Great post! I, too, had an knee injury about 7 years ago, and by getting the proper nutrients and minerals I healed nicely and quickly. It was quiet funny, the orthopedic surgery told me that I would have to have knee surgery before it was all said and done--I showed him! He said well I was lucky!
Knowledge is power!! That isn't luck!
Yea, for healing up injuries etc... you just have to clean out your body and give it the tools it needs to heal.... its really as simple as that! our bodies are not stupid they know when a muscle is torn or a joint needs repair... but its just like a house.
If a wall gets damaged you can't repair it without Sheetrock, or if a pipe bursts you CAN fix it with duct tape but its gona have a slow leak... our body can "patch" things up, but if you give it the right stuff (sheetrock and pipe) it can re-new it.
That being said, bread is just sugar (energy/carbs) it lacks any of the real basic building blocks.
Bruce Lee used to break bones daily.... he would never eat anything out of the oven and infact HATED baked foods.... because they served no real purpose and drain you of energy.
Large quantities of baked foods (bread / cookies / cake ) etc... cause huge insulin spikes (which make you sleepy , drain you of energy , and when you eat and pass out it all gets stored as fat, further causing insulin to be inefective eventually leading to diabetes / insulin dependence).
I think there might of been a time where bread had some nutritional value, but right now in modern times I think its mostly just sugar and filler.
I would like to see more oatmeal based products.
I have tried incorporating bread back into my diet (the occasional sandwich etc..) but every-time I eat it... I don't feel good and I become lethargic.
Bread rolls (like italian bread for hero sandwhiches) seem to be the worst.
Pizza I can handle for some reason, (doesn't seem to cause large insulin spikes as long as I keep it under 4 slices).
Cupcakes aren't that bad (I eat one occasionally)
cookies, I kinda stay away but I don't crave them... I have a box of oreos/chocolate chip cookies upstairs that might of actually expired because i have them open on the shelf.... probably stale as crap right now... pass them every3 ~ 4 hours and dont even notice them.
Its not about "EATING" right.
Its about giving your body what it needs... vitamins, minerals, energy, building blocks / protein / oils / etc...
I mean, I throw weight loss in there because I think most people could use the pointers... you make simple little tweaks to your diet + vitamins + minerals and BOOM you could drop 20 lb without even trying/noticing.
Weight loss has huge health advantages (lower stress on joins, better insulin levels, better tolerances to insulin) better back/relieves the back because you dont carry around all the extra baggage... better sleep, better circulation, better sex life... better everything.... (if your a guy and your 60 lb over-weight, chances are you can't even keep an erection) lol , ill be the first to come out and say I grew about an inch and a half after dropping 35 lb.
If you want to workout, number one workout should be deadlift... (i usually try and deadlift about my body weight) but really 100 lb is good for the average person.... 4 Sets of 12~15.
Its really the only excercise you need (1 ~ 2 times a weak).... but I workout chest, back, arms, and core every other day with cardio ~ 1 ~2 times every 2 weeks (I hate cardio but there are days I get sick of lifting so I do cardio instead to break up the routine).
Stay away from fad diets, the only diet plan you need is lower bread and soda consumption and NEVER eat bread and drink soda at the same time because its almost impossible to avoid huge insulin spikes.... you dont want insulin spiking too high EVER its just bad for your over-all health IMO.
Eat good amounts of Fiber to keep everything flowing.
I love magnesium *I might take too much imo* but you never hurt while taking magnesium due to do the natural muscle relaxant that it is.
Zinc helps me sleep because I have nervs, (Im twitchy sometimes when I sleep and cant get comfortable...) zinc really just helps calm your nerves down and I find that it helps with headaches for some reason.
Chromium helps keep the insulin levels normal , but it has damaging effects to muscle ... so Im still on the wall with this... as Im trying to build muscle atm and having a hard time packing on mass without gaining a gut.
(its really hard to gain muscle without eating excessive calories), you endup cutting muscle and toning it more than you do "gaining".
Antioxidants are great also because it helps remove all the junk.
And finally if you want to "cheat" a little creatine will boost muscle strength by a good margin... (but too much can junk up the kidneys) so always in moderation. (creatine is natural in the sense our bodies make it, it helps move water into the muscles which makes it easier to complete a workout... (kinda gives your muscle leverage) in a way.... so you can do extra repetitions in a set and push to failure easier.
By no means am I a workout junky either, I just do what comes natural in the sense I developed healthy eating habits/workout routines that are very casual, I USUALLY workout 2 times a week depending if im working a lot that week or not, like right now im renovating a house so i really haven't touched a weight in 6 days cause im dead tired all the time ^^.... its just about doing what you can and not giving up.