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Off Topic Discussions / We need to be better ambassadors of this WOE
« on: February 28, 2015, 06:32:47 PM »
I've been holding back my tongue on people's responses to different things, but I now realize that we're doing ourselves a disservice by not being better ambassadors for the wheat-free lifestyle. Sometimes the tone on here can get a little too political, or fringe, or judgmental, or critical; or it simply comes off in a way that can put newbies off to all that this WOE can offer.

Just like vegans / vegetarians have a public persona that people make fun of, so do "gluten-free" people. Mainly it's that we won't shut up about it (which is why I almost never talk about it, unless someone sounds like they really need help). But also this WOE is so unconventional and goes against everything we've been indoctrinated to (eat low fat, whole grains are heart healthy, carbo-loading is good for exercise), that we have to be extra careful that we don't turn people off.

I'll mention a couple things I would encourage people to stop doing:
  • Taking shots at political leaders. The wheat-free lifestyle doesn't belong to one party or the other. If you take a shot at a political leader, you're probably going to bother half the people on the board. It might turn off newbies from returning, thinking that this board aligns with one party or the other.
  • Discussing things like vaccinations. This is a highly charged topic, but not all that wheat-free related. Someone new could read that thread and think that this WOE is aligned in a certain way.
Personally, I've gone back and deleted or edited a bunch of my posts, and right after I hit the Post button, I'm going to search out and edit or remove some more. I don't want people potentially not enjoying the benefits of this lifestyle because of something I've posted or something that could be perceived in a negative light.

Feel free to PM me if you'd like to discuss this off the boards as well...

General Discussion / Anyone attending the online Healthy Gut Summit?
« on: February 07, 2015, 06:03:43 PM »
Link to register:

I've never attended one of these online summits. I'm interested in what others think of these things.

General Discussion / Crock pot
« on: January 21, 2015, 10:42:31 PM »
I bought a crock pot because I wanted to make a lot of meals quickly and easily. Once a week I make meatloaf and meatballs, which are great and provide me with 6 - 8 meals for the next week. It's about an hour of prep, but I wanted something else for the snacks I eat at work and for on the go.

Today I made a lamb roast. It really was easy. I had expected the lamb meat to come from the torso, but the butcher told me it was from the leg. Anyhow, put the meat in, dump in some diced peppers, chiles, and tomatoes, then a bunch of seasonings. Put on low, come back in seven hours, and you have a lamb roast.

I normally don't like peppers and chiles, but the long low heat makes them soft and taste better. (Or maybe it's taking on the sauce of the meat.) And my whole place smells like the lamb roast (which isn't bad, because my place normally smells like steak.) But this looks like it'll get me a good 6 more meals.

I've got recipes for chili and pot roast; I need to find a Paleo beef stew recipe.

General Discussion / Alcohol Guide from Bulletproof
« on: January 17, 2015, 03:47:08 PM »
I saw this interesting graphic on Food and Health Revolution:

I tend not to follow Bulletproof, as I think the coffee deprives one of essential nutrients in place of breakfast, and that Dave Asprey has too much of a financial stake in what he advocates.

Vodka is my poison of choice, so I'm glad about that. I haven't had a beer in over a year and a half. But I'm surprised about red wine. I had always heard that it was good for you. I'll switch to white. Besides, I don't like the "I've been drinking red wine" lips you get.

Food Elements / Bacon from the butcher makes such a difference!
« on: January 11, 2015, 10:07:48 AM »
There's a butcher / deli counter at my local Whole Paycheck, I mean Whole Foods. I've been getting the ground meats for my meatloaf and meatballs there for the past few weeks. They have a huge selection of different cuts of meat.

I've only returned to eating bacon with breakfast maybe in the past year and a half. (Before then / before WB, I associated bacon with high fat, and fat is bad for you, right?) I had been buying the pre-packaged stuff, like Hormel, Oscar Meyer, and enjoying it.

Yesterday I picked up a pound of bacon from the butcher counter. Yes, it's considerably more expensive than the pre-packaged stuff (but oddly enough, about the same price here as I was paying for the pre-packed stuff in Silicon Valley).

I cooked three slices up this morning to eat with my scrambled eggs and avocado, and holy cow! The taste difference is significant. It's like the difference between a McDonald's burger and one you cook on a grill.

It sucks that quality foods cost so much more, but the difference is appreciable.

General Discussion / Boar's Head meat: not getting it right
« on: January 10, 2015, 03:54:24 PM »
A new convenience store / deli opened around the corner from me. They make sandwiches with Boar's Head meat. I noticed a pamphlet on the counter from Boar's Head titled "Gluten Free: long before you even thought to ask." This falls into the category Boundless talks about regarding products that never had wheat but are capitalizing on the movement.

I glance through it, and there's a page on "Tips for cooking without gluten." Number one: "Make the right swap - If you need to avoid gluten, try these substitutes: brown rice flour, tapioca flour, potato flour, unflavored gelatin, soy milk, buckwheat, cottage cheese, flax and corn meal."

Ugh. Replace gluten with other products that will still raise your insulin and blood sugar. Another case where the substitute is practically as bad as what it's replacing.

General Discussion / Cookies are part of a Fit & Delicious healthy snack!
« on: January 05, 2015, 08:06:13 PM »
That's what GNC would have you believe.

I ordered some weightlifting supplements off the GNC website. First, they took almost two weeks to arrive. (Yes, it was the holidays, but even that is ridiculous.) Inside the package was the following pamphlet:

That is a shake that based on a processed chemical-laden protein shake mix, with sugar-free chocolate syrup, and optional crushed cookies. Of course the picture shows the optional cookies, because that way you get people to think cookies can be part of a healthy diet.

The general public really has no chance, if even GNC puts out messages like these.

Btw one serving of this shake has 50 grams of carbs (not including cookies). But hey, it's low fat!

General Discussion / Rotisserie grill?
« on: December 31, 2014, 10:08:53 AM »
I'm thinking about cooking my own rotisserie chicken. Anyone have recommendations for a grill?

Also, what else are good meals to prepare on the rotisserie?

General Discussion / Foods to eat to eliminate supplement use
« on: December 28, 2014, 09:40:49 PM »
In my 20s I became addicted to taking nutritional supplements. Not addicted to the supplements themselves, but the process of taking them. I'd be scared to figure out how many different supplement pills I was taking at my peak. 50 wouldn't scare me. The clerks at GNC all knew me, and the couple times I came in a month, they knew it was going to be a big sale. My friends knew about this and rightfully made fun of me for this practice.

Anyhow, I'm really into eliminating, or at least drastically reducing, the number of supplements I take. I know from the past couple years and all the reading that I'm doing that the best way to get micronutrients is from real food, properly raised or harvested. Micronutrients from real food are absorbed much better by the body than something in a pill.

However, the OCD in me wants to make sure that if I'm dropping a supplement, I'm getting enough of it from a real food. Here are some of the changes I've made:
  • Vitamin K: kale and Brussel sprouts
  • Fish oil: salmon and sardines a few times a week
  • Selenium: eggs
  • Iodine: I just started eating nori with my veggies. (That's the green stuff that holds your sushi together.)
Anyone have any other examples to share with me and help me?

So I just moved to the Northwest, and on Monday a cousin of mine called me up and invited me to spend Christmas with her family. (She lives 30 miles away from me, and I had not seen her in five years.) The next day she was nice enough to text and ask if I had any food restrictions or allergies. I told her I eat gluten-free / Paleo; meats and veggies would be perfect.

This is what she and her husband prepared... a feast:
  • Prime rib
  • Potatoes - mashed only, nothing added. (Yeah, carbs, but I like the Paleo mentality of being 85% good.)
  • Green beans
  • Collard greens
  • Fresh real cranberry sauce
  • Corn on the cob (yeah, GMO, but half an ear can't hurt that much)
  • Deviled eggs
They also had bread rolls and pie for themselves as well, but it's actually really easy for others to accommodate you. And it's delicious because you're eating real food. It's nice when others respect your lifestyle choices without making a big deal about it.

Plus it's nice finally living somewhere where I have family (first time in over 25 years).

I was reading this article off a link from Diet Doctor today:

Just for giggles, I decided to look at the comments section. Holy heck. People are getting attacked for wanting to eat real food... that it's snobbery and a sign of too much wealth... and it's bad for the planet's growing population... how dare you go to a nutritionist because you're in pain... wheat allergies are all in your mind.

Makes me want to go to the woods and live off the land. What is wrong with people?

Food Elements / What do my eggs eat?
« on: December 15, 2014, 07:05:34 PM »
Or more specifically, the chickens that lay the eggs I eat?

Now that I am carless (by choice) living in a city again, I'm having my groceries delivered. I chose some organic eggs my first time out, and on the carton they brag about the vegetarian diet they feed their eggs. (I thought chickens were supposed to eat insects, seeds, and grass.) Well they brag about their chickens being fed wheat grains, corn, and soy - things that we in this WOE explicitly avoid. I don't want to eat eggs raised by chickens on that.

So what's a good source of eggs? Or am I worrying about nothing?

Wheat Free Recipes / How to cook salmon?
« on: October 03, 2014, 08:35:59 PM »
I want to add salmon to my cooking recipes since it's a fatty protein source full of vitamins, micronutrients, and omega 3 fatty acids (in a readily bio-available source). I've been eating salmon for years, but mostly in a fresh or lox form. I've seen some recipes online, and it seems simple to prepare. But before I try it on my own, I'd like to see what everyone here has to recommend for preparation methods.

General Discussion / Gluten-free meal on Virgin Atlantic
« on: September 22, 2014, 11:18:36 AM »
I woke up to be handed a box breakfast consisting of orange juice, non-fat yogurt, and a rice cake. In other words, sugar, sugar with a smidge of protein, and more sugar. I wonder what was in the diabetic breakfast.

General Discussion / Xtreme Eating Winners of 2014
« on: September 13, 2014, 09:54:40 PM »
CSPI has posted their list of the worst restaurant meals in America:

I'm not down with CSPI - they are pro-vegan, pro-whole-wheat, and anti-fat - but the list is pretty shocking. And there are a couple items on the list that I would have ordered at restaurants five years ago. I actually don't find the Contadina-style steak that bad aside from the potatoes and the high number of calories. If you pass on the potatoes and make three meals out of it, it's not that bad for you.

General Discussion / CNN is still not getting it
« on: September 11, 2014, 08:42:41 AM »

Note: I'm editing my earlier post because I read the article, posted, then watched the video. They're still saying fat is bad (but sugar is worse), vegan might be the way to go, you might not want to keep meat in the house.

Original post:

I wish they had discussed more about good fats from the right sources, but baby steps:

They should measure weight, waist, blood sugar, and triglycerides before and after.

Olive Garden and other Darden restaurants have been struggling because (1) their food sucks, and (2) they received a huge backlash for opposing better healthcare for their workers.

Every time I click on a health article on Yahoo it makes me angry:

This article is about research on the perceptions of a gluten-free diet. This article is patently ridiculous and gets so much wrong.

General Discussion / Turmeric vs. Soylent
« on: August 29, 2014, 11:51:13 AM »
Starting a new thread, because someone had mentioned supplementing with turmeric but I couldn't find the post and wanted to make a comment about it.

I recently read about the health benefits of various spices, and apparently turmeric is one of the best that you can use. It has amazing anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant benefits. For the past couple weeks I've been sprinkling it on my eggs.

And that got me thinking about Soylent. For those of you who are unfamiliar, I'm not talking about Soylent Green, but a food replacement product. I live up here in Silicon Valley, and there are a bunch of programmers (not chefs or nutritionists) who are trying to create a meal replacement so they can spend more time programming. Seriously. One of the key things they don't get is that real food provides a whole lot of nutrients, especially micronutrients, that you simply can't produce in a processed food-like substance.

Everyone always thinks they can out-think Mother Nature. Did we not learn anything from the tragedy on Isla Nublar documented in "Jurassic Park"?

General Discussion / Some people just don't get it
« on: August 02, 2014, 02:33:01 PM »
Today I saw one of those big stand-up advertising boards regarding a free cupcake giveaway... in the lobby of one of the gyms I go to.

Wheat Free Recipes / Meatloaf
« on: July 12, 2014, 08:52:35 PM »
I had been missing meatloaf since I went wheat free, which is somewhat strange because when I was a kid, my Mom made meatloaf all the time and I couldn't stand it. It was one of those things like steak and creamed spinach that I only began to appreciate in my mid-20s.

I found this recipe online and made it a couple nights ago:

Like I mentioned on another thread, Trader Joe's was out of almond meal so I had to go with cashew meal instead. I also bought a food processor to make this (Target $30). But I was missing a couple other kitchen implements (measuring cups, second spatula for getting the loaf out of the pan, etc.).

Regardless, I like it, and also the fact that the 2-1/2 pounds of meat ends up providing at least 8 meals for me -- for a bachelor who doesn't cook, that's huge.

General Discussion / Prebiotics
« on: July 11, 2014, 06:15:11 PM »
I'm starting a new thread as an offshoot of the thread on the benefits of fermented veggies, as it seems to be a new topic, and one that I would like more information on.

Honestly, I don't know the difference between prebiotics and probiotics, other than both are good for you, and both should be eaten. I take a probiotic pill (although I'm going to switch to one that is refrigerated, as the ones I have been taking probably are dead and useless) and I've also been eating fermented cabbage to great personal satisfaction. But I'm still unclear as to how to make sure I'm getting the right prebiotics.

I just did a quick search on prebiotics, and saw a whole lot of stuff that I eat... never. Burdock, chicory, dandelion root, leeks... I think I ate a dandelion root once when I was 5, and I'll never make that mistake again. But I also saw other stuff on that list that I do eat: legumes (limited on the WB WOE), broccoli (daily, with kimchi on top), cauilflower, and radishes.

So what are good sources of prebiotics? And how does resistant starch (RS) fit into this?

My issue with RS is just like with exercise or weightlifting: if something is unpleasant, it's impossible to turn into a habit. (Habits ultimately need to be something you want to do.) Eating raw potatoes, or potato starch, or green bananas just doesn't cut it. And it's difficult to convert people to our WOE if we're telling them they need to cut out tasty stuff like beer, candy, sweets, cookies, etc., for nasty stuff like raw potatoes and green bananas.

General Discussion / How do you choose a butcher shop?
« on: July 08, 2014, 07:40:20 PM »
Thinking about the next steps in the evolution of my WOE, I'm considering buying meats from a butcher. What are some tips in what to look for?

Food Elements / What can you substitute coconut aminos for?
« on: July 06, 2014, 05:37:25 PM »
I've seen coconut aminos at the grocery store and seen it called for in some recipes. Does anyone use this? How does it taste?

I found a recipe that calls foe Worcestershire sauce, which I don't want to use and I'm looking for substitutes. For over the past year, I've forsaken soy sauce with my sashimi, and I'm wondering how coconut aminos would taste mixed with wasabi.

Food Elements / Where to buy almond meal?
« on: July 06, 2014, 02:04:02 PM »
Getting ready for my next phase in my health journey (adding fermented foods and dropping dairy), I've decided to add a couple more recipes to my repertoire. I've been missing meatloaf so I looked up a couple recipes online. Where do you buy almond meal? Can you get it at grocery stores or do people typically purchase it online? If online, where?

So it's time for me to make some more adjustments to take my health to the next level. I'm cutting dairy almost completely out, and a couple days ago I started eating kimchi. When I get back to the US, I'm going to incorporate sauerkraut daily. (Next round of adjustments will probably include bone broth.)

For those who eat fermented foods, what are the health benefits you've noticed? I know it helps repair the gut, which probably means better eliminations, but what have you seen? How soon did you start to notice the benefits?

General Discussion / Has anyone given up dairy?
« on: June 28, 2014, 07:22:54 PM »
After this latest round of travel (I'm in China right now), I'm considering taking things to the next level by cutting down on dairy. I'll still scramble my eggs in butter from grass-fed cows (although I might try coconut oil) and still load my coffee with heavy cream. But I'll cut out the cheese (yes, I was tempted to write "cut the cheese" there) and the homemade blue cheese dressing (crumbled blue cheese with Greek yogurt) I eat with my chicken wings (oven-baked, of course).

Anyone else given up or cut down on dairy? What kind of results have you had?

Btw I think the part of China I'm in blocks Google, which sucks for searching and watching videos (YouTube). And if anyone thinks "all Asians are thin," I beg to differ. Especially at Beijing Airport last night I saw lots of wheat bellies, not just on men, but women and children. (Quite a few had the typical American gut hanging over and below the belt.) It's not surprising that China has the highest diabetes rate in the world, as they've adopted more of a Western diet. (You should have seen all the carbs, breads, and pastries at the breakfast buffet.) This is going to be a very difficult week for me, as travel in Asia always is. I brought about 20 protein bars with me, which I consider the significantly lesser of two evils.

It's summer and the time for workplaces to see a lot of new employees, especially summer interns and kids in their first jobs. The level of unprofessional behavior exhibited by these new hires simply astounds me.

About five years ago, it was people who would leave Facebook open on their computers, updating their status or reading their feeds throughout the day. I remember consulting at NASA when I saw a summer intern doing FB on his computer. I asked my host about allowing that on the job, and he said, "That's how we figure out who we don't give job offers to."

These days, it's people constantly on their computers during meetings or even worse, on their smartphones. I work for one of the biggest companies on the planet, but we're not CTU; you can go 15, 30, or 60 minutes without responding to e-mails, IMs, or texts. I know you've got a short attention span, but you can manage. A couple weeks ago I kicked an entry-level employee out of one of my voluntary meetings; obviously what we were talking about wasn't that important to her.

If you have children, relatives, or friends entering the workplace, do them a favor and explain the basics of workplace protocol to them. I remember helping out friends in film production 15 years ago, and our mantra was "Be Here Now." Focus on the task at hand; everything else is a distraction.

The other night I was out to dinner with co-workers for sushi (mostly sashimi for me) and we did a couple of shots of sake.

The next morning I was experiencing my usual side-effects of having been wheated and I couldn't figure out the culprit until I thought about the sake. I had assumed the sake would be safe; it's just wine made from rice. But I went to The Google and quickly found that for the reasons of cheaper production and taste (and probably pleasure / addiction), it may be made with barley, wheat, and soy (just like so many other products). Son of a gun! I won't be making that mistake again.

Off Topic Discussions / Morrissey
« on: June 21, 2014, 08:32:53 AM »
I was a huge fan of The Smiths back in the 80s, and after they broke up, I became a huge fan of Morrissey. He's one of my favorite artists. Outside of his music, he's a little too antagonistic and pretentious for me, and says some truly horrible things. I used to live in Hollywood the same time he did a dozen years ago, and we were regulars at the same bar. At least four occasions I was at the bar the same time he was, but never got the nerve to talk to him, because he seems like the kind of guy who hates his fans. (And yes, his head is absolutely huge.)

Of course, he's a fervent vegetarian; after all, he wrote the famous (terrible preachy) song and named a Smiths album "Meat is Murder." He is always sick from some undisclosed ailment. He just recently cancelled another leg of a world tour due to illness. I can't remember the last time he didn't cancel a tour due to illness. Seriously, since the 90s he has one of the worst track records for touring. I think he's ended up canceling the last five tours due to illness.

I wonder if he'll ever consider his food choices as a possible cause of his health problems...

I'm attending a conference this week. I work in tech, so it's mostly men; middle-aged men primarily. Such a high proportion have the typical wheat belly. Way too many have that heart-attack zone paunch of 30-60 pounds of fat around the waist, hanging over the belt, and engulfing the internal organs.

Normally when I travel for work, I'm alone or with one other person, so I have much more control over what I eat. This time I'm with a team, and we have all these events to attend. Lunch is provided at the conference. It's not food so much as People Chow. Lots of bread, pasta, and carbs with sauces. I left and walked across the street to get a $15 salad.

Last night, we watched the soccer game (USA!) before heading to a ball game. Naturally we watched at a sports bar. Lots of beer and of course "apps." Remember the days before apps? Now, it's customary to load up on calorie-heavy completely-unhealthy food. I can't believe people eat sliders; what a ripoff. Reduce the amount of meat and add bigger buns. Don't get me started on nachos. Chicken wings are fine - unless you bread them and fry them. And of course lots of beer. I ate and drank nothing, until getting back to the hotel and buying some almonds and tuna fish from the shoppette.

Tonight is a party at a brewery. I'll have a couple ciders, forsaking the regular fast-digesting beer carbs. (The cider probably isn't much better carbs-wise, but at least I can avoid grains.)

The funny thing is, despite taking in probably 1/3 of the calories I normally take in each day, I'm not that hungry. But I see why it's so easy for people to get fat by going along with the crowd... because the crowd has been deceived into thinking the SAD is the way you're supposed to eat.

General Discussion / Paleo bar at Whole Foods
« on: May 04, 2014, 04:27:29 PM »
Last week I was at Whole Foods and took a look at the new Paleo Bar they have there in the prepared foods section. A couple of the items had wheat. Am I mistaken, or does Paleo not mean wheat free? I guess WF is just trying to co-opt something they see as a trend.

Food Elements / Orange Cauliflower?
« on: April 27, 2014, 12:18:27 PM »
I just picked some of this up from the store. I had never seen it before. Anyone know how it compares to the regular kind?

General Discussion / "Fed Up" trailer
« on: April 10, 2014, 04:37:39 PM »

Dr. Lustig and Gary Taubes are in this.

Btw are there any instructions on how to get the YouTube embed button to work? It's not obvious.

General Discussion / Biggest Loser winner gains back 20 pounds
« on: April 03, 2014, 08:34:14 AM »

Yes, she looks better at a higher weight, but gaining 20 pounds in two months isn't good for you. And it's not like she's pigging out at the all-you-can-eat buffet to put on over two pounds a week; she just stopped the unsustainable starvation and hours-of-sweating routine that popular thinking tells us is necessary to lose weight.

General Discussion / Chapped lips?
« on: March 27, 2014, 08:05:36 PM »
I used to have chapped lips all the time. I would use so much Chap Stick too, but still my lips were always chapped. There were a lot of times where I didn't want to kiss others because my lips were so chapped.

And tonight, I just realized... my lips haven't really been chapped in months. I still use Chap Stick a couple times a day, but that's just to make sure my lips are nice as they can be.

Of course, I don't know if this is related to this WOE or just a coincidence. Anyone else have experience with this?

Btw I notice since taking activated charcoal, I sweat a lot less as well.

The March 24th edition of Time has an article titled "Sweet Sacrifice: New guidelines seek to curb our sugar intake. Are they too harsh?" Nice loaded question there.

The gist of the article is that the WHO has recommended sugar be restricted to 5% of calories, down from their previous cap of 10%. But Americans get 13% of their calories from sugar. Therefore the new guidelines are unrealistic, because Americans like their sugar-laden processed foods too much.

So the guidelines shouldn't be based on health or science, they should be based on what you can actually get people to do. Imagine if we formulated our guidelines for cigarettes and alcohol on the same basis.

Although obesity is mentioned in passing, nothing is said about the increase in diabetes over the past 30 years. After this thoroughly irresponsible article, I made the extra effort and cancelled my subscription.

General Discussion / Damn near impossible to eat wheat free in Taiwan
« on: March 21, 2014, 04:13:00 AM »
I'm at Taipei airport returning from a weeklong business trip. I've eaten most of my meals at the Sheraton since they have a lot of fish and sushi. Everywhere else is noodles, meat buns, and sauces of unknown origin, most likely with lots of soy.

I'm the customer here, and when meeting with various vendors, they all want to take me to lunch with local foods, or to the famous Night Market. When I decline, explaining I have a sensitive stomach and would prefer a salad, some were offended. Others asked if they could get me a pizza.

The final straw was here at the airport. I walked from one end to the other, looking for something I could eat. Again, all noodles and meat buns. Finally I resigned myself to eating at Burger King. I requested no mayo and no bun. No mayo they could do; but they absolutely refused to make me a burger sans bun. Seriously? You can keep your shitty burger then.

After my last trip to China, I planned ahead; it looks like I'll be having some Atkins bars until I'm back stateside. (Yes, I know how terrible they are for me.)

Btw I had a gluten free meal on the flight over. I ate the salad and meat, skipped all the fruit and the high carb gluten free cookie that came with it. And of course, the bread bun the flight attendant placed on the side.

General Discussion / Can't stuff myself
« on: March 14, 2014, 02:47:16 PM »
I'm getting on a plane today for a 14 hour flight (ugh). I've requested the gluten free meal, and I'm bringing chicken, a hamburger, and some other snacks with me. Part of my plan was to stuff myself today... but I can't. I've had 4 oz salmon, egg salad from 4 hardboiled eggs, and a hamburger patty. I had planned to stuff myself with two more meals before takeoff, but I don't think I can. Protein is just too filling. If I eat anymore, I'll make myself sick.

Btw yesterday marked one year of wheat free. I get sad when I think of friends who want to lose weight or get healthier, but they're just too scared to take that first step.

General Discussion / The sobriety experiment
« on: March 05, 2014, 11:18:24 AM »
I mentioned in one or two other threads that I was quitting drinking for the month of February (the attempt is an annual tradition that usually results in failure). This morning I got the results: weight loss 4 pounds, body fat loss 0.3%.

As I also mentioned, I was hoping the experiment would fail; I'd call the results mixed. (I set the bar for success at 8 pounds, which I admit is a high bar.)

Now for some of the commentary:
  • Yes, it is March, and I am still not drinking. That will end Friday night. Here's why: the annual attempt is to quit drinking from the day after the Super Bowl until the end of the month. I was supposed to start my sobriety on February 3rd. Well, the Super Bowl sucked so hard this year, second worst SB ever. My friend is also a Broncos fan, and he was so depressed he started beer pressuring me into drinking. By 1 in the afternoon I had given in. So I only lasted 13 hours on the first day of not drinking. If you measure from the time I woke up, I only made it 3 hours. Since I didn't start my sobriety until the 4th, I had to extend it through March 1st. But I don't drink on "school nights" (Sunday through Thursday), so I don't get to drink until this Friday night.
  • I had forgotten how boring and slow the world is when you don't drink... I don't see how people go through their whole lives sober. I still have no idea how people have fun without drinking. I would have never gotten through the month if it wasn't for drugs.  :D
  • The weight loss puts my numbers back where I was in November. So basically the prohibition canceled my holiday weight gain. But, I'm wearing a smaller belt. I always say, "measure inches, not pounds." So even though my weight and body fat are essentially the same, I did improve in my most valued metric.
  • For my activity level, food intake, and drinking, I may have reached my body's "set point." Unless I make a drastic change, I'm probably where my body wants to stay, plus or minus five pounds. I'd love to drop 15 more pounds around the waist. That would probably put me around 15% body fat, and just might not be feasible (doable and maintainable) at my age and given my proclivities.

General Discussion / Anyone else test blood sugar for fun?
« on: March 01, 2014, 08:01:34 PM »
I'm not a diabetic, but I bought a blood glucose testing kit a while back just to see what my numbers are.

Normally, I'm in the low 90s, whether it's before breakfast or random times during the day. The highest I've been is 103. I just tested 3 hours after my last meal, and it was 80. This is also just after almost 4 weeks of not drinking, so I wonder if the lack of alcohol is responsible for my lower-than-normal readings.

For the record, I think I've only had about 3 net grams of carbs today (one avocado) before testing.

(Just FYI my meals so far today:
  • 1st breakfast: 4 oz salmon and 2 cups of coffee with heavy cream and coconut oil
  • 2nd breakfast: 4 eggs scrambled with cheese, half an avocado, and 1 cup of coffee with heavy cream
  • 1st lunch: egg salad (4 eggs) and 1 cup of coffee with heavy cream
  • 2nd lunch: 8 oz steak and half an avocado
  • Afternoon snack: 5 oz tuna fish with mayo and olives
Right after testing I had a double-double from In-n-Out, protein style of course, and for 2nd dinner in a little while I'm going to have chicken wings.)

I meant to cancel Time but I was lazy so I get it for another year. I read it so you don't have to. (Actually, I skimmed it.) But here's what it says:
  • Our kids are getting fatter and are going to start dying young.
  • Let's consider giving them drugs like statins. Better that than let them have heart attacks in their 30s.
  • Obesity is causing non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, so kids are aging faster.
  • Putting kids on meds isn't a great choice, but there aren't many choices. So the American Association of Pediatricians now recommends putting 8 year olds on statins.
  • Start measuring BMI as early as 2 or 3.
  • Let's try alternative solutions like talking to kids about physical activity.
As you can see, what's more interesting is what they didn't talk about, like what is really causing this problem and what parents can do to solve this problem. (Hint: it has to do with wheat and sugar.)

General Discussion / Anyone using activated charcoal?
« on: January 13, 2014, 12:51:23 PM »
I'm beginning 2014 with a focus on detoxifying, and one supplement I'm trying is activated charcoal. (Especially on Friday and Saturday nights, if you catch my meaning.  ;D ) Anyone else try this?

General Discussion / A heck of a lot more cooking!
« on: December 30, 2013, 11:00:25 AM »
A year ago, the cooking utensils I used the most were the microwave and the telephone. I have never done so much cooking in my life. When I started making my own mayo, I knew I had gone over the edge.

It's a shame that it's so hard to shop or eat out and eat healthy. (Although after watching so many Gordon Ramsey Kitchen Nightmares and Bar Rescues, I've really soured on the notion of letting others cook for me.)

It would be nice if I didn't have to spend as much time as I do in the kitchen, but the results (in terms of what I'm making and achieving) are worth it.

General Discussion / Because ice cream sandwiches aren't unhealthy enough
« on: December 15, 2013, 12:35:01 PM »
Carl's Jr. has an ice cream sandwich where the "bread" is Pop Tarts. Shameless.

Success Stories / Single XL
« on: December 15, 2013, 12:24:31 PM »
I can wear single XL tee shirts for the first time since 2009 or 2010. Nine months in and I feel like I'm really turning a corner. Even with carbing out big time and not exercising for a week at Thanksgiving, I was able to lose 5 pounds over the past 5 weeks. I feel confident about not gaining weight - actually, about losing weight - over this year's holiday season.

General Discussion / Yahoo promoting bad health on front page
« on: December 07, 2013, 10:59:35 AM »
Two of the stories on the Yahoo news feed today: Krispy Kreme is doing better than ever, and a restaurant in England offers an 8,000 calorie sandwich that has 6 pieces of bread, 3 onion rings, and hash browns.

On the plus side, they do have a story about a 23-year-old woman who lost 115 pounds so she could join the army.

General Discussion / Delta Airlines sucks
« on: November 26, 2013, 01:46:56 PM »
Traveling to see the parents for Turkey Day, and the stewardess gave my gluten free meal to someone else. I'm pretty certain I know what happened: she looked at me, looked at the other passenger, and assumed the meal was intended for her. (I don't look like your typical gluten free person.)

General Discussion / Plan B ineffective over 176 pounds!
« on: November 25, 2013, 02:31:44 PM »
Just saw this news report that the European maker of a drug identical to the emergency contraceptive reports that it is 100% ineffective on women who weigh more than 176 pounds, and the drug begins losing its effectiveness at 165 pounds.

The average weight of American women over 20 years old is 166 pounds; for black women aged 20-39, the average weight is 186 pounds.

The European drug maker can't update their packaging with this weight warning until the American manufacturer does so; don't hold your breath.

Btw, I'm really shocked that the average female weight is that high; I would have guessed more like 140-150 pounds, but I lived too long in Los Angeles.

General Discussion / Time magazine really is terrible
« on: November 24, 2013, 11:44:47 AM »
First they had an article on making junk food "healthier" by using more vegetable oils. Then they list the Cronut as one of the top 25 inventions of the year. Let's take two things that aren't healthy to begin with and combine them.

Why are we deliberately trying to make ourselves fatter and sicker?

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