Hello, everyone, and a very happy, healthy new year to you all.
I have fully recovered from my 50-hour pre-Christmas fast. I feel it was very beneficial in that the few extra pounds I’d been carting around with me over the past 40 years melted away in days. However, I must admonish anyone who wishes to give fasting a try that you must first obtain the supervision of your doctor just to make sure that there are no underlying medical conditions that might get in your way and, also, so that your doctor knows what you’re up to in case you become ill and need to put in a call for help.
That aside, following my fast I moved on to a strictly ketogenic diet, or so I thought. I cut down on my carbs considerably and only ate fresh, wholesome vegetables and very small portions of fresh fruit. But when I actually began to calculate my daily carb intake I was very surprised. My goal was to keep my daily carb intake somewhere in the vicinity of 35 grams per day, and yet I was routinely taking in twice that amount, sometimes more. This, despite my impression that I was curbing my carbs!
So I began a night time routine of planning my menu for the next day, calculating the total number of carbs so that I would keep to my goal of no more than 35 grams per day. This was a very useful trick. The other thing I did was to eat only two meals a day, fasting from 6 pm one day to noon the next day. After about 5 days on this regimen, I felt better than ever. I now have as much energy – or so it seems – as I did when I was in my twenties. Wow and hurray for that!
My new year’s resolution is to stick to the ketogenic diet. I don’t think I’m going to have any trouble doing that because I feel so great. By the way, an entire country – Sweden – has recently adopted a low carbohydrate, moderate protein, high fat diet as their national nutrition guideline. This change did not happen on a whim but was taken after a prolonged and thorough analysis of the scientific literature showing that dietary guidelines such as America’s “Food Pyramid” are hazardous to the nation’s health. That ‘revered’ pyramid actually promotes obesity, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, cardiovascular dementia and an increased risk for cancer. Talk about the need for a revolution! This ridiculous pyramid, touted as healthy but that actually keeps everyone eating six meals a day – all day long, that is – remains, unfortunately, America’s sacred nutritional ‘cow’. A high-fat diet, on the other hand, is still viewed as a heresy worthy of a deranged witch. But that’s why God made the Internet – so that important information can find its way beyond the barricades of the profit-driven, disease-driven healthcare industry, not to mention the food industry for which there are not enough negative adjectives in the dictionary to accurately describe how terribly it serves to addict and enslave us to toxins, most especially sugar.
Be well and survive. Doc