Do you have any suggestions on a certain type of ZMA I should get? I bought zinc pills a few days ago but they are small dry pills. I would be interested in buying a different type as I know that hard pills aren’t thoroughly digested. It was the only thing I saw at the moment.
I use Optimum Nutrition (ON) ZMA and I think that it’s good quality — it’s gelatin encapsulated and it does make me sleepy.
I also take Omega 3’s everyday. I always have those. I forgot to add in that I ALWAYS eat some kind of vegetables at lunch and dinner whether it’s spinach, brussel sprouts, etc. So I always get my fruit and veggies incase you guys were wondering.
The Omega-3s are great, but two servings of veges is way too little. The majority of what you eat (by volume) should be plants (excluding grains). Please do not listen to the food guide pyramid recommendations as they are heavily influenced by food industry lobbyists and aren’t fully based on good science. I have Bachelor’s degrees in nutrition and biology, a Master’s in public health, and a PhD in epidemiology (epidemiology is basically the science of health research and, to be accurate, I’m actually a year away from my PhD in epidemiology) so I know something about this. People do not eat enough fruits and veges and they do not eat enough nuts, seeds, pulses and legumes; they eat way too many grains (especially refined “white” grains) and way too much red meat, processed food, and sweeteners. With a 3000 calorie diet, you should aim for no less than 3 or 4 big handfuls of veges each day, plus a few pieces of fruit.
Starting (May 2010): BPEL:6" EG: 4 7/8". Current (April 2011): BPEL: 6 3/4" EG: 5 1/4".
Short Term Goal: BPEL: 7" EG: 5.25" Long Term Goal: When my wife makes me stop or 8"x6" (whichever comes first)