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  1. The New York Times reports on a recent study. The study is pretty small (21 fit older men who have been avid joggers their whole adult lives). Basic takeaway, it looks like exercise helps reduce inflammation overall and keeps old muscles looking younger.
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    Less is not always more...

    I skimmed a lot of these videos (but didn't watch every second of every one). Did she have medical supervision? She never said explicitly, but I get the impression that she didn't. I've always wanted to do a 40 day fast. Given how badly short fasts of just five days go for me it seems like maybe it's not in the cards for me, or if it is, I will need to be drinking something special to stay healthy. Her focus seems almost exclusively religious (with maybe some weight loss ambitions thrown in too), but given that refeeding seems to be the most important part of a fast her matza only refeeding diet seems like a particularly poor one from a health perspective. I wouldn't do it. I'd be breaking a long fast like this with modest amounts of nuts and berries, some fruit and dark greens (but not too much). I admire the endurance and the willpower, but I don't think this is the way I want to fast.
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    How to wean into a cr diet

    I'm not really sure what is going on with my body when I am fasting. The fasts all seemed reasonably short for me, I was mainly doing five day water only fasts. Part of it might be that I was eating calorie restricted before the fast. But the truth is I don't really know because I wasn't medically supervised. I wasn't getting my blood drawn. I bet if I had, they would be able to pinpoint what the issue was. The fast that was the absolute worst for me was one where I was trying to be deliberate about drinking a lot of water. I think that may have really done a number on my electrolytes. When I fast even a day or two I start getting light headed and dizzy when I stand up. Even on normal CR days I get that a little bit. I would like to do a fast again soon. In fact I was thinking about doing one later this week just for three days. But I probably should make an appointment with a doctor and talk to them about it first. For the last couple of years I've cut my fasts down to three days because it isn't until the fourth day that I start to go downhill. By day five I feel downright sick, like I'm fighting off the flu or something. My head gets foggy and I'm not able to be as productive as I need to be.
  4. Thomas G

    Less is not always more...

    I'm not sure. It might have been, but it could have been something else too (electrolytes, salts, etc)
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    How to wean into a cr diet

    This seems contradictory. You seem to understand that too much calorie restriction too fast decreases longevity. But a month long fast is calorie restriction in the extreme. I'm pro-fasting, but I think weaning from 2000 calories a day is the much gentler path here. I posted this in the other thread, but I'll post it here too.
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    Less is not always more...

    I just finished a three day water only fast. When I say water only I mean really only water, no vitamins or anything. I used to do five day fasts but got very dizzy (and actually fainted twice). Greger's video today makes me think I really shouldn't be doing fasts this way and should be taking vitamins and maybe some kind of electrolyte/salt replacement. I enjoy fasting but might enjoy it more without the lightheadedness and overall flu-like feeling I get by the fifth day. Will your month long fast be medically supervised? Maybe it should be. I don't think I'm going to do any more fasting without consulting a doctor first.
  7. The things that are noteworthy to me is that I think he did a good job of summarizing and describing how a slower metabolism can have health and possibly longevity benefits. It is true that the CRONIES are a somewhat unusual self-selecting population. And I think his summary of the studies on the benefits for average SAD diet eaters in adopting a healthier diet with moderately fewer calories. But the questions I am most interested in are still open questions and are not really the subject for the video.
  8. Thomas G

    Romaine Lettuce vs. Cabbage Slaw

    Cruciferous vegetables include cabbages, kale, broccoli, arugula, brussels sprouts, collard greens, mustard greens and more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cruciferous_vegetables#List_of_cruciferous_vegetables Definitely in addition to dark green leafys which are also great. But cruciferous are special because they produce sulforaphane as you eat them (so long as you are eating them raw, although there are a few tricks you can do to get sulforaphane from cooked cruciferous vegetables like adding a little bit of mustard or horseradish to them). Surprisingly I wasn't able to find a short quick intro. This is long and super in depth.
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    Romaine Lettuce vs. Cabbage Slaw

    Does the cabbage slaw have other ingredients in it (like mayo)? If so, that is going to dramatically alter the calorie density. If you do use cabbage, red/purple cabbage has more nutrients than green cabbage. Cabbage is also a cruciferous vegetable which is fantastic, but I would also want to get a lot of dark green leafys too, the darker the better. Do you find sinach objectionable (it's not square cut, at least not normally). Or a mesclun mix of some kind? A mesclun mix would give you a variety of dark green leafys.
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    Cronometer results for March 2019

    Thanks for sharing Barry. One of the reasons I like using Greger's Daily Dozen is just as a reminder to get a few different kinds of foods each day. Granted it is hard to tell from just one day, but it looks like you are eating a lot of bananas and dates without any legumes and not much fat (besides the olives). Is this a typical day for you? Is there a strategy you are following on this front? One thing I've been doing in Conometer that I find useful is to use the groups feature (if you click the gear box, and then choose "Diary settings..." you can define the groups). That way I can have different ways to group my diary entries under things like breakfast/lunch/dinner without having to add notes to designate this.
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    Cronometer results for March 2019

    Lol, I remember that. My partner had used most, but not all, of an avocado for her sandwich. I couldn't just throw it away without scraping out the last 6 grams 🙂
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    Cronometer results for March 2019

    This is true, but I don't think it is an issue for me. I eat very little branded food. This is one advantage of eating a whole foods plant based diet. The big exceptions are plant based milks, and in the month of March, the dijon mustard that I got a little addicted to in adding to my daily salad. In fact even though I've been using Cronometer for three years now, I only recently started using the barcode reader feature when I couldn't find the particular brand of dijon mustard to enter. That is a handy feature! But since I almost never need to use it, I completely forgot it existed. The other big exception is that I also eat a mix frozen berries. Even though the berries are whole foods, I'm relying on the branded info in Cronometer for the nutrients. Here is a typical day's worth of food for me:
  13. Thomas G

    Any good salad dressing recipes?

    Dr. Fuhrman has a number of good salad dressing recipes: https://www.drfuhrman.com/recipes/categories/3/salads-dressings-dips-and-sauces I've also made this salad dressing many times and love it: https://www.lighter.world/recipe/56c4970af83f55a2e4d91b68?ref=provider Many days I just mix up some version of vinegar with some homemade mustard for a quick dressing.
  14. It has been a long time since I have consistently kept track of everything I have eaten for a full month (it looks like the last time was Sept. 2016). At any rate attached are my results for March 2019. I welcome any feedback/critique. A couple of things I notice: 1) In addition to logging everything in Cronometer I've also been trying my best to hit all of Dr. Greger's daily dozen. The daily dozen includes 390 g of cooked beans daily. Together with a modest amount of nuts and my other sources of protein ends up putting me a little high on protein intake. I would prefer to be doing some mild protein restriction, so maybe I will consider cutting back in the future. For now I'm not too worried about it because I've also been doing some more consistent exercise than I normally do. 2) I really had to fight to try to keep my Zinc, Calcium and Vitamin E up. It seemed like I was always a bit short on those three. 3) I'm a minimalist when it comes to supplements. The only supplements I take are Vitamin 3D (2000 IUs a day) and Vitamin b12 (2500 mcg once a week). In addition to this I take two pills that I have filled myself, one with powdered amla and one with ground turmeric (and a pinch of pepper). Each of these are in size 000 pills but that doesn't amount to much, roughly a gram each. But I take them just to make sure I'm getting a little extra in addition to what I'm mixing into my food throughout the day. I also will occasionally eat half a brazil nut which I sort of treat like a Selenium vitamin. All of these are included in Cronometer. 4) I don't measure out every single glass of water I drink. I put in 5 cups of tap water daily into Cronometer as a rough guess. 5) I don't measure every minute amount of spices I add to things. Sometimes I include spices in Cronometer (especially if they are part of a recipe) but I don't try to measure a dash of cloves I mix into my coffee in the morning or a light sprinkle of cinnamon added to oatmeal. Other than the above exceptions I try to be ruthless meticulous in weighing and entering every last item. Cronometer Report March 2019.pdf