Alright kids, leave us keep the positive energy flowing with sharing what conclusions we've drawn at this stage now that many of us have cleaned up our eating as much as humanly possible. Bits and pieces of this information is scattered throughout the Forum, but here's where we can all bask in the success of not being retarded as far as eating regimens are concerned and share in what we've learned. No singing of "Kumbaya" though. I'll go first: I can honestly look back and say that in my younger days despite having trained much more than most of my peers the ONE thing I was totally fucked up on is eating and supplementing. I never knew how much of a difference it could make not just in-terms of athleticism and things you think come naturally with being strong (like endurance and durability), but also in-terms of just general health and feeling more alive every single day. It's wierd but I feel both younger and older at the same time. Older because I'm turning 27, younger because I've never been in such good physical condition at a lean 165lbs and moving down to 154 to Box Pro. It's strange when people look at me and say "you're thin" or "you must work out a lot"...because here I am a guy who was 180lbs when he was 12 years-old (I have the stretch marks to prove it). Not to mention that you get more attention whether wanted or un-wanted on a primal level. Meaning more of the opposite sex are interested in you and more of the same sex are intimidated by you. It's pretty hilarious actually watching younger guys who should by all rights be stronger and more assertive than me think two or even three times before acting the fool. It gives a person a sense of confidence they should naturally have. Not cockyness because being mature means being aware you could get fucked up at any moment, but confident because you know what you're capable of if given the opportunity. I never knew until now that you could attain that kind of confidence from fueling your body correctly so that you almost never get tired. Then there's the achievements in your training. I hit the 7 mile mark in my running this past week and yesterday did 7.25. When I was a kid, young and full of energy, I could BARELY handle a mile without possibly needing to be air-lifted to the nearest trauma center. When people genuinely ask about my training and I answer, and they hear I do the 7 miles, then do a 2 hour workout, then get cleaned up and go to work, and still have energy after work it boggles their minds. Oddly enough most of them are every bit as capable, they just have too much chaos in-general about them to see it. I mentioned this before but I've literally not had a cold in about 4 years, possibly more. The LAST time I remember being sick was right when I started working for GNC and it lasted maybe a day or two tops. I've had small immune-system issues that just come with the amount of training I have to do, but I almost never get a cold or Flu even being around it because of my job. It's strange, but I don't even miss junk food anymore. Imagine the utter confusion on the faces of people who work at restaurants as I routinely say "no sauce on that please"..."wheat please"..."no mayo, thank you"..."no cheese"..."just the sandwich, no fries or soda, thanks"..."I'd like the salad, and do you have bottled water?" You look around and you see crazy decadence everywhere and it's actually kind of sad. And now you have a taste for REAL food (for those of you in America, where real food is VERY rare). You find yourself suddenly interested in how things are made, what affects quality of food has on human Health, looking for what to intake and what to reject and swear-off altogether, or at least cut down to a BARE minimum. I can't bring myself to eat more than a half a slice of cake anymore, or more than 3 cookies. All-in-all I can honestly say that attempting to make my eating and supplementing regimen more systematic and sensible for my goals, as well as consistent, has made a WORLD of difference in my life in-general. When I turned 25 I kind of dreaded age because somehow we've become convinced that with aging you simply break-down and completely deteriorate and are not capable of vigor, resilience, strength, speed, all the things we wish to have. That's a crock of shit. I've met 60-something year-old men who can move as fast as me. A 94 year-old man who RIDES A BIKE to my store once per month or so. An 87 year-old man who still powerlifts and workouts twice per day. No gimmicks, no tricks, no magical this or that. Just hard-work, discipline, and fueling the machine that is your body properly. How about you folks?