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    JennyMick
    11 Feb 2022
    1:54pm

    OMG Thank you SOOO much for the link to that Downton Abbey parody. Absolute gold!

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    Wendy
    11 Feb 2022
    5:28pm

    Terrific piece on friendship. I have been grappling with many of the the issues brought up by the author.

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    Viajera
    11 Feb 2022
    5:59pm

    Hey, smart people who hang out here!! Does anyone know of a good online or book source for information about intermittent fasting to lower insulin? Or any other way to do that, too. As in, someone who is reliable, non-insane, and at least semi-fact based? (Since I would expect there isn’t much actual data on it yet.)(And that being the case, naturally I will be careful, etc etc. Plus really I’m too lazy to risk my health that way.) I have read a couple books on it, but they were by the same doctor (Jason Fung). The books are quite good and I do think there is something there – but I don’t think the picture is clear yet. At least, not in my head, anyway. So I would really like more information. I come from people at risk for diabetes, and from my brief online searches, I find this topic of *insulin* to be mysterious. (I could go to a doctor and get my blood tested, but I don’t think I have diabetes yet, so, I think not much would come of it.) When I search based on these terms, the results are all about blood sugar instead. Anyhow, looking for insight. Just if you know off the top of your head. Thanks in advance!! I heart youses.

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      LisaC
      12 Feb 2022
      8:56am

      V, Jason Fung is my 1st choice source. You can also check out Rhonda Patrick and Valter Longo. I feel that RP is more objective since Longo has a kit that he offers (through a foundation, but still..). Rhonda has her own web site and there are plenty of podcasts out there where they are interviewed.

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      cw
      12 Feb 2022
      10:22am

      I would look for a doctor that specializes in Functional Medicine or Whole Body Health in your area.

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        Viajera Viajera
        12 Feb 2022
        1:43pm

        Thank you, LisaC and cw!! I appreciate it.

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      CD
      13 Feb 2022
      9:23am

      Viajera — Most of the research on intermittent fasting has been done on animals (rats), with very little done on humans, including that done by Longo. That doesn’t mean it isn’t helpful, but humans have a more complex biology than rats and animal results don’t always translate to humans. This article from Harvard health is a good overview with some helpful tips, including the one I followed, which is to fast the 12 hours from the end of dinner to breakfast the next morning. Cutting out nighttime snacking made a big difference.
      https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/intermittent-fasting-surprising-update-2018062914156

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      y.k.
      12 Feb 2022
      7:39pm

      i’ve been IF’ing for a long time, it’s been great for weight loss (after a rocky start) & easy to maintain. i listen to the Gin Stephens podcast:
      https://ifpodcast.com/
      here is (one of ) her blog posts on insulin:
      https://www.ginstephens.com/all-blog-posts/insulin-response-why-doesnt-everyone-agree
      although i don’t know if it answers your Q about blood sugar.
      good luck! xo y.k.

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        Viajera
        14 Feb 2022
        12:19pm

        Thanks, CD and y.k.!! I appreciate these comments very much.

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    Lesley
    11 Feb 2022
    9:57am

    Thank you. I needed that article on friendship.

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    cw
    11 Feb 2022
    10:40am

    Another great bunch of reads as usual! I’m having a hard time getting excited about the Oscars as an award ceremony, but I am excited about seeing all the glorious gowns. I NEED to see glorious gowns!!

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    Mamavalveeta03
    12 Feb 2022
    10:23am

    There’s something creepy about the doppelgänger photos Maybe it’s the idea that you might have a twin and not be remotely related, idk. The word puzzles article made me smile – I’m obsessed with them!

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    lisa
    14 Feb 2022
    10:01am

    Definitely feel like this list was curated for me. Spending a lot of time on real estate listings (my favorite is “river quiet” for highway noise), on word puzzles, and trying to figure out how to manage having friends in light of pandemic/moving/feeling like I’ve gotten weird. It’s nice to see I have company.

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    Gin row
    15 Feb 2022
    8:50am

    Friendship article…let’s hear more about this discussed in one of your podcasts. What woman hasn’t experienced at least some of this?
    Also more of Kim’s laugh please. Whatever it takes….

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