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Posted 04 November 2016 - 03:04 AM

I just thought of writing about an observation. It's something I've noticed for some time.

A lot of people are conscious they should lose weight. The way they go about this is really curious: they cut back on the rice. And bread. There is a conventional wisdom making the rounds that carbohydrates make you fat.

So you see people ordering a half-portion of rice with a fried chicken drumstick and an egg. This is considered a tasty yet disciplined meal since its "reduced carbs".

As the years go by, they get fatter and fatter.

For a low carb diet to work, your body needs to be so starved of carbs that it enters starvation mode, a.k.a. ketosis. That's when your body switches over to consuming its own fat stores. People who write well-reviewed diet books in this vein are really telling you how to gently ease your body into ketosis and how to stay in ketosis. However, most people don't read. They hear that carbs make you fat. So they cut the rice.

To get into ketosis, you can consume no more than 50g of carbs a day. Not a single person who does "nasi separuh" ever comes close to ketosis. All they are doing is eating a lot of meat. It's the meat that makes you sick and fat and ultimately prematurely dead.

A much better diet is minimal meat and maximal starch. Don't believe me? Try it for three weeks. No meat, no eggs, no dairy. Instead, eat rice, noodles, bread, tubers (potatoes, sweet potatoes, yam). Watch your weight plummet and your general sense of wellbeing skyrocket.

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Posted 25 February 2017 - 02:28 PM

A couple of months ago, I took notice that I no longer had to survive on the carcasses of dead animals. It was quite the relief. But I also understood that I spend maybe 40% of my waking hours either thinking of what to eat next, driving to the eatery, eating, and driving back from having eaten. I found it ridiculous. I thought it was time to get myself accustomed to eating once a day, like large parts of Africa.

And so I tried. After a week or so of trying to get by with a single (big) meal a day, I noticed a fruity, alcoholic odour to my breath. Like fruit liquor. I had entered into ketosis. The first time in my life. Ketosis is a state the body goes into if it needs to break down body fat for energy. I was clearly not getting enough calories from my single meal to power my lifestyle. So I gave up the attempt. I went back to eating two meals a day.

But a remarkable thing happened as I came back out of ketosis. See, I thought it was normal to be dead tired in the evenings. After all, I'm not that young anymore. Fatigue, I thought, is just a fact of life. I would have a couple of hours after waking up where I felt really fresh, but even in the afternoon that freshness would have dulled. I would be tired by 5 or 6pm. By 8pm, my body would almost be achingly fatigued.

After that brief bout of ketosis, I found that this fatigue vanished. Even late into the night, I was strangely fresh. Mentally alert, with a body ready for more. It was bizarre.

Before I eventually get to my revelatory insight, I need to talk a bit about diabetes and insulin resistance. Diabetes is a disease of lipid toxicity. Meaning, fat/oil poisoning. Too much fat and oils. I was staring at a vegetarian banana leaf rice spread before me one evening trying to figure out what gives the Indians so much diabetes. I peered at the various components on the leaf. Then it occured to me every little scoop of cooked vegetable was saturated in cooking oil. It was the oil. If you do a google search, you will find reams of publications implicating cooking oil in insulin resistance.

The dots connected. Maybe despite a primarily vegan diet, I was still consuming too much cooking oil and that oil is giving me insulin resistance which leads to chronic fatigue. Insulin resistance is where the blood glucose remains in the blood instead of going into the muscle cells where it is needed. Starved of glucose, the body becomes tired.

I became very conscious of cooking oil in my food after this insight. This was 1.5 weeks ago. Until now, that old fatigue has not returned. I've never been this fresh, so late into the night. Almost like the Energiser bunny.

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Posted 16 January 2018 - 02:08 AM

Got so hungry, I had to cook something. Anything! It ended up being macaroni with tempoyak. It's heavenly.




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