Make that 3 orthopedic events.

Pseudogout. I never heard of it until earlier this week.  That was the diagnosis post knee aspiration (this means a needle in my knee – no fun at all) which removed approximately 60 mL (2 ounces) of fluid.  Pseudogout occurs when calcium pyrophosphate (CPP) crystals deposits in articular tissues and it is associated inflammatory arthritis which I do experience from time to time.  Consistent with what I read, the onset was abrupt and accompanied by pain, warmth, swelling, all of which sent me to the orthopedic doctor. Thankfully it took 6 days to resolve without me needing a steroid injection.

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Reflect, Assess, Adjust

Originally posted by me at Blog To Lose October 6, 2013 at 7:30am

Reflect, Assess, Adjust from Experience Life Blog suggests how ideas from the business world can be applied on a personal level to help motivate and give focus.  The set of questions resonated with me. I read this article a couple  of weeks ago.  I started this blog as a spring board for me to do this self assessment. The author suggests asking these questions of ourselves on a daily basis for a while and see what impact it will make.

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Observations Round 1: First impressions

The only thing better than embarking in a new lifestyle is to write about it after 2 weeks!

I have been profoundly inspired by Dr. Fung and have been voraciously reading his blog Intensive Dietary Management, reading The Obesity Code, and discovering information on the Internet about fasting and related topics. I was motivated to start this blog in order to create an organized repository for information, to record my thoughts and experiences, and to easily share with others.

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Autophagy – our internal car wash

I will think of autophagy as my own personal clean up woman busy inside my body. I have heard of detoxing and detox diets though I never delved into the practice.  I have read that your body detoxes naturally if you consume a healthy diet (whatever that is, right?).  So, I had an idea that our bodies self-cleaned but didn’t give the “how” too much thought.  I was too busy trying to lose weight!

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Widely accepted CRaP is still crap….

“Caloric Reduction as Primary (CRaP) has been tried innumerable times, and failed virtually every single time. Yet fasting is often effective where simple caloric reduction is not. The short answer is that the beneficial hormonal changes that happen during fasting are entirely prevented by the constant intake of food. It is the intermittency of the fasting that makes it so much more effective.”

Caloric Reduction vs Fasting – Part 9

Fasting makes so much sense

Total light bulb moment for me:

“Regular fasting, in addition to lowering insulin levels, has also been shown to improve insulin sensitivity significantly. This is the missing link in the weight loss puzzle. Most diets reduce highly insulin-secreting foods, but do not address the insulin resistance issue. Weight is initially lost, but insulin resistance keeps insulin levels and Body Set Weight high. Fasting is an efficient method of reducing insulin resistance.”

Fasting Physiology – Part II