Friday, November 20, 2015

Yah Sure
And then there are those of us who find hunger unbearable after 6 or 8 hours, knowing the fridge has food in it.

on other topics

On a personal level, I have had time to read a bit of philosophy now, and have identified several philosophical/psychological issues around life and/or retirement which I need to resolve. Social need, activity-exercise need, and adaption to change all have changed. So must the ways of fulfilling these needs. Some of these I have resolved, which leaves me at odds with many others.  I need more social time, but not a great deal. Work, in the past, has been low social, isolation at a desk, crank out engineering reports. I like to do the work necessary to crank out the report as well, but age took that away.

From an academic standpoint, some of this is cross societal bovine natural fertilizers, and some is my personal belief system that I would like to reconcile into something not resembling conflict. Some of this is the result of the times, starting out with basic survival level and ending in the computer age. All this high speed change does not sit well with my analytical nature and the speed of change that I am comfortable with. In many cases, when I look at the raw logic, society is just out of date with the logic and much of the proven knowledge. There is no solution other than me becoming more sociopathic, that is “not caring” or reducing the frequency of contact to approach zero of those who are insistent.   

Modern psychology is quick to tell we are not social enough, or we are too social, but never will it define the right amount of social in advance, for it could be wrong, and always want to be right. I have met people who cannot concentrate for 5 minutes on something by themselves, and others of us that can work in isolation for months. So what is the right amount? Either way, what ever is required, is what the psychologist suggest? 

I pulled a quote from unrelated place...."the business of living is so desperately hard, relationships are so challenging, work often so unfulfilling or boring, family dynamics so tricky and the capacity for honest, kindly conversation so restricted, we may through no particular fault of our own fall into despondency"... It is often tough to earn a living of the standard we expect, or that others expect of us.

There are those people who can never be satisfied, and those who are always satisfied, they have no desires. There are those who work for every thing they get, and those who just demand more all the time. More effort, more production, more money. Screw it all. I just do not care any more.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Short Term Fix for Life's Problems

Shot term fix is all anyone can offer until the real problem is understood and a solution found, assuming the problem is fixable. All we can really fix is our reaction to the problem. That is all we have control over.

For example, we have all heard these grand schemes of the politicians to fix the unemployment issue, and yet we import workers from the third world into this second world country. Old world, new world, third world, that makes us, by definition, a second world country. Tim Hortons could not run here without imported workers, because our locals have such high expectations (delusions) of there value that they will not work there. It is not a career, but a job until something better comes along. Put some interest into the work, learn how to sell, systematize product distribution, and the next job may be much better. Would you like fries with that?

The first thing anyone needs is interest in something. A positive emotion is the place to start in any field. A bit of enthusiasm, interest, yield engagement, knowledge, effort, purpose and meaning. Over time and if fate permits, accomplishments occur, leading to satisfaction, joy, and reinforcement of the positive emotion. By the way, that is the essence of positive psychology.

None of this is short term, the first step in overcoming the disease, disorder, behavior, habit of overeating is to stop overeating and get busy with life, and address those factors that are driving us to overeat. We can step back from our extended family if that is the problem. Family is not the most important thing in my life. My tranquility, serenity, peace in my life is to me. If family is the problem, then until I learn how to live sanely in a insane situation, it is time to step back. I have. Now it is time to get on with my life without them, or there idiot beliefs effect the way I live.

We live under constant bombardment of ideas, most of which are wrong, do not apply to me, or are just marketing. All bool. Being partly deaf is not such a bad thing. As a atheist, sorting memes from reality is becoming easier. Assume it is all bool, bullshit, or crap, and salvage the good ideas only after careful examination and testing.  

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Lose the weight; life problems remain

I expect that the reason that weight is so difficult to keep off is that after we lose the weight, all our life problems remain, what ever those problems were. I think that long term success will need to include identification and corrections of those shortcomings, or conditions in which we live. I do not think that learning to live in a bad situation created by others is a real solution. 

In the past I have listed an number of categories of these problems; to this list I will add one more. Physical, environmental, psychological maladaptive personality or emotional response, social discomfort, chemical in the food aka food addiction, food knowledge plus lack of direction now. 

Until I find a suitable handle for this group, I will describe the group first. Loss or lack of direction, boredom, lack of a scene of urgency or importance for some activity, lack of interest in activity, in general apathy about life. I think it may be the result of being put down so much as a child, why bother caring about anything if it will be just taken away, or condemned. Apathy is the result. Frustration fixation, that is where there is only unsatisfying outcome or eating was the way I was raised. It was hell, but with lots of food, good food, and no rules other that eat, eat, eat. 

This lack of direction is not in it's self bad, but the converse is good. It is a burning urgency of action that keeps me away from the food, regardless of what that activity is. I need to value that activity. Tilting at windmills, if you like.   Conversion of the religious to realism/atheistism sound like a good thing to become frustrated at, it should be possible and would have value, considering the resent events in Paris and elsewhere.

I think some of us overweight people do not have enough to do that we want to do in an urgent way. Others of us quickly become apathetic to other people who do not think as we do, hence have no desire to hang about with others, even when we have to opportunity. We end up with time to get bored... or not bored, but not pressed into action at least. Perhaps we need to live with a sense of urgency to do something. A human doing, rather than a human being.

But then, what do I know?

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Eating disorders

Eating disorders are real, and there is no solution beyond stopping the disorder, what ever that looks like.

So we need to live normally, but that is not defined.

First, the subject, in this case me, must desire to stop. To that there is no solution, so WTF.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

The War Against Religion

The War Against Religion is about to start. We see the problems that religion bring to the the middle east, and now to  France.

Religions are belief systems founded on a underlying theology or philosophy. When that "belief system" is just wrong, but  "religions arrogance" says "We are right, god is on our side" now what.

I am an atheist, -well not quite. More of a non-theist but becoming more atheist. The difference, as I see it, is the non-theist does not care what you, other think. You are free to believe what ever delusion turns your crank. But this is where the problem lies, in not knowing how to test for true solution.

I believe we are an opportunistic organic species living on this big rock whirling through space. We evolved in this atmosphere, over time. There is no purpose beyond biological reproduction and flourishing of the species. We have become too successful, there are too many of us. We suffer from local overpopulation. We suffer from delusions that our group, that is people which think alike we do are right, and our belief system is right and should be adopted without discussion.

In the sciences, there is very little conflict. The science is clear and right. Evolution is real and correct. The survivor is right. The conflict is in convincing the non-believers that science is right. Philosophy is part of science, just the concept part.

I did believe that you had the right to believe what ever delusion made you happy. I am not so sure now. We should teach the way to separate delusions from real facts that evidence shows. This is the foundation of facts. Testing of philosophy only gets us part way. We need to understand our secondary purpose that we plan onto life, and get these into line with the world as it exists in the here and now, where we have the capacity to destroy much of what the population has built. In fact, we are on a self-destruct course, exhaustion of finite resources, and making portions of this planet uninhabitable. The other case is to make some of the people wish to not be, that annihilation is better that what we have. Consider the refugees that cross the Adriatic on a leaky boat? Death by tyrant v. a high chance of drowning. There is no down side of getting into a small poor boat.

I started today as a non-theist and now am truing atheist, that is one who has a duty to tell you that there is no god, and if you think there is one, you have a serious delusion. What does this have to do with weight management? It is all about what we believe, even more than the food. If I are busy fight a good war, the food is not calling due to boredom, indecision, inaction.

A Lapel Pin 1in - Lapel Pinimage of Richard Dawkins Atheist pin

But then what do I know? 


Thursday, November 5, 2015

Shear Luck

When we consider all the possibilities, and eliminate the nots, whatever remains, however improbable must be the solution... or something to that effect.

Overeating is driven by something internal or external, and we can create a long list of causes. We can list the internal causes as over driven hunger, cravings, appetite or desires. Among then is some physical or mental irrational urge, without defined cause, which remains after we deal with stresses, emotions, and maladaptive behaviors.

AA and OA deal with moral values, ethics, social interactions, through acceptance of a delusion. So if that does not help much, and CBT, IP leave us lacking and behavioral therapy tries to change us into a twerp, what is left? All these therapies start with an assumption that what we are doing is wrong, and that may not be true. The Stoics described how one should behave, as do many religions and certainly there is an undefined behavior behind all these therapies. These are mutually exclusive, so which one is right?

If the problem is not food knowledge, social, environmental, food addiction, or maladaptive behavior, all that remains is some kind of mental or physical defect or illness that drives us to desire to eat strongly and to eat to much, too often, or the like. Is that what has come to be called compulsive overeating?

Ultimately, I guess what I am saying is: the treatment does not match the problem that many of us have. 

Monday, November 2, 2015

WHO bullshit

Correlation does not prove causation. All the chemicals in modern processed meats are not like pemmican. Fructose is being used as a browning agent in the fast food industry. So knowing all this, am I going to pay any future attention to WHO?

The world is overpopulated; we are seeing the migration of local political over-populations from Syria and middle east. It is time to recognize religions are as much bullshit as WHO. Dawkins has the answer, perhaps. Evolution is continuing, and after the next die off, which will be left?

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Mental vs. Physical

Is the desire to overeat mental or physical or behavioral?

That is a big question in a way. Previously, I defined six categories of problems that lead to overeating: Lack of food knowledge, physical, environmental, psychological maladaptive behaviors, social, and addiction.   We can re-slice these a number of ways.

Does it  have an internal cause or external? Ultimately, we need to deal with the problem in a internal fashion, but we are not responsible for the environment we were raised into, nor are we responsible for the family or cultural bullshit that we need to learn to cope with. We learn from our families; when they are wrong, we learn wrongs. This is the simple "obese" parents raise obese children, yet the parents are not necessarily fat. Obesity generates out of a way of thinking. We can blame our parents, our affluence, our environment, the times, chemicals, and yet it will be thrown back on us as we need to learn to live in this toxic environment. It is all our fault, as others are not willing to claim responsibility for there actions, why should I. It is not my problem to fix the sick world, it is my responsibility to take care of myself. That may mean avoiding the "sick" family, a bunch of food pushers.

Some thing are up to me, and some are not. I am responsible for my opinions, my beliefs, my values, my motivations, my intent to act, and the like. I am not responsible for your reactions to me.

I think I will go through shafts down a lane. What do I know or care?

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Habit - reminder to self

Some of us are habit driven. Snacking, the desire for a snack is a habit build up of years of living hand to mouth, aka as grazing. Falling back into that old habit is easy, and must be avoided. Now add a low impulse control, and a open food rich environment. 

As   puts it "appetite is largely a function of how much fuel is available at the cellular level, not how much fuel is consumed."

Insulin is released in four stages: basal, pre-phagia. phagia, post-phagia. Some say in two phases: glucose driven and basal. There are three normal drivers, body, mind and glucose. The mind, adrenal gland, drives pre-phagia release, which leads appetite. Several other hormones, adrenaline, cortisol also contribute. 

So the chain really goes:
Obesity is caused by overeating.
Overeating is caused by appetite.
Appetite is caused shortage of fuel at the cellular level caused by release of insulin in the prephagia phase.
The fuel is locked in the fat cells because of hormones, mainly insulin, being to high.
The hormones are controlled be the amount and makeup of the food.
We are constantly bombarded with food offers except in "non food friendly"environments.
So we are overeating because our hormones are out of balance, caused by our foods, or are they just out of balance for the lack of a better word. Obesity is a hormone dis-regulation; or is it a food rich environment causing the dis-regulation?

So obesity is the result of hormone dis-regulation,  namely insulin. It is released before and each time we eat, more when we eat carbohydrates. So it will be important to not eat, and when we do, few carbohydrates. That energy is stored, not made available to the cells, according to some. OK. If you say so.  

So am I eating because of habit, hunger, appetite, or cravings, that is the first question to answer. Hunger is far different from appetite. Adding carbohydrates back into the diet causes hunger, and possible appetite at a time that the next meal is needed.

But then, what do I know?

Tuesday, October 6, 2015


I am not dead yet. The last bit I have just been busy enough to not have time to think let alone time to feel the desire to write. We are entering the time of excesses of food, so I am wishing you all good luck.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Edited Thinking Time

I have added a sixth cause group

I've had a bit of time to rehash this who obesity-overeating- cause chain. During this time of maintenance struggle I have regained 18 kg of the 67 kg that I lost. In this whole process, overeating has been a issue, as has hunger and cravings or the base desire to eat. As I have addresses each cause, and found a solution, another cause has come up. This causal chain must have a end other than death.

Over the years, in these three blogs, and through journaling, I have had substantial change, and discovery of much that I did not know. I am not the same person when I set out to understand why I was overeating all those years ago. In this last push, starting in 2008, I have addressed the following issues, but these issues are interrelated:

1) Food knowledge and physiological knowledge, sufficient to come to know what foods should be eaten and which are not foods but poisons. There is much debate, but I now know that the establishment is out to lunch, and that some form of low carb is about right. I still crave carbs, and likely need a few more than the Dr. Richard Bernstein level (30 gm/day) but less than most tested "low carb diet" (~100-150 gm/day). It seems that about 50-75 gm/day is about right for me. Phil Maffetones two week test is one way to determine this. Beliefs and values also need to be examined and corrected.

2) Physical issues can drive appetite. Insulin resistance, hyperinsulinemia, actual physical hunger, and appetite stimulus are problems that need to be understood. Adrenalin surges or cortisol may also be a problem due to the rush response. Short and long term solutions are different. Willpower, that logic powered force can overcome short term, but long term will overpower willpower. Habit must also be addressed. Primary root cause of (T2D and med syd) are excessive digestible carbohydrate. Remove these and the problem reduces greatly.

3) Environment and culture are difficult to separate, but both must be addressed, Food pushers, habit, cueing, priming, and the like must be eliminated. Some of this is physical habit which resides in the subconscious (automatic) part of the mind, and some is yielding or allowing to external control, often termed low impulse control. When we switch to internal control, we become "difficult to be around" in what was familiar culture, and this may strain relationships and make changes in our thinking and philosophy necessary, and also psychological change becomes necessary. All this creates the need for change, and understanding change, deciding what must change, and similar lifestyle changes.

4) Our psychology of the past may have produced some maladaptive behaviors, that is behaviors which need to change. These behaviors may be based on past experiences, and physiologically likely result from high glucose and insulin are sedatives, hence that sugar short took the edge off life before. Now we need to learn to deal with life on natures terms; nature does not care if we live of die, but nature gives us the urge to reproduce, to desire, and to think. CBT may be suitable for this, along with philosophy and belief cleaning. This is our first and only time through life, so we were bound to make mistakes. I need to correct my behaviors to more suitable ones. Eating disorders need to be addressed, and corrected. These are wrong thinking, wrong learning based issues. Some of there are cultural based, hence this may relate to the obesity epidemic. We may need to emulate only healthy and normal weight people. These descriptors may not be the same groups.

5) Food addiction is the problem of food containing, causing the production of, or being digested into harmful substances, such as opioids. Sugar, grains, wheat, dairy, carbohydrates, are the usually suspects. The only solution is to stop eating the food that give the problem. That may be difficult due to cultural pressure and non-acceptance of the problem.

6) Relationships or social problems are a subgroup of the maladaptive that may require special consideration. As some 20% of obese people have been reported to benefit from IPT, that is interpersonal therpy, there must be something there. I can see that, overeating is our response to a situation; we can think about it differently, and the problem becomes less. Hungry, angry, lonely, tired are some of the common driving factors, and social can address the lonely.,+MD%29

Will I ever get to the end of the problem? Is there an end? But what do I know?    

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Kraft, what does it all mean?   Dr. Joseph R. Kraft
After watching the video and having a day to digest it, what does it all mean?
Overweight and the product of gestational diabetes mother, I am doomed to diabetes, unless I eat low carb and lose weight.   
Eating sugar and/or starches will cause problems, it is just when and how much we can eat before the problem arises.
Our primary food should be fats, and carbohydrates are better than starvation, but the more carbs we eat, the more problems we are likely to have later on. So sugar eating vegetarians are on a self destruction course. Do I care? Starch eating vegetarians and bean eaters less so. 

We can slow the progress of diabetes by not eating modern sugar rich fruits, sugar, and fast digesting ground grains, as I was trained to do by family and society marketing.  

Carbohydrates, in all but green leaves form shorten life. Well maybe. Perhaps by 50%, but the effect is accumulative, but may be reversible. 

So I should go for a walk, and not eat sugar rich fruits. But what do I know?

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Paleo a fad: Bullshit

Now when the press, media are just plain stupid, what does it do to the reputation of all the press, media?

Paleo, the template has always been around. I was raise on it with the addition of a few potatoes and baked goods. I grew up in northern Alberta, and most people we knew ate that way. The city folk were far distant, and I have no clew (nor clue for you english majors) what they ate. We would butcher a beef in the  late fall if a moose did not show up. A pig was the spring meat, and in the summer chickens. They did not need refrigeration. Mother or later I could convert them in short order. Mother did a good job on Grandmother recipe for southern fried chicken. Fad Bullshit.

A bit of wheat and potatoes is not a bad thing. The problem with wheat today is the fertilizer and high speed steel grinding. A stone ground grain from unfertilized field is not the same as modern processed. A slice of mothers bread would keep one not hungry for a half day. I would guess that most of the grain was just cracked, not flour. There was enough flower to hold it together, but it did not rise like modern flour.

My father was from Ireland, he came over after WWI when the Black and Tan thugs were beating on everyone, and settled up there close to my mothers family lands. (after doing most of ten years in the US and eastern Canada). The potato was a way of life for him, coming from a farm in Ireland. In the 1500's the potato change Irish culture from struggling to flourishing. Grains were not a big part of the Irish diet until after the famine in the 1850's.

Now we need to eliminate wheat from our diet due to fertilizer and fine grinding. There have always been a few that wheat was a problem for.  Sugar has never been good for humans in more than a taste occasionally. The modern diet is the fad, but it will likely last as it is now entrenched into industry.

Oh well, what do I know.      

Monday, August 31, 2015

Taubes and....

So now that hunger is a factor to consider in diet....

Anyways, I was at a archery demonstration, give it a try thing, ( I am a recreational traditional style archer) and I realized that many of the obese people who came along have personality disorders. Looking back, I realized that I also have one, but not as severe as one native lady. Not listening to anything, my god. Archery can be dangerous to the self and others, but mainly to the self, if a few items are not followed. All a coach can do is step back and let them risk themselves if they will not listen and hear. Oh, well, that is the native way.

Some old researcher said something about "if you want to see the problem clearly, study the extreme case first." Not hearing, not considering, treating anything said as noise, as a personality disorder, well I am not sure but it is a useful trait sometimes. We never need to consider anything we do not want to. Our ignorance continues, our beliefs become ossified, even the wrong ones.

But what do I know.


Thursday, August 27, 2015


Sarah had a definition of willpower the today. 

But I will provide a working definition: willpower is that rational conscious force that allows us to overcome habit, physical desires and cravings of the body or unconscious mind. It is a short term, rather weak force. Signaling from willpower is also weak. We need to pay attention to even pickup on it, unlike the scream of the unconscious or body. Many of us live in our unconscious, most of the time. Other defenses are also required, especially if food addiction, maladaptive eating behaviors, habit, environmental factors, physical issues that cause no satiation and poor food knowledge are present. Some things sold as food are just not food.

First willpower must be conscious and active. Do not expect to not eat and sit in front of food or where food is available. We need to eat, but is small amounts, with much work that we enjoy between.  Eating cannot be a social activity, it is for energy collection only.  This is a major attitude change for most of us, and will be resisted by the family.

Sitting where food is available will just grind on the mind until the will power is defeated. Getting up and go away may be the only solution. Then comes exhaustion and sleep.

But then, what do I know?

Friday, August 21, 2015


Aetiology is a medical term that means ‘the underlying cause"  but it is a chain and the doctor has only seen the first link.  High insulin. Maybe. We also know that just reduced calories is also enough to cause weight loss, if you can do it.

  OK, but the cause of obesity is overeating. The cause of overeating is at least one of  lack of food and physiological knowledge, physical cause of excess appetite, environmental conditions, and maladaptive eating behaviors as eating disorders and food addictions.

The real question is finding and addressing each of those drives to overeat.

And then hunger....

And then there is dealing with cravings.....

And food pushers....

And crap meals, where we do not have control....

And the food rich environment we live in....

And habit...  And  and  and....

So all these issues are nested together, and what get through is what we are, so to speak. It is all about teasing the nests apart, and understanding ourselves. Fung's high insulin is the physical response to overeating, but it is the stopping of overeating that is required. High insulin drives the overeating, after the overeating starts. Does the mind just need a problem to pick at?

But then, what do I know?