Grateful to be able to do this while many of global citizens are under much stricter lockdown.

Playlist featuring Missy Elliott, ‘n sync, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kings of Leon, Destiny’s Child, Al Green, Backstreet Boys, Young the Giant.

Ready for some carb fueling.


What’s up with that diet?

A few weeks ago, I wrote about starting a diet to quiet inflammation.

3 weeks have passed. The elimination phase is over. It was successful. I made very few exceptions. Working from home definitely helped out, as I did not have to do much planning for snacks and meals. I was also helped by lack of parties or social events. In hindsight, going cold turkey was the right thing to do.

I have lost just a couple of lbs, but I do feel a difference in my chronic ankle pain level. The diet has made an impact on my overall health in a short time. Sleep was especially improved, despite not eating anything for 3-4 hours prior to bed. I had imagined getting up in the middle of the night with hunger pangs.

Now comes the testing phase. I will re-introduce one food type at a time for 2 days, observing the effects and moving to the next. So it will be Dairy, Wheat, Dried Corn and then Peanuts.

I have learnt a lot about the chemistry of food and how our body processes food. Omega-6 vs Omega-3, Oxidative Stress, antioxidants found in various fruits and vegetables, the role of liver in managing sugar levels, the insulin/glucagon interactions are such topics. The weekly lectures from Kathy Abascal, who has pioneered this diet have been illuminating. I think this type of information should be introduced in Middle and High Schools as part of the Biology curriculum to influence kids at a young age. Finance and Nutrition are two grossly neglected topics in school curricula.

More to come in 2 weeks.


Effecting change

For the last year or so, I have had chronic ankle pain. I have tried various ways to fix or mitigate it. Recently, I started looking at inflammation and foods causing inflammation. While I did not do any specific tests to measure inflammation in my body (don’t know if there are any), I decided to try out the TQI Diet. It is practiced and taught by Kathy Abascal from Vashon Island. My wife had heard about it and asked me to give it a try.

The core theory is that our body’s inflammation response is usually not balanced or measured. By toning it down, it is possible to get relief from chronic conditions.

Here is how it works

  1. Elimination Phase for 3 weeks
  2. Balanced Phase for 2 weeks, with reintroduction