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  1. Michael, Thanks for all the great information and recommendations! It's time for me to study up!
  2. Thank you all for the lively discussion! I'm fairly new to healthy eating and CR, so I know little except fairly mainstream information. I can understand that Dr. Greger is pro-vegan, but for laypeople like myself, his overall contribution has been positive to my health and my family's health. Michael, thank you for pointing me to the CR and HR/HRV study. That's quite fascinating that CR also affects HRV. There was a period of time where I regularly measured my HRV while mediating in an effort to increase willpower, so another reason to do CR! I'm encouraged to see that a couple of you have low HR in the 50s. I'd like to get down to that rate. What's the best way to measure this resting HR? I simply use a blood pressure monitor to get both my HR and pressure readings, but it's simply a single point in time and not while I'm asleep, which seems like the best time to measure resting HR. Secondly, a question on CR practice. How do you determine what caloric requirement your body needs and then scale down for CR? How much are you scaling? 30%? 50%? Or is there another method? How do you ensure that you do not experience malnutrition? (Perhaps I should post a separate thread for this question?) Thanks!
  3. I follow Dr. Greger's NutritionFacts.org and today he released a video on higher heart rate risk factors for morbidity. I'm curious to know if any one here practices any lifestyle changes to lower heart rate (exercise/meditation/etc) to improve one's chances of living longer. If so, how low is your resting heart rate? I try to practice daily meditation and I know it helps me lower my heart rate and blood pressure, but I'm still quite average in terms of heart rate, probably around 70bpm. I wonder if lowering my resting heart rate to 50bpm or lower would be a good idea or not. I'd prefer not to do excessive endurance exercise (for time and physical stress reasons) to lower it. I'd love to hear what other people think of the topic!
  4. Wow, that's awesome! I'm often surprised when our government actually does things that matter...
  5. The physical benefits are easy - fewer colds, better heat tolerance, less aches and pains, and reduced inflammation / injury - I haven't missed a day of working out (which I do a lot of, seven days a week) due to injury in over a decade. Regarding the psychological benefits - Khurram has expressed it well two posts up in this weird, cobbled together thread. But to learn more about my perspective, I suggest you read the second post from the top in this topsy-turvy thread, and watch the embedded video in the second one in which I discuss CR psychology at a CR Society conference many years ago. My perspective on it hasn't changed since then. In fact, my appreciation of CR's psychological benefits has only deepened in the last few years, as I'll discuss in a moment. But before I do, some prefatory remarks are in order. Like Brian eloquently expresses in the top post in this thread, and like the title of the thread suggests, several of us at least are committed to complete transparency about our practice of CR (or in my case, our CR-like diet & lifestyle), and our results. It is only through such candid sharing of our approach to CR and our outcomes that we all can learn, and maximally contribute to our own flourishing, and to the flourishing of mankind in general. I realize that sounds very pretentious, but it is my perspective - the narrative I live by, if you will. See this thread, and in particular this post and the several one's below it on the philosophical motivation behind this perspective, if you are really interested. Now on to your specific question about my experience with the psychological benefits of CR. I've shared this with only a couple of my closest CR Society friends, but in the interested of total transparency, here goes... Two years, 3 months, 24 days ago, on Oct 13, 2013, my then 17 year-old son Kyle was diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer. I'm not sure if you are a parent Grace, but if so (and probably even if not), you'll realize that there is nothing more devastating for a parent than receiving the news that your child is going to die. Throughout the 10 months of his illness, between the day he was diagnosed and the day he died, Kyle was incredibly courageous and generally in amazingly good spirits, given how difficult it was for him and for all of us. He was able to complete high school, which was a goal he had from the day he was diagnosed. He graduated third in his class, and gave a truly inspirational tertiary speech, which I've embedded below, both to honor his memory and to give you a feel for his courage and humor. Ironically, his speech was about his love of food. Kyle was definitely not a CR practitioner. (I've convinced myself that his cancer, Glioblastoma Multiforme, was an incredibly unlucky fluke, and had nothing to do with his diet or lifestyle). I apologize for the audio quality - the mic wasn't set up correctly for him. In the last few months, Kyle was paralyzed from the waist down and hence wheelchair-bound due to a tumor in his spine, and so couldn't stand at the podium where the microphone was located for the other speakers. Plus his speech was slurred by the tumors growing in his brain, and from the surgery and radiation therapy he underwent to try to slow the cancer. The sound quality gets better, but you'll still want to read the closed captions. What you might ask what does Kyle's tragic story have to do with CR psychology? It proved to be the ultimate test of the "calm/peaceful psychology" that Khurram refers to as a result of practicing CR, and that I've referred to previously by the buddhist term "calm abiding". I can't imagine getting through the ordeal of watching my son waste away and eventually die, all the while maintaining an even-keel and serving his increasingly burdensome needs with a calm and positive attitude despite the extreme emotional duress. I think my CR-induced psychological and emotional stability quite literally held my family together and helped get us through that incredible difficult time. I can't imagine what life would have been like without this benefit of my CR practice. My wife, who doesn't practice CR, was devastated by the ordeal, and remains deeply wounded, as I'm sure you can imagine. Neither she nor I will ever get over the pain, but CR enabled me, and continues to enable me, to endure it and help her to do the same. CR isn't for everyone. As I discuss in the CR conference video, and the Minnesota starvation study shows - CR can mess with your head. And several people (including my wife) have told me a parent isn't supposed to exhibit the level of equanimity I was able to maintain during those terrible months, and in the time since. It just isn't "natural" - a parent is supposed to be permanently devastated by the death of their child, especially one so innocent and wonderful as Kyle. But from my perspective, CR enabled me to spend more quality time with my son in his last few months, without being constantly morose (something my wife had to fight every day of his illness) than I'd done in the several years prior - you probably know how headstrong and independent teenage boys are... In short, CR can, and for several of us does, provide a preternatural level of equipoise in the face of extreme adversity that, as Khurram suggests, we value more highly than any possible future health/longevity benefits that CR might someday provide... --Dean Wow, thanks for sharing your story. I don't have children, so I can't even begin to imagine how you and your wife felt. I'm glad that CR has helped you psychologically and I believe it does. It reminds me of the last chapter on how the brain's dopamine sensitivity gets reset on a whole-food, plant-based diet in Dr. Greger's How Not to Die. Ever since changing the way I eat, I've noticed considerable memory improvement and overall mental well-being. I have fewer mood swings and a more optimistic, productive outlook on life. It's also quite amazing how quickly my bad moods return when I fall off the wagon and eat some junk food. I think the psychological benefits outweigh the mental struggle of starving hunger, something I have a hard time dealing with when restricting calories.
  6. umaru

    New member here!

    Dean, Thanks for the info! It's quite interesting. I guess it's not that surprising. BTW, I saw the Eat to Live Forever documentary you recommended in some other post I think. We enjoyed watching it! Vivacitas, welcome! Connie
  7. umaru

    New member here!

    Indeed! Chinchillas can live quite long! I've met a 27 year old chinchilla who was still running on his wheel despite having cataracts! :) I'm excited to be a part of the CR forum! Thanks for welcoming me. Connie BTW, I love your signature quote! Does CR imply plant-based? or are there folks who practice CR who still eat animals?
  8. umaru

    New member here!

    Hi there! I've been vegetarian since I was 5 years old, so I've always been interested in food, health, and longevity. My husband and are mostly vegan now. We have tried CR and intermittent fasting. Our chinchillas are currently on CR and are in advanced age (between 9-15 years old), so we've seen that CR works first hand. I'm interested in learning more and meeting new friends. Cheers! Connie