smaller, firmer, and isn't foul smelling.

      If you're nervous about putting together your own food, or don't have the time, there are quite a few raw food prepared meals that you can get from pet shops. I don't think you need to worry too much about whether your dog will refuse to eat it. We actually got into raw food via a trainer with an older (about nine, if I recall) dog, who had stopped being able to digest his premium dry food. I don't really know the details there, but I do know that she switched him to raw food, and he was absolutely fine from that point on. It may be strange for him at first, but he will become used to it if you stick with it.

      Here's a link which explains a little more about raw food. Don't be put off by the URL - BARF stands for biologically appropriate raw food. Good luck!

      http://www.barfworld.com/html/learn_more/what_is_barf.shtml

  31. QUESTION:
    How to switch my dog to a raw food diet?
    I have been researching a little on raw food for dogs. What are the pro's and con's? I have a 2 1/2 year old American Bulldog we have had him for a year now, he should be 70-120 lbs. He is only around 50 lbs, you can't see his ribs or anything but I feel bad because he doesn't eat much. I have tried all sorts of dog foods and he never wants to eat them but when we sit down for dinner he is always right there and wants our food instead, when we first got him I just bought the food his previous owners used but wasn't good enough for him. So how do I go about starting him on a raw food diet? Can I get it from Walmart when I go shopping for ourselves? Please no rude answers, I just want him to be happy. Thanks!
    And I know he would need veggies in there, too.
    I said researching a LITTLE! I want opinions from people that actually have their dog on the raw food diet, who knows what you read online is true or not. I'm pretty sure I wanted NO rude comments so if you have nothing nice to say don't say it and take your hatefull comments somewhere else.
    Yes he has been to the vet, he has no problems.

    • ANSWER:
      Ok first off there is no standard weight for the Am. Bulldog. Just that his weight should be proportionate to his height.(Desirable height in a mature male ranges from 22 to 27 inches) So unless his vet says he's underweight odds are he is actually fine at his current weight.

      Second he doesn't eat much because he's picky. Pick a food a STICK to it. Odds are his previous owners had the same issue as well and fed him from the table.

      That said if you're going to feed a raw diet you REALLY need to do your research. Yes you can get his food from the super walmart or any other grocery store. The only thing you CAN'T get is green tripe, since it can't be sold uncleaned for human consumption.

      No he doesn't need to veggies unless you choose to feed him.

      Here are some helpful links start reading.
      http://preymodelraw.com/
      http://www.rawlearning.com/
      http://www.mypetcarnivore.com
      http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/rawchat/
      http://rawfed.com/myths/#articles
      http://rawdiettruth.blogspot.com/
      http://rawfeddogs.net/

      ETA: Do NOT mix raw with kibble as eM suggested. If he's healthy you can do a straight cold turkey switch or start subbing one kibble meal for raw until he's completely on raw but do NOT mix the raw in with the kibble. Causes too much stomach upset and wastes food.

  32. QUESTION:
    feeding raw to my ferrets?
    mI have some qustions, I want to swithch my 2 female ferrets, 6 months old on a raw diet, So they will be healthier. 1, is it cheaper or the same is kibble? 2. What meat, wotng and legs are exepensive, I will be gettint it at krogers, so what stuff is good and cheaper. 3. How to switch, I have started moistening their kibble, I got thses instructions form holstic ferret, are theres good? And, I want to feed mice, live. But how often, ditly? weekly?

    1. Begin adding some moisture to the kibble by dripping some water over it before feeding. I like to use warm water - not too hot or cold. If your fuzzy already will eat canned food you may be able to skip to step 5 by taking away all kibble and just feeding canned.

    2. Add more water to the day's kibble each day as long as your ferret is willing to eat the food. Most will eat wet kibble fairly easily and I think this is because their imprinting is more about smell than texture.

    3. Once the ferret is eating the kibble with enough water to make it soggy begin mashing the kibble up a little bit with a fork before feeding.

    4. Slowly mash the kibble up more each feeding until the ferret is eating all of the food well mashed. The mashed kibble should look almost like canned food now.

    5. Only if the ferret is eating the canned-food-looking-mashed kibble without a problem is it time for this step. Now you will take just a tiny bit of the raw ground meat - maybe a pinch or two and add it to the kibble before mashing. Mash the kibble as usual and be sure the bit of raw food is well mixed with the rest.

    6. As long as your ferret will eat the food with the raw meat mixed in you can double the amount of raw food added about every other day. Be sure you are mashing it up well with the rest of the food.

    7. At some point there will get to be a lot of raw food in the bowl and it will no longer be hidden in with the mashed kibble. That's great as long as your ferret is consistently eating the food. Once this happens and as long as your ferret is still eating the food, begin cutting back on the amount of kibble in the bowl. The kibble should be cut just as slowly as the raw is added in.

    8. Cut back on the kibble until there is no kibble left in the bowl. Congrats! Now your fuzzies will eat raw! It should be mentioned that if at any point during this switch your ferret refuses the food go back a step or two. If your ferret decides mashed kibble is yucky go back to just adding a bit of water. I think the main issue with switching ferrets to raw is to be determined that you want to do it and that the ferrets will be switched. Don't let setbacks make you give up - keep trying and they will eat raw

    Now if you were using ground meat from the store to switch, you will need to start thinking about what foods you are going to feed. Feeding all ground food is ok for switching but bone and organs are needed for a balanced diet. Pre-made raw food (with bones, organs and meat all ground) is available, but it tends to be the most expensive way to feed raw. Other options are chicken necks/wing tips, livers and hearts from any number of animals, frozen fish such as smelt, mice (live or frozen), frozen chicks or rabbit parts.

    I would start with something easy and try to find chicken necks or wing tips. To switch your fuzzie to eating raw meaty bones:
    1. Chop the RMB (raw meaty bone such as a chicken neck) into small parts and mix it into the ground meat your fuzzy is now eating.

    2. As long as your fuzzy eats the meal as usual add the chopped RMB every day. Every other day chop the RMB into slightly larger pieces.

    3. Soon you won't have to chop it up at all! Once the chopped parts are quite large try just offering the whole RMB.

    http://holisticferret.proboards80.com/index.cgi?board=newbie&action=display&thread=825&page=1

    Can they live on mice, with meat as a treat?
    weloveourweasles, I want to, but i dont think i would allowed to put in my name ans city...

    • ANSWER:
      Ask all these question on the site. They are good at what they do and know exactly how to help you. don't feel embarrased to ask question they are very nice people and are there to help. Just go to member introduction introduce yourself. http://holisticferret.proboards80.com/index.cgi?board=intro

      Ask any questions here about raw feeding http://holisticferret.proboards80.com/index.cgi?board=newbquest

      Learn as much as posible.

      Then go here and read this. They are preliminary question you must fill out.

      http://holisticferret.proboards80.com/index.cgi?board=newbie&action=display&thread=822

      EDIT: Like I said before ask all these question on the forum. The mentors their are EXPERTS I am serious. They will tell you exactly how much of what is ok to feed

  33. QUESTION:
    Raw Food Lifestyle ?!?
    Hola Yahoo! =)

    Can anyone on here talk to me about the raw food lifestyle ?
    I'm not intrested in a diet, I want to know about the lifestyle.

    What does it totally contain ?
    What are the basics [beside the total obvious, lol] ?
    What does it say about raw fish and raw meat ?
    How do you get started ?
    How long does it take you to ease into eating only raw ?

    Why did you choose to start eating only raw foods ?
    Is it really healthier for you ?
    Did you think you got healthier or happier from eating raw ?

    What are your overall views on the raw food diet as a whole ?

    Thank you so much in advanced !!! ^_^

    • ANSWER:
      The raw food "lifestyle" is just diet related. There aren't any ethical obligations or beliefs involved- it's totally dogma free. Although people who are raw tend to be ecologically concerned and politically liberal, it isn't part of a credo.

      Most people who are raw are raw vegans. In fact, (although I know there are people who do) I've never met anyone who ate raw fish and meat as part of a raw diet. When one says "raw" you can assume "raw vegan."

      The majority of people who adopt a raw food diet do so to deal with health problems. Many people have debilitating illnesses like Crohn's disease or Ulcerative colitis, some have digestive problems like heartburn and reflux, some are fighting obesity, and many are trying to wean themselves off of pharmaceuticals.

      I got started when my husband (a doctor) advised two weeks on raw fruits, vegetables and juices to see if it would help my allergies, and the accompanying sinus pain and hives. It did. Over two years later I'm still on it. (Although my cooking has gotten a lot fancier!)

      After a month I was shocked at how much energy I had. After six months I realized my eyesight had improved. Gradually I noticed that I couldn't remember the last time I felt depressed or had a headache!

      To get started, I would recommend that you read everything you can find online first. Then I'd get two books: "The Complete Book of Raw Food" by Lori Baird and Julie Rodwell and "Raw Food Made Easy" by Jennifer Cornbleet.

      Great Websites:

      http://eat.rawfood.com/
      http://www.living-foods.com/
      http://www.rawvolution.com/
      http://www.rawfoodinfo.com/
      http://www.rawfamily.com/index.htm

  34. QUESTION:
    Raw food diet help!!!!!?
    I want to start a raw food diet but I don't know how?

    I don't undestand all these recapeise online, half of the foods there I never heard of them.

    I need something easy!! I dont cook and I dont have time, if the recepiece have vegtables I need something I can find in a vegtable store!

    Help me!?
    I like bread, can I eat bread?
    What about eggs? can they be cooked?
    What about milk? what kind of milk can I drink and can I get it in the supermarket?
    What about Cheese?
    What about Soy burgers? the kind you get in supermarket and warm them up in the microwave?

    What about rice, pasta, cereal???

    If I can't eat this stuff wher am I supposed to get my carbs??

    What can I eat for breakfast? I need somehing to fill me up, I need carbs! I'm never full if I don't eat carbs!

    How do I cook stuff? They say it cant be heated over a certain degree, can I cook stuff in water? can I make hot dogs in water?
    How do I defrost stuff? Can i defrost in the microwave?

    What About Chiken??? can I cook chicken or put in the oven on low heat??(sorry veggies)

    As you can see, I have no clue how to diet on raw food so someone experinced please help me? I know nothing!

    I want my diet to be at least 90% raw.

    Help please, thank you

    • ANSWER:
      Are you sure you want to start a raw foods diet? It seems like you have no idea.

  35. QUESTION:
    Are there any negative results in eating cooked vegetables on occasion while on Raw Food Diet?
    I know very little about the diet except the fact that staying away from food cooked,processed,etc is a must. But...what if on occasion it's cooked? Would that hugely affect the diet?
    Does that insult the diet?

    For example:
    Quite often my mother will make a side dish of only vegetables. This weekend she made a pot full of cabbage and brussel sprouts which she got fresh from the store and slightly cooked it at home with a tiny amount of salt for flavor.

    I haven't started on the diet although I'm considering it. Would eating dishes like that hinder the diet?

    Also based on the diet's principles....does that mean you can't eat meat? Like red meat and such? Most of the time I stay way from red meat but on occasion I'll have one.

    Would I suffer from meat withdrawal? Just trying to see what to expect when I follow the diet.

    • ANSWER:

  36. QUESTION:
    spiritual diet someone help?
    Okay so earlier this year I started to have really weird dreams. After about two weeks I wrote down what I saw in my dreams and to me it felt like past life related sort of. So I started to do a lot of spiritual things like learn how to astral travel, meditation, the use of ki and the list goes on. It felt great and I wanted to live like this because I thought soon enough I could be connected with me subconscious better.

    One thing I was reading about is that if you stop eating cooked foods and meat your spiritual vibration rises up intensely. So i started to do this and nobody in my family understands because i never told them about me being spiritually connected. Also this food diet includes that you ONLY eat raw foods fruits and vegetables and thats it along with milk too. Do you have any suggestions of how i can explain this?

    • ANSWER:
      You could use health reasons. Other people eat a raw food diet because cooking food takes some of the nutrients out, so raw foods are better for your body. Rob Schneider (the actor) said he eats a raw food diet. Maybe that will help them understand you:)

      From Wikipedia:
      Leslie Kenton's book, The New Raw Energy, in 1984 popularized food such as sprouts, seeds, and fresh vegetable juices, which have become staples in many different food cultures. The book brought together research into raw foodism and its support of health, citing examples such as the sprouted seed enriched diets of the long lived Hunza people, as well as Max Gerson's claim of a raw juice-based cancer cure. The book advocates a diet of 75% raw food in order to prevent degenerative diseases, slow the effects of aging, provide enhanced energy, and boost emotional balance.

  37. QUESTION:
    What have you eaten while on the master cleanse diet? Like raw veggies and salad? How much have you lost?
    I have not read stanley burrough's book but he says you can eat only certain foods while on the diet. What are they?

    • ANSWER:
      Food is not allowed on this diet. It is strictly liquid that you will be consuming. I have done 4 full days (I am now in day 5) and have lost 8 pounds. I will be doing it for the full 10 days and, if I keep losing at this rate, I will lose 20 pounds. When you come off the diet, you have to work your digestive system up to receiving whole foods. You need to do more research but here is the basic diet:

      Days 1-10: Drink the "lemonade" and lots of distilled water (no tap or spring water)
      Day 11: Drink lots of water and as much orange juice as you like
      Day 12: Drink lots of water and drink chicken broth
      Day 13: Start consuming "regular" food but start slow with fruits and veggies

      P.S. The purpose of this diet is not to just lose weight (although that is the most popular reason for doing it). It is to wean you off of fatty foods and get you to eat fruits and veggies when you are done with the detox.

  38. QUESTION:
    raw food can change your eye color and you can have clearer eyes?
    i went on this website that said if u have a raw food diet for like a month or so then your eyes will be more clear and possibly change color? if this is true what kinds of raw food are safe for me to eat so i wont get sick because one time my friend was eating raw eggs for a long time, that was all she ate all day then the chicken grew inside her stomach? then she needed to get surgery. so is there any SAFE raw foods that wont make me SICK? and how do i eat it? do i just stuff it in my mouth and start chewing??? thanks in advance!!!

    • ANSWER:
      what website did you go to that said this? And didnt the website say what kind of raw foods to eat in order to do this?

      Ive never heard of this and dont understand it could be possible, eye color is based on genetics not your diet. I would think that if your eye color changed because of your diet it probably wouldnt be a good thing, probably to many minerals or something.

      How old are you? Because im pretty sure that by the time your 10 you should understand that live chickens cant grow inside your body from an egg. she would have had to eat a whole egg (with shell) that was just about ready to hatch and it happened to hatch inside her before the acids in her stomache could kill it... it wouldnt take to long and her stomach would have digested it enough that it would have passed through her system. Unless it happened to hatch on the way down... highly unlikely though cuz i would think she would have choked on the egg while trying to swallow it.

      As for safe raw foods i would suggest most vegetables or fruit. just make sure to wash them first.

  39. QUESTION:
    I want to know your opinion on the way that I eat...?
    Heres a little back ground information: I have chronic fatigue syndrome and I used to jump from diet to diet because I started gaining weight. I am pretty muscular and I do exercise a lot.
    My aunt gave me the tip that eat small portions and healthfully during the week, but stay away from sweets and as soon as Saturday comes along you can treat yourself along with Sunday.
    The way that I want to incorporate her advice is to eat the raw food diet during the week and heat a macrobiotic diet on the weekends occasionally with some dessert. And the reason I don't want to go completely raw is because
    1. it is very difficult (i've done it before)
    2. I cook a lot!
    3. my friends love that i can cook and entertain
    4.I always have functions to go to on the weekends where it is a pain for me to be inconvenient to my friends and family if I need to eat only raw food.
    I just want to know what you guys think. I want to succeed. But am I setting myself up for failure. I will be getting all the protein, and vitamins required. My doctor is completely fine with it, but you know how doctors don't know everyones specific weight loss goal. He says I'm a good weight, but I'm in college and so many girls are so tiny. But please don't write all that crap about how I shouldn't be sooo thin. I'm sort of sick of hearing it.

    • ANSWER:
      i didnt read your whole question it was overly wordy and long winded i think you are attention starved not interested in vegetarian questions

  40. QUESTION:
    For those of you that have your dogs on a raw diet...?
    What exactly is exceptionally good for them?

    I live in a small town, I don't have a butcher around here or anything. the only things my grocery stores carry are chicken (boneless/bone, skinless/skin) turkey necks, turkey gizzards and giblets, cow intestines, liver and tongue, porkchops, hamburger meat and every now and then they have small cornish hens.

    I recently purchased the intestines......OMG NEVER AGAIN...yuck. my dog might be able to eat it, but i can't stand the smell or even touching it. i didn't think it would smell so bad (not bad as in out of date, bad as in...well...nasty lol)

    Basically what im asking is, what meats are great for their health?
    what leafy greens and veggies do you feed them?

    if there's anything else you feed them, please tell me lol. I have recently started my dog on the raw food diet because it's just nasty what they put in commercial dog food, even the premium brands...and because she has cancer and she can't have grains or carbs (just VERY low carbs)

    • ANSWER:
      Thats not a bad choice.

      I prefer meat on the bone however you have to make do with what you have.

      Chicken with the bone is good as are the whole cornish hens, liver once a week is enough and intestines (get over it, Lol!) once a week.

      Tounge is good too, once a week. Turkey necks and gizzards are good too.

      I dont know what giblets are, its not a term we use in Australia.

      I dont feed hamburger meat but if thats all you have available that will have to suffice, it is usually low quality and very fatty.

      I feed pork, no problem however Im a little wary of pork chop bones, use your own better judgement with this one. I tend to give pork hocks instead.

      Are there any farmers in your area that you could phone up? I get Roo tails off a farmer here and we have a vinson farm nearby. You could ask for whole lamb/mutton necks or any pieces not fit for sale (due to being broken etc).

      Meats I like to give are Kangaroo, venison, lamb and chicken. Mutton legs are really cheap here so I feed them. Maybe you could put in a special request for some cuts of lamb and mutton where you get your meat.

      I feed fish also. I like whole raw pilchards, sardines and Mullies, with everything intact. I get them from the frozen bait section at my supermarket or service station.

      Sometimes I feed vegies, other times I dont. I like greens, either lightly steamed or blended raw. If you have any vegie leftovers just give those, no onions though.

      An egg is good too, ground egg shell and sprinkle on.

      Good Luck.

      Add; This is a guideline of the diet I feed.
      http://www.rawmeatybones.com/diet/exp-diet-guide.pdf

      This works best for me.

  41. QUESTION:
    Feline Raw Food Diet and COOKED Food Diet?
    I've read up on veterinary articles and journals that I can access at my university & databases, as well as what people and sites have been posting about Raw food diets. There have been tests done on cats (mainly fecal test) showing a great percentage of salmonella and other bacteria found in cats and dogs that are fed raw. Therefore, I'm still making my cat food at home but opting to cook the outside of meats.

    I've been reading a lot about these "life enzymes" that have been thrown out there without further clarifications and heard of cats who lived to their 20s eating just dry food.

    My kitten has IBD so I'm going to make "homemade" COOKED food for him. The study used as proof that COOKED food is bad was done when taurine was not known thus the cats that were on cooked food eventually exhibit signs of lacking taurine in today's knowledge.

    I want more information and experience on raw food/ semi-raw/ cooked diets that you can give me or like to share/comment.

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      There is more salmonella found in their feces, undoubtedly, but hardly any of the animals actually get infected with it. Their digestive enzymes (or whatever you call 'em) are strong enough to keep the bacteria at bay. My vet (who has a lot of raw feeding clients), has never seen a case of salmonella in a dog or cat, and doesn't personally know any vets that have either. I feel the benefits greatly outweigh any risks, so my cats, and dog, get theirs raw.

      If you are only going to lightly cook the outside of the meat, I don't think it will significantly impact

      Cooked food is thousands of times better than any commercial food, so go for it if you don't want to take the plunge into raw :-)

  42. QUESTION:
    Anyone Got Raw Dog Food Recipes?
    Hi, I was wondering if any of you guys out there who do the raw food diet might have any recipes that I can try on my dogs, after seeing a video showing what they actually put in some dog foods on youtube, I decided to feed my dogs what I would eat...but raw hehe. Also does anyone know how much in pounds of meat per day I'm supposed to feed my dogs? What about vegetables?

    • ANSWER:
      I feed a prey model based raw diet -

      Day 1- Chop up raw chicken - feed parts to all the dogs
      Day 2- Pork neck bones (boney meat) and heart/liver mixture (very rich - the bone from the neck bones moderates this)
      Day 3- Chop up raw chicken - feed parts to all the dogs
      Day 4- Raw fish w/ entrails - turkey necks
      Day 5- Chop up raw chicken - feed parts to all the dogs
      Day 6- Turkey necks (boney meat) and heart/liver mixture
      Day 7- game meat (venison, bear, elk, llama, lamb or whatever)
      Day 8- Chop up raw chicken - feed parts to all the dogs
      Day 9- Clean out fridge (human leftovers) feed to dogs with raw eggs and kibble
      Day 10- Raw fish

      etc.... vary as needed depending on what you have on hand with an eye to keeping the diet balanced. Add salmon oil or canned fish in oil as needed to keep coat glossy. Increase kibble to put weight on the dog.

      I use kibble as treats/training aids.

      Please note: I do NOT feed a BARF diet - I do NOT add vegies/grains (other than scraps from my meals and leftovers)

  43. QUESTION:
    Need advice on Raw Dieting?
    I`ve been reading up on the benefits of eating raw fruit and veg and have decided to put some effort into eating more raw foods. I won`t be switching over completely and will still be mainly eating a normal vegan diet, I`ll just be having a few more raw foods so can anyone tell me what I should expect? I`ve just eaten a small bowl of raw veggies and read somewhere that when you first start you can run into problems. Can anyone offer me any advice? Thanks.
    And before anyone starts lashing out... I`m not giving up cooked food and munching raw veggies instead. I`m eating my normal diet and just increasing a few raw foods.

    • ANSWER:
      Greetings!

      I doubt anyone will be "lashing out." I've been raw for two years, and no one has ever hassled me for it. (unlike being a vegan!) Raw Food doesn't have any ethical arguments for people to react to.

      It isn't "raw dieting" to eat a bowl of raw vegetables and the occasional apple. Everyone, even omnivores, should consume a couple of servings of raw produce daily for intestinal health.

      If you're just adding small amounts of raw foods to a cooked diet you probably won't even notice a difference, unless you currently have digestive issues or constipation. In which case, the raw food will help.

  44. QUESTION:
    Is anyone's cat on the raw food diet?
    Im going to start my cat on the raw food diet, but first i want to become more familiar with it (you have to start somewhere, right?) Please refrain from answering this questions if you dont know the benifit of the raw food diet, i dont care if you feed your cat that crap labeled as "cat food" i care about my cat alittle more and im willing to spend the time you would spend scooping a cup of food into a bowl plus more to make sure my cat has the proper nutrients.

    anyways, does anyone know of anygood websites with recipes and stuff?
    Also where can i get the proper supplements from?

    10 points for best answer.
    can someone post websites with really good information about the raw food diet, thanks.

    i know their is going to be people saying cat food is healthy, but if its so healthy why was their a huge recall?
    because they dont care what gets put in it, its all fillers and ash.
    im going to try to feed my cat what he would eat in the wild, what he is ment to eat.

    • ANSWER:
      feed your kitty raw chicken/fish
      and mix it with some dry food :)
      my kitty is on the same diet and if you mix a raw egg with it, it will make your kittys fur more shiny

  45. QUESTION:
    are you on a raw or organic diet?
    See i have been thinking on changing the foods I eat to organic or raw? can anyone help me with this and tell me some info about the foods that can be eaten raw and how to prepare them and stuff like that... Pleaso do not tell me that I shouldnt be thinking about this and stuff like that, I just want to know waht I answered not what you think...thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      %^%^%^

      I am on an organic diet. It is a great change from eating foods that were processed and infused with preservatives and other additives.
      I purchase the majority of my foods from "farmers markets" ( open air merchants. They are growers that are certified by the State as organic)
      I have had fun preparing soups, salads, stir-frys, baked breads, etc.
      There are lots of food ideas from the Internet for meal preparation.

  46. QUESTION:
    Do you feed your dogs on the raw food diet?
    Hi there, I posted this question late last night but I think maybe it was too late and everyone was in bed so I am re posting in hopes of getting an answer this time.

    I am pretty sure I am going to switch my dogs over to the raw food diet and I just wanted to ask some people who are on it does it cost more than regular food (I usually spend every other week for the 2 of them) and what does a typical day look like? How many times do they eat and what are their meals? lastly I know you can't feed your dog chocolate and grapes, any other I should know about?

    • ANSWER:
      I feed the best quality dog food available and it runs me .41 cents a pound. There was an ad in my local paper just last week for a raw diet dog food available locally for .40 cents a pound so depending on where you are and what is available will determine the cost. Everything else
      is going to depend on size, activity level and the exact raw meat diet you feed.

  47. QUESTION:
    Do you feed your dog on the Raw Food Diet?
    I am pretty sure I am going to switch my dogs over to the raw food diet and I just wanted to ask some people who are on it does it cost more than regular food (I usually spend every other week for the 2 of them) and what does a typical day look like? How many times do they eat and what are their meals? lastly I know you can't feed your dog chocolate and grapes, any other I should know about?
    They wont be getting an all meat diet, it would be 60% meat 40% RGM (vegi's that provide all the needed vitams and such)

    • ANSWER:
      Dogs don't need veggies. Dogs get everything they need from prey animals. I'll base everything on my 90lbs male. He eats 3 pounds a day, I pay no more than a pound for anything, 3 bucks a day, fasted on Sunday, a week, a month max, often less, much less (around -).

      80% muscle meat, 10% bone, 10% organ, half of which should be liver.

      I pre-package my house dog's food for a month, I have professional power equipment to cut up rations for my kenneled dogs.

  48. QUESTION:
    Is feeding your dog (s) a raw diet cheaper than buying dog food?
    Hi guys,
    So I know many of you have switched from dry dog food to a raw diet. I have 3 dogs and they barely eat their food, a bit in the morning and a bit in the evening, but they arn't crazy about it. I just want to know if the cost of feeding 3 dogs the raw diet would be cheaper rather than keep on buying their 30lb bag for dollars?
    For those of you who feed the raw diet, tell me your stories please, about what you can feed in a raw diet. I ask this because my dogs dont eat much and maybe they would like the raw diet, how ever there are 3 of them so please tell me an estimate of how much it will cost, thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      I was paying about for a 30 lb bag of food. That adds up to about .67 per lb. I now spend about per lb which is a significant different considering I use about 13 lbs of food per day. I feed a little more raw weight wise, then I did kibble, but not too much. I have six dogs on raw (three adults over 120lbs, a 50 lb pup, a 45 lb adult and an 18 lb adult)

      My dog's mainstay is chicken because it is so cheap. I buy whatever is on sale (this week leg quarters are .69/lb) I also feed a good deal of pork because it is also cheap. I supplement one raw egg twice a week for each dog and beef heart once a week. They also get liver/kidneys a couple times a week. In the past week they have had pork, chicken, turkey (a wild and a domestic), and venison in addition to the eggs, beef heart, kidneys etc). I don't feed any veggies or fruit.

      Start with chicken and feed that for a few weeks. Don't worry about eggs, kidneys, etc. Once you have that down, start adding things one at a time. 20% bone 80% meat. Notice your dog's stool. If it is runny, more bone, if it is pellet like it's good, if they are constipated, less bone. Join the raw feeding group on yahoo groups. Great advice.

  49. QUESTION:
    BARF- Raw dog diet questions?
    I am reading alot about the Barf diet and homemade dog food diets, and I would really like to try it for my 2 dachshunds, but I am not really finding much info on what to feed, how much to feed, etc. I understand that it mostly consists of raw meat and bones, but I am trying to find the best way to start. I am assuming raw as in not cooked? Can they eat raw chicken? Should you include grains like rice and veggies? How much should you feed 10-13lb dogs? Are there any supplements or special nutrients I need to add?
    Any answers to these questions or links to helpful websites would be great! Also, just to note, I am a little squeamish when it comes to animal carcasses and bones, so any tips to help on that would be great too:) I am willing to do what is healthiest for my dogs though!

    • ANSWER:
      I'm against the BARF diet... look up the raw prey-model diet. Prey-model is much more species appropriate. BARF requires you to feed all sorts of species-inappropriate foods such as veggies, fruits, grains, and unnecessary supplements.

      Prey-model diet guidelines are 80% raw meat, 10% raw bone, and 10% raw organ. Some people feed an omega 3 supplement if they don't feed fish. It's much simpler, and much healthier than BARF, in my opinion. Here's some sites to browse...

      http://www.prey4pets.com/servlet/StoreFront
      http://www.rawlearning.com/
      http://www.dogtorj.net/id51.html
      http://www.rawfed.com/myths/index.html

      And here is a link to a yahoo group with over 17,000 members, all successfully feeding a raw, prey-model diet. It is a GREAT place to get started and ask any question you might have.
      http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/rawfeeding/

      Edit to kate .s.: Yeah, dogs have been domesticated for thousands of years, but commercial dog food has only been around for 60! Dog's have been eating raw, whole prey (meat, bones, and organs) since the beginning of their time. 60 years is not enough to change the digestive system of an entire species. This is, truly, the healthiest way to feed dogs.

      Edit to ladybug: You also don't know what you're talking about. Steak bones and soup bones are un-edible. They are weight-bearing and too hard for dogs to consume, they are only meant to be chewed on. With a raw diet, a dog needs edible bone such as raw bones from a chicken, turkey, duck, pig, rabbit, quail, etc. Most beef bones (and all soup bones) are too hard for dogs to eat.

  50. QUESTION:
    Anyone on the Raw Food diet? What can you tell me about it?
    I'm starting to look into healthier eating, and I'm hearing some good results from people who have been on the raw food diet (not really a diet plan, just a better way of eating). Any info you can offer, like if you're doing it, what it's done for you, etc., would be helpful. THX!!!
    I'm not interested in dieting... just healthier eating habits, you know, something you would do for the rest of your life, not just temporarily. I'm also curious about juicing, so any input about that would be helpful, too. Mostly, I'm looking for feedback from people who have had success with a healthy diet, and what they are doing. THX!!!
    I do want to encourage any tips you may have, as well. I really appreciate any and all advice you have to offer!

    • ANSWER:
      The raw food diet is ok but there are several things that you should know. 1 your body can sometimes have trouble utilizing the nutrients in non cooked food to make these more readily available to have boiling water and briefly put the veggies in and taking them out this makes it easier on the digestion. the second part of that is that because of difficulty for digestion it can make you more prone to stomach issues indigestion etc. the above info will aid in that also. the third thing is you must make sure your getting enough protein and healthy fats and iodized salt with this. if your going to go on this diet be sure to do your research i don't just mean cook books to succeed in this diet and are healthy it takes dedication.


Weight Loss With Raw Foods How Fast

Written By: admin - Aug• 21•12

The Residential Weight Loss Guide - Guide to Where you can lose weight and where is best for you!

Weight Loss Retreat

A weight loss retreat is a cross between a fitness bootcamp and health farm. They can offer a more laid back or an intensive program for fat loss and fitness. They feature massage therapy and fitness activities - usually Yoga & Pilates; some are vegan or raw veg only diets, and some are spiritually based. Often a weightloss retreat only offers a small amount of exercise per day, so check this out when comparing them. Weightloss 'retreat weeks' can be offered in a spa or hotel, very few offer personal training or personal fitness and diet plans. Some weight loss boot camps and military boot camps now call themselves weight loss retreats and are massive - 50 people, dorms and outdoor activities, rather like being back at school!

Fitness Boot Camp

A fitness bootcamp is a place to lose weight and fat fast, increase fitness levels, health and wellbeing. A fitness bootcamp is sometimes also called a fit camp, fat camp or military boot camp. Activities are usually more intensive than most weight loss retreats and are sometimes based around outdoor multi-activities. The emphasis at a fitness bootcamp is to tone up and build muscle - which in turn boosts your metabolism so you burn calories, lose weight and burn fat fast. Many have large groups without personal fitness plans and very few offer personal training.

Weight Loss Camp

The term weightloss camp usually describes weight loss through group, team and activity based exercise - some of the techniques at weight loss camps are military based. But attending most weight loss camps is like going to an adult multi-activity weightloss week.

WeightLoss Boot Camp

this can be a military style bootcamp or weightloss retreat or a health and fitness hiking spa which offers an intensive exercise program. They package them as weightloss and fitness programs - the main difference is in the package that is offered; (accommodation, food, staff, number of clients, hours of exercise, massage therapies, fitness activities and workshops).

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Has anyone tried or is anyone on, the raw food diet? If so, have you lost a significant amount of weight?
    I am in sort of a dilemma. I need to lose a significant amount of weight by June. I am a vegetarian and I have recently started to look into the raw food diet. Questioning whether or not it is a good diet is not the issue here, I know it is a good diet! I just want to know how significant the weight loss and how fast the weight comes off after starting this diet to help me decide if it is right for me. I also wanted to know what types of skin improvements were noticed. I have natural dark circles under my eyes, though I am only 22, and I was wondering if the diet would help with that at all.

    • ANSWER:
      I have tried it and you can expect to lose weight but I must say that it is some what hard to transition into. The improvements are nice to see, my skin looks the best its really ever looked and it's much easier to maintain my weight loss. One other item you may want to incorporate into your diet is aloe vera juice to help keep the weight off.
      Here is a link to a great book I used to the raw food stint
      http://www.amazon.com/Raw-Food-Real-World-Recipes/dp/0060793554

  2. QUESTION:
    What are some things a 17 year old guy can do to lose weight and eat healthier?
    I am getting fat and bigger, and I eat frozen pizza every day and eat a lot of fast food. What are some healthier options besides eating raw vegetables? Are there any sites with a lot of information for a lot of this? What are some activities I can do besides treadmills and exercise machines and running? How long will it take to see some loss?

    • ANSWER:
      hi,

      When it comes to weight loss, there are two things that will make a difference - that is the food you eat and exercise.

      You need to stop eating take-out and pizza everyday. You need to include vegetables and fruits in your diet, and you need to incorporate exercise in your life. Besides exercise machines or treadmills or running, what sport do you enjoy?

      For instance if you are into football, you can join a football social club and start playing with the guys in your local community. Maybe you enjoy cycling or swimming or basketball or hiking? It doesn't matter what it is, the point here is to start moving.

      A healthy way of losing weight is by losing a pound to 2.5 pounds a week, anything more than that is considered too rapid.

      If you want additional information on losing weight and burning fat and what foods are great for weight loss, visit this website.

  3. QUESTION:
    Weight Loss Plan????????? DOES THIS WORK??? <3?
    OK, so first i do know that rapid weightloss isnt very healthy, but what most of you dont know is that its very healthy if you do it the right way! With that said lets get on with it.

    I have 3 weeks to lose 15-20lb. "Yea Yea, SOOOO UNREALISTIC!!!!" anyways i need to lose it and im really determined! I have 3 things that im going to do, 3 day water fast, i will do this once or twice, depending on how things go. Then a raw fruits and veggies and water with 1-3 hours of swimming laps, 500-700 squats a day, not all at once, 300 push up, not all at once, and 1 hour of cardio, and then lastly i will just do my last week or so i will work on just plain healthy foods, and 2-3 hours of exerisize.

    This is what im thinking:
    08/05/11- 08/08/11 WATER ONLY
    08/09/11-08/18/11 RAW FOODS DIET
    08/19/11-???? Healthy foods and good workouts

    Can i lose about 15-20lb with this diet?
    YES IKNOW ITS SOOOOOOO UNHEALTHY!!!!!!
    Thankyou! = )

    • ANSWER:
      Focus less on what you eat and drink and more on how often you exercise.

      EXERCISE is how you lose weight the fastest, and keep the weight off. A diet helps in addition to exercise, but by itself doesn't do much. People often choose diets over exercise though because it's easier NOT to shovel shit in your face than to actually MOVE your ass. 15-20 pounds in three weeks is completely unrealistic unless you exercise - vigorously.

      I wish you luck though!

  4. QUESTION:
    Detox, and weight loss?? PLEASE DONT TELL ME ITS UNHEALTHY!!!!!!!?
    OK, so first i do know that rapid weightloss isnt very healthy, but what most of you dont know is that its very healthy if you do it the right way! With that said lets get on with it.

    I have 3 weeks to lose 15-20lb. "Yea Yea, SOOOO UNREALISTIC!!!!" anyways i need to lose it and im really determined! I have 3 things that im going to do, 3 day water fast, i will do this once or twice, depending on how things go. Then a raw fruits and veggies and water with 1-3 hours of swimming laps, 500-700 squats a day, not all at once, 300 push up, not all at once, and 1 hour of cardio, and then lastly i will just do my last week or so i will work on just plain healthy foods, and 2-3 hours of exerisize.

    This is what im thinking:
    08/05/11- 08/08/11 WATER ONLY
    08/09/11-08/18/11 RAW FOODS DIET
    08/19/11-???? Healthy foods and good workouts

    Can i lose about 15-20lb with this diet?
    YES IKNOW ITS SOOOOOOO UNHEALTHY!!!!!!
    Thankyou! = )

    • ANSWER:
      3 weeks? Ummmm - I would have to say to do a raw food diet first then the water fast. You MUST prepare your body for a water fast and if you are not eating mostly (80% +) of raw foods now, the water fast might be a bit too much - you may want to try doing a 1 day water fast almost to the end of the 3 weeks so that you can slowly come back to eating solid foods - after any water fast, the next few days should be fresh juices.

      If I were you, I would just start a raw food diet - strictly fruits and veggies, green smoothies, fresh juices, + pure water. You should lose plenty and if you're not used to eating this way, you may not want to do so many exercises- your body will be healing and purging toxins - time for rest.

      Good luck and take care!

  5. QUESTION:
    Why am I only seeing internal changes rather then changes in my figure? Ppl with weight loss experience help?
    Here is how my life used to be: Fast food 3+ times a week, ZERO exercise, every time I watched TV I ate junk food, slept 13+ hours each day. You get the picture, I used to be lazy and glutinous. I was tipping the scale in the 160's!

    Now 2 weeks ago I completely changed my lifestyle. I quit fast food cold turkey, cut out 100% of all junk foods, started working out each day for 30 minutes etc. Things I eat now are all fruits, veggies, raw almonds, skinless chicken breasts, water, water, more water, fresh tuna, and whole wheat's. I am very happy with my new diet and haven't slipped up once. I eat 1,200-1,300 calories a day and burn off about 200 each day.

    Here are the only changes I have noticed: Healthier skin, no break outs, a significantly less amount of hair falling out, strong nails, comfortable and quick bowel movements twice a day. That's it! There is in no way and changes on my figure, measurements, or numbers on the scale! I changed my lifestyle drastically. I used to each at least 2,000 calories a day of pure sugar and fat, I never used to move! I'm discouraged now that im doing so great but not seeing changes in my weight. What am I doing wrong?

    I'm 18, female, and 5'7.
    I am always extremely bloated. My stomach is noticably now very large and I have painful gas 24/7.

    • ANSWER:
      Your seeing very good first signs. You must keep on. Don't Ever Give Up! Try Drinking Hot Water Before Bed And When You Get Up Before You it It Helps With The Gas. Anyways, You need to wait... Trust Me It Takes Time. Choose a specific Time for a specific exercise. It really helps! Sounds stupid but take it from me girl, It works!

  6. QUESTION:
    How do you start a raw food diet?
    I'm 220-225 pounds right now and I'm 17. I gained weight from being on steroids for asthma. I lost 60 pounds a few years ago but weight loss hasn't been happening since really. How do you transition to a raw foods diet? I would like to lose 90 pounds at least before the year is over. So how do I go about doing the raw food regime? Also my friend tried it and said it was super expensive (from what I saw price-wise, I'd have to agree) so is that any way to make it cheaper? Please post information and help. Thanks. Also, how fast can you lose weight on this diet with exercise? As of right now, I don't exercise but I finally got my asthma meds straight so I'm going to start (probably will something simple like jogging or walking). So how much weight loss could I expect like per week?

    • ANSWER:

  7. QUESTION:
    How much weight will I lose on the Raw and Rice diet?
    Okay, so this diet doesn't really exist, but I thought it may work.

    I am seeing my love (who lives across the ocean) in 8 weeks and I want to lose as much weight as I can. I have pretty bad self control with food, but I know I can stick to a plan if I make it. I thought about eating one meal a day and I know it can help aide in weight loss, but I thought that there are as many people saying it really slows down the metabolism as well. Therefore, what if I ate one healthy or semi-healthy main meal a day and then when I get hungry at other times, I can eat only vegetables and some fruit? I was thinking to make my meal rice, since it feels me up fast and I seem to never get sick of it. I wont have a huge amount. Just a small bowl of it.

    Will this work in weight loss because it is a large lack of calories, yet it metabolism wont slow down because I am constantly eating?

    My stats are: 5'2 and 130 lbs.
    (I will add some light fitness in there, mostly cardio since I dont want to bulk up. 30 mins, 5 days a week)

    Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      Try to eat small meals around every 3 hours. this will keep your metabolism constanly working. rice alone is not healthy, u neet to add some protein and calcium. try a boiled egg for breakfast. also, drink lots of water and eat extra roughage.

  8. QUESTION:
    Dietitians, weight loss experts, doctors please help?
    Bloated and gaining a bit of belly fat? Sorry it's long but I can't seem to get any feedback.

    I'm only 18 and have been active in gymnastics, P.E., cheer leading (and track about 1.5 years ago).I did competitive cheerleading and was so toned and skinny and I had a decent 6 pack. I loved that part of my life. I have always been very slim, muscular, no fat on my body. I could eat anything I wanted and how much I wanted. I don't eat unhealthy though, especially not anymore. Our house never had oreos, doritos, coca cola, (sometimes ice cream), or lots of candy. Now that I have gotten older I am very conscious of fatty/fried/sodium-laden/packaged foods. I never really eat any artificial sweetner.

    My last year in high school, I started to notice a difference. I got cellulite when I was 16. YES! Skinny girl in cheer leading and track with cellulite..more than some 22 year olds I might add. My senior year (Just last year), I had a bladder infection, and I was bloated and mild diarrhea. I went on antibiotics and took probiotics afterwards. They took stool samples and I was clear. I was visibly bloated not totally pregnant, but maybe I looked 2 months pregnant, with a rounded abdomen. The fullness is after my bellybutton, my xyphoid down to my bellybutton is fine. I thought maybe I was just getting fat so I began to work out everyday, sometimes twice a day. I restricted my diet to oatmeal in the morning, maybe snack of cheese stick, lunch is cottage cheese and sandwich, and dinner is a salad with cucumbers, tomatoes, spinach. I try to drink lots of water, but I am not very good at it. I ate fruits and vegetables and the bloat never seemed to go away. My lower abs had become more doughy and so I worked out sometimes twice a day. Naturally I got hungry and depriving myself led to binge eating. I would eat a lot in one sitting because I just kept wanting to eat. I crave sweets all the time and I would always want chocolate. Then I had to work out to make up for the calories so the cycle stayed. Sometimes I would eat less and look better that day, but sometime I would eat a lot and then feel bloated or fat for days. I ate like 4 tablespoons of peanut butter and honey once -- just for a snack. It was never junk food, but alot of food to make up for not having brownies /chocolate/ puddings and stuff around.

    Now I thought I may have had candida since the antibiotics I used to clear my face. I attempted a candida diet for two days. Pathetic. I ate polenta with 7grams sugar almond milk and no fruit. I ate raw vegetables and meats. I was so low on energy and I didn't seem to be losing any fat or losing any bloat.

    I quit my intense workouts this spring. I thought maybe the muscles in my stomach were being worked inn an odd way... So now I am at college and all I want to do is eat -- all the time. I crave brownies and chocolate chip cookies and chocolate anything! Now I still get bloated and instead of diarrhea, it takes longer for things to go through, even though I eat a good amount of fiber. I don't think I have celiac - because I ate bread this Sunday and I didn't throw up. I almost ALWAYS eat whole grain bread, pasta and grains

    In the past few days I have eaten:
    B1 nothing - I used to not do this
    L1 a whole panini (prosciutto, sundried tomato, basil, cheese) and 1/4 cup chicken salad, one gelato
    D1 chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream --they made me
    B2 apple and bulgar wheat with tofu, squash, green peppers, organic carrot top greens, and organic tikki masala sauce (full bowl)
    L2 banana, bowl of muesli, 2 whole wheat organic wraps
    D2 1 wrap with 1/4 cups cashew butter (yes that's a TON of fat) and large organic carrot
    snack: apple

    today:
    tikki masala again , muesli ,cashew butter
    L2 banana, apple, jamba juice (150 calories ) and luna protein bar (180)

    And I'm pretty bloated right now.
    I've tried fasting for a day to clear my system.I drank lots of water. It makes me a bit thinner, and low on energy, but the bloat always comes back. It's like I am super hungry, then I eat and I am super bloated all day! I hate it. Now I sometimes skip meals to reduce the calories, and other times I eat like I used to in 8th grade - a lot.. Maybe my metabolism is weird. Maybe my digestive system is slow?

    ************************

    So could somebody please give me advice? I'm NOT pregnant, I'm a virgin.
    I can tell that my midsection is getting bigger. I used to be a 24 inch waist. I used to be 123 pounds, but now I'm like 135 at 5'6 and only a 32 B. I can feel fat growing on my side/back (lovehandles) just a bit and my lower tummy :(

    What can I do? I want to go back to the way it was freshman, sophomore, junior year when I didn't care and I looked great. I don't want to deprive myself either my starving myself, but I will if that's what it takes. It's not like I all of a sudden hit a metabolism change after I turned 18 righ
    Okay so lower sugar and carbs? I used to only eat a bowl of oatmeal for my carbs. That was it. Oatmeal, then the rest of the day protein and vegetables and fruits.. still same problem.

    Is there any other explanation why I must eat chocolate things, chocolately brownies..because I'm not craving gummy bears and chips. I won't touch doritos, cheetos, twizzlers.. I just do not crave them.
    Is the chocolate addictive as well as sugar?

    • ANSWER:
      Your diet includes too many carbohydrates. You should center you diet around protein, fat and vegetables. Sugar and refined carbohydrates will cause you to put on weight, and the most common area for that kind of fat deposition is around the middle. Get a book on low carb diets and don't be afraid of eating fat, it's the sugar that will do you harm.

      Chocolate has many chemicals in it, and some can be, if not addictive, very comforting psychologically. It's mainly the sugar. Any low carb diet requires you to taper off the carbs, because you need to ween your system off burning sugar for fuel and start burning fat instead. But it takes time to adjust and two days won't tell you anything. Get some books - Atkins is good, and there are others. Get off the sugar train; it's going nowhere you want to go.

      Remember, carbohydrates are not an essential nutrient. You don't need them in your diet at all. Any blood sugar you need, your body will make - you don't need it from food.

  9. QUESTION:
    Dietitians, doctors, weight loss experts?
    Bloated and gaining a bit of belly fat? Sorry it's long but I can't seem to get any feedback.

    I'm only 18 and have been active in gymnastics, P.E., cheer leading (and track about 1.5 years ago).I did competitive cheerleading and was so toned and skinny and I had a decent 6 pack. I loved that part of my life. I have always been very slim, muscular, no fat on my body. I could eat anything I wanted and how much I wanted. I don't eat unhealthy though, especially not anymore. Our house never had oreos, doritos, coca cola, (sometimes ice cream), or lots of candy. Now that I have gotten older I am very conscious of fatty/fried/sodium-laden/packaged foods. I never really eat any artificial sweetner.

    My last year in high school, I started to notice a difference. I got cellulite when I was 16. YES! Skinny girl in cheer leading and track with cellulite..more than some 22 year olds I might add. My senior year (Just last year), I had a bladder infection, and I was bloated and mild diarrhea. I went on antibiotics and took probiotics afterwards. They took stool samples and I was clear. I was visibly bloated not totally pregnant, but maybe I looked 2 months pregnant, with a rounded abdomen. The fullness is after my bellybutton, my xyphoid down to my bellybutton is fine. I thought maybe I was just getting fat so I began to work out everyday, sometimes twice a day. I restricted my diet to oatmeal in the morning, maybe snack of cheese stick, lunch is cottage cheese and sandwich, and dinner is a salad with cucumbers, tomatoes, spinach. I try to drink lots of water, but I am not very good at it. I ate fruits and vegetables and the bloat never seemed to go away. My lower abs had become more doughy and so I worked out sometimes twice a day. Naturally I got hungry and depriving myself led to binge eating. I would eat a lot in one sitting because I just kept wanting to eat. I crave sweets all the time and I would always want chocolate. Then I had to work out to make up for the calories so the cycle stayed. Sometimes I would eat less and look better that day, but sometime I would eat a lot and then feel bloated or fat for days. I ate like 4 tablespoons of peanut butter and honey once -- just for a snack. It was never junk food, but alot of food to make up for not having brownies /chocolate/ puddings and stuff around.

    Now I thought I may have had candida since the antibiotics I used to clear my face. I attempted a candida diet for two days. Pathetic. I ate polenta with 7grams sugar almond milk and no fruit. I ate raw vegetables and meats. I was so low on energy and I didn't seem to be losing any fat or losing any bloat.

    I quit my intense workouts this spring. I thought maybe the muscles in my stomach were being worked inn an odd way... So now I am at college and all I want to do is eat -- all the time. I crave brownies and chocolate chip cookies and chocolate anything! Now I still get bloated and instead of diarrhea, it takes longer for things to go through, even though I eat a good amount of fiber. I don't think I have celiac - because I ate bread this Sunday and I didn't throw up. I almost ALWAYS eat whole grain bread, pasta and grains

    In the past few days I have eaten:
    B1 nothing - I used to not do this
    L1 a whole panini (prosciutto, sundried tomato, basil, cheese) and 1/4 cup chicken salad, one gelato
    D1 chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream --they made me
    B2 apple and bulgar wheat with tofu, squash, green peppers, organic carrot top greens, and organic tikki masala sauce (full bowl)
    L2 banana, bowl of muesli, 2 whole wheat organic wraps
    D2 1 wrap with 1/4 cups cashew butter (yes that's a TON of fat) and large organic carrot
    snack: apple

    today:
    tikki masala again , muesli ,cashew butter
    L2 banana, apple, jamba juice (150 calories ) and luna protein bar (180)

    And I'm pretty bloated right now.
    I've tried fasting for a day to clear my system.I drank lots of water. It makes me a bit thinner, and low on energy, but the bloat always comes back. It's like I am super hungry, then I eat and I am super bloated all day! I hate it. Now I sometimes skip meals to reduce the calories, and other times I eat like I used to in 8th grade - a lot.. Maybe my metabolism is weird. Maybe my digestive system is slow?

    ************************

    So could somebody please give me advice? I'm NOT pregnant, I'm a virgin.
    I can tell that my midsection is getting bigger. I used to be a 24 inch waist. I used to be 123 pounds, but now I'm like 135 at 5'6 and only a 32 B. I can feel fat growing on my side/back (lovehandles) just a bit and my lower tummy :(

    What can I do? I want to go back to the way it was freshman, sophomore, junior year when I didn't care and I looked great. I don't want to deprive myself either my starving myself, but I will if that's what it takes.

    • ANSWER:
      stop asking the same question! the cellulite is just like fat just eat a balanced diet, as for the bloating drink plenty of water and eat lots of fibre and cut down on the fat intake
      hope this helps =]

  10. QUESTION:
    How does my weight loss plan sound?
    I'm 20, female, currently 110lbs, 62inches.
    So I want to get down to 103-105lb with in the next three weeks. My main focus is getting rid of my gut. It is flabby and annoying. I feel my abs getting bigger and stronger but I still have the softness.
    I don't have access to a gym but here is what I have been doing. I do push ups (I am up to 15 max) and crunches (25 max) multiple times a day. It is usually a couple sets in the morning and a couple more sets in the evening. I cycle everyday, twenty minutes at a time, at least twice a day. It is moderately rigorous as my legs get a work out and some parts get me out of breath.
    Food. oh food. I slip with junk food sometimes but my calorie intake is like 1500 calories a day. Fish, crackers, cereal, raw vegetables, oranges, bananas.
    So, any suggestions on how to get things moving any faster? Any more exercises that I can do at home?
    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:

  11. QUESTION:
    How to Diet...without really dieting..after having a baby! and breastfeeding...?
    that might not have made sence...but what I MEAN is I don't want to drastically diet while I'm breastfeeding obviously because I really do want me and my lil man to be getting all the nutrition that we need!

    I am currently 41 weeks pregnant (OY VEY!) and if he's not out by thursday I will be getting induced...And will hopefully be breastfeeding as long as he gets the hang of it etc.

    I went from 140lbs to 209lbs and am 5"3...So I did gain quite abit for me..I know the norm for weight gain is 30lbs or so but I let the cravings get to me..yikesss

    I will be joining a bootcamp once the Dr gives me the go ahead for working out etc...But thats just my christmas present from my mama as it is quite expensive to get other ppl to kick your butt into shape! So I really want to know what is a good meal plan etc for breastfeeding mummas?? Are their any foods that I should for sure not go ahead without! (as of right now I literally eat anything and everything). And what foods are okay to take out of my diet...(obviously for women taking bread or carbs or sugar out of your diet really help with fast weight loss but is that okay ??)

    Also have alot of you lost alot of weight just from breastfeeding?? And how long did you breastfeed for?

    and lastlyyyyy....During pregnancy I know you are not supposed to eat raw sushi...cream cheese...and things such as that do I still have to discontinue those while breastfeeding?

    Thanks everyone!

    • ANSWER:
      All you have to do is eat sensibly, whole grains, vegetables, fruit, salads, pasta, lots of water, etc. no fast food or overly fatty greasy or sugary stuff. Take walks daily and thats about it. The weight will come off if you do those things and breast feed

  12. QUESTION:
    Has anyone tried or is anyone on, the raw food diet? If so, have you lost a significant amount of weight?
    I am in sort of a dilemma. I need to lose a significant amount of weight by June. I am a vegetarian and I have recently started to look into the raw food diet. Questioning whether or not it is a good diet is not the issue here, I know it is a good diet! I just want to know how significant the weight loss and how fast the weight comes off after starting this diet to help me decide if it is right for me. I also wanted to know what type of skin improvements were noticed. I have natural dark circles under my eyes, though I am only 22, and I was wondering if the diet would help with that at all.

    • ANSWER:
      I'm right there with you on the benefits of a raw food diet. I think you'll get more nutrients, which could have many positive impacts for your health. Could even help with the circles under your eyes, but be sure that's not caused by too little sleep. (7-9 hours a day is said to be optimal)

      Whether or not you lose weight will be more a function of how many calories you eat and how much exercise you get. Try counting calories for a while and eat fewer than your body needs to create a calorie deficit. The exercise will help combat the metabolism drop that comes with a calorie deficit.


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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Raw Food Diet && Weight Loss ?
    Starting a raw food diet, to lose a few pounds, also just for health reasons. I'm already a vegetarian so no meat.

    Just getting opinions.

    SAMPLE MEAL PLAN
    Breakfast
    Fresh fruit salad topped with chopped fresh almonds, wheat germ, and pumpkin seeds; organic sheep’s milk yogurt or coconut cream.
    Lunch
    Mixed salad of various leaves, tomatoes, mandarins, corn, yellow capsicums, onions and parsley with olive oil and balsamic vinegar dressing. Topped with sprouted lentils.
    Dinner
    Raw mixed vegetable soup (blended); home-made sunflower seed cheese; 1/2 avocado; raspberry and banana sorbet.

    • ANSWER:
      I make a lot of dishes that are raw, such as beet ravioli, but it takes awhile to make and a few appliances are needed. Do you have a mandoline and a food processor?

      The lunch salad sounds so good right now.

      I personally cant really help you with a meal plan, I just eat apples, bananas, salads, and the occassional planned meal like the beet ravioli.

      Email me through my profile if you want actual recipes from some of the books I have.

  2. QUESTION:
    Raw food diet question?? For weight loss?
    So I just started raw today, I plan on going until july and will see how I feel from there. I want to lose 50 pounds, (im 170 right now) and vanish my acne and stretch marks. I also just want to feel healthy and achieve optimum health.

    So I was wondering for weight loss, how should I eat? Lots of greens?
    Should I do the low fat vegan raw food? (and how should I eat on that?)

    Any tips on sticking to raw foods when you live with a family that all eat cooked? Thanks!

    I want to hear your experience as well?

    • ANSWER:
      Fat loss doesn’t have to be as hard as you think. Just ask my most recent house guest, who easily lost 5 lbs in 5 days after staying with me for just a few days. Did I torture him with boring food in an effort to lose weight? No not at all. I can promise you one thing, I definitely did not starve the guy. We ate some super delicious meals and I made sure to cook him up some of my all time favorites:

      Grass Fed Bacon and Scrambled Eggs on Spelt tortillas

      Taco seasoned Buffalo ground beef on lettuce and tomato with shredded, raw cheddar cheese

      Isabel’s Special Baked Chicken, garlic broccoli and brown rice flavored with butter.

      Even he was shocked when he thought about how hearty and tasty all of our meals were and how he was still able to drop a few pounds during his short stay. Something that doesn’t normally happen on vacation, right?

      It really goes to show that the right foods will prove results every single time!

      Even if you feel like you are having a hard time sticking to your meal plans 100%, just make sure that you stick to your recommended foods. That, in itself, is a huge step in the right direction and, like my good friend here, has proved to be just the jumpstart many people have needed.

      What are the right foods?

      Always think NATURAL. If it was provided by Mother Nature herself, chances are its a great addition to your meal plan: natural meats and poultry, wild fish, raw nuts, fruits and veggies are just a few examples of the incredible fat burning foods Mother Nature has provided. Make these foods the greater percentage of your meal plans and you will be well on your way to losing those unwanted pounds (without having to come sleep over my house ) .

      Get started on your own healthy fat loss meal plans right away with this free Fat Loss Report.

  3. QUESTION:
    Vegan vs. Raw Vegan? Weight loss and general health question ...?
    I went on a vegan diet awhile back from a consumptive diet mainly consisting of junk food.

    I was thin to begin with, thanks to a fast metabolism, but I really wanted to get healthy without having to give up my bar going nights. After I switched to a vegan diet, I lost about 13 pounds, so i think i look nice and skinny. I also don't feel as guilty having a couple of drinks at night.

    Now I'm reading about this "raw" vegan diet and finding conflicting reports on the diet. Some worship it, but some say it's overrated and that while it's true that some vitamins are lost through processing, others are only evident through heating.

    Secondly, if you are blending a lot of raw foods, aren't you catalyzing breakdown because of the speed at which the molecular structure is moving?

    Anyway - can anyone tell me if this diet is really much healthier than regular veganism and promote weight loss faster? Will I loss more weight more rapidly or is veganism healthy enough?

    • ANSWER:
      Since every person is completely different, the "results" of any type of a dietary regimin or change in one will vary greatly from person to person. A RAW diet means that the living molecular structure of that food item is going to have an effect that is either good for or not good for the current state of affairs that is set up within your own body. Even the air we breathe effects the living orgamisms that reside within our bodies (as I understand it). FOOD COMBINING IS A TRICKY BUSINESS. Some people cannot tolerate it, while others seem to thrive on a diet of nutrient-rich fresh-from-the-tree/vine foods.
      I'm one of those people with extremely slow metabolism & heart rate, who gains weight no matter what I eat. I shutter to think what would happen if I didn't stay away from high calorie & risky foods.

      I see your point regarding the molecular structure concerns, but I believe these concerns would have little to no effect on the overall nutrients if the blender is not causing a heat effect to transfer into the food, therefore having an effect on it...I could be wrong. I think that's is why they invented the "pulse button" on modern day blenders...to avoid the "burn factor" caused by extreme blender speeds.

  4. QUESTION:
    whats the average weight loss in a week of being on a raw food diet?
    i heard some healthy males, can lose up to 10 pounds every week with light exercise(light jog, long walk ect..), is this possible?

    • ANSWER:
      I am quite a small boned person and even I lost quite a lot of weight when I started. I am 172 cm tall, female. When I started out I weighed 61 kg. In the first week I lost 0.5 kg every second day. That's 3 pounds a week. Now I weigh just 55kg. Which is small for my height.
      Fav raw food website is http://www.rawfoodmedia.com

  5. QUESTION:
    what do you think of my raw food diet plan for weight loss?
    7 am - breakfast - fruit salad
    9 am - fruit
    11 am - fruit
    1 pm - fruit juice
    3 pm - lunch - mashed fruit
    5 pm - vegetable salad
    7 pm - dinner - vegetable salad

    + one grapefruit after exercising.

    exercise:
    2 hours at the gym (weight lifting + ab exercise)
    1 (minimum) hour walking
    15-30 minutes rope jumping
    10-15 minutes up and down the stairs

    + 3 litres of water

    What do you think of this? Could I lose 3-4 kgs really fast? Like 7-10 days? I am not a big girl, I have 51 kgs and want to get down to 47-48. I have been on a weight loss protein diet for the past 5 weeks and one with a bit of carbs for the 6th one, but these last 3 kgs just won't come off :)

    • ANSWER:
      Hi there,
      I would recommend incorporating more vegetables and cutting back on the sugar if you're looking to lose weight. Be sure to incorporate some nuts, seeds, and fats to prevent the body from losing too much muscle; you'll need the protein they impart to grow muscle.

      Salads and fruits can get boring, so I recommend stocking up on raw food recipes. A good resource for raw food recipes is www.rawpeople.com.

      Hope this helps!

  6. QUESTION:
    Want to lose weight by going raw/juice fasting... tips?
    Hey! I need to lose weight for a bikini shoot. I've found my body responds to weight loss methods of only eating plants/vegan foods, and I'm ready to try a raw food diet with juices to shed extra pounds, plus running.

    I wanted to fast for 8 days on juice and then ease into raw foods. Any tips?

    Thanks!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Erm, I would recommed you doing that.

      Juice fasting and raw food eating should be used strictly for detoxifying and cleansing purposes - not to lose weight.

      If you are planning on going on a juice fast, I certainly hope you are referring to fresh-pressed fruit and vegetable juice from a juicer and NOT the sugar-laden crap that you find at the grocer.
      Try going to www.about.com and type in juice fast. They tell you the proper way to do it, how long it takes and the benefits from it.
      You'll also notice that strenuous exercise is not recommended during a juice fast as you are not consuming solid food - no carbs, no fibre....nothing to give you the fuel your body needs for serious physical activity.

      If I were you, I'd keep working out, drinking water and eating clean. Juice fasting/raw dieting can make you really sick if you do it the wrong way. And you don't want that right before you shoot!
      If you're "imperfect", suggest they airbrush. Everyone is airbrushed these days. :-)

  7. QUESTION:
    Raw food diet, or anything better for weight loss over summer?
    My friend and I have decided to go on a diet over the summer, she needs to loose 60 pounds, and i need to loose 40 pounds before school starts again( my last day of school was today)

    My mom is a veggietarian, so i thought it would be simple to start the Raw Food Diet for the duration of summer, but my friend is a mega meat eater so it wouldnt work for her

    any tips on fast fast fast weight loss for my friend?
    Tips on self control with the Raw Food Diet for me?
    Anything better out there?

    We have about 3 months, and we need to loose the weight fast!

    please help, any information is helpful :]

    • ANSWER:
      I am also on a diet to lose 52 lbs. by the end of the summer. I began my diet exactly on April 14th in which my weight was 237 lbs. and as of today, May 15th, I am proud to say that I am 223 lbs (a total of 14 lbs in one month). I have 38 lbs. to go to reach my goal of 185 lbs. Now I know different people have different ways of losing but, I feel that you don't have to spend money or starve yourself just to lose weight. My secret is easy, every morning I start off with a banana smoothie for breakfast (this consists of fresh banana, V8 tropical fusion, and ice blended); for lunch, I have a bowl of cereal (any type of Special K or Honey Nut Cheerios and skim milk); and lastly for dinner, I have a portion controlled meal (Weighwatchers Smart Ones, Lean Cuisine or similar). As for what I drink, no soda, any kind of green tea and water. I only eat wheat bread but, only on the weekends. Now I know that doesn't sound like enough to curb your appetite but, if you eat healthy snacks throughout the day such as fruit, granola bars, yogurt, veggie sticks, etc., you should be fine. Also, I have the convenience of a gym at work so I work out three times a week for thirty minutes (15 min. on bike, 10 min. on eliptical, and 5 min. on leg weights or 100 reps). I also have an exercise ball at home so I make sure to do at least 600 crunches a week (200 a day for 3 days). Now for the weekends, you just have to be sure to stick to your healthy habits which like me is very hard especially if your out and about like I am. Just make sure that if you do eat out, you use portion control and stick to anything that isn't fried! (ex. salad, wraps, subway, jamaican or hispanic cuisine which is usually boiled or baked, grilled, etc.) THE NUMBER ONE PIECE OF ADVICE IS ABSOLUTELY NO FRIED FOOD OF ANY KIND!!!!! IF YOU DO GET THAT CRAVING, MAKE SURE IT IS FRIED USING OLIVE OIL ONLY! Good luck and if you decide to take my advice, let me know how everything turns out.

  8. QUESTION:
    Can I get over my weight loss plateau without increasing calorie intake and excersize?
    I excersize 1 hour each day, and walk about 1:30 hours. I think that's more than enough really. I'm not about to do more. And my calorie intake is low because I'm a raw food vegan and I really don't want to stuff myself with tons more of veggies and fruit when I don't have the taste for it.

    I am reading that these are things I do have to do though, in order to lose more weight.

    I don't believe that.

    Well how then do all those anorexic girls lose weight? I'm sure they don't eat more to lose more weight.

    I'm not comparing myself to a diseased woman, I'm just asking if I can continue with my normal excersize/diet plan and get over this weight loss plateau?

    • ANSWER:
      try this...
      i found this artical called "50 Habits of "Naturally Thin" People
      How to get Started:Decide how much you want to loose and see how many calories a day it will take to make it happen by year's end.Then, work into your routines however many of these eating tweaks and exercises you need to achieve your goal.
      Slash 250 cal.s a day to lose about 25 lbs. in a year, Slash 500 cal.s to loose 50 pounds.
      This is based on a 150-pound person: you may need to cut more/ fewer calories depending on ur weight, age & gender. It also assumes your normal calorie intake essentially stays the same and your weight is stable.
      * I'm only going to give you the ones that are most helpful and burn calories. If you want more then email me*
      1.Wake-up Workout - When your eyes open, sit up slwoly w/out using ur hands. W/ legs straight out, lean forward until u feel a gentle stretch in ur back & hamstrings. Hold. Then, Using ur abs, lower urself flat. Rest & repeat 2 more times. BURNS 10
      2. Balance Booster - While u brush ur teeth, alternate standing on 1 leg as u switch mouth quadrants(every 30 seconds). BURNS 10
      3.Be a Ballerina - As ur coffee drips, stand sideways, put 1 hand on the counter, and lift the outside leg straigh out in front of u, keeping it extended. With upper body straight, hold for a few sec.s and move it to the side: hold and extend it behind u. Do 5x on each leg. BURNS 10
      4. Talk It UP - Every time u grab the phone, stand up & pace around. BURNS 50
      5. Carry Some Weight - When ur grocery Shopping/ running erands, wear a backpack with 5-10 lbs bag of sugar inside to increase resistance & burn more calories. Add purchases to ur load as it becomes easier. BURNS 20 (FOR AN HOUR OF ERRANDS)
      6.Pump at the Pump - While ur getting gas, With 1 hand on ur car, Stand on the balls of ur feet & slowly rise up & down for as long as it takes to fill ur tank. BURNS 10
      7. Shop till the Pounds Drop - at the mall try on at least 10 outfits- pants and shirts.BURNS 60
      8. Jog for Junk Mail - For every piece of junk mail u get each day, do 1 lap around ur house/ building, / up & down a flight of stairs. BURNS 35-140
      9. Play Footsie - After Dinner, while u are sitting at the table, extend your right leg out & slowly bend it up & down, squeezing & holding in the up position for at least 5 sec.s. Repeat 5x for each leg. BURNS 10
      10.Ease into Evening - sitting with feet uncrossed, grab ur wrists & raise ur hands above ur head to lengthen the spine. Take a deep breath in as u reach & hold the position, breathing slowly in & out for 20 sec.s, taking longer on the exhale. BURNS 5
      11. Sing a Song - Spend sunday morning belting it out in the church choir. BURNS 70 PER SERVICE
      12. Catch This! -
      Spend 30 min tossing a ball or a frisbee with ur kid/dog BURNS 90
      13. Make Whoopee - Instead of a bowl of ice cream as a bedtime snack, have a robust tussle with your spouse. BURNS 300

  9. QUESTION:
    How much weight can I lose doing Raw Food Diet for a month?
    I have been a meat eater/eggs/dairy and no exercise at all with lots of sugar. i need to do this for my health as well as weight loss. im also doing 1 hr exercise a day (jogging/walking)

    So.. what results will i get in a month? and how many dress sizes (dont forget im exercising)

    stats-
    age:21
    weight;173ibs
    height 5.6
    HAS ANYONE ACTUALLY DONE THE RAW FOOD DIET?!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Lets put it straight. Losing weight is not that hard, You will never hear me say that it is. All it takes is dedication, motivation and hard workAlways check in gradients of everything you are buyingRelaxation, stress and strain never allow people to be slim.

  10. QUESTION:
    HCG Diet - combine with Raw Foods Diet instead of Protocol?
    I'm starting the Liver Enhancement Diet recommended in http://www.amazon.com/Principles-Fat-Burning-Healthy-Weight/dp/1888045558 for 2 weeks, moving in to a Raw Foods based diet. I'm wondering if I can use HCG drops to enhance my weight loss if I keep calories to 500-600 a day and eat sufficient protein?

    • ANSWER:
      did you already read the reviews about HCG?
      http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/5439996/truth_about_the_hcg_diet.html?cat=51

      friends i know that went on HCG diet just lost muscle weight and became heavier AFTER the diet. some raw food sounds great....asparagus is good for liver...good u are into health.

  11. QUESTION:
    Am I approaching weight loss with right steps? Any tips?
    I was just wandering if the following steps that I am taking will result in successful weight loss and management?

    My diet, now, only includes raw foods i.e. being fresh, unprocessed, whole foods (fruits, vegetables, grains etc). Across the week, I incorporate lean meat, fish, chicken, eggs. Across the day, I increase the amount of fruit and vegetables in meals (esp. to snack on!), alongside yogurts, nuts, museli, grains and such. I mainly drink water, otherwise oranges I squeeze (when I'm not lazy, otherwise water it is) and chrysanthemum tea - only because I like the taste, and it warms me up in the morning.

    I have recently joined a gym, and have been going 4 out of 7 days a week for the past month. Every session, I work out for roughly an hour, most of the time with an extra 15minutes or so. My workout routine consists of both cardio and weight training - in intervals... So I begin with 20mins of cardio (usually 10kms on bike, but sometimes, just a brisk walk on treadmill @ 5.5-6 speed), then I stretch, use the fitness ball, and use machine weights. Then, I go back for 5-10mins of cardio (usually elliptical or treadmill). Afterward, I would train with some free weights - doing reps and such and some medicine ball twists, crunches and a few stretches. Then I go back for one last 10 - 15min cardio on bike. And stretch to end... That's pretty much all I can fit in with my schedule.. school and homework calls. Oh, and I work out straight after school...

    Any tips or advice? I'll admit that I am quite overweight, but have a goal weight in mind, and hope to achieve it. I keep a 'diary' and record my food intake, and how many calories I burn from exercise along. Just counting the cardio, I burn a total of 700 calories per session, so with weight training... that's a little on-top.

    I believe that to burn fat, weight training is necessary as muscles do the actual 'burning' right? So, with that in mind, do you think what I'm doing now (the weights and cardio) is balanced? I gain weight proportionally, so I guess I will lose weight the same way? So will this type of 'combined' workout achieve this? I don't want flab in one area.. and be toned in another.

    Wow.. that's quite a lot. If you've read it this far, kudos to you! :D

    Thank-you in advance for any answers :)

    • ANSWER:
      You are on the right road to losing weight because you have combined dieting together with exercising. Keep up and be consistent on your plan.

  12. QUESTION:
    What does a raw food diet look like?
    I've heard of some of the weight-loss programs starting you with 3 days of raw food, obviously no meats. What might this look like? What are good alternative sources of protein that are raw or natural, if any?

    • ANSWER:
      your looking at probably just fruits and veggies .

  13. QUESTION:
    Master Cleanse for Weight Loss?
    I am 20 years old, 5'3'' and about 137 lbs. I would like to do the master cleanse... anyone have any experience with it? I want to do it for 10 days and after that start eating healthier aka more raw foods, high protein and fiber, low calorie/carbs etc. I just need to lose weight fast for an event so I thought Master Cleanse might jump-start my diet. If you haven't tried it and don't know anyone who has then please don't answer this.

    • ANSWER:
      I did several days and felt fantastic at the end
      I lost weight and my skin looked so much better

      it is really really really really hard for the first few days and I hated the taste - I also hated the smell

      my chronic sinus problems / blocked nose - disappeared as well and I stopped all medication for this

  14. QUESTION:
    Weight loss plateau of almost 12 months?
    I am 16 years old (4' 12) and March of last year is when I decided to change my life and lose weight.

    I was 248 pounds and about 4 1/2 months later with diet (calorie counting ~1200 and sometimes way less like 780) and exercise (nightly walks, sometimes i'd ride my bicycle 40 minutes in the afternoon )

    Then when I reached 192 it took me a very very long time to lose weight and eventually got to 175 pounds. Thats when it stopped.

    I didn't know that my diet was so unhealthy, I was eating fruits, vegetables, drinking water, I was taking protein, I thought I was pretty healthy (I did have dizzy spells, but I didn't understand why at the time)

    One thing though, I always relied on Wall-mart's equate protein shakes for weight loss.

    I gave up the shakes and just started taking real food and still exercising but I was trying to eat a little more healthier, but I just gained over 20 pounds.

    This year I've tried incorperating raw foods into my diet, but it doesn't seem to work. And my parents don't seem to care at all, what I have been suffering through, they don't want to enroll me in a gym.

    And believe me when I tell you I have tried intervals. But I believe I am a strong person. Does anyone have any suggestions for me?

    Thank you very much

    • ANSWER:

  15. QUESTION:
    Has anyone tried or is anyone on, the raw food diet? If so, have you lost a significant amount of weight?
    I am in sort of a dilemma. I need to lose a significant amount of weight by June. I am a vegetarian and I have recently started to look into the raw food diet. Questioning whether or not it is a good diet is not the issue here, I know it is a good diet! I just want to know how significant the weight loss and how fast the weight comes off after starting this diet to help me decide if it is right for me. I also wanted to know what types of skin improvements were noticed. I have natural dark circles under my eyes, though I am only 22, and I was wondering if the diet would help with that at all.

    • ANSWER:
      I have tried it and you can expect to lose weight but I must say that it is some what hard to transition into. The improvements are nice to see, my skin looks the best its really ever looked and it's much easier to maintain my weight loss. One other item you may want to incorporate into your diet is aloe vera juice to help keep the weight off.
      Here is a link to a great book I used to the raw food stint
      http://www.amazon.com/Raw-Food-Real-World-Recipes/dp/0060793554

  16. QUESTION:
    Healthy Weight Loss Plans?
    I am 23, female, and just weighed myself. To my dismay, not only did I gain back the weight I had lost, I had packed on 13 more pounds. I now weigh 182, I'm 5'8.

    I need help with a healthy weight loss plan. I am feeling very discouraged. I will not take supplements, as I know they can be unhealthy. I do not like "raw" foods really, but I do love to eat cooked/steamed veggies. I also lean towards healthier meats like using ground turkey breast, chicken, and tuna.

    I know I need to exercise way more than I do. I am about to lose access to the only gym I have because I am going to graduate college next month. I have a wii fit, but it takes too many little breaks in between each exercise, so I never feel like I really get "good" exercise. I have a Jillian Michaels weight loss video as well, but I'll be the first to admit I have issues motivating to do it.

    Other important things: I have bipolar disorder and anxiety disorder. Both cause me not to sleep well, so I have chronic insomnia which I know can lead to weight gain. But also, if I diet too severely my moods swing. Due to the anxiety I have an abnormally high heartbeat, so I have to be careful when exercising, so as not to get dizzy and/or overheat.

    Can anyone recommend any help to me? Weight Watchers and Curves are way too expensive and completely outside of my budget. I need some healthy recipes, and ways to motivate myself to lose weight. Please help, I'm really depressed and discouraged.

    • ANSWER:
      Don't worry! You can do it! You're not as far off as you think.

      You can try to live an active lifestyle - park far away from the store so you have to walk, bike places whenever possible instead of driving, do sets of 10 push ups at your leisure throughout the day - they're harder than you think! Whenever you're feeling sluggish, get up and get your blood pumping, even if it's only for 5 minutes. Jumping jacks are effective, even though they suck. I prefer hula-hooping, but not everyone has space... or a hoop =)

      -Skip any fast food meals you might be eating... Ick.
      -Replace all white breads & pastas with whole grain versions.
      -Try to get 50% of your calories from vegetables.
      -Make sure to get enough water
      -Drink Milk... 3-4 glasses will give you enough calcium for the day.

      Here are some of my favorite quick, easy, healthy foods:
      1. Yogurt & Granola with berries or other fruit... and maybe some honey =)
      2. Whole wheat pasta with tomato sauce made with prego, diced tomatoes, and cooked ground turkey or low-fat sausage, OR garbanzo beans if you're a vegetarian (de-lish).
      3. Roasted veggies with olive oil, salt, pepper, and turmeric or cumin (or curry powder, or garlic... the possibilities are endless)
      4. Tossed green salad with nuts, bleu cheese, apples or pears, and vinaigrette or Annie's goddess dressing
      5. Broccoli chicken bake - toss broccoli (or other veg) and cooked chicken with a can of condensed cream soup (chicken, mushroom, celery, whatever). Top with bread crumbs OR stove top stuffing mix. Bake at 350 until golden brown and bubbly... about 30 mins
      6. Satsuma oranges
      7. Apples & peanut butter
      8. Half a grapefruit with cinnamon/brown sugar sprinkled on top - broiled for 30 seconds. YUM.
      9. Toss asparagus with olive oil, salt & pepper & bake at 350 for 15-20 mins.
      10. Cooked boneless/skinless chicken breast with brown rice & carrots cooked with cardamum... use wine with the carrots and when they're done, reduce the remaining liquid with a little water & a flour/butter (roux) mixture to make a little sauce.

      Best of luck!

      P.S. With your high B.P., try to limit sodium, which increases water retention, putting more pressure on your heart and arteries/veins.

  17. QUESTION:
    Vegan weight loss plan with menu. Vegan as a lifestyle? Your experiences:)?
    I am 5'2 and about 145 pounds. My goal weight is around 115-120. I am in my early 20s. I have been vegetarian for years and recently I have been looking into the vegan diet for weight loss and as a lifestyle. I have created a menu plan for myself for this week. Keep in mind, everything on it is vegan and portion sized. Excuse my funny names for things. The chocolate crackers are vegan raw food.

    Monday: (6 different meals slashes indicate new meal) Fruit salad/Nuts and some carrots/Quinoa, rest of carrots/Vegan fruit smoothie/Quinoa, salad/ Coconut yogurt with cereal

    Tues:Cereal with agave and sugar free soymilk with fruit/Carrots and pineapple/2 veggie dogs with jicama/Trail mix/Veggie Turkey, Quinoa, and salad/fruit

    Wed:Smoothie, Veggie patties/Chocolate crackers and nuts/Quinoa with kale chips/veggies/Frozen dinner with salad/Coconut yogurt with cereal

    Thurs:Fruit salad with fake patties/Carrots and apple/Veg. chicken w/ ketchup, and Cauliflower/Trail mix/Salad with beans rice and veggie meat/fruit

    Fri:Cereal with agave and sugar free soymilk/Trail mix/Boca burger w/ ketchup and fake cheese with jicama/ Fruit with dairy free yogurt/Veggie turkey and veggies/Chocolate crackers

    Sat:Fruit salad with fake patties/Vegan smoothie/Salad with veggie meat and fake cheese/Veggie mix/Vegan Indian food/fruit

    Sun:Cereal with agave and sugar free soymilk with fruit/Vegan smoothie/Lentil soup and salad/Nuts and veggie or fruit/Leftover vegan Indian food/Coconut yogurt with cereal

    Anyway, Thats my diet plan plus 3-4 days of 30 minute cardio and wieght lifting. I am going vegan for a month and evaluating how I feel about it. How does this meal plan look? What are your experiences as a vegan? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      weight loss:
      http://californiaclinic.us/weight-loss-fast-weight-loss-programs.html
      http://losangelesclinic.us/weight-loss-fast-weight-loss-programs.html
      http://newyorkclinic.us/weight-loss-fast-weight-loss-programs.html
      http://texasclinic.us/weight-loss-fast-weight-loss-programs.html
      http://wallstreetclinic.us/weight-loss-fast-weight-loss-programs.html

  18. QUESTION:
    does my dinner really matter for weight loss?
    I am 16 years old weighing in at a hefty 12 st 2lbs at 5 ft 6. I want to do the stone age diet to lose weight and my ideal weight is 10st 7lbs. So I need to lose 1 st and 9lbs.
    If you are not familiar with teh stone age diet, basically it is similar to the raw food diet, you only eat things which cave men would have eaten (unprocessed).
    So basically I will be eating:
    Breakfas: 1 apple, 2 plums. Snack: seeds. Lunch: simple salad with a slice of lean ham. Snack: a nectarine
    However for dinner my mother will maek me eat what everybody else is eating and I have to finish it. Usually dinners are on average 400 calories.
    I will be running for 10 mins a day, 20 min trampolining, 20 leg raises and 100 situps. I may go walking or cycling during the day also for an hour or half an hour.
    How much do you think I will lose? Is the dinner really going to hinder my weight loss.
    How much will I lose each week and by what date will I reach my target weight?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, your dinner does make a difference. What we put in our bodies( food) is fuel. If you load your body with carbohydrates at night and do nothing to burn that fuel then your body will store it as fat to be used latter.
      Before you eat something ask yourself this question: What type of energy do I need from this meal? Obviously a dinner meal, if you do not workout after dinner, will not be needed as fuel immediately so why load up on carbs?
      I suggest that you eat a high protein dinner with minimal low glycemic carbs if you have any.
      Nutrient timing is important.

  19. QUESTION:
    Weight loss question please help?
    'm a female standing at 5'5 and I am 214lbs about 75lbs overweight I was wondering if I were to choose to go on a raw food diet with raw fruit and vegetables and protein shakes and also some exercise such as hour walks how much weight could I LOSE IN 2 MONTHS?

    • ANSWER:
      If You Stay In To That Diet ( Don't forget To Drink A lot of Water ) You Will Loose About 22 Pounds. But Keep It Up!!

  20. QUESTION:
    Has anyone tried the raw food diet?
    And does it help with weight loss/ skin care, etc? It worked great for me last time, I am just curious what anyone else has experienced. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      I am mostly raw, but I don't follow "the" diet, making all the fake foods. I eat alot of raw vegetables and some raw fruit. I try to stay about 80 to 90 percent raw, with just a few lightly steamed or roasted veggies, and some quinoa , bean and rice dishes. I am crazy for raw radishes and baby carrots, and nibble on them throughout the day, sometimes with homemade hummus made from sprouted chick peas. I make lots of homemade sprouts too. My skin is perfect, I need no makeup, my hair is long, thick, curly and shiney, and my natural nails look like I just came from a manicurist-thick, long, and clearly healthy. I love raw foods, and feel much better when they are the bulk of my diet

  21. QUESTION:
    Weight Loss Plan????????? DOES THIS WORK??? <3?
    OK, so first i do know that rapid weightloss isnt very healthy, but what most of you dont know is that its very healthy if you do it the right way! With that said lets get on with it.

    I have 3 weeks to lose 15-20lb. "Yea Yea, SOOOO UNREALISTIC!!!!" anyways i need to lose it and im really determined! I have 3 things that im going to do, 3 day water fast, i will do this once or twice, depending on how things go. Then a raw fruits and veggies and water with 1-3 hours of swimming laps, 500-700 squats a day, not all at once, 300 push up, not all at once, and 1 hour of cardio, and then lastly i will just do my last week or so i will work on just plain healthy foods, and 2-3 hours of exerisize.

    This is what im thinking:
    08/05/11- 08/08/11 WATER ONLY
    08/09/11-08/18/11 RAW FOODS DIET
    08/19/11-???? Healthy foods and good workouts

    Can i lose about 15-20lb with this diet?
    YES IKNOW ITS SOOOOOOO UNHEALTHY!!!!!!
    Thankyou! = )

    • ANSWER:
      Focus less on what you eat and drink and more on how often you exercise.

      EXERCISE is how you lose weight the fastest, and keep the weight off. A diet helps in addition to exercise, but by itself doesn't do much. People often choose diets over exercise though because it's easier NOT to shovel shit in your face than to actually MOVE your ass. 15-20 pounds in three weeks is completely unrealistic unless you exercise - vigorously.

      I wish you luck though!

  22. QUESTION:
    Detox, and weight loss?? PLEASE DONT TELL ME ITS UNHEALTHY!!!!!!!?
    OK, so first i do know that rapid weightloss isnt very healthy, but what most of you dont know is that its very healthy if you do it the right way! With that said lets get on with it.

    I have 3 weeks to lose 15-20lb. "Yea Yea, SOOOO UNREALISTIC!!!!" anyways i need to lose it and im really determined! I have 3 things that im going to do, 3 day water fast, i will do this once or twice, depending on how things go. Then a raw fruits and veggies and water with 1-3 hours of swimming laps, 500-700 squats a day, not all at once, 300 push up, not all at once, and 1 hour of cardio, and then lastly i will just do my last week or so i will work on just plain healthy foods, and 2-3 hours of exerisize.

    This is what im thinking:
    08/05/11- 08/08/11 WATER ONLY
    08/09/11-08/18/11 RAW FOODS DIET
    08/19/11-???? Healthy foods and good workouts

    Can i lose about 15-20lb with this diet?
    YES IKNOW ITS SOOOOOOO UNHEALTHY!!!!!!
    Thankyou! = )

    • ANSWER:
      3 weeks? Ummmm - I would have to say to do a raw food diet first then the water fast. You MUST prepare your body for a water fast and if you are not eating mostly (80% +) of raw foods now, the water fast might be a bit too much - you may want to try doing a 1 day water fast almost to the end of the 3 weeks so that you can slowly come back to eating solid foods - after any water fast, the next few days should be fresh juices.

      If I were you, I would just start a raw food diet - strictly fruits and veggies, green smoothies, fresh juices, + pure water. You should lose plenty and if you're not used to eating this way, you may not want to do so many exercises- your body will be healing and purging toxins - time for rest.

      Good luck and take care!

  23. QUESTION:
    How to start a raw food diet?
    As embarrassing as is it is, i'm over weight, which is no ones fault but my own.

    I'm interested in starting a raw food diet, not only for weight loss, but overall health in general. I was raised in a house hold filled with sweets and junk food in general. It's gotten to the point where I can no longer tolerate foods stuffed with preservatives and god knows what else. It makes me feel absolutely horrible, literally.

    I'm looking to do a 90% raw food diet, that way once or twice a week I can still get proteins and what not from chicken and fish.

    If I understand the overall premise it consist of fruits and vegtables, organic I would presume as to avoid things such as pesticides.

    Is there anything else I know to make this successful?

    Thank you!

    • ANSWER:

  24. QUESTION:
    For Raw Foodists who know their stuff, since I can't find answers online?
    My husband and I have been talking about a vegan Raw/ Living food diet for optimal health and weight loss (90%, as I'd like to keep rolled oats and quinoa in our diets). If we do this, it will be long term since the equipment isn't cheap! So my question has to do with the fact I am breastfeeding. I know I shouldn't detox when breastfeeding because toxins will get into my milk supply and transfer to baby. However, as I haven't eaten meat in almost a year and scarcely for 8 months prior, do I have as much to worry. Why I ask this is because everything I read has been saying that to stop eating meat is the biggest trigger of the detox. Also just changing up my eating habits, I personally don't believe would detox me as fast as say taking detox herbs and the such. If I'm wrong please tell me! Those who know what they are talking about, please inform me wisely as this is the only thing keeping me from taking this step. Thank you!
    Currently do not eat eggs or intake anything dairy. Or almost vegan as I still eat raw honey and don't feel qualified to call myself vegan.

    • ANSWER:
      Your concern is a legitimate one. Pregnancy should not be taken for granted nor lightly, and when it comes to shifting in dietary habits while pregnant, preventive measures should be taken.

      Just by following a strict vegetarian (vegan) diet your body will not be necesarily forced to enter into a race to rushly get rid of toxins. It takes a lot more to get that kind of reaction. Detoxification is a complex process that occurs at different scales inside the body. After been for a while on raw foods, your body will be able to utilize both sulphur and selenium optimally to "cleanse out" or "flush away" cellular toxins particularly. But cellular debris, deactivated viruses, partially dead bacterias, semi-solid residues, etc., will not be forced out without special assistance or help. So, don't expect anything rough to go on in your body.

      There is a very valid concern about rawfoodists and their vit. B12 intake and/or availability. If you are going raw right now, please, get a sub-lingual vit. B12 and use it as recommended in the label, though you may easily need double that amount.

      When you stop eating meat, nitrogen and urea processing in the liver will go smoother. Therefore, a lot more nutrients stored in the liver are going to be preserved untouched for future use. So, you'll be getting more "nutritional equity" in your favor.

      Your perception about herbs and detoxification rate is absolutely right. And I would not counsel you to use any herb until you are well into your third trimestre.

      Increase your intake of nuts, eat more beans (but soak them well before cooking), take a multivitamin/multimineral formula regularly, eat a lot of greens, but beware of celery (it is abortive specially for the first three months of pregnancy), and learn how to combine your foods pretty well--which is the key not to fail as a rawfoodist.

  25. QUESTION:
    I'm looking for a really healthy mainly raw food diet, no diary, little fish, can anyone recommend a book?
    Ideally with shopping lists! I'm not too good at planning in advance! I don't mean a weight loss diet, more a lifestyle diet and cookery book. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      You should just get some books on raw eating and then you can just tweak it by adding whatever else you want to it. Or you may have to barrow from several eating plans.I'm not sure if your going to find a book that features that type of diet, as far as I know. But here are are a few books.

      http://www.amazon.com/Raw-Uncook-Book-Vegetarian-Food/dp/0060392622

      http://www.rawfoodinfo.com/catalog/books_hooked%20on%20raw.html

      and here's a website.
      http://www.rawfoodinfo.com/recipes/main.html
      and this is a community of people who eat raw. Maybe one of them can help you, as far as making a shopping list goes.
      http://www.rawguru.com/i37.html

      This site is related to Macrobiotics. It's what I practice. See if you like it.
      http://www.macrobiotics.co.uk/

      Best of luck
      :0)

  26. QUESTION:
    Weight gain/loss question?
    About 5 weeks ago I started eating healthy (mostly raw foods, with plenty of protein each day), and exercising 6 days a week for about an hour. I consume about 1300 calories on a typical day, and drink between 60 and 80 oz of water a day. I have actually gained weight since doing this (I am 24, 5'2 and weighed 171 when i started, and now (5 weeks later) weight 176).. whats the deal? I dont think i should be gaining weight...

    • ANSWER:
      maybe water, make sure to weigh yourself throughout the day to get a consistent weight....if people say "its muscle mass" then that statement is false...you cant build muscle with little calories....also you say you consume plenty of protein...i suggest you reconsider, the majority of your calories should be carbs. im assuming you want to lose weight, and increasing protein is fine, but a large amount is unnecessary. you only want to increase it somewhat more to spare muscle tissue.

  27. QUESTION:
    Vegans/vegetarian weight loss question...?
    Hi guys,

    I've been vegetarian for 10 years now (I switched at 14) and as of last week went vegan. I am trying to lose some weight so I've made sure to do a couple of things:

    a.) cut out *all* prepackaged food/snacks--it's all about baby carrots and fruit in that regard.
    b.) eat about 50% raw food.
    c.) Drink only soy milk, rice milk and green tea (1 cup coffee with soy creamer in the morning)
    d.) exercise about an hour a day, with three meals a day at small portions.

    Physically I feel great and my clothes are more loose, however, this isn't reflecting on the scale. My scales seem to suggest I've lost only 3 pounds.

    Eating a majority raw food diet shouldn't I have lost a bit more? Or does it take a week or two for a person's body to really get with it?

    Also (sorry guys) I am just finishing up with menstruation, is it water weight?

    Cheers! :)

    • ANSWER:
      Congrats on the three pounds! And especially if it was menstruation week! That is a feat in itself!

      I agree that 2 lbs is normal weight loss for a healthy human body to take. Water gain from the menstruation could be a culprit, so wait for a few more days. Also water can be gained by taking in too much sodium (like store bought, even organic!, pasta sauce is notorious for water retention!). Have you gotten rid of the salt shaker at the table?

      The guy that replied about taking in calories and burning is correct, the tricky thing is finding your basal metabolism and what calories are needed for that. Some times your metabolism will shut down to a low minimal, and stays there even if the calories go way down. When that happens your body shuts down and will not lose weight, unless you continue to cut calories, and then your health will be in jeopardy.

      Fruit in the morning to get your metabolism going, and then not eating at night is a good plan. See if you can drink the green tea in the morning, go and exercise, and then eat breakfast (a nice big meal of grains and fruit). Then eat your small portion size meals, and try not to eat after 7/8 PM (I cheat by eating plain popcorn and drinking water to get all that fiber through me as I sleep horizontal).

      Also, don't rely on the scale. Muscle does weight more than fat, and it is how healthy you feel!

  28. QUESTION:
    Ramadan and weight loss?
    ok so lets say I'm a muslim teen. I'm on this healthy diet called spark teens. Ramadan is here(religiously fasting) and I'm not losing weight as usual. And I'm actually gaining little weight and is effecting my diet what can i do.

    BTW i lost 6 pounds and my first week(raw food only and exercise)
    HELP!!! INFO TO KNOW
    1. i don't have energy to exercise but i walk to/from school(30min)
    2.I wont be eating or drinking anything from 6am-7:45pm.
    3.My mom Cooks ramadan meal( which has meat everyday and she cooks with oil & stuff)
    4 I cant eat raw food because i need protein
    5.I try to eat fruits and veggies but i i'm full after i eat.
    6.I eat another time after ramadan meal.
    .

    • ANSWER:
      How long is Ramadan? You may just have to wait till its over to restart your diet.

  29. QUESTION:
    Weight loss help needed asap!?
    Ok so im gonna like explain it a little first
    Im 16 years old, i weighed 140kg 22 stone in october i no its bad and i really dont want people writing a nasty essay about it either.
    i decided im going to really get down and loose the weight i started walking back from school and eating better and im now at 19 and a half stone. But ive been this since november nothing is changing now. My one problem is excersize, i no im not going to loose my weight from just eating better. I saw this guy that lost like 125 pounds in 7 months from playing an hour of ddr each day, so i brought all that and waited for all the stuff to arrive which cost me more time, and then that didnt work so i had to wait for more stuff to come. I used to go off the rails on the weekend, and when i did this i felt guilty and i threw whatever id eaten up which ive only just stopped doing. I really need help. I could do with a diet, i was thinking raw food but i feel like id realy struggle with that, but the main problem is excersise, i dont feel i can come home from school, i walk back now, its about an half an hour walk, and then i have exams, and work to do, i feel like an hour isnt that much but i struggle so hard with it. Its prom july the 1st next year. I really want to suprise everyone to see how much ive changed. My aim is size 16/18 im size 26 at the moment so i have december to may to loose the weight so i need to loose 5 sizes in between those months so thats about a size a month but i need the excerise to do it, i cant run and i dont live anywhere near a gym, ive tried dvds but i give up, if someone can help me with a set diet, motivation, an excersie routine, i would really apprishiate it :) Please dont forget im really really big and its hard for me to do stuff, i no i shouldnt have got this big i really no but im starting to give up, and i new my one problem would be snacking on crisps and i havent had anything since i started in october and im really proud of that, i just want to start seeing and feeling change which i havent yet to give me the motivation to carry on and do this, thank you, love megan xo
    Please help. Im looking to start afresh tomorow :)

    • ANSWER:
      Hey. I'm 15, and like a size 14, but I hate being the size i am. I'm not massive, but i feel overweight.
      I'm also trying to lose weight, but i'm going from influence of my mum. Like a year ago now she just like lost 6 stone in the space of half a year. She used to eat only breakfast and then work then eat dinner of pasta or something then she used to walk for 45 mins to an hour. She lost like a stone a month, but sadly she put it all on again due to the fact she didn't eat chocolate for almost a year, so like had a chocolate frenzy.
      But what I've done, is put a poster on my wall saying "fat?!". It makes me feel more motivated as I don't want to be fat
      also, have a picture of a fat person and also a skinny person. Choose which one you want to aim for.
      Take pictures of yourself. But you're walking a lot, but because you've already lost a bit of weight your body probably just needs a big longer exercise. So just walk a bit longer, or like jog in the evenings around your block or something.
      If not, try a trampoline or skipping rope? If I can do it then you can too.
      The only reason i want to get skinnier is to feel better and then maybe feel comfortable in a bikini when i go egypt in june x).
      Well good luck, cos i know i'll need it.

  30. QUESTION:
    Vegan vs. raw vegan?
    So, I've been vegan for a little over 6 months, and I've been experimenting with an all raw diet (on and off) as well. My dilemma is this: I have gained some weight because of the yo yo(ish) way of eating and I really don't know what step to take to get it off. I could either have a cooked vegan diet (including raw foods, obviously) and count calories, OR I could go cold-turkey and go 100% raw without counting calories. And no, I can't find a middle ground because I am an all or nothing person (unfortunately). For the trolls who tell me to eat meat, or that it isn't healthy to be vegan- I'm not changing my mind about that so don't waste your time.

    In the past I had counted calories whilst exercising (for at least an hour a day) and lost 50 pounds by doing this (note, I was not vegan when I did this). So, I know that counting calories works...But, since then, I've been reading books upon books, and doing oodles of research about raw veganism and I think that this could be the way to go for my health, and weight loss goals. What is your experience with this? Is it easier to get the weight off when raw? Should I still count calories? Sorry for all of the questions...

    I know that veganism is environmentally friendly, animal friendly, and good for my health... But, should I just stay vegan and count calories, or go raw and not count calories?

    Please help : /

    • ANSWER:
      First of all, counting calories may work, but it's not a good method of maintaining an ideal weight. What you are doing is restricting intake, which, in turn, decreases your metabolism, thus teaching your body to store more energy as fat due to the food shortages it is perceiving.

      So, reducing your calorie intake, then going back to your previous way of eating, you are teaching your body to store more food as fat. Restricting your intake will of course work, if you stay on a restricted calorie intake diet, but who wants that? Not me. I want to eat eat eat. More fuel = more energy = more fun.

      My way: do not restrict food at all. Eat eat eat and enjoy it too. Instead, focus on nutrient rich foods, organic foods, fresh foods, foods you grow yourself or are locally grown, whole foods, and so forth.

      Here's a better way to become thin, just exercise more. It works. But, focus on raising your metabolism. You do this by concentrating on how: Hard?; Long?; Often? + Intensity.

      And why not focus on becoming fit, flexible, and muscle toned as well?

      For example, instead of just running around and around a running track, do interval sprints while running, then try to maintain your speed, recover, then do another sprint, maintain previous speed, recover, and repeat. You can cut the time you exercise down by doing this too. Intensive exercising for say 20 minutes will equate to perhaps an hour or more of just running along at a regular pace). You can also do Windsprints (aka Win Sprints). Mix it up. Track running, trail running, cycling, weight training and muscle conditioning in the off season... whatever you like.

      Now, a note about calories. The calorie unit of measurement is completely moronic and you should not use this unit of measurement at all. This unit of measurement is determined by taking a food, putting in into a special oven that flash burns the food into ash; not even ash. The resulting heat given off by the burnt food is made into a measurement. Food does not burst into flames in one's belly, therefore it is completely useless. So, please do not count calories anymore - forget all about calories. Trust me, I've done competitive athletics for nearly my whole life, and I've never counted calories. I've see those who do, those wanting to lose weight, athletes, bodybuilders, and... uuh, really, it's useless.

      Regarding raw food, yeah, go for it. Raw has more nutrients of course. But you cannot eat all foods raw - a lot of the food we eat is due to the fact that we need to cook it to access it. Do lots of reading, and learn from other people's mistakes. rawfamily.com thegardendiet.com are two good resources.

      I've never been on a 100% raw diet for a great length of time, but if you have a good diet, raw or not, your body should simply go to it's ideal weight. I've had the same weight for my entire adulthood simply because due to intensive exercise, I was always at optimum weight. You can eat whatever you want, vegan healthy or not, and always have an optimum weight as long as you do enough exercise. But, if you want better performance, health, etc. then that's where healthy fuel comes into play.

      So, forget calories, they are moronic, don't restrict intake, exercise more (Harder; Longer; More Often + More Intensely), eat more, stay vegan, go raw if you want (doesn't matter when it comes to weight), and don't miss out on any nutrients, good fats, and so forth.

      One more note, you will also want to focus on improving your digestion, look at proper food combination for good digestion, pro-biotic foods, foods medications etc. that hinder digestion, acid alkaline and how it affects digestion, and so forth. Digestion is an important part of eating that is usually overlooked.

  31. QUESTION:
    I want to go on a detox/cleanse using all natural raw fruits and veggies...
    want to go on a detox/cleanse using all natural raw fruits and veggies...
    What do you all recommend in my diet, as far as the best benefits of an all encompassing cleanse? PLEASE don't spam me with "Erikas cleansing potion" or "Puristat" links. I want to do this au naturale... Also is there a free place to find info on the web about raw food diets and cleanses, weight loss, reversing diabetes, etc. And I mean 100% free with maybe free resources like chats and forums? THANKS!

    • ANSWER:
      For the website, I highly recommend www.sparkpeople.com
      It is American (guessing you're not since we are on UK Y/A) but it doesn't make much of a difference, there are forums + community chats so you can really get involved and meet people who have the same goals as you.

      As for the cleansing, your body does do most of this. Drink plenty of water - 8 glasses a day, aim for your 5 fruits/vegetables a day.

      As you do the cleanse, make sure you are still eating enough calories as there aren't a lot in most fruits + vegetables.

  32. QUESTION:
    wanna losse weight?? tips here :) )?
    ok well you can try the raw food diet.
    read this ...
    :) )
    What is the Raw Food Diet?
    The raw food diet is a diet based on unprocessed and uncooked plant foods, such as fresh fruit and vegetables, sprouts, seeds, nuts, grains, beans, nuts, dried fruit, and seaweed.

    Heating food above 116 degrees F is believed to destroy enzymes in food that can assist in the digestion and absorption of food. Cooking is also thought to diminish the nutritional value and "life force" of food.

    Typically, at least 75% of the diet must be living or raw.

    What are the Benefits of the Raw Food Diet?
    Proponents of the raw food diet believe it has numerous health benefits, including:
    Increased energy

    Improved skin appearance

    Better digestion

    Weight loss

    Reduced risk of heart disease
    The raw food diet contains fewer trans fats and saturated fat than the typical Western diet. It is also low in sodium and high in potassium, magnesium, folate, fiber and health-promoting plant chemicals called phytochemicals.

    These properties are associated with a reduced risk of diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. For example, a study published in the Journal of Nutrition found that consumption of a raw food diet lowered plasma total cholesterol and triglyceride concentrations.

    What are the Guidelines of the Raw Food Diet?
    1. What can I eat?

    Unprocessed, preferably organic, whole foods such as:
    Fresh fruits and vegetables

    Nuts

    Seeds

    Beans

    Grains

    Legumes

    Dried fruit

    Seaweed

    Unprocessed organic or natural foods

    Freshly juiced fruit and vegetables

    Purified water

    Young coconut milk
    At least 75% of food consumed should not be heated over 116 degrees F.

    2. What cooking techniques are used?

    Specific cooking techniques make foods more digestible and add variety to the diet, including:
    Sprouting seeds, grains, and beans

    Juicing fruit and vegetables

    Soaking nuts and dried fruit

    Blending

    Dehydrating food
    3. What equipment can I use?
    A dehydrator, a piece of equipment that blows air through food at a temperature of less than 116 degrees F.

    A good-quality juice extractor for juicing fruit and vegetables

    A blender, food processor, or chopper to save time

    Large glass containers to soak and sprout seeds, grains, and beans

    Mason jars for storing sprouts and other food
    Side Effects

    Some people experience a detoxification reaction when they start the raw food diet, especially if their previous diet was rich in meat, sugar, and caffeine. Mild headaches, nausea, and cravings can occur but usually last for several days.

    Precautions
    The raw food diet may not be appropriate for certain people, such as:
    Children

    Pregnant or nursing women

    People with anemia

    People at risk for osteoporosis - A Washington University study found that people following a raw food diet had lower bone mass. Bone turnover rates, however, were similar to the group that ate a standard American diet.
    Considerable time, energy, and commitment is needed to be healthy on the raw food diet. Many of the foods are made from scratch. Some ingredients may be hard to find, such as Rejuvelac (the fermented liquid drained from sprouted grains), sprouted flour, date sugar, young coconut milk, carob powder and Celtic sea salt.

    People must be aware that certain nutritional deficiencies can occur on the raw food diet, including:
    Calcium

    Iron

    B12 – The Journal of Nutrition study found that a raw food diet increased levels of homocysteine due to vitamin B-12 deficiency.

    Protein

    Calories
    Critics of the raw food diet say while it’s true that some enzymes are inactivated when food is heated, it doesn’t matter because the body uses its own enzymes for digestion. In addition, cooking makes certain phytochemicals easier to absorb, such as beta-carotene in carrots.

    Another critique is that the human body has changed in response to eating cooked foods. Some of these changes are that are jaws and teeth have become smaller, our stomachs have shrunk, and our small intestines have grown longer, lengthening the digestive surface area.

    According to other alternative diet theories, such as macrobiotics, Ayurveda, and traditional Chinese medicine, a raw-only diet may not be appropriate for people living in colder climates or for people with certain constitutional types.
    i put this up because i wanted to help people that wanted to loose weight!!
    if you have any questions please e-mail me at
    kardasian_twin@yahoo.com

    • ANSWER:
      Must say these are some excellent pointers for most people to follow but think that Raw apple cider vinegar should be at the top of all of these and could be recommended for meat eaters too...
      The Many Health Benefits you can get from Raw Apple Cider Vinegar. It may taste horrible but the benefits definately outway the bad taste!!
      Ok - this may seem very gross but if you have a tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar a day you will be doing your body so much good! It is so disctusting but I add some grape juice to it and drink it through a straw so it's not that bad.

      Here are some reasons and benefits of having Apple Cider Vinegar:

      Helps ease the itch and rid chiggers
      Helps with hot flashes in menopausal women
      Helps treat insect bites and skin allergies
      Helps relieve and heal poison ivy
      Helps prevent heart disease and stroke
      Helps soothe and heal a sunburn
      Helps rid head lice
      Great for your joints
      Great for arthritis
      Gets rid of bad breath
      Great anti viral and anti bacterial agents
      Use a cup in as a hair rinse - makes your hair shiny
      Gives you relief of pollen, food and pet allergies (I need that)
      Treats your sinus infections
      Helps reduce the risk or tumors
      Help rid warts
      Reduces total body stresses and tension
      Helps treat hemorrhoids and varicose veins
      Great for acne, and skin problems
      Helps lower your high cholesterol
      Helps heals your wounds and skin abrasions
      Helps retain your youth
      Can act as an appetite suppressant and aid in weight loss
      Helps prevent osteoporosis
      Helps rid the common cold
      Boosts your energy level and your immune system
      Excellent for acid reflux and sore throats
      It helps breaks down fatty deposits so is great for loosing weight
      Keeps high blood pressure down by preventing your blood from getting too thick
      Helps treat insomnia
      Helps digestion
      Help common ailments such as hair loss and dandruff
      Even helps rid your hiccups
      Helps treat and get rid of cold sores
      Great for your kidneys and your bladder
      Cures fungal infections - Athlete's feet and Nail Fungus Ailments
      Acts as a clenser and detoxifier for various organs basically purifying your body and its organs (kidneys, liver, heart...)
      Reduces risk of colon cancer
      Topical relief for shingles
      Helps relieve diarrhea

      tribes » Health & Wellness » Joys of Juicing » topics »
      "An Apple A Day..." - Cider Vinegar Health Benefitstopic posted Fri, October 13, 2006 - 12:18 PM by Craig

      Many people are now convinced—Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV), that wonderful “old-timers” home remedy, cures more ailments than any other folk remedy and has been highly regarded throughout history. In 400 B.C. the great Hippocrates, Father of Medicine, used it for its amazing health qualities.

      The reported cures from drinking Apple Cider Vinegar are numerous and include: allergies (including pet, food and environmental), sinus infections, acne, high cholesterol, flu, chronic fatigue, Candida, acid reflux, sore throats, contact dermatitis, arthritis, gout, and even heart pain. Apple Cider Vinegar breaks down fat and is widely used to lose weight. It has also been reported that a daily dose of apple cider vinegar in water has soaring blood pressure under control in two weeks!

      For centuries, the benefits from cider vinegar to fight infection, promote digestion, fighting osteoporosis, have been well known. One of the first goals on the way to great health is to restore the body's pH to the alkaline range. As nearly all chronic illnesses take place in a body that has become acidic due to the gradual depletion of its mineral reserves, it is logical to check on the body's acid/alkaline balance and to work towards maintaining it in the alkaline range. The state of the body's acid/alkaline balance can be easily measured by testing the urine using pH strips.

      INTERNAL BENEFITS:
      . Rich in enzymes & potassium
      . Naturally supports a healthy immune system
      . Helps control weight
      . Helps soothe dry throat
      . Promotes healthy digestion & pH balance
      . Helps remove body sludge & toxins

      ACV is also a natural antibiotic germ fighter, fights E. coli and other bacteria. It is an excellent remedy for food poisoning and helpful in digestive upsets. ACV helps control and normalize weight and improve digestion. ACV helps relieve arthritis stiffness and rheumatism.

      Use two teaspoons (2 t.) in a pint of water daily for yourself—or one teaspoon in the dog or cat’s drinking water—as a healthy tonic. Drink a daily tonic of apple cider vinegar to help you keep the right pH balance in the urinary tract, since the proper acidity creates an inhospitable environment for bacteria and yeasts that cause these infections.

      EXTERNAL BENEFITS:
      . Helps maintain healthy skin
      . Helps promote a youthful, healthy body
      . Soothes irritated skin
      . Relieves muscle pain from exercise

      ACV helps to maintain healthy skin, promote youthful, healthy bodies. Soothes pain of sunburn, the itch from bug bites, and the sting from plants. ACV helps prevent dandruff, itching scalp, baldness, and dry skin. ACV soothes tight aching joints, sore muscles. Apple cider vinegar also removes sebum and environmental and product buildup on the hair shaft.

      COMBINE WITH NATURAL BEE HONEY TO:
      . Relax the nervous system
      . Promote deep sleep
      . Relieve rheumatism
      . Relieve arthritis
      . Relieve bone and muscle pain and soreness
      . Relieve heart ailments
      . Relieve stress
      . Relieve insomnia

      Mix organic apple cider with pure raw honey and drink at night before going to bed. Great for calming nerves, promoting relaxation and relief of bone related ailments. Adjust the amount of vinegar and honey for comfort and taste. See my recommended recipe here:

      RECIPE:
      250 mL (8 oz) Purified Water (warm enough to melt honey)
      1 to 2 teaspoons Raw Apple Cider Vinegar (Organic recommended)
      1 to 2 teaspoons Honey (Local, raw, non-GMO recommended)

      (Honey comes from flowers and has a very light energy. I recommend honey from flowers that are known to provide support for heart and lungs. Use local honey to help provide relief from allergies and build immunity.)

      Apple Cider Vinegar is proving very beneficial to people and animals with arthritis because it breaks down calcium deposits in the joints while re-mineralizing the bones. It has shown to be equally beneficial to dogs with hip dysplasia. ACV is also effective for urinary tract infections, and it lowers high blood pressure. In animals, it is helpful in skin and coat problems and in replacing potassium depletion. (Cranberry juice is also a well-known home remedy for urinary tract infections. It prevents bacteria from attaching to the walls of the urinary tract.)

      A new University of California-Davis Medical Center study shows that daily consumption of 12 ounces of apple cider or apple juice can reduce the risk of heart disease. And the benefits don’t stop there. A recent Cornell University study found that the antioxidants in apples also inhibit the growth of certain types of cancer cells.

      ACV has been found to protect arteries from harmful buildup of plaque. Many heart attacks are caused by high amounts of fats and cholesterol in your blood. The fiber in ACV helps to absorb fats and cholesterol by expelling them from the body as waste materials.

      ACV is used to promote the health of veins and capillaries; it is also useful in assisting in the health of the heart. The potassium found in apple cider vinegar is also beneficial to the heart.

      The dietary fiber in ACV is beneficial in controlling glucose levels in the blood. Minerals like manganese, calcium, magnesium, silicon and iron develop bone mass and make them stronger. It is also a rich source of amino acids, vitamins and minerals.

      ACV boosts the immune system and acts as a natural antiseptic and anti-biotic. Apples contain Vitamin C and flavonoids, which helps with wound healing and in reducing the severity of colds and flu symptoms. Apple cider also has acetic acid, plus ion-futynic lactic and propionic acids. It is the richest source of amino acids known.

      Apple cider cannot cure cancer, but it is valuable to have around to help fight free radicals in the body. Beta-carotene, found in apple cider vinegar, is a powerful antioxidant, which helps to neutralize the free radicals formed in the body through oxidation. To prevent these free radicals, and to keep them in check, we need antioxidants to rid our body of these potentially dangerous compounds. Left alone, free radicals have the run of our bodies; they damage cells, which leads to cellular degeneration. The pectin in apple cider vinegar adds fiber to the diet, which helps prevent cancer, especially colon cancer. Fiber binds with certain cancer-causing compounds in the colon, and speeds up their elimination from the system.

      VITAMINS IN APPLE CIDER VINEGAR:
      . Vitamin C
      . Vitamin E
      . Vitamin A
      . Vitamin B1
      . Vitamin B2
      . Vitamin B6
      . Pro-vitamin beta-carotene
      . Vitamin P

      MINERALS & TRACE ELEMENTS IN APPLE CIDER VINEGAR:
      . Potassium
      . Calcium
      . Magnesium
      . Phosphorous
      . Chlorine
      . Sodium
      . Sulfur (the mineral - not the sulfa, which some people are allergic to)
      . Copper
      . Iron
      . Silicon
      . Fluorine

      BENEFITS FOR YOUR DOGS (AND OTHER PETS):
      Every home with dogs should have Apple Cider Vinegar. It has multiple uses for dogs, including: alleviating allergies and arthritis, and establishing correct pH balance of the system.

      Added to your pet's drinking water, ACV has shown to maintain the acid/alkaline balance of the digestive tract. To find your dog's pH level, get some pH strips at your local drugstore. First thing in the morning test your dog's urine. If the strip reads from 6.5 - 7.0, then your dog's system is what it should be. If the pH is higher, then the system is too alkaline, and ACV can help to establish a correct pH balance.

  33. QUESTION:
    I need a healthy weight loss plan, No YOYO fads I am ready to make a lifestyle change...:)?
    OK Here goes, I am a mom of 3 kids, college student in Nursing and I am trying to loose weight. I am way overweight have been to the dr they prescribe Adipex diet pills but the thing is after I take them I get a huge headache and I already have high blood pressure from the weight and I need to get it off.

    I was walking everyday on treadmill and doing the Cycle machine but I noticed my legs started getting huge especially my calves and now I hate them even more. My thighs and legs are big my arms are really huge and flabby and I have alot of stomach fat I never lost after the 3 kids and picked up pounds. I have started eating different baked foods no white foods, more raw fruit and veggies. No sweets and I only drink water or diet coke.

    I have lost a few pounds so far and I enjoy the way i am feeling and want it to be a lifestyle change Because I have really high blood pressure and want to be around for my kids for years and years not a heart attack or stroke. I really need all the advice I can get. I would love for someone to make me a eating plan and excercise plan. I DO NOT want huge muscles like my calves are so maybe something to help me loose the weight and not gain alot of muscle until after the fat is gone then maybe I can tone up.

    I am ready to change I have the right motives and my mind is made up just need some help...:)....Thanks so much and God Bless!!.....Oh I forgot to tell you my weight and build I am around 5 "2" and weigh 176. I actually dont look really huge with clothes on I dont look small but not really huge but when I look in mirror before shower I am very upset with all the fat, cellulite, stretch marks and rolls. Please help me out I would appreciate it. Oh I just turned 30 this year if that matters...

    • ANSWER:
      heya, well done for making this choice!

      you are doing well but a few tips are
      cut out the diet coke (or restrict to a glass a day or week-it depends how much you drink but try to phase it out) it bloats you, rots your teeth and is generally not nice
      walking is good, try to walk 5 minutes more every week
      also excercise doesnt have to be a chor! take the kids to the park (if they are young, if they are teens this may not be a good idea :) )
      spend a sunday walking with the family, a bike ride or start a yoga class with a few friends ( yoga is great for stretching a strengthening the muscles (making them toned without making them bulky!)
      just try to get a bit more active
      cut out sweet foods like you are doing but dont restrict yourself (the occasional piece of cake is ok but 2 is not!)
      dont cut out carbs it is sudden and is not healthy. If you can try to only eat complex carbs (wholemeal bread, brown rice, wholemeal pasta, potatoes)
      cut down on salt which can give you high blood pressure
      also food swaps such as
      butter-margarine
      are good, always have a healthy option

      (sorry i am rambling by the way)
      a typical daily plan (try to limit yourself to about 2000 cals, as you lose weight you need to cut down)

      wake up
      15 minute walk (go to get a morning paper or something, i understand if it is rainy this is not ideal but try to do some sort of excercise to do before breakfast, a excercise video is ideal as you dont have to leave the house

      BREAKFAST- 2 poached eggs
      mushrooms and tomatoes
      2 slices of wholemeal bread (low fat spread)
      fruit smoothie- strawberries, banana, 100% orange juice and low fat yogurt is my favourite but if you dont like smoothies a piece of fruit is fine

      EXCERCISE- even if it is just walking up and down the stairs at work in your lunch break for 10 mins it really does help!

      LUNCH- homemade soup (or you can buy soups which are just vegetables, make sure not to buy processed ones which contain a lot of salt and fat! and a wholemeal roll with salad a piece of fruit (also take water to work and keep drinking it, staying hydrated keeps hunger pangs away!

      EXCERCISE- 30 mins excercise it can be walking, jogging, cycling whatever

      SNACK-2 biscuits (try to pick a healthier low cal option)
      cup of herbal tea
      2 slices of wholemeal toast
      fruit salad
      (you may not want this snack if you have dinner quite early, i have dinner at about 8 o clock which is not ideal as eating earlier is better but because of this i have a snack at about 4)

      TEA- homemade wholemeal pasta with homemade sauce (chopped tomatoes,chicken and lots of veggies!)
      or
      salmon with potatoes and brocolli

      EXCERCISE- 15 minute walk or yoga or something. or if no time sit ups and press ups when the commersial break on tv is on is great, even jump rope or jumping jacks are great!)

      you may have noticed i havent included much meat but that is because i am a vegetarian but remember this is an example day fish is great and low cal, add tuna to a lettuce sandwich or jacket potato for extra protein. chicken is great grilled with stir fry. stay clear of processed and fatty meat!

      i know it the excercise may seem time consuming with a job and kids to manage along with everything else but try to allow yourself some time, a little bit goes a long way

      sorry i have written so much
      good luck, i wish you all the success, remembering if one day you slip up its fine-we all do. just carry on with the healthy eating the next day
      :D xxx

  34. QUESTION:
    Healthy weight loss vegetarian diet. I need advices?
    Hello. I've been lacto-ovo vegetarian for about 7 years. Beside avoiding meat, I never really took care of my diet. No exercise either. I've been growing belly fat which i want to get rid off so I've recently been browsing through different websites to realize that my diet was wrong - I've been basically eating nothing but carbs for years. Again, I'm a complete dummy when it comes to diet but I think I'm getting even more confused than I was, they all suggest to have a "balanced" diet with enough fruits, veggies, dairy, fibers, carbs, etc. But what does that even mean?? Ok, I should eat this and that but on what frequencies? I don't like cooking as well but I don't mind eating boring raw food such as nuts, salad or whatever. I also started doing some cardio exercises and sit-ups. Any helpful advice would be appreciated. Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      As healthy as sweet fruits may be, they do not promote fat loss. Fructose, the sugar in most fruits creates triglycerides which "trap" fat in fat cells.

      I add ground flax seed or chia seed to about everything. They are both incredibly nutritious. Chia seeds swell up when soaked and remind me of tapioca with a strawberry seed inside. They really have no taste but I love the texture. No other whole grain compares on a nutritional level, and it has an Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) that is greater than blueberries on a per-gram basis (80 micromole TE/d). I let them sit on the counter to soak for 12 hours this germinates them and raises the ORAC level 2.5x higher.

      I think they are much more nutritious raw and add them to salads & tuna as well as making faux tapioca regularly. I also add them to cooked food for bulk but prefer to use flax seed for cooked food. Flax seed has a slight taste to it but chia seed is tasteless so it doesn't change the flavor of foods the way flax seed would. In Mexico, they add chia seed to lemonade and call it chia fresca and it is addicting. I was getting 400% of my daily requirement of fiber by drinking this and have to regulate my intake, but it is fun.

      Chia seeds sound so expensive but 1# will make 10# food. I buy in bulk from getchia.com for # with free shipping.

      I make a "porridge" as suggested by Dr.Mercola with low carb whey powder & water, I add ground flax seeds, chia seeds, sunflower seeds, almonds, coconut milk, tahini (ground sesame seeds) & raw egg. All seeds & nuts are raw & soaked to germinate them.

      I make a green drink with spirulina, chlorella, wheat grass & kelp with lemon juice & stevia (or raw apple cider vinegar & raw honey) & add rehydrated chia seed gel and drink this all day.

      I'll make a salad with canned foods: mackerel & or sardines, baby corn, water chestnuts, bamboo shoots, spinach or collard greens, artichoke hearts, sweet red peppers & add mayo, chia seed gel & sometimes soaked sunflower seeds. Lately I've been mixing in cod liver oil to virgin coconut oil & adding in soy sauce & miso before adding mayo & all the other items.

      Faux tapioca - 2 cups of water, 5 scoops of low carb whey protein powder, stir together & add cup of chia seeds, after they have started to absorb the water, add in 2 cans of coconut milk & sweetener if you like and mix it all in. Can be eaten after an hour but will be better tomorrow. Cream a pkg. of cream cheese into a can of pumpkin and add to the faux tapioca for an even more nutritious pumpkin pie pudding.

      Ground flax seed (4 Tbsp) 1/4 cup water, artificial sweetener, mix in a raw egg - let sit 10 min. to absorb liquid, put some cream cheese in the middle & nuke 2 minutes. For daily fiber needs.

  35. QUESTION:
    Raw Diet - is this harmful or helpful?
    I have read recently about the raw food diet where one eats only fresh items that have not been cooked. I was interested in trying this out but I do not want to injure my health. I have no real problem with meat and I am not trying to cure cancer as most people who adopt this diet seem to be trying to do.

    I am just curious of anyone who has tried it, for how long, what were the effects, what weight loss if any, are they still on it, if so or not - why or why not?
    Ok, I guess some people didn't understand, and that is my fault. Not raw meat. A raw diet is almost vegan. No meat or dairy at all. Raw veggies & fruit, nuts, etc.

    • ANSWER:
      I have been wanting to go more raw than I already am. There are a lot of sites out there with SO many good-looking/sounding recipes. I can't imagine any down-side when it comes to health. Raw food retains more of its vitamins. It does make more sense to eat foods in their natural state (that's FOOD, not animals - there's a difference) or at least close to it.

      To make a lot of raw recipes you'll need a good food processor, a good blender, and a good dehydrator.

      Here are some links:

      Tons of recipes: http://www.fromsadtoraw.com/RawRecipes.htm
      One of my favorite blogs: http://www.aniphyo.com/
      A raw forum to get advice: http://reallyrawfood.com/forum/index.php

      It can be pretty tricky t eat primarily raw foods, but it can be fun to try! Even making part of your diet raw can have health benefits. I'm sure.

      I'm going to go make raw avocado chocolate mousse pie now!

  36. QUESTION:
    weight loss in my dog ?? any suggestions?
    my male dobe has recently lost weight,,,and is currently 28kg
    he is wormed regularly,,,is on a high quality food,,,with plenty of veg etc and although always a slim dog,,have managed to previoulsy keep him at 34kg,,,,,,,,he has been to the vet who agrees that he is underweight and ordered a complete set of blood tests,,,,however they all came back clear,,,and showed his health to be good,,,after no improvement with extra food and some raw meat added to diet,,i again took him BACK to my vet for a pancreatic enzymne test to check if he may have problems digesting his food,,,and in meantime i have added digestive enzymnes to his diet,,,,while i await the blood test results..
    has anyone had a dog who has suffered weight loss for no APPARENT reason,,,,if so any advice would be gratefully received...Thankyou in advance
    hi,,my dog is 2 and a half years old...,,
    tks vicki j,,,,i have never heard of lymphona,,,,but will keep going if these test come back clear....or get second opinin,,,his appetite is enormous,,,,,and he seems to be alway hungry,,which i explained to my vet,,,,
    hi yes his original blood tests checked for raised white blood cell count diabetes,,and thyroid problems,,,,etc

    • ANSWER:
      A few weeks back someone ask a question very similar to this one. Had taken the dog to the vet, did the blood tests, etc. I am going to tell you the same thing I told the previous poster, and I was right. Your vet is missing something. A dog does not lose a substantial amount of weight for no reason. There is always a cause for it. Ask him if he checked for things like lymphoma, etc. You didn't say how old your dog is, but I guarantee you, there is a reason for this kind of weight loss. The person that ask this question I was referring to, got back to me to tell me what was wrong with his dog and I was correct. Good luck to you

  37. QUESTION:
    Losing 40 pounds on a raw food?
    Im 5'7 16, and 185, how long would it take for my to lose 40 pounds with a raw food diet and excersizing occationally? would it be a rapif weight loss or a slow weight loss? any tips? thanks

    • ANSWER:

  38. QUESTION:
    4 year old mini dachshund- weight loss diet help?
    i have a four year old wiener dog, hes a little over weight. I was wondering if anyone could give some doggie weight loss advice. He's only a few pounds over weight, nothing crazy but im still concerned because the breed has such fragile backs. We havent really been measuring out his food each day but started giving him a cup of Purina ONE Healthy weight. We take him for walks or short runs almost everyday. Instead of giving him dog treats, i give him carrots and he loves them.

    One thing I learned with this breed, they never stop eating, they continue to eat as long as you keep feeding them. I swear they don't get the feeling of being full.

    Any advice as to what to feed him? The best dog food to feed him? Should I give him a 1/2 cup of the food instead of a whole cup? Should I split it up, 1/2 morning & 1/2 afternoon/evening? Should I add some raw veggies to his food to make him feel like he ate more?

    I wanted to start him on Eukanuba specifically for Dachshunds, but I read a few reveiws that it doesnt help with weight loss, so i want to get him down to a healthy weight before I start him on that.

    And yes I know I should consult with my vet, and I plan to when in 2-3 months when I take him in.
    Actually i dont plan to put him on that eukanuba crap & screw purina too. lol

    i think i'm going to put him on more natural food like Blue buffalo for small breeds or Nutro Ultra weight management.

    Are those good? Anyone have any experience with those brands? Or are there any other natural dog foods like that that you recommend?

    • ANSWER:
      First, Eukanuba is a crap food, so that's not a good option.

      You are right to be concerned about your dog's weight ... no dog is healthy if he's overweight.

      What to feed is a matter of research and availability. Pick something with no corn and (ideally) no other grains. HOW to feed is the issue. You simply measure it out to the exact amount EVERY time and feed him a bit less than the recommended amount.

      A bit less food plus a longer walk will get the results you want.

  39. QUESTION:
    Cheap/healthy/weight loss? Will choose best answer!?
    Please let me know if this is ok? I try to learn a lot about healthy stuff and I think I know a lot, but I'd really like some opinions. :)

    After waking up, stretching, and drinking a glass of water.
    Breakfast- 1/2 cup of oatmeal (1/4 cup steel cut oats, water, splenda, cinnamon.)
    1/2 cup Kefir low fat pomegranate smoothie.
    1/2 cup frozen organic strawberries, raspberries and blackberries (I prefer frozen for the long shelf life, cheap price at BJs and the illusion that I'm eating some kind of ice cream or icy, they're so good!)
    Two cups of coffee with just enough splenda to mask the bitterness and a dash of Land o Lakes half and half. I drink another glass of water before each cup. Coffee makes me thirsty.

    Lunch- plain tuna sandwich (1/2 can tuna in water with two slices Giant Eagle whole grain bread).
    1 cup of fresh raw broccoli, plain.
    3 brewed mugs of green tea with lemon and splenda throughout the day.

    Second lunch- Turkey sandwich (same bread, 4 thin slices of Hillshire Farms oven roasted turkey, Laughing Cow garlic and herb cheese wedge spread, 6 pickles).
    1 cup of raw broccoli (it's my favorite).

    If I'm ever feeling snacky I'll eat a little bit of raw, unsalted almonds.

    Dinner- 4oz. (I think that's how much? The size of a deck of playing cards) baked boneless, skinless chicken breast with garlic, cayenne powder, oregano and parsley.
    1 cup cooked whole grain brown rice.
    1 1/3 cups cooked broccoli, carrots, yellow and red peppers in an extra virgin olive oil and herb sauce.

    At night a drink a couple mugs of sleepy time or lemon zinger tea with splenda.

    Is this an ok "diet"? A snippet of my diet history: I was extremely overweight since childhood until 15 when I learned of the low carb diet. Ate nothing but bacon, egg whites (don't like yolks), baked cayenne chicken, and eventually when adding more carbs ground beef chunks dipped in tomato juice. I went from around 350lbs. to 250lbs. I dieted on and off for a long time. At 20 I weighed closer to 200lbs. Gained it all back from not having money to afford anything but ramen, and then when I could eat healthier I had a baby, about 6 months back. I think I'm around 250 again. I have really bad skin from the weight loss. I don't have a lot of money for food but I have enough. I'm very busy with taking care of my family. I like routine in my diet. It makes it easier for me to follow and stay on track. I've read a lot about "super foods" and spices that help, like cayenne, garlic, green tea, olive oil, and cinnamon. One of my questions, is that enough fruit? I know it's recommended to have more but it does get pricey. Might be doable if I need more. I walk a few times a day with my son in his stroller, about an hour and 1/2 total or more if I can. I do stretches for half an hour every morning and sometimes at night. I drink lots of plain, cold water, over the eight 8oz. cups some people recommend. I take a prenatal vitamin and fish oil type combo everyday (I had a lot left from pregnancy and breastfeeding the first few months), along with two fenugreek and one milk thistle pill. I don't add sugar, salt or butter to anything. I avoid trans fat and hydrogenated oils. I know a lot of people don't approve of splenda but I am a fan, and it's pretty cheap at BJs wholesale club. I am open to trying something new. I like a lot of bland foods. The only thing I cannot stand eating are chunks of onions. I hope to lose some weight over time and set a somewhat good example for my son. :)

    • ANSWER:
      Anyone that has been 100+# overweight is more than likely insulin resistant. Anyone that is insulin resistant, their body no longer processes carbs any more. Carbs in a functioning body goes to muscles for burning. Long term, high levels of refined carbs "burn out" the muscles insulin receptors so all your calories go directly to fat cells, leaving muscle cells screaming for nutrition. It becomes a vicious cycle. Exercise forces muscles to accept glucose without insulin & that's an option, but it requires LOTS of exercise daily. The only other option is to adopt a low carb way of eating - for a lifetime. This is a great option, eat all you want, but only of low carb foods & lose weight.

      It sounds like you are avoiding fat. It sounds like you did a low fat, low carb diet at 15 - which is not healthy. Fat won't make you fat. Fat is totally benign with minimal carbs (less than 9g hour). Fat is required for energy, satiation & fuel calories on a low carb program. Saturated fat is required for the immune system to function properly, for hormone production & 50% of dietary fats need to be from saturated fats for calcium to be effective in the bone structure. Fat is required to make the vitamins & minerals in your foods bioavailable so they can be incorporated into the body structure.

      As healthy as fruit may be, fructose, the sugar in many fruits, is the most lipogenic (fat producing) carb. You've got a pretty good diet mapped out above (other than the low fat levels) & this would be fine in someone with functioning insulin receptors but I would be very surprised if you were able to eat this carb load & lose weight.

      You can lose more body fat eating protein & fat (don't eat protein alone) than not eating AT ALL. To lose weight fast, eat all you want, but nothing but meat, eggs, healthy oils, mayo, butter & half an avocado a day (for added potassium). Keep the calories high & the fat percentage high, at least 65% of calories. Green vegetables & some cheese will continue weight loss but at a slower pace.

      The first 2 weeks eat several cups a day of (mostly) lettuce & celery, cucumbers, radishes, mushrooms, peppers & more variety of vegetables thereafter - add 5 grams per day additional every week (20 grams day first 2 weeks, 25grams 3rd week, 30grams 4th week etc) til you gain weight, then subtract 10grams. That will be your personal carb level (everyone is different & depends on how active you are.)

      Start with meat, fats & salads for 2 weeks and then slowly add in more green veg, wk4 fresh cheeses, wk5 nuts & seeds, wk6 berries, wk7 legumes, wk8 other fruits, wk9 starchy veg, wk10 whole grains. You will learn how your body reacts to different foods.

      The body won't release fat stores if you lower calories below what it needs. It will slow metabolism to compensate & store every spare ounce as fat. If you continue lowering calories, it will continue lowering the set point, til it can survive off nothing & store fat on anything. The body will only release it's fat stores if it knows there is plenty of nutritious food.

      Eating carbs while trying to lose body fat is terribly inefficient. When in glycolysis (burning glucose as fuel) you have to lower your calories (which slows your metabolism) & exercise heavily to deplete your glycogen stores before burning body fat.

      The core of Atkins program is converting the body from glycolysis (burning glucose as fuel) to ketosis (burning fat as fuel). Dietary fat levels need to be at >65% of total calories, if not, the body will still remain in glycolysis by converting 58% of excess protein into glucose (via gluconeogenesis).

      It takes about 3 days to convert a body to ketosis, (but only one bite to convert back to glycolysis). People feel sluggish the first week but most feel better than ever thereafter.

      Carbohydrates trigger insulin (the ONLY fat storage hormone). Protein triggers the fat burning hormone glucagon.

      High insulin levels unbalance other hormones. Controlling insulin levels will balance out other hormones & allow human growth hormone to be produced naturally so lean muscle will be gained even without exercise.

      Ground flax seed (4 Tbsp) 1/4 cup water, artificial sweetener, mix in a raw egg - let sit 10 min. to absorb liquid, put cream cheese in the middle & nuke 2 min. for daily fiber needs.

      As long as you have <9grams carbs per hour, you will maintain insulin control & shouldn't gain weight, no matter the calories because insulin, the fat storage hormone is not activated. Many people gain weight on high carb, do low carb to lose weight & then are shocked when they return to high carb & gain weight.

      Most overweight & obese people have blood sugar & insulin dysfunctions and can NEVER eat carbs as someone with a functioning body can. They make the mistake of going back to the way of eating that made them fat and that is not possible and yes they will gain all weight back if they eat what they ate that made them obese original

  40. QUESTION:
    Has eating salads helped you to lose weight?
    I feel uber hungry after eating a salad. Unless it's drenched in fattening dressing, or has fried chicken strips on top of it, i'm not interested. It's hard to calculate your calories eating salad too.

    Salads do NOTHING for me as far as feeling satisfied. When I do a healthy salad, I'll have grilled chicken or salmon with it. Or I'll have a big one with lowfat dressing, with a half tuna sandwich...but then I end up wanting something else afterwards.

    I know they are healthy, so I WANT to eat them, but they just don't satisfy me at all (unless like I said they are fattening). So in the end, I feel like salad has done nothing but set me back. I do better with weight loss eating very small portions of other types of foods...but I also feel I need raw leafy greens in my life.

    Has salad really helped you all that much in your weight loss journey?

    • ANSWER:
      I think its good that you know your body (by telling us that you do best with very small portions)....personally I like salads, but I do enjoy the really big ones in order to feel satisfied. Or Cesar salads with grilled chicken...those are my fave!

      Have you thought about trying a small portion of say....the fried chicken strips after your salad? Just maybe one or two? And maybe thinking about it like a reward...."Okay, I've eaten my veggies....now I get to have the good stuff"

      I have also found that eating romaine lettuce and specifically carrots and cucumbers (which I happen to love) fill me up and keep me that way (a dietician will prolly tell you that has something to do with the fiber content)......

      Another answer might be just incorporating the raw leafy greens into your very small portions.....one portion of protein, one of vegitation and one of.....carbs?

      Yahoo Food and foodnetwork.com also have some really good recipes....I go there when Im out of ideas for good stuff :-)

  41. QUESTION:
    could i get any weight loss advice?
    i am almost five foot one and weigh 105 pounds. i realize that i am not "fat" but i am definitely still not thin. all i'm aiming for is about a five to ten pound weight loss, but i have a little dilemma. i just recently lost ten pounds in eleven days from being really sick, and while i drank a lot of orange juice, i ate a total of four bananas with some organic peanut butter over that entire time. what i'm wondering is, how do i keep this weight off and continue to lose more while beginning to add more solid foods back into my diet? i have started out slowly by eating steamed and raw vegetables and fresh fruits, and i have stayed the same weight for these last three days. i plan to start exercising again tomorrow, with my usual routine of 45 minute cardio sessions, but will this be enough to not gain the ten pounds back if i start eating actual meals? and could i start incorporating olive oil, nuts, nut butters, legumes, and sea salt back into my diet, or should i wait for another couple of weeks or so? i am vegan, by the way, and mostly refrain from grains as well. thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Unfortunately, I think it is very likely that you have only lost water weight as you likely don't have more than 20 pounds of fat so it is nearly impossible for you to lose 10 pounds of fat in 11 days. It is possible that you lost a couple of pounds of fat AND muscle in addition to a greater amount of water. The more muscle you lose, the more difficult it is for you to lose fat. My recommendation is to focus on muscle development by eating "clean" and eating protein (which can be difficult as a vegan). Keep working out!

  42. QUESTION:
    Can you please give me your opinion on my weight loss plan/diet?
    This may be a little detailed for some but can you please bear with me as i really would like some honest opinions.

    I slowly put on weight during my final years of school because i stopped sports to study and my eating habits did slip to being unhealthy.

    My weight has been the same for about a year.

    I'm female, 18 and 167cm.

    I have been working full time for 7 months (earning money for uni). I work an average of 50 hrs a wk. my weight has remained constant over that time even though i have been off and on trying to eat healthy and exercise more. it has actually dropped 3 kgs since i left school. BUT i have noticed that i've lost muscle tone and put on fat on my stomach. this is because i find it hard to put exercise into my day given that 2-3 dys a wk i leave home at 7.15 am and get back at 9.15pm... with an hrs break between jobs in between. i am also prone to eating badly sometimes.

    So anyway... too now.

    I started the meal replacement diet optifast 5 days ago. I was 78kgs and now i am 73kgs. My diet consists of:

    1/2 cup (uncooked) of porridge, made with water.
    3x cups green tea
    2x optifast shakes
    2x cups raw vegetables
    about 1.5L water from the tap

    which is exactly what the optifast diet recommends minus 2 tsps oil (because i don't cook the vegetables)

    i feel okay but i am concerned at the rate of weight loss 1kg each day seems extreme to me. it makes me happy but i wonder if i am damaging my body?

    i know that people regain the weight after going on these crash diets but i am confident that i will not because i know how to eat well and i have made a decision to ditch the foods which i know were making me fat and also my working hrs are being reduced so i will have more time to exercise (i love bike riding and lifting weights).

    the quick results and convenience of this diet have made me more determined, positive and happy with myself. because i have been able to stick to the diet so far i feel more confident in my willpower. i feel like my attitude to eating has changed for the better. my friend even said that i sounded completely different and determined about my weight than ever before. i believe and have planned on eating right after i go off the shakes and having already lost weight i know that i don't need to eat bad food (where as before i would just say 'what the heck' and just eat it even though i know its not healthy).

    BUT after reading reviews on the internet i am concerned that its dangerous to do this diet. what is your opinion? I would appreciate it if you read the entire thing before giving a serious answer. thank you very much in advance to any serious answerers.

    • ANSWER:
      I do feel that your diet is much too low on calories and that is not particularly healthy for you. Your body will go into starvation mode and get used to managing on a very small amount of calories to try to preserve your internal organs from too much damage and when you start eating agin you will regain weight even if you are eating a healthier reduced calorie diet.
      with these dieting shakes the optimum is to have 2 shakes a day plus a health main meal so that your calorie intake is around 1000 a day - yoors is more like 500 which is way too low.
      If you are now mor motivated and able to control, your eating I would advise you to start slowly increasing you daily claories until you get to the 800-1000 mark, then when you reach your goal weight you can start slowly increase the calories again.
      Very low calorie diets mean you body has to feed off its muscle as well as fat to get enough energy to sustain life and this includes muscles from your heart - over a period of time you can seriously undermine your long term health.
      I would like to be a bit more positive and congratulate you on sorting out your weight and giving up junk food, well done for that, but dont substitute one bad eating plan with another - learn to live healthily and well and actively for long term enjoyable health.

  43. QUESTION:
    How do you start a raw food diet?
    I'm 220-225 pounds right now and I'm 17. I gained weight from being on steroids for asthma. I lost 60 pounds a few years ago but weight loss hasn't been happening since really. How do you transition to a raw foods diet? I would like to lose 90 pounds at least before the year is over. So how do I go about doing the raw food regime? Also my friend tried it and said it was super expensive (from what I saw price-wise, I'd have to agree) so is that any way to make it cheaper? Please post information and help. Thanks. Also, how fast can you lose weight on this diet with exercise? As of right now, I don't exercise but I finally got my asthma meds straight so I'm going to start (probably will something simple like jogging or walking). So how much weight loss could I expect like per week?

    • ANSWER:

  44. QUESTION:
    How much should I eat on a raw food diet?
    just the other day i decided I wanted to try eating a raw food diet for about 2 weeks and if I was comfortable with it continue it for a month or so. Today was my first day and for breakfast I had 2 apples celery and a kiwi, I then didn'tt eat againuntill around 430 where i had 2 apples celery and a small bowl of assorted nuts. Feeling hungry around 730 i wolfed down 3 bananas. I know fruit are great for you but i'm afraid that what i ate today was too much and I want to lose weight. Also I'm afraid that I may eat to little and go into starvation mode making weight loss harder. What is an ideal amount of raw food to eat in a day on this diet?
    Well it really isn't that difficult to eat fruit and veggies all the time they are delicious, and I don't know what you mean by there is no research, because there is research and lots of it. I'm doing this because I want to feel the increased energy you get from eating raw healthy foods there is no facade in that.

    • ANSWER:
      Fruits are good for you, but like everything else, in moderation. You need to incorporate some protein into your diet as well. Bananas are full of carbs and I wouldn't recommend eating 3 of them at night if you're trying to lose weight. I think you should definitely reconsider the whole "raw food diet" facade and just eat lean and exercise if you can.

  45. QUESTION:
    BEST WAYS TO LOSE WEIGHT WHEN BEING 13 YEARS OLD?
    I am 13 years old, i weigh 54-58 kg (I've weighed myself on different weighers and they all have different outcomes) i have tried eating 6 small meals a day, drinking ice cold water with lemon, eating raw foods only, but always seem to cheat on the diet. The longest I've been on a diet is 3 days. I have tried exercising but sooner or later i stop. I did 30 minutes exercise on the treadmill. The first 10 minutes i do lvl 6 on the treadmill with 2 dumbbells in hand. I think they weigh 1.5 kg each. Can someone tell me how to lose weight everywhere. But i would really like to lose weight on my arms, stomach, thighs. I would be really happy if you could tell me how to stick on my diet. I've tried remembering how I'm going to turn out in the end but it never seems to work. I really want to lose a lot of weight right bout the end of the year. Please don't suggest pills or anything involving spending a lot of money. I've literally spent hours each night on bout every single weight loss website. I know it will take a lot of will power to stick to the diet, but i hope you can provide some tips to stick to it and diets that won't make me feel hungry. Thanks for reading my question.

    • ANSWER:
      You're thirteen, focus on just being generally healthy and getting through puberty before you try any crazy workouts.

      You're not morbidly overweight, don't worry about it.

  46. QUESTION:
    couple of weight loss questions?
    Hello :)
    I have been posting questions here for a while, so I just figured I'd put them all together, in one. And ask some more :)
    I am a 24 year old girl, 51 kg, 159 cm. I have been doing weight lifting (every day, about 2.5 hours a day) for two and half months, and have been protein dieting for 5 weeks (lost 6 kgs in the proces - I started out with 57).
    I stopped the diet three days ago. I want to, however, lose 3-4 kg more. I started a new diet, the same day, that looks like this:
    - 1 kg fruit (split in 5 portions, at 7am, 9am, 11am, 1pm, 3pm)
    - 2 eggs
    - one portion of carbs (rice, potato)

    from 3pm till 7pm
    - one protein portion (chicken, fish)
    - one vegetable salad (no dressing, no oil) or boiled vegetables (no oil, no butter)

    I also still go to the gym, 2.5 hours the least a day, I started rope jumping (about 20 minutes) and I walk everywhere.

    So... Here are the questions:

    1. Do you think this is enough? For me to lose about 4 kg in about 2 weeks maybe? Or less?
    2. Is it possible that I won't be able to lose any weight? My gym coach claims so, but I am hoping it's just cause he liked his diet plan more, and wanted me to stick with it.
    3. Is there such a thing as too much fruit? And can I have one fruit at night, in case I go to the gym later? Like, one fruit after 2.5 hours of weightlifting?
    4. Is there such a thing as too much protein? Can I gain weight for eating more than 150 grams of protein foods?
    5. Gum? Good? Bad?
    6. Any other exercise ideas? I will be biking as well, just not every day, as the weather has not been good yet.
    7. Any ideas so the fat from my stomach would go down faster? Can you target one body area at all?

    Thank you SO much in advance!

    p.s. I am also hoping to have one day a week (at least) eating only raw fruits and vegetables. Good idea? Bad?
    I plan on eating healthy after I finish the diet as well. I'll keep the weight I get to, if I lose fat and not water.

    • ANSWER:

  47. QUESTION:
    Weight loss conundrum?
    I know there are a lot of weight training vs. cardio questions here already, but I'm hoping to get some insight on my 'case'.

    I'm 5'3 and grossly overweight. I weigh 73 kgs right now, and my target is 55 kgs by the end of 6-7 months. I'm 23, so I'm hoping I'll be able to achieve my target more efficiently than older people who find it difficult to lose weight.

    I joined the gym about 2 weeks ago and the exercise has been a blessing. It makes me feel so much better and has even curbed my depression greatly, but I've not lost any weight whatsoever yet, and that's such a downer. I'm stuck at 73 kgs (even reached 74 kilos in the middle) in spite of working out 6 days a week, with my routine being weight training and cardio every alternate day.

    In short, I do 3 days each of cardio and weight training in a week. I don't eat unhealthy stuff; my diet is restricted to approx. 1200 calories a day, most of which comes in the form of lightly cooked and raw veggies, fruits, and protein in the form of lots of 'dal' (pulses). I also eat fish once in a while and have stuff like muesli and multi-grain crackers for breakfast. My food is cooked in healthy, but minimal vegetable oils like rice bran oil- I consulted a dietician, and she says my diet is not a problem.

    Even my trainer believe I should have lost *some* weight by now. I've asked both him and the dietician why I'm not losing weight, but they're pretty much at a loss for words too. For the record, I have no thyroid disorder or any condition that makes weight loss difficult.

    However, I suspect I've been building muscle at a far quicker rate than I've been burning fat. I'm not against weight training at all- in fact I love it more than cardio, but I hate it when I don't see any tangible difference on the weighing scale. Should I try to burn fat first and then tone up, or stick with my current 3/3 regime?

    Any advice on boosting my weight loss process would help. I want to be a toned 55 kg woman rather than a toned 70 kg woman with less fat.
    Thanks for the replies so far. It's ties in with pretty much what I'd believed, i.e. I'm building muscle faster than I'm burning fat. I'm hoping this lame plateau stage will stop because I'm more keen on reducing weight first and then toning up rather than becoming toned right away and burning fat all too slowly.

    • ANSWER:
      Its possible you're gaining muscle faster than burning fat, in fact, that will almost always happen when starting a new workout regime after not having done much before. Depending on the weight lifting exercises, you may want to tone down on the weights, be it less often or lighter weights and focus more on the cardio. All in all though, you need to have muscle to burn fat. The more muscle you have, the more fat is burned off. So, cutting strictly to a cardio workout, may not help as much as it sounds.

  48. QUESTION:
    Weight loss while taking Whey Protein Isolate?
    I am just wondering if taking Whey Protein Isolate after my workouts is going to hinder or help my weight loss, more specifically fat loss. I started out in late October around 230 lbs and am now down around 210 with the help of OxyElitePro. I have "Plateaued" at 210 for nearly 2 weeks now.

    The protein I am taking is "Isopure", which doesn't have a lot of the added sugars, artificial flavors and colors, and useless minerals like the cheaper brands have. I started taking about 1/2 the recommended protein dose yesterday, and also have begun taking Jack3d before working out. I am CAREFULLY spacing the supplements out to avoid a caffeine overload.

    I also mix a tbsp honey and tbsp of Bragg raw apple cider vinegar with 10 ounces of water prior to workout, and also take a tbsp of raw, unfiltered Coconut Oil prior to workout.

    My workouts consist of running between 4-7 miles at a moderate pace one day, and weight training in the gym for a little over an hour the following day. Usually take 1 or 2 days off per week, not always consecutive.

    By taking this half-dose of protein after workouts, will I be able to gain lean muscle and still burn off the fat? I am not a hard core body builder looking to "bulk up," I just want to have a good body once again, and work my way down below 180 lbs where I belong. All the magazines and websites tell me the more muscle you gain, the easier it is to burn fat.

    My diet is far from perfect, but I have all but eliminated junk food and fast food.

    Any thoughts?

    • ANSWER:
      I have wasted lots of time, and energy, not to say money...in trying to find out
      the perfect solution...all by myself. Everything changed when I joined a
      weight loss program.

      Maybe you should too ;-)

  49. QUESTION:
    Is it wise to be on a raw food diet when you have Spina Bifida?
    I just started a raw food diet on monday, as more of a cleanse and weight loss starter than anything and I have spina bifida, complete with all the bowel incontinence issues. I've been noticing a change in that respect, not necessarily for the better. I've been feeling fantastic physically, but I'm wondering if this isn't a good idea, given my physical condition. I was planning on only doing this for 2 weeks, and then slowly adding back some cooked, healthy things in moderation and within reason.

    Any suggestions? I'm typically a meat eater, which is what got me into this weight problem in the first place. I'm a trained chef so I see this becoming a drag after the high wears off. HELP!

    • ANSWER:
      Not the best ideal, but you should have talked to your doctor before you started this.

  50. QUESTION:
    Is this a healthy/weight loss diet, for someone without much money?
    Every morning I have about 1/2 cup of oatmeal I make the night before, using steel cut oats, a little splenda and cinnamon. Sometimes I add a little brown sugar-splenda mix for variety. About 1/2 cup Kefir lowfat pomegranate smoothie, and 1/2 cup frozen organic strawberries, raspberries and blackberries (I prefer frozen for the long shelf life, cheap price at BJs and the illusion that I'm eating some kind of ice cream or icy , they're so good!

    I also enjoy two mugs of coffee with just enough splenda to mask the bitterness and a dash of fat free half and half.

    For lunch I have a plain tuna sandwich, 1/2 can tuna in water with two slices whole grain bread (Giant Eagle brand), and about 1 cup of fresh raw broccoli, plain. I am a big fan of sweet potatoes, sometimes I'll replace some or all of the broccoli for a small plain one.

    I drink about three brewed mugs of green tea with lemon throughout the day.

    For what I call second lunch I have a turkey sandwich, same bread as before, with three thin slices of oven roasted turkey, a Laughing Cow garlic and herb cheese wedge spread, pickles and occasionally a bit of Newman's Own light honey mustard. Another cup of raw broccoli, too (it's my favorite).

    If I'm ever feeling snacky I'll eat a little bit of raw, unsalted almonds.

    Then dinner I make baked chicken with garlic, chili powder (cayenne only), oregano and parsley. I like it with either whole grain pasta or brown rice, and mixed veggies (cooked broccoli, carrots, yellow and red peppers in an extra virgin olive oil and herb sauce). Occasionally I'll skip the brown rice or pasta for two cheese stuffed big shells (big frozen bag from BJs for pretty cheap, and my husband loves them) baked in my E.V. olive oil, garlic, parsley and oregano blend. It's not whole grain and there are 270 calories in the two, but they are amazing and I only have them about once a week.

    At night a drink a couple mugs of sleepy time or lemon zinger tea.

    Is this an ok "diet"? I am 5'8", a little heavy from having a baby about 5 months back, and very busy with taking care of my husband and baby, cleaning and cooking. I walk a few times a day with my son in his stroller, about an hour and 1/2 total or more if I can. I do stretches for half an hour every morning and sometimes at night. I drink lots of plain, cold water, over the eight 8oz. cups some people recommend. I take a prenatal vitamin and fish oil type combo everyday (I had a lot left from pregnancy and breastfeeding the first few months), along with two fenugreek and one milk thistle pill. I don't add sugar, salt or butter to anything. I avoid trans fat and hydrogenated oils. I know a lot of people don't approve of splenda but I am a fan, and it's pretty cheap at BJs wholesale club. I am open to trying something new. I like a lot of bland foods. The only thing I cannot stand eating are chunks of onions. I hope to lose some weight over time and set a somewhat good example for my son.

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like you are working very hard to improve your health and set a good example for the family. I am sure your scale will tell you shortly if your plan is working. The main thing is variety. You will get bored with the same dietary plan. I can see you are working hard as it is. Perhaps, there is a site that will help with the menu planning and food purchasing that is free. You could try fitday.com, join, but don't pay anything. You will find lots of help, and all that you input is completely private.


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Weight Loss With Raw Food Before And After

Written By: admin - Aug• 19•12

Anyone losing weight should be encouraged to base snacks and meals from whole food, which refers to food that has not been processed or manipulated with preservatives and chemicals. The food on your plate should resemble its source as closely as possible, like fresh chicken breasts instead of crispy chicken fingers with ranch dipping sauce.

I know what you are thinking. Whole foods taste kinda bland at first, right? And sweeteners add more calories so what is the point? Your first instinct would be to use something like Sweet & Low, or a similar sweetener that claims to be a healthier alternative to refined sugar. Even though it is not thought of as a food on your plate, it still goes into your body. You need to know how to sweeten your food safely.

Refined white sugar is harmful for any diet simply because it is so devoid of nutritional value of its own, it actually robs your body of nutrients to metabolize it evenly. Just like anything else, a little bit will not hurt too much, but your health will greatly improve with a significant reduction of white sugar in your diets.

How do you sweeten food safely without it being detrimental to your health and weight loss efforts?

Sweeten Food Safely Tip #1: Use Natural Sugars
Nutritionally complex natural sugars such as honey, molasses, and syrup are healthy alternatives to using any kind of sugar or artificial sweetener. Remember, these things come from the earth just like fruits and vegetables, and we all know how good those foods are for us on a daily basis.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Can you please give me your opinion on my weight loss plan/diet?
    This may be a little detailed for some but can you please bear with me as i really would like some honest opinions.

    I slowly put on weight during my final years of school because i stopped sports to study and my eating habits did slip to being unhealthy.

    My weight has been the same for about a year.

    I'm female, 18 and 167cm.

    I have been working full time for 7 months (earning money for uni). I work an average of 50 hrs a wk. my weight has remained constant over that time even though i have been off and on trying to eat healthy and exercise more. it has actually dropped 3 kgs since i left school. BUT i have noticed that i've lost muscle tone and put on fat on my stomach. this is because i find it hard to put exercise into my day given that 2-3 dys a wk i leave home at 7.15 am and get back at 9.15pm... with an hrs break between jobs in between. i am also prone to eating badly sometimes.

    So anyway... too now.

    I started the meal replacement diet optifast 5 days ago. I was 78kgs and now i am 73kgs. My diet consists of:

    1/2 cup (uncooked) of porridge, made with water.
    3x cups green tea
    2x optifast shakes
    2x cups raw vegetables
    about 1.5L water from the tap

    which is exactly what the optifast diet recommends minus 2 tsps oil (because i don't cook the vegetables)

    i feel okay but i am concerned at the rate of weight loss 1kg each day seems extreme to me. it makes me happy but i wonder if i am damaging my body?

    i know that people regain the weight after going on these crash diets but i am confident that i will not because i know how to eat well and i have made a decision to ditch the foods which i know were making me fat and also my working hrs are being reduced so i will have more time to exercise (i love bike riding and lifting weights).

    the quick results and convenience of this diet have made me more determined, positive and happy with myself. because i have been able to stick to the diet so far i feel more confident in my willpower. i feel like my attitude to eating has changed for the better. my friend even said that i sounded completely different and determined about my weight than ever before. i believe and have planned on eating right after i go off the shakes and having already lost weight i know that i don't need to eat bad food (where as before i would just say 'what the heck' and just eat it even though i know its not healthy).

    BUT after reading reviews on the internet i am concerned that its dangerous to do this diet. what is your opinion? I would appreciate it if you read the entire thing before giving a serious answer. thank you very much in advance to any serious answerers.

    • ANSWER:
      I do feel that your diet is much too low on calories and that is not particularly healthy for you. Your body will go into starvation mode and get used to managing on a very small amount of calories to try to preserve your internal organs from too much damage and when you start eating agin you will regain weight even if you are eating a healthier reduced calorie diet.
      with these dieting shakes the optimum is to have 2 shakes a day plus a health main meal so that your calorie intake is around 1000 a day - yoors is more like 500 which is way too low.
      If you are now mor motivated and able to control, your eating I would advise you to start slowly increasing you daily claories until you get to the 800-1000 mark, then when you reach your goal weight you can start slowly increase the calories again.
      Very low calorie diets mean you body has to feed off its muscle as well as fat to get enough energy to sustain life and this includes muscles from your heart - over a period of time you can seriously undermine your long term health.
      I would like to be a bit more positive and congratulate you on sorting out your weight and giving up junk food, well done for that, but dont substitute one bad eating plan with another - learn to live healthily and well and actively for long term enjoyable health.

  2. QUESTION:
    Does this diet plan sound good?
    Take a look at the diet plan below and tell me what you think.

    Rapid Weight Loss Plan

    General Information

    This diet is also a fast and is fat- burning. The key is that you will burn many more calories than you will take in. It will flush your system of impurities and give you a feeling of well- being. This diet does no lend itself to drinking any alcoholic beverages at any time b/c of the removal of fat build- up in your system. Go off the diet for at least twenty-hours before consuming any alcohol.

    Because each person's digestive system is different, this diet will not have the same effect on everyone. After three days, if you don't cheat, you will have more energy that before you began. After you have been on the diet for several days, you may find that your bowel movements have changed and you may need to eat a cup of bran or fiber. Although you can have black coffee with this plan, after the third day you may find that you don’t need the caffeine.

    The Basic Fat Burning Soup can and should be eaten anytime you feel hungry… eat as much as you want. Remember, the more of the soup you eat, the more you will lose.

    Definite no-no's on the plan are:
    • Breads
    • Alcohol
    • Carbonated drinks (including diet)
    • All fried foods
    This diet will not interfere with any prescribed medication. You can eat broiled chicken for the beef if you wish, but absolutely no skin on the chicken. If you wish you can substitute broiled fish for beef on one of the beef days. You need the high protein from beef on the other day. Continue this plan as long as you wish and feel better both mentally and physically.

    The Basic Fat Burning Soup

    6 large onions
    1 to 2 cans of tomatoes
    1 large head of cabbage
    2 green peppers
    I bunch of celery
    1 package of Lipton soup mix

    Season with salt, pepper, curry, parsley if desired, or bullion, or hot sauce.

    Cut vegetables in small to medium pieces and cover with water. Boil fast for ten minutes. Reduce to simmer and continue cooking until vegetables are tender. This soup can be eaten anytime you are hungry. Eat as much as you want, whenever you want as this soup will not add calories. The more you eat, the more you will lose. Fill a thermos in the morning if you will be away during the day. If eaten alone for an indefinite period of time, you would suffer malnutrition.
    Day 1
    All fruits except bananas. Cantaloupe and watermelon are lower in calories than most fruits. Eat only fruits with soup. For drinks, use unsweetened tea, cranberry juice or water

    Day 2
    All vegetables eat al the fresh, raw or canned vegetables until you are stuffed. Try to eat green, leafy veggies and stay away from dry beans, peas, corn. Eat them along with the soup. At dinner only on this day, reward yourself with a big baked potato and butter. Do not eat any fruits.

    Day 3
    Eat the soup, fruits and veggies you want. Do not have a baked potato.

    If you have eaten as specified for three days, and have not cheated, you will find you have lost between five to seven pounds.

    Day 4
    Bananas and skimmed milk. Eat as many as three bananas and drink as many glasses of water as you can, along with the soup. Bananas are high in calories and carbohydrates as is the milk, but on this particular day your body will need potassium, carbohydrates, proteins and calcium to lessen you craving for sweets.

    Day 5
    Beef and vegetables. You may have 10 to 20 ounces of beef plus a can of tomatoes or as many as six fresh tomatoes on this day. Try to drink six to eight glasses of water to flush the uric acid from your body. Eat the soup at least once on this day.

    Day 6
    Beef and vegetables. Eat the beef and veggies to your hearts content on this day. You can even have two or three steaks if you like, with green, leafy veggies but no baked potato. Be sure to eat the soup at least one time.

    Day 7
    Brown rice, unsweetened fruit juices and veggies. Once again, eat all you want. Be sure to have the soup at least one time.

    At the end of the seventh day, you should have lost ten to seventeen pounds if you have not cheated. If you have lost more than fifteen pounds, stay off the diet for two days before resuming the diet from one day.

    This seven- day eating plan can be used as often as you like. If correctly followed, it will cleanse your system of impurities and make you feel better than ever.

    After only seven days, you will have an abundance of energy and will feel much lighter. Continue with the plan as long as you wish as feel the difference!

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds bland. I wouldnt be able to stick to it. Good luck to you!

  3. QUESTION:
    Cheap/healthy/weight loss? Will choose best answer!?
    Please let me know if this is ok? I try to learn a lot about healthy stuff and I think I know a lot, but I'd really like some opinions. :)

    After waking up, stretching, and drinking a glass of water.
    Breakfast- 1/2 cup of oatmeal (1/4 cup steel cut oats, water, splenda, cinnamon.)
    1/2 cup Kefir low fat pomegranate smoothie.
    1/2 cup frozen organic strawberries, raspberries and blackberries (I prefer frozen for the long shelf life, cheap price at BJs and the illusion that I'm eating some kind of ice cream or icy, they're so good!)
    Two cups of coffee with just enough splenda to mask the bitterness and a dash of Land o Lakes half and half. I drink another glass of water before each cup. Coffee makes me thirsty.

    Lunch- plain tuna sandwich (1/2 can tuna in water with two slices Giant Eagle whole grain bread).
    1 cup of fresh raw broccoli, plain.
    3 brewed mugs of green tea with lemon and splenda throughout the day.

    Second lunch- Turkey sandwich (same bread, 4 thin slices of Hillshire Farms oven roasted turkey, Laughing Cow garlic and herb cheese wedge spread, 6 pickles).
    1 cup of raw broccoli (it's my favorite).

    If I'm ever feeling snacky I'll eat a little bit of raw, unsalted almonds.

    Dinner- 4oz. (I think that's how much? The size of a deck of playing cards) baked boneless, skinless chicken breast with garlic, cayenne powder, oregano and parsley.
    1 cup cooked whole grain brown rice.
    1 1/3 cups cooked broccoli, carrots, yellow and red peppers in an extra virgin olive oil and herb sauce.

    At night a drink a couple mugs of sleepy time or lemon zinger tea with splenda.

    Is this an ok "diet"? A snippet of my diet history: I was extremely overweight since childhood until 15 when I learned of the low carb diet. Ate nothing but bacon, egg whites (don't like yolks), baked cayenne chicken, and eventually when adding more carbs ground beef chunks dipped in tomato juice. I went from around 350lbs. to 250lbs. I dieted on and off for a long time. At 20 I weighed closer to 200lbs. Gained it all back from not having money to afford anything but ramen, and then when I could eat healthier I had a baby, about 6 months back. I think I'm around 250 again. I have really bad skin from the weight loss. I don't have a lot of money for food but I have enough. I'm very busy with taking care of my family. I like routine in my diet. It makes it easier for me to follow and stay on track. I've read a lot about "super foods" and spices that help, like cayenne, garlic, green tea, olive oil, and cinnamon. One of my questions, is that enough fruit? I know it's recommended to have more but it does get pricey. Might be doable if I need more. I walk a few times a day with my son in his stroller, about an hour and 1/2 total or more if I can. I do stretches for half an hour every morning and sometimes at night. I drink lots of plain, cold water, over the eight 8oz. cups some people recommend. I take a prenatal vitamin and fish oil type combo everyday (I had a lot left from pregnancy and breastfeeding the first few months), along with two fenugreek and one milk thistle pill. I don't add sugar, salt or butter to anything. I avoid trans fat and hydrogenated oils. I know a lot of people don't approve of splenda but I am a fan, and it's pretty cheap at BJs wholesale club. I am open to trying something new. I like a lot of bland foods. The only thing I cannot stand eating are chunks of onions. I hope to lose some weight over time and set a somewhat good example for my son. :)

    • ANSWER:
      Anyone that has been 100+# overweight is more than likely insulin resistant. Anyone that is insulin resistant, their body no longer processes carbs any more. Carbs in a functioning body goes to muscles for burning. Long term, high levels of refined carbs "burn out" the muscles insulin receptors so all your calories go directly to fat cells, leaving muscle cells screaming for nutrition. It becomes a vicious cycle. Exercise forces muscles to accept glucose without insulin & that's an option, but it requires LOTS of exercise daily. The only other option is to adopt a low carb way of eating - for a lifetime. This is a great option, eat all you want, but only of low carb foods & lose weight.

      It sounds like you are avoiding fat. It sounds like you did a low fat, low carb diet at 15 - which is not healthy. Fat won't make you fat. Fat is totally benign with minimal carbs (less than 9g hour). Fat is required for energy, satiation & fuel calories on a low carb program. Saturated fat is required for the immune system to function properly, for hormone production & 50% of dietary fats need to be from saturated fats for calcium to be effective in the bone structure. Fat is required to make the vitamins & minerals in your foods bioavailable so they can be incorporated into the body structure.

      As healthy as fruit may be, fructose, the sugar in many fruits, is the most lipogenic (fat producing) carb. You've got a pretty good diet mapped out above (other than the low fat levels) & this would be fine in someone with functioning insulin receptors but I would be very surprised if you were able to eat this carb load & lose weight.

      You can lose more body fat eating protein & fat (don't eat protein alone) than not eating AT ALL. To lose weight fast, eat all you want, but nothing but meat, eggs, healthy oils, mayo, butter & half an avocado a day (for added potassium). Keep the calories high & the fat percentage high, at least 65% of calories. Green vegetables & some cheese will continue weight loss but at a slower pace.

      The first 2 weeks eat several cups a day of (mostly) lettuce & celery, cucumbers, radishes, mushrooms, peppers & more variety of vegetables thereafter - add 5 grams per day additional every week (20 grams day first 2 weeks, 25grams 3rd week, 30grams 4th week etc) til you gain weight, then subtract 10grams. That will be your personal carb level (everyone is different & depends on how active you are.)

      Start with meat, fats & salads for 2 weeks and then slowly add in more green veg, wk4 fresh cheeses, wk5 nuts & seeds, wk6 berries, wk7 legumes, wk8 other fruits, wk9 starchy veg, wk10 whole grains. You will learn how your body reacts to different foods.

      The body won't release fat stores if you lower calories below what it needs. It will slow metabolism to compensate & store every spare ounce as fat. If you continue lowering calories, it will continue lowering the set point, til it can survive off nothing & store fat on anything. The body will only release it's fat stores if it knows there is plenty of nutritious food.

      Eating carbs while trying to lose body fat is terribly inefficient. When in glycolysis (burning glucose as fuel) you have to lower your calories (which slows your metabolism) & exercise heavily to deplete your glycogen stores before burning body fat.

      The core of Atkins program is converting the body from glycolysis (burning glucose as fuel) to ketosis (burning fat as fuel). Dietary fat levels need to be at >65% of total calories, if not, the body will still remain in glycolysis by converting 58% of excess protein into glucose (via gluconeogenesis).

      It takes about 3 days to convert a body to ketosis, (but only one bite to convert back to glycolysis). People feel sluggish the first week but most feel better than ever thereafter.

      Carbohydrates trigger insulin (the ONLY fat storage hormone). Protein triggers the fat burning hormone glucagon.

      High insulin levels unbalance other hormones. Controlling insulin levels will balance out other hormones & allow human growth hormone to be produced naturally so lean muscle will be gained even without exercise.

      Ground flax seed (4 Tbsp) 1/4 cup water, artificial sweetener, mix in a raw egg - let sit 10 min. to absorb liquid, put cream cheese in the middle & nuke 2 min. for daily fiber needs.

      As long as you have <9grams carbs per hour, you will maintain insulin control & shouldn't gain weight, no matter the calories because insulin, the fat storage hormone is not activated. Many people gain weight on high carb, do low carb to lose weight & then are shocked when they return to high carb & gain weight.

      Most overweight & obese people have blood sugar & insulin dysfunctions and can NEVER eat carbs as someone with a functioning body can. They make the mistake of going back to the way of eating that made them fat and that is not possible and yes they will gain all weight back if they eat what they ate that made them obese original

  4. QUESTION:
    Weight loss while taking Whey Protein Isolate?
    I am just wondering if taking Whey Protein Isolate after my workouts is going to hinder or help my weight loss, more specifically fat loss. I started out in late October around 230 lbs and am now down around 210 with the help of OxyElitePro. I have "Plateaued" at 210 for nearly 2 weeks now.

    The protein I am taking is "Isopure", which doesn't have a lot of the added sugars, artificial flavors and colors, and useless minerals like the cheaper brands have. I started taking about 1/2 the recommended protein dose yesterday, and also have begun taking Jack3d before working out. I am CAREFULLY spacing the supplements out to avoid a caffeine overload.

    I also mix a tbsp honey and tbsp of Bragg raw apple cider vinegar with 10 ounces of water prior to workout, and also take a tbsp of raw, unfiltered Coconut Oil prior to workout.

    My workouts consist of running between 4-7 miles at a moderate pace one day, and weight training in the gym for a little over an hour the following day. Usually take 1 or 2 days off per week, not always consecutive.

    By taking this half-dose of protein after workouts, will I be able to gain lean muscle and still burn off the fat? I am not a hard core body builder looking to "bulk up," I just want to have a good body once again, and work my way down below 180 lbs where I belong. All the magazines and websites tell me the more muscle you gain, the easier it is to burn fat.

    My diet is far from perfect, but I have all but eliminated junk food and fast food.

    Any thoughts?

    • ANSWER:
      I have wasted lots of time, and energy, not to say money...in trying to find out
      the perfect solution...all by myself. Everything changed when I joined a
      weight loss program.

      Maybe you should too ;-)

  5. QUESTION:
    I need a healthy weight loss plan, No YOYO fads I am ready to make a lifestyle change...:)?
    OK Here goes, I am a mom of 3 kids, college student in Nursing and I am trying to loose weight. I am way overweight have been to the dr they prescribe Adipex diet pills but the thing is after I take them I get a huge headache and I already have high blood pressure from the weight and I need to get it off.

    I was walking everyday on treadmill and doing the Cycle machine but I noticed my legs started getting huge especially my calves and now I hate them even more. My thighs and legs are big my arms are really huge and flabby and I have alot of stomach fat I never lost after the 3 kids and picked up pounds. I have started eating different baked foods no white foods, more raw fruit and veggies. No sweets and I only drink water or diet coke.

    I have lost a few pounds so far and I enjoy the way i am feeling and want it to be a lifestyle change Because I have really high blood pressure and want to be around for my kids for years and years not a heart attack or stroke. I really need all the advice I can get. I would love for someone to make me a eating plan and excercise plan. I DO NOT want huge muscles like my calves are so maybe something to help me loose the weight and not gain alot of muscle until after the fat is gone then maybe I can tone up.

    I am ready to change I have the right motives and my mind is made up just need some help...:)....Thanks so much and God Bless!!.....Oh I forgot to tell you my weight and build I am around 5 "2" and weigh 176. I actually dont look really huge with clothes on I dont look small but not really huge but when I look in mirror before shower I am very upset with all the fat, cellulite, stretch marks and rolls. Please help me out I would appreciate it. Oh I just turned 30 this year if that matters...

    • ANSWER:
      heya, well done for making this choice!

      you are doing well but a few tips are
      cut out the diet coke (or restrict to a glass a day or week-it depends how much you drink but try to phase it out) it bloats you, rots your teeth and is generally not nice
      walking is good, try to walk 5 minutes more every week
      also excercise doesnt have to be a chor! take the kids to the park (if they are young, if they are teens this may not be a good idea :) )
      spend a sunday walking with the family, a bike ride or start a yoga class with a few friends ( yoga is great for stretching a strengthening the muscles (making them toned without making them bulky!)
      just try to get a bit more active
      cut out sweet foods like you are doing but dont restrict yourself (the occasional piece of cake is ok but 2 is not!)
      dont cut out carbs it is sudden and is not healthy. If you can try to only eat complex carbs (wholemeal bread, brown rice, wholemeal pasta, potatoes)
      cut down on salt which can give you high blood pressure
      also food swaps such as
      butter-margarine
      are good, always have a healthy option

      (sorry i am rambling by the way)
      a typical daily plan (try to limit yourself to about 2000 cals, as you lose weight you need to cut down)

      wake up
      15 minute walk (go to get a morning paper or something, i understand if it is rainy this is not ideal but try to do some sort of excercise to do before breakfast, a excercise video is ideal as you dont have to leave the house

      BREAKFAST- 2 poached eggs
      mushrooms and tomatoes
      2 slices of wholemeal bread (low fat spread)
      fruit smoothie- strawberries, banana, 100% orange juice and low fat yogurt is my favourite but if you dont like smoothies a piece of fruit is fine

      EXCERCISE- even if it is just walking up and down the stairs at work in your lunch break for 10 mins it really does help!

      LUNCH- homemade soup (or you can buy soups which are just vegetables, make sure not to buy processed ones which contain a lot of salt and fat! and a wholemeal roll with salad a piece of fruit (also take water to work and keep drinking it, staying hydrated keeps hunger pangs away!

      EXCERCISE- 30 mins excercise it can be walking, jogging, cycling whatever

      SNACK-2 biscuits (try to pick a healthier low cal option)
      cup of herbal tea
      2 slices of wholemeal toast
      fruit salad
      (you may not want this snack if you have dinner quite early, i have dinner at about 8 o clock which is not ideal as eating earlier is better but because of this i have a snack at about 4)

      TEA- homemade wholemeal pasta with homemade sauce (chopped tomatoes,chicken and lots of veggies!)
      or
      salmon with potatoes and brocolli

      EXCERCISE- 15 minute walk or yoga or something. or if no time sit ups and press ups when the commersial break on tv is on is great, even jump rope or jumping jacks are great!)

      you may have noticed i havent included much meat but that is because i am a vegetarian but remember this is an example day fish is great and low cal, add tuna to a lettuce sandwich or jacket potato for extra protein. chicken is great grilled with stir fry. stay clear of processed and fatty meat!

      i know it the excercise may seem time consuming with a job and kids to manage along with everything else but try to allow yourself some time, a little bit goes a long way

      sorry i have written so much
      good luck, i wish you all the success, remembering if one day you slip up its fine-we all do. just carry on with the healthy eating the next day
      :D xxx

  6. QUESTION:
    are my goals right for 10lb month weight loss?
    okay so im trying to lose 10 lbs in a month. this is what i do mostly every day
    wake up (8am) and do 100 bicycle crunches (sets of 20)
    for breakfast ill eat half a bowl of cereal and odd days ill eat a piece of fruit... im not a morning eater.

    then ill do a 10min interval jumping jacks along with another 10 min interval and then go for 3/4 mile jog (7min)

    for lunch ill eat either a can of tuna if im not really hungry, or veg soup, or wrap which is made of
    tortilla ( whole wheat flour, milk, 1 egg)
    1/4 cup green pepper
    1/4 cup carrots
    little bit of green onions
    1/2 cup lettuce
    1/2 can tuna
    1/4 cup tomatoes
    and a tiny bit of cheese. probs about 10 mice size pieces.
    its mostly raw i just through it all in the frying pan after cooking the pita bread just to warm it up a little to melt the cheese.

    after lunch ill jog 3/4 mile again and then do 5 sets of 10 push ups 10sec rest in between (knee... not that strong yet =/ but they are getting really easy except the last set!!)

    and then for dinner i half what ever just small portions. (no fast foods).

    and then take my dogs for a 3/4 walk

    then eat a apple around 9pm

    before bed i do weight lifting. 10lbs. 10 sets of 8reps bicep curls. and then 3 sets of 8 for triceps (where your arm is 90 degrees behind you and you straighten it to the ceiling... )
    and then another 100 bicycle crunches.

    and a good nights rest of 7-8 hours.

    if i get hungry i usually just have a few grapes or some kind of fruit.
    once out of the week i drink a protein shake.
    i drink 6-8 glasses of water a day.
    i don't drink soda
    one day out of the week ill have oreo's with milk for my snack or for lunch... i love them =/
    is there anything else i should be doing??? ill take any advice i can get !!
    im 21 5'7 145lbs. most my weight is my chest... DD
    THANKS!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      I use a website called everydayhealth.com

      This website allows me to track my weight loss, and my calories. It also gives advice as to how many calories you need to consume in order to lose weight. It mainly sounds like you have a plan, but you need to remember one important thing. If you consume less that 1200 calories a day, you will NOT lose weight. Your body will enter a "starvation" mode and save up everything that you are eating.

      10 lbs a month is a little more than average, but I am sure it could be done. Another thing, if you are 5'7" and 145 lbs, you are not overweight. You have a bmi of about 23. The average weight of a person your height is between 121-153. So you are right there in the middle. Don't lose too much weight, it won't look good.

  7. QUESTION:
    Please help me come up with a "regimented diet"?
    Hey guys. I know nutritional knowledge is important and I AM interested, but I am preparing for military service and I really want to get fit as soon as possible and change the health of my body to better serve. To this end I would love to have something like an "ultimate diet" where I wouldn't have to worry about how much I eat/drink, or exactly WHAT I eat or drink in any given day.

    First off, some (relevant?) info on me:

    I am about to turn 20. I weigh ~160 pounds. I am about 5"6.5'.
    I run three times a day, for between 20-40 minutes on average, my goal being at least 2.5 miles every time. I do some weights and calasthenics (I messed that spelling I know) but none consistently, which I'm going to work to change. I am very committed to this goal.

    Secondly, this is the only thing like this I've seen in my cursory reading tonight:

    "WEIGHT LOSS DIET
    The program was developed in conjunction with the grant from U.S. Department of agriculture and their Food & Drug Administration. It was field tested at the John Hopkins Research Center and was approved by the Board of Directors of General Motor Corporation at a general meeting on August 15, 1995.
    It is management's intention to facilitate a welfare and fitness program for everyone. This program is designed for a target weight loss of 5 to 6 Kgs per week.
    It will also improve your attitude and emotions because of its systematic cleansing effects.
    The effectiveness of this seven day plan is that the foods eaten burn more calories than they give to the body in calorific value.
    This plan can be used as often as you like without any fear of complications. It is designed to flush your system of impurities and give you feeling of well being. After seven days you will begin to feel lighter by at least 10 pounds. You will have an abundance of Energy and an improved digestion.

    DURING THESE SEVEN DAYS YOU MUST DRINK 10 GLASSES OF WATER EACH DAY.
    Day One:
    All fruits except bananas: Your first day will consist of all fruits you want. It is suggested you consume lots of melons the first day, especially water melons.
    Day Two:
    All vegetables: You are encouraged to eat until you are stuffed with all the raw and cooked vegetables of your choice. There is no limit of the amount or type. Avoid Oil and coconut while cooking vegetables. Have a large boiled potato for breakfast.
    Day Three:
    Any mixture of fruits and vegetables of your choice: Any amount, any quantity. No bananas and no potatoes today.
    Day Four:
    Bananas and Milk: today you will eat as many as eight bananas and drink three glasses of milk. You can also have one bowl of vegetable soup.
    Day Five:
    Today is a feast day: You will eat 1 cup of rice. You also have to eat six whole tomatoes. Drink 13 glasses of water today to cleanse your system of the excess uric acid you will be producing.
    Day Six:
    Today is another all Vegetables day. You may eat 1 cup of rice today. Eat all vegetables you want cooked and uncooked to your hearts content.
    Day Seven:
    Today your food intake will consist of 1 cup of rice, fruit juices and all the vegetables you care to consume.

    Tomorrow Morning you will be five to eight Kgs lighter than 1 week ago. If you desire further weight loss, repeat the program again. Repeat this program as often as you like. However it is suggested that you rest for three days before every repetition.
    You have your system under control now and it will thank you for all the purging and cleansing you just gave it. Even more that a diet programs it is good to follow this diet once in a while to clean your digestive system and remove toxic substances that have accumulated in the system.

    ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:
    The most important element of the program is 10 tall glasses of water a day. You can also flavour the water with some lemon to make the drinking easier.
    While on program take only black coffee.
    Never more that 1 teaspoon of oil. Preferably do not use oil because of high calorific content. No fruit juices before day seven.
    Here is what happens to your body while you are on this program and how and why it works.
    Day One: you are preparing your system for upcoming program. Your only source of nutrition is fresh fruits. Fruits are nature's perfect food. They provide everything you can possibly want to sustain life except total balance and variety.
    Day two: Starts with mix of complex carbohydrates in the form of boiled potato. This is taken in the morning to provide energy and balance. The rest of day two consists of vegetables, which are virtually calorie free and provide essential nutrients and fibers.
    Day three eliminates the potato because you get your carbohydrates from fruits. Your system is now prepared to start burning excess pounds.
    Day four bananas and milk sound the least desirable. Today is the day you can have coffee with milk. You are in for a surprise. You probably will not be able to eat all the bananas allowed. But they are there for the potassium you have lost an

    • ANSWER:
      Looks to me like you are doing great on your own. I may be taking some pointers from you. Good Luck!

  8. QUESTION:
    I found this diet. I was wondering if it works.?
    Best Answer - Chosen by Voters
    Try this one. It is really effective and I've proven this!

    Weight Loss Diet Program:

    This program is designed for a target weight loss of 10-17 lb per week. It will also improve your attitudes and emotions because of its cleansing systematic effects.

    The effectiveness of this seven day plan is that the foods eaten burn more calories than they give to the body in caloric value.

    This plan can be used as often as you like without any fear of complications. It is designed to flush your system of impurities and give you feeling of well being. After seven days you will begin to feel lighter because you will be lighter by at least 10 lb. You will have an abundance of energy and an improved disposition.

    During the first seven days you must abstain from all alcohol.
    You must drink 10 glasses of water each day.

    Day One: All fruits except bananas. Your first day will consist of all the fruits you want. It strongly suggested that you consume lots of melons the first day specially water melon and cantaloupe. If you limit your fruit consumption to melons, your chances of losing 3 lb on first day are very good.

    Day Two: All vegetables. You are encouraged to eat until you are stuffed with all the raw or cooked vegetables of your choice. There is no limit on the amount or type. For your complex carbohydrate, you will start day two with a large baked potato for breakfast. You may top the potato with one pat of butter.

    Day Three: A mixture of fruits and vegetables of your choice. Any amount, any quantity. No bananas yet. No potatoes today.

    Day Four: Bananas and milk. Today you will eat as many as eight bananas and drink three glasses of milk. This will be combined with the special soup which may be eaten in limited quantities.

    Day Five: Today is feast day. You will eat beef and tomatoes. Eat two 10oz portions of lean beef. Hamburger is ok. Combine with six whole tomatoes. On day five you must increase your water intake by one quart. This is to cleanse your system of the uric acid you will be producing.

    Day Six: Beef and vegetables. Today you may eat an unlimited amount of beef and vegetables. Eat to your heart content.

    Day Seven: Today your food intake will consist of brown rice, fruit juices and all the vegetables you care to consume.

    Tomorrow morning you will be 10-17 lb lighter than one week ago. If you desire further weight loss, repeat the program again. You may repeat this program as often as you like. However, after the first week it will help your digestion and settle your stomach.

    Beverages you may consume while on the program:
    1.Water (flavored with lemon/lime if desired)
    2.Club Soda is ok
    3.Black coffee. No cream or cream substitute. No sugar
    or sweetness
    4.Black Tea = Herb or Leaf
    5.Absolutely nothing else except the fruit juices which
    are part of day seven. No fruit juices before day seven.

    Special Soup: The following soup is intended as a supplement to your diet. It can be eaten any time of the day in virtual unlimited quantities. You are encouraged to consume large quantities of this soup.
    28oz water, 6 large onions, 2 green peppers, whole tomatoes (fresh or canned), 1 head cabbage, 1 bunch celery, 4 envelopes Lipton onion soup mix, herbs and flavoring as desired.

    • ANSWER:
      This right here, "This program is designed for a target weight loss of 10-17 lb per week.", is not only utter bullshit but is extremely unhealthy and can have serious negative side effects.

  9. QUESTION:
    Crohn's Disease... again...?
    Ok, although I posted once before for this specific topic, I find that I must post again. I appreciated the advice that I received, to go the emergency room. Despite my lack of health insurance, I did that, and they wouldn't even prescribe me a steroid as simple as prednisone - after begging and giving them several samples of nothing but blood and liquid, they gave me 30 days of Sulfasalizine and Folic Acid to go with it. This would typically be ideal, but it didn't calm down anything.

    Now, to be honest, I am on my laptop and writing from my anchor, the bathroom. I am out of here ten minutes tops, and in here for another twenty. Most times, I am not doing anything but plain bleeding into the toilet, and trust me - I'm a female who thinks farts are a riot and poop jokes are even funnier, but this is actually humiliating to have to ask.

    HELP! I originally mentioned that I have lost so much weight my hipbones were disgustingly sticking out - well, now it's getting even worse. My boyfriend doesn't even like to touch me, and says I look anorexic. "Eewwww, gross..." yeah, that's something you want to hear when all you want is a reassuring hug...

    So, back to the whole hospital bit - when I went in there to the ER, they took my blood and told me I am extremely Anemic (I could have guessed that). They said I needed to be admitted immediately, and then when the billing person came in to ask me about insurance and all that, and found out that I have none - it was all they could do to get me out of there. Nice, right? I love American health systems (NOT)... and the people at PSU SHAC are also not helpful, because they don't "deal with this type of stuff" and they refer me out into the community, whose patient rosters all are full, from the calls I have made.

    Changing courses again - I resorted to buying Prednisone off of a friend. This is illegal, and I don't give a crap at this point. I was desperate, and I just did it earlier tonight. I WANT TO STOP BLEEDING!!! Other things I tried were starting a raw food diet (although I rarely eat anything at all because I am scared to - every time I do, I cramp 5 minutes later and don't stop bleeding for 20), aloe water, and acidophilus pills. I am starting to get headaches, blurred vision, and I am out of breath after 5 steps. I count twice in the past week I have fainted while in the bathroom, actually, and had to have my boyfriend, who is scared spitless at this point, carry me into the bedroom.

    I am still in the bathroom, still writing... I'm desperate. I'm scared. I've been losing blood for 2 months, the hospital will not admit me when we all know I need it, and I dunno what to do. Yeah, and this is finals week - I don't think I need to tell you how that has been going. My professors all understand, but they watch me like a criminal who is going to cheat when I leave the room.

    I'll give you the things that will help again - I am 24, female, full Italian ethnicity, university student, semi-stressful lifestyle, normally very athletic when I am well. I have Anemia, Asthma, Crohn's, Hypoglycemia, and have been formally diagnosed Fibromyalgia. Yes, I actually do have it, it wasn't a wrong diagnosis. Trust me, I went through a million tests, and I have had VERY slight loss of bone since diagnosis.

    Thanks, to any and to all who help me! If you have this or know someone who does, I'm sure you know where I am coming from!

    Signid,

    DESPERATE

    • ANSWER:
      Wow, I am so sorry to hear about your situation. The American health care system disgusts me. I don't have any advice on how to get you the proper care that you need. However...I have a little advice on what might ease the pain slightly.

      No raw food diet !! OWWIE when you're flaring. You need to stick to white bland food. Rice, pasta (rice pasta is best over wheat based), potatoes. NO SAUCES/OILS. Drink broth if you can't handle solids. NO DAIRY. Drink water if your tummy can handle it. Hot water with ginger is good. You can try veggies--broccoli, cauliflower, carrots--but they must be very steamed. I suggest only eating ONE type for a day to see if it irritates your bum.

      I wish I could help you. I am so sorry. Also, if you are taking prednisone on your own be VERY careful. How much are you taking? YOU CAN NOT STOP TAKING IT!!! You must now taper it. If you were to suddenly stop taking it you could die. Please be careful.

      I'm going to post a link for you on the bottom of this page. It is a forum for sufferers of Ulcerative Colitis. There are many of us from all over the world. I'm hoping if you post that you'll find some Americans that will have some information for you on how to get help in your state. Please go.

      http://www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=38&p=1&x=25&ord=ld

  10. QUESTION:
    Does anyone else feed a BARF diet to their pets need some info???
    I have been looking in to (and starting the dog) feed a barf diet to my dogs and cats...my dogs have always gotten raw soup bones and pig ears. and they get most table scraps, mixed with kibble...
    however after we lost our male cat at the young age of 4 to a bladder blockage...i have been looking in to feeding our other male and new female cat a raw diet...the vet told me that indoor fixed male cats get it more often then say a fixed male barn cat would. my mother also loss her indoor unaltered male cat a week before we lost ours(same food fed). So the more i looked the more i belamed the food companies that claim they care.
    also the male cat is VERY over weight. and the dogs are chunky...but they get lots od exersize....so lite diets would be helpful.

    so the question is have u read any good books or web sites with some free recipes?

    thanks in advance.
    first off CS u asume to much and are a bit of a b*itch about it....i know what caused it..i know the crystals and the male urthea..i also know that u have to watch the ash content and Magnesium ect. for males. As MY FAT CAT has had infections..i know this my cats where on the right food...
    CS SAID: Funny though, your willing to blame a food company, but not your own medical management of a cat that you have let become overweight and therefore unhealthy...wonder why that is?

    ...my cat was over weight well before i got him....and he has lost some because i cut back his food and diet food make him sick...or he won't eat them wasted even money on the crap the pet food companies sale....and like i said Assuming makes ya look like an ASS.

    Oh and what do u think our pets ate before the pet food company's?!

    oh and thanks electro....
    oh my dogs are not over weight they are just a bit chunky... it winter here it been very cold (They are not out side dogs but they do play outside for about 3 hour though out the day plus i walk them for about an hour a day....before any one belames me for that to)and they seem to gain winter bulk. they are at 73 and 75 lbs they are rottie/ border collie and 'u name it' mixes. so i figure they are about 6-8 lbs over ....

    • ANSWER:
      Basically you want to feed 2-3% daily (2% if they are pretty sedentary, 3% if high energy or are working dogs) of their DESIRED body weight. The links below all will give you some ideas and here's a sample recipe for my very high energy 60 lbs 2 year old Belgian Malinois:

      Day 1:

      1 chicken quarter
      1/3 of a can of sardines
      several tablespoons of organic yogurt
      1000 mg of ester vitamin C
      1 400 IUE vitamin E capsule

      Day 2:

      1 chicken quarter
      1 whole organic or cage free egg (with shell)
      splash of organic olive oil
      several tablespoons of cottage cheese
      1000 mg ester C
      2 fish oil capsules
      1 vitamin E capsule

      Day 3:

      1/2 can of canned mackerel
      1 raw egg
      1 raw meaty pork neck
      1/2 can of Innova EVO 95% rabbit
      several tablespoons of yogurt
      1000 mg ester C
      1 vitamin E capsule

      Day 4:

      1/2 pound of ground turkey
      several tablespoons canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling w/ spices)
      some chicken gizzards or liver
      1 raw egg
      splash of olive oil
      2 fish oil capsules
      1 vitamin E capsule

      Day 5:

      1 whole tilapia (must eat it outside, phew!)

      And so on...they might also get ground bison, beef kidney or liver, beef or venison green tripe (the intestines with the already digested grasses in it), pork hocks, Innova EVO 95% venison, canned Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover's Soul, etc. You can also give some steamed veggies every day or every other day if you like (though some raw feeders feed only meat based stuff). Dogs can be safely fasted for one day a week after they are done growing, apparently to let the digestive system rest.

      Edit: okay, so if you want your dogs that are in the mid 70s for weight to be in the 60s, try the recipes I gave. Nothing is necessarily written in stone as you want nutritional balance over time. Start gradually and slowly add in more protein sources. It's also nice if you can make friends with people who hunt or who raise chickens, rabbits, cattle, etc to get some of their scraps. The Leerburg link below gives a link to what he feeds his 65 lbs female German shepherds and he's one of the top working GSD breeders in the US.

  11. QUESTION:
    Does anyone else feed a BARF diet to their pets need some info???
    I have been looking in to (and starting the dog) feed a barf diet to my dogs and cats...my dogs have always gotten raw soup bones and pig ears. and they get most table scraps, mixed with kibble...
    however after we lost our male cat at the young age of 4 to a bladder blockage...i have been looking in to feeding our other male and new female cat a raw diet...the vet told me that indoor fixed male cats get it more often then say a fixed male barn cat would. my mother also loss her indoor unaltered male cat a week before we lost ours(same food fed). So the more i looked the more i belamed the food companies that claim they care.
    also the male cat is VERY over weight. and the dogs are chunky...but they get lots od exersize....so lite diets would be helpful.

    so the question is have u read any good books or web sites with some free recipes?

    thanks in advance

    • ANSWER:
      You will pretty much be doing TWO diets as the dog one if not right for cats. Dogs are much easier to feed a wholesome, natural meat diet because the meat can be cooked and they can eat the vegetables (potatoes, carrots, beans, etc) that people eat.

      There are Yahoo groups for both cats and dogs about BARF. Cat groups are: naturalCATS, RawPaws, rawKatz. I don't have dogs and a search will find groups for you. Be joining and reading posts you will become aware of the issues people face with the raw food and it is a great way to "educate" yourself about it.

      Dogs "convert" easily to the raw diets. Cats can be more difficult as they get fixated on the food they were weaned on and with give you a royal standoff when you try to change them.

      That said, my cats did and I persevered. I use the Feline Instincts powder mixed into ground raw organic chicken and ground raw organic turkey with liver and heart from each species (turkey with turkey, chicken with chicken).

      You can go to www.felineinstincts.com and ask Felice to send you a brochure. That gives you the contents of the powder and how to go about making the food. You don't have to use that at all if you don't want and it will give you an idea of what is needed for the cats' diet.


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"I want to lose pounds now, and when i say now, i really really meant it, I have always been fat, I feel so unaccepted, I feel so depressed, I want to be someone new, I want to be sexy, why can't it be so hard?"I want to have a slim and sexy body, being adored and looked at. I want to try an extra small size of shirts. I wanta" You may hear it from people desperately wanting to lose weight.When you are overweight, it will not give you a good feeling.Your self esteem and confidence will go down to its lowest.You feel so unpretty, you cannot socialize well with people because you are not feeling good about yourself, and you fear of being laughed by people. You really are faced with so much tough decisions in your life."Should I avoid too much cravings of burgers and pizza? Should I avoid those regular drinking of soft drinks and drink water instead?" "Should I remove chocolates in the diet?" The most difficult part of it is when you know that you are eating unhealthily but you still continue to dwell on your personal cravings.You know that your weight is demanding on you to do exercise and diet, but it is just so hard for you to do it.

Weight loss as a desire is not easy to achieve, it is but a big challenge especially when you have a lot of pounds to lose.It can be difficult for you to change from pigging out to a restricted diet.However, rapid weight loss diets are important to do especially when you want a big change in your body, from fat to thin, from obese to sexy.It must involve calorie restriction, appetite suppression, metabolism enhancement.So, do it now, you know you barely need it and have that willingness and sacrifice for yourself and for the best.It's just the beginning of a healthy life you will adopt for a lifetime.

Here are some tips to help you:

On the very first step, it is necessary to know your weight and the body's calorie needs.When you get your actual weight, multiply weight in pounds by 14 to get your daily calorie needs.When you have gotten that necessary basis, set your realistic goals now!Realistic goals mean you cannot lose 200 pounds in a month but a 25 or 30 pound weight loss is possible.Remember, when you set goals realistically you will prevent yourself to be disappointed.So work for achievable things and have the determination to do it.


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Are you thinking about losing weight and want to lose it fast?

Do not be deceived by products that promise to get you to lose that weight but have to use synthetic or chemical products to help you lose that weight. Remember that the best way to lose weight is naturally, so that it does not affect your health. Here are some quick natural weight loss tips you may want to keep in mind.

Did you know that by actually eating certain foods, you will be able to gain a quick natural weight loss? Below you will find some of these foods that you can incorporate into your diet, so you can lose that weight naturally and quickly.

Eat more raw fruits and vegetables. These foods are very rich in fiber, which makes you feel fuller for a longer period of time. Fiber also helps in suppressing one's appetite so that you do not get these big cravings all throughout the day. Eating raw fruits and vegetables is also known to have the negative calorie effect, which means that if you eat a 20-calorie carrot, your body can burn up to 25 calories, which in turn means that just by eating a carrot, you get to burn 5 calories more than what you just ate. Studies have shown that the body can burn up to 15% more calories when your diet consists of fruits and vegetables. These are also rich in vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin C which help in flushing out fat from your body.

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