Dr Ekberg An amazing channel that can change lives!

How I lost over a Stone in 5 days! (see conclusion for how much more!).

In my last post I was amazed and impressed by the content of one Doctor on YouTube.

So often with YT you can take the advice with a pinch of salt. More often than not it is copy/paste or spoken by people who really have no idea other than poaching other peoples content to cash in on it.

Dr Ekberg is very different, and for me what YouTube was made for. He teaches you in his many videos here https://www.youtube.com/c/drekberg Some of the most important things to help with our food choices and the impact sugar has on our lives. Now some may say, “yeah, yeah they all do!” Well, here he uses a whiteboard and a PowerPoint screen , and evidence from published clinical data/trials, his own medical practice and his expertise is staggering! He does not patronise yet makes it easy to understand.

His understanding of the human body and how it functions is truly an education. Lets take this video… If you want to understand cancer and what it does and how to help slow it down or prevent it watch this.

But his true hobby horse is sugar and how cutting it out has so many benefits. In many of his videos he explains that in simple terms. If you eat sugar and carbs, your insulin spikes and this stores unused energy as fat (on the gut and body). If you intermittently fast. Say have a day off the next day with just water or only eat for one hour a day 23/1. Your body’s insulin drops and you go into Ketosis, where the body takes fat from the stored cells and burns it. And you lose weight but also this lowering of sugar helps in so many other ways even cholesterol, watching his video on cholesterol and how to understand it and that statins are not what they seem is an eyeopener. I suggest you take a look at his channel in more depth, Especially the best foods to eat and why.

Listen, I have tried many diets over the years, and many are good, the ‘spuddy diet’ works (especially for vegetarians and vegans)! It loses weight, but it is carbs. I have even created some recipes on this blog, and there is a link over there on the right to them (Potato Diet recipes) so take a look, and it does work. But I now need to do more. And as I age I have to be aware of Type 2 Diabetes risks, Heart Disease and Pancreatic Cancer. As that sadly runs in the family. Hence my interest in the above video.

Clearly weight loss is an important factor to just enjoying life, and being able to just move around and be independent as we age. However, it is very difficult losing weight as we get older.

I thought as an experiment I would try fasting, now I DON NOT suggest anyone copies me, this is your choice! I, five days ago stopped eating and drunk water (plenty of it) with a pinch of salt in it (electrolytes), I had black decaf coffee, and black tea with no sugar or milk (yuk I know but better than nothing as it is tasty). I didnt use and sweetener either not even stevia sweetener (stevia is the best one btw). I thought I would see how long I could last as a benchmark for taking intermittent fasting forwards, As if I could last days then alternate day fasting would be a breeze! I had a goal of 5 days. Simply because my lifestyle was getting out of control, wine, chocolate, chips, rice…

Well today is day 6 and although I could have kept going! I have just eaten a bowl of (recommended) unrefined sugar free fresh oats cooked from raw (in water) with a stevia sweetener in a little semi skimmed milk (although Full fat is recommended I need to use this up). I know right Keto diets are so strange you can eat butter and bacon? And it loses more weight on your off break fast days. I also put some mixed berries stirred in to the porridge. It was very filling! As I write this I am thinking I don’t really need lunch so will make a chicken and chickpea curry with salad for my evening meal and no alcohol even though I could have 10 ounces of wine (Pinot Noir is the best), so that’s a 10 hour fast just there and should burn the breakfast. I have also taken the vitamin supplements today (as I didn’t want to trigger the insulin during the 5 days, in some cases even sweetness on the tongue can fool the body, Vit D MultiVit E and B (plus a Omega 3 Fish oil capsule). This will clearly break my fast. But I have to be careful as this 5 day run was and experiment to test my boundaries. After this I will probably tomorrow start a 2/3 day fast water only just because at present I want to lose weight. Once I am at my goal weight, I will probably do a 23/1 or 1 day on one day off. So on my ‘on days’ I can eat what I want albeit avoiding sugar and processed foods like flour, sugar, and carbs. Rather eat plenty of meat, leafy veg, seeds and nuts.

Conclusion of this fasting experiment

It has been fun and truly an education, and as an ex chef kinda exciting to fall in love with healthy food again. And I thank Dr Ekberg for being the catalyst I needed to help me with my health and life goals. So now I suspect you are wondering what weight did I lose in those 5 days?

well….wait for it!

1.7 Stones (24 Pounds!) IN 5 DAYS!!! And I feel great. YES! So as they say the proof is in the pudding (carbs in pudding! LOL [GROAN!]. I owe this and my new outlook to Dr Ekberg… He literally has changed my life! 🙂 So go subscribe to him and enjoy learning he is very easy to understand even for us diet dummies!  Remember 5 days was just a test for me and not how I will continue. I just needed to know that if I can do 5 then 2 is a breeze!

Even if you do not take his advice much of what he talks about is important to your/our longevity!

Have fun and happy weight loss and high energy and good health!

Surfwidow

 

Fasting for 5 days? What happens?

Very few videos are not only accessible but well explained and really beneficial!

I like many struggle with diets. I find them just annoying. Fasting by contrast is a very primitive behaviour (due to hunter gathers having long periods between kills.

But often the sites or speakers have a very suspect delivery… do they really know what they are talk8ing about?

Well this guy is really impressive and a great education for me at least.

If you are looking to lose weight by fasting watch this first!

Have fun and happy weight loss

Surfwidow

 

Information and Educational Videos from the 80s today were so funny!

This does feature some tech as it is a comedy look back at video gaming damage to the youth of the 80s and 90s. All old VHS tapes clevery edited and then reviewed by the hilarious Jaboody Show. See my previous post on my favourite YouTube Channels Which I will update in due course. It also takes a sideways look at the information videos of the time which today seem ridiculous…. well this made me laugh! 🤣 Enjoy!

Hope you have recovered have fun and happy days!

Surfwidow

 

Giant Kites will now pull some of the worlds seagoing vessels

Giant Kites will now pull some of the worlds largest ships

I have always lived near the sea no matter where in the world I have been.

I windsurfed for many years in the South of France and wrote about those areas for magazines.

About the time I returned to the UK. I kinda hung up my wetsuit… it was colder and less fun. But Kiteboarding began to take hold and I often thought that this would be so fun in the shallow lagoons of Languedoc. But I missed it so hey ho!

Nevertheless it was clear that this could be scaled up, but at some point unmanageable for a human and could quickly get out of control! So step in tech to solve this problem!

Fuel today is expensive and wind is free! So to offset those price rises and whilst they cannot turn the engines off completely seawings and other manufacturers are now looking at those very same kites (albeit enlarged and computer assisted to control them efficiently) to pull large vessels.

Last year Gizmodo reported on this here 

This innovation promises to reverse the 19th Century moment when steam engines replaced wind power, sails currently in development will ultimately unfurl to as much as 10,000 square feet to pull giant vessels up to 1,000ft long through the waves.


Source Daily Mail

One system is already in use, created by German company SkySails. Its sail – seen fitted to a 430ft cargo vessel in the Daily Mail picture above – can unfurl to 90ft wide.

Coming to more uptodate ‘affordable’ boats we only have to look at the new SILENT 60 electric catamaran (above) that features a kite wing and 42 solar panels. Vessels are becoming hybrids. With zero emissions at 20 knots! But to run these kites they are not simply launched and tied to the bow. No they are hooked up to a computer that manages their pull and manoeuvres the kite more efficiently (and safely in a figure of eight) unmanned.

This is a tech story and something I have been watching. It has now moved well beyond the fad phase and due to the global fuel crises this may well be the future, and a very techie one to boot!

Have fun and Bon Vent!

Surfwidow

 

Crypto values plunge Bitcoin drops and Etherium Mining may be coming to an end!

I am fascinated by Crypto and altcoins.

In 2013/14 Fr. Robert Ballecer (the Digital Jesuit) had a show on Twit and at that time it was already almost impossible to mine bitcoins. But the still popular Dogecoin was young and very easy to mine and encouraged people to do so. Back then if you mined say £200 and just sat on that today it is worth £6000. But like any mining or trading it is knowing when to invest how long to invest and when to get out!
Here you can see the rig I built back then (2014).

Mining Rig

https://surfwidow.samanthajohnson.co.uk/750ti-Mining-Rig.html

The last few weeks the market has dropped a lot. Nevertheless bitcoin and Ethereum (and dogecoin) are still there and ‘inevitably’ will rise again. The Blockchain and computer currencies are the future and even the most cautious investors and experts agree on that. Many believe people should sit on their bitcoin portfolios now till 2024 to do well.

Long term investing say on Coinbase or Binance is something everyone should now learn and there are interesting videos for newbies, take a look at this channel, this is part 1 of an entire course. Plus they have live daily shows.

But mining some coins is going to become almost impossible in time and Ethereum will likely be the next coin to go this way. As Bloomberg reports it is very sad as many in the world rely on mining on their PCs for income. Here is an article about this very issue.

Ethereum Mining Is Going Away, and Miners Are Not Happy
The shift from proof-of-work to proof-of-stake will cut power consumption sharply—and leave some expensive technology searching for new uses.

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