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We live 5 minutes from Calafia State Beach. It is still hot as balls in our un-airconditioned gully-facing condo.
The house we're moving to has A/C, though. We went over tonight to unpack some things and install new faucets. We did, in fact, cool the place down to 76 before we were through. Coming back to the condo with its crap carpet and terribly outdated appliances is getting harder and harder. One...more...week.....
I'm glad you're making that move. Much more comfortable for yo and Nubbin.
Yeah, nice weather in Santa Babs if you can find the right micro-climate to hang out in.
Yeah it does vary a lot like onalark was saying her condo faces onto a gully. My house and my Dad's are next door but mine is uphill from him and so, on my second story it is a good five degrees cooler than down at his place.
Today is starting out a bit overcast and cooler (Nice!) but looks like it is going to burn off soon.
I think I'm going to get one of those ketosis blood meters just to have another toy to play with.
Yesterday I read the Eat Stop Eat book by Brad Pilon. I had read *about* it but not actually read it. Some very good info in there debunking the whole "You have to eat every so often or you will go into starvation mode and your metabolism will crash" nonsense.
He seems to be saying that the benefits of fasting are really kicking in at about the 24 hour point with no food but yet he recommends doing two separate 24 hour fasts per week. I think he is doing this just for the convenience and sustainability factor. Getting people to stick with it is easier this way. But I think one 48 hour fast in each week would be a good way to go. Pilon also shows the cumulative effects of fasting over time. Yes, you do lose "water weight " that comes back but over time when you do this consistently there is a downward trend.
Very interesting book. He basically says that it doesn't matter that much what you eat. Of course he says that healthy food is better than eating junk but that is just sort of a given. He doesn't try to dictate, Eat this, not that.
He says the body only has two states, fed and fasted. You are either in one or the other, no in between. He says that it comes down to giving your body a long enough stretch in the fasted state to clean house and burn fat. Both his graphs and those of pklopp who did a series on fasting here a while back, show the maximum benefits of fasting topping out somewhere around the end of day two 40-48 hours in.
Are you (or is he) sure there is no in between state? I think being fed but not enough is sort of like a "zone of misery".
He was talking about as far as fat burning goes. You are either in storage or burn mode. As long as there is food coming in, whatever the quantity, it keeps you in storage mode and out of burn mode.
He advocates against chronic low calorie diets and says that the exact same benefits can be had with a couple of days of fasting without the misery. If there is just a little trickle of calories coming in, that is worse for your body than really feeding it what it needs on some days and totally going without other days.
I think this makes sense evolutionarily. Before storage of food became possible you would eat whatever was there and then have days that you went hungry. I really liked how Pilon debunked all the mythology about fasting being bad for you. If it were bad for you the human species would never have survived. Can you imagine Grok talking to his buddies on the hunt and saying, "Sorry guys but I really have to stop and have some berries now. It's been three hours since I ate and my metabolism is crashing into hypoglycemia."
Things have not been well lately with Dad. I think I told you about his feet swelling up due to a fructose binge out. Well, that sweelling was brought down somewhat by a combination of diuretics, antibiotics (on the theory that the places where the skin was breaking under the pressure of the swelling were getting infected) plus compression wrappings around his legs. Particularly nasty to have to wear those hot wrappings in weather like we have been having.
Anyway, the other thing going on has been a sudden onset of mental confusion, disorientation, balance issues, and short term memory loss. Then a few days ago, his heart rate started going really high and fluttery (atrial fibrillation) which he has had before. He was taken off the medication for it when his BP was doing so well on Primal. But now it seems that might not have been such a good move. We spent Thursday in the ER getting checked all over. Then we saw the cardiologist today. The consensus seems to be congestive heart failure with the possibility of some "mini strokes" exacerbating the mental confusion. I mean, when asked by the ER doc some simple questions like "what year is it?, and, Who is the president?" Dad couldn't come up with and answer and he is someone who always stays well informed reading the newspaper daily plus several TV news programs. This was seriously scary.
So, he started a new prescription today for a beta blocker to prevent the a-fib and got some more diuretic pills for the still swollen legs. I think the cardio guy is right. The swelling may have started out as a fruit binge but now there is something more going on. The heart is not working right.
All I ask of the universe is that, if it is his time to go, he be allowed to go peacefully in his own bed and not a long lingering torture attached to tubes and beeping machines.
I am doing my level best to hold it together because I am not any good to him if I am falling apart. Sometimes it just kind of hits me like a wave however. The knowledge that he may not have that very long left in this world. There, I said it. In the meantime, all I can do is make his life as pleasant and comfortable as possible.
Sending love. Dads: they're precious. My own father is on a similar path and I am not close enough to hold his hand. I'm sure your being there is a huge comfort to your dad. It's not an easy thing, that's for sure. So, sending love.
I like badgers, books and booze, more or less in that order.
^ What they said. You're doing exactly what you said you would do - being there, sharing the last years with your dad, loving him. Sadness is a part of the package, and I know you can 'hold' your distress so you can continue to be there for him. Sending heaps of love from over the sea (and hope that the meds will help).
Started Feb 18 2011
Tried basic primal and almost everything else in pursuit of IBS control, mood stability, and weight loss.