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INDEX

MY ATHLETIC LIFE
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Fluids, Protein, Carbohydrates, Fat
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firmly believe we are triune, just like God. God is Father, Son, and Spirit. We are Spirit, Soul, and Body. We often devote our lives to our soul and body, forgetting the spirit. But, those of us who are Gay or Lesbian Christians, we sometimes forget the body, too. All three must be in balance. So, make sure your body is as healthy as your spirit and your soul.

eople write me now and then and complain about "certain pictures" on the website, pictures of people, and pictures of ME "supposedly" unclothed. They think it is not Christian, or sinful, and I have a problem. I remind them WHY these pictures appear. The photographs used here relate to the topic discussed, to show the muscle groups involved, or to show athletic development. People see what they see; I sometimes believe their objections actually reveal their true hearts. So, I remind you, too, to have a proper and healthy perspective on art and photography, for rarely are they the problem; instead, the problem lies in the heart of the viewer.

More people arrive at this page than just about any other page of this article. I guess it is because of search engines, and word terms. If this is you, welcome. This is a website for Gay and Lesbian Christians. This article is on athletics. It would be better if you began at the first page, Gay Christian Athletics, Page One, and then arrive here.

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Water/Fluids

ou need fluids to purge your body of impurities, for electrical impulses to flow between the nerves and muscles, to help your muscles grow, and keep your heart healthy. Most of your muscles are made of fiber tissue and water. So if you want big visible muscles, drink your fluids.

Gay Christian Athletics - Swim For Health

Your best form of fluid is plain water. Drink between eight, twelve, or more glasses per day. Did you know most typical headaches are actually a sign your body is dehydrated, not stressed? If you think you are hungry, try drinking a glass of water first. If you are no longer hungry, you probably really needed fluid. People who work in full sun know if they drink plain water they can get sick to their stomach. Add a little lemon juice to the water to add flavor and to sit well on your stomach.

Gay Christian Athletics - Swim For Life

Watch your consumption of liquids that contain caffeine. Caffeine is actually a diuretic, it causes you to lose water retention, hold less water. Caffeine is also an appetite stimulate, meaning it makes you want to eat more. Liquids that contain caffeine include, but are not limited to coffee, tea, chocolate, and sodas. You may think you're getting liquids, but you actually lose liquids because of the caffeine, and you are harming your diet through the empty calories the liquid contains or stimulates you to eat.

Gay Christian Athletics - Why Diet Dr. Pepper is the Best, HaHa If you choose sodas, choose diet sodas. If you don't like diet soda, retrain your taste buds. Don't go back and forth between diet and regular sodas, it will make the diet soda taste "funny." You have to stop regular sodas completely. After thirty days, your tongue will be retrained and the diet soda will lose its funny taste. Add a lemon or lime slice to your diet soda, and it takes the edge off the taste. Diet Dr. Pepper is the best, followed by Diet Pepsi, and Diet Mountain Dew.

Green teas, and the various breakfast teas are good for you, served hot or iced. Many teas contain less caffeine that soda or coffee, or none at all. Teas contain nutrients, minerals, and trace elements that have been proven effective in maintaining health. My favorite teas are English Breakfast, Darjeeling, and Green.

Coffee is packed with caffeine. If you are going to drink fluids with caffeine, coffee should be your last choice.

Gay Christian Athletics - Milk Has Protein and Other Things Your Body NeedsMilk will provide you with liquid and protein, but beware of the fat. Buy less than two per cent fat milk. Milk also gives you calcium. If you don't like milk, consider other liquids that have calcium added, like fruit juices.

Although fruits are simple sugars, they provide your body with valuable nutrients and fiber. When buying fruit juices, read the packages. Often the first ingredient isn't fruit juice but "high fructose corn syrup sugar," Real fruit juice is often less than 7 percent, so try to buy 100 percent real fruit juice. But, again, read the label. The package may say it is "cranberry juice," but in reality it's often mostly "apple and pear juice," which are nutritionally "weak." Try juices that are fortified with vitamins, minerals and calcium, too.

Drink alcohol in moderation. Alcohol is high in carbohydrates and sugars, and you'll gain fat weight if you drink a lot of alcohol. Wine is better than grain alcohols. Red wines are healthier than white, but white wine tastes better, and is used more in cooking. Red Zinfandels, or blush wines, are a perfect compromise, and my favorites. If you must drink beer, drink lager beers, the darker, heavier bodied beers. Lager beers, though higher in calories, actually contain many vitamins and minerals. Guinness or Bass Ale are the best and my favorites. But, alcohol should always be consumed in moderation only, best ingested with a meal, not alone. If you choose to drink for the effect, then don't drink at all. Never drink alone, and never drink and drive an automobile or operate machinery.

Sports drinks have their place and purpose. They are high in sugars and carbohydrates. Their purpose is to provide bursts of energy during exercise or sports, or recovery afterwards. Drinking them at other times will make you gain weight. Use sports drinks before, during or after exercise. Many contain salts you lose during exercise and need replaced. Many contain all kinds of fancy herbs, ginseng, and other things supposedly to make you whatever you want to be. They won't, you will.

Gay Christian Athletics - Water, Water, Water

So, what do I drink most? Water. I drink one or two full bottle of water when I exercise, and another full bottle when doing my cardio exercises. Water as the day goes by. If it's not water, then it is fruit juices, diet sodas, or tea.

Protein

n average person should eat one gram of protein for every pound you weigh, about 40 percent of your daily calories. I weigh around 170 pounds, so I need about 170 grams of protein a day. But, if you want to increase your muscle mass, then you need to increase your protein intake. One gram of protein is equal to four calories; your muscles contain seven grams of protein per ounce of weight. So, if you want to gain one pound of muscle, then you need to intake an additional 448 calories in protein form, 16 ounces or 112 grams of protein to maintain that growth, raising the protein intake to almost 50 percent of your daily calories.

So, my Gay Christian friend, if you want to increase your muscles, then you need to increase your protein consumption. It means an extra portion size of beef or chicken breast in your major meals, supplemented by protein snacks of beans, nuts, eggs, protein bars or shakes every day. It does not mean major increases, not a dozen eggs at breakfast or a ham the size of your head for lunch.

Gay Christian Athletics - You Need Protein to Build Muscle An average portion of meat is the size of a playing card. "Red" meats are better than "white" meats, because they contain iron. But, red meats contain more fat than white meats; if you choose to eat mostly white meats, make sure you get your proper iron intake somewhere else. You can also get protein from beans, nuts, whey (dairy byproduct), and some grains like soy. Purchase lean meats. Avoid restaurant hamburgers, because it is composed of ground meat and high fat; instead, purchase lean hamburger and make it at home. Milk, yogurt, and cheese contain protein, but watch the fat content; cottage cheese is an excellent source of protein, but again, watch the fat.

I supplement my meat intake with protein powders. I purchase the unflavored types. I add them to a glass of fruit juice or sport drink. You can add strawberries, raspberries or bananas, and mix in a blender. Flavored protein drinks often have sugars added, and have less protein grams per serving than unflavored.

I also supplement my protein intake by eating protein bars between meals. Read the labels, you want a protein bar that is high in protein but low in carbohydrates and fat. The lower the fat, the lower the taste. So, I will sacrifice some fat for something that I will actually enjoy eating. Many of them have flavors and styles similar to candy bars.

Gay Christian Athletics - Chest Development

The best proteins to eat are: fish, chicken, turkey, beef, tofu, shrimp and other shellfish, soybeans, whey, and nuts in moderation. I like Soy Sensations brand protein bars and unflavored protein powders.

Carbohydrates

ou need carbohydrates for energy, especially after exercise. But, consume too much and your body will convert and store them as fat. Further, too many carbohydrates contribute to increased blood sugar levels and risks for diabetes and other illnesses.

Gay Christian Athletics - Only Good Carbohydrates Help Muscle Development An average portion of carbohydrates is the size of your fist. Eat your fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables are "complex" carbohydrates, meaning they take longer to break down and be used. Avoid "simple" carbohydrates, that quickly convert to sugars, such as sodas, refined flour, white processed breads, cakes, pastas, and refined rice; avoiding, not eliminating. You can have your cake and eat it, too, but responsibly. I reward myself now and then with a candy bar, or even a regular soda, but I do not consume them daily or frequently.

Green vegetables are the best for you. Corn and potatoes contain starches that convert easily to sugars, so watch them. Some fruits and vegetables even contain protein. Raw vegetables are better than cooked, retaining more vitamins and minerals, but eat them any way, anyway.

Gay Christian Athletics - Chest Development

The best carbohydrates to eat are: tomatoes, garlic, onions, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, peas, spinach, squash, sweet potatoes (yams), brussels sprouts, cranberries, blueberries, bananas, apricots, blackberries, oranges, prunes, raspberries, grapefruit, red grapes, strawberries, oatmeal, and whole grains.

Fat

at is your body's bank account; you draw on it when you need emergency energy. Your body absorbs what protein and complex carbohydrates it needs to match the workload; the rest it eliminates. Your body stores all excess energy and sugars it doesn't need as fat. When you work your body, your body will burn whatever is in your blood stream first, followed by protein stored up in your muscles, and the fat you have stored last.

Gay Christian Athletics - Less Fat Helps Show Off Your Stomach Muscles Watch the fats in your foods, not completely eliminating them, but making sure the total fat content is low, and the "unsaturated fats" are lowest of all, because they are the kind that hurts your body the most. Fat gives food flavors. If you eat foods very low or totally fat free, you may risk your health, and quit your health plan because it will be tasteless and boring.

An average portion of oil or fat needed in cooking is a tablespoonful. Use butter or margarine in moderation. Avoid shortening and lard. Use olive or canola oils, which are healthy forms of fat, and avoid corn and other types of oils.

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