Blood Sugar Explained

If you would like a whiteboard explanation of blood sugar, diabetes, then look no further. This video (19m) by Dr. Eric Berg begins very simply, and explains the relationship between the liver and pancreas, as well as defining glycogen and where it fits in the process.

I have heard a lot about glycogen in the Intermittent Fasting videos, so I was glad to understand this piece of the puzzle.

As a bonus, this 5-minute video brings Intermittent Fasting into the equation, and tells us what we need to eat MORE of to make the Intermittent Fasting more effective.

It’s all about the insulin

This is the video that caused my big aha moment regarding weight control.  Dr. Jason Fung explains why eating smaller meals, more often, as we have learned to do in modern culture, may be the reason why we have an obesity epidemic.

Calories do not cause weight gain, hormones do. And insulin is the big one!  If we eat small meals every 2-3 hours, then we maintain a higher level of insulin in our bodies to process the nutrients coming in, especially carbohydrates. This leads to fat storage, and eventually insulin resistance. Sometimes we just need to allow a resting state when it comes to digesting food and processing nutrients.

I think it’s worth the time to watch.

Rest … is by no means a waste of time.  ~ John Lubbock


#1 First-Hand Intermittent Fasting Result

A lot of claims are being made about Intermittent Fasting.   Many of them, I cannot verify through my own immediate experience. What I can say first-hand: It gives your digestion system a break!  For many years I have started my morning with a protein shake, a relatively healthy choice. But I still too often suffered from a couple of classic IBS symptoms – bloating and constipation – and many times the bloating started right after breakfast.

Since I have started experimenting with Intermittent Fasting, that is, narrowing the window of when I eat, I have not once felt that familiar swollen stomach sensation. A dream realized!!

More on this topic to come, but if you have IBS symptoms and would like to start learning about Intermittent Fasting today, I recommend two sources:  Josh Axe and Jason Fung.

What you eat matters, but I am beginning to believe that when you eat matters even more.

“Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.”    ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Wellness, Wealth, Wisdom

It is my intention to post more. I take so much information, and I often feel I am missing my purpose by not sharing what I am learning. I don’t have a lot of time, so many of my posts may be a quick observation and then a link for more. My interests revolve around living well, or the three Ws: Wellness, Wealth, and Wisdom.

My hope is to help others in their journey toward all three.

Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.

Benjamin Franklin, or someone before him