Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Raw Potato Starch. I Still Love it!

For all of you that have read "The Potato Hack: Weight Loss Simplified," you may have found the chapters of resistant starch (RS) and potato starch (PS). I hope you read these chapters, this may be the most important part of the whole book beyond the quick weight loss experienced from eating a potato-only diet.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Amazing Reviews!

I search the internet daily for new reviews of my book, just to see what people are saying. I keep hoping not to find any "Stupidest book ever" or "This book will kill you" type reviews. But so far, they have all been just great.

Oh, and so far, 20 Amazon reviews. All "5 star." I have been holding my own in the top 10 books for the massive "diet and weightloss" category. Rising to #5 over the weekend, but settling in at #10 lately. It changes hourly! To be #5 blew my mind. There are something like 10,000 books in this category! Is it the cool cover that my Aunt Ann made? Check out her latest pics.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Ancestral Potato Hackers?

Maybe this potato hack thing is ingrained in us, evolutionarily. Here is proof that potato hacking predates even Homo sapiens.

From, Do Animals Have Culture

A smart monkey in Japan (named Imo) learned a cool trick. She washed her potato in a river. Her troopmates saw her doing this and likewise started washing their potatoes. Soon monkeys everywhere were washing their potatoes and potato consumption increased dramatically and the monkeys were healthier due to the newly discovered foodsource. It seemed that prior to this, the monkeys simply tried brushing the dirt off with their hands, creating a gritty eating experience. But then...

At some point during those years of monkey-to-monkey knowledge sharing, Imo discovered a second hack to make her potato consumption more pleasurable–by dipping her potatoes in the ocean instead of the river, the saltwater would season the potato and make it taste better. 

So don’t feel bad if you like a little salt while you are potato hackin’. It’s only natural! Or maybe you are just a monkey?

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Blood Glucose, Leaky Gut, and Potatoes Part 4

Still trying to work this out: Does dietary glucose enter the bloodstream through a backdoor of leaky tight junctions (TJ), leading to increased blood glucose (BG) and insulin resistance? I'm always looking for alternate theories, and the Potato Hack has me thinking that there is a third alternative to diabetes that everyone has overlooked.

My favorite Guinea pig, my Dad, is diabetic but he won't admit it, nor take pills for it. His fasting blood glucose (FBG) is near 200 most mornings. He's been potato hacking for three days now, and doing "a good job" according to a spy in the house (thanks, Mom!). Potatoes, according to every doctor and nutritionist, should be Dad's worst enemy, yet he's eaten nothing but spuds for three days and says:

...blood reading this a.m. was 102 haven't seen that number in ages. BP down too. Have done potatoes for 3 days, also dropped a few pounds. plan to keep it up a few more days...

Has my 70 year old dad suddenly become insulin sensitive and reversed his diabetes? I'd love to stick him with a continuous glucose monitor connected to a computer, but my prediction is that if Dad starts adding a bottle of Coke or a candy bar to his meals, the entire effect will quickly reverse itself, and he'll be greeted again with an FBG of 200.

I'm learning today that there is maybe a huge difference between a potato and a bag of sugar, despite the potato's reputation for being "a bag of sugar."


Blood Glucose, Leaky Gut, and Potatoes Part 3

I am exploring the possibility that a condition known as "leaky gut" can cause elevated blood glucose levels. Chronically elevated blood glucose (BG) leads to insulin resistance at the cellular level and is often seen as the beginning stage of metabolic syndrome, a cascade of events that leads to high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, auto-immune diseases, and cancer. Low carb diets are often used to control high blood glucose levels, but ironically, high carb diets can also control high blood glucose. Many people doing the potato hack report normalized BG levels almost as soon as they switch from their normal diet to a diet of only potatoes. Throughout history, before insulin became available as a diabetes treatment, high carb/low fat diets were a standard treatment for diabetes. Is this approach still valid today and could it be due to a condition where glucose is being absorbed directly from the gut to the blood, bypassing normal mechanisms?

Dad's report (Normal FBG 180-200):

...blood reading this am was 102 haven't seen that number in ages. BP down too. Have done potatoes for 3 days, also dropped a few pounds. plan to keep it up a few more days...

In part 3, we'll look at the route a glucose molecule takes from the dinner plate until it is stored in your body.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Blood Glucose, Leaky Gut, and Potatoes Part 2

I am exploring a possible third arm of blood glucose (BG) dysfunction and why the potato hack causes a lowering of BG levels in some people. I think that "leaky gut" is responsible for elevated BG in some people with type 2 diabetes (T2D).