Originally written in 2021 after a little over 2 years of the lifestyle routine below.

Health level up!

Thanks for having interest in this new take on a millennia-old pie-hole stuffing lifestyle! Before refined grains. Before Nestle and Kellogg. Before the FDA and USDA were captured by various mega-big “food” corporations and Big Pharma. Before The Beatles. Before the InterWebs, even!

And now, before we dive in, let’s take off our clothes! You start. Kidding!

Warning about Ozempic

A newish dangerous drug growing in popularity, originally designed for diabetes, but now also being prescribed for weight loss. Evidence here.

Quick background

I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in late 2016.

I put the condition into remission. End of story. Thanks for reading. Bye!

Oh? You want to know more?

It impacted my body in many ways, including:
– Loss of much muscle mass; so fatigue and loss of strength.
– Inflammation – expressing mostly as joint pain. Began around 2008.
– Nerve damage – about half of the area of both feet were numb and/or tingly, random sparks/tingles of various feelings, including pain throughout the body (felt like insect bites), and numbness in other areas. This included impotence! I started noticing these symptoms in early 2016. The only way I could sleep was to use a huge – and increasing – amounts of alternating between ibuprofen and acetaminophen, which barely worked. Eventually I discovered that consuming oil from weed before bed ensured sleep.
– Low energy.
– Foggy brain – I didn’t notice this until it changed. Clarity now!
– Drastically deteriorating vision, including the beginning of cataracts.
– In 2017 my A1C tested as 15.5. A1C is a measurement of blood/glucose level average over a 3-4 month period. 15.5 is considered extremely high.
– Super low testosterone levels. I didn’t know about this until 2018.

I had felt the approach of these symptoms for over a year prior to diagnosis and suspected something was up but was afraid to face it by seeing a health care professional.

My diet leading up to diabetes was vegetarian plus occasional fish, chicken, turkey, and eggs.  Never red meat. I often went a week or more without consuming any animal products.


I didn’t have much of a taste for meat – especially fatty meat – so I ate it rarely. Growing up, meat was not something we could often afford. I had not eaten beef, pork, lamb, or drank milk in over 26 years prior to the diabetes diagnosis. I ate an unrestricted amount of bread and pasta. I ate an unrestricted amount of rice, too. I also ate quite a bit of salad but used dressings with too many “vegetable” oils (omega 6, yay (sarcasm)). I thought honey and agave nectar were too healthy to worry about. I drank a lot of tea sweetened with those “healthy” sweeteners. Filtered water only. I thought I was eating healthy. I didn’t know how the body converts carbs into sugars and the load they put on the liver and eventually, the rest of the body. I combined that manner of eating with an accident that broke some ribs, followed by another not long after healing, which is a lot of inactivity. I certainly didn’t know how that combo can lead to insulin resistance!

Experimenting on myself

For the story of how I reversed my diabetes, look here: https://clearsay.net/reversing-diabetes/

Keto to the rescue!

Keto food pyramid

First, “keto” refers to a body state where we have conditioned our body to be in “ketosis,” where we can process ketones in addition to glucose for energy. Hybrid!

# Is autophagy a fountain of Youth?
What is autophagy and why does it matter?
There is an important “garbage removal and repair” process human bodies do naturally, _if given the chance_, called autophagy.

Autophagy is the major eukaryotic degradative process for cytosolic organelles, long–lived proteins as well as misfolded protein aggregates, playing an important role in development, adaptation, starvation, tumor suppression, and aging as well as innate and adaptive immunity. Although mostly referred to strictly as a degradative process, autophagy is also often described as a renewal process; a pathway by which metabolites generated through autophagic degradation are reused either as sources of energy or building blocks for synthesis of new macromolecules.

Important take-away: Autophagy repairs cellular damage. New studies are even showing it can slow or even reverse some of the effects of aging! Important: For it to work, a person needs to give their digestive system breaks. Nothing drastic is required.

Ketones vs Glucose for energy


You can quickly and easily get into ketosis (body using ketones for energy instead of glucose) and autophagy
A few days into my intermittent fasting (removed breakfast from diet and no night-time eating) with high fat, medium/low protein, and very low carbs and I put my body into a state of autophagy.

Day 125 into keto and intermittent fasting:

At least 2-4 times a week I cycle from two meals a day to one. The high fat intake means I have _no cravings_. Apparently, I’ve converted my body into a “hybrid” system (it’s natural state) that can easily utilize fat and ketones as well as the carbs it has been trained to use for energy. Fat falling off! Zero body pain. High levels of energy.

Where’s the evidence this lifestyle is working?
– All muscle, joint, and “phantom” pain gone! I can now dance or do Kung Fu for 2+ hours and have zero joint pain; it’s been a long time! I still get muscle pain, but it is the *good* kind because I’m quickly re-building massively atrophied muscles.
– I can sleep without drugging myself!
– Dry, scaly skin on my face gone.
– Higher testosterone (tested) – more energy, drive, and confidence.
– Some of my nerve damage has gone away, as in I can feel more parts of my feet now!
– Consistently high energy levels.
– An unintended side effect: I lost quite a bit of my body fat. As of day 160, I’ve put two new holes in my belt and cut three inches off the tip!
– Finally, in 2017 my A1C was 15.5% (extremely unhealthy; far into type 2 diabetes). As of latest test in mid-2021, it’s down to 5.6%! Under 5.7% is considered normal.

drugs vs diet

What is A1C? https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/a1c-test/about/pac-20384643

I’m not a biologist, doctor, physicist, oceanographer, cat trainer, astronaut, or dolphin therapist, so don’t believe anything I say or follow my advice, which this isn’t.

Now, let’s dive in to that fountain of youth!

Ketones vs Glucose for energy

How do I do it? The basics

– 50% to 70% healthy fats – see below.
– 10% to 30% proteins – depends on your age, types and frequency of exercise, and goals.
– 0% to 5% carbs – generally, less is better. Your body can easily survive on less than 10%. **Your body produces the glucose you need without a need for exogenous carbs**.

Begin by seeing how long you can fast into the day. If you abstained from eating anything past dinner the day before, you have already fasted 10-12 hours! The longer you extend that fast, the more autophagy! 

The easiest way is to just remove breakfast completely or replace it with coffee that has no calories (creamers or other additives). Stevia and monk fruit don’t count (up to a point), so sweeten it if you need to, but only with those. **Never** with honey, agave, sugar, or processed sugar substitutes. Those increase your blood glucose levels and tend to spike insulin, which leads to insulin insensitivity.

Important note: Fructose (found in fruit, liquor, and more) is processed only by the liver and is in most ways worse than sucrose (sugar). Don’t confuse sucrose with sucralose. Sucralose is a neurotoxin akin to insecticides.

More below on sweeteners.

Don’t confuse habits with hunger!

If you get enough fats, you will find you don’t have hunger pangs! It takes time to change a habit. But if you eat enough healthy fats, you will be surprised how easy this is!

You will also – probably easily and naturally – start to want to experiment with putting off your meals longer and longer into the day and may even find yourself moving into a one meal a day pattern, which I believe to be optimal.

Break for bread

Addicted to sammiches or toast? No worries! The bread below has 1g net carbs per slice! Give it a try. 

Carbonaut bread - 1g carb, 14g fiber per slice
After numerous issues with loaves of the “seeded” version of this bread proving to be extremely fragile (slices falling apart easily), I recommend the plain version above.

Tasty drink that has no sugar and has ketones in it!

VAULT Caffeine Free Brain Energy Drink – Nootropic for Mental Focus Sharpness Memory and Reaction Time – No Crash or Jitters – Sugar Free

Shopping online

Click on the image below to learn more about the wonders of autophagy. This natural process our bodies can go through, primarily through putting some time between our meals, is a way our body cleans up and repairs!

In the following sections of this article, you will find many links to Amazon and other sources.


This is highly subjective, of course. But with all my blood sugar testing, I found that a minimum of 30 minutes a day of light exercise (walking or bike riding) – for me – will at least keep me stable. BUT if you want to get more healthy, double or triple that number of minutes and throw in some higher intensity exercise and/or weight lifting. If you are diabetic like I was, the more exercise, the better. More muscle helps in MANY ways!

“But gyms are expensive and lame!”

You might be surprised how cheap it can be to get a used bench, bars, and plates (weights) off Craigslist and Ebay. Add 12′ x 12′ modular interlocking “extercise foam mats” for just $20: https://smile.amazon.com/Yes4All-Interlocking-Exercise-Foam-Border/dp/B07BF7F2PN

Keto food pyramid

What to eat: Primary foods / nutrients

Some links below to what I consider to be the “staples” of a keto lifestyle. While it is best to get as much of your nutrient intake from whole foods, that can often be difficult, so I’ll start here with the minimum supplements that I’m currently taking.

BERBERINE for lowering blood sugar when you know you are cheating too hard (Don’t cheat. Use this as an opportunity to practice being in integrity with your word to yourself) and want to reduce your body’s insulin response:

Dihydro-Berberine can be a near-substitute (consult your corrupt doctor) for Metformin! The best deal I know of on this powerful blood glucose-reducing supplement: Super Berberine 

An article on Berberine vs Metformin: https://www.buzzrx.com/blog/metformin-vs-berberine-similarities-and-differences

Magnesium, potassium, sodium, C, D2/K3, Zinc, and all B’s, VERY IMPORTANT

Here’s a great site that rates supplement brands:

I did a lot of research before settling on this brand/product:

While this vitamin has a good amount of magnesium and potassium, I recommend getting more of these nutrients through whole foods. One such food is…

Here’s an article giving the scoop on it: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/nutritional-yeast

I usually get mine in the bulk food section at Sprouts or Whole Foods. Often works great as a cheese substitute, depending on what you are adding it to. I use it to thicken my home-made dressings, sprinkle it on eggs, keto pizza, and many other uses. $15/lb – https://smile.amazon.com/Anthonys-Premium-Nutritional-Flakes-Fortified/dp/B06Y1JPZ4F

While most cheese tends to be at least slightly inflammatory in nature, there are some that are more keto-friendly than others. Here’s a list of the better ones:
– Goat cheese for the lactose intolerant.
– Blue cheese.
– Feta (from goat or sheep best).
– Mozzarella (from buffalo is best).
– Swiss.
– Parmesan.
Most other cheeses tend to be highly processed. You *can* find the other cheeses unprocessed, but might be difficult to find. An example is Muenster. While it is possible to find it unprocessed, it may be difficult. I’ve found nutritional yeast works really well here as a super healthy cheese substitute.


Lowest carb tasty sauce I have found so far:

Organic cauliflower crusts:


A super healthy dressing I often make may include a combination of the following: Sesame tahini, mayonnaise, oil, vinegar, lemon juice, salt, turmeric, pepper, mustard, coconut aminos, and nutritional yeast.

Regarding coconut aminos: This is a sweet sauce that will not spike blood sugar. https://thrivemarket.com/p/thrive-market-organic-coconut-aminos

OMEGA 3 VERY IMPORTANT: Fish oil capsules and other ways of getting Omega 3:

And of course best getting it through foods like wild caught salmon.

Most humans don’t get enough sodium, potassium, and magnesium. Note: Taken alone, salt won’t give you all the magnesium and potassium you need.

It’s a myth that you need to regulate your salt intake. Eat as much as your body asks for! If you consume “too much,” the “overflow” will be safely expelled via urine. The “too much salt” myth may have come from the fact that your typical table salt is not real salt and is, in fact, the byproduct of a chemical process.

Get the good stuff! This is even better than Himalayan and sea salt:

Random related myth: LDL Cholesterol is bad. Nope. Your body and brain desperately need this as an essential building block. Sadly, the cholesterol myth has survived one faulty-but-popularized study from the 1950s. Thanks Big Agriculture and Big Pharma for all the lobbying and “studies” you have funded to create fear around one of the most bio-necessary building blocks of the human brain, eyes, and much more!

TURMERIC (best to mix with pepper when cooking). Primary benefit: reduces inflammation.

Best sugar substitutes

Allulose, much like the sweeteners below, does not increase blood sugar levels and is even known to reduce blood sugar! Allulose is approximately 70% as sweet as sugar. Some studies show this sweetener can decrease LDL cholesterol levels, reduces amount of fat accumulation within fat cells, can enhance after-meal fat burning, and even improve how the body handles carbs consumed with/after allulose. Allulose in low and medium amounts tends to go very easy on the digestive system, where larger amounts can cause some stomach upset. More: http://allulose.org/allulose-professionals/latest-science/glycemic-index

And here are some food products made with Allulose: https://knowfoods.com/products/know-better-syrup

Monk fruit powder tastes like sugar, x10 strong as sugar, no calories, and has zero glycemic index. Also, this product, for $15 lasted me over six months! And trust me, I have a huge sweet tooth!

Stevia* is another natural sweetener similar to monk fruit powder but far cheaper. I put this in my coffee, tea, and use it for baking: https://www.amazon.com/Servings-Aftertaste-Calories-Substitute-Purisure/dp/B07D41C32Z

Here are a couple other zero glycemic index sweeteners I like to carry with me to restaurants as they are a bit more convenient to add to cold tea than the monk fruit powder:

I carry bottles of these when I’m going out to eat and want to sweeten my coffee or tea:

English toffee flavored Stevia drops

Orange flavored Stevia drops

*Be sure it is dextrose (neurotoxin) free! The stevia packets at restaurants often include dextrose.

Keto-friendly ice cream that tastes great and has many flavors! Look for 320 and Rebel brands. HEB grocers have some of them. Sprouts has both milk-based and alternatives.

IMPORTANT: Honey, agave, Stevia-with-dextrose, Splenda, and all processed sugar substitutes are BAD! Be sure, also, to study up on fructose, which I talk only a bit about below.


*Unrefined* Coconut Oil (https://amazon.com/gp/product/B01HFEMQ5A)
Avocado Oil
Extra Virgin Olive Oil (careful with temperature; see below).

For all oils, please read the label carefully because they will often “pad” the oil with “vegetable” (chemical) oils like canola.

This will help you get the “good fats” you need to train your body to be able to process fat as well as glucose for energy. I put coconut oil in coffee and cook with it. Anything that would normally require butter or oil. Vegetable oils are BAD. If you are good with dairy, then real butter works as well for many. NO MARGARINE OR FAKE/PROCESSED BUTTERS! Poison!

IMPORTANT: Oil and fat – what’s healthy and what’s poison

Poly-unsatured fats (Omega 3’s) – Anti-inflammatory, anti-alzheimers, mostly in just seafood. Fish oil from fish who eat algae (EPA, DHA), ALA. Algae oil provides DHA but not EPA (necessary for neurotransmission).

Mono-unsaturated “cis” fatty acids – Olive oil – Great for many purposes, including salad dressing. Eat at room temp only; heating past smoke point (310F) turns “cis” to “trans” and poison. Be sure you are getting pure virgin. Read the label! Some companies combine it with canola or other cheap processed oils.

Poly-unsaturated fatty acids – Higher smoking point. Watch quantity.

Saturated fatty acids (even chain) – Red meat – Provides all necessary nutrients.

Saturated fatty acids (odd chain) – Dairy – Can bind to other things and be anti-inflammatory. Some, of course, have dairy intolerances. For some, that can be a non-issue if you drink raw milk.

Medium chain triglycerides – Coconut oil – Good in most cases. If combined with saturated fat, can overwhelm mitochondria’s ability to oxidize. Careful to not combine with Saturated fatty acids. Too much of both can oxidize.

Trans fats (Omega 6 fatty acids) – POISON! Pro-inflammatory. Seed oils like canola, grapeseed oil, “vegetable oil”, margarine, shortening. Ex: most chips, fries, pastries/donuts, twinkies, etc. Bacteria can’t digest this.


Pecans, walnuts, hazelnuts, and brazil nuts are best because these have the highest fat-to-carb ratio.

I was eating almonds and cashews before and found those two are not as good for various reasons, including high carb content.

Here’s a good deal on a big bag of pecans that I keep re-ordering:

Note: Be sure to note the amount of carbs in the nuts you consume. Even with all the benefits of many nuts, they often have too many carbs and/or other issues. For example, research the issues with almond skins and digestion. That said, zero sugar almond milk without carrageenan is good stuff for a keto diet!

More fat, etc.

Avocado. More “good fat” as well as many other diabetic and keto benefits. I get those little $5-6 tubs of guacamole at my local grocer about every three days. Of course, you are probably better off making your own.

I tend to use some combination of the following ingredients:
– Sesame seed tahini.
– Vinegar.
– Olive oil.
– Turmeric & pepper.
– Salt.

Reduces insulin response. I add this to my coffee and anything else that might be sweet.

For baking (with almond flour or coconut flour, NOT wheat flour!) or adding to your coffee for flavor.

VERY powerful in many ways to get the nutrients and “good fat” you need. Hopefully, you like eggs. I like em all ways, including fried (in coconut oil or olive oil) and hard boiled. Which brings me to…

Good fats! Avocado oil mayo and olive oil mayo are best. Even your typical mayo has few or zero carbs.

Probably the best green leafy thing a diabetic can eat. To me, by itself, kale is too bitter. But hey fry it up in coconut oil, make kale chips in the oven, or put some fatty low carb dressing on it, add turkey or hard boiled egg, etc., and yum yum! There are enough other veggies that fall into low carb category. Don’t eat the others. You don’t need them. For example: stay away from carrots! https://www.google.com/search?q=keto+friendly+veggies

Fruit mostly bad. Mostly. As you probably know, most berries (including blueberries and strawberries) are better but still should be kept below 1/4 cup per day if you are eating ANY other carbs. And really, for a diabetic or someone trying to do keto: I’d stay away from bananas (SUPERBAD), apples, peaches, plums, etc. Grapefruits are unique and have some pro-keto properties. Investigate for yourself.

NEVER drink fruit juices! Concentrated sugar with no fiber. Superbad! You can increase the fiber/fructose ratio by blending berries* with things like ice, almond milk, your favorite keto sweetener, ground flax (fiber), high fat nuts, and/or protein powder.

Good. Aid ketosis. Reduce free radicals. Etc.

Short answer: avoid beans. I’m not talking about green beans! I’m talking about pinto, kidney, lentils, etc. tend to be pretty carb heavy. But hey if you have had zero carbs that day and want a half cup of beans with your kale and salmon, go for it!

Easy answer: NO, NADA, NONE!
These items used to have far fewer carbs. Modern processed grains mess up our bodies. Part of the issue is the refining process. These modern processed and genetically modified grains irritate and even permeate the stomach lining; not good!

If you have a source of high quality old-school grains, then – watching your carb intake carefully – go ahead and have it as a treat from time to time. I recommend waiting until you have at least done keto to the point of having a consistently healthy diet and exercise routine.

Finally, in regard to breads, there are a number of great keto-friendly low-carb bread recipes out there that tend to use ingredients like almond flour, coconut flour, cauliflower, eggs, butter, and cheese. Just once try some buttery cheesy almond-flour bread and you will forever be changed!

Because of the reduction in various “foods,” keto people may find they need more fiber for better digestion and reduces the height of blood glucose spikes. I buy whole flaxseed and grind as needed because once ground, it can go rancid quickly.


Many scientists, health nuts, doctors, and wizards are claiming that the keto lifestyle has the following additional benefits:
– Prevent cancer.
– Prevent Alzheimer’s. Many are now calling Alzheimer’s “Type 3 Diabetes”.
– Prevent heart disease & heart attacks.
– Increase sexual function.
– Slow aging.
– Levitate like this guy:

Naked man running from police

Research on your own + Latest info

The Keto lifestyle, while super old (like “paleo” diets, is based on a time when – for example – humans could probably only count on one meal every day or every other day), is newly popular and has become the subject of intense study, so a lot is being learned fast!

This guy knows his stuff and puts out a lot of content:

And this guy:

Another good one:

Here’s another keto expert I recommend:

I feel like I found the fountain of youth and I want this for everyone!


I’m not a nutritionist, doctor, physicist, oceanographer, astronaut, or monkey therapist, so don’t go believing anything I say. Don’t even follow my advice, even if this article were advice, which it isn’t.

Finally, you are a rebel and a badass

Pat yourself on the back! This is not common knowledge. Keep in mind that we are working against the established paradigm. Every time you reshare this information, you may be losing friends or saving lives.