The Mountain Dog diet - guiding principles Hey guys - thought I would share an article I am working on.

There was alot of confusion as to what exactly the diet is, so I laid out the basics for you here. Hope it creates some interesting conversation!! The Mountain Dog Diet – A healthier way to getting lean or add muscle…or both! Several months ago I sat in front of a nurse at my place of work after she received my report on my cholesterol, triglyceride levels, and blood pressure. I work at a Bank, and it’s pretty cool that they offer free cholesterol screening and all kinds of other nice benefits. Anyways, she looked very puzzled. She was comparing my results from 2 years prior, to my most recent results. She finally blurted out ―what did you do to improve this profile so much.‖ My answer nearly floored her. Well Nancy, I started: 1. Cooking in virgin coconut oil, and grass-fed butter 2. I also switched out all the store bought grain fed beef I was consuming with grass fed beef I procure from a local farmer. I eat 8oz every single day. 3. I switched out my $.99 a dozen eggs with true organic free range eggs, and eat 6 of these whole every single day. 4. Lastly (and probably most importantly), I reduced refined sugars in my diet and foods that contain excessive levels of Omega 6 Polyunsaturated fats (bye bye Tostitos – dang corn oil), as I believe those things create arterial inflammation resulting in increased cholesterol levels (cholesterol is an anti-oxidant and repair agent in your body). I knew what her next question would be, ―but isn’t all that saturated fat bad?‖ I said well you tell me, my cholesterol went from 228 down to 167. My HDL went up 15 points (something I struggled with for years), and my LDL and Triglyceride levels were at the bottom end of the range. Even my blood pressure was a startling 104/70. She finally asked if I had any reading material I recommended, as these concepts were not taught to her in her days of studying health and nutrition. So why do I mention that story. Well the diet that I recommend usually freaks people out initially, but it’s rooted in sound science and facts, and not influenced by flawed studies funded by companies with ulterior motives. Most people have always heard and believe in the ―Lipid Hypothesis.‖ This is the outdated theory that saturated fat and cholesterol intake increases cholesterol levels in the blood, which increase your chance of heart disease. This theory is simply not true, as long as the saturates are of a certain type, and the cholesterol is not oxidized. You have to accept that to fully embrace the Mountain Dog diet. I have formulated this diet based on a few things. 1. Mentorship with Dr Eric Serrano. Eric is revered in the athletic community as a top expert in training, nutrition, rehabilitation, and many other things. Eric has been a big influence on me, and a great mentor.

He dives deeply into the diets of some of the legends like Armand Tanny. Keeping your liver healthy 5. it can still only take you to a certain point. and you have to know when to make adjustments in diets. veggie and fruit consumption. Only experience can get you past that. If you go to this website and spend a few hours on it. but the increased focus on fat soluble vitamins will help with gains through better endocrine function. The best food comes from animals that have been fed their natural diet 2. 3. Experience is a great teacher. has written numerous articles we could all benefit from on it. to introduce you to all the concepts. you will thank me for recommending it. The teachings of the Weston A Price Foundation. You may find that your cholesterol levels improve. clearly no. Many of the foods and practices I recommend are in fact not new. Personal experience. For the purposes of this article I am going to cover the approach at a high level. Mary Enig. the ideas are long forgotten. the theme here is health. but in today’s world of bodybuilding. or many many other nice side effects that go along with eating this way. and copious amounts of whole eggs. I highly recommend a book called ―Muscle. Price Foundation. your skin looks better. and one of the most brilliant Lipid Experts in the country. . and what to do. Remember. As solid as the Mountain Dog diet is. You will see some similarities with what they ate. etc. and making better choices regardless of whether you are trying to gain muscle or lose fat. What is so different about this diet compared to standard fat reduction and competitive bodybuilding diets in general? Number one. Supplements to manage glucose disposal There are actually MANY other key concepts such as carb intake/sources and rotations. I will be referencing this site many times over in this article. I have competed in 30 bodybuilding contests (that I remember). won 13 of them. Correct ratio of fats with a special emphasis on saturated fats 3. Will this diet enable you to gain 20 lbs of muscle you otherwise wouldn’t have been able to gain. and placed in 6 of 9 pro qualifying national level events. what spices and condiments can do for your metabolism. and Tony Sansone. Smoke and Mirrors‖ by Randy Roach. Many years ago they were used by some of the more popular bodybuilders. you don’t feel as lethargic. A fantastic resource for correct nutritional information can be found at the Weston A Price foundation’s website Weston A. which emphasizes the following key concepts: 1. your joints feel better. such as raw milk. John Grimek. and what I am recommending. The approach itself is a nutrient driven approach.2. for the best results. Fat soluble vitamins and their role in endocrine function 4. how to incorporate cardio. rather than only focusing on a few of them. Vince Gironda. but for the sake of this conversation I am limiting it to these 5. liver. this diet will improve your health. You will see and become a believer. It’s a non-profit organization with no hidden agendas.

If you want a great source go to the US Wellness Meat website at U. they are most abundant in seafood. Ultimately. hence the need for antibiotics and such. bacteria are able to pass through the walls and enter the bloodstream. and ensures a great Omega 3 to 6 ratio. Going back to Omega-3s. From 15 to 30 percent of feedlot cattle have liver abscesses. they begin losing their store of this beneficial fat as one would suspect. The only exception would be in winter where hay. greatly increasing acidity. Wellness Meats — Our Animals Eat Right So You Can Too. its supply of omega-3 is diminished. maybe they are right?? I have been asked about cows that have been ―finished‖ on grain. Cows are termed ruminant animals.#1 The best food comes from animals that have been fed their natural diet Remember the old saying you are what you eat? It’s not true! You are what you eat has eaten!!! Here is a sample of a few of the mainstays in this diet and a little about why. There are some great graphical representations and more detailed info on this process on the very informative website Eat Wild that I referenced above.S. It’s interesting to me that sixty percent of the fatty acids in grass are actually omega-3s.. and is thought to increase chances of heart disease and overall bodily inflammation. The unhealthy Omega 3 to 6 ratio that is heavily skewed toward Omega 6 is very inflammatory to your body. and have a really cool chamber in their stomach called a Rumen. and doesn’t come out at all. Grass Fed Beef – This type of beef is from cows that have been fed their normal diet consisting of grass. The PH of the rumen is heavily affected by grain. Rumenitis then leads to liver abscesses as the rumen wall becomes ulcerated. Each day that an animal spends in the feedlot. I cannot recommend ―normal‖ store bought grain fed beef as these cows have been fed grain. Omega-3s are formed in the chloroplasts of green leaves and algae. and other levels. The reason is simple. thus completely throwing off Omega 3. even pre-contest." which is an inflammation of the wall of the rumen. usually there is anywhere from 2-6 times more Omega 3’s in grass fed meats. This food is the number #1 component of the diet. and grain feeding depletes all of the things in the fat that make it healthy and magical – namely a perfect balance of Omega 3 to Omega 6 fats. acidosis can result and lead to a condition called "rumenitis. This chamber is one of 4 chambers in the stomach. When cattle are taken off omega-3 rich grass and shipped to a feedlot to be fattened on omega-3 poor grain. and CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid). root vegetables. and silage are ok. Think of it as a big fermentation vat. . CLA. Eat Wild states ―when fed an unnatural diet of grain.‖ Not pretty. This is all dependent on the PH of the rumen. but they are also found in animals raised on pasture. the bacteria are transported to the liver where they cause abscesses. that turns grass into high quality protein. Some of the more hard-core farmers I have spent time and talked to believe in basically eating nothing but grass fed beef and vegetables due to the fact that you can source all your nutrients from the chloroplast in the leaf. For ultimate longevity. In case you are wondering what exactly happens to the cow fed their unnatural diet.

as this is only a few. Renewable Energy. and Omega 3s.5 . and feast on their natural diet of bugs. The ironic thing is that this is a good result of your skin being healthier! Also notice I said RAW in addition to grass-fed. and other varieties.3 grams of Omega 3 per 7oz. There are many many more benefits to free range eggs. I do want to point out that I do not support consumption of pasteurized dairy you find in most stores at any time. Vitamin A from Beef and some occasional Liver especially. You get more CLA. they are grey. Sockeye Salmon. There are several different types of wild caught Alaskan salmon for you to choose from. Although this selection comes out the final 16 weeks before a contest (my only exception is 1 tbsp of Grass-Fed butter daily). as the hens get more sunlight. These Salmon have been enclosed in pens and fed a very unnatural diet of corn meal. and lean muscle gains. Be careful when you are shopping to not pick up ―Farm-Raised‖ Salmon. but I do because experience has taught me dairy does seem to cause most to hold a layer of water under their skin. These salmon have been fed their natural diet of tiny shrimp like creatures called Krill. Modern Homesteading. I really don’t like to take it out pre-contest. This data was a result of the 2007 Mother Earth News egg testing project. and found that it contains 500% more CLA then cows fed grain. Chinook/King Salmon. Do it Yourself ? MOTHER EARTH NEWS. You will get around 2. whole free range eggs never come out of your diet. The Journal of Dairy Science did a study in 1999 on CLA in grass fed dairy.Free Range Eggs – Chickens that have been free to roam around. and grass lay the highest quality eggs. They aren’t even orange until artificial dyes and colors are added. You can read more about this at Organic Gardening. which not only gives them their lovely reddish orange color. or required. soy. Wild Caught Salmon – Perhaps no food is better at supplying healthy Omega 3s then wild caught salmon. applies to grass fed dairy. Raw Grass Fed Dairy – The same things that applied to grass fed beef. The Weston A Price Foundation has a sister website called A CAMPAIGN FOR REAL (RAW) MILK! that is excellent in explaining the benefits of raw milk. and seeing what it has done for many others in terms of their well-being. I wrestled around with this one for a while. The truth is that I look at raw milk as a very good supplement! . which isn’t optimal for physique display. and 7 times more beta carotene. and the proteins become more difficult to digest often creating strong immune system responses and allergies. You will get plenty of Omega 3’s from your Salmon. I am a staunch believer in natural sources of fat soluble vitamins and you will get 4-6 times more Vitamin D from a free range egg. it’s an absolutely great way to add lean muscle in the off-season.. Vitamin D from your eggs. You also get 3 times more Vitamin E. and also that dairy is not necessary. even pre-contest for those looking to reach the absolute lowest levels of bodyfat. but after having tried raw milk myself for an extended period of time. In addition. it also gives them the big dose of Omega 3 that we all desire. insects. I think I would be remiss not adding this. and calcium and minerals from green leafy veggies. as long as they are wild-caught. The nutritional value milk plummets due to pasteurization (Vitamin A is completely destroyed). These are all good. and even chicken feces pellets. Green Homes. free range eggs give you twice the Omega 3’s (although I have seen as much as 20 times more Omega 3). plus you can get the Sockeye or Pink Salmon canned. As with the grass fed beef.

There was also a gentleman named Dr. 95% of the fat in coconut oil is saturated. So what are the best sources for saturated fats in the Mountain Dog Diet? 1) Animal fats – Grass fed ground beef contains not only the correct ration of Omega 3 to Omega 6 ( 1 to 1 or close to it). He said ―the Lipid Hypothesis is the greatest scam in the history of medicine. The fat is a special type of fat (Medium chain triglyceride) that is easily converted to energy by your liver. There is a fantastic book called Nutrition and Physical Degeneration written by Dr Weston A Price that talks in detail about the dietary habits of many non industrialized tribes/populations. and up to 1. when these MCT’s are taken in. There is another side of coconut oil too that shouldn’t be forgotten and it relates to general health. Dr Serrano has been using Coconut Oil for endurance athletes too. George Mann who studied a tribe in Africa called the Masai. and there will be less of it in grass fed. If you read this book. It helps with fat soluble vitamin uptake (which we will get into later in this article). This is a fat that is extremely anti-viral and antimicrobial. Most of these studies are taking place at McGill University in Canada. If this were true. the magic is in the fat. That doesn’t mean you should eat all Ribeyes. it has the saturated fat you need. it would be another reason to add this fat into your diet when bodyfat loss is a primary goal. whole milk. you clearly see what Dr Price’s research showed in terms on health and well-being.‖ 2) Virgin Coconut Oil – Coconut oil does a number of very good things for someone attempting to get lean. The tribe had no heart disease of any kind. The fat around the heart is highly saturated. I think this is a mistake. Saturated fats play an enormous role our in our health and well being. I have also seen some claims that I am still researching in terms of your body’s increased ability to burn long chain fats. even those that are termed ―high-fat‖. avocadoes. blood. • Saturates allow the body to use and retain Omega 3’s better! • They make our immune systems better (see butter and coconut oil!) • A few specific types of saturates are the best food for the heart. and CLA.5 pounds of butter a day. do not advise the use of saturated fats outside of what normally occurs in the peanut butter. but remember. of which about half is Lauric . just not to fear the fat. Monolaurin is currently being given to HIV patients is showing much promise. He is known for a quote that I think is great. etc that are typically recommended. Lauric acid converts to its active form Monolaurin (much like T-4 converting to active T-3 in your body for those of you who have studied thyroid function).#2 Correct balance of fats with a special emphasis on Saturated Fats Most diets in the bodybuilding world. and the importance of animal fats. You can see some of the research at Lauric. Leaner cuts like sirloin are ok. nuts. Grass fed beef tends to have about ½ the saturated fat that grain-fed beef has. Here are just a few of many reasons to NOT avoid saturated fat: • Saturated fats make up 50% of our cell membranes! They give cells the correct amount of rigidity to allow ―messages‖ in and out. Their diets consisted of meat. There are numerous studies out there that corroborate this. It is loaded (more than any other food source) with Lauric acid. mixed with slower burning carbs for immediate and sustained energy.

If you are taking flax.6. It is also found heavily in breast milk. Her recommendations are in line with other top lipid experts in the world. What about polyunsaturated fats (Omega 3. Inc. chia. and also some extra in your beef and dairy due to those sources being grass fed. The DHA/EPA Omega 3 institute estimates that only 12% of ALA converts to DHA and presents studies backing up their data in its website DHA/EPA Omega-3 Institute. it didn’t really help with quality weight gain in the athletes. Researcher Rosalind Wulzen discovered that this substance protects humans and animals from calcification of the joints-degenerative arthritis. Lecithin is also a natural component of butter that assists in the proper assimilation and metabolization of cholesterol and other fats. but as I suspected. just know that a little everyday is good for you. and . in my favorite snack food – Jennie’s Macaroons! I love these tasty the remedy. I would still use it year round for its antimicrobial and anti-viral properties though. 3) Grass Fed Butter – The most frustrating thing to me about having conversations regarding butter is the notion that the fat in butter causes heart disease. add some good ole Olive Oil or Macadamia nut oil. Another great choice is Macadamia Nut Oil. I do not recommend these grain type Polys due to that fact. It is a great choice as a salad dressing mixed with a little Balsamic Vinegar. The polyphenols in them provide a strong anti-oxidant for the body as well. It is important to realize that you need to mix things up a bit. Alpha Linolenic Acid)? If you are thinking these are essential. It is very stable for cooking (up to around 425 degrees Fahrenheit).) Home Page. The reality is that butter IS HEART HEALTHY! It contains a perfect ratio of Omega 3 to 6. Under no circumstance would I recommend consuming polys high in Omega 6’s such as corn oil. you are correct. Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Macadamia Nut Oil are two great oils to cook with to give you this fat. You will get plenty from your diet in the form of Salmon. your body can only convert a very small amount of it to its usable form in the body of DHA. and you don’t want to raise carbs to astronomical levels just due to the pancreatic stress involved…. This is the same recommendation I use. it burns so fast and easy. Butter also has this thing called ―Wulzen Factor‖ in it. and you have to get them from your diet. regular safflower oil. Mary Enig recommends that your diet contain 1. or other grain type forms of Alpha Linolenic Acid – remember this. due to their inflammatory affect within your body. etc. The saturated fats are generally short and medium chain for quick and easy digestion and for protection against infection. and you get a massive dose of healthy monsaturates. but I steer more toward the monsaturates in the off-season. The best thing about Lauric acid in food – it’s in a big dose.5% of it’s calories in the form of polyunsaturates. I love using Olive Oil for 2 things mainly – it helps to raise HDL levels. which is a reason why babies who are breast feed seem to have stronger immune systems. I tried using coconut oil for this purpose. You get to a point where you don’t want to keep increasing athletes levels of protein due to general digestive stress. and it is great to assist in quality weight gain for those trying to put on weight.(Center for Research on Lauric Oils. I could go on and on about butter. How about monosaturated fats? Are they healthy? Yes they are. The amount needed I think gets overblown sometimes though. They come in packs of 6. You are better off getting it naturally in the foods described above. You can order these on Amazon. Around 85% of the oil is monosaturated. cottonseed oil.

whether your body can make them or not. but because people can’t practice portion control with them. and K. and I recommend 30-35% of your calories come from fat. Here are some of the things that these vitamins do: Vitamin A This vitamin is extremely important. so much so that your liver can store it for a while. Performance enhancing type drugs can cover these deficiencies up short term – but when these athletes don’t have the muscle building. #3 Fat soluble vitamins and their role in endocrine function The biggest pet peeve I have with low fat diets is the fact that they don’t take into account the need to properly assimilate fat soluble vitamins. The issue is long term health. and egg yolks are my favorite day to day source. and many many other reasons. with an occasional ½ lb of Beef Liver to augment levels. I do not dispute that you can get ripped eating low fat. Around 25% of that should be from saturated. about 30% actually. not because of any concerns related to health. which is very antimicrobial and is a healthy monosaturate. suicidal tendencies. and the remaining 7-8. Fat soluble vitamins include A. As far as food sources go. the ratio favors monsaturates a little more heavily but does not eliminate Saturates or polys. There are also many nuts that contain healthy monosaturated fat such as cashews. as that would not be wise. D. Those things are all critically important (or should be) to athletes. I am likely to eat an entire pound in a day if I buy a bag. and it helps in the production of sex hormones. The fat in butter has more monosaturated fat then you would think. If you don’t think this is important. think again. 1. It helps with protein and mineral metabolism. protein sparing effects of these drugs. Also it gets depleted from strenuous exercise which a few of us engage in.not have the exact same oil all the time. It is impossible for most to sit down and only eat ¼ cup (1 serving) of cashews. I include grass fed butter in my diets for this.5% from monos during contest season. often . Don’t fall for the vegetarian belief that you can get plenty of Vitamin A in carrots (and other veggies). As you get into more of an off-season mode. macadamia nuts. butter actually has a good dose of Palmitoleic acid in it. I know it can be done. etc. there are many studies that show low fat and low cholesterol diets long term create more depression. In addition. Over the past few years I have gotten away from adding nuts to diets. All in all – you need some of all these fats to function optimally. and their endocrine systems have received no support from their diet…look out. I have done it to the point I couldn’t get a reading with a skin fold caliper. These vitamins are so important to your endocrine systems.5-3% from polys/Omega 3 and 6. Grass-fed butter. I hear people say all the time. it is a carotene. E. It helps to ensure proper thyroid function. These are well documented in Lancet journals.etc. well I got shredded eating low fat. The Vitamin A in those foods is really not Vitamin A.

is found in foods like cod liver oil. can’t be stored in our livers for very long. and is also real important in maintaining proper bone density. One of my favorite pre-contest meals is a 6 egg omelet stuffed with spinach! #4 Keeping your liver healthy When I first started visiting Dr Serrano. on yogurts. He continually stressed the importance of healthy liver function not only in terms of general health. then stores this until it is needed. It also helps maintain a healthy nervous system. Grass fed beef is also a great source for this vitamin. Vitamin E – This vitamin is a very strong antioxidant and good for maintaining cardiovascular health. Good food sources include leafy green veggies. Vitamin D This vitamin (actually it’s more of Pro-hormone). and . and my favorite – wheat germ. A very compelling reason for a bodybuilder or athlete to ensure a good intake of this vitamin is the fact that it greatly affects healthy insulin function. Fat stimulates bile salts. I like spinach for this. I love sprinkling wheat germ into shakes. Your gall bladder (providing you still have one). I also recommend you get your Vitamin D levels tested. and they watch his Vitamin D very closely to keep it in normal range. he used to always palpate my liver. Good food sources include green leafy veggies. and it only does that well in the presence of fat. and cabbage type veggies. and fish (especially shellfish). and in oatmeal. liver.Decatur Georgia. fructose. Good food sources include whole eggs. and he focused very on blood work results. metabolizing proteins.referred to as Provitamin A. where it can’t break down aldosterone. and oysters. you can’t burn fat as efficiently. which help with the conversion. or retinol. one of many reasons). Your liver does many other important things as well such as converting glucose. grass fed butter is the most easily absorbed food source for Vitamin A. herring. When using this. I usually get the fermented kind sold on Green Pastures Christian Ministries . sardines. egg yolks. Actually. etc. The absolute best source of vitamin D is Cod Liver Oil. True vitamin A. butter. Vitamin K – This vitamin is important for blood clotting. The test you want to have order is called a 25 (OH) D test. So you better add some butter to your veggies if want even a prayer of getting enough Vitamin A on a vegan diet. It can also get to the point rather easily. butterfat from cows grazing on pasture. liver. unlike Vitamin A. mackerel. but in terms of fat burning. so you have plenty of options with this vitamin as well. so sometimes I opt for a shrimp stir-fry for lunch and throw in some Trueprotein Fish Oil for my DHA. which leads to excess water retention. liver enzyme counts being one of the most important. Your body has to convert the carotenes to retinol. which again is extremely important if you train extremely hard. hence why I put it in diets (well. liver. shrimp. They make a great product also where they combine this with high Vitamin Butter Oil. If it is stressed out. Your liver is a very key organ that takes a beating cleansing our systems of toxins. There are many autoimmune disorders thought to be caused by low Vitamin D levels. It’s hard for me to eat Salmon every single day. We need a more continual supply of it. Every single day your liver actually produces a quart of bile that emulsifies and absorbs fats. I have a good friend who has Crohns disease.

and help us burn fat and lose weight. and it did improve my readings more so than other popular supplements that tout lowering cholesterol. and recycles antioxidants in your body. Alpha Lipoic Acid. There also food sources that I incorporate into diets to help your liver and gall bladder. and milk thistle). we have read a bazillion studies touting that glucose disposal agents help to enhance nutrient uptake into cells by increasing the efficiency of insulin. as it is so easy to turn into energy – doesn’t even require bile salts. Fats slow the entry of sugar into you bloodstream. I like to use a few supplements to help (Liv 52. Normally that is good. Dietary Supplements – my view . If you are partaking in a lower carb type of diet your liver will convert the stored glycogen into glucose and then release it into your bloodstream. They leech this out of our system. So you get a double benefit here. Anyways. or do a carb up day consisting of only lean proteins and carbs – no fats for this. your liver is pretty dang tough. It also helps regenerate liver tissue. it will convert fat and protein for energy.galactose into glycogen. as the GDAs will slow down the inflammation created by sugar. you get leaner because glucose is more properly managed. especially if we drink diet sodas with aspartame. which it stores. will lower insulin levels. and can even do some regeneration of damaged cells. Compounds like GDAs that help remove glucose from the bloodstream. Saturates protect the liver from toxins! #5 Supplements to manage glucose disposal Certainly this is not a new concept. Despite this. this will result in more efficient use of body fat for fuel. In other words. If you have a more stable blood glucose level. High levels of insulin obviously lead to greater fat storage. The most popular one is probably Alpha Lipoic Acid (or the rALA version). and Apple Cider Vinegar. I don’t like it when someone is converting their protein into glycogen (it’s hard to tell when. but not in this case. they help us achieve normal blood sugar levels/readings. I would much rather see someone get additional energy from Coconut Oil. Chromium also does a nice job managing glucose. The other benefit of GDAs is a better cholesterol profile. the levels increase so that it can fight the inflammation directly. This is an extremely good supplement you would be wise to use year round. then when out of glycogen. such as real lemon juice (not from concentrate – helps with bile formation) real cranberry juice (not from concentrate – helps dilute and expel waste). Many of us believe (and there are many studies to back it up) that increased intake of refined sugars is what is causing cholesterol readings to get out of whack. and when it sees the inflammation caused by sugars. and you get better cholesterol readings. Also Chromium is important and is often deficient in our diets. and their muscles have a ―flatter‖ appearance – but I try not to let people get to this level of depletion. Of course the saturated fats that I recommended above also help. Dr Serrano recommended I try Chromium as an adjunct with my carb meals to help with my profile. weaker. This combination is rotated to product optimal results. usually they start getting more sore. Cholesterol is a very healthy substance that acts as a repairer in your body.

There are so many options with this company it is unbelievable – we should support a company like this. so they don’t exactly make it hard in some cases. so he chooses to not spend the money to get the cert and have to deal with the USDA directly. When is the last time you saw a super colorful fancy label that really caught your eye from these guys…. Go to their website at True Protein | High Quality Nutrition and Protein Supplements and look at the products they offer. So who can you trust? 1) TrueProtein. They are good people – there is nothing better than a Sandy Reidinger hug to brighten one’s day. I’ll give you an example. the same way that we support our farmers who produce grass fed beef and natural foods. Eating Organic – my view The spirit of this is great. certain organizations stand to make a lot of money providing certifications. The bottom line with this company is that they are all about the athlete and their products. but it is not necessary.never. You can even custom build your own protein powder – pretty cool stuff. and you will find that many farmers who really are organic. They have the Alpha Lipoic Acid in exactly the dose I suggest 300mgs (2-3 time daily). Now you tell me. They have a 500mg dose of milk thistle that I recommend. 3) Puritan. My personal favorite product is their little ―mini jugs/cans‖ of protein powder. but he is very anti government as many of us are. and they passed with flying colors. It’s a simple as that really. I hope there are some things that got you thinking about your food selections! It is a diet that . These guys are manufacturers like Trueprotein. nothing earth shattering –but very effective. they have high quality fish – I don’t know these people. shake it up. and excellent protein powders. don’t want the USDA trudging around in their backyard all the time. would that really mean pesticide free? I say if you have a lot of extra money. go for buying organic foods. 2) Beverly International – another great company that offers a wide variety of supplements. that’s the high level of the Mountain Dog diet.First of all. I have known the owners of this company for many years. Now the reality is that he hasn’t used any chemicals for 11 years. Go to someone who you can trust. then you add some fish oil caps to the meal and you are set. and I can say with 100% certainty that Roger and Sandy are class acts. Well. A field that hasn’t been sprayed in 6 months for example. and care about their athletes.285% better than others…never. I am certainly no expert on supplements. so if you are having a day where you would rather have shrimp then Salmon like me. I don’t know the difference between creatine monohydrate. but the reality is not so great. My advice on this topic is simple. and bam you are good to go. so you don’t have to go through middlemen to get their product. As with anything. but I have seen some lab tests on their products. You can just add some water or raw milk. creating ethyl ester or any of that stuff. The farm where I get my red Angus beef from is not certified – this is a company built on integrity. When is the last time you have heard them make an outlandish claim like their protein powder is 6. can be certified organic.

JM http://www. and taking the time to ensure I actually understand what you are talking about you crazy SOB. Thank you for always answering all my dumb questions. I hope you enjoyed this article. which is very important to me. It is also a great way to get ripped.improves health and well-being. or gain lean muscle depending on how you manipulate the calories and macronutrients.html Regards. and I would once again like to thank my friend and mentor Eric Serrano for going so deep into this stuff with me over the last 10 years.

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