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 on: January 18, 2015, 10:01:34 AM 
Started by Augustus - Last post by Augustus
First, let me draw people's attention to Morex's: recent post.

In any case.  The time has come to transition the forums into some new.

Suggestions, volunteers, donations are all welcome.

There is some time for this to unfold, but not a lot.

If things proceed without some folks stepping forward the forum will shut down toward the end of March.

 on: January 16, 2015, 12:06:10 PM 
Started by Morex - Last post by Oilman
Totally inspiring, Morex. I look forward to your posts.

I miss Seth too.  But this site is just one of the many ways he and his gifts live on.

 on: January 16, 2015, 10:35:42 AM 
Started by Morex - Last post by Morex
2 years update!!!

Hi everyone.

I know the forums have been silent since Seth's death, but I simply can't go through a January now without thinking about SLD or Seth's work.

I am so thankful for Seth and SLD that I lack the proper words to say how big my debt to him is. Pretty much SLD saved my life and put me in the right track to be in control of my health. It opened my eyes to a new way of enjoying life.

So here I am 2 years later. So much stuff has happened that I won't bother you with details. But I must say that my personal journey has had 3 stages that I want to share.

Stage 1: SLD

Shangri-La changed my life and made me lose weight. You can read all about here in this thread.

I lost a lot of weight and I found myself with enough energy to take my running to the next level. I began healing my allergies and felt great, so I started questioning and researching.

It turned out I discovered I was healing myself because I wasn't eating as much bread as I used to, and even better, I was craving for real food instead of processed crap. That meant, I had pretty much given up on sugar and gluten.

One of the things that blew my mind was the amount of people that fail on SLD and that return to being overweight. I realized it was because they keep eating crap. Sure, SLD reduces the amount of food you crave, but at the end of the day if you keep on eating pizza and Whoppers, you'll discard SLD and get back to the old habits.

Researching further more I discovered the Paleo Diet. It turns out that carbohydrates and factory food makes you an addict.

Stage 2: Paleo Diet

So, SLD wasn't enough for me. Sure I had lost weight but it terrified me to get fat again.

Here at home turned to the Paleo Diet after 7 months of SLD. I stopped drinking oil and I had never gotten back to it.

Why? Because I never went back to cereals, dairy and factory food. I now felt great, I had healed myself from every allergy, I had a lot of energy, mental fog went away and I am more productive and creative than ever.

Stage 3: New Life

I lost a lot of weight, I became a marathoner, I'm a yogi, I published a book, my personal relationships are fantastic and depression went away for good.

No, I'm not bragging. That's not the intention of this post. What I want to say to you is that SLD works. Keep at it, follow it religiously. Be open to experiment. And this is super important:

When AS gets strong, start eating REAL food. If it comes in a box or wrapper, discard it. It will only make you fat and hooked for more.

SLD works and like I said, I have no words to express my gratitude for it and Seth's work.

I miss him. I miss his humor and I miss his messages.

The best way I have to honor his life and work is to keep the flame alive and share what I know.

So, if you are starting SLD, stick to it. It will change your life for good :)

And now here is a new before (2011) and after (2015) photo.

 on: January 01, 2015, 05:56:09 PM 
Started by Gelsemium - Last post by Gelsemium
I'm back on the SLD after I unintentionally lost a lot of weight following a bout with horrible stomach problems.

There was a short window of time where I could eat again but not too much and I felt light yet healthy. Now that I'm back to being able to eat anything again, I want to do the SLD to make sure I don't balloon up.

This time around I decided to try Trader Joe's organic powder sugar and water since I bought a lot in anticipation of baking holiday treats. I started off with around 200 calories and appetite suppression was immediate. But then it wore off, probably because it wasn't enough calories.

I know that taking oil would be healthier, but I just cannot even entertain the idea anymore. It makes me feel nauseous.

 on: January 01, 2015, 05:19:32 PM 
Started by human vegetable - Last post by Gelsemium
It can't hurt to give it a try. Seth himself liked to eat freshly-ground flax seeds in some yogurt twice a day:

 on: January 01, 2015, 12:29:47 AM 
Started by human vegetable - Last post by human vegetable
Thanks for your reply!

In the meantime, I have started using high-oleic safflower oil. Just 2 tbsp/day seem to do the trick nicely, and I'm having my flax seeds along with the main meals.

But as you suggest, I will eventually try the flax seeds for AS as well, possibly w/ pinched nose. They would be better suited for occasions when I'm on the move.

 on: December 29, 2014, 06:19:06 AM 
Started by human vegetable - Last post by numpty01
Hey H-V :),

It all depends on your goal. Appetite suppression can come from different approaches - this diet uses flavourless calories of differing levels. This can come from oils or other foods with calories - oil is quite calorie dense so came in to favour early in the process (it was originally sugar).

But another aspect is nutrition - omega 3 / 6 ratios etc in oils vary and flaxseed & flaxseed oil also have other aspects.

So to conclude I'll draw in the self-experimentation principle - try, keep a good record, draw conclusions. You may also want to set a goal but be prepared to put it aside if you discover another beneficial result. Then include patience - it can take a few weeks to fine tune the experiment!!


 on: December 25, 2014, 12:57:44 AM 
Started by human vegetable - Last post by human vegetable
Hello, I have only just read about this diet. Although I am successful at maintaining a healthy weight, this comes at the cost of hunger pangs and food cravings. Therefore, I think that incorporating SLD principles into my present regimen will make things easier for me.

Now comes the question: Would it be possible to replace the recommended oils by ingesting an energetically equivalent amount of whole flaxseed?

In the "tips and innovations" subforum, there is a long thread suggesting to do that with chia seed. Flaxseed has quite similar properties (high omega 3 content, negligible carb content), only it's a lot cheaper.

Also, flaxseed to me seems more neutral-tasting than flaxseed oil (no bitter aftertaste of any kind). If whole flaxseed is vigorously chewed for some time, it can easily be broken open and digested. This procedure eliminates all concerns about rancidity that can be a concern with flaxseed oil.

As a general rule, whenever I have a choice I try to pick whole foods over their more processed derivates because of the additional micronutrients they come with (in this case, soluble fiber and lignans). Therefore, I'd like to start my experiment with whole flaxseed, if that seems feasible to you.

On the other hand, the necesssary chewing and the protein/fiber that comes along with the fat might decrease appetite suppression. In that case, I would definitely start with the oil (or ground flaxseed, which at least eliminates the chewing).

What do you advise? Any input is highly appreciated!

 on: November 23, 2014, 07:09:04 AM 
Started by marsh - Last post by Augustus
"The loss of cravings is nothing short of miraculous" - yes it is!  :)

 on: November 19, 2014, 08:44:57 AM 
Started by numpty01 - Last post by numpty01
I might dust off this thread, after a while my weight has crept up and I'm trying to start afresh.

First step is to stick to SLD calories every day - I'm at Day 10 of 5 Tablespoons of Canola, noseclipped each day. No big noticeable impact so far but I think I have a cold :)


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