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The Dragon Reborn

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About The Dragon Reborn

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  • Birthday 01/14/1994

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  1. Since you have some pounds/fat to lose, I would suggest incorporating High Intensity Interval Training. Also, for reading material in regards to nutrition and fat, especially, I would recommend some books written by Gary Taubes, who really dives into the science and reason behind the benefits of fat; I'd also recommend It Starts With Food for a great crash course in nutrition; also covers fat. It also wouldn't hurt to pick up some iron (ie, weights)!
  2. Thanks for your input! I take it then you would look for someone who would become your best advocate/cheerleader/accountability associate? I'm looking into programs that also incorporate a lot of the psychological element of coaching. I think the mind is like the glue that holds everything together when it comes to health, fitness, weightloss/gain, etc. If your willpower is a weak muscle, untrained and sensitive, then it too needs an overhaul! A good service I would consider, for a fraction of extensive 1-on-1 coaching, would simply be like 30 minute phone calls. It's not coaching so much a
  3. It involves seeding the gut with probiotics and fertilizing it with the foods they eat, known as prebiotics. As to what I specifically did (ie, what kinds of probiotics/prebiotics I used), I am going to withhold from listing them, and save the information for a book I am writing. This is just a working title (ie, not official), but it is going to be a sort of Hitchhiker's Guide to Digestion! I've cured myself of candida, sibo, and overall horrid digestion, and this obstacle is another victory to add. I say this not to boast but to prove that I've been there when it comes to feeling just God aw
  4. Hopefully you are not seriously considering staying exclusively on a liquid-only diet for the long-term! #1- ALL nutrients are essential to supporting life. #2- Performance Wise- Make Sure you get enough Protein/Amino Acids. #3- Energy/Digestion- Make Sure you get enough Carbohydrates #4- Hormones/Skin-Hair-Nailes/Digestion/Energy- Make Sure you get enough FAT #5- Overall Health/Immunity/Anti-Aging/Life Supporting- Make Sure you are eating enough PLANTS- fibrous vegetables, mainly- leafy greens, cruciferous veggies, some fruit on occasion, nuts and seeds, seaweed. But here are a
  5. First and foremost, become your own best advocate for your health. Calmly and respectively make your case with your mother. As others have noted, it is your life, and your body- the decision is ultimately yours, at the end of the day. How badly do you want to be the healthiest that you can be? Secondly, there is a growing division amongst medical doctors today. The curriculum they have been taught is outdated and small; most doctors barely receive a proper education in nutrition, and are mostly taught to prescribe pharmaceuticals instead of prevention through lifestyle, notably diet. For thos
  6. Uh-oh- FODMAPS! Tell me, were you diagnosed with SIBO? Is your gut out of whack? If so, please know that restricting FODMAPS should only be a short term blanket covering up a symptom that hopefully is being treated (and properly, too!). Resources: Books- The Gut Balance Revolution (discusses FODMAPS in detail, as well as SIBO and treatment; offers recipes and a meal plan) The Body Ecology Diet (nightshade free; may have to modify for FODMAP, but is a great source when it comes digestion) The Microbiome Diet (similar to Gut Balance) The Meyers Way Internet: SIBO Info SCDLIFESTYLE Animal Ph
  7. Grain Free/Legume Free Vegan: You have- Nuts Seeds Spirulina Protein Powder (that is free of grains; Sunwarrior, Vega, Garden of Life, and plain hemp seed protein powder would greatly help) BCAA's/L-Glutamine Nutritional Yeast Grains will not neccessarily make you fat; if they are prepared correctly, they would not even cause the damage that the paleo community often affiliates them with (I am of course referring to anti-nutrients). Also, raw, sprouted, organic brown rice prowder has a high protein/amino acid profile and is one of the most tolerable supplements to take. It can also double a
  8. OK. First things first. You are willing to eat more vegetarian/pescetarian than vegan, yes? Here are your options: Vegetarian/Pescetarian: Fish/Shellfish (tuna, salmon, sardines, anchovies, clams, shrimp, trout, haddock, halibut, mahi mahi, lobster, crab…) and Eggs. There's also Collagen Protein Hydrosolate (Great Lakes brand or Vital Proteins); can supply anywhere between 6-17 grams of protein; use it as a protein powder replacement in smoothies, pancakes, etc. You can also use Egg White Protein Powder as well. Another, relatively new, source of protein that you can find online is Crick
  9. Yes, it does help to know what you are eating. An upset stomach can mean a variety of things, and we can only surmise the sole reason as to why through what little information you have given. 1) Somewhat New Vegetarian- Dietary transition. Your body may be exposed to unfamiliar foods, and is A) having trouble digesting them growing accustomed to them OR C) all of the above. Oftentimes, people experience some digestive shift upon adopting a new diet. How long have you been a (newish) vegetarian? 2) The Standard Culprits- These are basic, easy to remedy things that can be treated without
  10. This is an offer to all my fellow Rebels. How can I help? This may seem like it is more for the Epic Quest section, but I thought it would pertain most here. My goal is to start an online business featuring a 'program' or brand related to nutrition, fitness, and lifestyle. This program is unique and thematic (I won't reveal my secrets just yet), with the goal being to help members become supernatural versions of themselves. IE- Supernatural, as you are more than what you are- you are something that transcends past normality. You are unique, with a different set of circumstances, goals, and
  11. So for the majority of 21 years of living on this Earth, I have had the WORST digestion of all time; I was a baby with severe colic, struggled to worship the Potty God throughout my entire childhood (ie, going number 2 was a difficult experience, and doctors could not pinpoint the answer as to why, and chalked it up to that oh-so-ambiguous IBS), and tried every remedy under the sun to relieve my problems; I suffered from a confirmed (via stool test) candida infection last summer, got small intestinal bacterial overgrowth early this spring, and am currently restoring my stomach acid levels as I
  12. Can you exercise too much? Yes, indeed. Actually, someone posted a similar question to yours on this forum, and I will happily copy and past my response here as well. "Hello- I am a certified yoga instructor, and will say the observation made from your fellow running friend was spot on. If you cannot touch your toes with straight legs, ie, you are bending your knees to do so, and your feet are turning out, then you indeed have tight hammstrings. You also need to open up your lower back and inner thighs. On the forums in the past, I have vocally applauded the benefits of Yin yoga- both f
  13. Hello- I am a certified yoga instructor, and will say the observation made from your fellow running friend was spot on. If you cannot touch your toes with straight legs, ie, you are bending your knees to do so, and your feet are turning out, then you indeed have tight hammstrings. You also need to open up your lower back and inner thighs. On the forums in the past, I have vocally applauded the benefits of Yin yoga- both from experience and research. Simply put, Yin is yoga practiced without sequence, focusing on holding a 'pose' or 'stretch' for extensive amounts of time- anywhere between 3
  14. I'm late (again!)- life has been hectic, filled with ups and downs, but I'm definitely back!
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