An alternative and simple weight loss approach

[Lowell: another personal blog post from May, 2009]

Okay, so my last post (Wellness and Weight Loss Approach One-Pager) was an attempt to boil things down into 4 simple rules.  Okay, well… mostly simple rules.  #3 can be a bit hard to pin down, as it requires some research into what traditional/real foods actually are, and which are effectively myths (Modern wheat bread?  Grocery store tofu?  Not so much).  It’s an approach that requires some learning and changing of your philosophy and approach to food, and that can be difficult.

If you want the simplest, easiest, bare-bones approach, with only 1 rule… here it is:

  1. Don’t eat carbs.  None.  Zero carbs.

Okay, so that sounds pretty drastic.  You can probably get away with 20 grams a day, or 30… but if you’re looking for an approach with an incredibly high chance of success, zero is best.

But wait!  Isn’t 0 grams of carb incredibly unsafe?  Unnatural?  Dangerous? Continue reading

Paleo/Primal Summary

The paleo (or primal) hypothesis is that the longer humans have been exposed to something the more likely they are to be well adapted to it and tolerate it.  It’s a basic part of natural selection.  It doesn’t prove anything is harmful or healthy, but it provides an excellent starting point, and generates good default answers that end up surprisingly accurate when tested across various fields of science and medicine.  In the absence of other data, the paleo/primal approach is the safest and most accurate.

Applying the paleo/primal approach to food is simple: the more traditional the better—100 years old is good, 1000 great, and 10,000 or 100,000 excellent.  There are certain fundamental guidelines to following a paleo/primal approach: Continue reading

Pasteurization: Friend or Foe?

[Lowell: here is one from my personal blog in April, 2009]

Hint: the answer may surprise you.

When pasteurization was developed and instituted widely in the 1920s, tuberculosis, infant GI diseases, fevers, and all sorts of other illnesses were common—many stemming from poor production and transport processes, or poor animal nutrition.  There were many opportunities for contamination, and transporting raw goods to market introduced even more chances for exposure.  Pasteurization was a blessing, and made up for all the shortcomings—it killed off all the nasties and left milk (and cheese, and etc) that was safe to consume.

Times have changed.  We no longer need to treat the symptoms, as we can effectively treat the problem.  Decades of research and study have advanced human knowledge of how these diseases work, and we can attack the problem at every point.  Stainless steel tanks, milking machines, refrigerated trucks, strict government inspections and regulation, and a host of other informed methods make pasteurization absolutely unnecessary, and largely overkill… literally. Continue reading

Sunlight is your best friend (but sunburns are still bad)

[Lowell: another personal blog post from August, 2009.  You’ll be happy to hear my 25(OH)-D levels were fixed up very quickly after this, and now they’re easily over 60-70 all the time]

Free the Animal linked to a blog I hadn’t read before called Primal Wisdom.  It looks pretty good so far, and for now I’ve added it to the 9 other health-related blogs I follow on a daily basis.  The author is a philosophy major, nutritionist, sports trainer, and has studied oriental medicine as well.  He’s currently the head of the nutrition department at a school in Arizona.  In addition to just sharing the link to the blog in general, I ran across the following post that (amongst the many others out there on the topic) does a great job of providing a very short but good intro to how UVB light and Vitamin D3 are incredibly important, and very few people get enough of them anymore: Continue reading

Wellness and Weight Loss Approach One-Pager

[Lowell: here is an article I published to my personal blog back in May of 2009]

I’ve taken time away from writing for the last month to do lots of research across a range of topics.  We’re still working on a clinical issue of some sort with Cailyn and I also decided I wanted a similar level of understanding with regards to exercise topics (resistance, endurance, and anaerobic types)… so I’ve been in information gathering mode and couldn’t quite get myself to flip the switch over to information distribution mode.

I want to take a few minutes to lay out my current overall approach and guidelines, as I think it’s important to help tie things together.  So, here we go.

First, I’d like to quickly touch on weight loss, as this is often the most important thing people are looking for.  The approach here, overall, is all about overall health and wellness (which includes weight), but weight loss is often the most important concern.  The benefits of the rules below are not limited to weight loss, and in fact I consider the other benefits—long term disease prevention, mood, energy levels… overall wellness—to be far more important.  But weight loss is where it all usually begins. Continue reading