My Journey Really Started Last June
Last June I was coming to grips with the reality of my father’s Parkinson’s disease. He is degenerating and from what I could read around the interweb Parkinson’s like most if not all (I am no expert on this topic) have no cures. I was left feeling I was headed down the same path, I was obese and obesity leads to diabetes and I was insulin resistant for sure. Alzheimer’s, Parkinson are both considered by some to be type 3 Diabetes.
Even though over the years I was dropping weight (270 at my heaviest to 234 in June), I had cut processed sugar out of my diet and I was trying to eat healthily from what I understood at the time what that meant. I was also going to the gym sporadically. I have to admit, at this time I had accepted, surrender may have been better a word for it, that I was middle-aged (51) and because of my age that I would never be really any better than I was from a health perspective at this point, only decline more over time. I was obese, but I liked to think at 6’2″ I carried the excess weight well. I also had nagging pains, especially in my right shoulder, back and neck. I could not turn my head completely to the left (maybe 60% of the way). Not to mention ED.
What really motivated me to try and figure something out to avoid this fate that had fallen on my father was my desire not to give my daughter, Amanda that same present 10-15 years from now.
I went to the doctor and did some research on my own and we came up with a game plan.
We surmised I have some food intolerances and that I was indeed insulin-resistant well on way to pre-diabetes if not the full meal deal.
On June 28th I commenced what looking back now, was my first Bio-Hack
June 28 is the day I started time-restricted eating, or as some know it intermittent fasting. I initially followed what is known as the 16:8 method. 16 hours of fasting (no calories) with 8 hours of eating (my feeding window was noon to 8 pm). I removed all grains and most dairy from my diet. The only dairy that remains is butter and sour cream.
Over the next 5 months, I went from weighing in at 234 lbs to 190 lbs, 34 lbs off the scale. I also was considered to be no longer insulin resistant. My first major victory in my fight against Alzheimers and Parkinson’s disease.
I felt if I could lose 34 lbs in 5 months I could do anything. It was one of the most empowering experiences I have ever accomplished.
My quest for knowledge had begun.
I started reading and researching voraciously about nutrition and stumbled on the Joe Rogan podcast interviewing David Sinclair.
This is when things changed for me. I was no longer researching how to just avoid diabetes and all the complications like Parkinson’s disease, but researching the idea of how to look and feel younger while doing it.
I recently completed digesting the book Super Human: The Bulletproof Plan To Age Backward And Maybe Live Forever by Dave Asprey and it was a real game-changer for me (pardon the pun, for those who understand). That book is what truly motivated me to produce this blog.
Dave’s book is a collection of Bio-Hacks, this blog is the diary of my own journey of hacking my own biology (my own ongoing list of bio-hacks) to become the best version of myself for many decades or even millennia to come.
I want my body and mind to become very immature for our age. I don’t want to look, act or be a day over 35 for the rest of my life.