What supplements do you take and why?

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Vitamin D because I’m not out as much as I’d like to be. I live in England.

Multi vitamin because why not?

Creatine for the athletic benefit in the gym.

Protein powder to hit a rather high daily protein target.

Zinc because I may or may not be deficient in it and it was around the house.


– Fish oil because supposedly it helps bipolar people and although I take my antipsychotics I’m trying to do everything possible to help myself. If it does nothing but give me expensive pee oh well at least I tried

– A multivitamin to be nutritious

– 50,000 units of Vitamin D once a month because I’m deficient. Idk why my doc doesn’t prescribe it as a daily dose lol. I take it when I give my dog his monthly flea/heartworm stuff and my dog likes that we take our meds together so whatever it’s kinda cute


I take vitamin d3 between 2000 and 4000 iu every day – vitamin d deficiency

Magnesium glycinate between 100 and 400mg – helps absorb vitamin d and great for sleep, good for anxiety. Cycle this about 4-5 days a week.

Fish oil 1000mg – this complements the above, especially vit d. There’s just some synergistic impact that I can’t put my finger on but it’s there. Great for joint pain that I have after workouts and good for mood.

Vitamin C 500mg- 1g. I’ve thrown this in here because I take it every now and then. Great for mood boost but does cause gastro issues when taken for long periods, that’s just my personal experience. On the off chance it’s great, maybe take it once or twice a week.

I take the above mostly because I can’t always get it through diet, vitamin d as I live in England (enough said). Magnesium glycinate as magnesium is commonly low in diet and glycine which is great for when eating meat. Fish oil as I only have fish on the off chance. I tend to eat lower amounts of fruit but eat plenty of veg so I could probably do away with the vitamin c that’s why I only take it every now and then.


Centrum for men. I was worried when I was dieting that I wasn’t getting everything I need.

I’m HIV+ so I worry a bit about these things.


I know this doesn’t answer your question but I don’t take any. This is from someone that runs 30-40 miles a week plus some body weight exercises and 50 years old.
I believe that if we eat nutrisiius food, we will get everything from it.
So I eat lots of prime meat , chicken and chicken liver, lots of dark leafy vegetables. Oily fish like sardines or mackerels because they are wild caught and smaller fish, butter (love kerrygold), eggs.
I prioritize protein to satiety then add the carbs which is usually leafy vegetables. Being outdoors takes care of my But D.


How do competitive eaters have the capacity eat as much as they do? Mainly referencing youtubers .

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This is a 100% true comment… I entered an eating contest at a local bar, ate so much in such a short period I ruptured my stomach.

Rushed to the ER, 13 days in the hospital and a hell of a story. They basically has to open me up, scoop all the food out and put me back together. People I tell think I made this up till they see a 8 inch scar down my stomach


Matt Stoney is nuts


It is psychologically jarring to me to watch eating competitions. Everything about is wrong.


You’ll be surprised how much weight the human stomach can hold if fully stretched and the weight lacks volume.

There’s a reason competitive hot dog eaters soak the buns in water, it decreases the total volume.

I’ve done plenty of eating competitions, here’s my list of tips:

-Stretch your stomach with low calorie veggies and liquids.

-Marijuana helps massively.

-Go into the competition with low blood sugar.

-Eat fast and use hyper palatable foods to get you through roadblocks.


It’s easy to stretch your stomach to increase capacity but people do die from getting it wrong.

One technique is to drink large volumes of water but this can lead to hyponatremia and death.


One brand of green lentils I buy says 7g per for 100g, another says 22g per 100g. Online I can only find info on nutrition by cup, not weight. Which one sounds like it’d be correct?

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7 is cooked, 22 is uncooked.


Gosh do I hate when nutrition info is given in cups lol. For lentils it doesn’t matter much, but a cup of anything else can vary significantly in mass


Because lentil will absorb water so 100 grams dry may become 300 grams after cooking, in both cases nutritional value is the same. so you need to pay attention cooked/ raw/ dried/ frozen etc.


Can you link both products please?


The pink/red ones cook in 10 minutes compared to 30-45 with green ones.

Both equally tasty, versatile and healthy!


Any health benefits that you guys know of from eating pumpkin?

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Well it’s a vegetable. The fiber, vitamins, and volume are all good for you.


Lol. Every vegetable has health benefits… Of course it has vitamins ??????

Specifically it is high in vitamin A. It has antioxidants. All vegetables are good for your skin. You won’t start glowing if you eat lots of pumpkin though. If you want nice skin you need to have a healthy diet, consistently. That means variety.. Eat the rainbow.


I heard that pumpkin seeds are good for the prostate. Either from the oil itself or from the amount of zinc that is in the seed


Lots of Vitamin Orange.


Yeah it is good for you. Feed a man pumpkin while you feed his brother nothing. Within six months you will see who has a healthier skin.


Nutritious spices?

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My question is, is the quantity not WAY too small to have any beneficial effect?


Nutritionfacts.org has many interesting articles and videos on spices and the benefits.


Spices in general are an extremely healthy addition to any diet. Each spice has different positive qualities. Basically they’re all excellent.

There are many traditional applications of spices that have a medicinal/health promoting purposes such as; thyme tea for colds and flus, mustard plaster for coughing, oregano oil for infections etc. Rosemary on grilled meat reduces the carcinogen compounds that form from high temperature cooking. Turmeric has anti inflammatory properties.

You’ll need to read up on individual spices for specific benefits but adding a wide variety of them to your meals is absolutely fantastic.


Turmeric is a must for me


Throw some garlic in your eggs as a base. Doesn’t make them too italianish and garlic is great for your gut. It works in a ton of different dishes.


What are some foods you just refuse to substitute?

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I like this question. My answer is honestly most foods at this point.

I spent a ton of years substituting ANYTHING I could to opt for a lower calorie or lower carb or lower fat alternative. I’d eat gluten free vegan mac & cheese that tasted like shit to me. I’d eat low carb bagels and scoop out the inside of them. I’d eat low calorie versions of all of my favorite unhealthy snacks. I’d eat halo top instead of ben & jerrys. At one point I even tried to find lower carb WINE to drink. I love wine, and the lower carb versions I found were sinfully bad.

I didn’t even lose weight sustainably with that mindset of “higher fat or calories or carbs = bad, always replace if possible with a “lower” option”. I just felt exhausted all the time and deprived and missed being able to just say yes to eating certain “cheat” foods I loved.

When I completely shut off that substitute mindset and started eating whole foods, mostly plant-based (foods where there is no “substitute”), weight came off sustainably. I was also a lot happier. I ate that way 80-90% of the time when I was losing weight. The other 10-20% of the time I just enjoyed – in moderation – the less healthy foods I love. Two scoops of Ben & Jerrys on a Friday night? sure. Annie’s Mac & Cheese on a Sunday for lunch. sure. A normal bagel toasted with cream cheese for brunch with my friends some weekends? yes. A glass or two of my favorite wines when I go out for a date? Absolutely.

I lost a ton of weight with absolutely zero substitutions. Just my two cents, I know that isn’t the right approach for everyone!


Cauliflower rice for, well, rice. No thank you.


Potatoes. You’ll have my ass before my carbs.


Parmigiano reggiano.

Fat free cheese. I’d rather eat small portions of the real thing.


Any full fat dairy product.

I went most of my life with low-fat and non-fat dairy products, and margarine instead of butter. I’ve been eating real butter for awhile, but just this past year I’ve discovered how much better tasting, and satisfying, full fat cheese, yogurt, and milk really are. Never going back.


Diet, Exercise, Lifestyle, and Mental Distress among Young and Mature Men and Women: A Repeated Cross-Sectional Study

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No surprises here.

High caffeine consumption -> low quality sleep -> worse mental health.

High fast-food consumption: likely a symptom of being short on time and/or not having a living situation with good kitchen access, or a lack of cooking skills. So probably the mental distress and fast food consumption have a common root, in addition to whatever distress the food might be causing.


>Dietary and nutrient consumption patterns were evaluated using the validated Food-Mood Questionnaire (FMQ).

Another useless study.


If you could create the most nutritionally dense meal, what would it look like?

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Broiled salmon with skin over a bed of steamed kale and spinach with mashed sweet potatoes on the side and sautéed onions and mushrooms over the top of it all.


mine would be a giant salad! pick and choose from each section, i think it would cover a lot of macros, not sure about the micros tbh 😳

start with a bed of greens then add

bell pepper,

cooked veg:
sweet potato,
brussel sprouts,




sunflower seeds (really any seed),
cashews or other nuts

idk this is based on someone who bounces from vegan to pescatarian every couple months.


I guess I would say a piece of salmon with a sweet potatoe and a mixed salad with spinach carrots peppers tomatoes onions little olive pile and lime juice




what im eating rn each meal (ideally)

rice, pinto beans, fried eggs, some ground beef/chicken, kimchi, whole milk, blueberries, avocado

you could probab add some more veg/green of choice, and sub ground beef for higher quality meats if ur budget allows


Why Can Soldiers still fight hard while starving for days to weeks (even months) while athletes would have failures in performance even with just a slight change in diet in their own sports? That even just taking out a cup of milk would cause immediate change in performance at an event?

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I can speak to the athlete’s perspective, but not the soldier’s –

Having a change in my diet when I was competing would not be catastrophic – however, at the highest level of competition, an added second to a mile can be seen as catastrophic.

With the marine example above, most marines could probably hike me know the ground with a 60 pound ruck. However, never in a million years would I expect any active duty soldier to be able to beat me in a mile or 3 mile race unless they were a highschool phenom before becoming a soldier.

Athletics are short, specialized maximal effort bursts. Even a marathon is short compared to a march or a prolonged battle. I could run a marathon hung over and starving, but I could not compete with other athletes in that state.

Soldiers are competing to survive, not to be the top performer on any given day.




A generalized soliders diet is high in carbs and latent energy while also having a wide variety of job performance from poor to mindblowing while utilizing changing muscles for same tasks; while an athelte is measured in exact moves with the exact same muscles strained repetedly, extact type and amount of energy vs body state with as little excess of anything as possible, and perform 110% every time.

Laymens terms a solider is bulked with spare enegry to survive while an athelte has exactly enough to perform the absolute best once to three times.


Many of the soldiers I knew kept going on a steady diet of caffine, nicotine, and hatred


Not a soldier or an elite athlete, but I play multiple sports at a higher level than most 40+ year olds, and I find that poor eating and sleep (and alcohol) tends to hurt my tennis game the most, followed by snowboarding, then cycling, then hiking.

In my experience it’s the precision control and coordination that most heavily relies on nutrition, followed by peak power, followed by endurance, followed by just general exertion. I can slog through a long/steep hike after some drinks and not enough sleep, but one beer the night before can make the difference between winning and losing a morning tennis match.

Most soldiering is about just general endurance combined with a moderate level of power and precision, so I would expect it to be less reliant on strict nutrition.


Healthy Swap-Out Ideas

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Roasted chickpeas instead of chips. You can season those little things with practically anything. Sweet, savory, salty, you name it. My fave is to heat up vinegar to almost a boil, take off of burner, then add a can of chickpeas (drained and rinsed first) to the pot of vinegar for about 30 mins. Then drain, coat with a bit of oil and sea salt and bake in the oven for about 30 mins. Kicked my salt & vinegar chip addiction with this recipe


Greek yogurt for sour cream


Applesauce in baked goods instead of sugar


I use full fat greek yogurt instead of mayo in tuna and chicken salad. I also use it instead of sour cream for things like enchiladas, baked potatos. Saves a TON of calories.


Red lentil pasta for other pasta

Cashew cream for dairy sauces

Oatmeal for cold, processed cereals

Homemade salad dressings for store bought