Revolutionize your life with radical self-care
Let's get this out of the way up front. I have nothing to sell.
Normally when I write for online publication, it's socio-political in nature. This is more in the way of a public service announcement, based on recent personal experience.
Over the last 10 or 15 years prior to recently turning 65, I had gained weight and lost energy. My memory had gotten worse, particularly my ability to quickly find the exact word I'm looking for (important stuff for a writer). One friend suggested I might have early onset dementia... and it was starting to feel like that.
My weight gain led to high blood pressure, painful knees, ankles and feet. The excess weight around my midsection pulled aggressively on my tortured spine and bad lumber disc. I felt lethargic, my arthritis was inflamed and painful. I developed a problem with my left foot so severe that I had to give up my daily walking program, the main exercise in my life. I was depressed and my work suffered. I had insufficient energy to work joyfully the way I always had (or mostly always had).
So I was taking all these things as my lot in life. You know, whatcha gonna do? You get old you break down.
My son, an erudite young man in his mid-twenties, began urging me to change my diet, as so many of my problems were directly related to the weight gain and poor diet. Though I ate a lot of vegetables and was practically a fruitarian, I also ate a lot of processed grains and carbohydrates. I grew up around croissants, French bread and yeast rolls and I dearly love them. My mouth waters just writing about the memory of it. I ate way too much of things like that.
My son, a veteran researcher and speed reader, rode to the rescue. When he tears into a subject, he burns right through it. These are the treasures he brought to me: the ketogenic diet, intermittent fasting and the amazing and miraculous water fast (better than it sounds).
With my son's informed guidance, I started on a ketogenic diet. It's surprising how much you can eat on that diet, just not certain kinds of foods. The ketogenic diet restricts carbs and sugar but is also low protein. I found it easy to transition to and over the first few days as my body went into ketosis (the desired state) the ketones the process generates, in addition to aggressively burning my stored fat, also radically suppressed my appetite. My energy soared, my writing took off. My foot back and knees stopped hurting at least by 50%, so far. In no time, I was back to my old self and better. My mind cleared, the fog lifted, my capacity for joy returned. I was surprised at how easy it was and how profound the effects. In just a tad over three weeks, I've lost twenty pounds and put a spring back in my step.
I started with ketogenic for a week, which suppressed my appetite and food cravings. I then moved into water fasting and found it easy, even fun. So far I have done the water fast for four days, had a feast day, then fasted for five more days. I broke my fast with a feast day (the heightened sense of taste and the sheer anticipation makes you appreciate all over again the wonder and joy of food). Next, I'm going a few of days on ketogenic and then I plan to do another five day water fast. I can't remember how long it's been since I felt this kind of energy.
Some things most doctors won't tell you: ketogenesis and fasting are free cures for much of what ails us. (* Of course if you suffer from serious medical conditions, you should consult a doctor before employing these diet strategies). I've quit having acid reflux, completely come off my Protein Pump Inhibitors (that have been linked to kidney disease and dementia) and my daily Ibuprofen (linked to liver damage and increased risk of heart attack and stroke) and others have come off their insulin or high blood pressure medication just as easily. It varies of course from person to person but it's a virtual miracle for many.
I'm feeling so much better, it ain't funny. For years I had felt increasingly like I was at death's door, but now I'm looking forward to the novels and screenplays I've yet to write.
Here are some of the best links to further information that I have found. Some of these folks have books but I'm not pushing them. This is just useful info for anyone who might be receptive to it. You don't need to spend a dime to benefit from this information (and you can save a fortune on groceries). If you're young, lean and fit, never mind. But for me, and no doubt many others, this is a free and (relatively) easy new lease on life. Shed all that excess weight, get as lean as you want and rediscover the joy of living.
Dr. Mercola Interviews Dr. Jason Fung (long but packed with good info)
I hope this is useful information for some of you, or maybe someone you know. It's sure been a welcome kick in the pants for me.