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[QUOTE=Zshock]Well I eat alot of fresh meats, bananas, apples, drink lots of water, milk. I do sometimes have processed stuff, I mean my parents cook so I'm not sure exactly what I"m eating most of the time. I'm sure it's not too bad. I have super crappy genes as far as weight goes, so I have to watch what I eat and exercise.

A recent change I made to my diet is that I don't eat big meals 3 times a day like I used to...eating like that used to make me feel tired all day long. Now I eat a lot of snacks throughout the day like glass of water, glass of milk, fruits, vegetables. I still eat my main meals, they are just alot smaller and I eat alot more snacks throughout the day...this helps keep my energy levels up and I don't get that bloated feeling from eating too much.[/QUOTE]

Hey I posted to you on another thread and while we won't talk about what happened to that one, I did mention a few possibilities as to why you changed your diet in the past and didn't see results. Yet as a body builder or in just trying to add weight, are you carb loading a lot? If so, you do understand why body builders do this, right? If you do, then certainly you must understand how [B]significant[/B] a role carbohyrates, some more than others, play in influencing our hormonal balance.

I've run into a few weight trainers and unfortunately because weight training is very important, they aren't able to make all the neccessary dietary changes to clear them, but they were able to get 90% - 95% clear through diet alone and then some added other supplements such as R-ALA, Fish Oils or B5 Therapy (2g maintence) to get them the rest of the way!

I actually ran into something that suggested a healthier way of carb loading & use of supplements to minimize side effects I could post that for ya. Also, I don't know how interested you are still, but if one day you get to a point where you decide that you would like to experiment again, here's a few things for you to think about:

If your family have any allergies or intolerances to food, you may want to avoid those foods too.

If your family has health problems that are related to insulin resistance syndrome such as obsesity, heart disease, high cholesterol, then you may want to follow a Low-Mod Carbohydrate diet (45 - 55% carb) and/or try avoiding Gluten, trans fats, and added sugars.

If your family has other hormonal problems such as hypothryoidism or digestive problems, you may want to look into diets that are specific for them or avoid some of the foods that fall onto a Food Intolerance list (as these foods are associated with autoimmune disorders).

If there's a food item, usually exception will be most vegetables, that you are eating TONS of daily or is your favorite food....I would eliminate that item first as some foods may be our favorites or induce cravings because our bodies may secretly be addicted to it (you can be addicted to bad things...alcohol, smoking, drugs). There's a possibility that you'll know if you are, if you get all enraged at the concept of avoiding your favorite foods "just to clear you" or if you have very hard time doing so ;-)

Furthermore, while it looks like we are avoiding misc. items, usually we all are avoiding foods that have already been shown to cause allergic or intolerant reactions in susceptible individuals. So it's a possibility that these foods may pose [B]additional[/B] problems for another group of people that aren't allergic, such as acne sufferers or those with autoimmune disorders (some consider acne to be autoimmune due to inflammatory reactions), yet an easy way to see the connections with what we avoid is to look at their categories:

1. Dairy = milk, cheese, yogurt, butter, lactose, casein, whey, etc

2. Grains – Gluten (wheat, barely, rye, kamut, spelt, [oat] varieties) Non-gluten (rice, corn, quinoa, amaranth, millet), Buckwheat (not a grain, it’s a fruit)

3. Fruits – Citrus Fruits, Tropical Fruits (bananas, plantain, papaya, mango, kiwi, guava, etc), Blueberries – Cranberries, the Rose Family (applies, pears, berries, peaches, etc)

(EX:) The Rose Family -
Geneus [I]Prunus[/I] – Almonds, Plums/Prunes, Apricot, Peaches, Nectarines
Genus [I]Rugus[/I] - Blackberries – Raspberries

4. Nuts
Soy nuts (legume)
Peanuts (legume)

Almonds (fruit)
Brazil nuts (seed)

Tha Cashew Family – Cashews, Pistachios, Mangos, & other types of plums

Pecans – Walnuts

5. Vegetables – Nightshades (potato, red, white, etc; peppers, chili, tomato, cucumber, eggplant)

(those are just examples to clarify that even though someone is allergic to nuts or berries, they fall under different categories, families or genuses and therefore one may not actually be allergic to ALL supposed nuts, etc. Of course this makes it easier to test food avoidance by eliminating foods within individual groups or entire groups if need be, without hopefully having to eliminate, ALL grains or all Fruits for example.)

Therefore, if you find that you are intolerant to one of the above, there are other options available. There are other grains to eat, and there's even other protein sources (egg whites, rice bran or hemp) that can replace your current protein supplements, if you take any.

Just some thoughts

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