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I've been promising to write up the details of the major health breakthough Sher and I have had over the last year in case something similar might work for others. I've just done so and put it at http://ngender.net/greg/health2005.html.

Live long and prosper,

_Greg

Date: 2006-05-04 04:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] crazed-lynn.livejournal.com
Thanks, Greg.

I still have one foot in the cement on this, so I'm not willing to commit, but I am getting closer. ;)

It will be difficult to give up rice. And I have the standard notioni that it isn't a meal without rice or potatoes and a slice of brread. I need to find something (Yams! I love yams) to "subsittute" in my thinking for the starch.

I don't have a time to look back on and say "I want to be healthy like that again." I think that is one big demotivating factor.

Once again, thanks for taking the time to write this up.

Date: 2006-05-04 10:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/_greg/
I thought it would be difficult to give up rice and the other major carbs too, yet a few weeks into the new diet I discovered that I no longer found those foolds attractive. I conclude that I was heading into "Syndrome X" (insulin resistance) and that was why I craved the heavy carbs. Once I got out of that feedback cycle my body no longer wanted heavy hits of carbs and adjusted my interest level accordingly. Pretty amazing!

Date: 2006-05-04 06:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] al-qhadhulu.livejournal.com
Congrats!

If you have not already done so, you may want to take a look at these Pregnenolone precautions:
http://www.lef.org/protocols/prtcl-092.shtml

Fwiw, some physicians recommend against taking more than 1-5mg Pregnenolone and no more often than 3 times/week.

Date: 2006-05-04 11:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/_greg/
Thanks for the excellent link. I've been using pregnenolone for several years, ever since I suspected that some of my steroid hormones, in particular testosterone, were running low. This is not one of the supplements recommended by the Fantastic Voyage book. Perhaps I should reevaluate my use of it now that my overall health has improved so much. The work required to find out how much of each supplement I should be taking, and keep those numbers up to date is more than I'm willing to take on, even though my health is at stake. In my mind I can design a piece of software which would manage a double-blind protocol, and a piece of hardware which would dispense the supplements, but I have notebooks full of such vaporware designs I'll never implement!

Date: 2006-05-04 07:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] scixual.livejournal.com
Thanks! I have a nap due in a minute, but I'll look it over after -- lookslike what I have been looking for!
From: [identity profile] troublesturm.livejournal.com
With my diabetes, I've found that I do best with a fast acting insulin, like Humalog, at meal times, and I take Lantus twice daily, which doesn't peak at all, but provides a flat level of insulin throughout the day, to take care of the sugars between meals. Humalog peaks in about 90 minutes, and is out of my system in about 4-6 hours.

This closely matches the time-frame for the peak in my blood sugars I experience after a meal.

The bulk of sugars comes from carbohydrates, so this means that most of the carbohydrates I eat are converted into sugars in about 90 minutes.

Last year, at Burning man, I ran out of Humalog on Sunday morning. I needed to depend on Lantus for all my insulin needs. I increased my Lantus dose by 50%, and tried to avoid carbohydrates entirely. Well, not entirely, but mostly, I tried to subsist on meats, and nuts, and vegetables, and slow sugars. I also used Fruits, and fruit juices to increase my blood sugar levels, when they would get too low.

I was surprised at how I was able to keep my blood sugars fairly level, and stable, using these techniques. However, I also felt like I was in a constant race to eat enough to keep my blood sugars up high enough without getting them too high.

Trying to eat in a fashion that didn't produce any blood sugar peaks that would require the faster insulin to handle, turned out to be fairly complicated, and required unexpected amounts of eating, to match my exertion levels. However, It would be interesting to experiment with it again, sometime.. Try to eat in a fashion that requires very little fast acting insulin, but needs increased long-term insulin. I'd be curious to see how it would affect my moods, energy levels, and appetite, and eventually, my weight.

I like how I can use carbs for quick energy. I like knowing that if I'm going to be working hard, I can eat carbs around half an hour to an hour before I start, and know that I'll have the energy to get the work done. Planning lower peaks of sugars 8-20 hours ahead of the work requires more planning ahead than I generally know how to rely on from myself.

I'm also very fond of bread, and beer. I love the flavours. I love it. I'm certain I'd miss them, if I effectively eliminated them from my diet. I suppose, though, that I could just learn to save them for special times, like before anticipated heightened activity periods.

I may need to think about this for awhile.

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