Thursday, July 30, 2009

Imagine two organic oranges sitting on a tabletop. Someone comes over, pulls out a syringe and injects one of the oranges with -- let's say -- 5 cc's of Roundup herbicide. Then this person offers you to select the orange that you would prefer to eat. I'm guessing that even the most die-hard Monsanto employee would choose the orange without the added herbicide.

The 'news' that they are nutritionally equivalant is kind of missing the point, isn't it?

~

18 comments:

tutufan said...

When I lived in Los Angeles about 20 years ago, they were spraying malathion (a pesticide) over the entire city using helicopters, to kill fruit flies. Kind of like that scene in Apocalypse Now. Naturally this upset a lot of people. I still remember some guy on the TV saying that he could drink an entire glass of the stuff and it would be perfectly safe. Didn't do it, though. Yuck.

Anonymous said...

Yay! You are posting again. I absolutely love your journalling. How is your fasting going?

Muse said...

tutufan,

Blech! I was reading how the late B.T. Collins once drank a mouthful of diluted malathion to prove it was safe. I recently overheard an inane radio talk show host spewing nonsense on the safety of DDT.

Muse said...

anonymous,

Thanks! I love hearing from all of you and reading other peoples blogs and such too!

I've been trying out different fasting/dieting methods -- Fast 5 -- a 3 day rotation -- calorie counting -- etc. ADF works the best for me, although it's not easy to do, especially when things appear to be falling apart around us right now. I admit that many days lately, I've fallen into the plain old "awwww to heck with it all" plan. LOL

Anonymous said...

I enjoy your blog posts. Hearing your progress with any sort of fasting method helps those of us trying to fast regularly for health/weight loss reasons.

thanks!

Anonymous said...

I just read your entire blog lastnight beginning with your first entry in 2007:) I think that you are wonderful and inspirational and you've touched me deeply. I relate to your struggles so much, and it's nice to know that I'm not crazy! lol!... as a child, I would instinctually fast whenever i didn't feel well emotionally or physically. No one told me to do this, I just somehow accidentally found that I felt 100x better afterwards. I'm now rediscovering this magic cure as an adult, but its harder for me now to stay motivated due to life stress. But you've been a great inspiration. Thank you... Can't wait to read your next post. xoxo

missykanna said...

I'm doing the ADF too and your blog has been a huge inspiration. Your success is amazing! Are you still doing the ADF?

Muse said...

Missykanna,

Thanks for your comment!

I still fast 1-3 days a week to keep my weight down. I haven't been doing the strict alternate day fasting regime. I can certainly feel the difference. I had a much better mood when I did it routinely.

Best wishes to you in your own success story!

~Theresa

Jess said...

Hi I am just starting ADF and love your blog, heres mine http://alternate-day-fast.blogspot.com/

I hope you feel as great as you sound!

Muse said...

Jess,

Congratulations on your success so far (the first few weeks are the hardest) -- and in getting your driver's license. You can do this!

~Theresa

tutufan said...

Hi, how is it going? We want to know what happens next... :-)

Anonymous said...

I know you haven't posted in like forever and are probably not coming back to this blog, but I just want to tell you that I read through your whole blog yesterday and am very inspired.

I am a shortie in my 40s who has put on some extra weight and I have a similar starting weight to yours (147). I'm starting today...

Anonymous said...

hey where are you these days? Hows maintaining these days? Have you tweaked the plan? Just curious, I like this way of eating a lot but I'm wondering how it holds up to the test of time.

Jackie said...

I, too, am wondering where you are. I just started less than a week ago and am on my third fasting day. To me, it's easier than trying to control my eating or deprive myself of anything, but I'm finding myself satisfied with normal eating on my free days. I've read so about so many health benefits, so I plan on making this a lifestyle. Looking for support from other like-minded people.

Mike Coleman said...

Still curious, too, Theresa. Jackie, regarding support, there's a Yahoo group of IFers you can find by googling (or yahooing?). You might also find the Wikipedia page interesting, and look some at Mark Mattson's work. Good luck!

Anonymous said...

I came across your site by accident (or coincidence, or synchronicity or whatever) and found your writing insightful and full of very useful information and observations. I am on the EODF regimen for the health benefits attributed to this diet style, not for weight loss. I am extremely positive so far not just about my own experiences but also with respect to the multiple journal articles I've come across that show the health benefits related to EODF. My typical fasts are 38 hours, I have a 10 hour window to eat that leaves 14 hours of fast for the rest of that day, based on the same relative time frame from when the window began, and then another full 24 hrs until my next "feast day" window start. Once you get used to it, it's hardly noticeable. In fact, I sometimes do NOT look forward to my "feast days" because I get more done during the fast days!

I also have altered the original EODF to this schedule:
Mon, Sat -- feast days, followed by a fast day as above.
Wed-Thu -- both feast days (what I call "catch up days" to be sure I'm getting enough protein), followed by a fast day. This provides two "12F" (EODF) intervals, and one "13F" (the Wed-Thu-Fri "catch up") interval. I try to consume 100g of protein on my feast days, typically consume 2000-2500 calories total. My weight drops some, but not frighteningly so (I refer you to the MN Starvation Experiment for more on what happens when you consume 1500 calories/day, 50g protein but need more than that!). If my weight drops too far, then I'll of course have to up the calories.

I use "ketostix" type urine sticks to judge any protein loss, ketones, and glucose, also pH. I keep records and a graph showing calories, weight, grams of protein intake, etc.

The "19/5" and similar diets I would not recommend. One study showed that when people were given the same number of calories in a short eating window compared to controls who had multiple meals, the blood values for several key factors related to aging, etc. were not as good in the short meal interval group.

In the event you'd like to chat more (we certainly can compare notes) my e-mail is dr_coolit@yahoo.com.

Keep up the good work on your web site (though I don't see anything much since 2009) and I'm taking advantage of the multiple links that you have on ADF (EODF) -- I haven't tried them before this note to you so I hope they're still active!

Stay healthy and happy -- Phil

ConfuzzledlyMe said...

Hey I've read the entirety of the blog and it inspired me to start my own about my fasting blunders... If anyone wants a current blog experience each day and a blog that is ongoing at the moment, or even to start their own and have a fasting buddy, or just something to read when you're hungry, or just to have a good laugh at me... http://adffasting.blogspot.co.uk/

ConfuzzledlyMe said...

Good Luck all..Muse...hope you're still okay.