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    AltShift experiment (part 2)

    As you may or may not know, I’m currently testing a fat loss protocol called AltShift (see my previous post about it here). Here is my update for rounds 2 and 3. Round 2: Lost 1mm off my waist, 2mm off my hips and 5mm off my thigh. Gained 700g. I ate a bit less on both shifts but was still well within the protocol limits. I wasn’t as hungry on the 3 shift as the previous round. I discovered why so many AltShifters rave about egg salad. My digestion was perfect on the 5 shift, but slow on the 3 shift (I was also very gassy during this shift).…

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    AltShift experiment (part 1)

    As some of you may know, I like to experiment on myself. In my constant pursuit for health and happiness, when I see something that makes sense I try it and see how it works for me. That’s how I ended up being a Buddhist who eats a paleo-style diet. And that’s what made me want to try AltShift. Despite its name and what I do for work, this has nothing to do with computers. AltShift is a fat loss protocol (diet, if you want to call it that way) created by Jason Seib, one of the people in the paleo world that I’ve been following for a few years.…

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    The porridge experiment (part 3)

    This is part 3 of 3. Yes, the porridge experiment is (mostly) over. I did the rice thing for a few more days and then decided to “hipsterise” my breakfast. Even though I dislike chia seeds (’cause they always get caught between my teeth), I decided to swap the rice for soaked chia seeds. When I ran out of black sesame seeds I started using tahini (I have since learned black tahini exists, so will be buying that one in the future). The (activated) walnuts and goji berries stayed, and in the beginning I added a tablespoon of coconut milk, too. I’m still having two boiled eggs on the side…

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    The porridge experiment (part 2)

    Here’s an update on my breakfast experiment. As you may recall from part 1, the Chinese doctor asked me to eat porridge with black sesame, walnuts and goji berries for breakfast in order to boost my qi. Being always open to experimentation in the quest for optimal health, I decided to give it a go at least for a couple of weeks. My main concern was having a big whack of carbs first thing in the morning, which I expected to mess with my blood sugar regulation, hunger and potentially digestion. I was also worried about gaining to much weight from the extra carbs and giving up my morning keto-induce…

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    The porridge experiment (part 1)

    So 67% 83.3% of my household have been visiting a Chinese Medicine doctor (nicknamed “the fish food lady” by an MD friend of ours) to address various health issues. In my case, it’s a hormonal imbalance that multiple GPs, an endocrinologist, a naturopath and a gynecologist haven’t been able to fix. It was the gyno, actually, who recommended seeing me seeing a Chinese Medicine doctor. I tried the guy she recommended but I found his old school approach (boil herbs every day) too time-consuming. So I switched to the doctor my housemates (and other 4 close friends) have seen/were seeing, who happens to be conveniently located walking distance from home.…

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    My experiment with the Bulletproof® protein fasting

    A while ago I listened to a lecture by Dave Asprey in the Living La Vida Low Carb podcast. While I don’t agree with everything Asprey says, when he mentioned his protein fasting protocol I remembered hearing solid stuff related to this concept from Mat Lalonde. It made sense, so I decided to give it a go. According to the Bulletproof® Diet‘s infographic, the Bulletproof® protein fasting is “a biohack used occasionally to get a greater reduction in inflammation. About 1-2 times a week, limit your protein intake to 15-25g to help cleanse your inner-cells without muscle loss. To keep you full and energized, consume a cup of Bulletproof® Coffee…