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Fasting: I find it easier to "not eat" than to "eat less"

 
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John Suavecito wrote:Trace Oswald says, "No carbs, you can live a long healthy life. "

That is exactly what the evidence is showing is not true.  You have decided to dismiss one study. Many people dismiss studies when they don't like the conclusion. Keto can lead to a short-term, rapid weight loss.  No one disputes that.  It's not healthy in the long run.  It's not one study.   The evidence is overwhelming that a plant-based whole foods diet leads to a long healthy life.  The history of civilization shows that. How many Blue Zones feature keto diets? Zero. People get addicted to high calorie food hits, just like they get addicted to drugs, sugar, processed foods, and flour.   I have no problem with people going keto, I just don't want people to be steered away from a much healthier diet, without hearing the evidence and deciding for themselves.  

Joel Fuhrman, Neil Barnard, Dean ornish, Michael Greger, and others have compiled numerous studies on this material.
https://nutritionfacts.org/
https://www.drfuhrman.com/health-concerns

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I'm dismissing the study that recently came out showing that low carbs diets increase your risk of death.  I'm not dismissing it because I don't like the conclusion.  I don't have a vested interest either way.  I'm dismissing it because it is a poorly done study.  As far as evidence showing that you can't live a long healthy life without carbs, the most extensive studies showing this have been done on the Inuit and they are readily available, and harder to dismiss than the study I mentioned earlier.  Again, I have no vested interest either way, I've just come to a different conclusion than you have.  Many people, especially vegans it seems, have an almost religious zeal over diet.  I'm just not one of those.  I just try to eat what we give me the best quality of life.  I judge that by tracking what my blood test numbers show during my physicals.  If the numbers improve, I assume I'm on the right track.  If they get worse, I assume I need t make changes.  I'm not trying to convince anyone otherwise, I just don't think it's as simple as plant based diet = good, low carb, meat-based diet = bad.

 
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I only have my own numbers and results to look at.   I've been low carb for 20 years.   I've been keto for 5.   I've been intermittent fasting for just 6 months.  

My bloodwork looks great and my GP says my kidney and liver values are that of someone a decade younger.  

I'm not the least bit worried.   They have a bit of hard time diagnosing my joint pain struggles since I don't have any inflammation markers in my bloodwork,  another purported benefit or a fat-based metabolic process vs. carb-based.   Turns out bursitis was a culprit and PT has resolved it, but it took a long time to figure out.  My dentist, fwiw, was also blown away by my first exam in close to 15 years.    I had to replace some worn fillings from childhood, but that was it.   They asked a lot of questions about my oral health routines.   IMO,  no sugar and low carb gets all the credit for that,  since what I know from my genetics would not support that being a strong factor.   I realize this is anecdotal, but for me at least, I know what a difference it makes in my day to day life and I've done my research.   Everyone needs to decide for themselves in the end.  
 
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Clearly, you can eat vegan junk food.  Soda, candy, oreos, snack foods are largely vegan and terrible for one's health. I agree with you on that.  I have met and am married to a vegan who is not obsessive at all.  I have encountered very dogmatic vegans as well, and I try to avoid those vegans.  I have also heard from many who insist that keto is the only solution.  I don't listen to them any more either.  Dr. Greger has a video about the Inuits and their short life span if you're interested.  Keto may be the best solution for those living in the Arctic.  I don't live there.  I guess we'll just have to find the evidence that gives us the best direction and go with it.

The evidence I've seen is that some will do better with a more vegetarian/vegan lifestyle and that others will do better with more of an omnivore lifestyle. I'm not saying "I have the truth!" It's just my best guess based on the evidence I've seen.  I do think that the details matter, and that how those details apply in your life matter a lot as well.  My wife complains because I change my diet based on what I've read and what I'm trying.  Anecdotal evidence is valuable too, because we know that an individual isn't pushing some corporate advertising hype. They're just sharing their story.

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Maybe the best approach is to grasp mainly from the things we agree on.  I think most people would agree that processed foods, refined sugar, preservatives, artificial sweeteners, food colorings, excessive alcohol, meat that is full of injected hormones and antibiotics are all bad.  It may be that just eliminating those is the 95% factor.  Maybe John wants to eat vegetables and fruit almost exclusively, and Heather and I want to eat lots of meat with some vegetables, and maybe no matter which you do, it only makes the 5% difference.  I know very healthy people that eat little meat, and I know very healthy people that eat lots of meat.  My ex-BIL Roy is one of those.  He doesn't do it to follow any particular diet, he just doesn't like fruits or vegetables.  I've seen him eat potatoes and other than that, I don't recall him eating anything except meat in front of my ever.  Last time I ate at his house, his wife went out and caught one of their free range chickens, butchered it, and it was our dinner.  As I said, I've never seen him eat anything except meat, but I've also never seen him eat anything that came from a package, can or bottle (except beer, he likes beer).   He doesn't eat processed garbage ever as far as I can tell.   I think we are well designed by evolution to eat a wide range omnivorous diet.  I don't think we are designed to eat a lot of processed shit-food.  Maybe a 90-95% solution is good enough.
 
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I am someone who read about how eating food that is all whole food from plants is really so healthy and working effectively against epidemic diet related diseases and problems to health and wellbeing, and I turned to this way, while I had been vegan for some while and just not knowing if there was really anything healthy about that. I would really doubt that I am just one of the lucky ones who is not having any problems from this way I learned was healthy, as I do hear from some others. Why would I act on something that I learn is good for me and benefit just from being lucky with it? I would not choose anything for having to be lucky with it. The same for other things I benefit from that others say I was lucky and those things don't work for others. No, I am not at all a lucky person. Nothing has worked by luck and things going by chance have created great problems for me, informed choices only have been helpful to me.

It happens that this healthy way I found is with what can be growing for that, and I could have it with land where I would be growing everything for it, and this would be so sustainable a way to live, with simplicity in living included. So land for doing this is what I look for, with any others I can be with included in this.
 
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I am looking to talk to anyone who has helped their cancer stop growing, spreading or eradicated it completely through fasting or other means. I have gone the conventional way and am going through it again. I am stage 4 b. Any advice will be greatly appreciated.
 
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Anne, welcome to the forum.

I have no personal experience though I thought these threads might help.  If you have seen them then maybe the threads will help other folks:

https://permies.com/t/1742/reports-beating-cancer-week

https://permies.com/t/143154/cure-childhood-cancer-projects

https://permies.com/wiki/143178/Podcast-Projects-Cure-Childhood-Cancer

https://permies.com/t/32423/Food-Cure-documentary-cancer
 
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Revisiting this topic while currently learning about 'autophagy' research and findings.   Cool stuff.  If it's a new concept for you,  basically during times of fasting your body judiciously begins to recycle older broken down amino acids, etc.  cleaning up the effects of aging, oxidation, injury, etc.   This is purported have a lot of healing health benefits.  I can say I find I have way less loose skin than you might expect with this much weight loss.  Can't say the same for new wrinkles ;)  

I'm 6 months in to my fasting journey and this has become an easy lifestyle now.   Many days I'm naturally OMAD with maybe a snack of nuts, or a handful of berries browsed while I'm gardening, etc.   I'm steadily losing about 4-5 lbs a month, but I'm almost at my weight goal so that may slow down.   At 52 I have more lean muscle than I ever have in my life, it's really interesting.   More than just weight loss or feeling good my shape is very different than it's ever been,  even when I was running, lifting weights, etc.   In good ways.  But pilates is new to me also and I suspect that has as big a role.   I'll update next time I have bloodwork done ;)

I did a first deliberate 24 hour fast as a test run for wanting to try a 36 hour.    Usually I daily do around 18 hours, with a heavy cream 'cheat' in my morning coffee.
 
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Anne Cline,
I would check out the medicinal herbs forum.  https://permies.com/f/9/medicinal-herbs
Also "Chris Beat Cancer" and "The Truth About Cancer".
There are many resources out there.  Dr.  Joel Fuhrman has written a lot about both fasting and what foods decrease cancer.
Fasting helps people to tolerate chemotherapy better.  Also, as said, autophagy in fasting kills cancer cells and helps your immune system spot them.
When you fast, you get proper stomach acid for killing unhelpful aspects of your food, and it helps you get the proper nutrition, which makes you stronger.
Cancer is a metabolic disease.  I would highly recommend this book, Mercola's #1 book of that year: Tripping over the Truth, by Travis Christofferson.

https://www.thriftbooks.com/w/tripping-over-the-truth-how-the-metabolic-theory-of-cancer-is-overturning-one-of-medicines-most-entrenched-paradigms/19408879/item/27898112/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=pmax_high_vol_scarce_%2410_%2450&utm_adgroup=&utm_term=&utm_content=&gclid=Cj0KCQjwtO-kBhDIARIsAL6LorciDbkIVj-FBuppR5B5ecT9QkAt4UrtgYg4jQbhFGLoEhMo4hWhnJYaAl0nEALw_wcB#idiq=27898112&edition=13212699


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