Thomas G Posted June 6, 2016 Report Share Posted June 6, 2016 I thought I should properly introduce myself. I've been mostly lurking here, trying to read every single post made in 2016. I'm not sure exactly when I learned about CR but I'm pretty sure it was from the American Scientific Frontiers episode. It appealed to me very much. I think the reason it appealed to me was that it seemed to take real disciple and was not at risk of becoming a "fad." It was an approach that took the scientific results seriously and was trying to find a way to live that would be consistent with those studies. I went out and bought The Longevity Diet and was even more intrigued and excited. But one thing that Delaney and Walford stress repeatedly in that book is that you shouldn't practice CR without a doctors supervision. I didn't have health insurance at the time so I decided to wait. Fast forward to 2016 and I finally have health insurance and am finally ready to start CR. I started CR in what I hoped to be a gradual fashion on Feb 16. I'm sure I'm making a lot of mistakes as I figure this out. It seems like an interesting time as we have a lot more research about CR and what it can do and what it cannot than what existed back when I first got interested. I'm trying to get myself caught up to speed and I'm not sure where I will shake out in terms of a long term plan. Wherever that ends up being I just want it to be intentional and well considered. In terms of getting caught up, if I were to read say five shortish things (studies, blog posts, etc) what five would you recommend? I'm planning on reading the Wisconsin study, the NIA, and Michael's analysis of them here. What else should I add to my dance card? I started CR in what I hoped was a gradual and responsible way on Feb 16. I was concerned about going too fast and indeed I did find it difficult to go as slow as I wanted to but I've gotten better about doing that in the last month. I really didn't think that measuring and weighing and recording everything I eat was something that I'd do, that it wasn't a good fit for the way I'd be able to successfully adopt CR and it would add enough friction to what is already a time consuming process that it would undermine my efforts. But May 1 I decided to try chronometer for a week just to get a sense for what I'm eating. I found I rather enjoyed it and used it for the whole month. I'm still getting the hang of it and I don't think everything I'm entering is perfectly accurate, but I do rather like having a sense for where I stand at the end of the day and whether eating an extra 50g of nuts will round out the day or if I'm in danger of going too fast I have a sense for how much more I should eat. I'm going to keep it up for now. I've primarily been cooking various recipes out of the Anti-Aging Plan and enjoying them very much. I've been very interested to observe the self-reflection going on in these forums. It seems like many of you would like to see some new people get involved. Hopefully I can be one of those people, although my level of knowledge is no where near the rest of yours. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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