11-17-2003
Your Canary Reports from the Mine Shaft 

    
      
    Well, I'm not dead yet. I've been slowly losing weight for about a month now, and I'm down to about a ton and a half. Well, no, maybe not quite that much! Maybe more like 150 pounds or 68 kilos. I don't know exactly how much because I haven't bothered to weigh myself. Presumably, I'm on a CRON diet... Caloric Restriction with Optimal Nutrition. It's pretty loose, and no different than at other times when I've lost weight. I haven't  lost much weight--just a few pounds. I want to lose a few more pounds, but I'm not willing to get down to skin-and-bones. I'll try to hold my weight steady after I've gotten down to the last notch in my belt. (I've gotten that far before. When I get to that last notch, I don't look pregnant anymore.)
     I'm also taking 20 mg. of resveratrol every other day, and I plan to rely on it to insure that I operate at a lower metabolic rate, rather than depending upon emaciation to trigger a caloric-restricted state.
    In the meantime, I feel normal. I don't get hungry. 
   For breakfast, I've started scrambling Egg-Beaters with onion, and a little bit of low-fat bacon. I also have a small piece of thin-sliced toast, and a cup of weak coffee plus sugar-free chocolate, sweetened with Splenda and flavored with orange juice. By the time I sip two cups of orange-flavored, Splenda-sweetened green tea, and eat bulky vegetables (with curcumin, and with  pizza sauce for its lycopene), together with blueberries and other low-calorie, fat-free snacks, I don't get really hungry. At suppertime, I have a salmon-salad sandwich between two small, thin slices of five-grain bread. I also have a small bowl of oatmeal with (frozen) blueberries and strawberries. (The small bowl of oatmeal gets pretty large after the blueberries and strawberries are added.) If I'm still hungry, I'll prepare a cup of Lipton's chicken noodle soup (50 calories).
    Sound weird?
    The problem is that to lose weight, I have to cut my calories back to the bone to, probably, no more than 1,500 calories a day, and maybe fewer. With that few calories, it behooveth the intrepid weight-watcher to make sure that the calories are nourishing rather than empty. 
    So what do I do when we go out to eat? 
    There's always something on the menu that isn't bad for you. 
    It can be hard to say no to a savory fish dinner, but that's what it takes
    In the meantime, I'm ingesting one of the Juvenon ALA-ALC tablets in the morning and another one in the evening (500 mg. of acetyl-l-carnitine and 200 mg. of alpha lipoic acid twice a day).
    Has it made a difference? To find out, I'd have to quit taking it, and I don't want to do that. However, there have been no improvements in the accommodation of my eyes, or in any other obvious parameters I certainly feel good, and I certainly don't suffer from depression. I'm chugging merrily up Suicide Hill again the way I did in 1998. And of course, it may take time for changes to manifest themselves. (My fantasy is that there are improvements, but since they involve feeling the way I've always  felt, it's not quite as dramatic as, say, suddenly being able to outrun a speeding locomotive and leap tall buildings with a single bound.)
    Maybe next month.
    I have some exciting information regarding cancer prevention, and the reversal--as opposed to the mere retardation--of aging. But that's a preview of things to come.

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