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Exercise May Slow The Spread Of Grey Hair — Per BBC Report Christmas Day.

by Anura Guruge

Heard it last night, on the 11pm BBC World News, during my postprandial walk.

45-minutes of exercise, 3-times a week has shown to SLOW down the spread of grey hair.


Why. Within the last month my 14-year old had commented that THE AMOUNT of grey hair I have has not changed much in 5-years. That it has been the same as long as she can remember. I told her that it must be my genes.

But, appears NOT to be the case. They now reckon that genetics only play a 30% role in grey hair.

Well, I exercise, WITHOUT FAIL, 150-minutes a DAY, 7 days a week. That is over 7x (7 times) the recommended level.

Could that be it?

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by Anura Guruge

My Cholesterol HDL Count, At 84, Is Rather High; Doctor Attributes It To …

by Anura Guruge

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Click to ENLARGE. From ‘Mayo Clinic’.

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So, I had my dreaded annual physical this Tuesday, August 4, 2020 — with a new doctor (in that I finally ditched ‘Dartmouth Hitchcock (Concord)’. As always I got my blood work done before the physical.

This part of the physical, as he was looking through my results, went like this:

Wow. HDL of 84. That is HIGH. I don’t think I have seen a count that high. Definitely higher than mine, and I thought mine was good.

Hhhmmmm ….

I guess that is what walking 8-miles a day must do for your HDL. Keep it up.


Well, I don’t take any of this TOO seriously. I know that life is extremely unpredictable & that these numbers, in the end, could mean diddly.

It is, however, interesting that my HDL was 54 two-years ago when I was not doing anything like the number of steps I do now. My highest prior to this, going back 7-years, was 62. So, I guess it must be related to all those miles I clock each day — these days. Yes, I average around 8-miles a day. SMILE.

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by Anura Guruge


Why I SMILE (Inside) When I Am Accused Of Being On My Computer All Day — I Wish.

by Anura Guruge

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This was from Wednesday, June 19, 2019. It is very true that I do not go paddling everyday — though I have done so thrice this week. But, I do walk/run and use my stationary bike (for knee surgery therapy) 5 to 6 days a week.

So, on Wednesday it was 2 hours of exercise. Not bad for a 65-year old geezer who is not that fit and needs to lose weight.

Yes, this is per my Garmin MARQ Expedition.


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The ONLY New Year’s Resolution You Should Make For 2017 — Committing To ‘Brain Meditation’.

by Anura Guruge


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All other New Year’s resolutions
that you could probably
ever think of
are ALL subsets of Brain Meditation!


Because all resolutions require
cooperation from YOUR BRAIN.

You can’t opt to do more exercise, go on a diet, start a new venture, read a dictionary from cover-to-cover, have an orgasm a day, be more tolerant, drink more red wine or whatever, IF your brain does not support you in that goal.

The things that you think of as ‘Willpower’.

IF your New Year’s resolution involves ‘willpower’ IT WILL FAIL!

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With ‘Brain Meditation’ YOUR BRAIN will help you achieve whatever it is that you seek.

Brain Meditation‘ is the KEY.

So, PLEASE, just make ONE, and only one,
New Year’s resolution for 2017.

“I am going to learn about Brain Meditation”.

Happy New Year.

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Say “YES” To Most Anything BUT Carbs — Carbs Kill.

by Anura Guruge

From the U.K. “Daily Mail“, August 23, 2016.


Cutting back on carbs 3.5 years ago was THE BEST thing I ever did for myself — in all of my life.

Not only did I lose 28 – 30 pounds BUT I made dramatic improvements on the ‘blood sugar’ (i.e., glucose) and cholesterol fronts.

Yes, I cut back on carbs because I had hit the ‘pre-diabetic’ limit. I managed, just via diet and exercise, to bring down my glucose from 102 to 90. I am happy.

PLEASE do not believe this rubbish. Carbs will kill you — faster than what you deserve.


Click to ENLARGE and study. Just low-carbs and exercise. Don’t YOU think it is worth it?

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I Did IT. I Did It. I Lost The 20 Pounds I Was Told To Lose. Took Me 110 Days, i.e., 3 Months 3 Weeks.


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>> NH Maple weekend — Mar. 26, 2013.

jump_for_joyIt wasn’t hard per se. I never expected it to be hard. I am the past master of losing weight — when I set my mind to it, i.e., I have a chat with my best friend, ‘my brain’, and we agree that we together, working hand-in-hand, will achieve that goal.

Deanna picked up my blood work results on Tuesday, January 22, 2013. My blood sugar was ‘102‘ — I was now officially prediabetic, ‘100’ the cut-off. I had hovered at ’99’ for a number of years. Thought I was ‘only’ around 185 pounds I decided I was going to lose weight.

Saw my rake-thin cardiologist two days later, on January 24. Per their scales, fully dressed (for winter), I was 193 pounds. As soon as I got home I ordered a new, digital bathroom scales with automated, BIA-technology based BMI calculations. So, I ended up with the Ozeri Gen II (ZB011). I love it. That it shows your weights to the ‘tenths’ helps. You can really watch your weight fluctuate in terms of ounces. Per the Ozeri I weighed 189 pounds and  my BMI never was beyond the dreaded ’25’. I am now at ‘17‘ per the Ozeri – and this morning after my run, the Ozeri read, exactly: ‘169.0‘! 

I don’t know what my blood work is. I haven’t had it tested since. Yes, I lost the weight by eliminating carbs. But, that means I am eating more cheese and meats. The last time I did this, about 8 years ago, my blood work was the best ever. But I was younger.

So my cardiologist, Dr. Stephen Hanlon, of Catholic Medical (in Manchester, NH), a man of few words, tells me that I should lose 20 pounds. I was bit taken back. But, it was funny he did not tell me to in anyway change my exercise regime once he heard about my slogging up Prospect Mountain Hill and snow shoveling.

I thought I would lose the 20 pounds in 3 months. I am not that thrilled that it took me 3 weeks longer. But, the trip to Arizona set me back 10 days. Though I did NOT cheat, even once, my whole system was out of whack.

This was really a modified Atkins — and I am an Atkins devotee ever since Deanna steered me towards his approach c. 2005. As I told Dr. Hanlon it is impossible, today, to totally eliminate carbs from your diet. There are carbs even in most salad dressings – and no, I am not going to live on Balsamic Vinaigrette alone. I was also not going to sacrifice my daily, diluted (large) glass of red wine. Long time ago I worked out that there were two mandatory things, other than oxygen and food, I needed in order to function (and especially, to write): sex and red-wine. So the red wine was staying though what I now drink, other than very, very rare occasions (like once every month), is a ‘disgusting’ watery mix. Then there is oatmeal. Though I take both flaxseed and Metamucil, daily, I like my oatmeal. I like proper, celtic-style steel-cut oatmeal — and Deanna will make it for me, if I ask. But, the one thing I do cheat on, especially if when we are travelling is, McDonald’s oatmeal. I have liked it from the day it came out. Yes, I know it has a bunch of ‘unhealthy’ stuff, but if this is my ‘indulgence’ — you can do much worse.

So, that is it. I will continue on this diet for the foreseeable future. The chances are that I will lose a few more pounds. IF I get to 165 pounds, I will have to reevaluate matters. I don’t want to go much below that. My ribs start to show.

IF you want to lose weight my way, let me know. I will help you out. Yes, I am supposed to, per Deanna, write a book about my diet, and it is on the list.

Happy Mother’s Day.

Fasting For Two Consecutive Days Is Just Plain Wrong. It Is Immoral. Everything In Moderation. Fast Every Other Day. 3 Days A Week.


Anura Guruge

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2dayswrongI am THE DOYEN of ‘Fast Dieting’.

As such I have been much bothered ever since I heard about this inane fast for 2 consecutive days diet on CNN yesterday morning. I have talked to a few people about it since.

Fasting is good. Fasting works. I am all in favor of fasting. I just KNOW that fasting for 2 consecutive days is not the right way to do it.

The one thing from the Buddhism that I grew up with that I still adhere to is the ‘everything in moderation‘ advice (though I am willing to make an exception to that when it comes to sex). But, when it comes to dieting, and especially Fast Dieting you have to do it in moderation.

Fasting, indubitably, stresses your body. Yes, you learn to cope with it and that is why I insist that you have to torque up your ‘good’ hormone production, with exercise and orgasms, to counter this stress.

Fasting and ‘binging’ though the natural and obvious thing to do is also not right. Moderation. Yes, I did say ‘splurge’ on weekends. But, notice that that splurging was accompanied by 5-7 miles of jogging/running.

Please, by all means adopt a Fasting Diet — but please don’t fast for 2 consecutive days and please remember you have no choice but to ramp up those hormones.

All the best. Enjoy. Happy Easter.

‘Fast Diet’, Losing Weight By Fasting The RIGHT WAY. Not Consecutive Days. That Is Crazy. 3 Days/Week – Every Other Day.


From the back cover of my 1984 'SNA' book. Picture taken in 1983. I was 30.

From the back cover of my 1984 ‘SNA’ book. Picture taken in 1983. I was 30.

Anura Guruge

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I am THE DOYEN of ‘Fast Dieting’.

I practiced it, extremely gainfully, from 1982 till about 1995. That was from when I was ~ 29 years old to when I was 42. 

I went from 203 pounds to 135 pounds, within 6 months, then came back up to ~165 and stayed as such way into the 1990s.

This morning I heard about a new ‘Fast Diet’ craze sweeping the globe and was appalled to hear what it advocated. That approach is stupid and wrong. The consecutive days of fasting that they advocate will give you ulcers and make you ill.

Trust me. I know more about ‘fast dieting’ than anybody else around because I did it.

But ‘fasting’ cannot be successfully achieved without an exercise regime around it. Notice how I carefully worded that. The exercise, though obviously good on its own, is required for the HORMONES and CHEMICALS! Exercise, as you must know, is known to release chemicals and hormones into the blood stream. Those help suppress your appetite. Get it. Lots of sex helps too.

Here was my fasting diet cum exercise regime a year after I started (given that it took me a while to fine tune this regime).

Monday: FAST. One green apple & ~4 oz of cheese. 15 minutes of sit-ups, press-ups & touch-toes. 5-7 miles of jogging/running.

Tuesday: very light breakfast, light lunch & big dinner. No exercise. No running. Day off.

WednesdayFAST. One green apple & ~4 oz of cheese. 15 minutes of sit-ups, press-ups & touch-toes. 5-7 miles of jogging/running.

Thursday: very light breakfast, light lunch & big dinner.  No exercise. No running. Day off.

FridayFAST. One green apple & ~4 oz of cheese. 15 minutes of sit-ups, press-ups & touch-toes. 5-7 miles of jogging/running.

Saturday: Splurge. Big British breakfast. Decent lunch. Decent dinner. 15 minutes of sit-ups, press-ups & touch-toes. 5-7 miles of jogging/running.

Sunday: Splurge. Big British breakfast. Decent lunch. Decent dinner. 15 minutes of sit-ups, press-ups & touch-toes. 5-7 miles of jogging/running.

No beer. As much coffee and wine as you want. Plenty of sex, as much as you can. Average one(+) orgasm a day, more the better. The orgasms are very important. As with the exercise they release beneficial hormones and it is always aerobic. With this diet you need as much help from your own hormones as you can to block out ‘feed me’ signals.

Me at 30 about a year into my fasting diet.

Me at 30 about a year into my fasting diet.

Yes, I went on saw specialists. I, very atypically, because I was working for ITT, had private health care insurance, called BUPA. I could go to see private consultants. I was urged to go and see one. It was in 1983. Much happened in 1983 — the year that I turned 30. It was a fancy, very plush health clinic.

They wanted an EKG. I had never had one. I was taken to a room and told to strip down to my underwear — which in my case would have been Y-front briefs. A nurse walks in with the electrodes and gel. Tells me to lie down. She is very young. Quite nice. I lie down. She brushes her hand over my chest. She starts chatting. Then she continues to stroke my chest and stomach. I am lying there thinking this is not bad. She stops talking. She is just stroking away. Suddenly she stops. She turns beet red. She looks at me and runs out of the room. She is back a few minutes later, apologizing and apologizing. I wasn’t even sure what the problem was. I was cool. I am always happy to help, especially young nurses. This more than anything else was affirmation for me that this fasting diet/exercise regime was sure paying dividends.

Anyway she did the EKG. I was fine. I met with the doctor.

This is what he said: ‘Think about. Our ancestors did not eat everyday. They ate when they caught food. You are not doing any harm to your system. Don’t go crazy. If it is working, do it’.

More about this diet later. I had no problems. I was never tired. Worked like a crazy man. I worked full-time and then was doing writing and seminars on the side. Played even harder. Got myself into a lot of ‘mischief’ — which was fun, but expensive. But maybe it was worth it.

The fasting diet as I spelled out above, WORKS. I can vouch for it. But you have to have all the other trimming around it.

Enjoy. Let me know how you are getting on with it.


Same day as the other picture. It was photoshoot done by the British ‘Computing’ newspaper.

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