Episode #121: A Thanksgiving Nutrition & Fitness Q&A That’s Not About Turkey.

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In this November 25, 2010 free audio episode: TRX training, getting moody after workouts, weight loss plateaus, a drug called feraheme, whether women should use protein or L-carnitine, recovering faster from injuries, using balance balls for chairs, when to take multi-vitamins, lifting heavy weights before a race, metallic tasting nuts, blood in urine after exercise, aspartate in supplements, organizing vitamin intake, and swimming faster.

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aneonekread23 asks via Twitter: @bengreenfield any thoughts on TRX?

Darrell asks: I am 45 and exercise to keep fit. I do a powerlifting workout 1 or 2 times a week. All of my workouts are early in the morning. By late afternoon on those power workout days, I have a significant mood change. I become short tempered and prone to overreact. Is there something metabolic that can cause this type of reaction? Are there any general recommendations for tuning my diet to avoid these mood swings?

Erik asks: “I recently suffered muscle strains to what I believe is the upper hamstring or where it attaches near the gluteus. What is the best way to recover without losing fitness and minimizing recovery time?”

In my response to Erik, I outlined my Wolverine recovery manual, and mention my USAT Injury Recovery webinar (you can scroll through the .PDF file below)

Gabriela asks: I would like to know your opinion regarding the intake of Whey Protein and L-Carnitine for women?

Richard asks: My wife was doing a cleanse through bioletics. She lost 25 lbs over 2 months but has hit a plateau. Her calorie intake is about 1000 per day. She also just started exercising. This coincides with her plateau. She also feels her time of the month impacts her loss. I am interested in your thoughts.

chunkybearcub asks via Twitter: @bengreenfield what do you think about feraheme injections for exercise induced anemia?

Justin calls in and asks:  1.  What do you think about balance ball chairs for work? 2.  Is there an optimal time to take vitamins?  I take Peter Gillham's Organic Life vitamins after dinner with fish oil and my stomach is always growling at me at when I am in bed.  I take them at night because they have to stay in the fridge, which I don't have access to at work.

Christian asks: I noticed that I race significantly faster at long distances if I lift heavy weights during my taper weeks. Why?

Aaron asks: My best friend and I just experienced what is known as “pine mouth”. We purchased a bag of pine nuts to throw on our salads. A few days after consumption we were experiencing a hard to describe taste in our mouths. The metallic, alkaline, bitter taste hit us both at the back of the mouth at the back of our tongues. The taste came on strongest just seconds after chewing and swallowing. The taste lasted one week after only eating the nuts at one meal. Can you help explain what is going on here?

Jen asks: I have been using your Shape21 program. I have lost 10 lbs in three weeks and run 1min/mile faster. The only problem I'm having is blood in my urine. My urologist cannot see anything wrong. I guess this happens with running. I have had this problem before with marathon training. However it seems to be more frequent and I am running much lower mileage. Can the supplements make me more susceptible to this? Anyone else mention this to you? Perhaps it the weight training. I'm not too worried just curious.

Rob asks: In an earlier podcast, you addressed aspartic acid/aspartate and included some general caution about aspartate. I would appreciate it if you would please explain more about its function, effect and dosage in supplements, specifically in Lean Factor.

Jessi asks: Have you ever discussed the best way to streamline the way in which you take them? I know you're not a “supplement whore” as I think you've dubbed it, and I'm no “slut for supplements,” but I still find it difficult to organize the few that I do take into daily/twice daily doses. Should I line everything up for a week's worth of doses? If so, do you put the supplements in baggies? pill containers? your pockets?! You get the idea. Or do you just dip into the bottles from where the supplements originally came?

Nicki asks: Can't seem to get any faster swimming.  I did my first IM swim…did it in 1:07…and typically average about 1:35-1:40/100 m….is there a point where you can only be so fast swimming?  Had stroke analyzed, got some personal coaching, but just can't seem to swim faster.

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