On The Campaign Trail – A Karma Sense Update

Executive Summary

It’s campaign season. Only thirteen more months of listening to people tell other people that they’re evil and they’re wrong. Of course, that goes on all the time. The only difference now is that it’s louder. Speaking of campaigns (I’m glad you brought it up), this post provides information on some major developments in the life of the Karma Sense Eating Plan book, an update on my experiments with a new Intermittent Fasting protocol, some new information on Soylent, and results of new research that is relevant to mantra #3, Eat More Vegetable and Fruits. So let’s jump into it with some good old-fashioned sloganeering…

Make America The World Healthy Again

Those of us that are into the whole Karma Sense thing are on a quest to make the world healthier, happier, and a better place. In support of that, I launched an Indiegogo campaign on Sunday, 13 September 2015,  to help fund the publishing of the Karma Sense Eating Plan book. Indiegogo gave me this fancy widget that I can post at my leisure to entice people to help out and to provide real-time status of my progress.

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As I write this post I am 5% of the way to my goal. At that rate, the Karma Sense Eating Plan may not get fully funded in time for the expiration of the campaign. That makes me very nervous and is why you’ll probably see me acting like PBS/NPR during fundraising week. Like with those fine institutions, I hope you’ll bear with me during this process. But your donations make this program possible. Sorry, Karma Sense Eating Plan tote bags are not one of the perks for contributing (but there are some awesome perks so please contribute anyway).

The “great” thing about kicking off this campaign is I am making so many nice new friends (really they’re  trolls), who are offering to help me publicize my campaign for a small fee. They’re telling me they love what I’ve done but if they really looked at it, they’d know that I plan to self-fund whatever shortfall I have and that profits go to charity. So why would I siphon off any of those potential profits to them? I can see hiring professionals to help me improve the product, but I can’t see hiring anyone to help me raise money so that I can turn around and hire those professionals.

Meanwhile, I am moving on to another stage in the project. If I were to guess, I have no more than 5 pages left to write but they involve some research that I’ve been putting off while I got the rest of the book in shape. I am now ready to move onto doing the research.

Also, I started the process of hiring a developmental editor to bring the book to the next level (that level is the one in which people will actually understand what the heck I’m talking about.) I reached out to some author friends. I also put this ad out on the Editorial Freelancers Association website.

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That ad was an unintended invitation for “Inbox Overload.” I patiently went through the 100+ responses and winnowed the list down to 25. The next step is to dig deeper into the responses of the top 25, resolve any outstanding questions by email, cut the list to the best 3-5, and start interviews. If you are an applicant and you’re reading this, you can get some suck up points by mentioning it to me.

I also started doing limited distribution of the raw manuscript. I was honored to get the following feedback from a physician I know who does not throw praise around lightly.

“But all (ok maybe just some) kidding aside I’m chuckling my ass off at some of your quips and references. Definitely makes for a more enjoyable read. Especially for a bozo like me who’s never picked up a self help book in his life.

“If you have no objections I’d like to share your manuscript with a few friends who I feel may potentially benefit from your wisdom on the subject. Who knows, it may generate some support for your campaign.

“I have no (maybe just a little) doubt this is going to go well for you. I actually like the program and if there’s anything I can do help you reach your goal let me know.”

I now know what to include in today’s pre-meal ritual in honor of the Sense component. I have eternal gratitude for this kind feedback.

Feel the Bern

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I’m feeling it, brah.

In my last update post,  IF You Ask Me a Question I Don’t Know, I’m Not Going to Answer, I reignited the discussion on Intermittent Fasting (IF), I discussed my interest in trying a new protocol that is based on a daily fast of 16 hours versus the once or twice weekly fast of 24 hours I usually do. The new style seems to fall into two flavors. One is for gym bros trying to build mass and includes other adjustments besides just the fasting (henceforth referred to as “Bro IF”.) The other is more laid back and mellow (henceforth referred to as “Lite IF”). It is basically just a calorie cutting technique. I’m going with a third version that mostly looks like Bro IF but respects the fact that I’m still going to drink wine and eat Ben & Jerry’s Chubby Hubby when I want to.

My first step in all this is to know my goal and I have two:

  1. Lose 5-8 pounds without losing any muscle mass. Alternatively, gain 5 pounds of muscle without losing weight. As a man in his mid-50s who is not willing to sacrifice too much of his current lifestyle, I have as much chance of doing the latter as I have being chosen for the Ben and Jerry’s Chubby Hubby Desert Island Experiment.
  2. Try different styles of eating so that I’m speaking from experience when working with clients. The extended fasts that I’ve been doing don’t necessary play well for people who are trying to build muscle because of the calorie deficit. The extended style also isn’t well suited for many women because it can knock hormones out of balance. As IF methods go, daily 16 hours fasts followed by 8-hour refeeds will theoretically be best suited for females, body-builders, and people who don’t care about breakfast but can’t go a full 24 hours without eating. I say theoretically because the research on the first two constituencies is still developing.

The next step (in accordance with the Plan component of KSEP) is to ease into all of the new habits I need to develop. I’ll save that discussion for later posts, but one of the biggest adjustments for me will be doing fasted workouts. Usually when I fast, I remain active but I don’t ever specifically exercise. Bro IF calls for exercising in the fasted state. I started doing that last week with a light workout. This week I began a more Bro-worthy regimen that includes 425 reps of various weight exercises with as little rest as possible. That’d be tough for me even with food. After three days of that regimen, I’m feeling the Bern. I’m feeling the Bern.

AuH2O

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AuH2O was a clever way for Barry Goldwater to gain some name recognition when he ran against Lyndon Johnson in 1964. Au is the chemical symbol for gold. H2O is, of course, water (but you knew that). But applying chemical symbols didn’t work for Goldwater.

Chemical symbols are not working so well for the product Soylent either.  We first met Soylent in the recent post, It Ain’t Over Until It’s Over. Soylent is marketed by the manufacturer as “Simple, Healthful, Affordable Food.” It had been the darling of Silicon Valley types because Soylent contained all the nutrients they need for the day. Just mix it with water, chug it down and you never need to leave your keyboard to eat real food again.

I questioned the legitimacy of Soylent’s tagline because I don’t consider it to be food. Food is something to be enjoyed, cherished, and shared. Soylent inspires none of those. Soylent is just nutrition.

Now it turns out Soylent isn’t Healthful either. In mid August, “As You Sow”, a consumer watchdog group,  issued a notice of intent to file legal action based on an independent lab’s finding of toxic levels of Lead (Pb) and Cadmium (Cd) in the product.

In the company’s defense, Soylent representatives claim that the tests are faulty because they assume people will eat nothing but Soylent all day and every day. Since Lead never leaves your system once you ingest it, that seems like a stretch to me. But so is my tying a Barry Goldwater campaign slogan to this story.

The Results are In

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The image above does not depict the Red State/Blue State results of the last United States presidential election. That would be this.

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No, that first map shows the pitiful results of a recent study by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention with respect to American’s consumption of Vegetables and Fruits. According to the study, only about 13 percent of Americans eat the recommended amount of vegetables and fruits per day. The current dietary guidelines by the various government agencies that “line guides” recommend 1.5 to 2 cups of fruit for adults getting less than 30 minutes of moderate/vigorous physical activity every day and 2-3 cups of vegetables every day.  That top image depicts all of the states where a whopping 10% or more of the population eat within these guidelines. Those are the blue states. The red states eat fall below the very low 10% mark.

These guidelines roughly match the recommendations of Karma Sense Eating Plan mantra #3, Eat More Vegetables and Fruits. If you read that post you know that mantra stands out in its ability to improve health, increase happiness and, oh yeah, save the world. Clearly, there is more work to be done to reach that lofty goal.

By the way, I am sure any similarity in the blue and red states in the “veggie consumption map” and the electoral map is purely coincidental.

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