Intuitive Eating

Intuitive eating – which is best described as eating what you want, when you want, because you feel like eating it (with or without a “damnit!”) – is a great concept. Sure, it has limitations. One is that superstimuli such as artificial sweeteners, flavor enhancers, and pornographically-delightful foods like chocolate, cupcakes, Mountain Dew, and potato chips often induce us to eat, not for...

Ray Peat – Cortisol and Diabetes

“Oxidation of sugar is metabolically efficient in many ways, including sparing oxygen consumption. It produces more carbon dioxide than oxidizing fat does, and carbon dioxide has many protective functions, including increasing Krebs cycle activity and inhibiting toxic damage to proteins. The glycation of proteins occurs under stress, when less carbon dioxide is being produced, and the...

Ray Peat – Starch and Obesity

Warning all Vietnamese people!  Ray Peat says that people in countries that eat a lot of full-fat dairy products are lean, and that starch is more fattening than sugar and seems like the reason for the rising obesity rate in the United States.  Put the rice down, and swap it out with Haagen Dazs ice cream or else you guys are gonna get fat! Sorry, but I had to go there.  I visited Vietnam in my...

Ray Peat – Sugar vs. Starch

I didn’t want to give up on the Ray Peat topic altogether now. There is still a lot to be said. In fact, his lengthy article titled “Glycemia, Starch, and Sugar in context” is a perfect article to deconstruct. It is full of many of Peat’s main philosophies about stress hormones, blood sugar regulation, metabolism, gelatin, polyunsaturated fat – you name it. It’s all there in that article. And...

Addiction: Your Brain on Porn

Delving deeper into our conversation from yesterday, the best overall discussion of how the reward centers in the human brain work that I’ve found is in this lengthy but informative slideshow presentation on pornography addiction.  Although it may not seem relevant, it certainly is.  The presenter goes into great depth about food as well, and how it ties in. While pornography addiction may...

The End of Overeating by David Kessler

I’m spoiled. By spoiled I mean that my greatest luxury is that I can wake up in the morning and write about whatever the heck I want to write about. Having to write about Ray Peat all month? Well, drudgery has set in. I wanna talk about something that is interesting to me now – like, today, and Ray Peat’s stances on starch and how it has caused the rise in obesity (is this a joke Ray?) or...

Ray Peat – Exercise

Ray Peat doesn’t seem to be very fond of exercise. This is one area where he has opened up a huge gaping hole in the armor of his interpretation of science, hormones, and so forth. In fact, his brush off of exercise as being something that raises cortisol, growth hormone, and lactic acid and is therefore bad gives me reservations and hesitations about pretty much all of his work. To file...

Cholesterol Fail

“Norm! Do you have a good article on your blog about cholesterol? My co-worker is afraid of cheese because of it…” ~Text message received Wednesday from my buddy from high school (we call each other Norm, which we used to shout at each other depending on who was more late to first period – like the show Cheers – no, we weren’t really the cool kids). In honor of Norm, and continuing with our...

Ray Peat – Thyroid

“Now that our public health establishment has eliminated smoking from public places, maybe they can find a way to reduce stress and disease by removing morons from positions of power.” ~Ray Peat Not sure what that first quote has to do with the thyroid exactly, but it is awesome. Dr. Ray does coincidentally rhyme with Dr. Dre. He sounds pretty gangsta in that quote. Check yo’self fools! If you...

Ray Peat – Salt

“Protein, salt, thyroid, and progesterone happen to be thermogenic, increasing heat production and stabilizing body temperature at a higher level.” ~Ray Peat If you know anything about Peat, you should know the basic 5 things that Peat feels are vital to stimulating the metabolism, increasing cellular metabolic rate and respiration, and improving health and extending the functional lifespan:...

Ray Peat – Broda Barnes

“One of my recurring objects of thought has been the slowness with which raw knowledge is assimilated. For example, I have been thinking about Broda Barnes’s work on the prevention of heart disease with thyroid extract. He did solve much of ‘the riddle of heart attacks,’ but recent statements by the Heart Association show that the dominant forces in the health business haven’t learned anything...

Ray Peat – Epilepsy

I was going to write about something motherly today, but then I started geeking out major on one of Ray Peat’s articles that I had not read before – Epilepsy and Progesterone. It’s Mother’s Day-related no doubt, as the only mother I’m helping to celebrate the day with in person suffers severely from the condition – to the point where she is not legally able to drive, and has never owned a car....

Ray Peat – Protein and Vegetarian Diets

“Vegetarians often notice temporary exhilaration when they stop eating meat, probably because their thyroid has been suppressed. But a more serious hypothyroid state often follows, from a low protein inadequate vegetarian diet. Low protein diets definitely interfere with the liver’s ability to detoxify estrogen and other stressors.” “A few years ago, most of the nutritional problems that I saw...

Ray Peat Ideology and Philosophy

I have already introduced one of Peat’s great quotes that illuminates a philosophy very near and dear to my heart – and I assume to the hearts of many of the readers of this blog who enjoy the pursuit of health as an exploration instead of a regurgitation or defense of a limited viewpoint. “Once we accept that knowledge is tentative, and that we are probably going to improve our knowledge in...

TXNIP and Obesity Guest Post by Brock Cusick

Howdy folks, we interrupt Ray May for this highly-anticipated guest blog post by none other than Brock Cusick, frequent 180 commenter, follower since the dawn of http://www.180degreehealth.com/, and author of the blog http://cusickonnutrition.blogspot.com/.  While we can never expect any two people to have identical views, even when those two people grew up watching the movie...

Ray May

While we’ll be interrupting “Ray May” for a guest post by Brock Cusick later this week on the role of TXNIP in body weight and glucose regulation – today is the official start of Ray May.  So kick back and let’s eat some hay, sit by the bay, we just may, whaddya say? I asked the peanut gallery if they would be interested in a month of Ray Peat immersion, scrutiny,...

2011 Video Summary

Starting the month of May off with a bit of a video summary of http://www.180degreehealth.com/to date… Coming up later this week we’ll hear a very interesting guest post from long-time follower Brock Cusick, which I browsed through this morning. Great stuff. As far as a preview for the upcoming month, I was thinking of really discussing the work of Ray Peat in the month of May in...

Asthma, Adrenaline, and Carbon Dioxide

I found something interesting recently when browsing over Gary Taubes’s bloodwork that he recently posted. I don’t know a whole heck of a lot about carbon dioxide, but it jumped out at me right away that his carbon dioxide levels, on a prolonged low-carbohydrate diet, were below the normal ranges. This caught the attention of Chris Masterjohn as well, and he made a note of it – and even went so...

Silly Wabbit, Atkins is NOT for Kids!

I received this email just the other day.  It is a beauty.  There were so many options for what could be used as the title.  I’m actually a little sad at the chosen title, as RRARV would have been a beauty (Rehabilitative Rest and Aggressive Re-Vegasing).  The email was sent by a long-time chronic health masturdebater.  Misadventures include, and are certainly not limited to, a long bout...

How to Cut a Mango

I was going to post on rocket science or Greek mythology today, but thought a short video of me cutting a mango would be better for showcasing my vast knowledge about all things.  Hopefully I can bust out another good cooking video this week – maybe making some of the absurdly delicious and easy-to-make meatballs I’ve been eating lately.  Hope this video puts...
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