Sunday, January 20, 2013
I slipped quietly off to enjoy traditional holiday fare...and promised myself that my Jan. 19 birthday was the cut-off on that reckless behavior.
I did try to maintain some sense of portion control. I didn't count carbs...I ate them morning, noon, and night. I enjoyed them. On some levels. But my body didn't enjoy them.
One of the first things I noticed was my return to being achy and stiff. That only took about 24 hours. Increased Carbs = Increased Stiffness
Then of course was the weight gain. SIXTEEN (yes 16) pounds total since mid-December. About 10 lbs. of it right in the first week. Which tells me it is water gain, and probably goes hand in hand with the achy/stiffness. My body just doesn't like carbs. I theorize, from what I've read, that it is a general reaction to vastly increased insulin levels. My blood sugar only rises slightly. But my weight and pain level increases DRAMATICALLY.
So, yesterday was yesterday, and today is today. Back to the reality that I MUST eat for my health, not for my carb-lovin' sweet tooth.
Before 1 month carb binge: bp 120/64 After 1 month carb binge: bp 134/89
Before carb binge: resting heart rate: 62 After carb binge: resting heart rate: 84
Before carb binge: pain level: 0 After carb binge: pain level: 5
Before carb binge: weight: 189 After carb binge: 205
Was it worth it? No...I don't think so now... But back in December, with visions of sugar plums dancing...seemed like it was.
Back to very controlled carbs, adequate protein, ultra nutrition, lots of water, sunshine and exercise.
Monday, October 29, 2012
Following is an excerpt from an emailed comment posted by George Mateljan of World's Healthiest Foods (see link below). He makes an interesting point. We don't need a cancer-prevention diet and a heart disease prevention diet and a MS prevention diet...or you name the disease prevention diet. One diet leads to health in all areas.
October 29, 2012
Healthy Eating Helps Prevent Degenerative Diseases and Obesity
With the elections just around the corner, healthcare continues to be on the list of hot topics of debate. Healthcare costs have risen from $3,468 per person in 1993 to $8,160 in 2008, and are estimated to rise another 50% by 2013! I believe most people would agree that prevention is the real key to reducing healthcare costs. And peer-reviewed medical research has demonstrated that eating health-promoting foods is one of the best ways to prevent or help prevent our most common degenerative diseases, including diabetes, heart disease and cancer.
In a society with epidemic proportions of obesity, fewer topics gain more attention than the importance of a healthy weight for overall health. The connections between obesity, heart disease, diabetes and osteoporosis are widely recognized, and now, a recent report on adult and childhood cancers reports that the most significant diet-related risk factor for cancer is also obesity! The researchers found that the most diet-related prevention factor is keeping body weight within a healthy range, which means having a body mass index of 18.5-24.9 kg/m2 (for more click BMI); the researchers found that "dietary changes are one of the most important, and at the same time cheapest prevention tools we have regarding the modification of cancer." They prescribe breast milk for children, foods rich in dietary fiber, omega-3-rich fish, fruits, vegetables, legumes and whole grains combined with exercise and caloric restriction. Sound familiar?
What I find so remarkable about the chronic preventable disease patterns (including obesity) is the degree to which they overlap when it comes to dietary prevention. Based on current research, we do not seem to need one diet for preventing cancer, a second diet for preventing diabetes, a third diet for preventing osteoporosis, a fourth diet for preventing heart disease, and a fifth diet for prevention obesity. The beauty lies in that fact that what seems to be needed is that the changes in the foods we eat move in the same general direction: decreased intake of sugar, salt, animal fat, and processed foods, and increased intake of lower-calorie, lower-fat plant foods, especially fruits and vegetables.
Monday, October 29, 2012
I'm scared to record the weight loss, for fear it will somehow turn out to be "water" and jump right back on. I've been at such a slow rate of loss for several weeks, averaging a pound a week. But this morning I was down 2.5 pounds!!
What a surge of motivation that brings...won't be overeating today, for sure.
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
That moment just after you've brewed up two pots of coffee (decaf and reg) and laid out half a dozen cups on a polite little cloth, on the neat kitchen table...all in preparation for the soon to arrive small army of midwives...and you hear your daughter-in-law scream "I have to push NOW!" from the other room and your son yells, "Mama, come here NOW!"
That moment when your son says, "I've got the head right here!" as you are still hoping that the midwife will hurry up and answer the damn phone.
A moment I will never forget. A moment I had imagined could possibly happen...with the midwife over 2.5 hours away...but a moment I absolutely did not think would really happen.
She yelled..I ran to her. She said she had to push. I said blow through it and stand up...change positions. She had been kneeling, leaning against her bed.
I told her "Don't be afraid...it's probably a false alarm. Maybe you just need to change positions. After all..your water hasn't even broken yet."
I no sooner said the words than her water broke.
She started saying "No...no...not yet...I cant..." but immediately, another contraction and she said "the baby is coming NOW!...
I grabbed the cell phone and told Jessie to try to lie down, but she insisted she couldn't.
I called the midwife...ring...ring...ring......Gawd! Pick up the damn phone!!...
Chris said, " I've got the head right here" as the midwife picks up the call and asks me to repeat myself, as I stumble over the words "The baby is coming right now!"
On speaker phone now, the midwife is telling Jessie to get on hands and knees on the bed to delay delivery the some 45 minutes until she will arrive, but Jessie has already delivered the head. As the baby is born...Chris...cool as if he did this every day...guides the baby out and holds it securely.
Chris said, "The cord has quit pulsing!"
Seconds fly by...no cries.
I turned to the birth supply cabinet that Jessie had so carefully organized, grabbing a suction bulb...
I popped that thing open as if I do it every day...and just before the midwife began instructing to turn the baby's head and try to suction out mucous...yea...just before she is saying that, I am already doing just that...suctioning my little newborn grandbaby's mouth...one time...two...three times...
...finally...a tiny little raspy cry...then another...and another.
We helped Jessie into the bed...placenta still unborn...baby cradled to her chest. The midwife on speaker gives me the job of watching for hemorrhage and for placenta delivery.
While baby Chelsea is already nursing and the placenta is delivering, the midwife finally arrives.
Mama and baby are doing great. Dad is doing great. Grandma can't shake the feeling it was just a dream. But I am doing better than great, and so happy to have played a part in bringing the baby...and to have been blessed blessed blessed that nothing went wrong and they are both so healthy.
Later that day I poured two pots of coffee...decaf and reg...down the drain. None of us needed caffeine.
That evening many of our large family gathered in their home. We had a big Mexican dinner that Jessie and I had prepared the previous week and frozen so we wouldn't need to cook after the delivery. Jessie was feeling so recovered that she was able to recline on the couch and enjoy dinner with us...baby on a cushion beside her.
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