Sex, religion, politics and diet

What are four things that you don't discuss in polite company? Over the last several weeks I have continued to experiment with my own diet, in a public way. My goal in all of this has not been to sell a product or a dietary approach, but rather to see how I can use the food I eat to improve my athletic performance and energy--without compromising my blood sugar control. Such are the challenges...

Ep 20 The experiment: high carb low fat plant based diet

At the end of May I decided to try an experiment with my diet. I had always embraced a LCHF diet, based predominately off of Dr Bernstein's Diabetes solution and found it to be good for my blood sugar but lacking in terms of athletic performance. The idea of embracing carbs was anathema, but I had heard about a different method that went completely the opposite way--a High Carb Low Fat Plant Based...

Are ketones dangerous?

Are ketones dangerous? The answer to that question is it depends. I think it's important to note that ketones still may pose a risk for those of us on a ketogenic diet, pursuing nutritional ketosis. I have blogged a lot over the years about the benefits of a ketogenic (low carb, high fat) diet for type 1 diabetes. I even wrote an eBook about it. I began my dietary experimentation after 15 years...

For the love of exogenous ketones!

You read that correctly. I love ketones and I am actively pursuing ways to increase my bodies ability to produce them through the use of exogenous ketone supplements. Ketones are a dirty word in the world of diabetes because of the confusion surrounding their appearance as the harbinger of doom through DKA (diabetic ketoacidosis). Unfortunately many healthcare providers actively discourage their...

High cholesterol meets ketosis: an update

A couple of years ago I started using the ketogenic diet to manage my blood sugar as a type 1 diabetic and to enhance my athletic performance. I wrote a series of blogs and an ebook to share that experiment because adopting a low carb high fat (ketogenic) diet has become the single most beneficial thing that I've done for my diabetes management and my ability to be active in the 20 years I've been...

Episode 48 Lessons from a “failed” adventure

In this episode of the AdventureRx podcast I'm reflecting more positively on Lessons from a failed adventure and what I learned from the process. I believe that the value of an experience must determine if it is a success or failure--and value isn't always apparent up front. Sometimes, like an investment, it takes some time for the sting to dissipate and only then does the success become obvious....

Dance with the fear: Tower of Babel trip report

I feel as though I've been given a gift that is so precious that I don't deserve it. I almost feel guilty being able to experience these moments on the edge of my comfort in some of the most spectacular places on the planet. It's not just being there that is so meaningful it's the price we pay to dance with the fear. The people that we encounter on this hard road to nowhere become friends and...

Episode 46 Updates from the journey and a “different” kind of Photo Journal

It's been a while since I've been able to sit down in a studio and record an episode of the Adventure Rx podcast--so here are some updates from life on the road and other goings on from LivingVertical since the last update. -The Wind River Project  film is almost complete-- and it is spectacular! -I am creating a PRINT photo journal of my diabetes advocacy projects, taking the work from...

Yes I quit drinking coffee. Here’s why…

I recently announced on Facebook my decision to quit drinking coffee. This declaration was met with some disbelief and horror given my erstwhile penchant for drinking coffee. I'm still a little bit surprised at how personally people take it when you announce that you're choosing to do something differently with your diet. I promise, I didn't quit coffee in order to disrupt social conventions and...

Here’s what you missed in Joshua Tree

Our time in Joshua Tree started with my trying to figure out how to scale down my basal insulin dose because I was going low all the time. In fact, I didn't take any rapid insulin for the first three days we were in Joshua Tree--although I eventually acclimated and had to start up again. Still, it was a nice break and a great way to get back to being active after being back east. I love being able...