Supercharging Wheat Belly Update

Photos Nov 20 15 DZ

Yesterday, November 19, I finally dropped to 238, my low weight for 2015, first attained on July 2.

Since my last post here on the subject (August 29), I have employed Eat-Stop-Eat (described in that post) and, on September 8, intentionally moved to Nutritional Ketosis where my goals are <5% Carbs, 15% Protein, 80%+ Healthy Fats, plus a calorie intake goal less than 1900.

I have found the balancing of macronutrients plus calorie restriction is difficult, and I miss these goals more than I achieve them. Having said that, I have made progress toward them. October was better than September, and November has been better than October. Net Carbs has declined in each of the last 4 months: 48, 22, 19, and 15.

The result has been weight loss, albeit a long slog in the right direction. That can be seen in the graph below:

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Student Convenience and Seminary Education

Posted on my Facebook page a few days ago . . .

I received a notice in my Facebook inbox today from a Christian college that is now offering a Masters of Education (M.Ed.) degree that is 100% on-line and takes 1 year. During our NOBTS faculty retreat this year, we discussed the pressure on administrations — in competition for a finite market of seminary students — to offer degrees in (1) more convenient ways and (2) shorter periods of time.

While schools do well to address student needs, there is also the feeling of getting more for less, a kind of “I can name that song in five notes . . . four notes . . . three notes” gamesmanship. Perhaps the line of decline is not a straight one. Perhaps schools will have standards below which they will not go. But my first thought upon reading the article was this: In a few years, we’ll be giving PhD degrees for “years already served” and a three-hour “capstone course” which can be taken on-line for a pass-fail grade.

Why do we find this pressure on schools to make education “more convenient and less expensive”?¬† This may be due to . . . Continue reading “Student Convenience and Seminary Education”

Student Convenience and Seminary Education

CE and Baptist Pastors

Here is my response to our Executive Pastor (Aaron Lynn) at Wedgwood Baptist Church in Fort Worth. He replied to an early post regarding the need for Christian Education.

One problem is the declining interest in Christian Education altogether. Schools of Religious (or Christian) Education are closing down. SWBTS is down to 6 full-time CE professors (we had 27 CE profs and 1600 CE students in the 1980s. MWBTS and GGBTS have a few CE profs. NOBTS has 5 full timers, plus 3 ministry-based profs, who teach CE courses. Many schools associated with SPCE (formerly NAPCE) are curtailing or eliminating CE courses. “Equipping the saints” (Eph 4:12) is being drowned out by “Preach the Word!” as if 30-minute sermons is all that is needed for spiritual growth and discipline to occur. Given the growing ex cathedra role of Baptist pastors, it will take “a few good men” to . . . Continue reading “CE and Baptist Pastors”

CE and Baptist Pastors

NK, WB, BG, and Weight Loss

This post summarizes ten months of Wheat Belly (WB) nutrition, and especially the last 4 weeks of Nutritional Ketosis (NK), which might be thought of as Wheat Belly on Steroids!

The Beginning. On December 8, 2014, after months of on-and-off dieting, I hit the highest weight of my life — 277 lbs. I felt absolutely miserable, suffering from knee joint and low back pain, low energy, general malaise, brain fog, and forgetfulness. Three weeks earlier, my doctor told me, “In 6 months, I fully expect us to have the diabetes discussion, because you are that close to being diabetic.”

I had heard of Wheat Belly from good friend Daryl Eldridge who had, along with his wife, overcome several medical issues through the lifestyle. They had been on WB for two years, and had lost 40 and 30 lbs respectively. That Sunday morning, feeling like death warmed over, I knew I had to do something drastic, and so I made the decision to begin the WB lifestyle.

Wheat Belly (WB). (For those new to the concept) The basic WB lifestyle, developed by cardiologist Dr. William Davis, eliminates all grains from the diet, including all foods made with grains (especially wheat) or grain by-products and derivatives. These include elements such as . . . Continue reading “NK, WB, BG, and Weight Loss”

NK, WB, BG, and Weight Loss

Blog Redeux “The Edge of Science”

Science discovers, once again, that “we don’t know everything.” While this is obvious, it is amazing to consider just how many people believe religion irrelevant and science all-knowing. It is the nature of science to push back the edges of ignorance, so how could anyone think it knows everything? We see it all the time. You will even hear our president declare “Global Warming” to be “settled science.” Of course, he is making a political point, but the thought that scientific knowing is ever “settled” contradicts the very nature of the field.

Brain science was “settled” in the hundred years prior to the 1970s, but experiments demonstrated beyond refutation that “settled science” was wrong, and a revolution ensued. While prior to the 1970s, it was “settled science” that the structure and wiring of the brain is “fixed” (like the circuitry of a calculator) by age 6, but by the mid 1990s, neuroscience had discovered that the brain is “plastic,” changing throughout life. Prior to the ’70s, it was “settled science” that new brain cells cease to be produced after the age of 6. By the mid 1990s, neuroscience had discovered that the brain continues to produce brain cells for as long as we live. And finally, prior to the 1970s, it was considered impossible that mental thought could have any impact on brain physiology; the physiology o9f the brain produced thought, and the brain merely projected what we consider the “mind.” But by the mid 1990s, neuroscience had discovered the truth of the created order: the brain creates new cells, and arranges new circuits and even new regions, as a response to our mental focus, or mental attention, to something.The mind creates the brain, and it continues to do so for as long as we live. Whatever we focus our minds on, our brains re-wire in order to focus on that something more effectively — for as long as we live. Consider Col 3:1-2 in light of this, and you find the apostle Paul speaking brain science, albeit in spiritual terms.

Science limits itself to the natural order, and since God is above the natural order, it is no wonder that God does not get much attention in the day to day work of scientists.

Since there are regions of knowledge that science has yet to discover, who’s to say that God can not exist there, just outside the realm of the self-imposed limitations of science? A discovery of a new part of the solar system set me thinking last year . . .

Click here to read “The Edge of Science,” posted at drrickyount.com 9-8-2014.

Blog Redeux “The Edge of Science”

Super-charging the Wheat Belly Approach to Total Health

I’m going to super-charge my Wheat-Belly lifestyle.
If you struggle to lose  weight and have a large abdomen, high blood pressure, constant cravings for high carb foods (especially sugar and bread), and high resistance to fat loss, this post may offer you some hope.

By way of background, I have been Wheat Belly compliant for nearly nine months. Lost a total of 30 lbs. 10 inches off my waist. 2 inches off my chest. 3 inches off my hips. 2 inches off my neck. Blood pressure down. Fasting Blood Glucose down. Joint and low back pain gone. Carb cravings gone. Appetite suppressed.

Week 36 chart picThe chart at left shows my progress, and was posted to the “Official Wheat Belly” Facebook page in early August. It shows “Friday weights” and pictures along the way.

Despite early successes, I have been hung up in the 240s (better than the 270s!) since early May.

Here is my OWB entry, posted today, outlining a new WB-compliant approach to attempt to break out of my chronically high insulin levels

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Super-charging the Wheat Belly Approach to Total Health