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  1. Personally I think there is (almost) as much skill in creating a good parody as there is in creating a good original song. Please share your favourite parodies/funny songs to brighten up a dull March day. There’s a lot of political satire and parodies out there just now, many of which are genuinely funny (Randy Rainbow is one of my current favourites) but everyone please remember to respect the fact that other people have different views and/or find different things funny. If you don’t like what someone else has posted then don’t watch it, simples. We should all be grown up enough to not take it personally that someone holds a different view/belief. With that in mind, here’s my first offering. The video is of a local, Shetland man so I thought I should give you some local vocab to help clarify the lyrics. Hellary - junk, rubbish or clutter Constabulary - British word for the police Sutherlands - local petrol station Amenity Trust - a branch of the local council (who scrap vehicles, amongst other things).
  2. This might sound like a dumb question, but I doubt I’m alone in not really knowing very much about the mentrual cycle. I’m fairly slim these days and I have very light periods, but back when I was clinically obese I had really (like seriously) heavy periods, and I’ve noticed that most of the women I know who are very slight seem to have very light periods. I’m aware that your weight can affect your hormones so it would make sense that it could affect your periods, but does that necessarily mean that low weight = light periods and high weight = heavy periods? That seems to be a bit of a stretch, but is there any correlation? What are other women’s experience of this?
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    TGP going the distance!

    Hey!!!! I was following on your last challenge but I think the forum must have disliked that idea and kicked you off my notification list. Booo!
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    Tzippi Tastes the Vinegar

    Got to follow, because I love Winnie the Pooh! Oh yeah, and hello!
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    Terah's quest for cute animal gifs

    Following for animal gifs! Oh yeah, and seeing Terah kick ass!
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    squeakyvalkyrie seeks adventure

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    Hey everyone

    Ah, on the west coast! It’s about 2hrs drive from my home town of Fort William. Nice to have a Lady as a neighbour!
  8. I like to make paleo pancakes using bananas, eggs and coconut flour but I find the texture slightly off. I do occasionally make them using a little regular flour and find the texture much better. My question is, what flour (or combination of flours) gives the best results?
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    Random Thoughts of Randomness

    Oooooh! Sounds fun!!!
  10. I was looking for some info and thought I’d share it on here for anyone who’s interested. The article comes from Mark’s Daily Apple. Why the Variety of Your Protein Sources Matters By Mark Sisson Sometimes the simple story is good enough. I’d venture to say that simple is usually good enough, particularly when it comes to health. A good diet? Eat lots of plants and animals, don’t eat so many carbs, and stop being scared of natural fat. Training? Lift heavy things, move around a lot at a slow pace (constantly, if you can swing it), go really fast once in awhile, and enjoy what you do. Lifestyle in general? Get some sun, be with your tribe, get into nature as often as possible, inject meaning, laugh, love, and live. There—that gets you most of the way. Simple, right? Another common piece of advice is “eat protein.” And yeah, that’s true. We need protein to survive. It’s probably the most essential nutrient in existence because we can’t make it ourselves. But sometimes digging a little deeper pays off. Not all protein is created equally. Protein is composed of up to 20 different amino acids. Every protein source contains some or all of those amino acids in different proportions, so each source of protein really is different. When we digest protein, what our body actually absorbs and utilizes are those amino acids. Each one plays a different role in the body, from building and repairing various tissues, performing vital metabolic processes, acting as progenitor for essential compounds, and even regulating gene expression. We need amino acids to live. We need some amino acids more than others. We can synthesize or convert some of the amino acids we need, but there are 9 amino acids that we cannot make or convert. These are the essential amino acids, and we must consume foods that contain them. Another category is the conditionally essential amino acids. These are the amino acids that we cansynthesize or convert, but certain conditions and contexts increase our requirement for them. In many cases, people don’t eat enough of these conditionally essential AAs. They are therefore essential for most people. For the most part, animal-based protein contains adequate concentrations of all the essential amino acids. Furthermore, animal muscle meat is roughly identical in amino acid composition. Whether you eat chicken thighs, lamb chops, pork loin, salmon filets, or ribeye, you’ll be getting the same basic pattern of amino acids in your diet—including all the essentials. The same thing goes for almost all animal-derived foods, like eggs and dairy. They’re all complete proteins—they provide the essential amino acids. Plant proteins are incomplete–they’re usually missing one or more of the essential amino acids. That’s why cultures that rely heavily on plant protein end up with staple food combos carefully curated to provide all the essential amino acids, like beans with rice or beans with corn. Eating a variety of protein sources ensures you’re getting all the amino acids you need to perform basic physiological processes. So here are a couple reasons why balancing your protein intake from different sources is important. Methionine/Glycine I’ve written about this before. The crux of the matter is this: Most animal proteins are high in methionine, an amino acid critical for growth and development and overall robustness but also implicated in unchecked growth of cancer cells. The calorie restriction with optimal nutrition (CRON) crowd tends to avoid methionine like the plague, pointing to animal studies in which animals on high-methionine diets die earlier and get more cancer and other degenerative diseases than animals that restrict methionine. What I and people like Denise Minger have suggested is that glycine—an amino acid found abundantly in connective tissues but not in muscle meat—can counter the anti-longevity effects of methionine. A study (the abstract of which is sadly no longer free to view; wonder why) from 2011 found that giving glycine to rodents on a high-methionine diet extends lifespan and emulates the effect of methionine restriction. If that’s true in humans, then expanding our protein intake to include both muscle meats (methionine) and connective tissue (glycine) will make us healthier. And although scientists haven’t looked at the topic very closely yet, we have inklings that glycine isimportant for humans. In one recent study, the relationship between red meat and diabetes was abolished after controlling for low-glycine status. People with low glycine levels and high meat intakes were more likely to have diabetes; people with higher glycine levels could have higher meat intakes without any issues. In another study, low circulating levels of glycine also predicted diabetes risk. We do know that glycine is a conditionally essential amino acid. We can make it from proline, but evidence shows that we can’t make enough to cover all the tasks glycine performs. So if we want to sleep better at night, maintain the structure and integrity of our ligaments, tendons, and cartilage, keep our skin taut and firm, and balance out our methionine intake, we’d better start eating skin, tendon, bone broth, and other gristly bits. Increasing protein variety to include collagenous materials will balance out our meat intake and make us healthier. Plant Protein If we’re gonna have to eat animal protein or assemble complex combinations of plant proteins that provide all the requisite amino acids, why eat plant protein at all? Why not just eat a few ounces of steak instead of the perfect proportion of rice and beans? Variety can be good for its own sake. Some people get bored eating the same thing every day. Opening up an entirely different genre of protein—plants—will only increase variety. And as I laid out a couple weeks ago, legumes—the most popular and dense source of plant protein—offer other advantages: prebiotic fiber, minerals like magnesium, copper, and manganese, and vitamins like folate and B1. Plus, plant protein is usually cheaper than animal protein. Obtaining a portion of your protein from plants offsets the cost and allows you to focus on quality protein from grass-fed and pasture-raised animals. A pound of steak doesn’t offer any distinct advantages over 3/4 pound of steak with a half cup of black beans. If anything, the latter offers a bit more nutrient variety. Increasing protein variety to include plant sources allows more freedom when planning meals, offers fiber, minerals, and vitamins we can’t easily get from animals, and makes it easier to afford high-quality animal protein. Nutrient Co-riders Another reason to vary your protein intake is that different sources of protein are accompanied by different nutrients. A mussel might give you similar amino acids as a chicken thigh, or a cup of yogurt, but the similarities end there. The mussel provides manganese, selenium, a ton of B12, and some folate. The chicken thigh provides less B12, some niacin, a little more magnesium. The yogurt offers probiotics and calcium. You’re better off eating some of all three rather than an equal amount of one. Eating a variety of protein sources grants access to different co-riding nutrients. Like for Like Some traditional medicine systems have a concept called “like for like.” If you want to improve your masculine vigor, you eat tiger penis. If you want to promote kidney health, you eat stir fried pork kidneys. That sorta thing. Is there anything to it, or is that superstitious mumbo jumbo? While I can’t speak to the libidinous merits of consuming tiger penis, I can speak to the benefit of some other examples. Livers are extremely high in folate and choline, two important nutrients for liver function. A lamb brain is full of omega-3 fats. A 3 ounce portion of cow’s brain has a full gram of omega-3s. Since we need omega-3s for optimal brain development and function, eating an animal’s brain can help our brains. Animal skin is made up of collagen, the densest source of glycine. Our bodies use glycine to build and repair collagenous tissues, including skin, cartilage, tendons, and other connective bits. Eating skin can improve the health and appearance of your skin. A can of bone-in sardines contains easily-digested bone. Compare that to another bone friendly food, dairy. You’re getting all of the bone, not just the calcium. If there are any nutrient co-factors that help bone mineral density, they’re probably contained in the bone itself—the bone that you’re eating. I haven’t found any studies examining the effect of eating bone-in sardines on bone mineral density or osteoporosis, but I bet it helps. If you’re just eating the same cut of steak every day, you’ll miss out on the “like for like” mechanism. To sum up, protein variety is important for many reasons: It helps you obtain all essential and conditionally essential amino acids. It helps you balance out methionine intake with glycine. It increases the range of co-riding nutrients you obtain. It makes it easier to afford higher-quality, pasture-raised, and grass-fed animal products. It increases food variety and makes your diet more enjoyable and sustainable. It allows you to follow the “eat like for like” rule when applicable. What are some other good reasons to vary your protein intake? Thanks for reading, everyone. Take care!
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    Hey, welcome on board! I’ve tried to answer some of your questions below. No. You might need to take longer breaks to get your breath back but there’s no reason why it would interfere in you reaching your goals. The big fallacy about exercise is the number of extra calories you can burn whilst doing it. You will often see claims that an exercise routine will burn 800kcals or something ridiculous, but that doesn’t take into account the fact that your body would have burnt the majority of those calories even if you had done something fairly light, like going for a walk. The reality is that your body uses most of its calories just keeping you alive (pumping blood, brain activity, digesting, repairing etc) and the “extra calories we burn during exercise is a lot less than most people realise. That’s not to say you shouldn’t exercise, but rather if your goal is to burn more calories then you don’t need to kill yourself doing high impact exercise. Low impact exercise over a longer period of time will be just as effective. Strength training is different, because when you train your muscles your body needs to actively repair the damage and build more muscle, requiring even more calories. So you burn calories whilst you exercise but then also burn more calories than normal for 1-2 days afterwards while your body repairs. Obviously this happens to an extent with all exercise but it’s much more noticeable with strength training (of any sort). I don’t know what either of those are but I’d suggest you follow your doctor’s advice first, as that seems like an easy way to find out. If you increase protein and water over a couple of weeks but nothing changes then you can consider changing your workouts (assuming that there is even a reason to do so?) Ok, so I googled that and found out that it can be a sign of having had a heart attack. My advice, speak to your doctor and ask for an ECG or other tests. I know that there are tests that can show if there is ANY damage to the heart muscle, I’m just not sure what they are. I’d still suggest following her advice about protein and water to see if that changes your levels, but honestly, your doc is the person to speak to. You won’t. At least not until there is a massive difference, but even then you will be like “I think I’ve lost a little weight....”. At least that’s how it works for me, lol! Progress pictures and measurements are your friend here. Take a pic in the same outfit (preferably a bikini or underwear) once a month, but be prepared for the fact that you will probably struggle to see the difference in pics too, simply because you are looking at your self. Ask someone objective to look at them and tell you what they think. The other thing to consider is only weighing yourself once a month, or get the doc to weigh you. The problem with using weight as a metric is that muscle weighs much more than fat, our bodies retain more fluid at different points of our cycle than others, and even DOMS (the muscle soreness from exercising) can add 2kgs to the number on the scale. It’s fine to use as part of your measurements, but not as the only one. (Check out Stacy’s Success story if you haven’t already) If you tend to obsess over your weight then I would advise against counting calories anyway, as that can become obsessive too. Far better is to try and simply eat well. You mentioned your sweet tooth, although I notice you didn’t include any examples of what sweet things you like in your description of what you eat. (I’m only teasing). This is probably going to be your biggest hurdle as sugar is seriously addictive and the more you eat, the more you want. If you google “sugar addiction” or “sugar withdrawal” you will find lots of information but if you can spare the time I’d suggest watching this video.... it’s an hour and a half long (sorry!) but it explains how our bodies actually process the different forms of sugar and the effects they have on us. It’s enlightening and might help you to break your habit. When it comes to cutting calories (but not counting them) it can be very, very hard to know if you’re eating too little, enough, or too much but if you try to focus on eating unprocessed foods then you are likely to eat fewer calories by default. A calorie is not always a calorie, you can absorb all the calories from a glass of apple juice, but if you were to eat the same number of calories as raw apples then you wouldn’t be able to access all of the calories because the sugars are bound up in fibre. High fibre foods are your friends for this reason, as well as the fact that they fill you up, and are vital for the health of your digestive track. Another thing to consider is Intermittent Fasting. This allows you to eat normally during you eating window while still reducing your overall calorie count. I find 5:2 fasting works for me and is really easy but a lot of people find 16:8 more manageable. I find that once I set my mind to the fact that I’m only going to fast for a day it’s easy to stick to, but I think I’d struggle with skipping breakfast every single day. No. When it comes to burning calories or building muscle it doesn’t matter how you work your muscles (bodyweight, free weights, fixed machines). The issue with fixed machines is that they only work through one range of motion meaning that you don’t have to engage the muscles that help to stabilise your joints or core to work them. As I (hopefully) explained earlier, you do not need to do cardio to lose weight. That’s not to say that you shouldn’t do any cardio, just that the old myth that “cardio burns fat and weight training makes you bulky” is utter garbage! Do whatever exercise you enjoy doing, whether that’s yoga, ballroom dancing, ice skating, long distance running, powerlifting or playing with the kids in the garden. What you are doing looks ok, but if you want some more variety (the spice of life!) then you could check out the NF Bodyweight Routine or the NF Kettlebell Routine. I know there is a lot of talk out there about which workout/program gets the best results, but for the majority of us, we don’t need “the best program” we just need to do something because it all works. It’s only once you get further down the road that you need to start tailoring your workouts, just now I’d say just do what you enjoy and try to move more throughout the day, all those little movements can really add up. Have you you seen that there’s a new challenge starting on Monday? I find the challenges a really useful way of reaching my goals, and it keeps you motivated and engaged with the community.
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    Paleo Pancakes - help please!

    I used to to make them this way but I much prefer them with a little flour, they can be a bit soggy otherwise. However I have never tried adding cinnamon, this must now happen! This is was my main reason for trying it with coconut flour, to increase the fibre, and they work ok, but still a little soggy. Have you tried any of these? I don’t have any of them and don’t want to go buy a load of stuff that I may never use, although having chickpea flour would mean that I could make pakoras...... Hmmm
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    What is the best and healthiest diet for a human?

    The best nutritional scientists in the world can’t agree on this however many leading scientists advocate a low-carb high-fat diet. Personally I lean towards eating less animal products and more vegetables than the standard western diet but I don’t cut it out completely. This video is very long (1.5hrs) but is extremely interesting And this video features two cardiologists with different opinions on the omnivore vs plant based diet. As you can see, the evidence isn’t clear
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    [iatetheyeti] Battlemage Vol. I: Beginnings

    You gotta do what you gotta do, and that’s different for each person. You know you better than anybody else.
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    Severine's Post-Cancer Comeback

    I don’t know how accurate these things are but but there are calculators that tell you what time to go to bed to wake up naturally at a particular time. They might be a load of nonsense though.
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    variety cooking for one

    I was quite ill for a long time and only shopped for groceries online once every 4-6 weeks, and my solution was frozen, prepped veg. I know you’ve already mentioned peas, broccoli etc, but you can also buy frozen, sliced peppers, mushrooms, onions, kale etc. These can be really useful “staple” ingredients for many dishes or sauces and can be a LOT cheaper than buying fresh. I also relied heavily on frozen meat. You can get frozen mince (ground beef) which cooked very quickly and easily from frozen, no need to defrost, which can be a life saver! You can also buy frozen chicken breasts, cubed beef, pork steaks etc. I tend to find that pre-frozen meat needs a long slow cooking method or else it can be quite tough. Slow cookers are AMAZING for turning what could otherwise be boot leather into tender delicious-ness. They’re also very cheap to run, so Bonus! Another trick is to make soups or stews. You can freeze it in individual portions to take out later, and it’s full of nutrients because you are still getting the water soluble minerals that would normally be lost if you boiled the veg. Any butcher will have bones that you can use as a base to give your soup flavour (and goodness) or cuts of meat that are often wasted like the neck or flank, both of which make excellent soup with plenty of meat, they’re just a bit fiddly to get the meat off. I also find that batch cooking is a life saver. I will buy meat that is reduced to clear, cook it with just some basic seasoning, then portion it out into individual portions and freeze them, or portion out raw meat and freeze it in a marinade (sometimes even adding the veg that I would cook it with) so that I have an easy to prep meal that just needs defrosting and cooking. Some veg veg it might be worth paying extra for and buying from a farmers market because they will keep for sooooooo much longer than from the supermarket, especially root vegetables like carrots, parsnips, turnip, beetroot, potatoes and sweet potatoes, celeriac etc for the reasons outlined in the video below
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    variety cooking for one

    I find steaming leaves it a bit soggy for making rice anyway, I usually roast it before making it into rice. I find it has more of a nutty flavour and a drier texture when it’s been roasted, which I prefer.
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    Random Thoughts of Randomness

    But, but... there’s so much singing and dancing!
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    Fitbit Challenge anyone...?

    Has everyone seen this....
  20. Just putting out a feeler to see if anyone fancied taking part in a Fitbit challenge? Maybe taking on one of the Yosemite Races. They’re pretty short, just a few days but could be fun.
  21. Why is that that sportswear for women seems to only consist of skin tight, figure hugging leggings (or yoga pants)? I don’t always want my figure to be on display to every curl bro in the gym, especially if I’m going to be squatting or doing deadlifts (not that I’m doing those right now, but...). I’m quite tall, my inside leg is 32”, so finding workout clothes is already awkward but I’m seriously getting fed up with not being able to find a single pair of track pants. My figure is hardly “yoga pants and crop top” material, but even if it was I’d like to have the option of wearing something that didn’t make me look like I was flaunting my figure, y’know? #fed-up
  22. Ok, so this is not training related at all, but it would be interesting to hear other women’s perspectives on the sexism and unconscious bias they experience every day. I recently posted in the Smite thread about going to a shop to buy some fishing rods for the kids and the guy serving spoke only to my bf, who knows nothing about fishing and was only in the shop with me because we were in town together. Now, this isn’t the greatest crime ever committed, but it happens All.The.Fricking.Time. Men constantly turn away from me to answer my boyfriend when I’m the one who asked the fricking question in the first place! It’s got to the point that my bf is starting to look like a rabbit caught in the headlights every time it happens. You can see him sweating and thinking “I have nothing to do with this conversation, leave me alone, talk to her coz she’s getting mad!” The thing is that my bf was totally unaware of it happening to begin with, he’s only aware of it now because he’s had it pointed out to him, and I’m sure that 99% of the men who do this are totally and utterly unaware of the impact of their actions, but that’s the problem. Unconscious bias/sexism is the hardest to fight because the offender has no idea that they’re causing offence therefore there’s no reason to examine or change their behaviour. Another common experience is when when people ask me “Don’t you mind Colin having all these snakes in the house?” when the reality is that many of them are mine, but everyone assumes that they must be his. I mean, a woman can’t possibly like reptiles, huh? So ladies, what form does the unconscious bias/sexism take in your life?
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    Sexism and unconscious bias

    Oh, do you mean homophobia as an actual phobia? Sorry, guess that was kind of obvious, huh?
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    Sexism and unconscious bias

    Sorry, I don’t follow...
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    Sexism and unconscious bias

    @scalyfreak - sad but true On a side note, I've always wondered if those guys who (lets face it) hate gays feel that way because they know how they look at/treat/objectify/degrade women and are horrified at the thought of being on the receiving end of that same attitude.