Thursday, December 24, 2015

Merry Christmas to All...

I wish you all a happy Christmas. I for my part do not celebrate it as a religion, but as a tradition of the people; I go along, but make no effort beyond my normal self, atheistic self.

Religions can propagate wrong ideas, dangerous ideas. They, on the whole, do not teach separation of fact and fanatics, or the use of reason. There is no martyrdom, just death. When you are dead, you are dead; that is, no after life. It is as if we never were, save that which we leave behind in others. Wealth, fame, power have little lasting value. Living right with virtue has value in teaching those who follow, but also will soon find that they do follow to the pyre. Oh well, that is life.

It is those fanatics that cause problems, people who have lost all reason. We are all here to help others and ourselves to flourish as a species, not force a belief system on each other. We can lay out what we believe for others to see, but not force it on others.

Some things are up to use and others are not. We need to do what we can after we take care of our mental own selves first, and we need to give back to society in effort at least, but not necessarily momentarily. How many fund raisers have I seen paying themselves well, and the remainder, if there is any, goes to the charity fund? Fund raising has become a business. 

But have yourself a merry tomorrow any way. That is all we can have. After all, what do I know?

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Sustainable diet

Sustainable diet. What does that mean? a diet we stay on long term? a diet that can be produced long term? one that provides adequate nutrients? A quick look on the net yields:
"a sustainable diet must taste good and be enjoyable or you may abandon it. It needs to be affordable and to contain all the nutrients you need to reach and maintain health and vitality."

And her definition is some of the problem... The purpose of diet is to provide nutrients and energy for the human body. That is all. Taste is a modern problem. Hunger is the best appetizer according to Epicurus and others.

The poor  Romans 2000 year ago ate barley portage and barley bread, with bit of fish, goat, and cheese, onions, figs, olive, olive oil, and other stuff. There spicing was local leaves that they found to add savoring. It was sustainable for them, but of that I would only eat fish, cheese, onions ans olives. The wealthy Romans are what they wanted and had as much of an obesity problem as we do.

It is my opinion today that obesity is a attitude problem. We desire to eat good tasting stuff, it is available and cheap so we eat it. We need to eat metered meals of stuff that does not set off the desire for more.

The US government says the Paleo diet is not sustainable. There concern is different. Vegetables cannot be stored fresh for extended time. The US does not produce that much meat and fat required for a complete population on Paleo, so it is not sustainable in those terms. For a individual, it is the most sustainable diet. Add a few potatoes, if you are not addicted to potatoes, and there you have a highly palatable sustainable diet. It is difficult to stay on, if you are living out of restaurants. And yet, there are many places that offer a low carb meal, or equivalent.

The first thing is to get rid of sugar and processed starches. Those are just not foods. The next issue is portion sizes and eating between meals. We need to get our insulin down so that we can see the leptin.

But what do I know.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

And not just in women
with the headline

A vegetarian diet may be making you loopy: Report

And my observations concur. Some people are loopy, but I never connected it to diet. I need to say that quite a few of the loopy are vegans but the cause? It will need more proof before cause can be declared. They need to be loopy to follow a vegan existence, or very easily influenced. Some religions have this problem also and are just loopy.

Many of us were educated in our childhood to follow. Brainwashed. Unknowingly. When we realize that were, we rebel and some then learn the reality, that we must get along together to survive we.

Freedom includes free thinking, and reason. we need to understand that logic is the most important skill, along with the rules of evidence. Frye standard and all that. O well, I am only doing life without parole. What do I know?

Friday, December 4, 2015

Missed the problem

The problem, as I see it is not what to eat, but how to get ourselves to follow the diet. Everywhere there are people expounding on diet but not how to keep ourselves on that diet. They have just missed the major problem.

Here is one more example:

The Five Rules of the The Leptin Diet:
Rule 1:  Never eat after dinner. 
Rule 2:  Eat three meals a day. 
Rule 3:  Do not eat large meals. 
Rule 4:  Eat a breakfast containing protein.
Rule 5:  Reduce the amount of carbohydrates eaten.

Until we develop the "will power" the body telling the mind to "eat, eat, eat "will be the driving factor. 

As I see it, we need the motivation, the desire to overcome our body's demand, on a consistent basis.

But what do I know?

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Pity the Ignorant

The zealot Muslims are just doing as there "religion" teaches, even if there "religion" is a splinter group. They are ignorant that we are here to cooperate, and provide an environment for our species to flourish. We have flourished in spite of such belief systems, to the point that there are too many of us now, and for now. Soon the drug resistant bacteria will trim us to size, or climate change or man made disaster, or man's ignorance...

The zealot Muslims are unaware of the natural laws of mass society, treat others as we would like to be treated. This can be observed in any peaceful law abiding community. They, the ignorant, instead follow a old man made stone age religion, with modern weapons. The only result can be destruction and loss of goodwill toward that group, and by extension toward all Muslims, even though many are good people. They need to separate themselves from the bad in order to be considered good.

They are ignorant that there is no god, that the good life is based on good human behavior toward each other, not a consistent ideology. Logic alone can drive good behavior and sound thinking, but if they need to believe in a supernatural force to get through life, then I pity them. The stone age, bronze age, iron age, have passed. We are down to information age. We can sort real from fiction by the acid tests of logic and reality, the concepts philosophy and psychology. We do not need some old book of stories that display the art of good story telling, immorality of the main character, and the demand or suggestion that we follow his prescription... because he knows more than we do.

As we mature unto our senior years, we know more than anyone could have at any time in the past, as there is just so much more known and shared in literature, including all written publications. We do not need to hold onto the idea that what was good enough for Mohammad is good enough for us. All I can feel is pity for there ignorance.  


Saturday, November 28, 2015

Letting go of Attachment

What am I on about? Letting go of attachments is a concept that is repeated in the Stoic tradition and in the Buddhist tradition but does not show up in Christianity. It is the difference between ownership and stewardship over land and estates. It is the root cause of suffering in the Buddhist four noble truths, and with virtue, detachment is necessary and sufficient for the Stoic sage. It is freedom from condenser for those things beyond our control or influence.

Barbara Fredrickson, a psychologist researcher, suggests that love and attachment can be separated to produce a loving kindness toward all without attachment. It is the other part, the lack of attachment, that is the key to letting go of all the hassles of life. Freedom, in its true sense. Serenity. Tranquility.

Attachment is one of the emotions that Christianity and Islam push for. The opposite is found in the philosophy's that bring tranquility. I think that I need to look to the philosophies on this one. Attachment is the problem, not the solution. This is a subtle difference, yet big in effect. Ideas exist outside of us, and those who do not subscribe to the same idea are just not looking at the same concepts, like rigorous honesty.

Consider our wonderful NDP government. They have a revenue  shortfall due to low oil prices. So they do not want to bring a sales tax, but bring in a carbon tax instead. It is intended to "clean up our environment". It is all semantics. They are importing foreigners, yet the real problem is overpopulation, because that is what we should do for humanitarian reasons. Detachment is what we need to resolve many things. Attachment, as promoted by Christians or detachment as promoted by Stoics and Buddhists; that is the question of the day. 


Friday, November 20, 2015

Yah Sure
And then there are those of us who find hunger unbearable after 6 or 8 hours, knowing the fridge has food in it.

on other topics

On a personal level, I have had time to read a bit of philosophy now, and have identified several philosophical/psychological issues around life and/or retirement which I need to resolve. Social need, activity-exercise need, and adaption to change all have changed. So must the ways of fulfilling these needs. Some of these I have resolved, which leaves me at odds with many others.  I need more social time, but not a great deal. Work, in the past, has been low social, isolation at a desk, crank out engineering reports. I like to do the work necessary to crank out the report as well, but age took that away.

From an academic standpoint, some of this is cross societal bovine natural fertilizers, and some is my personal belief system that I would like to reconcile into something not resembling conflict. Some of this is the result of the times, starting out with basic survival level and ending in the computer age. All this high speed change does not sit well with my analytical nature and the speed of change that I am comfortable with. In many cases, when I look at the raw logic, society is just out of date with the logic and much of the proven knowledge. There is no solution other than me becoming more sociopathic, that is “not caring” or reducing the frequency of contact to approach zero of those who are insistent.   

Modern psychology is quick to tell we are not social enough, or we are too social, but never will it define the right amount of social in advance, for it could be wrong, and always want to be right. I have met people who cannot concentrate for 5 minutes on something by themselves, and others of us that can work in isolation for months. So what is the right amount? Either way, what ever is required, is what the psychologist suggest? 

I pulled a quote from unrelated place...."the business of living is so desperately hard, relationships are so challenging, work often so unfulfilling or boring, family dynamics so tricky and the capacity for honest, kindly conversation so restricted, we may through no particular fault of our own fall into despondency"... It is often tough to earn a living of the standard we expect, or that others expect of us.

There are those people who can never be satisfied, and those who are always satisfied, they have no desires. There are those who work for every thing they get, and those who just demand more all the time. More effort, more production, more money. Screw it all. I just do not care any more.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Short Term Fix for Life's Problems

Shot term fix is all anyone can offer until the real problem is understood and a solution found, assuming the problem is fixable. All we can really fix is our reaction to the problem. That is all we have control over.

For example, we have all heard these grand schemes of the politicians to fix the unemployment issue, and yet we import workers from the third world into this second world country. Old world, new world, third world, that makes us, by definition, a second world country. Tim Hortons could not run here without imported workers, because our locals have such high expectations (delusions) of there value that they will not work there. It is not a career, but a job until something better comes along. Put some interest into the work, learn how to sell, systematize product distribution, and the next job may be much better. Would you like fries with that?

The first thing anyone needs is interest in something. A positive emotion is the place to start in any field. A bit of enthusiasm, interest, yield engagement, knowledge, effort, purpose and meaning. Over time and if fate permits, accomplishments occur, leading to satisfaction, joy, and reinforcement of the positive emotion. By the way, that is the essence of positive psychology.

None of this is short term, the first step in overcoming the disease, disorder, behavior, habit of overeating is to stop overeating and get busy with life, and address those factors that are driving us to overeat. We can step back from our extended family if that is the problem. Family is not the most important thing in my life. My tranquility, serenity, peace in my life is to me. If family is the problem, then until I learn how to live sanely in a insane situation, it is time to step back. I have. Now it is time to get on with my life without them, or there idiot beliefs effect the way I live.

We live under constant bombardment of ideas, most of which are wrong, do not apply to me, or are just marketing. All bool. Being partly deaf is not such a bad thing. As a atheist, sorting memes from reality is becoming easier. Assume it is all bool, bullshit, or crap, and salvage the good ideas only after careful examination and testing.  

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Lose the weight; life problems remain

I expect that the reason that weight is so difficult to keep off is that after we lose the weight, all our life problems remain, what ever those problems were. I think that long term success will need to include identification and corrections of those shortcomings, or conditions in which we live. I do not think that learning to live in a bad situation created by others is a real solution. 

In the past I have listed an number of categories of these problems; to this list I will add one more. Physical, environmental, psychological maladaptive personality or emotional response, social discomfort, chemical in the food aka food addiction, food knowledge plus lack of direction now. 

Until I find a suitable handle for this group, I will describe the group first. Loss or lack of direction, boredom, lack of a scene of urgency or importance for some activity, lack of interest in activity, in general apathy about life. I think it may be the result of being put down so much as a child, why bother caring about anything if it will be just taken away, or condemned. Apathy is the result. Frustration fixation, that is where there is only unsatisfying outcome or eating was the way I was raised. It was hell, but with lots of food, good food, and no rules other that eat, eat, eat. 

This lack of direction is not in it's self bad, but the converse is good. It is a burning urgency of action that keeps me away from the food, regardless of what that activity is. I need to value that activity. Tilting at windmills, if you like.   Conversion of the religious to realism/atheistism sound like a good thing to become frustrated at, it should be possible and would have value, considering the resent events in Paris and elsewhere.

I think some of us overweight people do not have enough to do that we want to do in an urgent way. Others of us quickly become apathetic to other people who do not think as we do, hence have no desire to hang about with others, even when we have to opportunity. We end up with time to get bored... or not bored, but not pressed into action at least. Perhaps we need to live with a sense of urgency to do something. A human doing, rather than a human being.

But then, what do I know?

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Eating disorders

Eating disorders are real, and there is no solution beyond stopping the disorder, what ever that looks like.

So we need to live normally, but that is not defined.

First, the subject, in this case me, must desire to stop. To that there is no solution, so WTF.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

The War Against Religion

The War Against Religion is about to start. We see the problems that religion bring to the the middle east, and now to  France.

Religions are belief systems founded on a underlying theology or philosophy. When that "belief system" is just wrong, but  "religions arrogance" says "We are right, god is on our side" now what.

I am an atheist, -well not quite. More of a non-theist but becoming more atheist. The difference, as I see it, is the non-theist does not care what you, other think. You are free to believe what ever delusion turns your crank. But this is where the problem lies, in not knowing how to test for true solution.

I believe we are an opportunistic organic species living on this big rock whirling through space. We evolved in this atmosphere, over time. There is no purpose beyond biological reproduction and flourishing of the species. We have become too successful, there are too many of us. We suffer from local overpopulation. We suffer from delusions that our group, that is people which think alike we do are right, and our belief system is right and should be adopted without discussion.

In the sciences, there is very little conflict. The science is clear and right. Evolution is real and correct. The survivor is right. The conflict is in convincing the non-believers that science is right. Philosophy is part of science, just the concept part.

I did believe that you had the right to believe what ever delusion made you happy. I am not so sure now. We should teach the way to separate delusions from real facts that evidence shows. This is the foundation of facts. Testing of philosophy only gets us part way. We need to understand our secondary purpose that we plan onto life, and get these into line with the world as it exists in the here and now, where we have the capacity to destroy much of what the population has built. In fact, we are on a self-destruct course, exhaustion of finite resources, and making portions of this planet uninhabitable. The other case is to make some of the people wish to not be, that annihilation is better that what we have. Consider the refugees that cross the Adriatic on a leaky boat? Death by tyrant v. a high chance of drowning. There is no down side of getting into a small poor boat.

I started today as a non-theist and now am truing atheist, that is one who has a duty to tell you that there is no god, and if you think there is one, you have a serious delusion. What does this have to do with weight management? It is all about what we believe, even more than the food. If I are busy fight a good war, the food is not calling due to boredom, indecision, inaction.

A Lapel Pin 1in - Lapel Pinimage of Richard Dawkins Atheist pin

But then what do I know? 


Thursday, November 5, 2015

Shear Luck

When we consider all the possibilities, and eliminate the nots, whatever remains, however improbable must be the solution... or something to that effect.

Overeating is driven by something internal or external, and we can create a long list of causes. We can list the internal causes as over driven hunger, cravings, appetite or desires. Among then is some physical or mental irrational urge, without defined cause, which remains after we deal with stresses, emotions, and maladaptive behaviors.

AA and OA deal with moral values, ethics, social interactions, through acceptance of a delusion. So if that does not help much, and CBT, IP leave us lacking and behavioral therapy tries to change us into a twerp, what is left? All these therapies start with an assumption that what we are doing is wrong, and that may not be true. The Stoics described how one should behave, as do many religions and certainly there is an undefined behavior behind all these therapies. These are mutually exclusive, so which one is right?

If the problem is not food knowledge, social, environmental, food addiction, or maladaptive behavior, all that remains is some kind of mental or physical defect or illness that drives us to desire to eat strongly and to eat to much, too often, or the like. Is that what has come to be called compulsive overeating?

Ultimately, I guess what I am saying is: the treatment does not match the problem that many of us have. 

Monday, November 2, 2015

WHO bullshit

Correlation does not prove causation. All the chemicals in modern processed meats are not like pemmican. Fructose is being used as a browning agent in the fast food industry. So knowing all this, am I going to pay any future attention to WHO?

The world is overpopulated; we are seeing the migration of local political over-populations from Syria and middle east. It is time to recognize religions are as much bullshit as WHO. Dawkins has the answer, perhaps. Evolution is continuing, and after the next die off, which will be left?

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Mental vs. Physical

Is the desire to overeat mental or physical or behavioral?

That is a big question in a way. Previously, I defined six categories of problems that lead to overeating: Lack of food knowledge, physical, environmental, psychological maladaptive behaviors, social, and addiction.   We can re-slice these a number of ways.

Does it  have an internal cause or external? Ultimately, we need to deal with the problem in a internal fashion, but we are not responsible for the environment we were raised into, nor are we responsible for the family or cultural bullshit that we need to learn to cope with. We learn from our families; when they are wrong, we learn wrongs. This is the simple "obese" parents raise obese children, yet the parents are not necessarily fat. Obesity generates out of a way of thinking. We can blame our parents, our affluence, our environment, the times, chemicals, and yet it will be thrown back on us as we need to learn to live in this toxic environment. It is all our fault, as others are not willing to claim responsibility for there actions, why should I. It is not my problem to fix the sick world, it is my responsibility to take care of myself. That may mean avoiding the "sick" family, a bunch of food pushers.

Some thing are up to me, and some are not. I am responsible for my opinions, my beliefs, my values, my motivations, my intent to act, and the like. I am not responsible for your reactions to me.

I think I will go through shafts down a lane. What do I know or care?

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Habit - reminder to self

Some of us are habit driven. Snacking, the desire for a snack is a habit build up of years of living hand to mouth, aka as grazing. Falling back into that old habit is easy, and must be avoided. Now add a low impulse control, and a open food rich environment. 

As   puts it "appetite is largely a function of how much fuel is available at the cellular level, not how much fuel is consumed."

Insulin is released in four stages: basal, pre-phagia. phagia, post-phagia. Some say in two phases: glucose driven and basal. There are three normal drivers, body, mind and glucose. The mind, adrenal gland, drives pre-phagia release, which leads appetite. Several other hormones, adrenaline, cortisol also contribute. 

So the chain really goes:
Obesity is caused by overeating.
Overeating is caused by appetite.
Appetite is caused shortage of fuel at the cellular level caused by release of insulin in the prephagia phase.
The fuel is locked in the fat cells because of hormones, mainly insulin, being to high.
The hormones are controlled be the amount and makeup of the food.
We are constantly bombarded with food offers except in "non food friendly"environments.
So we are overeating because our hormones are out of balance, caused by our foods, or are they just out of balance for the lack of a better word. Obesity is a hormone dis-regulation; or is it a food rich environment causing the dis-regulation?

So obesity is the result of hormone dis-regulation,  namely insulin. It is released before and each time we eat, more when we eat carbohydrates. So it will be important to not eat, and when we do, few carbohydrates. That energy is stored, not made available to the cells, according to some. OK. If you say so.  

So am I eating because of habit, hunger, appetite, or cravings, that is the first question to answer. Hunger is far different from appetite. Adding carbohydrates back into the diet causes hunger, and possible appetite at a time that the next meal is needed.

But then, what do I know?

Tuesday, October 6, 2015


I am not dead yet. The last bit I have just been busy enough to not have time to think let alone time to feel the desire to write. We are entering the time of excesses of food, so I am wishing you all good luck.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Edited Thinking Time

I have added a sixth cause group

I've had a bit of time to rehash this who obesity-overeating- cause chain. During this time of maintenance struggle I have regained 18 kg of the 67 kg that I lost. In this whole process, overeating has been a issue, as has hunger and cravings or the base desire to eat. As I have addresses each cause, and found a solution, another cause has come up. This causal chain must have a end other than death.

Over the years, in these three blogs, and through journaling, I have had substantial change, and discovery of much that I did not know. I am not the same person when I set out to understand why I was overeating all those years ago. In this last push, starting in 2008, I have addressed the following issues, but these issues are interrelated:

1) Food knowledge and physiological knowledge, sufficient to come to know what foods should be eaten and which are not foods but poisons. There is much debate, but I now know that the establishment is out to lunch, and that some form of low carb is about right. I still crave carbs, and likely need a few more than the Dr. Richard Bernstein level (30 gm/day) but less than most tested "low carb diet" (~100-150 gm/day). It seems that about 50-75 gm/day is about right for me. Phil Maffetones two week test is one way to determine this. Beliefs and values also need to be examined and corrected.

2) Physical issues can drive appetite. Insulin resistance, hyperinsulinemia, actual physical hunger, and appetite stimulus are problems that need to be understood. Adrenalin surges or cortisol may also be a problem due to the rush response. Short and long term solutions are different. Willpower, that logic powered force can overcome short term, but long term will overpower willpower. Habit must also be addressed. Primary root cause of (T2D and med syd) are excessive digestible carbohydrate. Remove these and the problem reduces greatly.

3) Environment and culture are difficult to separate, but both must be addressed, Food pushers, habit, cueing, priming, and the like must be eliminated. Some of this is physical habit which resides in the subconscious (automatic) part of the mind, and some is yielding or allowing to external control, often termed low impulse control. When we switch to internal control, we become "difficult to be around" in what was familiar culture, and this may strain relationships and make changes in our thinking and philosophy necessary, and also psychological change becomes necessary. All this creates the need for change, and understanding change, deciding what must change, and similar lifestyle changes.

4) Our psychology of the past may have produced some maladaptive behaviors, that is behaviors which need to change. These behaviors may be based on past experiences, and physiologically likely result from high glucose and insulin are sedatives, hence that sugar short took the edge off life before. Now we need to learn to deal with life on natures terms; nature does not care if we live of die, but nature gives us the urge to reproduce, to desire, and to think. CBT may be suitable for this, along with philosophy and belief cleaning. This is our first and only time through life, so we were bound to make mistakes. I need to correct my behaviors to more suitable ones. Eating disorders need to be addressed, and corrected. These are wrong thinking, wrong learning based issues. Some of there are cultural based, hence this may relate to the obesity epidemic. We may need to emulate only healthy and normal weight people. These descriptors may not be the same groups.

5) Food addiction is the problem of food containing, causing the production of, or being digested into harmful substances, such as opioids. Sugar, grains, wheat, dairy, carbohydrates, are the usually suspects. The only solution is to stop eating the food that give the problem. That may be difficult due to cultural pressure and non-acceptance of the problem.

6) Relationships or social problems are a subgroup of the maladaptive that may require special consideration. As some 20% of obese people have been reported to benefit from IPT, that is interpersonal therpy, there must be something there. I can see that, overeating is our response to a situation; we can think about it differently, and the problem becomes less. Hungry, angry, lonely, tired are some of the common driving factors, and social can address the lonely.,+MD%29

Will I ever get to the end of the problem? Is there an end? But what do I know?    

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Kraft, what does it all mean?   Dr. Joseph R. Kraft
After watching the video and having a day to digest it, what does it all mean?
Overweight and the product of gestational diabetes mother, I am doomed to diabetes, unless I eat low carb and lose weight.   
Eating sugar and/or starches will cause problems, it is just when and how much we can eat before the problem arises.
Our primary food should be fats, and carbohydrates are better than starvation, but the more carbs we eat, the more problems we are likely to have later on. So sugar eating vegetarians are on a self destruction course. Do I care? Starch eating vegetarians and bean eaters less so. 

We can slow the progress of diabetes by not eating modern sugar rich fruits, sugar, and fast digesting ground grains, as I was trained to do by family and society marketing.  

Carbohydrates, in all but green leaves form shorten life. Well maybe. Perhaps by 50%, but the effect is accumulative, but may be reversible. 

So I should go for a walk, and not eat sugar rich fruits. But what do I know?

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Paleo a fad: Bullshit

Now when the press, media are just plain stupid, what does it do to the reputation of all the press, media?

Paleo, the template has always been around. I was raise on it with the addition of a few potatoes and baked goods. I grew up in northern Alberta, and most people we knew ate that way. The city folk were far distant, and I have no clew (nor clue for you english majors) what they ate. We would butcher a beef in the  late fall if a moose did not show up. A pig was the spring meat, and in the summer chickens. They did not need refrigeration. Mother or later I could convert them in short order. Mother did a good job on Grandmother recipe for southern fried chicken. Fad Bullshit.

A bit of wheat and potatoes is not a bad thing. The problem with wheat today is the fertilizer and high speed steel grinding. A stone ground grain from unfertilized field is not the same as modern processed. A slice of mothers bread would keep one not hungry for a half day. I would guess that most of the grain was just cracked, not flour. There was enough flower to hold it together, but it did not rise like modern flour.

My father was from Ireland, he came over after WWI when the Black and Tan thugs were beating on everyone, and settled up there close to my mothers family lands. (after doing most of ten years in the US and eastern Canada). The potato was a way of life for him, coming from a farm in Ireland. In the 1500's the potato change Irish culture from struggling to flourishing. Grains were not a big part of the Irish diet until after the famine in the 1850's.

Now we need to eliminate wheat from our diet due to fertilizer and fine grinding. There have always been a few that wheat was a problem for.  Sugar has never been good for humans in more than a taste occasionally. The modern diet is the fad, but it will likely last as it is now entrenched into industry.

Oh well, what do I know.      

Monday, August 31, 2015

Taubes and....

So now that hunger is a factor to consider in diet....

Anyways, I was at a archery demonstration, give it a try thing, ( I am a recreational traditional style archer) and I realized that many of the obese people who came along have personality disorders. Looking back, I realized that I also have one, but not as severe as one native lady. Not listening to anything, my god. Archery can be dangerous to the self and others, but mainly to the self, if a few items are not followed. All a coach can do is step back and let them risk themselves if they will not listen and hear. Oh, well, that is the native way.

Some old researcher said something about "if you want to see the problem clearly, study the extreme case first." Not hearing, not considering, treating anything said as noise, as a personality disorder, well I am not sure but it is a useful trait sometimes. We never need to consider anything we do not want to. Our ignorance continues, our beliefs become ossified, even the wrong ones.

But what do I know.


Thursday, August 27, 2015


Sarah had a definition of willpower the today. 

But I will provide a working definition: willpower is that rational conscious force that allows us to overcome habit, physical desires and cravings of the body or unconscious mind. It is a short term, rather weak force. Signaling from willpower is also weak. We need to pay attention to even pickup on it, unlike the scream of the unconscious or body. Many of us live in our unconscious, most of the time. Other defenses are also required, especially if food addiction, maladaptive eating behaviors, habit, environmental factors, physical issues that cause no satiation and poor food knowledge are present. Some things sold as food are just not food.

First willpower must be conscious and active. Do not expect to not eat and sit in front of food or where food is available. We need to eat, but is small amounts, with much work that we enjoy between.  Eating cannot be a social activity, it is for energy collection only.  This is a major attitude change for most of us, and will be resisted by the family.

Sitting where food is available will just grind on the mind until the will power is defeated. Getting up and go away may be the only solution. Then comes exhaustion and sleep.

But then, what do I know?

Friday, August 21, 2015


Aetiology is a medical term that means ‘the underlying cause"  but it is a chain and the doctor has only seen the first link.  High insulin. Maybe. We also know that just reduced calories is also enough to cause weight loss, if you can do it.

  OK, but the cause of obesity is overeating. The cause of overeating is at least one of  lack of food and physiological knowledge, physical cause of excess appetite, environmental conditions, and maladaptive eating behaviors as eating disorders and food addictions.

The real question is finding and addressing each of those drives to overeat.

And then hunger....

And then there is dealing with cravings.....

And food pushers....

And crap meals, where we do not have control....

And the food rich environment we live in....

And habit...  And  and  and....

So all these issues are nested together, and what get through is what we are, so to speak. It is all about teasing the nests apart, and understanding ourselves. Fung's high insulin is the physical response to overeating, but it is the stopping of overeating that is required. High insulin drives the overeating, after the overeating starts. Does the mind just need a problem to pick at?

But then, what do I know?

Thursday, August 20, 2015

More on not understanding the problem

Keven Hall is trying to do the disproving on the insulin/carbohydrate without realizing that we live in a free range world, and his metabolic ward study did not address two big issues: the ability to stay on the diet, and secondly, the time frame to lose substantial amount of weight.

We need to train ourselves to live on single digit percent of diet in carbohydrates, and that is tough to do if we do not cook our meals. There is a human craving for carbohydrates also, so we likely do better if we get a few, but that is not the issue. We exobese have a damaged metabolism I assume. We are not quite normal. It also takes time to adapt to fat, and especially if we go to the keto level of fat intake.  The fastest way to get to keto is fasting. No intake. After into, a few greens and a bit of meat is all. It requires effort and is not sustainable once our BMI gets to a 'normal' point, perhaps 20 for Asian, 25 for most, 30 for weight lifters and big working males. It is that non-sustainability at normal BMI that signal the end of the diet, and then we need to increase our fat intake to balance weight. That is where the difficulties in understanding lie, and where suitable food is problematic.

Just a reminder of the numbers; 50 grams of carbs is 200 calories, based on 2000 calores, that is 10 percent. I live on less than 2000 calories, and require much less than 50 gms of carbs to stay in single digit carbs, but I would like much more carbs. 

To lose weight, calories must be low and insulin must be low to reduce hunger. Cravings are an issue of one of the other causes of overeating. Adequate food knowledge is only one of the solution. The groups of causes of overeating: food addiction, environmental issues including Pavlovian, maladaptive behaviors, and physical problems must be each separately addressed.

Keven Hall has missed the problem, and has not touched the carbohydrate/insulin issue at 29 percent carbohydrates with 8 percent sugar. This is not low carb. His subjects were not exobese. His study demonstrates a lack of understanding of the real problem we exobese face, that is not regaining. Losing weight is tough, granted, but keeping it off is where the battle really begins. 

But then what do I know?  

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Locus of Control

Maturing, in part, is switching from an external sense of control to an totally internal locus of control. As children and youths, we were provided external locus of control, and through the aging, education, training, experience, and the like we gradually became more internally controlled, or should have. In some careers we learn to follow rules, procedures and the like that provide external control; we may never have the need of developing internal control over some things. In addition, there organizations like religions that provide organized external control that thwart the development of internal locus of control.

Our subconscious mind also operated in this manner, as an low energy automatic response that is resistant to change. The first thing in recovery from eating behaviors is to develop a willingness to change, widely and in other areas that relate to the causes of overeating. Clues that cause hunger, sights, smells, offers, presentation of food and junk food all cause the appetite to start. This Pavlovian response occurs in humans, and is accompanied with a release of insulin. This an external control that that must be replaced or other modified to internal control, that is also logical and rational. Without recognizing the issue, we can laze along in some form of external control, never actually living a deliberate life.

It is in this automatic start that we spend most of our life, not in the deliberate mode. Mindfulness may be about this aware state that all input/output passes through the rational 'directing' mind. It is the act of bringing all consumption, all behaviors, into the 'directing' mind that will cause change, and not allowing myself to be drawn into those situations of external control.

The biggest single cause of allowing myself to slip into external control is that damn TV.

A change in our locus of control from external to internal is a change in our nature which could bring our (my) problem to an end. It is this change in my basic nature that any 12 step  program hopes to create, but they do that by giving one's self over to an external control of a non-existent deity of some form. Stoic philosophy does it by increase my internal locus of control.  Only nature and man exist, all else is unnecessary and there is no evidence of anything beyond man and nature. Anyone wishing to sell me on the concept will first need to provide evidence of the existence of a god.

This may be what Peele called or/and observed the maturing out of the opioid problem, but a different human desire, human need, human craving. 

But then what do I know? 


Friday, August 14, 2015

Who controls my behavior? and cunning idiots

Over the last while there has been discussion of the Soda industry attempt to keep on pushing sugar, and the too little exercise based hypothesis. 

Really, it comes down to the problem is the behavior of overeating.   It is a behavior and who is ultimately responsible for our behavior? _________ I will not answer that rhetorical question.

The first requirement of any weight loss program is to take in less energy than we burn. Calories are just the unit of measure for accounting. Lower carbohydrate and higher fat may make following the diet easier for some. Others of us have no appetite control and have to monitor by the numbers our intake, regardless of those who promote not counting calories. Anything that raises insulin is not suitable for Fred food. So be aware to avoid the sugar industry marketing garbage, and remember that processed carbohydrates are the enemy.

Overeating is a behavior. It is not a disease. I am responsible for my behaviors. Choose what I want to be and do that behavior. Our body may have something to say about it but the only line of defense is my behavior. It is similar to the gay issue, it is a behavior that some people wish to embrace and to others it is a prevision of life, we wish to have nothing to do with.

I can coach myself that overeating is a prevision, and I should have nothing to do with it. It is not rational, and I choose to become a even more rational person. 

Other may peddle their verbal poison, but I should not let that sway me from the reality that Sugar is sweet, and deadly poison. So is wheat and most processed carbohydrates. I have no place supporting these industries.

So 5 days, the higher carbs are glucose repeat, and the low carb have expended the disposable glucose. The high carbs have just approached the hunger issue, while the low carbs are just starting to adjust to fat burning. This shows a wonderful design that will logically place the plant based diet ahead, so what has this proven? nothing other than as expected. If you want to prove something, start with the obese high insulin producing, in all four phases and see what happens.

Insulin is released in four phases: basal, per-prandal (Pavlovian), prandal, and post prandal. Different people have high release in different phases. The worst case is all four high release. Now what? We are always ready to eat. 

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Yah Sure Bob

but here is the problem Bob, How long does it take for the hunger to reduce?  Well Bob, how long? 6 months, one Year, two years, So how do I maintain motivation to eat very little that long  

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Misconception theory

The first time I ran across the misconception theory, was in a self help book by John Powell, perhaps 30 year ago. The difficulty with his approach is in figuring out what the misconception we carry really is, and then what is the correct or better conception. We store these conceptions among our beliefs, so we react automatically to these through the unconscious memory part of our brains, without thinking. When these are wrong, the result is wrong. It takes time to sort out and overwrite all these wrong beliefs.

Just to summarize the triune brain scheme, we have a primal portion, with interfaces to the senses, and reflex actions. Above that we have the unconscious brain where our beliefs are stored and our automatic reactions arise, and above that we have the conscious part where rational action can be planned, where reason and logic are the operating system. The logic may be twisted, or true, or with the  wrong weighting, but it is logic based. It can be over ridden with passions, but keep in mind that passions are delusions or expectations being frustrated or blocked.

This all fits with the Stoic concept of being in control of our mind, our beliefs, our own values, opinions, thoughts, motives, desires and aversions. We are not in control of places, people, things, and even our body. At best we can only influence a few things outside of our minds. We are therefore not impacted by events, but only our thinking about events. Knowing the few things we are logically responsible for, and that we are separate from the events, makes us free.   of all responsibility for the worlds happenings, even if others would like to load us with those responsibilities.

Yesterday some commentator said that alcohol related traffic events are preventable. If she thinks so, let her do the preventing. It is a guild shifting statement, not reality. For anyone who has lived with an alcoholic, this will be self evident. There is nothing preventable with alcohol. There concept of preventable is a blame shifting devise. 

CBT in it's various forms are all efforts to change the underlying beliefs that we react to automatically, and not logically to. There is space between the sensory input and our output. Training ourselves to take the time to examine the situation is what is required. There is much bullshit in this world in the public media. It is better to assume it is all bullshit until it is proven or demonstrate to be true in our application. God is man made, but what do I know.      

Sunday, August 2, 2015


Change is a process. In the beginning we are just as happy as a pig in mud, living life. We are just ignorant of any need of change, although we may be aware of the occasional difficulty or desire, but these are mild. Life goes on. This is the pre-contemplation stage. 

The next stage is contemplation stage, where we might think we should lose a bit of weight. We have no idea how, but we might develop a bit of motivation to do something.

Preparation is where the work starts, as we examine the situation, perhaps make a decision to do something, and start exploring the possibilities, causes, drives of say overeating. There is much not being said about the problem. At this point in my development, I will say that there is no consensus beyond eat less and move more. Eating less is more important, but it is essential to eat well, take a few vitamins and minerals, water, and the like. There are five groups of causes of overeating, poor diet resulting from poor or wrong food knowledge including delusions, physical issues that drive appetite, environmental issues including life style, maladaptive behaviors including eating disorders, and food addiction. Each is an area of study to it's self.

Then there come action, where we test each concept on ourselves, and examine each concept for truth and validity. Some concepts do not work for us at this time, but may later have major impacts. This where we learn that this is and will be an ongoing battle for the remainder of our lives. Fortitude is required, now and in the future. Programs like OA, FA, FAA can help for those inclined. Philosophy, the art of reason can help others. Integrity, honesty with ourselves, commitment, and understanding of ourselves is critical.

Once we have gotten to where we want to be comes an ongoing maintenance, which does not mean going back to the old ways, but sticking to the new way. This is the most difficult of processes, and where "our diet" often lose toleration by others. The objective is not to overeat, and wonderful tasting and beautiful presentation do not make this easy. 

Many of us spend our time yo-yo ing around in the last three stages, never at rest, never out of the problem completely. But then what do I know?        

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Food Addiction

This post was stimulated from

Food addiction is real, but what I speak of as food addiction may not be quite what David Kessler had in mind in his book. I mean any food that we ( I or the subject) is unwilling to give up, either physically or is unwilling to give up mentally. It may be only a few hundred calories each day, but a hundred calories a day is 10 pounds a year, crudely. Processed foods, sugar, starches, wheat, chocolate, alcohol, nuts, perhaps dairy products or carbohydrate rich fruits, are typical foods.

The cause of food addiction is not clear. For some it is that we like the food a bit too much, or it is a environment thing, always available, always good tasting; we crave it; we may lose any resistance to eating it after we have just a taste. It may have flavor, salt, sugar, fats, and/or starches. It may contain proteins that are broken into opioid or opioid like proteins. It make cause the release of feel good chemicals. These foods are tough to get off of, and tough to stay off of. The only solution is to get off of them, and then stay off them.

Food addiction is the first thing that must go  in weight reduction, and it must be deal with before and separately from the other four big issues: food and physiological knowledge, physical cause of excess appetite, environmental conditions, and maladaptive eating behaviors as eating disorders.

Getting off them requires a change in thinking. We need to accept these foods as addicting and stop consuming them, stop considering them as foods. We need to clean our environment of them to the extent possible, and make our values known to others. We may need to separate ourselves from unhealthy environments and situations if we plan on recovering. We must place recover very high on our priority lists. Perhaps we need to leave no stone unturned, and explore many place we would not go before. OA, FA, FAA, and the like can offer help, and for some these help. These may provide an food clean extended social system, and a belief system. I came to realize that all religions are man made, and gods are man made, 12 step systems miss the problem and at best are a management system for the problem without solving the problem. Much of the solution is a major change in our belief system, priorities, values, opinions, mental concepts, and those things truly within our own power. 

For some people recovery may be just one of the five, and for other it may require knowledge of all five issues. Start with not considering anything with sugar to be food, and if you are unwilling to give it up, you may be a food addict. If it is easy to give up, try it for about 3 weeks and see if it makes a difference. Then move on to the next food. A journal where you record each food, and amount before you eat it, may also be of help in the beginning. It is all about becoming willing to make the necessary changes.

There are many tools that may help with motivation, knowledge, change, the processes of change, of evaluating our current beliefs, values. and concepts. It take time to learn enough to recover, and enough to maintain recover after that. If anyone has specific question, I will attempt to answer my version of those issues.

Saturday, June 27, 2015


Our attitude toward how we approach eating is critical our success at weight loss. When I approach notable breakfast and lunch with the idea of only eating enough to relieve hunger, I do better than any other concept of satiation. The evening meal then becomes somewhat larger, but with the same attitude, it can be handled. Eating just enough to remove active critical hunger is far less than comfortable for me but doable.

With the proper attitude we can stay in our happy place. What I refer to as our happy place is that daydream like state of mind where we are distracted from the physical hunger situation, and in one of the early mind state of per-mediation, not monkey mind, but not in concentration either. This is accompanied with the loss of time consciousness, sort of like a nap while being fully awake but not fully present in the reality of the present.

We have the natives that have the poor mes attitudes, here in Canada. They lost the war and surrendered, rather than starve. Many live on reserves, where the leaders look after themselves, and there people live as they can. They do not have the will to become part of the modern culture, but long for a simpler time, but also want all the modern convinces, at someone elses expense. Oh, poor me. Truth and Reconciliation. They need someone to reconcile with. It is a native cultural problem. Over 1000 missing and dead aboriginal missing? It is a cultural thing, since they are 4 times as likely to go missing. Predators exist, Predators harvest those who can be cut from the heard. Oh well, it is their culture. Attitude is critical for our survival. If they do not care, why should I?

But back to only eating enough to relieve active hunger. Some days the hunger will just not go away. Now what? It cannot be hunger, but it feels like hunger, not cravings. now what?

Yes, "a man in the grip of his daimon".


Thursday, June 25, 2015

Four Hormones

Anyone who has struggled and recovered relatively long term will tell you that there is no recovery, only an ongoing effort to not gain, separated with periods of more effort to lose. Some say that there are periods of remission. I believe that the difficulty with recovery is that obesity is not understood; it is a complex and chaotic issue with many channels and processes, and there is so much misdirection that few have the endurance to find a solution and to stick to the solution. Eating is not a logic driven process; therefore we cannot reason ourselves out with useless concepts like “eat less, move more.” We need to understand that obesity is a disease of excess fat accumulation, driven by hormones, and that some can be addressed by food, but not all. Some is emotional, some is knowledge based. We need to understand our specific causes of our overeating, provide ourselves with an alternate coping skill or philosophy, remove the cause and correct the damage. We need to understand the desires, cravings, hunger and the motivations for eating and overeating. To this end we will explore this problem and offer a number of partial solutions that have worked to some degree. 

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Causes of obesity

1. Not Enough Adiponectin
Adiponectin tells your body to burn fat for fuel, but the more fat on your body, the lower your adiponectin levels. Untrue. There is a correlation between adiponectin level and obesity, not causation.  To break the cycle and kick start your adiponectin, take a high-quality magnesium supplement or eat lots of seeds and green, leafy vegetables.
Fill up on fiber, not calories.

2. Insulin Imbalance

We have all heard how insulin overdose and insulin resistance cause overeating. We also know that high glucose and high insulin combined yields a pleasant relaxant with short term effect. This provides relief from anxiety, stress, emotional discomfort etc.

3. Too Much Ghrelin (excessive hunger, could it be irrational hunger, aka false hunger))
Ghrelin is the hunger hormone. The more you have in your system, the hungrier you are and the more fat your body stores. New research indicates that lack of sleep increases ghrelin levels, so get 7-8 hours of shuteye. But skip the caffeine and energy drinks, because the resulting crash slows your metabolism and makes you feel hungry, even when you're not.

4. Cortisol Overload
Cortisol is necessary for a fight or flight situation (what about freeze), but too much increases your cravings for sweets, stores body fat, breaks down muscle tissue, and can cause depression. Reducing stress is the best solution — if you can find the time to do it in your busy schedule.

We all understand how stress and tired contribute to overeating. So what is the solution. No TV, go to bed instead. Learn to cause others stress rather than yourself.  But there are many more hormones involved.

One of the areas that provided me remission is looking at individual philosophy, the way we individuals think. This has provided relief a number of ways, one concept at a time, in a iterative process. The prerequisites must be learned before the core material. Often, I believe, my problems stem from some missed concept that other people have, which I just missed, ignored, did not grasp, or have forgotten. I expect most people are the same. So what we must do is to go through our understanding, our beliefs, values, our belief system, one line at a time, and compare that to others. When we find a discrepancy, we can then examine the problem concepts and figure out which is better, right, wrong, troubling. 

The purpose of this to understand enough to recover; to push this issue, disease, problem, behavior, whatever handle we choose into remission. One of the helping concept is a sense of purpose in life, urgent, pressing, and unrelenting. This sense of purpose, at the level of the individual, is what drives us, why we get out of bed in the morning, why we struggle throughout the day, until we fall back in bed at night. If we have that driving urgent burning desire to do something, then we are ready for remission. Without that I could not recover in a lasting way. It is that urgent purpose that drives me out of the kitchen and to my office. At a society level, our purpose is to flourish and reproduce, improve the conditions for people to live in, up to some comfortable but not decant style. Minimalist, yes. Frugal, yes. Anything more, they will need to do for themselves.