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  1. drewab

    Lost your marbles yet??

    Glad to hear that things are moving onward and upward! Happy New Year Clinton!
  2. In a way, I fall into this category despite being fairly young. Some of the details of my journey can be found below. Let's just say that after having open heart surgery twice in my twenties, there is absolutely no way that I want even the tiniest morsel of plaque accumulating. Coronary artery disease on top of congenital defects could be a death sentence for me.
  3. I'll still take lower LDL as better as is showcased by my most recent lipid panel from about two weeks ago. Simply put, Dr. Esselstyn and Dr. Ornish didn't arrest and reverse heart disease with higher cholesterol levels. The only diet proven to arrest and reverse CVD, most of the modern world's number one killer of women and men should be the default diet until it is proven that other diets can do the same. YMMV. Triglycerides = 74 mg/dl (0.84mmol/L) Total Cholesterol = 114 mg/dl (2.96mmol/L) HDL Cholesterol = 39 mg/dl (1.00mmol/L) LDL Cholesterol = 61 mg/dl (1.58mmol/L) Some other lab values measured include the ones below, some of which are admittedly outside the normal range and have been consistently at that level for years and years for me now. In March I will have been practicing a WFPB mildly CR's diet for a decade. Even though I have low WBC and low platelet counts, I have zero symptoms of either.
  4. drewab

    macro nutrient ratios

    I'm not going to lie, when I saw these numbers my jaw pretty much hit the floor. Having said that, I have no idea what it would be like to live with your particular condition and I very much appreciate your willingness to experiment and make up your own mind about what's best for you. The last time I had my cholesterol checked my total was 117, which would come back at roughly a quarter of your 100+350 goal. That T level is also the highest natural level I have ever seen. I would be curious to see a more detailed breakdown of your hormonal panel if you had one available and are willing to share. Your levels starkly contrast many people's experiences on this board as CR often involves a reduction in T levels, though not everyone experiences this.
  5. drewab

    I overeated today

    I cannot comment on the eating disorder since I don't have any experience there, but what I can say is this. You are looking to CR for health benefits (which it may offer), but don't forget that a number of other healthful behaviors will get you a tremendous amount of benefit - none of which need be related to the binge/eat cycle you are describing. Simply eating generous amounts of vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, and legumes, without restricting calories will go a very long way. Through in some moderate exercise, meditation, cold exposure, and engagement with work/family, and you're likely to add a decade to your life and improve your healthspan significantly. It's debatable what CR will offer on top of that and you don't have to restrict your calories at all.
  6. drewab

    EVOO production site

    Thanks for sharing these photos Mccoy! I cannot help but wonder if there is some way to consume olives in their natural state without the need for the use of any chemicals or processes that modified them from their natural state. I generally avoid olives due to their salt content, but the few times a year that I consume them (usually on a cheeseless plant-based pizza at a restaurant along with artichokes, arugula, and other goodies), they are damn good! I think that you are probably right that the repeated rinsing removes some of the nutritional content of the olives.
  7. I would be curious to hear about what your CR practiced looked like back in 2001 compared to what it looks like now almost 20 years later? Personally, I've been practicing since March of 2011 and maintain a lower BMI (20-21). I'm glad to hear that you had no problem defeating the coronavirus. There is a lot to be said about maintaining a healthy lifestyle/immune system to stack the odds in your favor against a number of illnesses/conditions, including COVID 19.
  8. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6139866/ James O'Keefe also published a paper in 2018 which expands on the TED Talk you've referenced above.
  9. This document is an absolute gem. Nathan Pritikin's 1988 review of the literature. I would encourage you all to check it out! There are many excellent references to some classic studies that I think many on this board will find of interest. https://www.drmcdougall.com/pdf/nathan-pritikin-review-of-medical-literature.pdf
  10. Bill Maher weighs in on the COVID issue with two incredible clips.
  11. My only feedback is to say that I think you should let bloodwork and other biomarkers to guide your decision making a little. The fact that you are interested in longevity at such a young age is remarkable. I hopped on the 'longevity bandwagon' at age 25, but that's because I was in the midst of a health crisis, which is a radically different scenario. The things that could be debated in your regime are quite small. You are getting the bulk of your calories from whole plant foods, which is great (I personally eat less than 0.1% of calories from animal products and have been completely fine without supplementation). Taking a B-12 supplement is wise. Some people might develop hormonal problems with a low BMI, but not everyone. For example, Paul McGlothin, who used to be a prolific poster here (and who runs livingthecrway.com) has testosterone levels well into the 600's despite being in his late sixties! Additionally, Saul (who is a member of this board), has T levels in the 700's and I believe he is in his 70's or 80's. So it's going to depend on the individual and what you are comfortable with and what you feel the best available balance of evidence suggests.
  12. drewab

    What is healthier grape or red wine?

    Grapes for sure. Having said that, I probably have 6 drinks per year on average (all of which are red wine). https://nutritionstudies.org/alcohol-16-reasons-to-rethink-your-drink/
  13. drewab

    Looking for paper - scihub not working?

    Nevermind, found it using this: https://booksc.xyz/fulltext/
  14. Hi CR Members, I'm trying to locate this paper (for my wife) but scihub does not seem to be working for me. I'm wondering if someone can help me out? The paper is here: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32097466/ Many thanks to any helpers! Drew
  15. drewab

    Intermittent Fasting

    I know that you are on the short side, but I'm not sure that you'll take in enough calories to meet your goal. That said, if you are fairly inactive outside of weight training to build muscle, it might be possible. The only way to know for sure is to try it and find out - you would probably need a solid 12 months of this regime to properly evaluate it. Clinton on this forum is very ripped on only 2000 calories per day and same with Mccoy on a slightly larger amount at about 2500 calories per day. I personally consume a lot of calories but am very active and also have a high NEAT (non-exercise activity thermogenesis) level, so it's required to maintain a BMI between 20.5 - 21.0. I wouldn't be surprised if you could get away with two low-cal days (800 as you indicate) or something like a 36 hour weekly fast and still 'turn heads at the beach.'
  16. drewab

    Post a picture of what you just ate

    My second meal of the day today, for approximately 900 calories! Decently hungry after 60 min of mountain bike riding, chores around the house, and playing with my kids. Bowl on the left: From the garden - grand rapids lettuce, kale, beet greens, spinach, radish, chives, oregano, basil, chives, onion + Not from the garden - balsamic vinegar, banana (this is my version of the dressing, which I use regularly). I don't weigh anything as the quantity will vary depending on what's in my garden, but I'm certain it's 1 lb+ of fresh local/organic/just picked produce Bowl on the right: Green lentils, mung beans, chia seeds, mango/pineapple/spinach (from frozen smoothy mix), goji berries, almond butter
  17. Many of us here are fairly robotic, and eat the same thing day in and day out. Some of us enjoy more diversity and enjoy exploring culinary aspects of foods. Yet for many people browsing this forum, they aren't exactly sure what our meals looks like. Let us share our wonderful food creations with one another! I just enjoyed a delicious lunch. It consisted of the following: Purple sweet potato, chick peas, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, mushrooms, 1 tsp of olive oil, 1 tbsp of 20-spice mix, garlic, oregano, parsley, cilantro, chili peppers, and 2 oranges for dessert. Ingredients were organic when possible. I also get centenarian status for eating Okinawan sweet potato, right? Calorie total was about 700-800, but I don't watch that closely. I just eat more or less depending on what the scale says each day. Did I mention the food was incredibly delicious? Bon appetit!
  18. drewab

    Exercise optimization

    Thanks for sharing this info! It keeps me from falling into my potential 'exercising too much' trap. At times I've been at the high-end of the U-shaped curve for lengthy periods of time. Exercise can most certainly be addictive.
  19. drewab

    On Vacay in Mexico

    Your strength for your weight is very impressive - great deadlift, chinup/dip strength. I think your approach of not overloading your spine is wise, afterall, I'm sure you saw what happened to Ronnie Coleman with those 800lb deadlifts/squats, right? I do very little strength training, but I do DB overhead lunges and find them to be a great overall leg exercise. My knees don't agree with heavy squats like they did when I was in university. I enjoy some other exercises like DB snatches, box jumps, pullups, muscle-ups, and a few fun exercises. From a health and longevity perspective, I do wonder if your intake of things like methionine is kind of irrelevant given that most of it will be taken up and utilized by muscle, as opposed to fueling growth somewhere else in the body. I also feel like hanging leg raises and the likes do a great job of decompressing the spine... this is based more on feel than anything else.
  20. drewab

    On Vacay in Mexico

    That looks super cool to feed monkeys like that! You are definitely a very fit specimen - kudos for all of the hard work you must do to maintain that. Just curious, what's a typical day of nutrition look like for you? And what's a typical week of training? Nearly 15 years ago I trained similar to DC (also Madcow 5x5, not sure if that rings a bell). I was able to get pretty strong, but not always so lean. Where in Mexico is that? I've always wanted to go but the family isn't comfortable with the safety of tourists unfortunately.
  21. drewab

    Blood Panel

    That's wonderful that you have a plant-based cardiologist. Can I ask what led you to see one? Was there something specific that led to your referral or just a general desire to see one? I have a few things that are regularly low on my blood work, like white blood cells, testosterone, platelets, and neutrophil. I think it's probably okay that they are low, though I continue to keep an eye out should I change my stance on this.
  22. drewab

    The Intermittent Fasting Advantage

    This is simply inaccurate. For example, here were see that even a 13 hour overnight fast reduces breast cancer risk in females: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4982776/ This is remarkable in that it is not difficult for most people to do a 13 hour fast, whereas the majority of people will never do multi-day fasts.
  23. drewab

    Hungry at night problem

    Just wondering how long you are sleeping? I suffer from the same problem intermittently and I haven't been able to pinpoint exactly what is going on. I am fairly caffeine sensitive and anything more than say, 100mg early in the day, disrupts my sleep. However, one interesting pattern I've noticed is that if I sleep 7 hours, it's fairly good with little wakefulness. When I regularly sleep 8 hours I'm waking up hungry at night all the time. Just curious, what does a typical day of food, exercise, work, and other activities look like? It sounds like you are committed to a healthy lifestyle and have much to be proud of.