Friday, November 01, 2013

The Truth About Fat, Statins, and Heart Health

Dear family and friends, please watch these two videos. They're each 30 minutes, but it's an hour of your life I think will be well spent.

I've written in this blog many times about my thoughts on statin drugs. I could link to article after article, study after study, and have linked to many, who link to many.

I post updates on my own n=1 experiment with a ketogenic diet.

I've gone from 265lbs down to 195, and still falling by eating a low carbohydrate, low protein, high fat diet.

I've gone from having hypertension (blood pressure regularly over 140/90) to blood pressure that consistently comes in 'normal', and have the numbers recorded to show it. I measure BP every other morning when I check my ketone and glucose levels.


I started on this journey of discovery 10 years ago, little by little I've learned that what we are told by our government about nutrition is just flat wrong. 

And, yes, I'm saying what your doctor might be telling you is wrong too!  But, here's the thing, your doctor got probably two days, at most, education on nutrition.  And, what they're taught is what the government is pushing.

Doctors who actually study nutrition all say the same thing I'm saying here.

Please, for your own sakes, do not just dismiss this.

Thank you!

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Stalled Again?

Well, we're reapidly approaching the end of another month. As far as weight loss goes, I've been pretty much stalled for the month of October. Waist line, on the other hand ...

Weight Stalled around 193lbs.

As I mentioned in my last post, we picked up a couple of pairs of jeans, and a pair of dress slacks at Goodwill. No point in buying new, since I'm obviously still shrinking around the waist. The size 34 jeans are starting to bunch (so I'm probably a 33" now), and I'm really wishing I had found some size 34 dress slacks, because the 36's are really bunched.

I've gotten a few more comments from coworkers too. Even a few questions of how I did it. The looks of disbelief I get when I say that it's by eating a high fat diet ... priceless.

Friday, October 04, 2013

Overdue Update

I know that I'm drastically overdue for an update, especially since I mentioned in my previous rant / post that I planned on an update, and that was 2 weeks ago.

So, let's do this.

Weight Chart

First, weight. As you can see from the graph, I'm still trending down. I'm currently hovering just above 195 lbs.

Ketone Glucose Chart

Next we'll look at the very important ketone and glucose levels. This mornings ketone levels are promising, as is the glucose level. I'm really curious to see what they'll be in a week.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Welcome to the USSA?

I'm not going to talk about my n=1 experiment today, though I do plan on posting an update this weekend. I came across this article in my feeds this morning and felt a sudden need to say something about it.

TSA PreCheck enrollment: Fly by the airport security line

So, answer this. How is this different than bribing the TSA?

For $85 for a five-year clearance, a few minutes of application brewhah and a few weeks leeway before a flight, travelers can be on their way via the short line through participating airlines and airports with shoes tied and computers zipped tight.

I found my last trip through airport security so degrading that I vowed to do everything I could to avoid having to ever go through that again. However, I flat refuse to pay a fee to avoid it. I wouldn't object to this if it were just the application and lead time clearance, but a fee? Seriously, this is nothing less than a bully taking your lunch money before you can pass.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Status Update and an Epiphany

I've been struggling for the last week or two, and frankly becoming worried.

Especially since I've started my low-carb journey, I've been just full of energy. Going out and splitting a half a cord of wood in a couple of hours was a workout, but never really an effort.

However, for the last week or two, it's been an effort to even split one wagon-load.

For that matter, walking up a flight of stairs has been exhausting.

I'm talking, heart racing, trouble breathing, muscles aching exhaustion.

Kristen and I have been struggling trying to figure out just what the heck is going on.

Last night we had one of those a HAH! moments. An epiphany if you like.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Encouraging Words

Hope you're ready for an across the board, wildly digressing ramble.

I was chatting with Kristen this afternoon, and she said something that struck a chord.

Today has been a roller-coaster of a day.

Fasting Ketone (0.8), Glucose (100) and Weight (206) readings this morning that are anything but encouraging. 206 lbs. appears to be my new plateau ... I've hit it repeatedly over the last couple of weeks, but haven't moved under it.

Kristen snuck this shot of
me showing my son (Brennan)
that his old man can still do it

But then, here at the office I had a coworker offer me a donut, and when I politely declined, she commented "Good for you, and you're looking good, keep it up". Or words close enough. That felt good.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Yet Another Piece of Mistaken Dietary Advice

I thought it might be beneficial for everyone to say something about a problem that we may have finally figured out.

I've always had a bit of a problem with muscle cramps, especially in my toes and legs.

This has become more pronounced, and frequent, since going into ketosis.

We've tried supplements of magnesium, potassium, etc. You know, the usual suspects for muscle cramps, and nothing helped. As a matter of fact, the potassium actually seemed to make it worse.

Then Kristen saw something in a blog post by Peter Attia that suggested the problem was actually another bad piece of dietary advice that I've followed ever since I was told I had high blood pressure (hypertension).

It's actually in the comments

I will write about this in much more detail in the future, but I can say the two biggest mistakes I was making were: 1) I was eating too much protein (north of 200 gm/day), and 2) I was not supplementing enough sodium. There are many other little nuances I’ve learned since, but once I fixed those two, within 3 days I was humming along. I haven’t looked back since.