Monthly Archives: October 2012

The 40 Year Old Vegan?

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Those of you who follow Truthology know that I have recently adopted more of a plant-based diet. What you may not know, however, is that I have considered switching to a strictly vegan diet on my 40th birthday, which occurs one month from today.

Meanwhile, over the past few months, I have been experiencing a variety of unique symptoms that are interfering with my quality of life. Symptoms have all been mild and transient, but have included headache, dizziness, fatigue and sleep disturbances.

I could have easily passed all of these off as stress-related symptoms – and I’m not denying that stress probably has a lot to do with them – but after having done some extensive research on the mix of symptoms I was experiencing, I came to the conclusion that I was suffering from a Vitamin B12 deficiency.

Since all of the symptoms I described above are consistent with a B12 deficiency, I asked my doctor to write me a lab order to have my blood drawn. The very next day, I found out that I was in fact below the normal range for Vitamin B12. Continue reading

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How to be a Ten Percenter

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An abundance of retrospective clinical research has been performed on the subject of weight loss.  The consensus of the results of these studies is that 90% of the people who diet eventually gain all of their weight back.  This is a fascinating, albeit disturbing, conclusion which merits investigation.  How could the vast majority of people, who mustered the motivation AND successfully achieved a desired result, revert to their former eating habits and find themselves right back at square one??  Many anecdotal theories attempt to explain the reason for this phenomenon, led primarily by the notion that diets are unsustainable.  I agree and disagree with this theory.  I agree that diets, from a behavioral standpoint, are unsustainable.  If you view your diet as activity-driven, you are unfortunately doomed to fail.  The successful dieter, what I am terming as the “Ten Percenter”, views a diet as mindset-driven. Continue reading

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