Inflammation and Diet
If you’ve been reading this blog at all for the past few years, you know that I deal with several medical conditions. They all seem to be related to what and how I eat. As I’ve researched more and become more aware of what I’m doing on a daily basis as regards my diet, it seems to me that what I eat, what we are all (mostly) counseled to eat by the folks who should know – is wrong.
Almost every condition I’ve developed is related to inflammation. Whether it’s an abundance of insulin leading to insulin resistance, arthritis, bursitis, fibromyalgia, GERD, hypertension, or whatever the condition, ALL are related in some way to what I eat and how I prepare it.
So, given this unpleasant reality, I’ve taken it upon myself to look seriously at my food issues. Not for weight control, not to become fat-adapted, not to follow any FAD or practitioner.
I’m tired of hurting. I’m tired of the pills, endless conflicting assistance from the medical profession, and my inability to get better. I’m done.
The people I will be listening to include Thomas DeLauer, Dr. Ken Berry, Dr. Sten Ekberg, and Dr. Joseph Mercola, who can all be found on YouTube and at their websites. Those are the professionals. For individuals and cooking ideas, I’ll be scouring the internet and YouTube for videos to learn new cooking techniques and new food combinations.
Lately, I’ve been “Done” with several things. I guess this is just another to add to the list. In all cases, it’s been a self-serving move to preserve sanity and sanctity, and grow in a new direction.
Since the New Moon on September 28, I’ve made several observations. I want to be more filled with gratitude and give more to those around me. If you don’t live near me, that doesn’t mean I’m not giving, just that “what” I give may not be in material form.
I read a Buddhist saying about generosity: (paraphrased)
“If you knew the power of giving, you would never miss giving a portion of every meal away .”
Since I read that, I’ve noticed every instance where I was selfish instead of generous; and every instance where I was generous instead of selfish. During that observation period, I’ve noticed the results, either direct or indirect, of each action. Generosity won out every time. This isn’t just in material goods, but in my attitude as well.
I’m not sure how these relate to each other, except that for me, they do today. A generosity of spirit allows others to follow their own paths, to grow at their own pace, and to eat what works for their bodies.
Here is My Plan:
- Write a gratitude list every morning. Include at least 5 things.
- Take blood sugar readings throughout the day and do not eat unless the reading is under 105. I aim to get it under 100 daily.
- This is an attempt to lower my A1c and reduce the level of insulin in my blood.
- I will incorporate Fasting, OMAD and IF techniques, along with ultra-low-carb eating.
- Eat a fat-friendly, low carb diet that includes enough animal protein to protect my energy level.
- Reduce or remove all foods that fall into the category “inflammatory.” This list of foods may be different for every person, but is known to generally include these foods:
- Sugar and its analogs
- Nightshade vegetables
- Soy (another legume, but worth mentioning)
- Sleep at least 8 hours a night, sometimes longer.
- Write a journal entry every night that at least recaps what’s going on in my thoughts and interactions. It’s very difficult to see what my patterns are if I don’t do this.
- Continue to drink at least 66 ounces of water every day.
- Include electrolytes in at least 20 ounces of that water.
I’ve been asked to re-work my diabetes and Syndrome-X book and I may do that through this process. I know that the more I talk to others about this, the more people are finding worth in the information, so at some point, I’ll write it up and release it.
It isn’t like I talk about my diet to everyone. Heck~ I look pretty bad, so why would anyone listen to me?
They listen because they talk about their issues, and I can relate what I’ve learned to what they are doing.
We mutually come to understand what we are doing to ourselves.
Follow my progress here as I post results.