Part of What It’s About

Nice 'thank you' email from Billy-J, accompanied by this post. Then, there's longtime reader and friend Justin Owings (that's a 5-page post, the whole thing a good read).

Good work, gentlemen, and it's just as Billy-J says: "…the more I get into it, the more I want to do it." Precisely; there is no way I'd advocate any of this stuff if it just didn't feel so right. It takes a while. You'll have fatigue, some headaches, nauseating hunger, and workouts at the gym that make you feel as though you're going to die. Then, you begin sleeping like a baby. You break through to a point where you're almost never very hungry at all. Your whole attitude about food changes and when you do eat, you do so luxuriously, with wonderful food — or you leave it. I'd just as soon skip a meal or two than to eat junk, anymore.

The other day I piged out, like: gorged myself practically. On fruit. Some neighbors had some of the best cherries I have ever tasted, along with a bunch of ripe berries, and I had some perfectly ripe Kiwis. Never thought I'd pig on colorful fruit, and not on a pizza, burgers, or fries. I felt terrific.

People ask me where the high fat diet went. I'm not on a diet, anymore. I'm just following my appetite. Sometims it's high fat, and sometimes it's fruits and veggies and nuts Those are the variables: fat vs. natural carbs. Protein stays about the same and is a bit less than when I first began fasting. So, it's not an exercise program, not a diet, not a fasting regime. It's as Art calls it: a "life way." Indeed, and I am loving it.

Here's a additional tidbit. You already know that I have come off all prescription medication over the last few months: hypothyroid, gastric reflux, and sinus allergy. It's springtime with the wind blowing, here, and I cannot believe I'm not debilitated. That was a condition I lived with from the time I can remember, about 10 years old. Now, nothing. No more than a bit of a sneeze from time to time. But a few weeks ago I was reading Taubes, whee he discusses the journals kept by physicians in the 1800s who had traveled far and wide to study and provide care to native populations. In addition to never seeing cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, etc., many also mentioned that they never saw gum disease. Well, I had surgery for mild gum disease about six years ago and have to have my gums cleaned three times per year (used to be four). But I had missed all my appointments for the last year, felt fine, but thought I ought to go in. It had been 13 months. The hygenist began doing her measurements and testing to se how deep and hard she would have to go to induce a bleed, and so on. Then she called the dentist, who examined me, and then they both asked what I had been doing, because there is no evidence of gum disease, or that there ever was. Moreover, my gum health is superior to when they first began documenting the decline 15 years ago, in 1992.

It's not a cure-all, and that's why I'm sometimes reluctant to make too much of this. Rather, for me, it's the removal of something — grains in all their forms — that is literally poison to me, causing generalize inflammation and and immune response. Taking it out of the loop, eating right, and throwing my body into a model more in harmony with our evolution slimly allows my genes to express themselves.

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  1. billy-jay on May 28, 2008 at 04:42

    Thanks, Rich. I look forward to reading (and writing) a lot more about this.


  2. Stephan on June 14, 2008 at 17:58


    That is really fantastic. Thanks for posting your progress.

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