The Moment where I was Accused of Becoming Anorexic
I began my fasting journey somewhere around 3 years ago. I did my first 3 day fast becuase a friend was doing it and she boasted about the positive mental effects along with how fasting can help with immune disorders and bring a body closer to regular function with growth hormone and getting rid of the internal toxins we carry around daily. I fell in love with the discipline of it those first 3 days and I learned a lot about myself.
I didn’t do anymore after 3 years ago as life got oddly hectic and began a far more strict fasting routing in just this past month as I have been suffering with a mystery allergy since this past February and I already manage many mental and physical ailments post my retired military service. I would like to mention that since the allergies appearance, I elected to use 4 rounds of Steroids recommended by my doctor for relief without understanding what they do to our bodies with inflammation due to the steroid being suspended in fat and the mental effects created mania which I was 100% unaccustomed to. I felt fucking crazy and out of control like I wasn’t me, but a superwoman version of me which wasn’t real.
My chiropractor asked if I was familiar with fasting or IF and we shared back and forth and he mentioned the 20 lbs I put on in 2 months was 100% from the steroids being that I didn’t change my eating habits. He is very much for the whole body concept and is aware what medications do to our bodies to include how steroids reek havoc on them and cause fluid retention. I went to a 5 day fast immediately and successfully finished as well as I noticed scars healing and the allergy disappearing, energy levels going up and mental clarity.
I shifted my feeding after the 5 days fast to OMAD only from 4 pm – 8 pm so a 20:4 with OMAD 5 days straight and 2 days fast with water and lemon, repeat. My OMAD is a combination of maybe 2 or 3 cups of homemade bone broth, and the veggies I cook in the broth, broccoli, celery, ginger, brussel sprouts, string beans and so on. (Think Keto, only NO dairy and only fish and chicken). I am down 11 lbs, my waist went from a 41 to 34 in one month and I feel 100% better even to the point of having more natural energy that I can remember in years.
So, through all that, I am really happy and eager to share my journey with others until the bomb blows up yesterday from a nurse practitioner who might I add is very conservative in western medicine and the unfortunate belief that we should eat 4-6 small meals daily. She noticed my shape and weight dropped a lot over the month and asked me what I had been doing. I mentioned how our bodies are not designed to eat food every day and referenced our hunter/gatherer ancestors as well as marketing putting a spin on food consumption to boost sales, thus all the obesity, heart disease, and diabetes plagued in our nation. She instantly came back and said, “You are forming an anorexic pattern.” OMFG!!! I just sat as she stared at me for a few minutes in an odd silence. I finally asked her if she could proceed with my intake and I did not want to share anymore with her.
Here are my stats: 46 F SW 187.5, CW 177.0, Goal weight 140. I am currently overweight and having a lot of issues with my health. The conversation has stayed with me into today and I understand I should let go, but like other posts I have read, it is really frustrating when other people accuse and aren’t supportive or understanding. In retrospect, I should have known better to share my journey in a western medicine affiliated clinic (allergy clinic) because if it weren’t for pills and people getting sick, they wouldn’t have a job so of course they will encourage people to keep eating enormous amounts and stay sick. I am taking my healing into my own hands in the healer heal thyself mode and trying to let go of those idiotic beliefs from our US society fueled by greed and consumption.
Any who, have any of you had experiences like this and if so, can you please share or give advice on how to better explain or let go of what others may think. I guess I expected her to be excited and jump on my support band wagon, but there is always going to be those out there who think other wise.
Happy Fasting and Happy Healing to you all!
Samsung Q60R 4K UHD smart TV review: The QLED color experience for less
If youve envied the quantum dot color and interface perquisites offered by Samsungs QLED TVs, but thought they were out of your price range, think again. The 55-inch Q60R reviewed here costs just $700, and it delivers the rich color and classy experience of its pricier QLED siblings. You can even get it in a 43-inch model for $500. Yes, for those who have asked, there is a QLED that will actually fit somewhere other than your living room wall.
You should, however, temper the enthusiasm I just encouragedthe Q60Rs image isnt quite in the same league as Samsungs other QLEDs in terms of brightness or detail. This is largely because its an edge-lit model, and not a direct array-lit set, as Samsungs product description might lead you to believe (more on that in a bit). But the Q60R still delivers one of the best images in its class, and the lushest overall experience by far for the money. Design and specs
The Q60R that I tested was a 55-inch class (54.5-inches measured diagonally) featuring 3840 x 2160 (4K UHD) resolution and 10-bit quantum dot color. It weighs roughly 43 pounds, including the two detachable legs. Sorry, theres no iMac-like pedestal like youll find on the more-expensive Q90R . Samsung
The Q60R is a thin design with a narrow bezel; it will look equally good sitting on its stand or mounted to your wall.
With TV vendors, you should always pay attention to the marketing spin. The Q60R product page talks about Ultra Slim Array and Supreme UHD dimming, but its not the full array local dimming (FALD) direct back-lighting that you might construe those terms to mean. Unless, of course, youre thinking of an array of tunnels and lights on the edge of the TV that can be dimmed. Samsung Q90R 4K UHD smart TV
Slim Type: Slim? Quantum HDR 4X?100% Color Volume with Quantum Dot? Which of the dozen or so color spaces are we talking about? Yes, the TV is edge lit. Its also Motion Rate 240, which means its a 120Hz panel. Or has traditionally. I wasnt so sure after witnessing the motion compensation.Samsung and the rest of the industry need to have a meeting and stop the marketing nonsense.
The Q60R features four HDMI 2.0 ports, one of which supports the audio return channel (ARC), as well as two USB ports, coaxial (TV/cable/satellite), ethernet, optical digital out, and an RS-232C port. Theres also Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on board. Remote and interface
I was expecting a motel-quality remote control given the Q60Rs price, but darned if the company didnt include its classy One Remote, like those that ship with its pricier QLEDs. The One Remote is among my favorites: diminutive, clever, and nicely laid out. Im not even going to complain about the advertising shortcuts. At this price, Im not going to complain about the interface not returning to your last position, either. Actually, its amazing how much a lower price will ameliorate irritation. Samsung
Samsungs Smart Hub interface being browsed using the latest version of the companys One Remote universal remote control.
The interface is the standard Smart Hub, bottom-row-of-icons thats featured on all of Samsungs better TVs. Its easy to use, you can customize the order delete icons that arent relevant to you, and the ecosystem supports all the popular apps users look for, including, Apple TV+. Theres an electronic program guide, Bixby voice control, Alexa support, and of course machine learning of your preferencesif youre into that sort of thing. DLNA streaming works great, the system recognizes when mass media is plugged in or devices are turned on, and setup starts scanning for TV channels even before you reach that step in the process.
The wallpaper and picture-frame modes are present, along with all the other little creature comforts that the QLEDs are known for. Overall, the Q60R offers by far the most lux experience in its price range, and a better experience than TVs costing considerably more. Picture and sound
If you review enough TVs, you notice trends with image processing. Sony likes a cool, classy palette; LG opts for smooth and lush over detail; and Samsung likes to highlight color, contrast, and fine detail. The Q60R is no exception to the rule, though its edge lighting prohibits it from generating the peak brightness and perceived detail of its pricier siblings. I measured around 520 nits, which is roughly half what youll see from its big brothers. Thats still enough to generate the HDR effect, though it obviously wont be as vivid as it would be with the 1,000- to 1,200 nits youll see from other QLEDs.
My Q60R hands-on took place in two stages, as per normal. I start with mundane material, such as over-the-air broadcast TV and light HDR that most viewers will be watching the vast majority of the time. During that initial phase, I was thinking QLED all the way. The processing was just about the same as the Q80R and Q90R for most things. The only difference I really noticed was that details didnt quite pop the way they normally do. They are still very good, but& Samsung
Thats largely attributable to the edge lighting and lower peak brightness, which I didnt actually know about at that point. Edge lit didnt really occur to me at this point, even with large areas of black. The backlighting is that good.
Once I started with the second-phase stress tests, the Q60Rs weaknesses quickly became apparent. Moir and shimmer in detailed pans was about the same as all the QLEDs (excepting Samsungs 8K UHD Q900 , which is vastly superior), but motion was definitely not QLED-like no matter how far I boosted the anti-judder setting. Anti-aliasing of color bands was weaker at 8-bit than normal (10-bit was smooth), and there were greater issues rendering fine lines in close proximity than normal.
Screen uniformity was very good. There was some mild bleed from the edge lighting, but no cloudiness from unevenly applied coatings. There was a noticeable difference in the picture the minute I moved even a little off axis, which is a pretty good sign that theres no advanced anti-glare tech at work. And there was, of course, the lower brightness.
When I really dug in with HDR, there was a noticeable lack of intensity compared to the Q80R sitting right next to it. Thats not really fair, as the Q80R is $600 more in the same size, but this isnt about fair. Note that all of Samsungs prices have dropped, with the end of the model year coming up and CES product announcements being right around the corner.
Sound is clearer and better defined than average, though lacking in thump, as is the norm. I never felt the need to attach something better or hoist a set of Bluetooth headphones, but I would have given more time with the unit. Bottom line on audio: Its not bad, but its not great.
In a nutshell, the Q60R brings excellent QLED color to the mix, the brightness is average for the price range, the overall image processing is slightly better than the competition, and the motion compensation is slightly worse. A lush experience overall
The Samsung Q60Rs color and overall user experience are best in class, and its the only QLED available in the smaller 43-inch form factor. It should be on every bargain hunters short list and is a great TV for the average viewer.
Video aficionados, on the other hand, should shop the higher-priced blends that offer all of Samsungs top-tier image technologies. Note: When you purchase something after clicking links in our articles, we may earn a small commission. Read our affiliate link policy for more details.