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    Hi everyone! I'm new to this forum and came here because I want to investigate the possibilities of scientific solutions for my goals.

    This post is concerned with energy. How's that? Let me give you some background: I've got really big goals in life, long term and short term, and in order to advance towards them on a daily basis I've got to have the right strategy and - you guessed it - the amounts of energy to do it.


    I already know some about the psychological factors in energy creation. For example, I meditate, have consistent, sound sleeping patterns and breathe well. But nutrition is also very important if you are to have consistently high energy levels. I work out a lot (running, cycling, weight lifting) and thus the need for good nutrition gets even greater.


    So what's my question for you guys? The thing is this: I don't have any clear way of knowing whether I eat the right food or the right quantities of it. I figured there might be physiological factors that you could measure in order to get that information.


    Some factors I've brainstormed:

    1. Protein levels in the blood. If you are to keep growing (which is my bodybuilding goal) you need adequate levels of protein circulating in your body, since proteins are the building blocks of any cellular structure, including muscle cells. One way of doing this practically could be to measure nitrogen levels (I think nitrogen is a by-product of protein synthesis or something like that - I'm not sure).

    2. Brainwave analysis. There's a spectrum of brainwaves that have been associated with various psychological states (alertness, relaxed alertness, light sleep, deep sleep). This is a way of analyzing which thought patterns are useful and which ones aren't (for example, if you sit down and study, and your brainwaves are in the spectrum of "stressed" you're not learning optimally).

    3. Amount of red blood cells in the blood. These cells carry oxygen, which is the number one most important substance in the body. It's absolutely vital for healthy cell functioning and without it - you die. So, you maximize the effectiveness of your oxygen intake (through good breathing) and your oxygen transport system (the lungs and the blood stream), you should become healthier and more energized.

    4. pH balance in the body. There are some physicians who suggest that pH balance greatly affects us, positively or negatively. Most of us today are too acid according to these guys, and by restoring the proper acid-alkaline balance in the body you get better health and more energy.



    What do you think about this? Do you know of any cheap, practical ways of measuring these things? pH balance is easy to measure (just buy a couple strips at the pharmacy) but the rest are harder to figure out for a social sciences guy like me

    Any input is greatly appreciated!


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    Are you alive, if yes then you are eating properly.


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    Yeah right...but that attitude is for guys who just eat when and what they feel like eating (usually junk food), get unhealthy and tired all the time and have to use stimulants (caffeine, sugar and so on) to stay awake and perform their daily work. That's not what I'm after. I wanna be in top physical shape all the time, so that I can do well in business, personal and spiritual life. It's sad that a lot of people are too close-minded to try something new that might just work extremely well (some people even roll their eyes at me when I gulp down a protein shake while some ask cautiously "is it steroids?"
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    Well I eat what I want, when I want and don't excercise at all. i just eat small portions of everything I like. I've lived over 60 years eating the way I like and am feeling pretty well except for some physical problems that weren't caused by the foods I''ve eaten. My mother lived for 94 years and ate what she wanted also ant did not excercise.


    A friend of mine has been eating a well balanced diet and excercises daily, running over 5 miles but now he has knee problems and can't run any longer but now must ride a bike. He is younger than me and because of his running his doctor told him he may need a knee replacement soon also. So just be careful as to the excercising you pick but eat whatever foods you like, just don't eat allot.
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    I use to walk about 6 miles a day, work out at least twice a day and was in perfect shape. This was of course back when I was 28. Hitting over 30 I just went down hill. I retained most of the muscle, but gained a lot of weight. The good part is I can still walk that 6 miles without getting winded. The extra weight on the legs is not much fun however. I've always had the build of a cyclist (use to do that also). The large calf muscles and thin build.

    I eat once in a while. I never eat healthy like I should. My love of dark beer doesn't help at all
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    Quote Originally Posted by cosmictraveler
    Well I eat what I want, when I want and don't excercise at all. i just eat small portions of everything I like. I've lived over 60 years eating the way I like and am feeling pretty well except for some physical problems that weren't caused by the foods I''ve eaten. My mother lived for 94 years and ate what she wanted also ant did not excercise.


    A friend of mine has been eating a well balanced diet and excercises daily, running over 5 miles but now he has knee problems and can't run any longer but now must ride a bike. He is younger than me and because of his running his doctor told him he may need a knee replacement soon also. So just be careful as to the excercising you pick but eat whatever foods you like, just don't eat allot.
    Then of course if you are in your sixties you've probably developed the right habits, and you weren't exposed to the junk food culture back when you were a kid. Sounds fine, but for a guy like me, having used to eating microwaved pizzas, sodas and other "artificial" processed foods, I've had to change my habits quite radically (and I'm not done yet; my diet is turning more vegetarian as the days go by for some strange reason :wink: ). I realize that balancing is vital if you are to stay healthy, and any overeating or overemphasis on some specific training method is unhealthy for you. My purpose with this post is to find some methods of seeing whether my nutritional intake is balanced and in harmony with my body, or not.

    I guess it all comes down to this; when you max out on a number of factors with a goal in mind, you overcompensate and often times overdo it. That's what I'm trying to prevent by getting my hands on some useful methods of measuring "vitality factors" (although I do realize that just measuring a couple factors won't give me the big picture - some degree of "common sense" has to be applied too).
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    I enjoy pizzas, root beer, cheeseburgers at McDonalds,chocolate shakes, hot dogs, french fries, tacos, PB&J sandwichesm egg sandwiches, and mqany other foods which some would call "junk foods" and I'm still alive and still ear them I hust don't eat allot of anything. By just eating a little bit each time you don't have to worry about what you eat. Just don't eat the same thing daily and don't ever overeat.
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    I'm not sure we're on the same wavelength here. Sure you can stay healthy and live to an old age by having a varied diet and not overeat, but that's not my goal. I want to go further than that, to not only be healthy but to be vital, energized, have so much electricity flowing through my body that I fly forward when walking somewhere, I want to have the amounts of energy to be an inspiration when everybody's worked 10 hours and know there's many hours left to go!

    I've got so much to do and so little time (a day's only got 24 hours :x ), so I have to investigate every way possible of improving my overall health and, in this case, my energy levels.

    I'm looking for ways to identify, evaluate, test and optimize the various diets I'm going to compose. One instrument is my own body; how I feel on a daily basis (that's probably the best one too). Another array of instruments are simple biofeedback devices that I've mentioned in the original post. I'm just looking for ways to make it a practical reality.
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    i eat what i want when i want and im perfectly healthy. i jsut give into my bodys cravings, i know what my body is lacknig by the foods i will find myself thinking about.

    it probably also helps that im a vegeterian, so almost all of the sugary/fatty snacks out there are off limits
    and so the balance of power shifts...
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    Just eat everything in moderation and you'll be fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ruzz
    I'm not sure we're on the same wavelength here. Sure you can stay healthy and live to an old age by having a varied diet and not overeat, but that's not my goal. I want to go further than that, to not only be healthy but to be vital, energized, have so much electricity flowing through my body that I fly forward when walking somewhere, I want to have the amounts of energy to be an inspiration when everybody's worked 10 hours and know there's many hours left to go!

    I've got so much to do and so little time (a day's only got 24 hours :x ), so I have to investigate every way possible of improving my overall health and, in this case, my energy levels.

    I'm looking for ways to identify, evaluate, test and optimize the various diets I'm going to compose. One instrument is my own body; how I feel on a daily basis (that's probably the best one too). Another array of instruments are simple biofeedback devices that I've mentioned in the original post. I'm just looking for ways to make it a practical reality.
    If your so serious with your goals why dont you do some research yourself?
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    After you find out the type of diet you're going to have to live by you'll soon come to your senses and eat everything you like in moderation.
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    Ruzz, you aren't getting much help here. CT, I suspect has been able to pretty much eat what he wants, not because he eats little, but because he has a top notch genetic make up - his mother made to 94 after all. I would suggest that you want to take a closer look at sports medicine. They have all kinds of analytical techniques for assessing the exact state of athletes' condition. I think these would match quite nicely the precision you are looking for. Good luck.
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