The Ron Swanson Diet

People looking to lose weight buy one diet book after the next, each time full of hope, and end up disappointed, disheartened, and a then go on to the next diet, holding out hope that will be dashed yet again.

Most diets are just a calorie-restricted diet with a gimmick. Why pay for this when I can give you one for free? Most people will lose weight on a calorie-restricted diet. These are easy to make.

The concept of dieting has a fundamental flaw: they are designed the same way diets are designed for lab rats. If you don’t have free agency, it’s simple to lose weight. But we live in the real world. A lab rat doesn’t have to drive by a McDonald’s after a bad day at work when Big Macs are on sale at 2 for $5. How do we navigate this? 

No one has that answer. Willpower. But what is willpower exactly? I dunno. Diet doesn’t work? Blame the dieter. Dieter blames themselves. They’re out $14 and continue their search for the next diet to throw their money at.

You never have to buy another diet book again with ChatGPT.

ChatGPT can pump out any diet you like. If you don’t know, ChatGPT is a very clever artificial intelligence tool. If you ask it good questions, it can return very good answers.

If you’re not familiar with Ron Swanson, he’s a TV character from the TV show ‘Parks and Recreation’ and his character is a ‘man’s man’. Men like this think diets are ‘feminine’.

Here’s some clips of Ron in action. Note the food references.

So I asked ChatGPT to design a diet for Ron.

Design a calorie-restricted diet with a gimmick, provide a persuasive justification of why the diet will result in fast weight loss, and provide a sample 7-day meal plan. Make the diet appeal to a male with the personality type similar to the TV character Ron Swanson from ‘Parks and Recreation.’

30 second later I had this:

Diet Concept: “The Outdoorsman’s Fuel Plan”

Gimmick: The diet emphasizes hearty, ‘outdoorsy’ foods that Ron Swanson might appreciate, such as lean meats, fish, potatoes, and hearty vegetables, as well as eggs and dairy products. There’s a focus on simplicity and whole foods, with a minimal amount of ‘fuss’.

Justification: This diet can promote weight loss for several reasons:

  1. High Protein: Diets high in protein can help increase feelings of fullness, decrease overall calorie intake, and preserve lean muscle mass during weight loss.
  2. Nutrient-Dense: This diet includes a variety of nutrient-dense foods, including lean meats, fish, dairy, and vegetables, which can support overall health.
  3. Simple & Satisfying: This diet is designed to be straightforward and satisfying, which can help someone stick to the diet long-term.
  4. Portion Control: By providing specific meal plans, the diet naturally helps control portion sizes and total calorie intake.

Sample 7-Day Meal Plan: (This is based on approximately 2000 calories a day but can be adjusted according to individual needs)

Day 1:

  • Breakfast: 3 scrambled eggs, 2 slices of lean bacon, black coffee
  • Lunch: Grilled chicken salad with mixed greens, tomatoes, cucumbers, olive oil dressing
  • Dinner: Pan-seared salmon with a side of boiled new potatoes and steamed asparagus

Day 2:

  • Breakfast: Omelet with mushrooms and cheese, black coffee
  • Lunch: Lean roast beef with a side of roasted carrots and parsnips
  • Dinner: Baked cod with a side of sautéed spinach and quinoa

Day 3:

  • Breakfast: 3 hard-boiled eggs, 2 slices of lean bacon, black coffee
  • Lunch: Turkey and cheese wrap in a whole grain tortilla
  • Dinner: Grilled steak with a side of baked potato and steamed broccoli

Day 4:

  • Breakfast: Scrambled eggs with diced bell pepper, black coffee
  • Lunch: Grilled chicken breast with a side of green beans and brown rice
  • Dinner: Baked trout with a side of roasted Brussels sprouts and mashed sweet potato

Day 5:

  • Breakfast: Omelet with spinach and feta cheese, black coffee
  • Lunch: Tuna salad (canned tuna, light mayo, celery) on a bed of mixed greens
  • Dinner: Grilled pork chop with a side of roasted root vegetables (carrots, parsnips, beets)

Day 6:

  • Breakfast: 3 scrambled eggs, 2 slices of lean bacon, black coffee
  • Lunch: Turkey burger (no bun) with a side of coleslaw
  • Dinner: Grilled lean steak with a side of mashed cauliflower and grilled asparagus

Day 7:

  • Breakfast: Omelet with diced bell pepper and cheese, black coffee
  • Lunch: Grilled chicken Caesar salad (use a light dressing)
  • Dinner: Pan-seared salmon with a side of boiled new potatoes and steamed green beans

The “Outdoorsman’s Fuel Plan” keeps things simple and hearty, much like Ron Swanson might appreciate.

Next I asked ChatGPT:

Write the marketing copy that would persuade the male personality type embodied in Ron Swanson to buy this diet book.

After another 30 seconds:

“The Outdoorsman’s Fuel Plan: No-Nonsense Guide to Effective Weight Loss”

Are you a straight-shooting, meat-and-potatoes kind of man? Do you find most diets overly complicated or filled with foods you can’t even pronounce? We hear you, and that’s why we’ve created “The Outdoorsman’s Fuel Plan” – a diet book for the modern, self-reliant man who appreciates simplicity and heartiness in his meals.

Our guide is free of frills and fuss. No kale smoothies, no quinoa salads. Just straight-forward, satisfying meals that nourish your body and keep you fueled throughout the day. This is a diet plan that understands you. It knows that you don’t have time for complicated recipes or exotic ingredients. You want something that works, and you want it without the fluff.

The Outdoorsman’s Fuel Plan isn’t just about losing weight, it’s about embracing a hearty, robust way of eating that suits your straightforward lifestyle. It includes simple, nutritious meals with lean meats, hearty vegetables, and satisfying sides. This plan doesn’t just trim your waistline, it feeds your need for hearty, satisfying meals.

Are you ready to lose weight while eating foods you love? Are you ready for a no-nonsense approach to healthy eating? Then grab a copy of “The Outdoorsman’s Fuel Plan” and embark on a weight loss journey that doesn’t compromise on taste, satisfaction, or your manhood. This isn’t just a diet book, it’s a manual for a stronger, healthier, more powerful you. Welcome to weight loss, the Outdoorsman’s way.

There you go! I just saved all you Ron Swansons out there $14 for a diet book that would clash with your whitetail 8-point mounted deer head and your gun collection anyway.

Any other diets you’d like me to generate?

I’ve lost 60lbs. with my Diet Gently weight loss protocol

I started my ‘Diet Gently’ experimental weight loss protocol on November 28, 2022, and the scale tells me that as of today I have lost 60lbs. since I started, going from 291.1 to 230.5. In short, I designed my own diet and started with the notion that there must be a way to lose weight that does not make me a psychological wreck.

It seems to have worked so far. I have lost 60lbs. in a little under 5 months. That works out to a little under 2lbs. per week, and curiously, I’ve had no real plateaus. As I designed the stress out of the diet as much as I could, I see no reason why I can’t continue until I lose 100 lbs. total.

What am I doing? I’m struggling to explain it. I’ve written hundreds of pages in an attempt to explain, but a clear description still eludes me. I’ll tell you one key that has worked wonders for me:

Cheat on purpose.

I have told myself to have no forbidden foods and that I am required to ‘cheat’ (let’s call them ‘treats’) often enough that I don’t become obsessed with healthy food, known as orthorexia. I still watch my calories and I don’t space these treats too close together, but I’ve had bagels, deli sandwiches, tiramisu, focaccia bread, bowls of real pasta, real potato salad, a huge piece of lasagna, and other stuff.

Wait…is this a keto diet?

Yeah. I am so keto-adapted that my ketones can go from zero to 1.5 in 12 hours.

So is this carb cycling?

Um…sort of? Carb cycling tends to want to stick to a schedule. I do it when I feel like it.

This has reduced the stress of dieting *enormously* – and my scale doesn’t lie.

It’s really chill. Sometimes I don’t eat keto – and I require that when I want to, do it without any sense of guilt or shame, and then just go back to the stricter keto plan.

I have ruined many a diet by crowing about it, but I don’t think it will happen this time.

There’s a lot more to it though.

When I figure out how to explain the *whole* thing I plan to share more at Diet Gently.

This isn’t who I am anymore

I ‘ve been posting on this site for a decade and a half. I’m not this person anymore – and that’s not a bad thing. This site and my scribblings have been a way to get from one place to another place, but the path might look like scribbles if you tried to map it out because I’ve been all over the place. There was no plan – there never was a plan. There was this, there was that, there was the other thing, and it was grand fun but I’ve graduated. This person who I was is different than the person I am now, and I need to say goodbye.

I could delete the site and be done with it, but instead I am going to let it age ungracefully, and allow the internet electrons to preserve and maintain whatever the heck you want to call this while I take on another project.

I have big goals I would like to achieve this year and this is a distraction I can’t afford.

My new project is a book so different from what’s on this site that it makes no sense being here.

You can find more information at

The problem with supplements

You, the person reading this: maybe you heard somewhere that a supplement – say fish oil – might be good for your health. Hopefully, you’ve gone to the doctor as supplements can have side effects as bad as prescription medicines. For example, fish oil can have blood-thinning effects. If you are on blood thinners, you should talk to your doctor.

So, if you’re OK with that warning, and cleared by your doc, and/or know the hazards because you’ve read real information from established medical sites that have professionally reviewed articles that tell you about the studies done, the possible benefits, as well as the potential risks, then you’ve done the required ‘adulting’ to self-administer drugs, because that’s what a lot of supplements are. To me, this is a requirement for any supplement I take. It is going into my body, and I should know what it might do – and potential side effects that might occur I wouldn’t associate it with unless I did the research, or interactions that could occur. Jeez – the blood pressure medication I take warns against eating grapefruit because the combination makes the skin susceptible to sunburn! How would you know that unless you did research? Oh – and Tagamet (the stomach medicine) can cause men to grow breasts so if you’re a guy and want to chance a pair of man-boobs, go ahead. (Ladies, apparently it can effect you as well: this article entitled ‘Woman Bothered by Bigger Breasts‘ mentions Tagamet.) It also might help cure certain cancers. In certain situations, maybe bigger breasts are ok.

Then which one to buy?

In the US, supplements are unregulated. They go through no testing by the FDA and their claims are not verified by the FDA. While occasionally companies are shut down and products taken off the market, the vast majority that line supermarket shelves and Amazon are ‘buyer beware’. Counterfeits abound. Years ago someone tested multiple large chain store brands of ginko biloba and found they contained zero ginko biloba – they were filled with ground up dried weeds or something like that. Many fly-by-night supplement companies that have screaming labels that claim they are ‘fat-burning’ have been taken off the market after someone – not the government necessarily – tested them and found actual regulated pharmaceuticals in them.

Folks, this is why we regulate a lot of things. We say we hate regulations and don’t want them, but then people expect unregulated supplement companies to do the ‘right thing’ in a culture where now it seems we hold in high esteem the people who can get away with the cleverest scams.

Supplements are an example of an unregulated market and shows how we need to accept responsibility as part of that freedom. A lot of people forget they go hand-in-hand. That freedom from regulation keeps the product inexpensive compared to regulated products, but this freedom comes with the responsibility of knowing the risks before you start ingesting substances that supposedly have a health benefit.

I don’t want to have to ask my doctor for a prescription for supplements. I like this freedom – but I don’t pretend there’s no downside.

Since I don’t have a lab, I try to buy ‘USP Verified‘ supplements. They actually test the products 3 ways: does it contain what it says it does? Does it contain the right dose? Can it be absorbed, or does it pass through your body intact (usually pills are tested this way). They do not verify the claims.

The problem here is this testing is very expensive and few companies think it makes business sense, I guess, to go through this verification. Or they have something to hide. Again, you don’t have a lab, nor can afford to send products to labs for testing.

That leaves you with only trust to go on.

When I buy a supplement, I ask myself a few questions:

  1. How easy is this supplement to obtain? Simple minerals that are pretty cheap are more likely legit than obscure plants that might be in supplements that charge an arm and a leg.
  2. Is one particular brand way cheaper than all the others? Competitors should be more or less the same price. If you find one outlier way lower in price, it might indicate that the quality differs.
  3. Is the product from an established company that’s been around for a while. Carlsons, for example, has been around since 1965. While I buy their Fish Oil, I’m not recommending them, nor do I make a penny if you choose to buy something from them, but the point I’m making is they have a reputation – and that reputation could be damaged if it turns out that they are misrepresenting their products. I would think they have more to lose than some fly-by-night named ‘Doctor’s Preferred Choice Original Nature Quality Products’ (I just made that name up).
  4. Be extra wary of weird concoctions with loud labels that blurt out in large letters some miracle effect. If it sounds too good to be true, it is.

I’ll leave you with this: many years ago, I heard a story about a person who ran a supplement division of a large pharmaceutical company. Their company acquired a vitamin company. When they audited the company’s processes, the products marked kosher sometimes weren’t kosher and the products marked organic sometimes weren’t organic. His advice was to only buy supplements from companies that also produce pharmaceuticals because they are used to strict standards, and you are more likely to get quality products – note I did not say guaranteed – just more likely.

Can binging on carbs while on a keto diet kill you? Maybe?

So this Sunday finds me exploring the rabbit hole that is anti-keto blogs, videos, subreddits, and science papers. Why? I don’t know. I am just a dumb keto dieter and I really doubt that something like *science* will convince me to try something else. For me though, I find this tidbit a motivator as I’ve been in ketosis for nearly a month and the holidays are coming.

So anyway, reading one comment, the poster said that sudden introduction of carbs on a low carb, high fat diet can cause heart damage.

Had to look that one up.

The paper has the catchy name: Short-Term Low-Carbohydrate High-Fat Diet in Healthy Young Males Renders the Endothelium Susceptible to Hyperglycemia-Induced Damage, An Exploratory Analysis

From the abstract:

Postprandial hyperglycemia has been linked to elevated risk of cardiovascular disease. Endothelial dysfunction and/or damage may be one of the mechanisms through which this occurs. In this exploratory study, we determined whether acute glucose ingestion would increase markers of endothelial damage/activation and impair endothelial function before and after a short-term low-carbohydrate high-fat diet (HFD) designed to induce relative glucose intolerance.

then some blah blah blah – and then the conclusion.

One week of low-carbohydrate high-fat feeding that leads to a relative impairment in glucose homeostasis in healthy young adults may predispose the endothelium to hyperglycemia-induced damage.

So it seems these nice folks are saying that your body kinda forgets how to regulate glucose once you are off them for a week and one high carb spluurge can make you blood sugar zoom, whereas if you were a sensible person and ate carbs like normal people do your body wouldn’t allow the blood sugar to go that high – and that blood sugar spike because of that stupid keto diet could cause heart damage.

Want an excuse not to go off your diet for those relatives who tell you that you MUST have a piece of grandma’s pie?

Tell them it might give you heart damage. Bet that’ll stop them in their tracks.

Also – a good reminder when you feel like cheating.

Keto is like the famous song lyric from ‘Hotel California’: You can check out any time you want, but you can never leave.

What brings you here?

Welcome weary web traveler! If you didn’t subscribe to my posts some time ago and still haven’t opted out, I don’t know how you found this place.

Like Menudo, Route 66, CB Radio, floppy disks, dittos, webrings, website guest books, avocado green appliances, Dippity Do, hula hoops, Carrot Top, chrome bumpers on cars, and 8-track tapes, ‘blogs’ are a part of the past.

And yet you have bypassed all the obstacles and landed here. I’m sorry to say there will be little reward beyond maybe few gems hidden within mostly mediocre-to-awful contents with plenty of link rot scattered within.

So why am I here? I would say I’m a drinker with a writing problem but I don’t drink anymore. So now I’m just an old fuck who likes stringing words together, hiding in plain sight, writing whatever my fingers type, for reasons that aren’t clear. I don’t care if anyone reads this stuff and oftimes I’m glad you don’t – some of the things feel very personal and I don’t know why I post my thoughts for strangers to see. I’m not making money, I’m not trying to be an ‘influencer’. I don’t have some larger plan to launch an ambitious website on the topic of low carb/keto. It’s been done over and over already by people far more devoted than I, with quality standards and good content. I would have figured you’d have gone to any one of them before coming here.

I do tend to focus my posts on dieting and low carb / keto diets. I haven’t had the greatest results in the past 10 years since my appendix came out. I gained 70 pounds in about 9 months after that and my stupid doctor’s explanation was ‘lack of exercise’. He was one of those people who had to have an answer for everything, even if wrong. Hey doc – I didn’t exercise *before* the surgery. At least my new doc will shrug and say ‘I dunno’, which is the best answer I’ve gotten so far and I can respect that answer.

I used to really be interested in the science but not so much anymore. Nutrition science is so hard to do right, and so many people have an emotional (and possibly financial) interest in certain nutrition ‘facts’ being true, that the cherry-picking in the field of nutrition is beyond belief.

And people argue so much! The topic of what a ‘right diet’ is has been a blood sport for way longer than US politics.

And what to you call a low carb / keto dieter that can’t seem to actually lose weight on the low carb / keto diet?

The most charitable label I’ve come up with for myself is: ‘Stunt Dieter’.

I get some motivation and I try stuff. I write about it. I give up. And then, since I have nothing to write on the topic – I don’t write here. I journal a lot and keep most of my thoughts there – it’s only the diet-related stuff that gets posted, though sometimes the line blurs.

Months or years pass until I come up with another angle and give the ‘ole diet another try. Then I write here again.

If / when my current attempt crashes and burns then I won’t write anything until I try yet again or I exit this mortal coil.

And then this blog will just disappear the first time my credit card is rejected. It will be gone like much of the old internet already has – and that’s OK.

So – no obligation – but if you have stumbled over this fossil and you feel like it, leave a comment as to just what wrong turn you took on the Internet Superhighway to end up on this dead-end dirt road with a junkyard dog barking in the distance amid boarded up buildings, and a car on blocks on the front lawn of the abandoned house with a hole in the roof. This place across the street from the house still has a neon ‘Open’ sign flickering in the dirty window and while the front door is open there’s little activity going on. Yet you still came in.

What’s your story, stranger?

Chicken thighs baked in bacon fat

Just a reminder that the original purpose of this blog when I started it in 2007 was to collect my personal recipes so that I could refer to it at work to get meal ideas for that evening. I’m not recommending this to anyone and apologies if this feels like a waste of your inbox space. It is part of a much larger and wacky experiment I am trying that I *won’t* go into at present but will eventually. Maybe.

So I’ve been cooking bacon for almost 2 weeks now and I keep pouring off the fat and putting it in a jar to do I dunno with. I was baconed out today, however, and did have like 8 chicken thighs that needed to be cooked lest they become a biohazard. They weren’t old by any means but I wanted to make sure they got used during their useful lifespan without playing some game of chicken (pardon the pun) with the expiry date.

So caveman brain here looked at the chicken, then the bacon fat still in the pan on the stove from the bacon I cooked the day before, and got an idea so lacking in effort I should get some sort of prize. So…

  • 8 chicken thighs with skin and bone in
  • 1 pan of bacon grease with all the drippings and crumbly bits from the previous day

I set the oven for 350 and plopped the thighs into the grease-filled pan. Then shoved it in the oven without even preheating because I don’t care. I set a timer for 20 minutes then came back, took the pan out of the oven and turned the thighs over. Crumbly bits had stuck to the bottom, which did not seem a bad thing. Put it back in the oven and it got another 20 minutes. I tested the temp and in some places it was 190 degrees F so it was certainly cooked. Then I had the bright idea to turn them upright again and try to crispy up the top part. I set the oven to broil and the time for 10 minutes.

It got to 5 minutes when the fire alarm went off and I put on the exhaust fan as the alarm screamed ‘Fire! Fire! and the dog barked. Note to self: in the future, turn on the vent fan and broil for 5 minutes.

They came out looking like this:

They came out juicy and had some crunchy parts on the skin, the crumbly bits from the bacon added a nice flavor, as did the bacon fat, and the grease contained enough salt that adding additional salt was unnecessary.

The kid texted she was hungry and I told her about these. She seemed excited. When she came home she didn’t go near them. Didn’t tell me why, just ate leftover pasta.

Would I make it again? Yeah. Except for the fire alarm part it was a pretty darn easy recipe to make. I did have to pour off some of the bacon grease/chicken juice when I turned it over because it was too high for the shallow pan.

But is it keto? Trick question. Of course. The is zero carbs – I had three today and my ketones are at 2.1 mmol/L right now and I had the last one an hour ago.


Instant Pot Hearty Beef and Tomato and Mushroom and Radish Soup

Hey Peeps. Last time I posted I was deep into ketosis. I screwed that up but I’m back at it with a new plan with some big changes. Not ready to get into all that yet, but I *did* slap together a decent recipe I’d like to add to my collection.


  • 3 Lbs. stew meat
  • 4 – 14.5 oz. cans Hunt’s Fire-Roasted Diced Tomatoes
  • 16 oz. dry weight canned mushrooms – pieces and stems
  • 3 bunches of red radishes
  • 1 teaspoon of ‘Better than Bouillon’ beef flavored
  • 6 shakes of Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce
  • 6 shakes of salt
  • A glug or two of olive oil

This took maybe 10 minutes to prep. Open cans, open meat packages, drain mushrooms, chop radishes from their stems – a lot of work. I tossed all of this into my Instant Pot, added the salt, Lea & Perrins, the bouillon paste then put the top on the pot, made sure the little lever was set to pressurize, then pressed the ‘meat/stew’ button on the pot and walked away. Didn’t bother to vent when it beeped it was done – just let it depressurize naturally.

An hour later I was left with a ‘hearty soup’ as the kid characterized it. I thought it tasted pretty good. Then came the kid test. She added some additional spices to it though I didn’t feel the need, and had it with some crusty toasted bread with butter on it. Said she enjoyed it, mentioned how tender the meat was, and went back for more, then used the bread to mop up the final bit of soup.

The only thing I would change is next time I’d add another 1.5 Lb. package of stew meat.

Fun fact: did you know that red radishes turn white in the pressure cooker? I didn’t. Told the kid they were potatoes as she might have put her nose up to radishes.

Since I don’t have a plan I’ll ask you

So I’m about 3 weeks into ketosis and at one point had probably lost about 15 lbs. from my worst to where I’m close to 10 lbs now. I lost the weight not really paying attention to what I ate, except that it came from a long list of what can be considered ‘low carb’. This can be an Atkins shake, some sliced salami, hot dogs with cheese, beef chili, and bologna.

A vegetable or two did creep in. A kid’s party resulted in 2 side salads that I ate the other day but it was just to prevent food waste mostly. Nothing really carby on these two – mostly iceberg lettuce. I haven’t really left the low carb ranch at all.

But here I am at day 21 or something like that and I have a decision to make. But I’m NOT on day 21 of anything! If you’ve read some of my recent previous posts, I didn’t intend to start a keto diet – it just sort of happened.

Since I don’t want to ask this question of myself, dear reader, I ask you: I have come to a fork in the road.

Do I keep using the keto blood tests instead of the scale as my guide? Do I let my ketones guide me – scale be damned – or do I expend the effort to ‘dial in my macros’ – and start to follow my eating so that every gram of carbs is tracked and their origin is also tracked so that I can define my low carb food triggers and accelerate weight loss? Do I monitor it it so that I determine that carbs from bologna are worse than those from olives? Or vice versa for me?

Or do I just tell myself: ‘meh – you can’t fake ketosis – if you’re in it and you’re not stressed out, don’t worry about weight. It might take 5 years – you don’t care. It isn’t the scale you’re bound to – it’s the ketones.

And even if you never lose the weight, it’s OK. It’s all about the ketones.

Which one?

Somethin’s happenin’ here

Here’s where I’m at. Since I last wrote I got COVID-19, and I got Paxlovid.

And I’m still in ketosis.

And my weight went from like 308 or 309 to about 293. Now I don’t know how long I’ve been on a diet – heck – like I said, it’s not as if I started a diet but rather fell into a diet. I could probably dig up the exact numbers but the thought bores me.

I’m also not really tracking what I eat. Mostly meat and cheese. Some veggies and sausages, burgers and cheese, some eggs, an Atkins shake here and there, and of course coffee and cream. There’s also been some wine – not too much as the Paxlovid can hammer on the liver and I would like to keep it running for at another decade at least.

As to the rest of my life I haven’t changed routines much – more that my routines have changed in the way I respond to them. As I mentioned, I was a doom-scroller, going from link to link, watching the end of the World unfold in 20 different ways at the same time in between Ads for shoes and odd industrial equipment that the ad-bots think I might purchase for some reason (no thank you, I do not need a manometer).

But I am numb to it. I read the news. I understand it. But it doesn’t touch me anymore. I have some intense pressure in work, but there I am also calm. Or numb. Despite some catcalls from the crowd at the moment, I’m performing. I’m present (at least now that I am over the worst of the COVID that is), I have to make things happen, I have to have ideas, and have the passion to convey them to others, but it’s almost as if I am doing it by remote control.

Going back to the food, while I have been surrounded by things I can’t eat, there’s not much of an impact on my psyche. I was eating a lot of takeout and I just…stopped. I’ve even gotten the kid takeout and it really didn’t register.

This all feels, well, unusual. This total noncommittment – a lack of investment in things I felt invested in just recently – makes me wonder: is this the beginning of Mild Cognitive Decline? The first steps on the slippery slope to vascular dementia or Alzheimer’s? Am I beginning ‘the long goodbye’?

Then I think to myself: gee, this seems a deep look at the notion that one might be losing one’s mind – losing one’s grasp on what a diet is supposed to be, what is going on in the world, and in my job, and in the rest of my life – is this the type of thinking that comes along with a cognitive decline? Do people in decline have such thoughts?

Or could this be some transition I am going through where I shed some of my Ego and ease into my 60s leaving behind some of the earnestness – or something else I can’t put my finger on – and just stop fighting some things? Like the diet. Like turning 60 soon. Like the world going to Hell.

Being in Ketosis for a few weeks isn’t it – I’ve found it can lead to personality change before – certainly a calmness from stable blood sugar at least – but I felt this way prior to starting the diet.

Might, despite my overthinking, it be the beginning of somthing as simple as spending a lifetime overthinking only to actually finish?

As simple as the answer to the old joke: why did the chicken cross the road? Or is even that not really as simple as it appears?