Let It Go

All the disappointment;
All the heartache;
All the despair.
Let it go,
Let it go,
Let it go.

All the hardship;
All the failure;
All the sorrow.
Let it go,
Let it go,
Let it go.

All the grievance;
All the resentment;
All the anger;
Let it go,
Let it go,
Let it go.

Be here now,
Be here now,
Be here now.
That is all.

Oils

All the oils, including olive oil, are considered processed foods that don’t have enough nutrition to justified their excessive calories from all that pure and concentrated fat, so most plant-based eaters avoid or minimize oils (for instance, instead of cooking with oils, use vegetable broth or even water). Instead of olive oil, eat actual olives instead — they have those good fats (monounsaturated) but also the very beneficial fiber.

Tofu from non-GMO soy is a high quality source of protein, despite what the meat industry would have you think about soy products. The magic of tofu is that it marinates in whatever foods you want to use — I use it for curry/turmeric/pepper.

Consider getting that particular combination, turmeric/pepper, into your daily diet for health purposes. Turmeric without some pepper is absorbed by the body less efficiently so you don’t get all the health benefits.

Losing Weight

Losing Weight

Have lost 30 lbs. in about 12 months with 19:5 intermittent fasting and the GBOMBS diet.  The weight loss also has targeted fat, that is, ketones, so my waistline has gone down noticeably.

Cronometer has been a valuable tool because it helps me not go over a calorie limit each day, and I can manage each day’s intake so that I come in a little under the number of calories it says I should be eating for my age and activity level — I never before knew what that number was.  Cronometer also has given me a much better sense of how caloric each food actually is.

Don’t even think about 19:5 intermittent fasting anymore because it is just the way I eat.  Losing the weight slowly over that 1 year period has been easy to do.  I haven’t felt like I’ve been missing out on food at all, but the focus has been on nutritionally dense food.   No processed food at all, 98% plant based, a very small amount of meat (white meat/turkey, which is very lean meat and low in saturated fat) each day.  Lots of leafy greens, cruciferous vegetables, and beans.

One thing that has become very obvious to me with Cronometer is that everyone should be taking a general vitamin pill, as it is so common to be deficiency in many of the micronutrients when one doesn’t take such a pill.  So it’s just a kind of insurance policy to avoid those several likely deficiencies, which you won’t even know you have without using such a tool.

Vitamin Pills and Fat

Real Police Reforms

There are internal units in police departments that review all cases of fatalities and any incidents involving inappropriate use of force by a policeman.  I think this is where you could have real reforms that make a difference.

If it is a three-panel review committee, have two of the three people doing the review as ordinary citizens, not policemen.  This would ensure there is no conflict of interest and the judgments were rational and fair, as opposed to the current system where the internal units with nothing but police personnel have in inbred tendency for the police to protect themselves — an obvious conflict of interest.  Having two out of three members of that review committee being non-police would eliminate this obvious conflict of interest.

Also, the findings and final judgments of these internal committees have to be made public so there is transparency in their proceedings and adjudications.  Right now, much of this is considered protected information and shielded from the public.  That has to change.  Otherwise, the public will continue to have no faith in these secretive internal reviews so subject to obvious conflict of interest.

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