Oil Pulling

Day 1 of oil pulling begins.
Photo credit: Nancy Guberti

I am a very routine person. I do things in an exact order throughout my day. Yeah, I’m a type-A, first born, extreme tight-wad. Haha! After 14 years in the military, we live off of routine and tradition. That’s not without throwing a grenade into the mix now and then.

Here is my morning routine with the oil pulling added:
– my Sleep Cycle app wakes me within a 30 minute window from 4:45-5:15 AM as I naturally begin to stir. This way, I’m not waking from a deep sleep all groggy and cranky.
– I get up, put outdoor weather relevant clothes on (but not shoes)
– I open up the gates and release the hounds. They usually jump up on my legs and I pet them.
– I lay my phone by my chair and pick up the dog bowls (so I don’t make a 2nd trip when I get back)
– I turn on my one-cup coffee maker that I pre-set the night before (night routine coming soon)
{- Now, I take a teaspoon full of coconut oil in my mouth and swish it during the walk; I spit it out along the way}
– I go into the laundry room and harness the dogs for a barefoot walk (barefoot is necessary for grounding [earthing]; my negative ions are discharged)
– After a short walk, I grab my coffee and fill the dog bowls.
– I sit down and watch the real news and play a little with social media.
– I take Cassie dog up to the door and she pushes in to jump up on the bed where my wife is reading.
– I get dressed and go to work. Work starts at 6:30 AM.

My first go with the oil pulling was fantastic. I make sure I don’t swallow the coconut oil or it will break my fast. I don’t need breakfast yet. My teeth feel fantastic. And it made my black coffee even more creamy and delicious tasting. I’m a huge fan already! Ben Greenfield adds a bit of probiotic to his mixture in the morning. I may think about that for later.

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Intermittent Fasting/Keto Update

I did a good thing over the weekend. I bought a big bag of mozzarella string cheese, all individually wrapped. And some Summer Sausage. Today, I brought a little cooler to work with that stuff along with some celery and cream cheese. Except for the very few carbs in celery, it was a carbohydrate free day. So I’m nearly 100% keto. This was following a 15 hour fast.

If I can sum up my feelings, I’m fantabulous!! I’m full of energy with no hunger or insulin spikes.The bane of my existence right now is Ben Greenfield Fitness podcasts. Since I’m a science guy, I love his perspective on things. I’m not sure if I will be a full-fledged biohacker, but you never know. I ordered blue blocking tempered glass filters for my iPhone. When I get back next week, I’ll order blue blockers for my work computers and my iPad mini. And I’ll order blue blocking eyewear.

I’m also totally synching up my biorhythms with circadian cycles. Since its getting darker earlier, I think I’m going to start by going to bed a little earlier. Just 30 mins for now. So I’ll try to get in bed by 830pm. Haha, sounds like my elder family members!! I am also going to put red lights in my bedroom and will try to read myself to sleep instead of watching TV. My wife has wanted to do that anyway. I’ll read a book too, like a real book, not Kindle or other blue-light emitting device. We’ll see what happens. I usually sleep an average of 7 hours a night. But I also nap now and then when I get home. I’d rather cut out the naps if I can and get 8 hours of sleep. I’ll let you know how it goes. Then, by next Summer, I will go back to 7 hours again and stay awake during daylight.

Also, for my fasting, I will only eat during daytime hours. So this closes my window a little more narrowly. I usually eat dinner before 5 or 6 pm anyway, so it won’t be much of a change for me. But that temptation to grab a bite to eat and then fast longer the next morning won’t be there. I just need to not eat at night.

Another thing that Ben G. said this morning on my way to work was to make sure you get sunlight on your skin in the morning for at least 20 minutes. So at 9am, I went fishing; and I caught a nice bass!! I may try to run or do yoga in the sun on other days. Or, I may just go out and read a book for a bit. Or take a walk. This builds much needed vitamins in your body to prepare you for the day. Its never good to start in deficit.

I keep eyeballing one of the infrared saunas too. When the weather gets cooler, I think about it even more. If that doesn’t happen, then an infrared biomat may have to do. I’ll let you know!

Happy Monday!

Update: Intermittent Fasting

I got blood work done recently for a health check-up and my glucose and lipids are perfect! I’ve been doing intermittent fasting (IF) with a mostly ketogenic/Paleo base. I will fall off the wagon a bit on the weekends and enjoy myself. But I’m fairly strict during the work week.

I think this is working well. I am actually on a bit of a weight loss journey. Fasting has helped me a lot to maintain, but I’ve stopped losing. I even upped my metabolic conditioning (aka CrossFit) and steady state cardio (aka running, rowing, skiing). But I’m not losing anymore.

So what I’ve done is gone back on Fat Secret. Anytime I start tracking what I eat, regardless of the method (notebook or app), it makes me more conscious of everything I put in my mouth. Fat Secret also includes how much energy you use with your daily activities and sleep. So I think more about being active as well. Then it shows the net loss or gain with a calorie deficit.

My goal was to be to my ideal weight by a couple of weeks from now. I’m a little behind on that. But I think it will steadily increase as my aerobic capacity and fat burning metabolism is triggered on.

A Fools Journey

When I see things like this, it makes my blood boil just a bit. But people will fall for it, just like they fall for every goofy unscientific gimmick. So educate yourselves. Think about what’s going on here. If someone has kyphosis (hunch back), shoulders rounded, and head forward, this bracing system is quite the opposite of what you want to do. You can’t walk around the rest of your life with a brace on your body to fix a problem anyway. What you do with this brace is actually turn OFF the muscles you need to engage to improve the problem. If somebody I know buys something like this for kyphosis, I’d tell them to put it on backwards; in front of the chest. That’s what would help the problem. Then, the person would have to engage rhomboids, trapezius, infraspinatus, supraspinatus, and maybe even latissimus dorsi to resist the hunchback.

But do you know what? People do this all the time. And doctors even prescribe such things. Worst case, think of a cast or sling. Yes, if you have a fracture or a pin in something to hold you together, please isolate and stabilize. But for nearly every other situation, you wouldn’t want a cast. The dysfunction that you have will only get worse from inactivity in that body part. Its why doctors try to get you out of a sling or cast as soon as possible. That’s how problems like frozen shoulder happen. Immobility is not a good thing.

But even simpler, think of orthotics. When you put a prosthetic lift in your shoe like arch support, what it does is discourages the arch from actively engaging. This is the opposite of what you want to do for a foot problem. Instead, do toe curls, towel scrunches with your toes, drawing pictures in the sand with your foot, walking on textures like cobblestones, and even heat. These will heal your problem. What you don’t want to do is splint it off and not use it. And by all means, if you want to slow the process of healing, use ice. I even know health professionals who still encourage the use of ice. Ice is definitely going to cause you problems. It slows down metabolic processes, it slows circulation, and prevents lymph and healing agents from doing their job.

What we need first is to educate. No more rolling IT bands. No more bracing or orthotics. No more RICE (especially the Ice part of it). Think for yourselves.

I overheard a conversation the other day that I had to bite my tongue on. The biggest critics of new (but really old) ways of dieting are registered dietitians. I think more freshly educated dietitians are getting better. But the old school FDA food pyramid based dietitians are so far off the mark. I don’t want to get all conspiracy theory on you, but the FDA is in direct cahoots with the USDA. The reality is, we have a lot of trade in grains (corn, soybeans, wheat), so what do they put as the basis of the pyramid? Yep, grains!! And these could be at the root of obesity, diabetes, digestive disorders, cancers, and a host of auto-immune diseases. Yet what do they say?; "a bran muffin a day keeps the doctor away." So wrong!! I did bite my tongue since I didn’t want to offend. This person’s dietitian followed the low-fat, no meat, pro-grain ideas of old, which means they don’t have a clue about a host of current research literature. We just saw this report on eating meat. I think the bias that comes from the FDA and USDA is finally being overshadowed by lots of truth in science. Much of what we do is hearsay and traditional garbage. Its not based on science.

Think for yourselves. Always question what you read. Have a keen eye for real scientific literature, not what is regurgitated in popular health magazines. Most of those editors are not scientists and don’t have a clue how to interpret scientific literature.

And by all means, don’t fall for these hokey fix-it-quick devices. They are only preying on your gullibility to get your money.