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.

 

 

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Trouble in Paradise…

Maybe you’ve noticed I’ve been MIA for a while. Maybe I could tell you that I’ve been busy (which I have), or maybe I could tell you that I’ve just been less than impressed with the whole LCHF bullshit going on lately. (which I have)

Low carb high fat, in and of itself is not the problem. You can surf the webz and see lots and lots of folks (myself included) who have changed not only their waistlines, but also their overall health. Truth be told, low carb high fat is a godsend for some of us currently (and formerly) morbidly obese individuals when “low fat/no fat hearthealthywholegrains” did not work, backfired even.

The problem my dear readers is not the WOE (way of eating), the problem is all the mixed information, all the keyboard warriors typing louder than others so that their information looks as if it is the only true information out there, and if they type long enough and loud enough, maybe, just maybe, it spreads, like wild fire.

Seriously though, what works for one does not work for all.

It’s so easy to become discouraged after taking the leap of faith that is LCHF and only losing a certain amount of poundage. Without diving in too deep (the sled awaits, we’re snowed in, and I’m running late for general goofiness) how about instead of lamenting over “how little” one has lost, why not think about “Gosh darned it, I lost some freaking weight”.

Seriously, it’s better than gaining.

The problem with wanting to lose more than we are actually losing is that we get sidetracked by all the n=1’s that are out there. What worked for Shirley and Tom might not work for Mary and Fred. “You’re not eating enough fat” says so and so, and while they may be well intention-ed, maybe so and so didn’t have much body fat to begin with and well, upping the fat helped them, so it should help us all, right? Wrong.

(Sorry, I’ve got to type the following out loud) THERE IS A SUCH THING AS TOO MUCH FAT ON A LCHF WAY OF EATING. I don’t give a rat’s ass if you don’t believe me, but seriously, use a little common sense prior to dismissing that sentence. If you are morbidly obese as I was, and you are upping the fat and still not losing, maybe, just maybe, you are over-eating to the point where your body does not have to tap into your fat stores.

I urge you to think before reacting to everything you read on the internet. There are so many people out these days who “KNOWITALL”, and well, really they know how they did it and it worked for them, but they forget that Shirley and Tom and Mary and Fred are unique individuals with different paths to take.

I guess what I am trying to type (as the snow calls my name) is to read every bit of information you can find. If you want the weight gone yesterday, you should have started earlier. It does not happen over night, hell, it took me 3 years to lose 82 pounds, but then again, I’m a type 2 diabetic over 40.

Be real people. Do your homework. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably isn’t. Low carb works, it’s not magic, it takes time. Instead of focusing on a finish line that isn’t there (a never-ending journey) enjoy the ride. Lord knows I’m going to be enjoying the ride down the hill in the snow instead of the backbiting in the “LCHF groups”.

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.

5 Random things from the internet that just don’t make sense to me…

1. “When exercising, you burn carbs for the first 20 minutes and then hit the ‘fat burning zone'”.

That one is especially confusing because when I work out (weights, boxing, racing the dog up the hill, general goofiness), most of the time I work out in a fasted state. If I happen to work out in a non-fasted state, it is usually after bacon and eggs. I guess my question is where the heck are those carbs coming from I’m burning in those first 20 minutes? (disclaimer: My girly workouts rarely ever exceed 20 minutes anyways, but still, where is the exercising getting those carbs from???)

2. “Eat carbs before working out so you’ve got energy to workout”

See number 1. Maybe that’s the reason for the 20 minute carb burn? Who knows? I’m just a girl into general goofiness, still wondering where those carbs come from when I work out in a fasted state, because it’s common knowledge that I need them to work out in the first place, right?

3. “Since you are a female, above a certain age threshold, you just have to workout extra to keep from gaining all that weight naturally gained from your slower metabolism that comes from said age.”

Seriously??? Before I stopped eating sugar and starches, I truly believed that my fat was bestowed upon me by the evil metabolism regulators and I was way younger then. When I reached a certain age threshold, I stopped eating crap, stopped gaining weight, and even lost weight, tell me again is it wisdom or just conventional?

4. “It’s normal, everyone gains weight over the holidays.”

Blanket statements like that just bother me, I know a lot of folks who did not gain over the holidays, DON’T STEAL OUR SUNSHINE!!!

5. “(enter what-ev new diet miracle potion here) has helped millions to lose that unwanted weight, cue head-less before and after photos of random folks, order now!”

I just want you to ponder this one for a while. If you’ve ever ordered a miracle in a bottle, maybe you found that you lost a little. Maybe you gained it back. Maybe, like me, you’re thinking if there really was a “miracle in a bottle” that there would be no obesity epidemic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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”.

turnip and carrot fries

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.

LCHF lost in translation…

Dr. Atkins, Phinney and Volek, and Dr. Andreas Eenfeldt (heck, even Mark Sisson and Rob Wolf, because if you want to get technical, Primal and Paleo are really low carb when compared to SAD) and many more had worked hard to lay the groundwork of what LCHF is today, but it seems something has been lost in translation.

Lots of folks have done it, had success, shared it with others, “fat is not the villain”, different folk, different strokes, different food preferences, different eating times, it’s all really simply explained with the whole goose and gander scenario. It’s understandable that there would be new advice, tips and tricks, but on the other hand maybe, just maybe everyone needs a refresher course.

Walking into the world of LCHF these days, the emphasis is mostly placed on the “high fat” and “the more the better”. The truth of the matter though, is that LCHF is not a free for all when it comes to fat, there is a fine line between enough and too much. My enough may be too much for you or vice versa.

Sometimes we don’t lose as fast as Sally or Frank does. Sometimes we gain a little. Sometimes we just need to up our patience dosage because a true stall is way more than 3 days of no loss on the scale. And really, weight loss is so much more than a scale, it’s not a race to the finish line, because there is no finish line.

Some things have been lost in translation, LCHF sounds really complicated these days with all the macros and ratios and what ever o’s, but it doesn’t have to be. Keep it simple, up the patience and you’ll do great.

Cutting out the grains, sugar, and starches make the LC part easy. Fix your burgers without buns and salads instead of fries, diet instead of regular, but water is even better and you’ve got the low carb part down pat.

Cooking your broccoli or asparagus in real butter instead of some chemical crap storm and buying whole chickens instead of boneless, skinless, but we’ve injected “natural flavors” breasts pretty much means you’re eating higher fat than what those low fat/no fat dieters eat.