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Laura Earle
@Laura Earle
08/22/13 02:38:58PM
233 posts

I have to vent. I'm having difficulties Staying on a vegan diet! Help!


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You're spot-on about the carb myths, but "lean" meat not being lean? Um.

http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/finfish-and-shellfish-products/4146/2

http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/finfish-and-shellfish-products/4174/2

http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/sausages-and-luncheon-meats/1501/2

There are much, much more. This is just what's in my fridge right now.


soaring eagle said:

well

lets not discount fats involvement in making ppl fat

yes calories are 1 thing ..but calories are esential fuel for energy 2000 calories is typical but someone who runs marathons might need 4000 just to deal with the 2000 they burn

now heres something interesting or well odd there was a couple i saw years ago they almost ate no calories bu8t took mega doses of vitamins

thier daily excersize involved moving a finger and holding up the weight of thier heads

and they were so extremnely musclebound they looked alien (since they didnt excersize exactly some muscl groups were massibve others not) thier necks looked like tree trunks ..just from head movements

forearms were like popeye..extremely exagerated

it was scary looking

but thats just an off the wall point

back to what i was saying ..carbs being responcible is a fad a gimmik carbs are turned into sugars..sustainable sugars ..reducing carbs you can create a low blood sugar situation easily

in fact fore diabetics carbs not sugars are a way better way to regulate blood sugar cause its slow and sustained not spikes like sugars cause

but fats

meats even lean meats are high in fat content this is why heart disease clogged arteries etc are such a problem

true meat eaters and omnivores that rely on meat mostly have short intestines to eliminate the fat b4 its absorbed

its the fat content more then anything thats making ppl so fat

Laura Earle
@Laura Earle
08/21/13 04:53:54PM
233 posts

I have to vent. I'm having difficulties Staying on a vegan diet! Help!


Dreads and Diets

Have a feeling that this is going to turn out just like how it did the last time I decided to open up this particular can of worms on this site, but hey, I'm not afraid of the interwebz vegan police...I just hate seeing people make such radical alterations to their diet for the sole purpose of shedding pounds.

You DO NOT have to go vegan in order to lose significant weight. HOWEVER, if you have an honest interest in the vegan diet/lifestyle, then why not go for it. You only live once.

Weight loss is a result of burning more Calories than you consume on a regular basis, over a period of time. Well, that's the short answer. You can have 1,200-whatever Calories of junk every day (I feel like 1,200 is standard for weight loss, but you'll need to talk to a doc about that) and feel like a lethargic bag of s!@# all the time. Or, you can have 1,200 Calories of high-energy carbs, lean proteins, fruits, and veggies, and feel even better than you did prior to starting your diet. Both methods should result in weight loss, but you'd also need to tailor your healthy diet (...you'd go with diet #2, right? Right? Haha) to your own needs. Factor in how much exercise you typically get per day, your health conditions, etc.

So you have PCOS? I'm not a doctor -- just an individual who enjoys studying health and wellness -- but I've heard that some people use diets high in soy to combat PCOS. Soy contains estrogen, and hey, it's also vegan -- yay?

And, lastbutnotleast, a fun fact. This kinda relates to my first point, and it's also for anyone on here who's previously referred to me or another omnivore as an overweight, unethical slob, etc (seriously, it got really nasty last time) --

I'm an omnivore with a plant-based diet. Lean meat is a 3-4x a week thing, while low-fat dairy is an every day thing (mm, yogurt). Fruits, veggies, and grains are all-the-time things.

I'm pretty active. I can kill a mile in about seven minutes and barely break a sweat. Can run 3-5 miles on flat terrain before getting worn out. I can do between seven and 10 pull-ups on a good day, and can pretty much hoop until the cows come home.

I eat between 1,500 and 2,000 Calories a day, and -- gasp -- have brought my BMI up to 19.5 (normal) from 18 (underweight) for the first time EVER, this year. The body mass index isn't always the best method of analyzing someone's weight, but I don't have a ridiculous amount of muscle, so it serves just fine here.

Laura Earle
@Laura Earle
08/21/13 12:06:26AM
233 posts

Job Interview help!!


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Slick it back neatly, pick out a collared shirt and a good pair of khakis, and practice your handshake. Good luck!

Laura Earle
@Laura Earle
08/19/13 01:38:00PM
233 posts

list of on residue shampoos?


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http://lmgtfy.com/?q=residue+free+shampoos

Any of the shampoos mentioned in the first page of results will help your cause to some degree. Even the Dreadhead HQ shampoo will aid in getting the gunk out...yet, ironically, it won't actually help *dread* your hair, as I found out long ago. And, considering its price and the array of alternatives...it really isn't worth the money.

However, none of these will work as well as Dr Bronners, dreadlock shampoo (Vicki's), or the BS/ACV methods.

Laura Earle
@Laura Earle
08/18/13 07:55:29PM
233 posts

dry shampoos?


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Yeah...using one of those would basically be spraying straight-up residue right into your hair. Completely counterintuitive.

Laura Earle
@Laura Earle
08/18/13 05:37:32AM
233 posts

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Thanks! :) And thanks for subbing on YouTube as well.

Wagosh Sionnach Matsheshu said:

Happy dreadiversary! You're so cute and funny <3

Laura Earle
@Laura Earle
08/18/13 12:00:45AM
233 posts

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Well, I'm glad my timeline momentarily captivated your interests. :) Thanks guys.

Laura Earle
@Laura Earle
08/17/13 02:20:55PM
233 posts

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I guess the idea of a timeline is to track one's progress as the months go on, so I'm a little late on this. But I'm bored right now, so here you go. :)

My journey hasn't been as exciting as some members'. Perhaps this is why it never occurred to me to start a timeline. Sure, I've seen plenty of progress over the past year, and it's definitely exciting to me, but I'm not sure if it'd be as interesting to others.

Let's begin at square one, shall we...

Used to dye and flatiron my hair. Did this for eight years. It was fun while it lasted, and I don't regret it. However, one day I realized that, after so many years of spending 1+ hours on my hair every morning, I was running out of steam. Needed a change. I wanted to do better things with my time (and money!).

The $150 flatiron was the first thing to go.

I honestly don't remember what initially inspired me to start researching dreadlocks, but I began to take an interest in them sometime in late July of 2012. Never been one to make split-second decisions, yet my decision to dread was almost made overnight. I wasn't going to dread because I thought the hairstyle was hot, nor was I going to do it for spiritual reasons. I threw the comb out because I wanted to start appreciating myself for who I was, and focus on things other than my appearance (for the most part -- obviously, I still enjoy makeup. As an art medium, at least). And, you know, save a buck or two...dye is expensive.

I put a few test dreads in and, a few days later, decided to just let everything dread. Started washing my hair with Dr. B...saw some locks-to-be forming within a month!

But then I pulled a dick move on my hair and attempted to dye it again. Goodbye locklets. :( Dyed my hair back to its natural color and started over, hoping for the best.

The bright red was my identity -- everyone knew me as the chick with the bright red hair, so it was rough to give it up. Yet, wouldn't you know, it began to take on a red-gold hue this summer, when I started going out in the sun more often. I see what you did there, Mother Nature.

After 3ish months, my hair was looking very asylum-chic, but I learned how to tie it back using matted pieces/dreads-to-be. That was around the time my "WTF dread" formed as well. How my biggest dread managed to form in the front, right alongside my face (and not in the back, where hair supposedly knots a lot more quickly), I do not know. WTF.

At around the 6-month mark, I already had more locks than hair. I switched from Dr B to BS/ACV, since the Dr B was making my scalp ITCH AND BURN LIKE NOBODY'S BUSINESS. Sometimes, I would cancel plans and go straight home from work, just so I could RAKE my hands across my scalp and scratch the daylights out of it. But there had to be a solution. I didn't freak out and think I was getting dandruff. I didn't spam dreadlocks site with frantic pleas for help. I read up on how apple cider vinegar is an old folk remedy for curing the flakes, and decided to give it a try. Did a baking soda soak beforehand for good measure. BAM. No more flakes.

My hair was almost completely locked up at ten months. I was getting a tad impatient, so I did some experimental TnR and backcombed dreads to lock up the rest. They turned out pretty rad. The backcombed dreads are doing some crazy loopage, and the TnR'd dreads have this awesome spiral-y look to them.

I TnR'd my bangs at 11 months, and they turned out fine as well. But then my curiosity got the best of me, and I tested out the crochet needle on them. Not so fine. No regrets, though. Now I know what it does. One of my bang-dreads is going to be kind of frizzy and damaged for awhile, but I'll deal. I still wouldn't judge someone for crocheting very sparingly, just to neaten things up when they get really bad, but I don't think I can be arsed to do it again.

Yesterday was the one-year mark, and I couldn't be happier. It really was time for a change last summer, and I think it's one of the best changes I've made, to date.

:)


updated by @Laura Earle: 02/05/15 10:12:49AM
Laura Earle
@Laura Earle
08/13/13 11:04:09PM
233 posts

Two Year Dreadiversary :)


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Congrats! :) Mine have helped me with the journey to self-acceptance as well. The one-year mark is coming up, and sometimes I'll think back to all the time I spent on my hair in years past and wince a bit -- I'll never get that time back! >.< Oh well. You live and you learn.

Laura Earle
@Laura Earle
08/13/13 05:04:29AM
233 posts

Hello All!


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Awesome hair! Must have taken forever to wrap them all like that.

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