Oh wow, caffeine.

Oh, wow. Caffeine. I usually drink only water. But tonight I felt like some Coca Cola Zero. Maybe it was the “Mad Men” finale? I am wired.

Lately I’ve been feeling super drowsy this time of the evening – it’s around 9:00 pm. But I feel like a speed racer at the moment.

Who needs illegal drugs when there is caffeine?

 

Paleo shmaleo

In my endless quest to lose the 20 lb I’ve regained since returning from St. Louis last summer – and maybe even getting to a normal weight someday – I tried an experiment for the last 10 days – the so-called “Paleo Diet.”

The concept is simple, and if you give it 10 seconds thought it is as dumb as it sounds. The idea is that humans evolved as hunter gatherers, so our bodies are not meant to eat certain foods of the modern age, including all grains, sugars, legumes and dairy.

Why did I even think to try this diet? Well, it’s obvious I’ve become sugar addicted. So I wanted to do a sugar detox. Plus grains, like rice, are really high calorie, low in nutrition and I think I’m addicted to them as well. Even brown rice.

So I tried it: fruits are ok, and vegetables. But no grains at all. And you eat lots of (ugh) meat, chicken and fish.

How did it work? Well, the first two days I lost 4 lb, so was excited about it. But it was all water weight loss because the diet is much lower in carbs than I’m used to. And after the first few days my weight started creeping up on me.

But the worst part of it was how I felt. I couldn’t get a refreshing sleep. During one 10 am conference call my brain was literally starting to shut down on me and it took all I had just to stay awake. So my energy was gone. Apparently this is “typical” when going Paleo and sites urged me to stick it out

After a week or so my energy started slowly creeping back, but I was still very sluggish. And I just felt creepy and nauseated from eating all those dead animals. And my stomach was upset.

So I finally gave it up a couple of days ago and returned to “mostly vegan.” I immediately sprung back to life, and my digestive system returned to normal. Apparently being mostly vegan (but not completely) the last few years has changed me. I just can’t stand meat anymore it seems. Or chicken. Some fish seems ok though.

Anyway, I am still eliminating almost all added sugars. Sugar is definitely evil. However completely eliminating all sugar is near impossible and just fanatic. If there are 11 ingredients in something, and sugar is like #8 and the total carb content is otherwise low, I figure the trace sugars can’t hurt. So that it what I’m trying for now.

It’s hard to control total calories though. I look forward to eating rice as a staple. But it’s high calorie.

Anyway, the whole Paleo concept is flawed I think. First, why do they think Paelolithic humans were so healthy? Didn’t they all die like around 20 years of age? Also, obesity did not start with the dawn of agriculture, which was when? Around 10 thousand years ago, right? The obesity epidemic started much more recently – like within the last 50-100 years.

Anyway, Paleo is nonsense. I’m just going to continue to try eating healthy foods in moderation and avoid sugars. Moderation is always the problem though.

Study: exercise doesn’t help weight-loss

I myself have long concluded that while exercise is good for health, it’s a very small component of weight-loss. Anyway, here’s the article.

LONDON — A team of British cardiologists have said it’s time to “bust the myth” that regular exercise tackles obesity.

The strongly-worded editorial in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, published in the May edition of the journal, says you can’t outrun a bad diet and that although regular exercise reduces the risk of developing a number of health issues such as heart disease, dementia, some cancers and type 2 diabetes, it doesn’t promote weight loss.

The authors of the study say the public is “drowned by an unhelpful message” from the food industry that obesity is caused entirely by a lack of exercise, going so far as to describe the tactics used as “chillingly similar” to those employed by big tobacco companies when the links between smoking and lung cancer were first revealed.

“The tobacco industry successfully stalled government intervention for 50 years,” they say. “This sabotage was achieved using a ‘corporate playbook’ of denial, doubt, confusing the public and even buying the loyalty of bent scientists, at the cost of millions of lives.”

The food industry has also shifted the conversation to simple calorie counting, the authors write. But it’s the source of calories that matters, the editorial says, arguing that sugar calories promote the storage of fat and make people more hungry, while calories that actually come from fat make a person feel full.

The authors point to a study in the academic journal Nutrition that says the single most effective way to counter obesity is to restrict the intake of carbohydrates. 

Full article: http://mashable.com/2015/04/23/obesity-exercise-uk-study/

The sakura petals are falling

I just came back from a nice bike ride along the Nakagawa. The weather today is beautiful. The cherry trees are mostly no longer in full bloom. Some are, but most are half empty (half full?) with sakura falling all around while cycling. It was very pleasant.

Here are a couple of photos, and one slo-mo video of the sakura petals falling. The video runs a bit long. I should really trim it. But it looks so nice and dreamlike in slow motion.

Oh – and the ride took about 30 minutes and burned 265 calories!

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