Sunday, February 16, 2014
I've been trying the Low Carb High Fat diet since January and have been having a good amount of success with it. The weight loss has been consistent, but not too rapid. Too be honest, I'd rather have slower weight loss than I had with the Atkins diet. Atkins was rapid weight loss, followed by rapid weight gain when I couldn't take it any more and snapped. This diet is much more balanced. I actually haven't been hungry very often (& then it was due to poor planning rather than the diet). One of the best parts of this is the lack of bouncing blood sugar! I've still had cravings for carbs, but I can tell they are mental cravings rather than physical.
The things I like about this diet: easy to follow when eating at home (eating out is difficult but since I can't afford to do that much...), I'm eating more vegetables (I actually look forward to eating them!), drinking more water (I drink water rather than snacking while sitting at the computer), blood sugar is staying stable, & I'm eating less processed foods (no artificially low carbs foods on this diet!).
Things I don't care for: the 7-9 days of "low carb flu" as my body adjusts to the low carb weight loss mode (keeps me from cheating as no food is worth going through that!), carb cravings (not as bad as with Atkins, I can tell they are mental cravings) & the slightly more complicated cooking processes (though part of me has been enjoying cooking again...rather than just re-heating).
The whole foods are more expensive than the processed foods, especially as I'm buying more meat. I'm off-setting that by using eggs & canned meats (tuna, sardines, chicken, etc) which doesn't completely fit in the no processed theme, but my pocketbook is less picky ;) As my body adjusts, I'm getting much better at eating less which also helps with food costs. Because my blood sugar isn't dipping much, it is easier to resist snacking craving (I can tell I'm not really hungry).
I definitely recommend this eating plan for those who have carb issues. Just have patience when you start it as it may take a week or two to get into the swing of it (and just one high carb cheat will pop you out of the low carb fat burning mode & make you have to do the week over).
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Trying a new eating plan as (strongly) recommended by my friend. It's an eating plan that is very popular in Scandinavia & is supposed to be great for diabetics (which I'm trying hard not to become) & those with PCOS (which I have). the plan is called Low Carb High Fat. The emphasis is on cutting carbs, especially highly processed carbs, & concentrating on eating protein & low carb vegetables with low processed fats with every meal. The idea is to cut as many highly processed foods out of your diet as possible. As you cut carbs, you need to add fats to keep satiety. When your body is satisfied with the food, you will end up eating less.
My family has a history of diabetes when women hit menopause (which is right around the corner for me). I'm trying to get rid of my apple shape before then to hopefully keep it at bay.
Just started, so we'll see how it goes.
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Been mostly sticking to plan. I know that once I get into the dieting groove (yes yes I know, I should be working on a lifestyle change but with as much weight as I need to lose, I'm calling it a diet!) I will have a much easier time. The last year I've gotten in to the habit of giving up at first stumble...need to work out of this. I'm also trying to get used to the fact that it doesn't hurt me to feel hungry once in a while. That's a good thing (not talking starving here, folks, I have to keep the blood sugar relatively steady) but that slightly empty feeling in my stomach. I've gotten very bad at actually listening to what my body says, time to re-learn.
Sunday, September 09, 2012
I've had a very rough 14 months or so after I had a second trimester miscarriage. I very much would like to have a second child but can't seem to manage to stay pregnant, none of my pregnancies have carried to term (my only living child was born 16 weeks early). After the last miscarriage, I self medicated with food & excuses. I gained almost all of the weight I'd worked very hard to take off the previous year. It's been very difficult to get back into a dieting routine.
I don't know what clicked for me. I have been very physically uncomfortable during our muggy (for San Diego) heat wave. Not sure if it was that, the fact that I turn 40 this year, or just general "aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa! I can't take it anymore!!!", whatever it was has inspired me to run after that healthy lifestyle wagon & jump on.
I've started Sparking again, tracking food & exercise. I've started exercising in a way that is consistent & can NOT be put off. My son started a new school that is 0.5 mi away. Most days I walk him there, then walk home, then repeat when picking him up. Bamm! Built in exercise.
We'll see how this goes.....
Thursday, March 08, 2012
I have long been an admirer of Crock Pots AKA Slow Cookers. I knew their good points & sweet ways, but was playing hard to get. I would shoot coy glances at slow cooker recipes, put them in my folders then callously ignore them. In the end we were reduced to passing notes "I love you, but my life now...it's so complicated." "It's not you, it's me." "Some day soon, I promise we'll get together, but the time is not yet right."
My mother-in-law gave us a wonderful 5quart Crock Pot. I did make a recipe of lentil Sloppy Joes & mull some wine...but mostly our slow cooker languished in obscurity, forgotten in the cupboard with the other neglected pots & pans.
Several things conspired to spark my interest in my forgotten love. Money got tighter, we started getting tired of prepackaged foods, our neighbors kept cooking wonderful smelling food (they're from north Africa...the spices, wonderful spices, yum!), I started working in a book store. The stars aligned & I realized I must end the flirtation & try to build a relationship!
Some online searches & a new cookbook later & MY house is the one filled with the mouth watering aroma... I feel this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship!
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