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Portrait of a Young Man as The Artist
Eat like predator; not like prey.
Above and Atop

I seem to be getting somewhere.

First off, I changed my eating habits. I've come to believe that the standard American diet is likely the cause of numerous and ever-increasing problems - obesity, diabetes, Alzheimer's, heart disease and even erectile dysfunction. After reading studies, articles and various blogs I have decided human kind was never intended to eat grain - especially in the quantity that we do.

Thus: I've been eating almost no grain in nearly any form, no gluten, no sugar and have been loading up on vegetables and saturated fats - red meat, fowl, butter - for over a week now.

Within two days, I had more energy than I think I ever had before - even when i was fitter last summer and ran the Madison Mini Marathon. I've been sleeping better (when I stay hydrated, which has always been a problem for me). I've even cut back on coffee and dairy because I just don't want them as much anymore.
    As example, I worked three night shifts in the ED last week and had literally no issues staying awake and perky and had one 4oz cup of coffee the second night. And I think that was likely because I was bored and thirsty. Too, I had no hunger pangs or headaches when I didn't eat between 4pm and 1 am each of those nights.
It's revelatory.

And I've lost over 10 pounds since then with, again, no dip in energy levels or migraine or any of the associate BLAHs of dieting. Actually, I've barely been limiting my calories. I think I fluctuate between 1800 and 2200 a day naturally. I just think my body is doing what it needs to be doing. Current weight: 199 (210 on 5/5ish)

So. Clearly this is good for me and I'm not just basing that on the weight loss but my generally happier demeanor and increased energy levels.
    Here are some links for the curious:
    Primal Blueprint
    The Carbohydrate Curve
    A Paleolithic Diet
    Ketogenesis and Epilepsy
    Alzheimer's as Type III Diabetes
    Evolution of the Human Diet (long video)
    The Case Against Gluten: for everyone
    Leaky gut and diet
    Fat Head (documentary about obesity and American diets)
    Sugar and HFCS metabolic process in the body (long video)

Secondly, I'm trying be less a putz about my relationships. You have to invest time in things if they are to flourish and I've been lacking in that department.

Thirdly - this includes creative endeavors, fo' sho.

So. That's been the last week in my life. Burning fat for fuel and feeling much, much better for it.

Also: I keep forgetting to offload photos!
Also also: I'm on vacation tomorrow and Friday!

Current Mood: energetic energetic

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dragonflyknight From: dragonflyknight Date: May 18th, 2011 02:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm tentatively really interested in this.
abmann From: abmann Date: May 18th, 2011 03:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
nathan_lounge From: nathan_lounge Date: May 18th, 2011 03:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
Congrats on finding something that works so well for you.

But I have one question...do you have a contingency plan for when society writ large gets wind of your daily human blood consumption? Keep in mind that the Home Depot still sells pitch forks and torches, though the LED torches don't hurt nearly as much as their ancient counterparts.
abmann From: abmann Date: May 18th, 2011 03:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
Blood is delicious! That will be my response and then I'll give people blood twinkies.
nathan_lounge From: nathan_lounge Date: May 18th, 2011 04:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Will those be twinkies with blood in the center or blood in the cake itself?

Also, will this be the blood of a christian man?
lipsoflove From: lipsoflove Date: May 18th, 2011 03:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm glad you're feeling well.
And I love that photo. Great angle and balance... and feet.
abmann From: abmann Date: May 18th, 2011 03:41 pm (UTC) (Link)

I like you're icon. :) Your idea or did you steal it?
lipsoflove From: lipsoflove Date: May 18th, 2011 04:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! Not mine, didn't steal it. Credited properly to arw_b.
From: ex_hellocth126 Date: May 18th, 2011 08:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
I noticed similar effects when I carb-purged back in March. Unfortunately, that diet quickly gets boring and difficult to sustain alongside having to work and budget.
abmann From: abmann Date: May 18th, 2011 08:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's harder but doable. I've eaten out a bunch. I just get my burgers without the buns. :)
From: ex_hellocth126 Date: May 18th, 2011 08:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I was doing that for a bit... it gets really old though. My dietician said it was generally a good idea, but a few whole-grain products are probably a good addition. I found organic whole-grain bagels to be a good breakfast option, since sausage and eggs gets really tiring when you have it every day.
not_a_girl From: not_a_girl Date: May 18th, 2011 08:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
There's a lot I feel the desire to pick at in this, but what I'm going to go for is "I have decided human kind was never intended to eat grain." Intended implies direction, agency, forward planning. There has been none of this in the evolution of the human animal.
abmann From: abmann Date: May 18th, 2011 08:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ok. How about: grain can suck my and only my balls? I certainly feel much better these days without.
abmann From: abmann Date: May 18th, 2011 08:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
Without what? Ball sucking?
not_a_girl From: not_a_girl Date: May 18th, 2011 09:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
Glad that you do.
the_brown_bunny From: the_brown_bunny Date: May 19th, 2011 01:58 am (UTC) (Link)

from the wiki stub you posted

so i totally hate it when people poo-poo my lifestyle or whatever. but i just wanted to point out the adverse effects, which you shouldn't gloss over. that's all! because we studied the ketogenic diet, and it's effects in school. anyway i'm glad you're feeling better.

Adverse effects

The ketogenic diet is NOT A BENIGN, holistic or natural treatment for epilepsy; as with any serious medical therapy, there may be complications. These are generally less severe and less frequent than with anticonvulsant medication or surgery.[27] Common but easily treatable short-term side effects include constipation, low-grade acidosis, and hypoglycaemia if there is an initial fast. Cholesterol may increase by around 30%.[27] Long-term use of the ketogenic diet in children increases the risk of retarded growth, bone fractures, and kidney stones.[4] Supplements are necessary to counter the dietary deficiency of many micronutrients.[4]

About 1 in 20 children on the ketogenic diet will develop kidney stones (compared with one in several thousand for the general population). A class of anticonvulsants known as carbonic anhydrase inhibitors (topiramate, zonisamide) are known to increase the risk of kidney stones, but the combination of these anticonvulsants and the ketogenic diet does not appear to elevate the risk above that of the diet alone.[35] The stones are treatable and do not justify discontinuation of the diet.[35] Johns Hopkins Hospital now gives oral potassium citrate supplements to all ketogenic diet patients, resulting in a sevenfold decrease in the incidence of kidney stones.[36] However, this empiric usage has not been tested in a prospective controlled trial.[7] Kidney stone formation (nephrolithiasis) is associated with the diet for four reasons:[35]

* Excess calcium in the urine (hypercalciuria) occurs due to increased bone demineralisation with acidosis. Bones are mainly composed of calcium phosphate. The phosphate reacts with the acid, and the calcium is excreted by the kidneys.[35]
* Hypocitraturia: the urine has an abnormally low concentration of citrate, which normally helps to dissolve free calcium.[35]
* The urine has a low pH, which stops uric acid from dissolving, leading to crystals that act as a nidus for calcium stone formation.[35]
* Many institutions traditionally restricted the water intake of patients on the diet to 80% of normal daily needs;[35] this practice is no longer encouraged.[4]

In adults, common side effects include weight loss, constipation, raised cholesterol levels and, in women, menstrual irregularities including amenorrhoea.[37]
the_brown_bunny From: the_brown_bunny Date: May 19th, 2011 02:02 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: from the wiki stub you posted

oh yeah- my sis has been die hard on the ketogenic diet. she's younger than me and looks a lot older than me, which is rough on her ego when people guess who's younger. that shit is rough on you man. but i guess she feels well too, and of course, she has lost a lot of weight. i don't know. sorry to be all like this. i realize it's irritating. but i just wanted to point this stuff out.
abmann From: abmann Date: May 19th, 2011 02:45 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: from the wiki stub you posted

There's a big difference between ketogenesis and ketoacidosis but I appreciate what you're saying.
techdragon From: techdragon Date: May 19th, 2011 02:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
This is fairly similar to what I have been eating - pretty much induction Atkins with more veggies. Rock on!
abmann From: abmann Date: May 19th, 2011 04:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think you and I are different than Atkins though as we care about the quality of food eaten. Atkins promotes net carb concepts and icky things like sugar alcohols. Blorg. I still remember the low-card bars.
techdragon From: techdragon Date: May 19th, 2011 05:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
I am ignoring net carbs and added sugar - and will not do their bars/shakes/snacks. Mainly eating meat, dairy (butter, cream) and veggies with rare fruit. I am sick of finding sugar added to everything.

Mmmm. Meat
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