Here's a short article about the brain-altering chemistry of the gut. The brain-gut axis is the latest target for Big Pharma. Rather than trying to see the effects of different foods and fibers on the brain, they'd much rather develop synthetic drugs that they can sell many, many times over the cost of Raw Potato Starch or Hi-Maize.
Read the article if you like, The current state of psychobiotics, but I really just wanted to share this very well-thought-out diagram of the interactions between gut and brain:
Two weeks into my post-potato hack weight maintenance phase, and I am still holding steady. My diet now is almost exactly like it was pre-hack only now I seem to be maintaining a much lower weight. I'd like to share a couple tricks I picked over the last couple years in this week's post.
If you are as sick of the election as I am, let's all shift gears and vote for something that really matters: Resistant Starch.
[tl/dr - click this link and sign the petition to allow health claims on foods containing RS]
The FDA has been sitting on a petition to approve a health claim that resistant starch may help prevent diabetes. This petition was sent to the FDA in March 2015, and they've just announced that for the third time, they will again delay their ruling...with absolutely no explanation why. We are in a position to change this! All you have to do is VOTE.
Seven days after my month-long Sputember eating adventure, I am at the exact same weight as I was on Day 30.
For those that did not follow along, I took up Andrew 'SpudFit' Taylor's "Spudtember Challenge" to eat nothing but potatoes for an entire month. Andrew, in contrast, was working on his ninth month of a yearlong potato diet.
It's just a short stretch to the finish line now! Still doing great, but weight loss slowed to a creep due to the large amount of spuds I have been eating. I calculated I am eating about 1700-2000 calories (5-6 pounds) of potatoes daily. While this amount makes me feel good, it has definitely hampered my goal of losing a couple more pounds.
So, for the next 5 days, I will be keeping my potato intake down to 3 pounds per day max, in an attempt to hit my goal weight of 170 pounds for the month. I've been sitting at 173-174 for the last 10 days, so even if I lose no more weight, I'll be happy.
Wish me luck!
Also of note, I've been chatting with Karl Seddon of Elixa Probiotics. He's got a few new products up his sleeve that I think you will be excited about. More to come next month, but for now, check out Karl as he talks about FODMAPS in this most excellent video:
How'd I do this week? Great...until Sunday. Jackie was lamenting the lack of regular meals, so I decided to cook a big Sunday roast, figuring I'd just eat the potatoes and gravy portion of it. This plan worked well until I was carving said roast. One nibble led to another and before you know, I had eaten several off-plan food items.
I nervously checked every few minutes, but the potato-police never showed up to take me away.