In 2015 I made changes. I read some books that scared the shit out of me and woke me up. I read
Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health, and my eyes opened to just how bad my diet was. That book also showed just how little we as individuals should rely upon and trust the information put out by the government.
Note: Over the past five years or so I have gradually extricated myself from involvement in politics. When I was laying in the ICU watching Meet the Press I set off my monitors. The doctor came in and ordered the TV shut off. I almost shouted at the doctor, and might have started lecturing about how important it was to be informed about politics, when I was struck with the absurdity of telling the person charged with keeping me alive what was important. I had also seen people on Facebook lose there minds in the shouting and echo-chamber madness that seems to become a person’s whole life, or how they become defined. I’ll glance at a blog now and again, but I monitor myself very carefully to ensure I don’t get engaged or go down a rabbit hole that in the end is only frustrating. I’m sure that I’ll address this at another time.
Having given that caveat I’m still compelled to say how disturbed I am with the misinformation that our government puts out, the lack of controls on what reaches our shelves as consumers, and the horrific influence that corporations have upon both of those areas. Buyer BEWARE is a vast understatement when it comes to the food and medicines you put in your body.
When I lose weight it’s in all the areas where I can’t afford a decrease (my gaunt face, or my needed ass padding) while I have a belly that I can’t exercise away. I started looking at books (
The Bulletproof Diet: Lose up to a Pound a Day, Reclaim Energy and Focus, Upgrade Your Life and
The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich), websites and listening to podcasts on a wide variety of topics. I’ve changed to a gluten free diet and begun paying a great deal of attention to food sensitivities. That diet is my own form of a modified Atkin’s diet and a ketogenic diet. I have butter in my coffee every morning. I do a four and a half day fast every other month. I’ll be talking about many of these topics in detail in upcoming posts. Leave me a comment if any of these areas have you curious and I will prioritize accordingly. The bottom line for me was that by the end of 2015 I had lost much (unofficially 40 pounds or more) of my belly, had more energy and felt better than I had in years.
My learning about all of this is still in the infant stage. I listen to podcasts and read blogs that you can see off to the right in my links/blogroll list. There is an unbelievable amount of information out there, and if you have a specific condition or syndrome I encourage you to investigate how modifying your diet might help you decrease or cope with symptoms. I’m going to illustrate this by adding a TEDx talk you should see in its entirety. I’ll have much more to say after you watch:
You may or may not have been as disturbed as I was by the annoying red box that kept popping up while I was watching the story. I’ve heard Dr. Whals on Dave Asprey’s podcast and loved the information that was presented. I looked on the YouTube site and read some of the comments. Did TedX sell out? Dr Wahls feels strongly about that question and answers it here. I encourage you to read the response and decide for yourself. I have extreme respect for the TED series, but if they are going to allow sponsors like Monsanto or Big Pharma influence and sensor their content they become another useless mouthpiece for the propaganda machines that value the dollar and are invested in keeping people sick.
Perhaps you’re thinking that I’m exaggerating. If you’ve made it this far then please click and read the following link and then feel free to comment on how I’ve lost it.