The other side of the scale

Weight fat loss tends to get its share of heated conversations on the net. People stand firm with their n=1s because their own experience is what worked for them, and well, sometimes everyone is right.

I’ve typed before about how (believe it or not) there is a such thing as too much fat on a LCHF lifestyle, but I don’t recall if we’ve discussed the other end of the LCHF spectrum too little fat.

If you are old enough to even contemplate changing your way of eating from the SAD (standard American diet), going against the grain {giggles}, thinking about cutting the sweet poison (to a large portion of us creatures known as humans), and opting for a more un-processed approach, you made it through the low fat craze that’s been going on since most of us were in diapers.

If you never fell for the whole “low fat, heart healthy approved” marketing ploys, good for you! You will breeze through LCHF 101 with flare! You’ve been eating butter and bacon your entire life, you, my friend have no need of BPC or fat bombs. Matter of fact if you’re one of those not losing, it’s not for lack of fat, but I digress, we’re discussing the other side today and I will get back to them presently.

What? You eat butter?

What? You eat butter?

The vast majority of us have been taught time and again that it is very very important to keep the fat off our plate. Fat was always at the top of the pyramid, use it sparingly, and when you do use it, only use these here vegetable oils and shortening. Even better is to have your toast dry, with a bit of jelly. (when did they start putting HFCS in jelly?) We cut our fat that was once on our plate, but we’ve increased the fat on our bodies. It would seem that if cutting the fat helped us to get fatter, then maybe, just maybe eating more fat would help us to not produce so much of our own.

Sometimes, the answer is “up the fat”. I know, it’s crazy. What works for Fred or Wilma doesn’t always work for Ben and Jerry, so one must remember that yes, sometimes everyone is right, but just not always at the same time.

Examples are easier, so I’ll just go with it.

We'll use Miss Piggy as the example. (no she's not still dressed up, it's an old pic)

We’ll use Miss Piggy as the example. (no she’s not still dressed up, it’s an old pic)

Miss Piggy started her LCHF way of eating some time ago. At first, she dropped a lot of weight. For the past month or so, she’s not really losing, she’s not really gaining either, she’s hit one of those dreaded things called a weight loss plateau.

Lucky for Miss Piggy, she has the most common problem in her weight loss journey that is easy to fix. See, for years Miss Piggy lived off of heart healthy whole grains for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. She traded her mayo for mustard years ago and always cooks in a non stick pan to avoid fats at all cost. She’s meat free on Mondays because she’s going to save the planet and to her, red meat equals heart attacks.

The LCHF change has been a change most difficult, she’s tired of skinless salmon and salad, but what else can she eat*? She’s doing everything right, chia seed pudding or Faux oatmeal for breakfast, salad with boneless, skinless chicken or skinless salmon for lunch and dinner, sugar free jello as snacks. She’s hardly eating 800 calories a day, so it’s not like she can eat less, or can she?

“Give that girl a BPC STAT!” is giggle evoking, but not the answer, well, it could be the answer, but remember, Miss Piggy is having a hard time with fat as it is. A coconut/butter oil slick in her cup-o-joe might just have her running from LCHF like the freaking plague!

While we can all (most likely, maybe?) agree, Miss Piggy is definitely not eating enough fat or calories (can you even eat a calorie?) food for that matter. She has become one of those low-carbers that are not only skerd to death of carbs, but she is skerd of fat too.

Chocolate fat bombs might do the trick for upping her fat, but she was a big fan of candies way back when, so they might also be that slippery slope that derails her entire journey. (Do you see now how everyone’s situation is different, that we can all be right, we can all be wrong, and well, arguing about it is silly, agreeing to disagree works better, truce, maybe?)

*What else can I eat? she asked. How about just eating food? What if Miss Piggy stopped counting her calories and cut her stress by proxy? Instead of looking at any vegetable other than salad as carbs and just ate broccoli, sauteed in real butter (or any other of the many non-starchy vegetables) because it’s food. If nothing can convince Miss Piggy that bacon is ok as long as you stay away from the biscuits, maybe she can work her way up to chicken thighs at least, to up her fat.

It all boils down to this: There is a such thing as not enough fat, just like there is a such thing as too much fat when eating LCHF. One person’s not enough is another person’s too much. We can all be right and wrong at the same time, but it’s up to the person asking the questions to evaluate the answers and figure out what works best for themselves.

If you, or someone you love is suffering from not losing weight while trying to keep the carbs and the fat low at the same time, here are a few examples that may or may not help you figure out that 1. Fat is not bad, except rancid vegetable oils  and 2. You don’t have to add obscene amounts of coconut oil to your coffee or your cocoa powder.

  • cook whole chickens, eat some of that skin. (hell no, it’s not the chicken skin that makes KFC un-healthy, it’s the crap attached to the skin and having macaroni and cheese as a vegetable option…)
  • Toss out your teflon. Invest in an iron skillet or stainless steel. Why? Because stuff sticks without a little butter or bacon lube. You will be forced to saute your veggies in some yummy butter or bacon grease.
  • Bypass the skinless salmon, opt for wild caught, skin on. Melt some butter in that new iron skillet and sear that skin like a boss. There is seriously nothing better than a nice fat piece of salmon that has been cooked til the skin is crispy.
  • Eat a ribeye. Seriously. Sirloin is ok for Stroganoff over shirataki noodles, but if you’re going to have a steak, you might as well enjoy it, and how could you not enjoy the marbled juicy goodness that is ribeye?
  • Plant your chia seeds. (I’m still puzzled as to why folks started eating them in the first place) Ok, that one is up to you. If you like them, keep them, just not for breakfast. Eggs were made for breakfast, end of story.

 

 

When less really is more, steak tacos

We were some of the lucky ones during ice-aggedon. Our driveway isn’t a 90° drop off, like many of our neighbors drives. (well, it’s pretty flat out front, past the house it’s like an asphalt slide)

While I didn’t drive the first 13 days, my hot husband was able to get me to the store for emergencies, you know like chocolate. (kidding, maybe) Anyways, maybe it was day 12 when I went with His Hotness to Nashville to see how the roads were coming along, to know if he’d be able to take out the big work truck.

The roads were much better than the roads up these parts, but the work site was a no-go. Anyways, I’ll just claim my 5th amendment rights and not tell you about the amazing authentic Mexican tacos we got just off Charlotte Pike in West Nashville.

Most of my adult life, tacos have been more like the supreme version of Taco Bell, the crunchy, soft is fajitas daggumit (giggle). In those tacos that I will not talk about, I found that really truly, less is more.

Something odd happened that day, he told me he could eat those tacos seven days a week. I was going to hold him to it, they were so freaking easy, but by day three, he was all taco-ed out.

Less is more, gosh I love them, steak tacos, LCHF style

Filling:

  • 1 pound thinly sliced beef steak, round, flank, square (haha), what ever kind, just not the green kind.
  • 1 tablespoon bacon grease
  • 1/4 teaspoon each: pink salt, onion powder, garlic powder, cumin, oregano.
  • coarse black pepper

Cut steak into strips, against the grain. Heat a skillet (I like stainless, use what you like) over medium high heat, add bacon grease. Add steak. When it is no longer pink, add seasonings. For some odd reason, steak in this day and age loses a lot of water, if it gets watery, heat up the griddle and griddle it dry, crispy on the outside, tender on the inside.

Sorry, this is chicken. With ceviche and steak tacos, do you blame me for not having a chance to get the steak griddle pic? Use your imagination, thanks :)

Sorry, this is chicken. With ceviche and steak tacos, do you blame me for not having a chance to get the steak griddle pic? Use your imagination, thanks 🙂

Topping: 

  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 1/2 bunch of cilantro, chopped
  • coarse pink salt and coarse black pepper as you like it
  • 1/2 lime

Put the onion and cilantro in a glass bowl. Toss it around with the salt and pepper, squeeze the lime over the top and mix once more for good measure. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit in the fridge until your tacos are ready. (I don’t always use a glass bowl for cooking, but when I use lime or lemon juice, I always use a glass bowl. You’re welcome)

Because you’ve already made a large batch of the broccoli cheese waffles, tortilla style, pull a few of those bad boys out and heat them up on the griddle.

Did I mention they freeze well? In freezer bags, make sure to put parchment paper squares between each.

Did I mention they freeze well? In freezer bags, make sure to put parchment paper squares between each. (and OMG if the bacon chicken were really #37, does that make these #38? Gonna have to work hard to fill in the blanks, but at least it has me out of my “writer’s block” good deal, really.

Once your waffle tortillas are heated up, top with filling, top with topping. That’s it. You don’t need no cheese (it’s in the tortilla anyways), no sour cream, just a wedge of lime to squeeze on top before that first bite…

Yummy, yummy

Yummy, yummy

Ok, so this is like the third bite out of my second taco... So freaking good.

Ok, so this is like the third bite out of my second taco… So freaking good.

They were really nice with the ceviche and chips last night. So good, that I heated up a couple for a breakfast sammich…

This pic is from the first batch. Bacon, egg, cheese, and mayo. Do I miss my fork lately? Oh hell no!!!

This pic is from the first batch. Bacon, egg, cheese, and mayo. Do I miss my fork lately? Oh hell no!!!

 

Instant gratification

Here it is, January 9, 2015 (yeah, I backspaced the 4, the 5 is so new and all), five days into getting my head on straight and I’ll be damned if my size eights still do not fit! {pouty sniffles}

Granted I have lost three whole pounds and lord knows I’ll surely find them, but it hasn’t really been all bad. I actually misplaced a couple of pounds Monday morning, which reminds me of finding them Tuesday morning. I don’t even want to talk about Wednesday and Thursday because I didn’t even check in with that old hag the scale.

It’s got to be that I’m not doing it right, I picked the wrong diet, which isn’t really a diet anyways, I call it meleo (combo of primal, paleo, without carb loading and crossfit (giggles) what works for my diabetes and me). It didn’t even make the cut, but it’s great uncle “Paleo” did and came in dead last. {Don’t wag that finger at me, I know, I know, I shoulda done #13, Slimfast (howling laughter at this point, seriously, bottle of chems or whole foods, yep, chems it shoulda been)}

Maybe I should have re-started Atkins, you know, hit the new and exciting Atkins 40, for when you just want to lose a little, but if you checked out the linky-do, Atkins is on the last page too, #32 to Paleo’s #34.

To be completely honest, I’m not even doing anything aside from what I was doing prior to hunting season and really, really, losing three pounds in five days of doing absolutely nothing is pretty spectacular, maybe downright scandalous. What exactly is that absolutely nothing? No sugar, no starches, simple. Leafy greens, meat, cheese, eggs, fish, even slightly higher carb veggies like Brussels sprouts.

Since I proved to myself what I already knew (you just can’t out exercise a bad diet), I’m not even counting my general goofiness like toting firewood as exercise, so without my general goofiness, I’m pretty much sloth-like. (general goofiness takes up most of my time, so I’m not sloth-like often)

I’m not doing anything silly like putting an entire stick of butter into my 32oz coffee, or just eating sticks of butter talking about my deep ketosis. Ketosis-smosis and all that, you won’t see any snap chats or instagrams of my pissedonketostix for a few reasons, #1 I don’t pee on sticks, that’s what potties are made for. #2 I don’t have snapchat which leads to #3 nor do I have instagram.

I am doing what I found to be most helpful when I lost the weight in the first place, right prior to thinking I was ten foot tall and bullet proof…

Dr. Jack Kruse’s Leptin Rx combined with Mark Sisson’s When Hunger Ensues Naturally. Anyways, both of these were big helps back in 2011 and 2012 when I was discovering my path to controlling my diabetes and losing weight. As far as combining them goes, on the days I wake up hungry, I eat within 30 minutes of rising, high protein breakfast, (I never stopped following the sleep well part), wait 4-5 hours (or longer) between meals. The couple days I’ve awoken without a thought of food, I’m IFing and eating when hunger ensues naturally.

Anyways, I was just thinking that with all the technology, things should be going quicker. My eights pert near falling off me by day five, but no, I’m human just like everyone else. Sometimes we just have to think “yeah, I want it now, but it’s going to take time.” Maybe I’m trying to tell any of you sweet folks out there in Readerville that no matter which diet you chose, what eating plan you adapt, that no big change after 5 days is no big deal. Weight loss is not a transporter from fat to flat in an instant, it’s a series of fits and starts, ups and downs that ultimately lead to getting into shape. The key though is not a “diet”, a “pill”, or a “superfood”, the key is to find what works for each of us as individuals and sticking to it.

A Damned Shame…

Once upon a time in this land of the free, home of the brave, there was food. Real food, cooked from ingredients. Things like chips were for parties or picnics, not an everyday thing, they were truly “junk food”, not “sides” or “vegetable choices”.

Let’s not dwell on the past though, the present (back then’s future) is now a technological wonderland. We do everything online, we order dinner (pizza), we submit job applications, we pay our bills. (well, I use “we” loosely, not everyone is internet dependent) Maybe it’s not the internet’s fault that we’ve become lazy, we don’t cook, we don’t go outside and play “kick the can” because it’s so much more fun to sit in an air conditioned room playing “candy crush”.

Someone I love very much was hospitalized last week, spent 18 hours in the ER at a prestigious hospital in Nashville. One would think that a hospital would no doubt have the most healthy of choices when it comes to feeding patients. I would like to say I was shocked at the lunch served to this pre-diabetic patient, but not much shocks me anymore.

Turkey on whole grain bread, fruit cup of peaches, and a bag of “baked” chips. I must tell you that my blood sugar really wanted to get all jacked up just seeing the meal, but my focus at the time was on my loved one. Postprandial blood glucose reading for her was 162. Let me remind you she is “pre-diabetic”, not full blown Type 2, when they offered her a shot of insulin that she promptly refused.

When did “a shot of insulin” become the first choice in treatment of a pre-diabetic or even a type 2? From reading about my own type 2 diabetes, it’s not so much a lack of insulin, rather a “resistance”, it doesn’t make sense to me to shoot insulin when I’ve got plenty, my body just wasn’t using it right, but then again there are many things in this world that no longer make sense to me.

Five hours after this meal of whole grain turkey sandwich, fruit cup of peaches, and baked chips, her blood glucose reading was 81. The nurse said “It’s dropped an awful lot, you might want to eat something to bring it back up.”.

REALLY???? As a type 2, I pointed out to the nurse that 81 is really a good number, asked my loved one “Are you hungry?” she said “no”, and I was promptly asked if I worked in the medical field. I told him “no, I don’t work in the medical field, but I’m a type 2 diabetic, diagnosed in 2007”. “What’s your A1c?” he asked “5.4” I replied. “Well, you’re not diabetic, 7.0 is good diabetic control.”

I wanted to tell him that I’ve been through all the hoopla of higher A1c (s), lived with my prescriptions and often still elevated blood sugars while following dietary advice to eat whole grains instead of white, but he didn’t have time to listen, brushed me off because I must be some sort of loon who knows nothing (Jon Snow) because I do not work in the medical field…

It’s been close to 14 years since I’ve been hospitalized, the birth of our youngest, and as recent as back then, chips were not on the menu. What has happened that made “chips” a healthy alternative to say a salad, a serving of green beans, or even broccoli for goodness sake? Has hospital food service gotten so lazy that they seriously order chips and fruit cups to be part of the regular menu, even for pre- or full blown diabetics?

Don’t get me wrong, people can eat what they want to eat. If you want to eat a bag of chips with a bag of cookies and a 44 ounce soda, call it a meal, that’s your business. In a hospital though, the patient really has no choice in the matter.

It’s a damned shame that places like hospitals serve patients “junk food” and call it the “heart healthy meal”. Is it not bad enough that the “sack lunch” alternative in school is an “uncrustable” pb&j with chips, an apple, and no fat sugar enriched chocolate milk? (Don’t get me wrong, the apple is fine, it’s the rest of the crap that makes me bat poo crazy…)

One more thought before I get dressed and head to Nashville on this beautiful sunny day to sit in a waiting room… Low fat, no fat, hearthealthy labels, think about them and ask yourself as a whole, are we more healthy now than we were back in the day when we just threw together some ingredients and cooked real whole food? Are the minutes here and there saved by choosing a bag of this or can of that, really worth the time we can potentially lose in the end?

I was asked a question by this loved one over the weekend, “Aren’t you glad you lost all that weight and got healthy? You don’t have to worry about strokes and such.” My reply was “I’ve learned that the number one cause of death is just being born. Losing weight and fighting my diabetes does not make me immortal, it just makes me feel better. One day, I will die, until then though, I’m going to live as much as I can and just not worry about death.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

What the netsperts are saying or what in the heck are you thinking?

A little over a year ago a friend of mine told me I should just write a blog. Not that she was growing tired of my moaning and groaning about this and that in regards to my type 2 diabetes or weight loss, but that when I posted things where I posted them, it was things we were all pretty much already aware of and really, I was “preaching to the choir”.

As an ole memaw, I’m not the best blogger, I had no idea what I would say, I told of my journey, some silly things I’ve done, and well, shared a few recipes. In my journey to becoming a blogger, I learned that if this ole memaw could have a blog, then really anyone could have a blog. (meaning you do not have to be an expert in any given field to voice your opinions via blogs)

I don’t claim to be an expert at anything, well, except my own body because I’ve had the past few years to figure out what works for me. If what works for me helps any one of you to find your own path, or even just think about maybe finding a path, well, my work here is done. That’s all I’ve set out to accomplish, to maybe motivate or inspire someone, anyone to forget about living to eat, and eat to live, meaning, eat what works with your own body in order to control your own blood glucose, lose weight, what have you.

These days, there are many cliques in the low carb/whole food/what have you world. It’s mainly a game of who ever talks loudest, most often, and strokes enough egos fare better than those who question tips and tricks. I’m not one for tips and tricks, well unless the tip is stay away from sugar, starches, and grains, because well, that tip worked for me, and could possibly work for you, but you’d have to really try it and see for yourself, I’m not a psychic, heck, I don’t even play one on the internet.

With all this information floating around, it’s pretty safe to say that anyone can be a “netspert”. I was joking, kinda, this morning when I updated my facebook status:

“Snarky people on the internet?” No way, no how, that’s just a “netspert” you’ve interacted with… lol

Anyways… before anyone gets their nickers in a twist, just remember that there is a lot of information on this information superhighway. Not all information is “the gospel”, some information is just silly and should be dismissed as such. Everything we read should be taken with a grain of salt as there is no guarantee that everything works exactly the same for everyone.

That being said, use common sense. Use google. Read everything you can before trying tips and tricks. If you are taking medications for your condition, keep in close contact with your doctor. In case you did not know, some medications can have side effects when stopped “cold turkey”. (Don’t believe me, google it, heck ask a pharmacist or doctor)

“close contact with my doc, what the heck are you thinking? My doc wouldn’t approve!” Which brings us to the number one way to get your doctor on board with your choice of a lifestyle change…

Progress. That’s it, plain and simple.

If you’ve been overweight, obese, or even morbidly obese for any length of time, well your doc has probably told you to lose weight. Maybe your doc has even given you his own tips and tricks for doing so. If they worked, great, if not, well, maybe you’ve discovered low carb /whole foods/Primal/Paleo/LCHF and you’ve lost a little weight that way. Maybe you think that your doc would still “not approve”, but how do you know until you talk to him/her.

It’s like this, more and more docs, dietitians, scientificy types are seeing more and more real folks that low carb is working for. While it may be a “fad” diet to the vegans and department of agriculture, mainstream medicine is catching on. Talk to your doc, walk your journey with your doc on your side and let him/her adjust your meds as needed. That’s what they are there for. If for any reason you are uncomfortable with your doctor, that’s ok, there are other doctors out there, you should never feel uncomfortable with someone who has your health in their hands, find a new one.

On that note, I’ve got sauerkraut to squish, jerky to dry, and sunshine to play in. Have fun folks!

 

 

“May Be Best Diet Ever”,,, really?

I wish I could say with some honesty that “nothing shocks me anymore”, but I can’t. This morning I found that there is still more Tay McCray-Cray going on in the world that even has potential for shocking an ole memaw like me.

In the race to shed the pounds, lose the flab, “get our skinny on”, we* grasp on to pert near anything, any promise to lose the weight with little or no effort in regards to changing our habits or our lifestyle, and thank our lucky stars that someone is out there to cater to our every want and need. Juicing, Smoothies, Shakes, Powders, Potions, Pills, Fiber (the Skinny kind), Snake Oil, Fairy Dust, don’t blame them, we want easy, peasy, now.

While there are many many diets to supply our demands on easy, peasy, now, today’s news was proof positive that there is always room for another best diet, maybe even the best diet ever. The “Yoga-Ice Cream Cleanse”

From the article:

Miller calls the product ice cream but it doesn’t actually contain milk or dairy products. The frozen treat contains “plant-based, raw coconut cream. So it is no dairy, no sugar and no soy.”

Nice, right? Only they forgot they typed that and follow that with this paragraph:

For $240, customers can indulge in five pints of ice cream per day. It translates to an intake of 1,200 calories, 70 grams of fat and more than 120 grams of sugar.

Sweet, huh? It almost made me wish that I hadn’t already lost my weight and maintained it for the past year, almost. 😉 Granted, there are probably some folks who can lose weight on it, 1200 calories a day, less than my grandkids eat daily, so yeah, call it a diet, call it the best diet, really because Paleo, Primal, Just Eating Real Whole Foods, LCHF, is just too much like work and totally fad

Anyways, I couldn’t dwell on missing out on the best diet ever all day. I needed some steps for Walk Your A.S. Off, so I put some Pandora in my pocket and hit the bags. Non-competitive boxing nets 131 steps a minute and I got 10 minutes in, even broke a sweat. As I was ladling bone broth into pint jars, I thought about the best diet ever, only I was thinking about bone broth and boxing because I don’t need no stinkin’ diet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Slim-down Saturday

Weight loss is so easy. Everyone knows that one must only eat less and exercise more in order to lose, right? (it’s what the experts say anyways)

What they don’t say is eat less what? Less meat? Less fat? Up the hearthealthywholegrains!

Maybe you’ve traded in your biscuits and gravy for whole wheat toast, “not butter” spread, and some jam. Maybe along with that you’ve tossed the yolks, and traded your bacon for a banana or a serving of whole grain cereal, cutting more fat, cutting more protein, but you’re using fat free skim milk, and by George you’re gonna lose weight this time.

You’ve got good intentions to work that treadmill like a beast, but you’re tired, the energy is non-existent. Maybe your metabolism is slow because you’re no longer that spring chicken you were in high school.

Maybe weight loss is just too hard and you’re just too old, too big, or too depressed because “common knowledge” and “conventional wisdom” just isn’t working for you.

If you’ve been cutting the protein and the fat for any number of years, still not losing, still tired, hungry all the time, unable to work that treadmill like a beast, maybe, just maybe it’s time to make a change.

Maybe all this stuff you’ve cut out of your life, the yolks, the meat, the full fat dairy, are things your body needs, essential nutrients. Maybe you clicked that little clicky-do and read about the essential nutrients, finding that there are essential fatty acids, amino acids, vitamins, and minerals. Maybe you also saw:

“Carbohydrates[edit]

No carbohydrate is an essential nutrient in humans.[4] Carbohydrates can be synthesized from amino acids and glycerol which is obtained from fats, by de novo synthesis (in this case by gluconeogenesis).”

Lots of folks tell me “I can’t live without bread”, well, science says “you can”.

Lots of people believe that a low carb diet (diet as in the things you eat, not a “get slim quick” scheme) is just bacon, bullet-proof coffee, and fat bombs.

Lots of people believe that low carb just doesn’t work, not because they’ve tried it for any length of time, but because it’s just so “un-healthy”, it will kill them and no one but the medical examiner weighs a corpse anyways.

If you have it in your head (like many folks do) that low carb is not for you, maybe it’s time to re-think the whole weight loss situation.

Maybe it’s time to buy into the fact that “You can’t out exercise a bad diet”. What’s it cost? Where can I buy it?

The cost is time and patience. You buy it at the Farmer’s Market, the grocery store, heck, you can even buy it at Micky D’s if you know how to order.

It’s simple. Take a couple of weeks of bun-less burgers with salad instead of fries, breakfasts of bacon (I don’t care if you eat turkey bacon, even turkey bacon is better than a pop tart) and eggs, maybe dinner of chicken with green beans and cauliflower.

Drop the pasta, the bread, the rice, and taters, come back and let me know what happened during your two week dance on the dark side. Let me know if “low carb” is bad because you’re still not losing any weight or if it’s bad because you just miss the stuff you’re no longer eating. (if it’s the latter reason, there is seriously no food that tastes as good as feeling good feels btw)

Maybe by now you’re wondering “why does she care if I get healthy?” I’ll tell you why I care, I spent 40 years out of shape, out of breath, and running on borrowed time. I spent 40 years eating the way of the pyramid, my plate, what have you, only to find myself hypertensive, type 2 diabetic, and morbidly obese. I know what it feels like to be labeled “fat and lazy” because of all that “common knowledge” and “conventional wisdom”.

I also know what it feels like to regain my health, get control over my diabetes, and lose some weight without fairy dust, snake oil, or replacing 2 meals daily with cake shakes. (Just Eat Real Food)

It doesn’t happen over night, we can’t just slim-down in one Saturday alone. Believe it or not, it takes hard work and dedication. It takes saying “no thank you” when faced with a bag of chips or a big fat yeast roll.

It takes putting your health before your taste buds.

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Broccoli instead of pasta? Sauce made from tomatoes, onions, peppers, oregano, garlic, and meatballs made without bread crumbs, the horrors!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meleo? Whats and whys?

It seems like ages ago that I went to the Doc to go over my then latest blood panel. My hbA1c had gone up again along with my cholesterol, my bp was still up despite the lisinopril. I still consider myself quite lucky that the NP (Dr. Christie I call her) went over it with me.

In case you’re a new reader, I was diagnosed T2D in 2007 and the “latest” blood panel I speak of was in April of 2011. Dr. Christie told me about Atkins, I was in denial, but finally came around on April 20, 2011 after picking up an old copy of Atkins, DANDR (Dr. Atkins New Diet Revolution) reading it, and seeing that really, it didn’t sound like a diet.

Surfing down the information super highway, I stumbled upon Atkins on the web. I found out that “my” version of Atkins was out of date. I learned of net carbs and low carb products. I also learned over time that being diabetic meant that I could test often (prior to and one and two hours after consuming) to find out just what worked and what didn’t work for me.

My beginning goal was pretty easy, I had my blood glucose to focus on, so 6 pounds in the first two weeks was fabulous. Someone telling me about Dr. Richard K. Bernstein helped me to understand the whys and hows of testing, so I added his book Diabetes Solution to my reading list.

I got really lucky to dive into low carb at the time that I did. With all the unique individuals, I was able to find bits and pieces of advice to help me. The best bit of advice was “Take what you need and leave the rest”, really, that is the beginnings of “meleo”.

When I got to the “rung” in Atkins for “low carb products”, I tried them. They didn’t exactly work with my blood glucose meter. Lucky for me, some smart cookie (a low carber cookie lol) told me about Dr. William Davis’s Wheat Belly. I learned that I didn’t need the rungs, just my meter and that I could indeed live without processed “low carb” products.

I dabbled in “Primal” (which is an awesome way of eating btw), but I just didn’t fit in with the “primal” crowd. (I was an old morbidly obese memaw, duh!) Still, I took what I needed, the whole foods approach. 

I still had problems with high morning readings ie Dawn Phenomena. I tried all the tips and tricks, eat this before bed, wake up and have a snack, the tips and tricks are endless as the amount of what works for each unique individual varies, but it just didn’t work for me. Waking up and snacking didn’t work because it made my “fasting” blood sugar no longer “fasting”. Eating before bed didn’t work, it only made it a little higher.

Another lady at Atkins told me about Dr. Jack Kruse’s Leptin Rx. Sure enough when I laid down on my back, my belly was a big round mountain. Dr. Kruse’s Leptin Rx looked simple, and since I was already eating almost primal (I still used sugar substitutes, darned diabetes…) I used “what’s the worst that could happen?” and dove in again. 

I ate within an hour of rising, low carb, high fat (because any fat is high fat when you’ve been on the “low fat” train) and protein. While I was physically unable to consume the amount of breakfast he suggested, I was able to consume about 35g protein in a yummy omelet each morning, sating me until dinner time. 

I learned in the Leptin Rx that I had a bad case of “habit eating”. In turn, I learned that habits can be broken if we just stick to it, and well, a side effect of this Leptin Rx was the end to my problem with Dawn Phenomena. (I also learned that it was possible for me to get a good night’s sleep every night, but don’t take my word for it)

The thing is that doing something to improve your health is not easy. There is no such thing as a “miracle” drink for smashing fat cells. Juices, smoothies, and shakes work as long as you keep replacing a couple meals daily with them, but can one really live like that forever? Once “food” is brought back to the plate instead of liquid through a straw, the weight goes up again and you need another round of “miracle”. 

With real whole foods, one may not lose 30 pounds in 30 days, but one does learn to eat healthy nutrient dense foods and when the body gets the nutrients needed it’s a win/win because you’re learning what works for you. When you see that cutting out the bread and taters in favor of foods without labels and seals makes you shrink, it’s really not so hard to see yourself “JERF”ing for life. 

There are many starting points for low carb, Atkins, Primal, Paleo, Wheat Belly, Grain Brain, LCHF (Diet Doctor), and the list goes on. Find your starting point, if it works for you, keep working it. If you find that you need a little more help for finding your own “sweet spot”, read more ideas, plans, what have you. Make your choices based on what works for you, and like me, find your own plan, your own “meleo”.

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Turnips and carrots aren’t as crispy as fried taters, but they taste pretty darned good.

 

 

5 Easy Steps To Losing Weight Effortlessly and a Bonus Bit o’ Common Sense

Step 1: Stop dieting.

Step 2: Stop counting calories.

Step 3: Shop the outskirts of the store eg. produce section, seafood, meat, dairy (eggs & cheese) sections.

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Real, whole ingredients. Great source of protein and fat, the kind of breakfast that gives you energy and keeps you sated.

Step 4: Read the ingredients if you must buy canned, boxed, or bagged food. If you have to google any ingredients or use more than one hand to count them, don’t buy it.

Step 5: Cook your meals using fresh whole ingredients like leafy green vegetables, squashes, meats or seafoods, using things like real butter instead of chemical cocktails.

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Sir Hots a lot eating cabbage from my cutting board, no hot pockets in this house.

 

Bonus bit o’ common sense:

We’ve been playing this eat less, exercise more, lowfat/nofat/hearthealthywholegrains game since I was a tot. Diabesity is up, not just adults, but our children, proving to me that it is true, you can’t out exercise a bad diet.

Think about it.

Seriously.

It’s not that all of us morbidly obese are “non-compliant”, it’s more like weight loss is not a one size fits all. If you’re tired of being sick and tired, forget about the hype, just eat real food. Stop fearing the dietary fat from natural sources and well, your body just stops storing fat by proxy.

Better…Stronger…Faster…

“Gentlemen, we can rebuild him. We have the technology. We have the capability to build the world’s first bionic man. Steve Austin will be that man. Better than he was before. Better, stronger, faster.” – quote from http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0071054/quotes (simply because 1974-1978 was long long ago and I couldn’t remember it word for word)

Fast forward to 2014, we have the technology, we have the capability to process foods to where they would barely be recognizable in the 1970’s. Better? Stronger? Faster? Well, I for one can not argue the whole “faster” part, but when it comes to food, is faster really better?

Some may argue the obesity epidemic is simply a mathematical problem, there are far more people in this world than there once were. Some may argue that the “diabesity” problem is no problem at all, folks just eat too much and don’t move enough, if they’d just move more and eat less they’d be moving too much and Diabetes wouldn’t catch them…

I can even partially agree that as a whole, we don’t move nearly as much as we used to, but the root of the problem, eating too much, not moving enough? We sit in our chairs and surf the world wide web rather than hanging ten on some real waves, calories in/calories out, weights and measure, a generation of sloths? Really?

It has nothing to do with the rainbow of flavors per brand of this or that, the added sugar to combat the plastic-like textured tasteless low fat/no fat “heart healthy seal of approval” processed maybe once was food, chopped and mixed and “enriched” with vitamins and minerals to make it palatable, maybe even addictive? No, no way. We have the technology. We’ve been taking out the fat for years, it’s the people’s fault, they aren’t moving enough, they’re eating too much… They don’t understand a pyramid, let’s give them a plate, a smaller plate, because a smaller plate will make you eat less…

Let’s put calories on the menu because when someone wants a burger and fries showing the calories will make them think twice before saying “Why yes, supersize me!!!”

HOGWASH.

We’ve got it wrong. We’ve gotten people to the point to where they actually believe that faster food is better food. One pot “helper” type meals are better because they have serving sizes, calorie counts, and lower sodium as needed because it’s the salt that makes us fat. No, it’s the fat that makes us fat. Not the sugar, sugar is an empty calorie and it’s common knowledge that “empty” means the same thing as “nothing” and nothing really doesn’t count.

What if… it is the sugar and it is the added crap, the taste enhancers, the endless array of flavors, heck, there was a chip in a can that came out with “pecan pie” flavor chips for the holidays.

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Na, processed foods are good for us, they’re fast. Why bake a pie and eat chips when your chips can be pie flavored?

Not to be outdone, weight loss products have also become “Better…Stronger…Faster…”. Used to be “slimfast” had the niche in the market, but no more, say hello to the plethora of diet shakes, potions, smoothies, juicing et al that have the celebrity spokespersons, “Who doesn’t want to lose weight drinking a shake that tastes like a DQ Blizzard?” Sign me up, YEAHHHHH! (pardon me while I puke my guts up)

Maybe one day they’ll go the way of “Sensa”, you remember that great little packet of fairy dust, just sprinkle it on your vittles and watch the pounds melt away…

Might be you’re wondering what has my nickers in such a twist, you’ve seen my before and after (well, they aren’t afters, I’m a work in progress, baby!) and I didn’t get where I am now on processed crap and fairy dust. Hard work, dedication, and real whole foods, testing my blood glucose prior to, one and two hours after eating, at bedtime and upon waking.

You’re darned right I get a bit ticked off when I see “visions of sugar plums”, snake oil salesmen, promises of “a new me” if I just send in $19.99 plus shipping and handling.

While yeah, it’s 2014 and we have the technology to wage war on obesity, diabetes, and many other weight related maladies, we use our power to get fed quicker and easier. Why stop at plain, sour cream and chives, or nacho when we can have “loaded baked potato or Pecan Pie” flavored chips also? Who can eat just one? (Remember that motto? Ever think that maybe they may have known something when they came up with it?)

Chalk it up to a conspiracy theory, I’ve been accused of worse, sit back in your easy chair and pop open a bag or four of your favorite chips flavors (or cereal flavors, who’s counting anyways). Remain unmoved as (cue spooky music left over from Halloween) the powers to be continue to tell you it’s your fault you are fat or it’s your fault you are diabetic, all the while spending your hard earned dollars on cheap and easy.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to take all the blame off of we the people. I’m not trying to give all the blame to the processors, fairies, and snake oil salesmen either, they only give us what we want. (That’s what marketing is folks…those “create the new flavor” contests aren’t just so they can give away cash…)

What I am trying to do is get your nickers in a wad. Get mad at me, I’m used to it, get mad at yourself, don’t buy that crap anymore, get mad at who ever you need to get mad at, as long as you do something about it. Don’t sit around and wait for some nanny to tell you it’s the soda or the donuts because it’s not the sodas or the donuts, it’s EVERY FREAKING THING we put in our mouth without thinking about what it is doing to our bodies.

In the beginning, there was food. We worked for our food, be it digging and planting or hunting and fishing. Food didn’t come in a bag or a box, it came from our mom spending some time prepping and cooking, or our dad grilling out back. Yeah, it took a bit of time to make that sauce from real tomatoes, but we at least knew what was in it back then.

Do yourself a favor, cut out the middle man. If you don’t know how to use a stove, grill, or oven, I’m sure there’s a Youtube video for that. You’re welcome.