Candlelight and Coffee

Day 279, 134-145

Dr. Sunshine

10/7/20232 min read

How did we get here, you might ask? For starters, Mrs. Dr. Sunshine was hitting the road at 6 am to get to a Primitive Reflex Integration workshop. It is a unique healing therapy that is useful in treating issues musculoskeletal to mental and everything in between. So we weren't going to see a hint of light for at least another hour, and MDS needed coffee PDQ. Second, it was really rainy out, so an open fire wasn't going to happen. If not for the time constraints, I would have opted for the hobo stove in the gazebo. Instead, we busted out the candles to illuminate our morning routine. The lengths we'll go to in order to avoid artificial blue light before it it time!

Anyway, I digress, as today I am supposed to talk about food. So what is the deal with food? What are we supposed to eat? How much? When? Unfortunately, I think everyone is fine with any answer, but they want one....simple...answer. The problem is, there isn't one. Well, maybe there is, but it's probably not what you're thinking.

First, "the diet". Everybody wants to know whether they should go keto, or vegan, or paleo, or vegetarian. And don't get me started on the breatharians! (No offence to any breatharians out there, but I'm a little skeptical. If nothing else, food is so yummy! Why would anyone want to sustain themselves on air alone?). The answer to the diet question depends. Frankly, there is probably a time and a place for each of these for each person depending on the time of the month, year or lifetime. The presence of other medical conditions may be a factor. For example, a ketogenic diet may be challenging for many people to sustain long term, but it is often helpful in managing various neurologic conditions such as epilepsy, and metabolic/endocrine conditions such as Type I diabetes. In addition, it turns out that vegetarianism (and probably other dietary preferences as well) is at least partially genetic. What?!?!?! All this to say, everyone is different and you may need to experiment a little. However, in my opinion, being able to run in ketosis is a pretty useful skill, and almost universally beneficial to do at least periodically. If in doubt, the best diet advice I ever heard comes from Michael Pollan (author of Omnivore's Dilemma, In Defense of Food, and many other great books): "Eat real food, not too much, mostly plants". You really can't go wrong with that. Start there, and the rest will follow. Ha! That was actually a pretty simple answer! I think I'll quit while I'm ahead, and we can move on to the "how" tomorrow.

As always, remember I am only here for entertainment, and you should consult with your doctor before starting an air-only diet, or any other diet. But if you want a doctor to consult with, send me a message. Or, if you want a great wellness coach who is well-versed in rhythmic movement training, check out

The rain did let up a little more than expected, so we were at least able to get a few walks in without getting soaked today. And I can't pass up an opportunity to demonstrate how well our cats and dogs get along together!