Monday, December 30, 2013

Resistance Starch

Bifidobacteria like resistant starch (RS),
so when we eat resistant starch, 
we grow more bifidobacteria.  
So what is so special about bifidobacteria? 
Well, they convert RS into a keytones and 
short-chain fatty acids such as butyrate
It is also suggested that these seeded bacteria 
also change other carbohydrates into similar, 
increasing the fat to carbohydrate ratio of the diet. 
The bacteria eat the glucose and convert it into fat, 
reducing the need for insulin. 
OK, if you's say so.

But I can see that if we increase the amount of any 
bacteria by supplying a steady source of their preferred food, 
the relative amount of them will increase.
So N=1 is the only way to test.
Other N=1 seem to indicate success. 
Perhaps a shake of Bob's Red Mills potato starch on things.

Will that reduce hunger? Expect nothing with regard to cravings.

But what do I know?
Be well, eat real food, breath deeply,
smile easily, and enjoy what life has to offer.


Saturday, December 28, 2013


5;30 AM, not sleepy, woke up thirsty.
This was after the 4.30 furry alarm went off,
cheeky fox in the back yard ...
 " my back yard, let me chase him away."
-22 this AM, after a -5 yesterday AM and +5 high.
Oh well, it is end of December, but the days are getting longer.
That 7 week lag in the seasons is a drag.
Christmas bullshit is finally over, now comes new year crap.
Ain't apathy just wonderful. But new years is coming.

I was a pre-diabetic for years now.
This AM I stuck my finger and posted 6.9.
I guess that makes me an unofficial diabetic.
I knew it was coming.
That also explains why I was struggling with hunger,
 and also gaining weight.
I guess this means closer control, and even less carbs.

Reviewing what I ate yesterday,
it was lower carb, but not low.
Perhaps 100 gms, and too much cranspicy pork chops;
good but it contains HP sause; contains some sugar,
and then dried cranberries, aka more sugars.
This BG issue, oh well, I know it was coming.
The thirst in the mornings after higher carb days.
The keytones on my breath.
Well, I was in ketosis, but perhaps not so much as I thought.

I need to take up a sport of some kind.
Perhaps I will go look at archery in the new year.
Fire of shafts of wood at 40 or 50 metres per second
at straw targets at different distances.
Sounds exciting. Enough for now.

Be well, eat real food, breath deeply,
smile easily, and enjoy what life has to offer.

Friday, December 27, 2013

White Poison, Sugar

So has the ADA seen the light?

There is no doubt that sugar is essentially poison,
so why is it so hard to give up and then to keep clean?

Sugar kicks up dopamine, and opioids.
Wheat and other acellular carbohydrates do the same.
Wheat is a dirty one,
it also brings a few opioids to the table,
just to be sure of consumption.

That are the chemicals that say we like that and we want more.
That is the reward system, (another negative definition).
Short term we want more.
Our lizard part of mind does not concern it's self with anything but short term, now.
It has survived for millions of years like that.
It and I have never had to adapt to excess.
Our higher level human brain says little,
it does not come into the picture until
we actually think about what we are consuming,
and think long term.

Where is our mid level brain in all this? Out to Lunch?

But what do I know?
Be well, eat real food, breath deeply,
smile easily, and enjoy what life has to offer.

Monday, December 23, 2013

the twelve objects

Buddha or was it Dao or one of that bunch did a talk about the twelve objects of a finger pointing at the moon. I beleive those concept need a bit of air time.

Consider a finger pointing at the moon. The intent is to draw others attention to the moon, yet, upon analysis, there are at least twelve different objects. In the real realm there is the finger, the action of pointing, and the moon. In the realm of the handles to these objects, there are the words, finger, pointing, and the moon. Do we relate to the object or the word, but regardless the word is an object.

For each real object, there is a mental object residing in the mental realm, that is a separate object, but related to the real object. It is these mental objects that we each relate to, not the real, and that raise the problems. Each of us have different mental objects and different handles for the real object. That is the nature of mental objects, the reside only in each individuals mind. They are different.

There in lies the difficulty of communications when we get to complex subjects. It is a wonder that more is not misunderstood. There dozens of handles for each real object, dozens of mental objects that are similar, some slightly different, and then there are at least two separate minds that have been exposed to different paths and learning. Most of what we know has been learned through discussion, not first person learning. It is approximate at best.

Consider overeating: the overeater has three possible reasons:
they do not have control over eating, they want to overeat, they do not care. What other alternatives are there?

Now anyone who has tried to lose weight knows that only one is possible, they do not have control over there eating. Does anyone? I doubt it, but there are many who claim to have control. Anyone who is totally rational may have; sociopaths, psychopaths, and Spok likes. The remainder of us need to gain cooperation of our physical bodies, not be hungry or craving, to be able to "manage our eating".

Oh well, what do I know. Be well, breath deeply, smile easily, and enjoy what life has to offer.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Cues and Priming

Cues, eating cues that is, are events or happenings that cue us to desire food. Pictures of food on web sights and TV food commercials  are of the worst for me. Smell is bad for some. High aromatic editable products that I do not consider to be food, wheat products, pizzas, chocolate, are not an issue for me, but I understand for some are a major problem.

Time and location are two more cues that can be an issue. Habit, at 12 noon we eat lunch. But breakfast was late today. It does not matter, at 12 noon we have lunch. Process thinkers. You all know the type. The plan, tradition, the process controls their actions, not logic. Oh well, they happen.

Now on to priming. Priming can be seen as the effect of a taste. We want more. Appetisers. You know that part. But what about after the meal. We can still taste what ever. That also is another incident of priming. Teeth cleaning right after a meal can put an end to picking. Now if I pick, the cost has increased. Pick and I will have to go clean my teeth again. Minor arbitrary rule, but rigorous honesty forces the issue. I need to comply with this arbitrary rule. One less opportunity to eat.

Be well, breath deeply, smile easily, and enjoy what life has to offer. Daoish.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Parents (consolation)

Biologically, we are promised parents. Not good parents, or even present parents. There are no tests required, no licencing, no prior approval. If we are lucky, we survive childhood, and leave home. I was born postwar, and quire an number of the kids I knew did not make it to high school graduation, and quite a few died shortly thereafter. Oh Well, we are all mortal and must die sometime.

Childhood could have ended much worse. I did not buy the farm when offered, I narrowly missed that leg hold trap. I was not sold into slavery, as were some, when they bought there fathers farm. One was miserable in life until he expired in his early 40's, mainly from overwork.

We were not exposed to parish, although at time that place was so cold that I had to do my homework with pencil by coal-oil lamps. Ink froze. Oh well, there was the heat of summer and the mosquitoes.

We were poorer that the neighbours, but they had debts. I survived and left. The point is we are born of parents who control our life for the early years. At some point we need to go our own way, make our decision and have our own failures. We cannot allow our poor learning of life skills drag us down forever. We must take responsibly, change as necessary, do what is necessary, and parents just need to live with the results.

We may have delusions of what parents should be; they may have delusions of what their children should be. Delusion, all delusions, expectations, are at the root of much of the mental distress we suffer. Let them go, as the buddha suggested.

Be well, breath, smile, and enjoy what life has to offer. Daoish.

Friday, December 13, 2013

another damn peptide

In humans, stress causes increased food intake in one subset of the population and conversely causes decreased food intake in another; why some people lose weight and other gain weight is not yet well understood. 

Perhaps more of the normal distribution effect within a population?
Same curve as below but different application.
The organism is not adapting to it's environment. Humans are big on adjusting our environment, not ourselves. Perhaps there is need of a manual on how to adjust ourselves to a the bullshit stresses we face each day, beyond "that guy sure has a big problem". 

Our capacity for self-control has not shrunk; instead, the changing conditions of our modern world have pushed our limits to such an extent that more and more of us are simply no longer up to the challenge.

This actually provides a clue... change my thinking to deal with shit... who's problem is it.. that asswhole (whole ass) has a problem... stoic division of control and therefore responsibility... personal values priority list... etc... that's not food... No sgo6eeh...

and where patients become revenue sources for doctors.

What is it all coming too?
Be well. Breath, smile and enjoy what life has to offer. Ignore the rest. Dao.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Or is the conclusion just wrong?

Sharma points out
Or is the conclusion just wrong, or pointing to the cause of overeating?

Is overeating a stress ... aggravation ...negative feeling...coping method or an ego protection method?

We live with stress, perhaps it is time start causing stress in the food industry people instead? My call for action... Quit buying sugar in all forms, wheat and other grains in all forms, all processed food, all ketchup ... to get back at Heinz for closing there Ontario plant.

Is it time to take action against artificial food additives and products? Stop buying them. Through sugar and wheat products out... simple... make a loud statement against evil sugar and acellular carbohydrates.

Eat real food.

But what do I know. Breath, smile, and enjoy the marketing circus. Dao.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Diet and Logic

Is it likely that our human bodies would make and store energy in forms that are not good for us?

My answer to idiots like (not the bloggers, but the subject people),

We cannot store much carbohydrate, so we convert it to largely saturated fats. That is the end of whether saturated fat is an issue or not for me.

Carbohydrates, on the other hand, must be fresh and in limited amounts to control blood glucose. High blood glucose is not good, and is lowered by insulin and raised the liver. We can let our liver control it from the bottom end by simply not feeding on much carbohydrate.

Chicken is not satiating like beef. Look at the "duration of satiety to calorie ratio", to select diet friendly food. If a meal keeps me satiated for 4 hours, and has 300 calories, that is 75 calories per hour. As I sleep for 8 hours, I need to be satiated for 16 hours. 16 x 75 = 1200, aka a good meal for weight loss.

It is not the food, it is the willingness to follow the diet that becomes the issue.

Be well. Breath, smile and enjoy what life offers. Ignore the remainder. Dao.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Cues and Crap

Why do so many "weight loss" blogs put food pictures or eating cues on each page?

They do understand how to turn people on to the desire to eat? You bet they do. So why do they do it? Evil bastards. You can't (should not) eat this and we will tempt you. Typical family where one is on a diet. Evil bastards. I grew up with an evil sister, in an evil home. What chance did I have, until I understood that they were just naturally evil.

Yoni got me to respond thus: The typical eating disorder has a psychological or philosophic (belief & values) issue of some kind. Until that problem is identified and corrected, the client will just struggle; until the problem is mostly resolved a dietitians time is mostly wasted.

It was not until I became willing to understand that I must not listen to many others who are pushing consumption of evil food products, sugar, processed carbohydrates, oils, trans-fats, and the like I came to a place that I could get near normal. It is likewise that I learned to filter the bull-shit received from PHD's and doctors. The only diet that is useful is the one I can stay on. I need fats, real meats, and the like. End of.

And now the crab:
The first step in recover is to stop reading in something that is not there. The second step is to get a life. Peta is a group of idiots who put their emotional driven views above human health with their no meat stance. No human population lived naturally with no meat.

Then, no shit Sheerluck. We like sugar more than satiation, or satiety, also. Let me see S. Yokum, is he not one of Kesslers disciples. More fat and sugar chocolate milkshakes. Hyperpalatable foods.  

Then there is the issue that language is such a dull, blunt way of communication, but it is the best we have. Nobody listens anymore to much. Too much stimulus. We need physical work, and much of the problem would go away. But what do I know. Breath, smile, and enjoy what life has to offer. Ignore the remainder. Dao.

Monday, November 25, 2013


Cravings come and cravings go, and sometimes they stay for days, weeks. Not easy to not eat, and yet know one claims to have the answers.

Too much carbohydrate definitely results in cravings. Lustin's explanation, insulin blocks leptin signaling, and leptin is the satiety hormone, is the most likely explanation.

Too little intake of energy, fat or carbohydrate causes a first pass feeding of the gut hunger. A bit of fat or fat and protein removes that. For me, this occurs any time after three hours. Others suggest it should not happen for 5 to 6 hours.

Too little carbohydrate also causes cravings, severe cravings. Dr. Richard Bernstein, at 30 grams does not talk about the cravings. So I suspect it is not universal. Inositol has been suggested as the cause, and cantaloupe, the most available natural inositol helps, but by then I am well over 30 grams of carbs. Potatoes also help, but only boiled and cooled, to produce a bit of resistant starch.  This suggests that there is a craving free window of opportunity.

Expression of these issues also helps. But what do I know. Breath, simile and enjoy what life has to offer. Dao.  

Monday, November 18, 2013

A quick summary

This in intended for BMI > 30 only, the obese. Exobese may also benefit. This assumes that we have the willingness to follow.

Robert Lustig provides the physiology of carbohydrate intolerance, the desire to keep eating, or more precisely- the lack of satiation, aka, insulin blocking the leptin signal.

Details can be found here:

David Kessler identifies the foods that cause an issue of raising a desire to eat. Eating processed carbohydrate, sugar, starches, can start a person down the road to Lustig's area of expertise. 


Emotional refeeding, aka, eating for other reasons, trains us to eat, conditioned hypereating. Details.

So what is the solution?
Start with Maffetone's Two week test, and figure how little carbohydrate you can handle and then stay below that amount. 

After that we may need to adjust the amount of protein/fat we are consuming. 

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

The ideal diet

New guidelines have been created, or new advise to be dispensed.

Of course, if a doctor disagrees, and provides his best experience, and does not follow the guidelines, then he is negligent.... and we all know where that leads.... Statins anyone.

The ideal diet is one that we can stay on and lose weight or maintain weight on, and all those other bloody markers. That is physically stay on the diet, psychologically stay on the diet, philosophical stay on the diet, socially stay on the diet, environmentally stay on the diet, economically stay on the diet, ..... and all those other things, not just food. It is the continual advice to try this or that, Paleo, primal, Atkins, Dunkin, Mediterranean, Low-carb Paleo, 19th Century Peasant, Real Food Plan, PHD, Mediterranean, or whatever. No processed foods, sugars, flours, seed oils. No hyperpalatable... Yada, yada, yada.

And everybody has a opinion today, and another tomorrow. Yet only the scales knows for sure, and it does not known anything, for it is a scales.

I know I am not in control of my weight, but some days, I do have control of what is available to eat, and some days not. Such is life.

But what do I know? Breath, smile, and enjoy the circus that life is. Dao.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Real food

but the twinkie will leave you wanting more. Real food grew in a garden or on a farm. You can eat it raw, or simply cooked. No messing about. No need of a recipe. Simple. No hyperpalatable. No Addictive nature.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Food Addiction Cycle

The food addiction cycle and the craving cycle are a concept intended for better understanding of the process. This is not completely described, but rather a coarse model of understanding. It is confused as the -- carbohydrate excess cycle, insulin overshot, fat storage, premature hunger, eating -- cycle overlays or is (or can be) a parallel process that adds to the issue. Also note that some fats and some proteins can start this cycle.

The craving cycle can be understood as a group of lists, pick one of more from each column, and then proceed to the next list. The first step in the cycle is the cue step, a cue of some type, cue, image, location, time, or a thought. Thinking is dangerous for us obsessives. We can avoid some of the environmental cues, but not within modern society, perhaps at work or some of the time.

The second list is more of the same, just stronger. If food is presented, or priming aka tasting, smell, sight, or more thinking, perhaps associated with a "liking", desire, or "wouldn't it be nice". This is appetite development stage. The wet mouth stage, if we notice, or as some of us mop up drool. The ability to taste, to like food, and a intense desire for food all vary in strength. Some people have little desire for food and do no accept or acknowledge this issue, so if you are one of those FO.

We can separate from cue/situation if necessary at this point. Walk away. Go do something else, not food related. Or think or say "that is not food", or "that is poison to me", the most powerful of methods.

This is usually followed with eating the forbidden food, or not. We consume or produce chemicals in the brain that have a effect on our thinking, desires, motivation, learning, memory, or we may recall tastes, and pleasant feelings. This can be totally unconscious as well as consciously. The eating strengthens the desire for more, and weakens the resistance. Those that think willpower is useful can FO.

The chemicals produce or consumed (parts or whole) are often opioid peptides (wheat, grains, diary, nuts) or endorphins (omega 6 oils), or other like dopamine, serotonin, stimulus, relaxants. These
produce feelings of liking, strong desire for more, desires of all sorts if more is not an option, craving, grasping, intense desire for more, and the like. These desires can be very strong. This is the reason that moderation is a suckers game, if you are a addict.

There are other causes of food desire. Stress refeeding is a common learned behavior. This becomes a conditioned, unconscious reaction. If carbohydrate is used as refeed material, the insulin storage cycle is often started, so overeating is normal.

There is another problem, left desiring more after an adequate meal, even low-carb, zero carb, or the like. Some of us cannot stop. Satiation does not happen. Satiety may after a hour or so, some of the time.

It is impossible to explain the strength of the desire for food to people who have little desire. The only solution is to totally avoid the addictive foods. That may mean eating boiled cabagge and beef burgers the remainder of my life.

But what do I know. Breath, smile and enjoy what life has to offer.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013


How strong is your desire for food?

Do thin people have less strong desire for food or greater will power?

Do thin people lack the ability to taste food, and hence the ability to be primed and cued?

I think this is the secret of weight control, not will power.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Double Stating


People between the ages of 45 and 64 saw the biggest increases in obesity rates, followed by those earning annual salaries between $30,000 and $74,999.

So you pick the income group with the biggest value, a $45000 dollar spread, and a 20 year age group... But it is the same data, once vs age groups, once vs age... Both ways of looking at it likely includes the majority of overeaters. So what is news?

Yet the government encourages food companies to continue to market hyperpalatable foods. We are the silent majority. It we all wrote (emailed, phoned) our MLA, MP (Canadian) , would it do anything besides make us feel better having vented? More deaf ears. 

Hello work. Any body got there eats on?    

Sunday, November 3, 2013


Palatability meaning has changed,
when it is used by the food industry,
or the meaning has become something
that it was or is not in the common understanding
of the word.

Palatability now is a measure of
only one aspect of taste, the ability of a food
to stimulate the desire for more.

Anyone on a weight reduction diet should immediately
see the importance of such a characteristic of food.
Priming from the first bite is zero.
Priming is the creation of desire for more from the first bite.
Eat or not eat is a actual choice,
not a fight against nature, and our desires.

There is a diet advantage of a low and normal
palatability foods, where normal is "do not care"
or "take it or leave it" level of desire for that food.
Hyper and high palatable foods will cause
consumption until hedonic adaptation
says "enough already".

Now this makes the boiled and refrigerated potato
the ideal diet food; bland yes, but neutral palatability,
and quick satiation, good satiety.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Ability to Taste

Our ability to taste may have more
to do with our weight than anything else.

We taste, and decide: more or nomore,
this is food, this is not food,
this is good, this is bad.
Our taste is the sense that is the primary input
into the decision, eat this or not.
So our ability to taste is the primary input
into our weight, along with a LOOKUP
function, is this good or bad.

This may be how tobacco is such an appetite killer,
more than just nicotine. After quitting smoking,
a few weeks, and food starts to taste much better,
and we then eat more.

This may also be why boiled potatoes
are such good diet food. (Chris Voigt)
Taste could be divided into three categories:
real good; neutral, bad. If we always eat in the
neutral zone, we would never be primed to go on eating.

Primed: a food that induces the "more" signal.

Can we create a new LOOKUP function be
inserting an arbitrary rule in our logic?
No sugar, grains, and no fats on vegetables.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Separation of fuels

This is a self reminder.

If we look at the human body as a system,
it become obvious that we are a two fuel system.
When we look at satiation and satiety
 it also become obvious that the fuels should not be mixed
before they go into the body.

Kessler suggest that fat and sugar and salt
should not be mixed because they produce a
hyperpalatable mixture that screws with
the satiation and satiety signals.

Zoe Harcombe suggest we keep starch carbohydrates
 and fats separate. Maybe I should try that,
but that is what I have been doing for three days,
but not as separate meals.
That is also what I was doing when I lost
the bulk of my weight, but then I added back more fats,
because someone said fats were good
and we could not gain weight on fats. Crap.
Oh well.
This also implies that anything that is not palatable raw
may be cooked.
If is still not palatable, perhaps it is not food.
But wait; did someone not say that fire was the technological advantage that allowed us to develop big brains?

Satiation is a soft signal,
 we should stop as soon as we can,
regardless if there is more food on the plate.
Not gonna happen.
Put less on the plate, then go away.
Satiation should occur in time.

Appetite, hunger and cravings follow
what I ate yesterday, not today.
That is a twist that I still must get my head around.
That is an averaging effect for the first pass effect
(gut and liver get fed first).
They do not care if they get fat or medium starches
(0.2<cd<1.0 C/gm).

This is not Paleo, for typical paleo is high fat,
 and fats on vegetables, but who cares.

The concept of getting rid of the
 hyperpalatable foods may be the key.
Any cook can make hyperpalatable,
just add sugar, fat, salt and perhaps
flavor to any protein or starch.
AKA... processed food... but in the kitchen.

This is a set the carbohydrates and protein at the desired level,
and adjust the fat to deal with the desired weight,
while maintaining satiation, satiety,
normal to low palatable foods.
Not unpalatable.
Anyone that is unwilling to eat this way
can deal with their weight there way.
So those who are unwilling to give up chocolate,
salad dressing, butter or oils just have to suffer on there own.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Obesity Recovery

There are at least two separate parts to obesity recover, knowing what must be done, food wise, and second becoming willing to do it. Both are a struggle. Sorting out the real information from opinion in the food world take a bit of understanding. But the real challenge is the doing of it against all the social, environmental, marketing, and cohort pressure.

I need to be happy with my life and happy to follow a strict food plan, essentially paleo minus EVOO, butter, nuts, cheese, but I also need to include a bit of starch- potatoes, else I get too hungry. So I no not fit in any camp, but somewhere between PHD and Paleo, not Atkins, not Dukin, I tend to refer to this as 19th Century, for the lack of a better term.

But the willingness is the issue. Among my fraternity of exobese, I frequently see this as the problem. Gratitude lists, and a feeling of being pleased with the current situation both help. It is really about maintaining that attitude of being pleased that lifts the spirits.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

How wrong can we be?

Overeating is not a moral or psychological issue much of the time. It is often chemical. We are primed today to want tomorrow, later today and next week. In order to get separation, we need a ordered, controlled eating program which does not leave us hungry, nor primed for a feast, in the future.  

Obesity is not about us, but about the food supply, the chemistry hyperpalatable foods, our rushed culture, convenience foods, junk food, and the modern philosophy of shortage of time to cram everything in so that we can sit and watch television. The first step in recover is turning off television, and developing a full and satisfying balanced life live.

What do I mean by balanced? Let us say that we can divide life into categories of time by activity. Wake up, shower, breakfast, commute work, commute, supper, clean up, {{kids, home work bath, bed} read, study, hobbie, visit, classes}bed. Repeat 5 times, plus 2 special days.
Are there things in you life that you are short on, and things you spend too much time on? Does you time match your personality, not just duties, your expectations, others expectations.

Perhaps we need to let go of out expectations, and live in the present, without fear or worry of the future, without regret of the past. Breath, smile, and enjoy the wonders of life. Dao.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013


I am thinking now that
weight control is all about satiation.

There is so little information available.
A bit of butter seems to displace
any feeling of satiation.
It is more than a calories thing,
more that a simple palatability thing.
it is complex and even possible chaotic.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Deleting Hyperpalatable

I am cheap,
and will not waste foods,
so last night I ate a
hyperpalatable supper,
a smoked porkchop,
and the nearing the end of
thankings leftovers finally,
cabbage roles and
ham and beans,
but much more of them remain.

Lower or actually normal
palatability food are more filling,
after trying out about three meals,
I can feel the difference.

It occurs to me that any cook
can convert normal palatable into
hyperpalatable food with minor
addition of ingredients and calories.
All we need do is add butter,
add a bit of sauce,
a bit of cheese,
a bit of spices.

Is that all it takes to gain satiation?

Saturday, October 19, 2013


David A Kessler, in his book,
the End of Overeating has
explained why a subset of the population
has a problem.
The essence of the problem is:
High Palatable food is screwing up
satiation in susceptible people.

I am one.

After much muttering about,
clearly defining ever "big" word,
we are a phenotype
(a subset of the population) which:
lack food eating resistance,
lack satiation,
lose control of eating,
and are preoccupied with food.


We represent 50% of the obese,
30% of the overweight,
17% of normal weight people.


The solution is to exclude all
"highly palatable" food from our diet.


So WTF are "highly palatable" foods?

Turns out:
All manufactured products,
aka --layered fats, sugars, and salt,
on a bit of protein or carbohydrates,
all food that combine fats with
starches or carbohydrates,
all foods contain more than trace sugars.

Sounds like Zoe Harcombe diet... sort of.

Few natural food contain both sugar and fats.

But the acid test is to come,
does it work for me?
This is not a big change for me:
no salad dressing,
no butter on vegetables
no ketchup, not even the dab that I use.

But this is not how he expresses it all.
In his detailed, pleasant and positive manner,
the message is almost lost.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Wants Exploration

Cravings for food are desires, not needs.
They do drive appetite,
which make life difficult when one is drooling.
Desires come in a number of types,
terminal, and instrumental.
They can be logical - rational,
or emotional based.
Eating is a conditioned response
that becomes habitual, aka unconscious.
Advertising raises emotional desires,
which in turn raise appetite.

Now lets try to straighten this spaghetti.

This is trying to put
David Kessler work on why we eat
together with On Desire by William Irvine.

So when I see food, and it is available to me
I have a hedonic emotional terminal desire to eat.
Emotional hedonic terminal desires are the
strongest desires, the largest dopamine response.
If I eat, it (did) or would develop into a habit.
So I have become habituated
or conditioned to eating,
wanting to eat, desiring to eat
when I see food (cue), and it is available.

Pavlov's dogs come to mind
So what are the treatment options.
I am now aware that it is an
irrational emotional terminal desire
and should be ignored.
The ultimate human purpose
is to work from irrational emotions
toward reason and rational actions.
Is that enough?

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Industrial Fat Machine

Do we humans stand a chance of being normal weight against the industrial selling more products machine?

The cause of obesity is research and the industral selling machine.

So no industrial products, eliminate tv and food advertising from our life. AKA return to 19th century. Real food, not to much.

Some thing are up to us, and somethings are not. Our appetite is not up to us, but what we put in our mouths is, so some of us are doomed to go through life drooling like a Newfie, a large wet mouth hound.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Why do I eat or overeat?

The why of overeating is elusive,
but yet there is reasons.
First, it has nothing to do with hunger,
this is a separate problem.
When real food, 19th century diet,
is not enough to control weight,
we must rely on something more.
Food science gives some idea of portions.

David Kessler divides eating into
Habit and Goal directed eating.

Habit is automatic response to cue;
place, location, presence of food.
It is unconscious, movements starts
before we are aware of the stimulus.
It is programed by repetitive behavior.
To stop, remove the cue.

Food advertisement does not apply.
This starts the appetites,
which then starts
emotional goal seeking behaviour,
a cat of a different stripe.

Goal seeking or goal directed is a
parallel but different circuit.
It starts as a goal, becomes
conscious, thinking, desiring,
and taking deliberate steps
to satisfy the desires.
It can be a cue for habitual eating behaviour,
rendering TV watching dangerous,
a weapon of diet disruption or amassing girth.

Now we can take a step back
and look at desires.
These can be logical, philological,
or emotional.
Emotional are the strong ones.
Desires can be terminal, or instrumental,
one more piece of the chain to the goal.

Hunger is philological,
while growing a garden is logical, maybe.

So how does all this provide a solution.
First we need to prevent habitual eating,
and then provide only a small moderate
neutral meal at meal times,
moving the reason to eat
from emotional to rational, logical.
And then fill life between meals and
before bedtime with other activities
that we like more than eating.
There is the rub.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Just realized

We humans do not stand a chance
of remaining healthy and
normal weight
if we eat any industrial processed foodstuffs.
These are products,
not foods.

Conditioned hypereating
is a learned behavior.
We unintentionally learned
from our body responses.
It includes anxiety overeating,
that is refeeding after the
anxiety (or stress) condition
has been removed.
(as typical after school feeding)

Glucose-insulin overdose,
hyperinsulinemia, food addiction,
behavioral addictions,
wheat / opioid addictions,
and perhaps eating disorders
are all a result
of conditioned hypereating.

If it can be learned,
it can be unlearned.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Turkey Soup Day Tomorrow

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving,
to all christians and other celebrants.
Today is likely turkey leftover day,
tomorrow maybe turkey soup day.

As my wife had to do a turkey,
tomorrow will be a making soup day.
The soup to be frozen and served
over and over, as she wants it.

Definition of eternity: two people
and a turkey.

But we had 17 yesterday,
so there is not a lot of turkey,
but as I am concerned,
no turkey would be better.

As this is all conditioned overeating,
it is better to see it pass,
without cueing anybody to want to eat.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Ketosis and confusion

They may understand perfectly
but I am still confused.

We have broadly two "sources"
of ketone, one our fat, and two,
our food supply. So the
liver makes ketones from fats,
muscles, and other cells take up ketones.

So the level of ketone in the blood
is not steady state, but a flux level.
Storage will occur above some level,
and diffusion of fat occurs
from the fat cells at some lower level.
Does that not imply there are three ranges,
one low when ketones are
coming out of the fat cells,
a normal range in the centre,
and high fat storage range.

Insulin must be relative low
for this to happen, always,
aka, blood glucose is low-normal,
and relatively stable.

The kidneys fail to do complete re-uptake,
so some ketones leak to the waste.
So if wasting is happening,
we must have ketones in the blood,
therefore we a burning ketones, not glucose.
But this is a big stretch is it not,
we are wasting ketones, therefore
the ketone concentration is high,
but we do not know the source.

For weight control, aka weight loss,
we need it to be coming from stored
fat, not fresh ingested fat.
So we need to eat enough fat to
feed the gut, with first pass effect.
We need, long term, to feed the body,
after we are at "ideal weight".
Does it matter what ketone level
we are at?
Does the ketone level not going low
mean that we are well fed
relative to our need?
AKA we have a food supply?
We lose the fastest we can
when we are the source of fat.

So all this is just to hid
from the idiot box,
with the ongoing food cues,
to apply David Kessler's cure.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013


Appetite today is dependent
on what I ate yesterday. WTF.

Appetite has a lag effect.
One, two, three days.

Wheat; gluten, and opioid peptides
increase appetite tomorrow. (W. Davis)
Fructose suppresses satiation tomorrow. (Lustic)
Stress and anxiety cause a
refeed appetite surge
after the stress is released. (Capital Health)

Food Addiction, Behavioral Addiction,
eat today, desire more later, and tomorrow.

But what about cravings
that never go away?

Cortisol, and chronic low grade stress:
Now how do I deal with that?

Life is none of my concern.
What is there to stress over?

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Obamacare vs Canadian Health care

As a Canadian, I have no interest in US situation, but I think you guys have not understood the millstone that Obama has hung around your necks. There is an issue that results from government funding health care, and that is a ballooning health care budget and system, as the population gets sicker. The attitude of the people has changed here, as a direct result of medicare.

It is illogical and just stupid to expect the health care system, which depends on us getting sick to grow, to tell us how to stay well or get well. They even fudge their own studies. They grow their industry. Oh well, it is government, and Medicare is now a government protected industry.

Canadian system is paid out of general revenues, while the US system has an additional tax that only the people with money can pay. King Ralph (Alberta), before he left office, said it, "The cost will kill us, if we do not fix it now, but there is no political will to fix it." Oh well, Ralph is dead now.

It is nice to say that everyone has equal access and will get the best of care. But what about the queue jumping that happens? "It does not happen", but sit in a waiting room and watch. It is not queue jumping, but bumping to the critical list that occurs, AKA, treat immediately.

When someone else is paying for the cost of stupid activities, lack of caution, and a fake belief that the doctors can and should be able to fix anything, we have stopped taking care of ourselves, and doing what is necessary to prevent the need of medical attention.

Some people knew sixty years ago that physically demanding jobs, dangerous jobs, grain rich diets, sugar, too much fruit, sports injuries, risky behaviors, and the like were too dangerous for their involvement. Further, they knew that for health, they had to take care of themselves, as their ancestors had done. They told us, but we were not listening. Oh well, "we have medicare, and workers compensation" was our attitude. Now we pay and pay and pay.

But with everyone piling onto the system, how long can we afford it?

The medical system is extremely well paid, above the first line. Management is "management" heavy, few helpers, and a lot of qualified medical personnel, with hefty pay checks. No private companies operate like that. Oh, well, it is government.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Opioid based food addiction

Do some of us product opioids
as a result of eating some foods?


So if we are addicted to food,
is it the opioid? Likely.

So what foods?
Wheat, barley... Glutins, Gladins
And dairy proteins,
butter, cheese

So abstinence is the way
out of addiction.

Now no butter, no cheese.

But the question is are we more sensitive
than normal people to opioids, or
do we produce more, as have
the enzyme to split the opioid peptide
out of the protein chains?

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Omega 3
The Journal of Nutrition shows a surprising connection between omega 3 and physical activity. An observational study of 344 healthy adults living in and around Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, found that those people who had regular physical activity had more omega 3 in their blood — and were therefore at less of a risk of heart disease — than those who didn’t exercise.

Omega 3 is good for the brain and heart, but where did it come from? do we produce it or release it when we walk or exercise? Or do people with more Omega 3 just exercise more because the was to, or are they health nuts, taking O3 and exercising?  Until that is answered what does this mean?

Friday, September 27, 2013


Grain Brain: David Perlmutter, MD

Fructose depresses satiation.

Fructose put us into
fat storage mode.
Less free fat,
more hunger.

Therefore no fructose
of any kind in the losing cycle.

How much fructose?
very little.
one fruit is enough to
depress satiation and
put us into fat storage mode.

Emotional Regulation

Emotional Regulation Ok.
A modern term, but Stoic methods work.

Emotions are automatic reactions to situations.
Stoic, we react, not to the situation,
but to what we think about the situation.

There is a space between the situation
and our reaction; insert filter.
Stoic- we feel the emotions,
but we react with reason.

Anger is something getting in the way
of our expectations.
Stoic, expect what happens.
Expect what typically happens,
in traffic, the aggressive assholes,
and the road slugs.

Stoic, natural human development
is from emotional to rational.
Encourage development of rational
approaches to emotional situations.

Stoic, some things are up to us,
and some are not. Our judgements,
our opinions, and some violations
are up to us. As we become more
rational, our desires, aversions, delusions,
and the like become up to us.
Our body, and everything outside
us is not up to us.
We can influence some things
by our actions, and more
can be influenced by others,
but there is much
that we have no influence on.
The weather, earth and it's events,
the physical world.

Boredom is lack of interest
in the world around us.

Thursday, September 26, 2013


Our ability to taste,
and our liking of tastes
has a big impact on our diet.

Vinegar, as far as I am concerned,
is a vial tasting,
vial smelling substance.
To cover the taste,
some people add sugar
and thence make it poison.
Take a fine cucumber,
and spoil it with vinegar,
and then rave about the taste...
not for me, thankyou.

So what is the point?

Same with lemon juice,
beyond a squeeze per gallon.


Take a good sirloin steak
and destroy it
with a teriyaki marinade,
and rave over it.

Overeating is sometimes the result
of insufficient enjoyable food
at the previous meal,
or someone trying to get fancy
for people who do not like some tastes.

And does some slight food dislike,
or aversion, or allergy
cause release of adrenaline,
possibly as a method
of clearing it from the stomach,
perhaps to much insulin also,
to deal with the glucose,
and thence to produce hunger sooner?

Did I wolf it down because I did not like it?
and then satiate on stuff I liked?

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Causes of Obesity

Once we figure out a specific cause of obesity,
and address that cause,
the problem should dry up and blow away,

In the past I have tried to list the causes of obesity
beyond the obvious overeating,
but the causes for overeating are alusive
and yet critical in understanding
and overcoming the problem.
I will not call it a disease,
for it may be a choice out of ignorance of the cause.

Much of my recovery has come from
understanding carbohydrate induced
nutritional displacement, wheat addiction,
and considering many products
as not real food.

But is there also fat nutritional displacement?
AKA use of fats to satisfy appetite for
no reason other than to
make green leaves more palatable? 

So is this another human habit that is
causing nutritional displacement?
Was use of oils for salad dressing
common before 1900?
If we look at
salad dressing had little fat, little sugar.

But then what does all this mean?

Monday, September 23, 2013

What is a craving?

The internet would have us beleive a
craving is a desire, just a psychological object.
Or is it chemical, as a shortage of glycogen,
before the body kicks over to producing
glycogen through gluconeogenesis.

The test> Pan Fried Potatoes, do they
remove the craving if eaten in small
quantities once per day?

If the cravings go away, then it may be
some internal need for glucose.

Is this more of the inositol storey?
I could be short, but able to make it from glucose.

Fructose Addiction

Yes, fructose addiction is real,
at least for some of us.
Withdrawal cravings, severe.
Much stronger than wheat.

It is more than just sugar,
and yet sugar is half fructose.
I see this is going to be a
weaning exercise.

Sunday, September 22, 2013


So what happens to excessive appetite
on a low fructose food plan?

That means no fruit, or very little.
No sugar, no grains,

How much carrots?
What about beats with onions?
and of course,
adequate not excess protein.

No trans fats or seed oils,
and the remainder, fats.

but now watch out for exdrophins.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Excessive appetite

It is amazing how much information there is if we look in the right place, and find the right name for the problem.

Excessive appetite is polyphagia.

It seems that sugar, fructose particularly,
is a big producer,
or rather creates a big demand for insulin
and the body responds with insulin,
and sometimes insulin and adrenalin
or epinephrine and a bit of insulin.

A shot of  epinephrine stops the muscles
of taking up glucose at least in rats.
but just an abstract.

So waking up scared and hungry, anyone?
Yes, every morning,
or just frequently or continual scared,
primed for flight or fight,
and soon the hunger starts.

So why the insulin effect with fructose?

Insulin is not used in the fructose to
energy conversion in the liver.
So why insulin and epinephrine,
spelled two pine and her,
caused by fructose?
but just an abstract.

Is this an adrenaline problem,
not just an insulin problem?

Sunday, September 15, 2013

psychologically induced appetite

Psychologically induced appetite
is good clear name for all the mind weakness response to food advertising,
food pushing, and the like.

aka Psychological polyphagia

It is psychological warfare against
a normal sized body that big food and
their wage slave, servant, the media,
carry out. Follow the dollars,
sugar merchants advertising pays the bills,
or did for a long time. Now, with the internet,
we really do have free speech,
but who is listening, reading?
The converted.
Oh, well, we are learning.

Some things are up to us and some are not.  

What happens if you force a child to clean his plate?
When he is not in control of
how much food is put on this plate?
Can a child be expected to know how much
food he needs?

Friday, September 13, 2013

psychologically induced appetite

"psychologically induced appetite" in google brings up zero responses.
Does this mean the group of terms means nothing?
What would you call an appetite response to food advertising?
Or are we humans of calling a spade a spade?
Or am I the only one who has such a reaction?

Psychologically induced hunger, in google, brings 7 results,
none of which say that it exists, yet it obviously exists.

Or what is it called, this urge to eat, when hunger is not present?
To feel hunger, weight a day, and I can identify that feeling.
So what is the terminology for the other?
A  craving?
-but not psychologically induced appetite?

I think identifying and proper label is
important part of treating the problem.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Processes of change

Last day we looked at the stages of change; today we look at the processes, as stated by others:

  • Understanding, acquiring specific information as to the effect of the change. This implies we know what to change.
  • Opportunity to vent their feelings, change is hard, dramatic relief.
  • Self-evaluation, how and what to change and the need for other goals in life.
  • Environmental reevaluation, pros and cons of the environment to foster change. For food issues, this is a big one, dump the food pushers, and the evil persons who create temptations. Perhaps we need to cost / benefit analysis of having and not having those people in our lives, (or TV), both short and long term.  
  • Self-liberation, believing we can change, perhaps learning about motivation of self, commitment to change, perseverance to change, a whole attitude adjustment.
  • Developing supporting relationships, activities, and people. (implies dumping or displacing non-supportive).
  • Continue change in thinking (philosophy), consistency of maintaining change, (implies reevaluation of the changes made, and upgrading where necessary). 
  • Rewarding self, (motivation?)
  • Avoid negativity, aka stay positive, strong, directed.
  • Maintenance - big picture goals  
I will add two more in the weight control area, not letting others force me (I, you) back into an unhealthy pattern of eating, even if it is convenient for them, aka persistence for our own needs.  This is related to the other; fixity of attitude, and insistence on a suitable environment for recovery.  

The difficulty with low carb is not the difficulty of low carb, but of the culture I live in, the bloody food pushers, temptresses, and the carb pushing culture. 

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Exploring the process of change

The process of change is not a straight line
but rather a looping process.
We need to decide to change,
what to change, why, and all those
other issues, and then to do it,
and how to prevent relapse.

Somebody divided the process
into five steps or stages:
- pre-consideration; I is what I is,
and the world is all screwed up,
- consideration; perhaps I could do
something about that myself,
- contemplation; how does one change,
what should I change, and why,
- action; active change,
- maintenance; the new normal
- relapse; phase two.
It says 5 steps, but I count 6,
but that does not deal with the points in detail.

Somewhere we need to get to a finer split
on the change process.

We need to figure out that it is us that must change
to be able to live in a screwed up world,
and it must be us that changes.
This includes accepting that
much of what we know is wrong,
and we do not even know what parts are right.
We must start at zero and test everything.

We can take a shortcut and
adopt that which we have been told is true,
but what if we discover that to, is wrong.

We must have a system of testing if a concept,
an idea, an image, impression, or judgement
is better that what it is to replace,
and if it is, then upgrade.
It is a series of choices,
a group of decision,
not just one choice or decision.

Fix up the past, and our relationships
keep on testing on the way through, reject anything

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Obesity breakdown

Obesity, (not including overweight) is a problem without a defined cause, but we all know it is some form of overeating, but why overeat, and how does one stop? What are the causes, and how do we get away?

Knowledge of food and human body.
Knowledge and commitment to change.
And other factors.

What do I mean by philosophy?
There beliefs that we all hold.
Some of them are just wrong.
If we replace some, wrong or right,
with other beliefs,
the problem stops being a problem.

Sugar and grains are not food.
That single "arbitrary rule" get rid of choice
Without choice, there is no decision.
Life becomes simple.
Frugal, not, but simple.
No omega 6 oils,
that eliminates much more,
No processed foods,
no acellular carbohydrates.
Chopie I know,
but that is the way I think.

This is the filter between stimulus and response.
I do not eat that which is not food.  

Monday, August 26, 2013

Stimulus Junkie (Bad poe warning)

Am I a stimulus junkie?

How much stimulus
does a stimulus junkie make?
A stimulus junkie without his stimulus,
not a happy person doth make,
for brutal agitation is felt,
a desire for stimulus,
will be the driving force.

Now what if that desired stimulus
is the intake of food?
Would that not an overeater make?
Is it food the desired
or is it the stimulus that is desired?
If it is the stimulus,
then displace of the food
with a different stimulus,
a solution could make.

Is the secret why of the
vital engrossing creative interest,
the causes that drives
the solution to work?

Not a solution,
the swapping of obsessions,
but harm reduction,
the solution to polution;
choose the lesser weevil,
since no god, no sin, no evil,
all beyond my control,
only virtue and vice,
in my current belief.

But is a lesser damaging obsessions really better?
of obsession, no,
of damage, yes,
but what of the obsession, the root?
Is it not better to pluck the root out
so it is unable to grow back?
"but how", is the refrain from the back pew
and yet that would be the true solution.

To never practice an obsession,
would anything get done?
It is obsession that drives desire,
in directions that have no end in sight,
and yet so much has come
of the obsessions of the minds
it but one statement of them that can be made
of nature, obsessions come.

To live by nature, the stoics say,
then to practice obsessions is nature's way,
and to live by nature's hand is what we do.
Direction of obsessions may be all
that is, within our command.
A human characteristic, this obsession may be,
to practice or not may be within human command,
but of practice, in response to nature's demand
be stronger, of what, is within out command.

Nature is a cruel beast,
to driver us so to feast,
and yet without the intake of like
we would be unable to strike
fear or passion, to answers to natures demand
to produce, to grow, to expand, until we expire.

So what is next,
to what stimulus must I require,
to dance at the end of the wire,
just a puppet to to nature's desires.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Bad Poetry, What's Next

Bad Poetry did not fly
but I will give it another try.

What in common do these have?

Living Intentionally,
A full balanced life,
An Action Plan,
A Vital Absorbing Creative Interest,
A Philosophy of Life,
Finding the reason god placed us here,

But gods are not for the rational,
which I hope to become.
That is to say,
emotional controlled, I am.

So it is all about filling time
until time is no more,
when life has come to a inevitable end;
fill time with Stoic joy,
that is anything not pain.
Boredom need not apply.

Now to find the pursuits
to fill the available time,
without the expulsion of much energy
nor excess of funds
so engrossing that it displaces
the craving so strong;
for food, that has gone on far to long.

Taubes explained a physiological problem,
Lustic another, yet others remain.
Psychological strive with CBT to find
what a Stoicism or Buddhism provides.
And yet something is just not there,
the motivation, the drive,
the spark that ignites the energy, the passions.

Carnegie said do not criticize, condemn, or complain,
to this we should add compare
but instead give honest and sincere appreciation,
raise an eager want,
Become genuinely interested in other people,
so why not a issue, a problem, a situation,
but then when we find the solution,
all that remains is to do the solution,
but passion is in despair.

That is where the problem is,
I know the solution,
yet am unable to get myself to do it,
for the sake of passion,
or is it motivation,
or energy,
or fire in the belly.

How does one light a fire,
by rubbing two dry sticks,
but with gasoline it is quicker.
Nash said: candy dandy, but liquor is quicker.

What's next, in the line of passion,
obsession, motivation, desire.

Or am I just burned out
from the continuous stimulus.
going black.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Bad Poetry

Full Catastrophe Living, Jon Kabit-zinn
introduced me to Pablo Neruba
and a concept of a thought
separated from the previous,
separated from the following,

Now what to do with each isolated thought
but make bad poetry.

A phrase at a time, in the now
no future, no past
my mind likes this;
it matches my thinking,
it fits, I do not know why.

The stream of consciousness,
but not so fast,
but not from consciousness
for I know not what will be next.

From the unconscious it must come
to consciousness and thence to screen.
but why, but why, does it come,
in such a torrent, untamed?

What is my purpose?
What is my aim?
To transcribe bad poetry,
in my name.

Stop me, stop me, before I go completely insane.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Intentional Living

Intentional living is a term that I never connected with as a potential solution to the obesity problem. It is a concept worth exploring as a solution to not living well, which I beleive, is one of the roots of my obesity issues.  This employes mindfulness and a philosophy of life, a plan for life (good or otherwise), and is often associated with a community, or other green concept. A off the grid condominium would be a example. How would one do it? Power, waste management, possible garden, heat, etc would all be common property, and the units would be private. Perhaps a common area, common kitchen, and a common philosophy... to live naturally, as a community. Perhaps a community garden.

This would require dedication to a common goal of such life. It would require attitude control, and submitting to a common philosophy, including the value of community, and learning to live in a group, of my some plan. These are not common characteristics of the masses today. There would be a lot of learning to do, and a commitment to a philosophy or all engrossing vita concept. It is that intentional attitude that would foster the most dedication. It would be the belief or value that one could use to control one's life, including food. The common goal, just like Star Wars prime directive, would need to be considered first. Is this action good for the group, and good for myself? Does it fit with my primary intention in life? Is this part of intentional living? Intentional living must have a primary goal, which likely includes taking care of myself.

Monday, August 19, 2013

The Best of Plans, the Worst of Plans got me thinking about what I was up to when I started this blog.

I just had a fellow insist that obesity is only the result of only psychological or physiological problems, and insisted that philosophical issues are irrelevant. To me most psychological problems are the result of wrong philosophy, (our standard of conversion of stimulus into response) and the psychology is just fine. Oh well, everyone has the right to be wrong. My belief system does not require that anyone beleive as I do, but it prevents me from blindly believing non-rational stuff.    

There are a group of diets, I will call them "the arbitrary rule diets" that provide some simple rule that if one could and did follow, weight loss might occur. We all know that we need to eat less, but the doing that is the problem. We are driven by desires, motivated against our conscious plan by the subconscious; psychology, or body; physiological; what else is there? Philosophy.

There are only three things in diet we can change, quality, quantity, and frequency. Some of these arbitrary rules diets pick on one item only and is sufficient to fix the problem. Frequency. In my circle, 301 is a popular one, 3 moderate meals per day, nothing between meals, one day at a time. When you fall off, just get back on. I have seen many days strung together by some, and others last part of a day.

No white is another, quality type. That is no sugar, grains, pasta, potatoes, starches of any kind, bananas, etc. There is often an except cauliflower clause attached, and that can work. It removes the high calorie stuff. One again, it can work, as long as temptation, greed or envy does not get the better of one.

Then there is the balance type, card deck of meat, a serving of sturdy vegetables and all the greens you can handle, usually three times a day, with perhaps 2 fruits at selected time, but these are quantity type.

There are meal replacement plans, such as cabbage soup. The soup itself is not bad, and a pot provides a day lighter meals, a semi-fast type of thing, something like Dunken, but that was protein only some days.

There are displacement type diet, where the calorie rich portions are displaced with lower calorie, low caloric density foods. Dr. Barbara J. Rolls did a Caloric Density diet called Volumetric, based on displacement.

Then there is a concept that we overeat due to deficiencies, and there may be something to that, if we are deficient in something, and we may be from time to time. Julia Ross, the Diet Cure. But how do you tell, and to what? Without a big health food budget and a source of chemicals, what do we do? I was craving something so I ate a cantaloupe for lunch, and the craving went away. Does that show I was shortage in cantaloupe (inositol)?

But WTF is balanced? What is a Serving, and without commitment, this will fail if there is a psychological, philosophical, or psychological problem. So what does it all mean? or is the solution another arbitrary rule, Paleo-ish.

Sunday, August 18, 2013


Tangent warning: Stoic-ish

Many of us have expectations of this or that in our lives. Expectations (desires) that life will be fair become delusions, and the root of dissatisfaction according to Buddha, and Epictetus. Only Epictetus tell us a simple way of dealing with these, let them go and do not form expectations, expect no outcome, and just be happy with what happens.

Zeno puts it thus: The path to personal happiness and inner peace is through extinguishing of all desires to have or to affect things beyond ones control and through living for the present without hope or fear of the future; beyond the power of opinion.

We could prefer a outcome, but beyond that, we create a desire, an expectation, which can become crushed. Disappointment, of if some person blocks the expectation for no reason, we can suffer anger. Just let it go, prefer an outcome, prepare for the worse, but accept what happens. Kiss a mortal, for they also will die, soon. Hug a statue if that makes you feel better. Chip you name into a big rock, and we have reached the standard legacy of our ancestors. Tell a friend your philosophy, and it may live on.

Some things are up to us and some are not. Our judgements, opinions, beliefs, values and volitions are up to us. If we are high rational beings, expectations or the lack of, our desires, and thoughts are up to us. Perhaps also our knowledge collection, or intents and attitudes, or speech, actions and livelihood; perhaps even our efforts, our mindfulness or attention and concentration. That which has not happened and is under the control of others is not our concern. That which is beyond anyone's control, must be endured, or avoided, but it is not our responsibility. Let it go. If it has happened, it is all just storey. May it rest in piece.      

Saturday, August 17, 2013

short version of addiction

Over simplification: but a good start.

Food addiction or whatever we call it all occurs in the subconscious part of the brain and or physiological body. We have no direct access to this part of our brains.

There are other chemicals beyond dopamine, eg, serotonin, opioids, endorphins that cause similar issues in the brain. Shortage of leptin, inositol, many minerals and vitamins or excess ghrelin and insulin cause similar issue but body based.

The excesses can be consumed or produced by us, the body, or we just consume feedstock for the reaction, and we overproduce due to available feedstock.  Or we can have a receptor problem, we just cannot see the dopamine (or other chemical). Some of us deal with cravings all our lives, only to have some idiot say "cravings will go away if you do this (whatever shit they are selling)".

The solution is conscious control of our food intake, control of our environment to control the stimulus, and developing a suitable philosophy of life. Yah. Some thing are up to us and some thing are not. We need to have no comments or opinions of those thing not up to us. Clears up space, and time. Our judgements, beliefs, values, philosophy, opinions and physical location are up to us, generally. Our will, desires, aversions, and thoughts are under our influence also. All else is not up to us.

Systems people would describe a replenishing loop in a "out of control" feed back state, into a naturally depleting main system with no (poor and unwanted) overflow protection control. The cause of the replenishing loop (but perhaps "loupe" would also get the meaning across as a magnifier) is natural, required, but out of control. The rate of natural depletion of the main system is not adequate to keep up, but can be adjusted to some extent, but required effort. The control system is not normally accessible, and is not very adjustable normally, but sometimes self corrects without any clearly known reason. Bypass wasting can be used, but this does not fix the issue. The only known workable solution is manual metering of the feed stock. It is troublesome, but effective, and requires frequent adjustment. Nobody want to do the job also, for it is a disliked ugly job and someone is always bitching.  

Friday, August 16, 2013

Who Knows

As of now, I have more internet expert opinions as to the cause of this overeating / excessive appetite / obesity issue that I struggle with. This issue is best thought of as food cravings, but has been called all the following:

Hyperinsulinemia: Production of too much insulin, requires low carb meals.

Dopamine receptor issue: My body is not seeing the dopamine, for some reason, requires uniform low reward meals, no solution offered.

Opioid peptide consumption: drives hunger, no grains, - wheat, barley, no dairy, no drugs

Food addiction: some faith based controlled eating for the rest of my life, and the cravings got worse.

Compulsive Overeating: some faith based controlled eating approach, and the cravings got worse: and you must not be doing it right, but there are also mineral and vitamin deficiencies.

Addiction: SMART Recovery, more motivation, craving handling, emotional problem solving, balancing life, etc... useful information, but no understanding of the problem...

No will power: Lost of abusive, ignorant, people, CICO, ELMM, and advice that if I were able to follow would help, but does not address the cravings. That abuse made me an recluse or introvert, it is easier to just not go around some relatives and some other people.
And there you have what I have realized, nobody knows what the problem is.

Faith based system, combined with low carb, have got me this far, and a bit of study of philosophy has helped, as has a study of addiction treatments. It seems that eating is controlled largely by the preconscious (subconscious, unconscious, depending on who is writing) part of the mind, and that portion listens better to faith than reason. Lizard brain. If I believe "it", it can be followed, by the body. So how does one develop a faith? Well, seems that is not clear either.

It seems that intentionality is a big part of faith development, along with a strong desire, commitment, and self-discipline (but that is a intellectual brain function). It is all about fostering an attitude of doing right because it is right to do right. It is more about the right attitude and just doing it until all time is used up. What next?  

I as assuming that this is a rare-ish problem, as it is not talked about, or it is just not defined. I think it is human animal based, so the rational part of us is in for a lifetime battle, and I doubt if there is a real solution beyond ongoing struggle. Looking back, the struggle has been less when I was engrossed, obsessed, if you will, in some other hot pursuit. Perhaps that is the cure, but for how long could I keep a "totally engrossing interest or a vital absorbing creative interest, as the SMART people refer to it? And that would need to be 7 days/ week, all other essential time. That is just trading obsessions or addictions I think.

A mapping of the operation of the human animal appetite system might explain a bit of the problem, but we cannot communicate directly with this part of the brain, or can we, enter Jon Kabit-Zinn and other deep meditation people.    

Monday, August 12, 2013

Some do not understand eating disorders

Weight Maven is not living up to her name again.
Food addiction and eating disorders are different critters.

Food addiction is hyper-reaction to something in the food or causes something to be released or absorbed that causes a abnormal reaction. It is chemical. It often involves dopamine, serotonin, endorphins, an opioid peptide or some hormone. The chemicals must be removed from the diet.

In behavioral addictions those same list of chemicals are stimulated due to some behavior, we like it and an addiction forms. It can be food related, eating, or other behavior, gambling or sex are common. One is exterior chemical, one is internal generated chemical. The behavior must be removed, and replaced. This is a impulse drive, immediate gratification problem, impulsive not compulsive.

Externals are easier to handle- remove the chemical, aka sugar, sugar substitute, wheat, dairy products, protein, food additives, flavor enhancers, etc.

But now there is a separate class of people, those who become obsessed with a new behavior, dieting, weighting, measuring, computing in and out, CICO, calorie or gram counters, which is uselessly sloppy. These are compulsives, that need separate handling.

There are another group that have some biological or physiological unknow caused craving. This group suffers long, and has only limited relief from the cravings.

Until we separate the cause, and fix the cause, the cycle continues.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Desire Management

Desire management is a concept that has yet to ripen. Historically, desires were not able to be satisfied, and we likely had less. Before we can desire something, we need to know that it exists, or dream of it's existence. Desire arise naturally from that point. If we know something does not exist, the desire for it will not arise from the emotions or animal core part of our brain. It could arise in the intellect, and give rise to the development of such an product.

Modern human philosophy approaches life from the view of desires are to be satisfied if possible, as opposed to the historical view that desires are to be managed or dissipated. That is a big difference in philosophy that has crept into our live unnoticed. Processed food has been marketed to this, and we buy and eat, suffer from insulin rush issues, insulin production depletion issues, and nutrition displacement issues. This is the source of the obesity epidemic, but what do I know.

When we learn to manage our desires, and eat to provide nutrition for our damaged bodies, the problem should go away. But there is the rub, doing it. A bit of fruit helps, I am assuming it is inositol issue, in my case, and quite a bit of fat, a little protein, and all should be good. Well, maybe, in theory, but the real issue is just doing it.    

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Biological Incentive System

William B. Irvine has come up with a concept of a BIS (Biological Incentive System). It may explain a great deal of the food issues. If we desire food, it is the food we need or something else, or specifically one component? On Desire, why we want what we want, is an interesting read.

I am an eccentric, according to this book, and I always knew that, sort of. There are a few things that the author stops short of saying, ie, the cause of desire is emotional, intellectual, psychological, and I will add chemical and physiological. Some desire are just there naturally in individuals. There is nothing we can do, they are just there. If it happens to be eating, we need to expect obesity, and now there is the issue of learning to live while going against our nature. That is the problem.

Now how do I overcome this issue? .... Move the resisting  desire from intellectual to emotional drive desire to get stronger motivation.... but how does one do that? ....


Monday, July 22, 2013

Protein Satiation

Public opinions says protein is satiating. yes/no. I do not think that is true. It may be up to some point, but above that point it appears to drive hunger, at least in some of us. Too much protein is also not good. The amount may very widely.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Protein Reqirements

Most of the modern protein requirements are based on when the body's studied start to produce nitrogen, aka burn protein. Those values are therefore maximum requirements, not minimum requirements. And then there is the issue of individual variation, how far below the mean am I, or how far above. Since excess protein make me hungry, I now believe, the often give advise to not be low on protein may be just plain wrong.

Orientals live on rice and little else, 8% protein. The Irish lived on potatoes (7% protein) after about 1510, and little else, a bit of fish, dairy, the odd animal. WHO says 5%. Most vegetables have +30% protein, and the vegans do not have protein issues, but other issues. Protein is not something to worry about, unless it is excess.

Typical value of 1 gm/kg LBM may be high by a factor of 2 of where the target should be, if we even should care about it, as long as we can tolerate that amount.  Fat, -O6, is more important.

It would really piss me off if my whole life obesity issue is simply the result of eating too much protein. Protein is need for growth, but a lot less is needed for maintenance. What study shows the requirements for a 60+ low activity male?  

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Rabbit Starvation

Can one become obese and not have any energy through rabbit starvation?

"If there are enough rabbits, the people eat till their stomachs are distended; but no matter how much they eat they feel unsatisfied."

Is this one of the causes of the obesity epidemic?  Is the problem not enough fat or too much protein?

This sounds like the bends. Is this mild nitrogen poisoning?

inositol craving

If I suffer from inositol craving, it is far different than other craving, likely caused by insulin resistance or too much of something, an addiction like craving. It is rational to think that a deficiency craving should be different from a addiction like craving, for that may be necessary for survival to know the difference. I had never felt the difference before, but I did this week. N=1, high fruit inositol experience is over. My conclusion, one bit of fruit is enough to keep the inositol type craving away, and if not, now I know the difference between a deficiency craving and a addiction like or insulin resistance like craving.

Next question: What would mild rabbit starvation look like? Am I eating too much protein?

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

inositol - day 3

I started on sunday with the high fruit / cantaloupe, oranges, grapefruit, as a natural method of getting inositol. Some fruit at every meal. The cravings have reduced, but with N=1, how do we separate real from placebo effect? And then there were days where the cravings would remit before.

I did get a fair bit done Monday and Tuesday, but then, there has always been better days. It will be the duration of the effect that I need to look for.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Bio-availability of Inositol

 Tess got me questioning ... Wiki -

Inositol or its phosphates and associated lipids are found in many foods, in particular fruit, especially cantaloupe andoranges.[6] In plants, the hexaphosphate of inositol, phytic acid or its salts, the phytates, are found. These serve as phosphate stores in the seed. Phytic acid occurs also in cereals with highbran content and also nuts and beans, but inositol when present as phytate is not directly bioavailable to humans in the diet, since it is not digestible
Does this imply that inositol in fruit is bio-available and phytated inositol is not? or all inositol is not bio-available? When I first read it, I assumed that non phylated was bio-available.
and then the other paper says..."

To determine whether the data presented in Appendix Table I could be used to develop diets containing a known amount of myo-inositoh, eight diets whose calculated myo-inositoh content ranged from 225 to 1500 mg were prepared. Each diet was estimated to contain 1800 kcal and was planned according to the food exchange lists of the American Diabetes Association. "

So the question becomes it inositol bio available or not? Does fruit replacement for the few vegetable I eat kill craving?
Well note the high concentration fruits, cantaloupe, oranges, grapefruit. Well, after three meals of my normal meats, and fruits, I will say that it looks promising. In those three meals, were about 300 calories of fruits. By the third meal, I think my hunger/cravings were reduced, but these do remit from time to time a bit, so it is not clear to me if the fruit is doing it or not. I will give it a week or so.

Note that the caloric density of cantaloupe is 0.35, while oranges are 0.70, and grapefruit is 0.42. Therefore cantaloupe or grapefruit is the best bet.