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  1. Dean, Your post is immensely useful, and I shall be studying it. It is sure to provoke changes in my food and supplement choices. Thank you.
  2. My legume (black beans, chickpeas & lentils) consumption isn't that high - about 75-100g / day. Here is the Swanson selenium supplement I take every other day. --Dean Hmm, the label says it contains gelatin ...
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    Thanks for recommending CRON-O-Meter

    Thanks to Dean, Zeta, Michael R, and Rodney for urging me to sign up with CRON-O-Meter. I have found it useful enough to purchase a lifetime gold membership. So yes fellows, I shall be using it. Thank you for urging me to use it. That peer pressure was necessary to overcome my initial resistance.
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    seeking nut recommendations

    Others, like me, spoke against Nuts.com, recommending Living Nutz instead, on the basis of several criteria: 1) Living Nutz has better prices, aside from shipping (if you order more than a few lbs. of nuts, Living Nutz should be cheaper). 2) Nuts.com seems to have worse quality control (based on limited sampling, however). 3) Nuts.com sells poison (sugary foods, roasted nuts, etc.) along with non-poison (raw nuts) (I'm being tendentious, I know), whereas Living Nutz specializes in organic, raw, and sprouted nuts. Thanks Zeta. I will take a look at Living Nutz in addition to Nuts.com.
  5. Hi Dean, I added my day's foods to the online CRON-O-Meter. It showed Prot-Fat-Carb as 11%-11%-78%. The bars beside the insufficient nutrients were yellow. I had expected to see red for those at very low levels (especially vitamin D at 0%). The most striking deficiencies are: vitamin D=0% omega-6=8% (omega-3=156%) selenium=14% calcium=21% I don't know what to do for omega-6 without adding too many calories. I get enough sunshine for vitamin D much of the year, but need a source for darkest winter. If Brazil nuts are out, selenium is a problem since I don't eat grains or cereals and can't stand any more broccoli (my primary source now). Most of my calcium comes from broccoli, and I'm maxed out on that. Adding kale boosts vitamin A into the red at 366% and only moved calcium up to 27% at amounts of kale that I could tolerate. Collard greens would move calcium to 43%, but would boost vitamin A to 714%. So I don't favor kale or collards. The easiest fix would be a supplemental pill or capsule, especially if Amazon carries it. I normally prefer raw food sources, but I'm eating all I can handle and would welcome a tablet. I've been pleased with the B12 tablets that you recommended. The selenium level is 47% on days that I eat yeast flakes, so the deficiency isn't as alarming as it looks today. I plan to discontinue yeast flakes when they run out, so I am interested in an alternative vegan source. One thing I didn't like about yeast flakes is that they boost vitamin B1/B2/B3 levels to anywhere from 380% to 850% (and the bars are red). Thank you.
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    So Why Don't We Brew Our Chocolate?

    Dean, I like how you provide a summary at the end of your post. It helps, even though I did read the entire post.
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    seeking nut recommendations

    Great work. That could come in handy sometime. Thanks Greg. Just curious: why isn't it handy now, in your current decision? I wanted to create a thread with info (even if it's elsewhere, but it should be only a few clicks away) that would help people make decisions about which nuts to eat. Hi Zeta, I applaud your work, and my failure to use it is based more on my impatience than on a defect in your spreadsheet. In answer to your query I'll run through my thoughts upon looking at the google drive webpage: 1. Three files, so I first read the note, and thought it useful. But when clicking on the "thread" link I was directed to a very long thread that I had no time to read. So the link (and hence the note file) was not useful to (impatient) me. 2. There was no mention in the note of why there were 2 xls files, so I clicked on both several times to see what the difference was. I gave up comparing and concluded it might have been a font size difference, to accommodate different monitor resolutions. By now I was ready to bail out, but I persisted. 3. On the spreadsheet I arbitrarily chose, there were several colors and no legend to tell me what they signified. Does red mean that the item is a bad idea (doesn't meet RDA, or is actually harmful? in price column,perhaps red means too pricey compared with most items). Most of the nuts I was considering had red in the Ω-6:Ω-3 column, so I was not encouraged to add them to my shopping list. Some had red entries in a column that meant nothing to me, such as "Met:prot". 4. Much of the info is too detailed for a simpleton like me. I don't know enough to care about columns like "FA12:0", which I infer has something to do with Fatty Acids. So, for a simpleton, a recommendation from Dean along the lines of "If I were to pick the four nuts/seeds I think most healthful, I'd choose walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts and (fresh ground) flaxseeds. And as a rough rule of thumb, I'd eat them in about equal quantities." is more actionable than a spreadsheet. This of course hinges on the credibility of the source. I think any reasonable person can see that Dean is very credible. It is too much for a simpleton, but perhaps perfect for advanced users. I would never want data to be dumbed down to my level. The spreadsheet is probably a great resource for the gurus. So please don't be discouraged just because one simpleton couldn't derive his list of 4 nuts from the spreadsheet.
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    seeking nut recommendations

    Great work. That could come in handy sometime. You've got me pegged. Thank you for for this recommendation. It's exactly what I'd hoped for. I shall do that. I have signed up with CRON-O-Meter, even using my real email account. You are correct that I am getting less than 15% fat. I once noticed dry skin, so I upped the dosage of flaxseed meal and the problem disappeared. I've never kept track of calories, but I guess that will change once I start using CRON-O-Meter. Thank you for all the info you provided in the remainder of the post. I would be happy with a few fruits daily. I've always added a variety of raw vegetables (reluctantly) to my daily fare to ward off evil consequences of a pure fruitarian regimen. It looks like I'll have to stick with the veggies. For completeness, I'll add that I've always sought a vegan B12 source, and added a few processed items such as flaxseed meal, wheat germ, or brewer's yeast. Thanks for this great reply Dean.
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    Victory! - How to Recover Accidentally Lost Draft Posts!

    Did you look at the exact location highlighted in the screenshot I included in my post above? If it is not their for you, it may have to do with your browser or platform. IIRC, you are running Windows 7, suggesting your computer might be somewhat out of date... I keep a Windows computer around for running tax software and for occasions where I need to try something like the CRON-O-Meter desktop app. My daily usage PC since the 1990s has been running Linux. That's likely it Dean, since I am running Chrome on Linux. Not a big deal for me, since I usually do composition in an editor (Emacs) and paste the result into the Chrome composition window. Thanks for letting me know it isn't a setting I've failed to notice.
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    Victory! - How to Recover Accidentally Lost Draft Posts!

    I never see that "Last auto save" text at the bottom of the compose window. There is text "Attach Files" with a button "Choose Files" in that region. Is there some setting that enables the autosave?
  11. Hi Michael, I've kept healthy on a very limited diet for over 40 years. I'm guessing the small variety of vegetables I've always eaten has saved me from the ill health arising from a pure fruitarian dietary. I have started to add foods to CRON-O-Meter. Just because I've stayed healthy so far is no guarantee of longevity. Thanks for your expert input to the forums.
  12. I followed Dean's link and saw the message ... The requested resource (/download/CRONOMETER-setup-0.9.9.exe) is not available. Oops - sorry. That link is broken. Here is where you can download the desktop version of CRON-O-Meter. Glad to hear you're willing to dig into your diet to see if it needs tuning for nutrition. --Dean Dean, I'm giving up on the desktop version (details below). Based on your endorsement, I'm thinking to live dangerously and create the account so I can use the online version. I don't want to waste more time on the desktop version, but in case you're curious I provide these details: Installed without problems, but when I tried to run it a message box popped up saying the PC does not have a JVM, so please install the JRE. But that Windows 7 PC has the latest JRE (checked that it was up to date with "Java Update"). When I uninstalled CRON-O-Meter, it wasn't as clean as I like. I had to manually delete the CRON-O-Meter folder. Not a big deal though. I won't slam CRON-O-Meter, since the desktop version has been retired. I'll think about the online version now. Thanks for providing the link for me. It was worth a try.
  13. Brilliant idea Zeta! I happen to have very recently downloaded the old, but still quite functional, desktop version of CRON-O-Meter in order to do some fancy importing / converting of Michael's Megamuffin recipe which was only available in CRON-O-Meter's native XML format. The (free!) download for Mac or Windows is available here. I'm happy to report it works quite adequately (at least under Windows 10), and doesn't require any sort of account, or even internet connection to function - it must store the food database locally.. So Greg, thanks to Zeta's good idea, you've got an easy and privacy-preserving way to check the nutrition of your diet. I strongly urge you to do it. Let us know if you need help with tweaking your diet after you've entered it and seen where you may be deficient. --Dean Thanks Dean and Zeta, I've been thinking on what you've written. As for "The guy who created CRON-O-Meter seems like a very trustworthy guy."; it's not saintly fellows like him that I worry about - it's his site being hacked by nosy Internet rats (apologies to members of order Rodentia). I followed Dean's link and saw the message "The original version of CRON-O-Meter is still available for download.", but when clicking on the download "button" for Windows Version 0.9.9, I got this response: HTTP Status 404 - /download/CRONOMETER-setup-0.9.9.exe type Status report message /download/CRONOMETER-setup-0.9.9.exe description The requested resource (/download/CRONOMETER-setup-0.9.9.exe) is not available. Thanks Dean. While I am very leery of advice on the Internet, I have put certain members of CRS on my whitelist. So I will ask for your help. Thank you.
  14. Hi Rodney, No, I have not used any software. I don't like creating accounts on websites. (CRS is a rare exception)
  15. Greg, I'm a big cheerleader for fruit, and I estimate I get ~30% of my calories from fruit these days (~30% veggies, ~30% nuts/seeds, ~10% starches), and I'm certainly eating quite a bit more than 2000 kcal/day total (although not that much as fruit). Dean, Thank you. Your posts are always great. I would guess that at least 70% of my calories come from fruit. That's a relief. I've been plodding along for years without much concern, but I've seen a lot of unsettling views lately. I'll read the info you noted. So I'll have to keep eating those veggies... I just learned about Brazil nuts from Michael Rae, so I'll be dropping them. Actually they were an rare item with me, but now they are stricken from the list. I want to cut out the non-fruit foods because it is a chore to buy and eat them. I am satisfied with the fruit and actually enjoy eating it. The flaxseed meal is pleasant and I think needs to stay on my list, but everything else is tiresome to me. I can eat a wider variety of fruit, but usually stick with those listed because they seem adequate. Some other fruits I've seen or tried are pricey compared with my favorites. As for vegetables, they require some preparation and are not pleasing. So unless there is a health reason, I won't bother with them. Nuts/seeds are great, but I usually just don't feel like bothering with them. I wonder if they are fresh enough when bought, and if there is a problem when I've had them in the fridge for a while. It's easier to evaluate with fruit. But I should add more nuts/seeds I guess.
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    A Precommitment Self-Discipline Trick

    You are right, it is interesting. Since I don't believe Greg that you've (yet) shared much about your current degree of CR, it's hard to tell whether that could be a factor in your lack of food cravings, although given the fact that heavy people (on CR or not) report food cravings all the time, it may be irrelevant. My BMI varies between 16.5 and 17.9. I like to drive my weight up, then watch it free fall. I stop the fall at 16.5 since I don't know if it's safe to let it fall lower. This type of pattern might make for another post. That "feeling" of being in tune is what keeps me on CR. I am interested in longevity as a topic, but not actively working toward it. If it were proven that CR does not promote longevity (or even shortened life a little), I would remain CRd for the good feeling. As for there being little evidence that cravings are driven by specific deficits: I guess my notion was based on anecdotal reports, and I should stop thinking that. An early example was that animals would seek out "salt lick" sites. After believing that was true for decades, I recently read that that was incorrect. I wasn't motivated to pursue the topic. I feel the same way.
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    A Precommitment Self-Discipline Trick

    I don't flatter myself by thinking I have an iron will; rather I am lucky not to feel like eating any but my regular foods, or eating more of the regular foods. There is little sense of deprivation for me, my body apparently having adjusted to a meager intake. So for me, the interesting idea is why you feel urges and I don't. Is it insufficient calories, or missing nutrients, that drives these urges? It could be some lack in me that deprives me of signals prompting corrective action, so I'm not implying that your urges reveal something wrong with your program. It might be relevant that since adolescence I have not felt attracted to the opposite sex. In other words I might be deficient in normal drives. Finally, I was astonished at the complexity of your "trick". I am far too lazy to go to all that effort, which might be another of my deficiencies. I can only imagine what great accomplishments you are capable of, being endowed with ample intelligence, amazing energy, and indomitable spirit.
  18. [Note: I've moved this thread from the "Chit Chat" forum to "CR Practice", since it has useful information about food choice and supplements for CR practitioners. Thanks for starting it Greg! --Dean] I adhere to a low-fat vegan regimen. I'm looking for opinions on the advisability of taking the foods listed below. An example would be: - tempeh (for B12) possible response: recent studies indicate it might not be a good choice - some vegans who consumed plenty of tempeh were found to have low B12 levels. Food X (e.g. fortified yeast flakes) might be a better choice. Here is the list: - yeast flakes (for B12, since they are grown on a substrate with B12), e.g. Bob's Red Mill Yeast Flakes - brewer's yeast (for the variety of B vitamins other than B12) - flaxseed meal (for omega 3) - wheat bran - wheat germ I'm actually hoping that some members who know much more about nutrition than I do will advise me that some of these are really not necessary. The exception is the yeast flakes, since I don't know of a vegan alternative except capsules. Thank you.
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    request for opinions on some food items

    Thanks Dean. I've ordered the B12 supplement, and will stop buying the yeast flakes. I plan to discontinue the use of the other foods listed in the original post, except for flaxseed meal. The last time I purchased the Bob's Red Mill flaxseed meal, it was $20 for 128oz (32-Ounce (Pack of 4)). -- greg
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    request for opinions on some food items

    Whoops, I forgot to append my real name (Greg). At this point, based on your response, I am strongly inclined to discontinue yeast flakes. Can you recommend a vegan B12 product? The best would be something available on Amazon, and second best is something commonly available at the supermarket. Last time I looked the pills/capsules were shockingly expensive. It looked much cheaper to go with yeast flakes. I haven't noticed any changes in the flax meal stored in the refridgerator, so I'll stay with the lazy method. I've had no trouble with brewer's yeast, wheat germ, or wheat bran going bad, but I view them as supplements for variety and might discontinue use when my current stock is used up. Yes! Your reply exceeded my expectations. Thank you. -- greg
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    Discover Magazine Negative Blurb on CR

    Brian, Thanks for your reply. My post that you are responding to doesn't show up (yet), so it might puzzle others what you are responding to ;) EDIT 27 Sept 2015: my original post finally showed up, making Brian's response clear, so all is well. -- greg
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    Argument for Studying the Really Old

    This is a very interesting topic. I guess we will have to clarify the difference between a conventional disease and a quasi-disease triggered by a lethal background process of decay. So accumulated decay manifests as a disease, and this is different from a disease caused by a single pathogen (micro-organism, poison, radiation, biochemical derangement whether genetic or induced, etc.)? Very interesting statistic (1 in 6 million living past 110 years). I'd like to see similar stats for ages above 90. Can you recommend a source for such stats? Thanks for your interesting posts. -- greg
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    Discover Magazine Negative Blurb on CR

    Dean, I've taken your surveys, but this survey takes me to a Facebook page that requires me to create an account. I have no interest in Facebook, so this appears to be an annoying hurdle to someone with no desire to enter the Facebook world. -- greg
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