Sunday Pizza

Sometimes for whatever reason WordPress doesn’t send me comment notifications and I logged in today to see a bunch of them from the previous post. I’ll get to those sometime soon. In the meantime this is some homemade pizza using a dough recipe I’ve returned to tweaking the past few days. The dough is simple: flour, water, yeast, and salt. The sauce is simple: Tomato, garlic, oregano, crushed red pepper, salt, and 1 tsp of coconut oil, and sugar. The cheese is the real deal, not that low moisture part skim mozzarella bullshit. There are few pepperoni on there but the flavor of the sauce and cheese really is good enough. It’s really easy to make 8, 200g balls of dough (throw them in the fridge), make enough sauce and have fresh mozz on hand, and have pizza and soda for dinner for a week and be quite the happy camper. Oh, and the sugar in the sauce, this is the difference between the pizza you love and the over seasoned “healthy” pizza that never quite satisfies. If you skip the pepperoni, virtually no PUFA, after all that isn’t whole grain flour :)

September 10, 2017 update

Good evening, ah, ah, ah, just finished having 2 cheeseburgers and coke and a craft ginger ale. It’s heavy squatting season again and experience has taught me that during that type of maximal training even a calorically restricted diet of cheeseburgers and coke is far superior to any amount of rice and lean meat I might be able to shove down my throat both taste wise and recovery wise. I prefer the Ivan Abadjiev diet while engaged in lifting.

Ivan is an interesting guy if you can get past the steroids, then again I think a fair percentage of the Ray Peat forum has dabbled in banned substances. He seemed to have a good grasp on physiology in a practical way and in my opinion a better understanding of stress than Peat as far as how Peat frames stress. In fact he has a view of stress much like my views.

It’s funny I was listening to a podcast with Ray Peat, and sometimes I get the distinct impression that if he is not a communist he at least is a sympathizer. Ideology has a funny way of setting up the framework through which you synthesize information.

I set up this blog more for myself than anyone else to track my own changes, changes in the way I researched topics and changes in my views, when you are writing in the present and with no money to make from it, you can look back, see where you have gone right and see where you have gone wrong. I like that. I like that I can change my mind about things and not feel bad about it.

I’ve come back to a way of eating that tries to avoid PUFA (not that that ever changed outside of some childhood favorites I craved every once and a while), but I don’t deemphasize carbohydrate as much as I used to, I’m quite liberal with them especially sucrose. I eat carbohydrate to taste and fats of the saturated sort to taste and protein to taste, it ends up being my macro ratios are pretty balanced between one another (and incidentally when they are the most palatable). I tend to like the idea of a little bit of physiological insulin resistance promoted by saturated fat so that glucose is shunted to hepatic glycogen and muscle glycogen stores.

I’ve changed my views on things like aspirin. The so called blood thinners and blood thinning effect I think we tend to think of that literally like thinning paint but when I factored in structured water my views changed.

I think carbohydrates are pretty damned individual as far as sucrose verses starch, there are certainly ways of preparing starch that seem to be more healthful but some people seem to tolerate starch regardless of the preparation.

Endotoxin has always been interesting to me, Vodka seems to work fine as a mouth wash and eternal internal cleanser, just don’t go overboard :) a cigarette can also modulate the vagus nerve as well, as for the hot gas, if your pulmonary alveoli are saturated not sure the gas is hot enough to raise the saturated lipids to their smoke point as for the tar and other stuff I’ll take my chances.

I’ve never been a fruit kind of guy, I tried the filtered OJ way back in the day and recently I found some high quality OJ that I tried for a while, you know because it is supposed to be better, I strongly disagree with the reasoning on that and I think there are good reasons to avoid it. I love craft soda and I think the lack of “nutrients” tends to guide cravings a little more accurately.

I drink milk on occasion but for the most part tend to favor cream.

Over the past few months I’ve experimented extensively with topical supplements. Pregnenolone, DHEA, Progesterone, T3, T3/T4, the fat soluable vitamins, etc. I will say that all of them seem to be much more effective topically. They are useful sometimes but can, for most, be a tripping point, if you aren’t approaching their use systemically.

August 2017 update

More updates…

N=2 Fermented pasta seems to not blow your blood glucose through the roof

A couple of interesting updates. I have a friend who is diabetic and on metformin but not insulin and no statins. I told her about the fermented pasta I’ve been eating and told her there is some literature that suggests fermented wheat won’t blow your glucose through the roof (it doesn’t mine but regular pasta does). So, I gave her a small sample to try. I got a text message from her and she said that normally when she has pasta by 5pm her glucose is 140. She said this time at 5pm her glucose was 92.

Moving to nomad land

My wife and I (who by the way I met on the Ray Peat forum, married for 3 years) are both Histotechnologists. We recently purchased an Airstream and are planning on hitting the road full time doing contract work. The arrangement will allow us to work 6-7 months out of the year and play off the grid the rest of the year.

I will be doing some contract work and doing some graduate work in the investigations field in the way of crime scene investigation/criminal justice as a one of the subspecialties in histotechnology is forensic histotechnology. I don’t know if I’ll ever do anything with it but it is something to do and can’t hurt.

Our Airstream build is scheduled, I estimate that it will be January/February when it is finished. I plan on doing a lot more with this blog around that time.

That’s all for now. Cheers.

 

September 2017 update

Greetings, have been enjoying the comments and responding when I can, working on a post and as always, always, planning on posting more. Too busy with histology at the moment. But will be back soon :)

In the meantime have been eating pasta: http://pastafermentata.com

Enjoy!

Saturated fat recipes to come :)

Witches and stews

I had a good laugh the other day about ancestral eating because I was watching a fictional show on TV where they were preparing an old-fashioned meal—a stew of some sort—and then a few scenes later burning a witch at the stake. There was something cosmically hysterical about that to me.

I remember back in the early days of the ancestral eating movement how there was this kind of fairy tale idea that our ancestors where healthier than us.

The entire idea of “diseases of affluence” is on shaky ground as far as I’m concerned. It’s more so that diseases come and go and/or are “born” depending on numerous environmental and sociological factors and the “fitness” of a given population.

So said person doesn’t have diabetes and isn’t overweight but burns people. I’ll take the diabetic over the plantation owners.

Sanity should be considered.

The Ray Peat Forum is welcoming back banned members

For long time readers of this blog you will of course know that I was banned from the Ray Peat Forum in October of 2013. When I left the forum I basically started writing here and I guess I have achieved “legend” status as every now and then since then if I’m mentioned on the forum I will occasionally get emails from people saying as much. And when others have been banned I sometimes have gotten emails from them as well.

Today I received an email with the following quote:

If anyone has been banned and would like to come back and be a helpful, peaceful, loving member of this community. Reach out to me and let’s work things out.” ~Charlie

I documented my original banishment into exile here. I did enjoy my time contributing to the community, and I was “a helpful, peaceful, loving member” but I think a large part of me since then has blossomed into something more promising.

This quote just never set well with me:

“The forum was created specifically for people to come and discuss the work of Ray Peat – not to debate it, to discuss it, share insights about it and work together to understand it while gaining their health through the practical use of his information.” ~Charlie

I’m just not into manufacturing consent. I know a lot about manufacturing consent. It happens every day all around you and I do my best to avoid it. Although I don’t get to post a lot on here I do have loyal readers and people who send emails asking how I’m doing, post interesting comments that are sometimes funny, sometimes challenging to my own ideas, but always thoughtful.

There is something very sexy about truth even though she can be ugly sometimes. She isn’t always attractive, but she never lies.

And finally a quote from the good book (NIV):

“Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.” ~Matthew 7:6

Best wishes.

There was a fork in the road, but I pulled it out and stabbed myself with it

Monday I start work again at new job as a supervisory histotechnologist but back in the clinical setting. I’m pretty excited about it.

This past year has seen it’s ups and downs in terms of what I’ve been eating, I never strayed to far from the saturated fat but I did experiment with my fair share of carbohydrate in the form of starch and sugar.

I did put on some weight for sure probably a mix of muscle and fat, but nothing approaching obesity and big surpise sucrose was the primary driving factor. Like in the past it was just enough weight to where I felt a bit uncomfortable with the road I was going down.

But the lengthy “experiment” because I never tracked any parameters was interesting in the effect it had on my mood and my neurotic tendencies and highlights a statement I made a few years ago in my private work regarding the ability of diet to change behavior:

I’ve seen people who have never picked up a book in their life—do so—I’ve seen creative happy people spiral into a stagnant depression, I’ve seen rational thinking people turn into basket cases, I’ve seen non-religious people become so, and the vice versa for all these examples. Just with changes in diet.”

There is nothing groundbreaking about that observation its a really simple concept that translated to jargon simply means changes in respiration manifest as different observable behaviors.

Dancing with the devil was however freeing of any doubts I may have had over the years to my approach and conclusions. And now I realize I was right the first time, so right, and so I’m back to my meat and milk and occasional sweet potatoes and honey.

The transition back was painless, the slimming effortless, the clarity priceless, the sanity beautiful. It’s just too easy for me to eat like that, it took effort to eat a lot of carbohydrate and it never felt quite right.

When you get down to a low level eating saturated fat as a primary way to fuel metabolism not only is supported on a number of levels, but even when considering structured water of the cells, eating saturated fat makes a great deal of sense.  And I like things that mesh up like that.

Until the next solar eclipse,

Edward

P.S. One small change, although there is not enough data to completely support the idea of A2 milk I have switched to it and not only does it taste better but I do notice a difference.

Below the butter: addendum

I’m very excited to type this post on my new full sized bilingual English/Russian keyboard, my tiny laptop was cramping my fingers, and because I’ve been learning Russian I need a keyboard with Cyrillic characters. My reason for learning Russian? I have always wanted to, I love the way it sounds, I love the way Cyrillic characters look, I love pronouncing it, I want to visit one day, and I want to be able to read some Russian science. Yeah Russian science, they do some cool shit over there when you can get a hold of the translations. Plus anything Russian including some of their traditional foods are cool.

I wanted to take a moment to clarify, in the case it was missed, the main point of the last post I wrote on bread. The post was about an experience and this blog will be moving towards more of a mixture of me sharing my experiences in life my expertise in my career field, blended with science, speculation, and sarcasm and “common sense”. There is so much that can be learned from each other by sharing experiences and the telling of stories. Any ultimately a lot more can be retained and learned from life which is in itself applied science (discovered or not) by weaving it into everyday experiences.

As such, let it be clear that the point of the last post was not to say that if we all slow fermented our bread the gluten problem would be solved. Instead, the post served to exercise two points: (1) my experience and (2) the fact that the gluten free fad is far from cut and dry. It’s more complicated than that. For instance, one of things I learned in my adventures in researching bread chemistry is that gluten and gliadin both are hydrolyzed and depolymerized during slow fermentation and also that the carbohydrate content drops. That’s kind of a big detail to explore. After all a lot of generations ate bread and seemed to do o.k. I mean we are still here right? Barely. Just kidding.

Humans aren’t stupid, the obesity epidemic is a modern problem, that’s not to say there weren’t obese people in the old days there were, but not on this scale, we need to move away from looking at the here and now context and explore the “human existence” pattern as best as we can with the caveat of being honest about what we can and can’t know i.e. rational thinking.

It’s been said there is no such thing as a dumb question, true to some extent, but there is such a thing when exploring a complex topic, of not asking the right questions that could have a big impact on whether or not a given data set holds any weight at all and whether or not it is applicable to anyone.

Great quotes

“Everyone in nutrition is influenced, more-or-less unscientifically, by their own dietary choices or those of their culture. On the one hand we have a clique of mandarins who were “born on second base and think that they’ve hit a home run” with regard to diet and metabolic health. On the other hand we have people such as Tim Noakes, on trial for his opinions as I write, who have overcome metabolic disadvantages with the help of diets that have included the prohibited elements. By any objective test, the second narrative should be the more convincing, but perhaps not in a society that worships unearned success. It is obvious enough that the selection and appreciation of evidence in the DGAC process is distorted by unthinking acceptance of the first narrative. We owe a real debt to Nina Teicholz for bringing this out to be debated in the public domain.” ~George Henderson

“In a community where everyone has a divergent opinion on what’s healthy and what’s not, what’s obesogenic and what’s not, which diet is best for which people, under which circumstances, etc., I can’t help but wonder if the nutrition and metabolism community might be better suited to follow the path of the aforementioned 12% minority [of physicists], and just shut up and calculate. Forget about what we think we know, and just focus our attention, instead of on ideals, on generating better, more generalizable data, utilizing solid statistical methods, carefully avoiding common missteps (like overemphasizing p-values, running too many significance tests, and using relative risk ratios rather than absolute risk and NNT, among other things), making all the data available for objective re-computation, analyzing quantifiable changes in biochemical assays, and more.” ~Ian Lane

“One thing’s for sure, it takes a curious blend of ignorance, cognitive dissonance and confirmation bias to become convinced that salted-sugared skim milk and OJ is the ‘best’ way to attain the highest possible level of health.” ~Shane

The Will to Survive

I was reading Danny Roddy’s latest post about a fish tank or something (just kidding Danny, I Love You) which I thought was quite good and remembered this thread from a while back.

Gosh, were we all so immature in those days. The growth we’ve all experienced over the years has been amazing.

This naturally brings me to Dr. Peat. I once wrote quite a bit on the Ray Peat Forums, eventually was banned and moved on to grow into addressing problems I deemed more important. The thing that annoyed me with the cult like Peat following was that they reminded me too much of religious people. They interpreted his work as if it was biblical scripture, and when something didn’t fit they would endlessly try to justify their position or just ignore it or say that you don’t truly understand his work. Not much different then groups of church people and their endless interpretations of biblical scripture that pit themselves against each other.

What initially attracted me to Dr. Peat in the early days was his view that energy and structure are interdependent, something which at the time as I was studying mitochondria, struck a chord with me and gave me the confidence that the way I was thinking about things was something worth pursuing. My armchair background in physics and other sciences, and as Danny Roddy put it in his article in so many words, a pursuit for a universal theory, whirl-winded me away from the cult-life and towards synergizing my own ideas most of which aren’t published publicly. There are some people who I confided in and shared a portion of my work with who were also Peat “followers” who said in so many words “that this is the light at the end of the tunnel”, the thing that will bring everything full circle. That was a few years ago.

Such compliments scare the shit out me. And after which, I became reclusive to examine the finer details. Exceptions and outliers are my kryptonite. It is all too easy to generalize and miss something. Which is why to this day I haven’t published my general theory on the nature of nature.

Recently I was listening to the KMUD interview with the makers of “On the Back of a Tiger” and Dr. Peat. There were a lot of good and positive things said. But the one thing that bothered me was that the host kept asking what Dr. Peat thought, asking for an opinion is not a sin, but my impression was that the host wanted verification for the work that others have dedicated the majority of their lives studying, annoyingly so, as if in one swift word Dr. Peat could invalidate their work. I find that mentality troubling.

That mentality is the antithesis of Dr. Peats work. It is the opposite of thinking, the opposite of stimulating the organism. It is authoritarianism.

This might be confusing for some as Dr. Peat is definitely is anti-authority. To illustrate what I mean here is an excerpt from my work about the concept I’m trying to convey:

“Entrenching is not the new idea but rather the aversion to self-confessing an error approaching things in a new way.  The conflict does not arise out of the new idea but arises out of the individual. These individuals place too much power in words and ideas. These people are the real dangers in society—not the originators of new ideas. It takes much more than an individual to do anything with a dangerous idea just as it takes much more than an individual to do something with a useful idea. Ideas have to be stated and different people must implement them to become a useful or dangerous reality.”

In other words, it is the followers the perpetuate dogma. Not the originator of the idea. That is, the state of the sciences and its application is not the result of authoritarianism per se, it is the complacency of people that facilitates authoritarianism. Governments and institutions become authoritative because people are poor consumers. They are poor consumers because they have no self-confidence, have a lack of curiosity, and/or they lack the belief that they can think for and figure things out for themselves. This mentality is self-reinforcing and over time systems in place become more and more authoritative and resistant to change. But the solution is not to destroy, the solution is to evolve. Nothing good really comes from destruction, usually repetitive cycles between the garden of Eden and Doomsday.

Once a follower understands that it is they who facilitate dogma, they are faced with a multiple dilemmas:

“What is difficult for the entrenched individual is not the new shift, but the shift that points to years or a life wasted and genuine interests forsaken. There is a saying: “You can’t teach an old dog a new trick.” Few people are so downright stubborn. But these defining qualities are common enough that most of us are familiar with these individuals.”

“And what follows is a revolution in cultural knowledge to try and rationalize why we did things the way we did in the past and why it is justified to change things for the future. Radicals entrenched in their beliefs usually, but not always, die in these shifts of thinking; literally or sacrificing the personality. Being a martyr for a particular paradigm has never been a personally natural inclination. When the individual is cornered and experience is conflicted with lacquered beliefs, the individual is faced with options of entrenching themselves behind belief or taking steps to evolve in another direction. It is the collateral damage of opposing extreme views in groups of people that often drive cultural evolution. At some point we must put aside belief and continue moving forward. A fight to the death is not a viable option except for the delusional.”

The proverbial foot in mouth is not an easy situation for anyone. Easier for some harder for others. Once somebody is convinced they are on to something and build a model around it for their livelihood they are doomed to confirmation bias. They themselves become the antithesis of life. It is why to this day I refuse to put a price tag on sharing information and ideas. It is crookery. Dishonest. And egotistical. It is what got us into this mess in the first place. It’s like the FDA, maybe the founding intentions were good, but it evolved into a completely different monster, that is the nature of trying to protect people and/or inform them, bias almost always follows, and where there is bias there is destruction.

A lot of people who should be scientists and have the charisma and passion to change things don’t become them because they are disenchanted with the system in place. What cowards. If you want to change something you have to participate and help the system to evolve. You do your small part and help to change things for the future. Being reclusive from that hostile environment only demonstrates the compliant temperament to bowing down to authority.

Being critical and passive demonstrates one thing, it demonstrates the type of energy flowing through you. An energized organism is resistant and resilient to stress, thrives, and has the ability to fundamentally change things, be it themselves or their environment. For example, Dan Wich noted my ability to levitate chairs with large amounts of saturated fat.

For years I thought that avoiding stress was healthy, to my surprise, the opposite occurred and was demonstrated to me over and over again, during the most supposedly stress free portions of my life I suffered from the most debilitating health issues. But as I began to participate in life more and more, confronting adversity, my health, my spunk, my problem solving abilities, etc., all rebounded regardless of my diet, regardless of how much sleep I got, regardless of everything just short of exhausting myself, stress (thinking is stress for example) gives life purpose.

Best wishes,
Edward

Olypmic weightlifting, this is not a post on Olympic weightlifting

Off topic. I read some posts on the pseudonutritionosphere that triggered some early memories and thoughts.

Thinking back I was always an active child, both mentally and physically. And both seemed to enhance each other. Experiences like that can help a grown man make sense of things sometimes. In my teenage years I played a lot of recreational basketball on the weekends. I also played baseball. I also did a lot of cycling, and there was a period I remember in middle school where I would run around the track during recess. I never really fit in with the physical types and I never really fit in with the mental types. In high school, I went to football camp in my freshman year, and then played on the football team for most of the season but quit towards the end. I was also in the choir from elementary school through high school. If I recall correctly I stopped singing at the end of 11th grade. Then I got a guitar. Fast forwarding a little bit into the time while I was in the military I had a small studio set up and I recorded a lot of music. Eventually I found the drums. I like the drums. In my mid-twenties I was a marathoner for several years before I discovered lifting weights.

You see although I was physical and into doing physical activities, I was not into the sports culture. I did those things because there was an element of challenge that stimulated me. So if you asked me the rules or what is what I still don’t know, I’ve never had an interest in those aspects of “sports”. My thoughts were just give me the ball and I’ll do what I need to do. I think things like that are good.

After that I discovered Olympic weightlifting. I’m almost 32 now and still do the Olympic lifts everyday, sometimes twice.

In the old days Olympic weightlifting was an old mans hobby. Looking back I can see why. It requires a certain amount of patience that is hard to ingrain into a twerp without having a lot of supervision. And that is not a bad thing, you have to repress curiosity and introduce structure for a child to do something so mindless because at that point Olympic weightlifting seems rather pointless.

When most people think of weightlifting they think of crossfit (I’m not going to even legitimize that with a capital letter) and bodybuilding.

Those things are not Olympic weightlifting. At least not to me. And because this is an opinionated post it’s probably wise to keep that fact in mind.

I think Olympic weightlifting is one of the healthiest physical hobbies you can engage in. Why? No scientific studies here, not that there aren’t any, but because it’s not important. So why is it one of the healthiest activities besides drinking wine, eating chocolate, and smoking or Snus? Or eating beef ribs? Because it makes me feel healthy. That’s why. That is all there is to it.

Now for you it might be reading a book, or going for a stroll in the park, or injecting a dose of insulin. Fair enough.

When I was growing up, and I’m not old by any means, children still had hobbies. We started things on fire, we played in the swamp, we were outside past the time the street lamps came on, we burned slugs in gasoline, climbed roofs, jumped out of our windows at night, we wrestled, and we still did a lot of things that are typically associated with the golden age of American culture. A lot of stupid shit. To be fair, I was on the tail end of that, right as we began to transition from board games to their digital counterparts. So even though my friends typically had hobbies there were also a lot of children who were just learning to mold the couch to their asses.

I write a bit, o.k. mostly about material things like saturated fatty acids, graspable things you can hold in your hand to improve your life. And while those things can go a long way to improve your life. The recipe will never be complete without some missing ingredients:

Getting a life.

I have part of a book sitting on my hard drive collecting digital dust. The book as far as I can tell is my most original idea, I’m just not ready to finish it yet. I’m still testing it. So far it has stood up to several years of new data. As I’ve said before, I’m curious about exceptions, and because my idea is important to me I want to cherish it a bit, and if it should happen I’m wrong, then I will let it go and will never publish it. I think in one of my posts on PUFA that I never finished the second part to I even eluded to the fact that some people seem to do fine and live a long time with it, or get away with it. Of course that is only happening because they are maintaining normoglycemia. Are they lucky? Yes of course in their eyes. But I see something else at play something very material and explainable.

That is what the book is mostly about, not how to get a life, but why having a life matters tremendously.

If you spend a lot of time arguing on the Internet, it’s time for you to stop. Why not start your own blog and share your ideas with others. One of two things are going to happen, either a) you’ll loose interest and realize that the only reason you are on the Internet is because you like to argue with people or b) you’ll start exploring things on your own and be more likely to discover solutions to your problems that will give real change in your life. You’ll become a scientist in your own right specializing in the study of you. Perhaps you might make some breakthroughs instead of using other peoples paradigms on yourself.

Do you know what being sedentary does to oxidative stress markers? And I’m not just speaking of being physically sedentary I’m talking about an idle unfulfilled brain more concerned with arguments instead of exploration.

May the force be with you.

Edward

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