Monday, June 30, 2014

The root of the obesity problem

The root of the obesity problem, as I see it, is that no one is willing to put in simple and direct terms, that we need to change our behavior and our thinking in a major way, to correct the problem.

Modern processed food is not fit for this humans consumption. Yous all just gonna have to suck it up buttercup. I am done holding back. Processed food includes anything that I could not make in my kitchen with little effort; 12 minutes, door to plate with George Foreman, or cast iron, more like 15 with the gas grill.

It is change: our judgement need to change, our sacred culture and belief system must also change or be changed. It is in realizing that much of what has been pushed as good nutrition is marketing based, not good nutrition. It is in recognizing that fat, per calorie, will keep hunger away longer than a calorie of carbohydrate. Calories are not equal in terms of satiation, nor in time to hunger, the satiety effect.  It is in recognizing that only eating fat only is the only way to accustom the body to burn fat.  Carbohydrates are not burned preferentially but out of defense against blood sugar. 

Once we become accustom to eating and burning fat, hunger is much less of a problem. That fat does not fix the munchies of food addiction, nor the munchies of maladaptive behavior, nor the munchies of some unknown physical or mental cause. Many of these are physical, and we just need to learn to live with these problems. Busy with other enjoyable activities is one of the methods to overcome the munchies. You cannot sit in front of the TV or computer and watch or do something that you would not do, if you had a choice.

The study of philosophy, instinctive barebow archery, cutting grass,  anything can be distraction. But how much distraction from life can we do?

It is obvious that the experts in any field think their field has the answers, but it is obvious that few understand all the different issues well enough to sort out the causes. Until the causes are understood, and corrections made, the problem will continue.

Our sacred culture and belief system may require to be brutally sacrificed. A major upheaval and rebuilding may be simpler than trying to fix a poor culture and belief system. Screw it, I am going to make waves within my fellows.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The realization, this is for life

About 30 years ago, when I had to stop doing physical work due to a back injury, I recognized that this is for the remainder of my life. I had lost a good tool in fighting overeating, that was physical work. Few ever agreed that one could have a real physical caused issue who's main symptom is wanting to much food. "It was all just willpower." Bullshit. The only thing we have control over is our judgement, our ability to agree or disagree with a proposition, and the few things that depend directly and solely on that ability to accept or reject a concept. Actions also depend on our ability to sell a call for action to the body, so we do not have absolute control over our actions.

Now I know that some of you will disagree, but that is your problem. Until you accept that you do not have absolute control over you actions, you are just deluding yourself. The degree of control of your actions that you have is dependent on your belief system, and your body, your desire, and many other factors, but the fact remains that no mind has absolute control over the body. Influences yes, but control, no.

The desire to overeat, in my case is physical. I accept that. If I, the mind, consciousness, allowed myself to respond as the body wished, I would be dead. I would gain weight at about a pound a day until death. That is my reality and has been for the last 60 years. I liken it to mild Pander-Willie; I only need a locked ward some of the time. No doctor has ever given me a diagnosis but I have never jumped through the hoops to find out either. As the GP said, we could spend a lot in trying to figure out the cause, but there is still no treatment. Learn to live with it.

Asshole that say "suck it up" just piss me off. They have no concept of the issue. Most of the people that I have met with this problem are dead, cremated, or burred. Gone on to nothing or a new posting, it does not mater. A few have lost much weight and like me, struggle to keep it off. Some have lost faith in the battle, and given up the struggle. These usually end up in wheel chairs before death or with major surgery on their digestive tracks or both, and still only a few keep their weight down. Death comes to all of us, but it is in the quality of life before death that we must explore solutions to this issue.

Most people know nothing of this problem, not even it's existence. That is your problem. I have chosen to explore the problem, looking for a solution. I have been lead down many blind allies, learning, but finding that there is no solution there. Some allies do help, some do not, so what. In the end I have the peace of death to look forward to. When life exists, death does not. When death exists, life does not. These are not in conflict, there is only a short transition.

I choose to hang out with those few, who like myself, know that we can manage better by altering our beliefs. Why does this work? I am not sure, but it seems that our beliefs have more influence over our body's action that our conscious mind does. That is not what popular media would suggest, but that is their problem. Ignorance is everywhere. We start out totally ignorant, and learn, one fact, one truth at a time. Some thing we learn wrong. Oh well. It is when these things cause us problems that we need to look at them and make changes, corrections. It is up to us to test for correctness. Many common beliefs are wrong. Accept that there is more wrong that right, as we can be wrong many ways and right only one.

Enough. What do I know anyway? 

By the way, I have been exposed to this shit all my life.

Monday, June 23, 2014

The Lettuce Effect

So why should a small butter lettuces plant cause hunger when eaten in the middle of the afternoon, while picking weeds? Valerie got me needing to explain.

It is not the carbohydrate, nor insulin reaction. The only thing that could happen that fast is some psychological or appetite signal, which is psychosomatic,not physical. OK, that type of hunger is totally psychological.

In dealing with obesity, there are four groups of problem, at least. These could be further divided, and some people (Phil Werdell) say three groups.

The first group have some physical problem that drives them to eat: hyperinsulinemia or insulin resistance, thyroid issues, adrenalin issues, some thing that produces excess hunger or appetite. These require some sort of physical intervention or extended mental effort to overcome what is a physical problem being overcome by mental/ behavioral effort. Think gay man behaving straight effort, long term, struggle.

The second group are normal people who are in a food rich environment, where there is continuous temptation. These people must learn to adapt to their environment, or change their environment to recover.

The third group, I will call maladaptive behavior, and may be emotional eating, compulsive eating, obsession driven, stress, boredom, lonely, tired, whatever. We need to learn real coping methods for situations, escape from that situation, recognizing there is no real solution for the situation, (learn acceptance of bullshit produced by others), whatever.

The fourth group that are defined as food addicts; there are chemicals within the food that cause a addiction like behavior, craving, desire, and withdrawal. This addiction may be behavioral in addition or instead of chemical.

Now there are a few of us that have all four described conditions. Food was plentiful, growing up in a big farm kitchen environment. Food was pushed and became a maladaptive behavior. Along the way I became dependent on food, addicted. Insulin resistance, at least, is physical. Recovery is a ongoing physical struggle of doling out suitable amounts of food to the body, all the while the body is desiring more food. Stewardship over the body, is the best term. Some of the time the body wins, some of the time the mind wins. Life is a bitch.

It is not a food - no food decision, for the body must also be distracted away from the food. Not a east proposition 24/7.         

Saturday, June 21, 2014

does satiety exist

Does satiety signal really exist or is it just the absence of hunger?

When we eat, hunger, that gnawing gut feeling, 4 to many hours after we last ate is real. It does not take much food to relieve it a bit. Is satiety a feeling or the absence of one? I do not I have ever felt anything that I would call satiety after a moderate meal. I ate enough to be able to stop, yes, but I still want more, is my normal reaction. That is not satiety as defined. So the new mental message must be just that, satiety is eating enough to be able to not get more food, a negative  sort definition.

This reminds me of Epicurious's definition of pleasure, the absence of physical or mental, pain, torpor, angst, fear, despair, grief.

So is satiety just the absence of acute hunger?

Any opinions on the subject?

What do I know about this anyway?

Why would a few leaves of fresh lettuce,  eaten in the garden, make me hungry?

5 percent

A change in life style is required to beat the odds. Going no sugar, no grains may be a lifestyle change sufficient to bring about some long term change.

5 percent, OK, but over what period of time?

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Causal chain

We are obese because we overeat, so why do we overeat?

We overeat because we chose to satisfy hunger... and our hunger signal is set to high. To down regulate the hunger signal, we need to expose the receptor to leptin, and the receptors that see leptin are blocked by insulin. So we can either learn to live hungry or get our insulin level down, way down. To do that, LCHF is the way. Learn about the food we eat, and what the body needs. We need the food and physiological knowledge to adjust our diet to something that will work amid all the lies, deceit, miss-information and ignorance of what is true and right. Go back to the old ways, before the obesity problem was bad. If this is enough, good, you are a "normal eater", if not you have more issues.

So now that hunger is not the problem, we overeat because of a hoist of other reasons.

First, lets consider food addiction. Sugar, grains, wheat, O6 oils, endorphins, endocannopioids, hormones, alcohol, drugs, chemicals, caffeine, chocolate, stimulus, adrenalin, etc. are all addicting to some. So are you addicted? The first step in recover is to remove for all time, the foods that you shown addiction behavior toward: aka craving, no ability to stop consuming despite adverse reaction, etc.

Addiction may include hyper-palatable foods that are super good tasting, and you like and are unwilling to give up. Addict in denial. It is your choice.

So then there is eating over emotions, a habit residing in the subconscious, that we learned in early life. Learn the skills necessary to deal with the emotions, feelings, insane world situations. Deal with not suppress, because suppression leads to becoming a psychopath / sociopath. There are enough of these wandering around now. I ended up reading and studying much and now consider myself a practicing Stoic. You have the same right to learn or be ignorant, to be right or wrong, it is your life, I am not going to tell anyone how to live.

Life often gives us stuff that is difficult, and there are many methods of cooping, eating is one of those. If eating becomes maladaptive, now you have a eating disorder; if you are older it may be PTSD of a form. Learning to live in an insane, hostile world requires advanced defensive, social and emotional skills, all of which can be learned, give the right coach or mentor.

But what do I know.