Archive for January, 2011

Low Carb, Television, Electricty and Biofeedback

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

Eating low carb really isn’t that hard.  It’s kinda like breathing or even sex.  The more you think about it, the more screwed up it can get.  Keep it simple still applies.

I don’t have the foggiest idea how the science of low carb works down to the metabolic pathway.  In fact, I’m not sure anyone on the planet understands the exact science, because we are still learning it as a human species.  There are a lot of unknowns.  And it will probably be after my lifetime before there is even a semi-complete picture of the science and even then, I’d be surprised.  Because each person is unique.  What works for me, might not work for you.

To me, it’s kinda like electricity.  I don’t have a clue as to how electricity works or what it is.  I don’t even think there is a person on the planet who even knows what it is, but we still know how to use it.  We know how to generate it and we know how to manage and direct it.  That seems to be working for us at the moment.  Even  a four year old knows how to turn on a light switch.

So just imagine for a moment, suppose you had to know every detail about how your television works BEFORE you turned it on – for example, you had to know how liquid crystal works, how the colors are generated, how the electricity fuels the whole process, how the cable signal is encrypyed and how that even tranlates into a picture, etc. – and then have to go even deeper and have to understand the electron configuration of each individual molecule ALL BEFORE ever turning on your television, then a few things might happen.

Somewhere along the line, you might leave something out and have to start all over

OR you might get distracted with all the tiny details and forget why the hell you even wanted to turn on your television to begin with

OR you simply could make a mistake and be completely wrong.

And that’s ok.  Why?  Because it’s pretty freakin complicated.  That’s why.  And a TV is a finite machine.  Forget about a living breathing dynamic constantly changing human being. We’ve had science for hundreds of years and there are numerous conflicting studies on a daily basis all in the name of progress.

But the the other thing that would probably happen if you had to know everything about your TV before turning it on would be….

The vast majority of people would simply never turn on their television.

Thank GOD there isn’t a test and this isn’t school and you’re not being graded anymore.  Seriously.  Just press the ON button, baby, cause it’s all good.

I suspect if I were motivated enough, I could teach myself biochemistry and spend a lot of my time tracing metabolic pathways and learning about glycerols, but I don’t need to go to that level, let alone risk being accused of taking financial bribes to skew the science in my company’s motivated self interest (ala big pharma).

But even then I think the people that do function at that level are hypothesizing and speculating about very complex systems in a microscopic vacuum-like fashion and are probably missing the complexity of how those processes work in combination with other processes like breathing or vision or olfactory.  You know the basics.  So it really is like Alice in Wonderland.  How far down the rabbit hole do you want to go?

For me, I just want to be able to turn on my television.  And I’ve managed to figure that out.  I even have 3 remotes with 50 buttons on each one.  And I press a button and it works.  So I guess I have to remember to pat myself on the back on that one.  Apparently, I just have really low standards for being successful as a human being.

But really, I just want to figure out what to make for dinner.  Because what I’ve been doing for the past 35 years hasn’t been working.  So for now, the bigger picture as of today, right now it’s still low carb for this body.  I tried low carb (I also tried things like low calorie) and low carb got results.  I lost weight, I felt better, and all those BS blood sugar swings are a thing of the past.  Good enough for me.

So let’s make this simpler than possible.  Here’s what I eat these days.  Try it for yourself and see if it works for you.

I eat protein, vegetables and fat with each meal.  Occasionally I eat a handful of blueberries.  On rare occasion I’ll eat almonds and chocolate (85% dark). I tend to avoid natural and artificial sweeteners and am trying as hard as possible to eliminate artificial preservatives.  I drink water and unsweet tea.  And that’s it.  And I’ve lost over 60 lbs since late August 2010.  I also walk 45 minutes about 3 – 5x per week.

And beyond that, I also do one other thing.  I try to pay attention to how my body feels and also try to pay attention to the feedback my body gives me.  But that’s a whole other story….