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Tuesday, June 19, 2018


That daily fasting article reminds me of the occasional times I've seen debunked the supposed "myth" that the calories one eats right before bedtime cause more weight gain. This study (from my brief skimming of the article and your summary) doesn't necessarily rescue that "myth," but it suggests there may be some truth to the claim that when one eats affects how one gains or loses weight.

By the way, as I've found in the last four weeks, a good way to lose weight is to get gum surgery. I've lost about 20 pounds in the last month. That's probably both a bad and a good thing. It's bad because some of the weight I'm losing is probably muscle mass and I might simply not be getting the calories I actually need. It's good, though, because I haven't been able to "graze" on junk food during the day and I've been concentrating, more than before, on nutrient rich food and not empty calories. Even so, I can't wait until I'm out of recovery and can eat a pizza or a hamburger!

Wow. 20lbs is a lot of weight to lose in a month. You must have been eating very little food.

It was really tough going for the first week (it's been about 4 weeks now). After the first week, I started eating more and more solid-ish food. And now, with some exceptions (anything crunchy, anything very chewy, and anything I'd need to use my front teeth to eat), I can eat almost anything, and I have increased my food intake so that it's within spitting distance of what I used to eat before.

To be clear, this is a first world problem. I'm grateful to have the resources to have this procedure, to have a job that gave me the time off I needed to recover (and technically, I probably only "needed" a day or two, but it helped that I was able to take a week off), and of course, a lot of people would love to have the "problem" of having access to so much food. (Also....my gum surgery was pretty minor. I could have theoretically started my current diet about two or three days after the surgery. The fact that it's taken several weeks for me to get this far is more my being paranoid about ruining the surgery by eating too much.)

Anyway....I'm started to see appeal behind the old(er) person's stereotypical proclivity to talk about health problems :)

That sounds more than unpleasant. Funny, I had my 6 mo dental check-up this a.m. Fortunately, I've never had gum surgery, nor have I been warned of a problem, but I always feel a little relief when the dentist says your gums are good. I've known a few people who've had grafts, and I hope to avoid it.

I've flossed 2x daily religiously my entire adult life, but switched to this device this past year. I think it works much better than string floss. I'm an evangelist for this machine. A couple of friends bought them and they're hooked too.


I've heard of water piks, but haven't really looked into them. I can see how the might be better than flossing. Too aggressive flossing can aggravate the type of gum issue I had, which was recession of the gum line. Before my surgery, I flossed almost every day. (I've had to stop while my surgery heals, but I plan to take it up again, if more gently than before.)

I do think most people who have gum surgery handle it better than I do. Mine was really minor, just at the area of one tooth, and I've seen stories online by people who had to have most of their gums worked on, which is much more difficult to manage.

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