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?

Thursday, August 20, 2015

More on not understanding the problem

Keven Hall is trying to do the disproving on the insulin/carbohydrate without realizing that we live in a free range world, and his metabolic ward study did not address two big issues: the ability to stay on the diet, and secondly, the time frame to lose substantial amount of weight.

We need to train ourselves to live on single digit percent of diet in carbohydrates, and that is tough to do if we do not cook our meals. There is a human craving for carbohydrates also, so we likely do better if we get a few, but that is not the issue. We exobese have a damaged metabolism I assume. We are not quite normal. It also takes time to adapt to fat, and especially if we go to the keto level of fat intake.  The fastest way to get to keto is fasting. No intake. After into, a few greens and a bit of meat is all. It requires effort and is not sustainable once our BMI gets to a 'normal' point, perhaps 20 for Asian, 25 for most, 30 for weight lifters and big working males. It is that non-sustainability at normal BMI that signal the end of the diet, and then we need to increase our fat intake to balance weight. That is where the difficulties in understanding lie, and where suitable food is problematic.

Just a reminder of the numbers; 50 grams of carbs is 200 calories, based on 2000 calores, that is 10 percent. I live on less than 2000 calories, and require much less than 50 gms of carbs to stay in single digit carbs, but I would like much more carbs. 

To lose weight, calories must be low and insulin must be low to reduce hunger. Cravings are an issue of one of the other causes of overeating. Adequate food knowledge is only one of the solution. The groups of causes of overeating: food addiction, environmental issues including Pavlovian, maladaptive behaviors, and physical problems must be each separately addressed.

Keven Hall has missed the problem, and has not touched the carbohydrate/insulin issue at 29 percent carbohydrates with 8 percent sugar. This is not low carb. His subjects were not exobese. His study demonstrates a lack of understanding of the real problem we exobese face, that is not regaining. Losing weight is tough, granted, but keeping it off is where the battle really begins. 

But then what do I know?  

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Locus of Control

Maturing, in part, is switching from an external sense of control to an totally internal locus of control. As children and youths, we were provided external locus of control, and through the aging, education, training, experience, and the like we gradually became more internally controlled, or should have. In some careers we learn to follow rules, procedures and the like that provide external control; we may never have the need of developing internal control over some things. In addition, there organizations like religions that provide organized external control that thwart the development of internal locus of control.

Our subconscious mind also operated in this manner, as an low energy automatic response that is resistant to change. The first thing in recovery from eating behaviors is to develop a willingness to change, widely and in other areas that relate to the causes of overeating. Clues that cause hunger, sights, smells, offers, presentation of food and junk food all cause the appetite to start. This Pavlovian response occurs in humans, and is accompanied with a release of insulin. This an external control that that must be replaced or other modified to internal control, that is also logical and rational. Without recognizing the issue, we can laze along in some form of external control, never actually living a deliberate life.

It is in this automatic start that we spend most of our life, not in the deliberate mode. Mindfulness may be about this aware state that all input/output passes through the rational 'directing' mind. It is the act of bringing all consumption, all behaviors, into the 'directing' mind that will cause change, and not allowing myself to be drawn into those situations of external control.

The biggest single cause of allowing myself to slip into external control is that damn TV.

A change in our locus of control from external to internal is a change in our nature which could bring our (my) problem to an end. It is this change in my basic nature that any 12 step  program hopes to create, but they do that by giving one's self over to an external control of a non-existent deity of some form. Stoic philosophy does it by increase my internal locus of control.  Only nature and man exist, all else is unnecessary and there is no evidence of anything beyond man and nature. Anyone wishing to sell me on the concept will first need to provide evidence of the existence of a god.

This may be what Peele called or/and observed the maturing out of the opioid problem, but a different human desire, human need, human craving. 

But then what do I know? 


Friday, August 14, 2015

Who controls my behavior? and cunning idiots

Over the last while there has been discussion of the Soda industry attempt to keep on pushing sugar, and the too little exercise based hypothesis. 

Really, it comes down to the problem is the behavior of overeating.   It is a behavior and who is ultimately responsible for our behavior? _________ I will not answer that rhetorical question.

The first requirement of any weight loss program is to take in less energy than we burn. Calories are just the unit of measure for accounting. Lower carbohydrate and higher fat may make following the diet easier for some. Others of us have no appetite control and have to monitor by the numbers our intake, regardless of those who promote not counting calories. Anything that raises insulin is not suitable for Fred food. So be aware to avoid the sugar industry marketing garbage, and remember that processed carbohydrates are the enemy.

Overeating is a behavior. It is not a disease. I am responsible for my behaviors. Choose what I want to be and do that behavior. Our body may have something to say about it but the only line of defense is my behavior. It is similar to the gay issue, it is a behavior that some people wish to embrace and to others it is a prevision of life, we wish to have nothing to do with.

I can coach myself that overeating is a prevision, and I should have nothing to do with it. It is not rational, and I choose to become a even more rational person. 

Other may peddle their verbal poison, but I should not let that sway me from the reality that Sugar is sweet, and deadly poison. So is wheat and most processed carbohydrates. I have no place supporting these industries.

So 5 days, the higher carbs are glucose repeat, and the low carb have expended the disposable glucose. The high carbs have just approached the hunger issue, while the low carbs are just starting to adjust to fat burning. This shows a wonderful design that will logically place the plant based diet ahead, so what has this proven? nothing other than as expected. If you want to prove something, start with the obese high insulin producing, in all four phases and see what happens.

Insulin is released in four phases: basal, per-prandal (Pavlovian), prandal, and post prandal. Different people have high release in different phases. The worst case is all four high release. Now what? We are always ready to eat. 

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Yah Sure Bob

but here is the problem Bob, How long does it take for the hunger to reduce?  Well Bob, how long? 6 months, one Year, two years, So how do I maintain motivation to eat very little that long  

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Misconception theory

The first time I ran across the misconception theory, was in a self help book by John Powell, perhaps 30 year ago. The difficulty with his approach is in figuring out what the misconception we carry really is, and then what is the correct or better conception. We store these conceptions among our beliefs, so we react automatically to these through the unconscious memory part of our brains, without thinking. When these are wrong, the result is wrong. It takes time to sort out and overwrite all these wrong beliefs.

Just to summarize the triune brain scheme, we have a primal portion, with interfaces to the senses, and reflex actions. Above that we have the unconscious brain where our beliefs are stored and our automatic reactions arise, and above that we have the conscious part where rational action can be planned, where reason and logic are the operating system. The logic may be twisted, or true, or with the  wrong weighting, but it is logic based. It can be over ridden with passions, but keep in mind that passions are delusions or expectations being frustrated or blocked.

This all fits with the Stoic concept of being in control of our mind, our beliefs, our own values, opinions, thoughts, motives, desires and aversions. We are not in control of places, people, things, and even our body. At best we can only influence a few things outside of our minds. We are therefore not impacted by events, but only our thinking about events. Knowing the few things we are logically responsible for, and that we are separate from the events, makes us free.   of all responsibility for the worlds happenings, even if others would like to load us with those responsibilities.

Yesterday some commentator said that alcohol related traffic events are preventable. If she thinks so, let her do the preventing. It is a guild shifting statement, not reality. For anyone who has lived with an alcoholic, this will be self evident. There is nothing preventable with alcohol. There concept of preventable is a blame shifting devise. 

CBT in it's various forms are all efforts to change the underlying beliefs that we react to automatically, and not logically to. There is space between the sensory input and our output. Training ourselves to take the time to examine the situation is what is required. There is much bullshit in this world in the public media. It is better to assume it is all bullshit until it is proven or demonstrate to be true in our application. God is man made, but what do I know.      

Sunday, August 2, 2015


Change is a process. In the beginning we are just as happy as a pig in mud, living life. We are just ignorant of any need of change, although we may be aware of the occasional difficulty or desire, but these are mild. Life goes on. This is the pre-contemplation stage. 

The next stage is contemplation stage, where we might think we should lose a bit of weight. We have no idea how, but we might develop a bit of motivation to do something.

Preparation is where the work starts, as we examine the situation, perhaps make a decision to do something, and start exploring the possibilities, causes, drives of say overeating. There is much not being said about the problem. At this point in my development, I will say that there is no consensus beyond eat less and move more. Eating less is more important, but it is essential to eat well, take a few vitamins and minerals, water, and the like. There are five groups of causes of overeating, poor diet resulting from poor or wrong food knowledge including delusions, physical issues that drive appetite, environmental issues including life style, maladaptive behaviors including eating disorders, and food addiction. Each is an area of study to it's self.

Then there come action, where we test each concept on ourselves, and examine each concept for truth and validity. Some concepts do not work for us at this time, but may later have major impacts. This where we learn that this is and will be an ongoing battle for the remainder of our lives. Fortitude is required, now and in the future. Programs like OA, FA, FAA can help for those inclined. Philosophy, the art of reason can help others. Integrity, honesty with ourselves, commitment, and understanding of ourselves is critical.

Once we have gotten to where we want to be comes an ongoing maintenance, which does not mean going back to the old ways, but sticking to the new way. This is the most difficult of processes, and where "our diet" often lose toleration by others. The objective is not to overeat, and wonderful tasting and beautiful presentation do not make this easy. 

Many of us spend our time yo-yo ing around in the last three stages, never at rest, never out of the problem completely. But then what do I know?        

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Food Addiction

This post was stimulated from

Food addiction is real, but what I speak of as food addiction may not be quite what David Kessler had in mind in his book. I mean any food that we ( I or the subject) is unwilling to give up, either physically or is unwilling to give up mentally. It may be only a few hundred calories each day, but a hundred calories a day is 10 pounds a year, crudely. Processed foods, sugar, starches, wheat, chocolate, alcohol, nuts, perhaps dairy products or carbohydrate rich fruits, are typical foods.

The cause of food addiction is not clear. For some it is that we like the food a bit too much, or it is a environment thing, always available, always good tasting; we crave it; we may lose any resistance to eating it after we have just a taste. It may have flavor, salt, sugar, fats, and/or starches. It may contain proteins that are broken into opioid or opioid like proteins. It make cause the release of feel good chemicals. These foods are tough to get off of, and tough to stay off of. The only solution is to get off of them, and then stay off them.

Food addiction is the first thing that must go  in weight reduction, and it must be deal with before and separately from the other four big issues: food and physiological knowledge, physical cause of excess appetite, environmental conditions, and maladaptive eating behaviors as eating disorders.

Getting off them requires a change in thinking. We need to accept these foods as addicting and stop consuming them, stop considering them as foods. We need to clean our environment of them to the extent possible, and make our values known to others. We may need to separate ourselves from unhealthy environments and situations if we plan on recovering. We must place recover very high on our priority lists. Perhaps we need to leave no stone unturned, and explore many place we would not go before. OA, FA, FAA, and the like can offer help, and for some these help. These may provide an food clean extended social system, and a belief system. I came to realize that all religions are man made, and gods are man made, 12 step systems miss the problem and at best are a management system for the problem without solving the problem. Much of the solution is a major change in our belief system, priorities, values, opinions, mental concepts, and those things truly within our own power. 

For some people recovery may be just one of the five, and for other it may require knowledge of all five issues. Start with not considering anything with sugar to be food, and if you are unwilling to give it up, you may be a food addict. If it is easy to give up, try it for about 3 weeks and see if it makes a difference. Then move on to the next food. A journal where you record each food, and amount before you eat it, may also be of help in the beginning. It is all about becoming willing to make the necessary changes.

There are many tools that may help with motivation, knowledge, change, the processes of change, of evaluating our current beliefs, values. and concepts. It take time to learn enough to recover, and enough to maintain recover after that. If anyone has specific question, I will attempt to answer my version of those issues.

Saturday, June 27, 2015


Our attitude toward how we approach eating is critical our success at weight loss. When I approach notable breakfast and lunch with the idea of only eating enough to relieve hunger, I do better than any other concept of satiation. The evening meal then becomes somewhat larger, but with the same attitude, it can be handled. Eating just enough to remove active critical hunger is far less than comfortable for me but doable.

With the proper attitude we can stay in our happy place. What I refer to as our happy place is that daydream like state of mind where we are distracted from the physical hunger situation, and in one of the early mind state of per-mediation, not monkey mind, but not in concentration either. This is accompanied with the loss of time consciousness, sort of like a nap while being fully awake but not fully present in the reality of the present.

We have the natives that have the poor mes attitudes, here in Canada. They lost the war and surrendered, rather than starve. Many live on reserves, where the leaders look after themselves, and there people live as they can. They do not have the will to become part of the modern culture, but long for a simpler time, but also want all the modern convinces, at someone elses expense. Oh, poor me. Truth and Reconciliation. They need someone to reconcile with. It is a native cultural problem. Over 1000 missing and dead aboriginal missing? It is a cultural thing, since they are 4 times as likely to go missing. Predators exist, Predators harvest those who can be cut from the heard. Oh well, it is their culture. Attitude is critical for our survival. If they do not care, why should I?

But back to only eating enough to relieve active hunger. Some days the hunger will just not go away. Now what? It cannot be hunger, but it feels like hunger, not cravings. now what?

Yes, "a man in the grip of his daimon".