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Thomas G

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  1. 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.
  2. Thomas G

    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.
  4. Thomas G

    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 🙂
  5. Thomas G

    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:
  6. 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.
  7. 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
  8. Sorry, I don't really understand what this is. Is there anyway you can make a brief lay explanation?
  9. Yeah, this definitely looks cool and like something I would love to try. It's a bit pricey for my budget, but we'll see. One question I have is how loud it is. If this is sending auditory cues to you throughout the night, is it loud enough that it might bother a partner in the same bed? There is a lot of useful content on their website. I searched for an answer to this question but couldn't find one. The product videos make it look like it might be loud enough to bother someone else trying to sleep next to you.
  10. This is an old study (2013) but news to me: https://www.livescience.com/28770-tylenol-eases-existential-dread.html
  11. Thomas G

    Anyone for tennis?

    Interesting. It seems like the social element is the key ingredient here. I'd believe that.
  12. Thomas G

    Alcohol

    Studies like the one I linked to above: Alcohol use and burden for 195 countries and territories, 1990–2016: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2016 As well as this one by Jennie Connor: Alcohol consumption as a cause of cancer And this one: No Benefit of Light to Moderate Drinking for Mortality From Coronary Heart Disease When Better Comparison Groups and Controls Included: A Commentary on Zhao et al. (2017) My current position is that whatever minor health benefits for cardiovascular disease are gained by drinking moderate amounts of red wine are outweighed by the increased risk of cancer. I see no reason to prefer drinking a glass of wine over eating a handful of grapes.
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    Alcohol

    When I first started practicing CR seriously, I was drinking 6 oz of red wine a day. I didn't do that every day, or even most days, but I did it on a semi-regular basis. I changed my mind as a result of studies like these. I have no ideological stakes against alcohol and I am willing to change my mind again, but the recent studies seem pretty solid to me and I'm going with them for the time being.
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    Alcohol

    A new study, published yesterday: Alcohol use and burden for 195 countries and territories, 1990–2016: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2016 Here is a report on the study in the Guardian: No healthy level of alcohol consumption, says major study I find these studies highly persuasive.
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