I woke up at four, ate breakfast and went back to
bed and slept until 0830. When I got up, I stepped onto the scale and weighed
in at 211.
I spent the morning catching up. I had planned
to go to Jean's, but they are pretty busy today and I decided to
stay home and get some things done here.
The afternoon passed, too, with little accomplished.
It always takes me a few days to adjust to being home.
I looked further into a cell phone replacement.
I'm a bit reluctant to spend money on a phone unless it is insured.
The offer I have seems too good to be true. Additionally, word is
that a new Pixel phone will be coming out soon and be
water-resistant. Water and dust resistance is a big plus in my
I also searched for my drivers license. No
luck. I can't imagine where it went.
* * *
Over the past year, I have been researching obesity
and metabolic syndrome, listening my way though a number of books,
and ending up concluding that the problem is eating too much, too
often, and not just the type of foods offered everywhere we go.
Granted, too many fast carbs, too much meat, too
many chemical additives like preservatives and emulsifiers, and too
much salt are a big problem, too, but it seems that simply making
sure that there is a long period every day without snacking can give
our systems a rest and make a huge difference.
I came across Jason Fung's books and articles and
although he makes things sound simpler and easier than I suspect
they truly are, I think he is on the right track. He claims that
fasting, even for twelve hours overnight can be very helpful, but
that longer fasts may be required to reverse harm already done.
This latest article,
Towards a Cure – T2D35 is quite enlightening and, I think, very
important. In it. he presents the thesis that type II diabetes
is natural response to our food habits, and reversible.
Here is a teaser:
"Over 50% of American adults are estimated to
have prediabetes or diabetes. The twin cycles (hepatic and
pancreatic) are not simply rare metabolic mistakes leading to
disease. These responses are almost universal because they serve
as protective mechanisms.
"Protective? I can almost hear you gasp. Insulin resistance and
beta cell dysfunction are protective? Yes. Absolutely. What do
they protect us from? The very name gives use the vital clue.
Insulin resistance protects the liver from too much insulin. Our
body is resisting the excessive insulin, which is harmful.
When insulin levels stay elevated for a
prolonged period, the liver fills up with sugar and fat, like an
over-inflated balloon. The pressure inside the liver goes up and
up, making it increasingly difficult to move sugar into this
overfilled liver. This is insulin resistance. The liver simply
cannot store any, so rejects the incoming sugars, becoming
resistant to insulin’s normal signal. Glucose piles up outside
the cell in the blood.
To protect itself, the body needs to rid
itself of this excessive toxic glucose load. By forcing the
glucose out into the blood, it will spill out in the urine. This
causes many of the symptoms of excessive urination and weight
loss, but at least the toxic glucose load is being excreted.
This new understanding carries several important implications.
First, type 2 diabetes results from a single underlying, unified
mechanism. It does not result from two entirely separate
pathophysiologic mechanisms, one for insulin resistance and
another for beta cell dysfunction. The natural history and all
of the manifestations of type 2 diabetes can be explained from
excessive fatty organ infiltration.
I have not tried fasting for a day or more again after my recent
36-hour fast since I want to be assured of a settled environment to attempt it.
Travelling is demanding and sometimes disorienting; and fasting
could be a distraction.
affect my judgment. I'm not sure of that but it does alter my mental
state. I found fasting was not hard to do, and considered
going longer than 36 hours at the end, but I'm glad I didn't.
Fasting had more profound effects than I imagined going in and I
was not very aware of them at the time.
Also, I found that coming off the fast had a greater
effect on me than the fasting itself. I did, however, notice
changes during the fast itself. While fasting, I was drinking
tea. Me? Drink tea? Never, but I did, and I liked
it. Fasting had an effect on me that could be likened to a
mild intoxication, and maybe, in fact fasting is intoxicating, or
the opposite -- detoxifying, and the changes in body chemistry could
have a similar effect.
is a video lecture worth your time.
Insulin Toxicity and How to Cure Type II Diabetes At right
is a chart from the video, just one of many fascinating charts in
I am now realizing that my mother practices what is
now called intermittent fasting, but was normal and common sense
when she grew up. She eats supper at five-thirty and does not
eat again until around seven-thirty in the morning and that has been
her habit for as long as I can remember. Of course she does
not consider that fasting, but that is actually a daily
years, I've been in the habit of eating before bed, a banana at
minimum, but I have stopped eating after supper lately. It's a
relatively easy habit to break.
Wow. Apparently, anything over twelve hours without
food counts as intermittent fasting! The chart at left is a
generalization, I am sure, but illustrates that the benefits begin
fairly early on. The idea is to allow the blood sugar and
liver glucose reserves from last meal to be entirely consumed before
eating again, the exact opposite of what we have been taught about
keeping our blood sugar from dropping.
Here is an interesting idea:
Why I now eat One Meal a Day
* * *
In the afternoon, I mowed grass for an hour and a
half. The breeze blew dust over me at times and I know I'll
suffer from allergy tonight. Mowing sometimes affects my sleep
unless I take an antihistamine.
I ate supper at five -- a salmon steak, carrots, and
broccoli, then spent the evening watching Jason Fung videos and went
to bed around eleven. I did not eat after supper, but
drank water to blunt hunger. We'll see how long I go before
breakfast in the morning.
Breakfast is literally break-fast.
I notice that for fasting glucose and
triglyceride blood tests, the labs now specify twelve hours
after the last food. It used to be eight. The extra few
hours make a difference, it seems, so it also seems that the
longer the time between supper and breakfast, the better.
I correct, revise and augment entries
in the previous several days first thing each day before
writing new diary entries.
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