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    • Hah. I don't think I'm making any scientific claims. No sales pitch, I don't care if you do it or don't do it. I'm just reporting my results. And I think that's the issue, there aren't enough real-world results out there. In my profession (pro photographer) I don't read or care about measurement sites/camera reviews at all. I try the camera, or the lens, and decide for myself. Same with this. My food-doctor wife has been trying to get me to do this for years, and I resisted.

      It was easy for me, I reached the maximum amount of pain I could tolerate. "Science and Medicine" that HAS backing/studies/results (and politics and $$$$$$ behind it!) has failed me (Pills, injections, etc). So it was stupid-easy for me to try this, there was/is zero risk and only something to gain, so I did try it. I'm glad I did.

    • My understanding is there's pretty good data on which foods are inflammatory and not. There have been various indicators of inflammation but the one that seems to get talked about most is C-reactive protein, which comes from a blood test and it's complicated yada.

      This simple chart from Harvard is easy to remember but it's missing dairy & eggs, plus legumes.

      From all the legit research I've been able to find, it looks a lot like dairy & eggs are inflammatory and legumes are not. Legumes, surprisingly, seem to be the food group most associated with long life around the world. The surprising part is it seems like they shouldn't be ahead of vegetables, but UN consumption data seems to indicate that they are.

    • I've been meaning to respond to your post for a few days now, but haven't had the time due to Easter weekend.

      Preface: I could deep end on this type of conversation for days. Nutrition and its effects on our bodies has been a focus of mine for >15 years now. I'll do my best to keep things fairly brief. 

      First off, congratulations on the positive changes you have made to your diet and experienced physically. The point of any health intervention should be to help you feel better, and it sounds like you have certainly done that. Your wife was 100% correct when she told you that your diet can have a profound effect on your body's inflammatory responses. A shockingly large number of Americans struggle with chronic pain as a consequence of chronic inflammation, and this pain could be dramatically improved or even resolved if they made healthier dietary choices consistently. Sadly, very few MDs or DOs speak to their patients about the real life benefits of dietary change, likely because it's not something that most doctors receive much (or even any) training in. Not all of the blame can be laid at the feet of doctors, though. I have conversations about this literally every single day that I am in my office, but I've found that very few patients are interested in making substantive changes to their life, even in the face of severe health consequences. Instead, most people hope that they can just take a pill and make the problem go away. Alack, as you have already learned, medicines can be good band-aids, but they don't actually fix problems. But I digress… 

      A few specific responses to points you mentioned...
      - Kudos on the weight loss. More than anything, that amount of loss in 30 days highlights just how toxic your diet was previously. Unfortunately, this does not indicate that the diet you are currently following is the healthiest/sustainable/best/etc. More on that in a second...
      - Whole 30 has a number of positive things about it. Removing sugars, refined flours, and milk and cheese from your diet will lead to only positive outcomes, regardless of who you are. Unfortunately, that does not mean that you can eat an endless amount of eggs, butter (clarified or not) and meat without consequence. The consequences of eating these foods may develop more slowly while on a Whole 30-like diet than they did when you were eating butter, eggs, meat, sugar, refined flours, milk, cheese, fast food, etc, but they will still come. The proof, as they say, is in the pudding. If you look at people across the face of the whole earth, anywhere you find populations who eat large quantities of butter (clarified or not), meat (excluding fish), refined sugars, refined flours, and other dairy products you will find the same problems you see in America: namely, high levels of obesity, heart disease, diabetes, chronic pain, increased cancer rates, etc.
      - Be cautious about any type of dietary approach that is temporary. Temporary changes always yield temporary results. Always. This is true in every field of life, including relationships, finances, faith, and certainly weight. You mentioned that you were going to be "super cautious" about introducing foods back into your diet.  Caution is good, but if you go back to eating the same foods you were eating before, you will also go back to having the same problems you had before. If you want to make permanent changes to your physique/health/etc, then you need to make permanent changes to your diet.

    • 👆👆👆Physician. I have inside knowledge of his practice and he produces great results with his patients.

    • Good stuff, Scott. And I agree and do understand about temp vs. long term changes. Good thing I married "up" just like you did ;) See you one day in the future and you won't recognize me!

    • Just to say, 9 months later.... total of 44lbs gone, that's 20 kilos, yay! I feel better in every respect. Still no gluten, dairy, sugar or really anything processed or any fast food (did you notice the stock of McDs going down??)....

      Haven't taken any anti inflammatory drugs in 9 months either. In fact, no drugs!

      Now aside from doing triathlons like certain people we both know, I have to figure out how to drop another 10 kilos and I'll be pretty darned happy :D