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5 days on low-carb - thoughts and feelings changing

Monday, February 20, 2012

Today's blog is not about facts but about how the experience of eating very low-carb (50-60 grams of carbs/day) has changed the way I feel and think about my food.
Because I'm trying to observe my own emotional response this blog may not make much sense to others and there will definitely not be any logical order. I'll have to see where it's going.
I've noticed that it helps me overall to feel better if I focus on the tremendous number and types of foods that are good for me to eat. I could come up with over 50 different vegetables in all colors, at least 20 different fruits, at least 20 different seeds and nuts and the oils and butters of these. I can also enjoy eggs, all kinds of dairy products including milk, heavy cream, yogurt, kefir, sour cream, soft cheeses like feta, quark, hard cheeses like cheddar, gouda, cheeses with healthy molds like blue cheese, brie and camembert.
And then there are meats. I have limited myself to grass-fed beef, buffalo, chicken and lamb mostly because of availability.
There are also an endless number of tasty herbs and spices. Some of my favorites are rosemary, turmeric, mint, curry, turmeric, garlic, parsley, basil, chili pepper, sesame seed oil, cinnamon, sage, lemon grass, thyme, dill and chives. And then there are mushrooms, a whole food group to explore by itself.
For sweeteners I use Xylitol or coconut sugar (both sparingly) since both are fairly low-glycemic. When I want to have something bread or cake-like (not felt the need yet), I know I can use almond flour or another nut flour and/or flaxseed meal and use raw vegan recipes that mix the ingredients and use a food dehyrator instead of an oven to keep from destroying too many nutrients.
Occasionally I think about the fact that staying low-carb would mean to never have a regular pizza again or a nice crusty bread as a base for butter and cheese. These things still hold some attraction for me, but not so much that I can't resist them fairly easily. Just thinking about where my insulin levels go after eating them and how these insulin levels will help shuttle a lot more of the calories I eat to my fat cells helps me to pass up the bread. I may try to make a pizza-type crust soon with nut flour and top it with all the same yummy toppings I love including spinach, onions, lots of tomatoes, cheese, maybe some ground beef. Having to make it all from scratch will take some time and will make it a very special treat. It will taste different than pizza made from wheat dough but it may be much better.
I did find over the last few days that it's hard for me to limit the amount of fruit I eat. To keep my carbs down to 50 I can't have more than one serving of fruit (1 apple or some blueberries) and sweeter fruit is out. This morning I really wanted a banana with my cranberries and yoghurt so I found the smallest one I could and made sure I had lots of nuts and yogurt with it.
I have noticed that when I get hungry with this way of eating it feels very different. Without my blood sugar crashing, the need to eat is there but it's not as urgent. I can and often have to continue working for a while, if for no other reason than the fact that I actually need to take the time to prepare a meal before I can eat. Sometimes I will just have a few nuts in between. Some of this is caused by lack of planning. I mostly have been eating just 3 meals a day but the last 2 days I needed a snack when I ate less at a meal than my body needed because I had too little time for my meals.
I am missing having Chili a little and think that I may make some Chili with veggies and meat but without the beans very soon.
In winter hot soups are much more appealing to me than raw veggie salads which is what I usually had for lunch this week. I've always added dairy and/or meat and nuts to the salads but still would have preferred something warm. I suspect that my blood pressure may have been a little lower than usual on 2 days. It's usually on the low side anyhow so increasing my salt-intake a little should solve this problem.
I don't think I ever want to give up desserts completely and don't find this necessary. Two days ago I made some low-sugar banana nut ice cream with just heavy cream, banana and walnuts. It was mildly sweet and the whole family enjoyed it. We topped with chocolate sauce made with 85% cocoa chocolate and a small amount of coconut sugar. Next time I want to have dessert I'll try to make chocolate mousse with similar ingredients.
At the moment I'm leaning towards staying at my current carb level (50-70 grams/day) until my belly fat is gone or for at least 4 more weeks but I will reevaluate depending on how I feel and what my energy level is.
After that I will slowly increase my carbs a little every week to see how much I can increase carbs without gaining any fat/weight back. It might be nice to occasionally have some tropical fruit and maybe even a skin-on potato. I can even see that I would have small, occasional amounts of gluten-free grain or of sugary treats at social functions without worrying about it.
I will definitely never eat wheat of any kind again, not any more than I would smoke cigarettes, and I know I won't miss it at all.
One thing that I want to explore some more is how the nutrient profile of sprouted seeds, grains and beans changes and for how long these have to be sprouted to reduce carb content the most. Right now I have some teff seeds sitting in a jar sprouted that look like a miniature green lawn of the very short type you see on golf courses. Maybe my ducks would like this over a simple bluegrass and ryegrass lawn, LOL, and it should look very pretty.

This whole low-carb thing is really a lot of fun as long as I focus on what all I can do instead of focusing too much on the few things I'm giving up.
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I see how it would be totally possible to eat very low-carb without animal products or with mostly animal products depending on personal choice and the availability a food where you live.

  
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ELECTRALYTE 2/21/2012 9:53PM

    I love this blog! I have so much to learn and so many questions. You answered many here. Thanks!

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HOUNDLOVER1 2/20/2012 9:36PM

    Thanks for mentioning the cauliflower pizza crust. That sounds yummy! I still have not taken the time to explore many paleo or Atkins recipes.

Birgit

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JUSTBIRDY 2/20/2012 8:56PM

    Try the pizza with the cauliflower crust. Regular pizza just doesn't appeal to me anymore. I still love the taste, but it's the gift that keeps on giving if you know what I mean.

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MYLADY4 2/20/2012 8:47PM

    I make a pizza crust with cauliflower and mozzerella cheese that's pretty good. Also google oopsie rolls, those are pretty good too.

Low carb and gluten free is not really that hard, just takes a little more planning.



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HOUNDLOVER1 2/20/2012 8:06PM

    Rosewand,
I guess if you do HIIT then higher carbs are necessary and I'm glad it works for you. I just read a book about this and know many people love the high that sometimes comes from HIIT. I've tried it for a few months and absolutely hate exercising at high intensity/high heart rate but love long, slow workouts like running outside for which low-carb works great. I guess we are all different in what works well for us, LOL.

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ROSEWAND 2/20/2012 7:23PM

    If you want to lose belly fat and shrink your waist,
look into the benefits of high intensity interval training.
I do not have the link, but there was a good article
on some current research on the topic at the NYT
website last week.

I have been doing HIIT for nearly four years and love
it. It is hard, but amazingly rewarding. It is only
necessary to do HIIT two or three times each week.
In fact, that is all that you should do it and then
for less than 30 minutes including the time between
intervals.

As I was losing weight, my waist shrunk from 35" to
25" where it has remained. And as you know, I eat a
normal carb (50-60%), but low glycemic diet. I eat
only small amounts of fish, no meats, mostly
vegetarian sources of protein. I should also add
that I am well past menopause when it becomes
even harder to shrink our middles down to waspy
waists again.

My waist and my weight are what they were when
I was in eighth grade. HIIT has truly been a miracle
for me.



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HOUNDLOVER1 2/20/2012 6:34PM

    Thanks for the feedback. I expect my weight loss to slow down to about a pound/week because my thyroid is still slowing my metabolism a little. Some of this weight loss may be water rather than fat. In my experience slow is good. If and when I reach 130 I will reevaluate based on what I see in the mirror if I want to set a lower goal weight or just ignore weight completely and focus only on inches at the waist.
I know that once I start strength training again I may gain weight as I gain muscle which is fine.

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TAMPATINK67 2/20/2012 6:02PM

    I noticed the change in "hunger" as well, in fact - it took me a good 2 weeks of low carbing (after cravings were gone) before I could identify the difference between my sugar cravings and actual "hunger". It feels good to re-learn my body and it's signals.

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SOFTBALLNUT13 2/20/2012 6:01PM

    Congrats on your progress emoticon

I myself just started today a trial eating plan that eliminates breads, grains, rice, potatoes, pasta etc....and only getting my carbs from fresh fruits, vegetables, meat & dairy.

How do you manage to keep the carbs down so low...with just a removing the above items I can only get my carbs down to 120-150 per day on a 1300-1600 calorie day.

I will keep following your blog for your progress emoticon

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CONRADBURK 2/20/2012 5:51PM

    Watch your weight and see how much you are losing. Conventional wisdom says to lose one to two pounds a week. Being patient will pay off with achieving your goal weight. You only have six pounds to lose to get to you goal weight of 130 pounds!
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Interview of Gary Taubes by Dr. Oz

Monday, February 20, 2012

I had hoped to write some more about my thoughts concerning "Why we get fat" by Gary Taubes but did not have the time. Instead I want to give the link for this interview in 2 parts:

part 1 www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMUGUZ3EEEo&
feature=related


part 2 www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sbw_8vRvbg0&
feature=related


The surprising thing to me is that Dr. Oz seems to have gone in a different direction by now, teaming up with Weight Watchers.

  
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EILISH99 2/20/2012 4:53PM

    I listened to this last year, right before watching Taubes on droz's program. And the two approaches were so completely different. Of course the tv program was much more dramatic (over the top, ridiculously set-up) but it sure highlighted the fact that droz had NOT read the book himself. Especially when he did his day of following the "diet". All his staff did was follow exactly what was the one day menu example from the book. They also appeared to make the food look as unappetizing as possible. But then, droz is like nancygrace - he's right because he says he is.

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CONRADBURK 2/20/2012 4:16PM

    Thanks for sharing the interview with Gary Taubes. I listened to it and enjoyed it. I am still reading "Why We Get Fat" and enjoying that too.

Spark on!
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MARTHASPARKS 2/20/2012 2:57PM

    Strange when you get someone talking out of both sides of his mouth, isn't it. I haven't listened to these interviews yet, but i have seen Oz waffle before. Is it the money or is it his openness to consider that many paths lead to the same goal?

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TAMPATINK67 2/20/2012 11:14AM

    Good interview - where Gary almost seems or has been accused of being anti-carb, my learnings have led me to be more anti sugar, processed carbs/grains and/or any hi glycemic foods that would kick up the insulin (store fat).

I don't have a problem (and in fact enjoy) retaining the low glycemic index veggies and small quantities of fruits still in my diet.

As for Dr Oz, I appreciate the information he brings forth - but he's part of the media cycle and always has to identify the next topic for the next show. And regardless of if we agree, Weight Watchers probably has one of the "best tack records" of helping people loose weight (maybe not keep it off - but show me an organization with a better track record???)....

Where Taubes is more Atkins-esque, we also have to remember that this low carb/sugar diet only offers these potential "benefits" of weight loss and other health advantages if you truly follow the diet. And the "diet" failed for many people who were not willing to do without the bread, croutons, candied pecans, BBQ sauce on the meats, etc. Given today's SAD and the hidden sugars found in most processed foods, it is a difficult and "highly cerebral" process to really eat this way (low glycemic) 24/7 in America....

But to those of us who do eat this way 24/7... It is also highly worth it!


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ORGANIC811LFRV 2/20/2012 8:29AM

    I've book marked this for later listening.

As to Dr Oz promoting WW, I'm fine on this. WW is a good program for most people going from a SAD to more of a plant-based program.

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JANETELIZABETH1 2/20/2012 3:54AM

    This is a very complex subject and clearly individual, not one size fits all. People and medics need to be educated, thanks Birgit.

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JUSTBIRDY 2/20/2012 1:09AM

    Jimmy Moore discussed this on his show or blog somewhere. Dr. Oz was pro-Taubes on the radio, but then attacked him on the TV show.

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JUSTBIRDY 2/20/2012 1:08AM

    Dr. Oz goes towards the people with the product placement money, thats for sure.

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Gary Taubes Interview - 3 parts on youtube

Sunday, February 19, 2012

I decided to front-load these links for now rather than reviewing the book:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=XR3FVvEJ-Nk&
feature=related


www.youtube.com/watch?v=myyOD1W1DPg&
feature=relmfu


www.youtube.com/watch?v=4HxLeGvFVsM&
feature=relmfu


Here is another link to another talk:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTUspjZG-wc&
feature=related


I hope this will give access to some of the critical information for people who can't read the book right away. emoticon

  
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HOUNDLOVER1 2/19/2012 2:18PM

    Kricket,
There is a lot of research that went into Gary Taubes book. For the more complete, but also much more time-consuming version read his original book "Good Calories - Bad Calories" which has much more detailed endnotes that have all the references.
As far as everyone being different in their nutritional needs, that is true, but leaves out the fact that some substances are bad for everyone and should not be consumed even in moderation. Usually these are things that are not natural foods and our body does not know how to handle them. Modern grains, especially wheat, are not natural any more because of the intensive breeding that has taken place to change them. This is similar for instance to breeding in dogs originally descended from wolves. A Chihuahua or Toy Poodle is not able to survive in the wild like a wolf. The genetic changes are just too great.
Take a look at this blog by the author of "Wheatbelly" for more of an explanation:
http://www.wheatbellyblog.com
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Hope this explains things better.
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Birgit

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KENDRACARROLL 2/19/2012 1:11PM

    I have not read the book, but I went ahead and watched the YouTube interview.
Frankly I'm puzzled. MIght have to watch it again, since I couldn't seem to grasp some of his answers. (Maybe the fact that I watched this at 4:00 might have something to do with it :))

So he promotes low carb (guess you would have to read the book to get exact spec as to how many carbs that would be) in order to prevent insulin spikes.

This intrigued me, don't know much about it, and I'm planning on studying up on insulin some more.

What struck me as strange is that his entire interview sounded like his 'science' was merely based on hypothesis, assumptions he made while living this lifestyle.

Again there might be more to it and he might back some of this up in his book.

Trouble is, there are so many hypothetical life style and diet suggestions out there, and every claim probably has some truth to is somewhere, whom do you believe? What do you believe?

I believe there just is no one size fits all and it is up to the individual to tailor all this by what fits them.
It certainly is a confusing world out there.

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HOUNDLOVER1 2/19/2012 12:31PM

    He,he, haven't even had time to watch them myself, so you can tell I'm starting to trust this guy. emoticon
I'm wondering if it's worth it to start a Spark team about this book or if the existing paleo/low carb are sufficient. What do you think?

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DEC2DEC 2/19/2012 12:03PM

    Thank you -- can't wait to watch!

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KANOE10 2/19/2012 8:53AM

    Thanks for these. I am so excited as I just finished his book. What a nice thing for you to do! Will let you know what I think.

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CARRIE1948 2/19/2012 8:09AM

    Thanks for these

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SAFETYSUE 2/19/2012 2:36AM

    Great blog, thanks for sharing these!
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3rd day low-carb and 1st run low-carb

Saturday, February 18, 2012

I was wondering if my energy would be lower than normal. But it does not look like it.
I decided to take it easy and ran for only 45 minutes. I covered almost 3.6 miles, average pulse was 135, average speed was 4.7 mph.
Eating has been more frequent today with three meals and two snacks. I think my carbs were around 60-70 grams today.
I have not had any significant side effects from eating low-carb yet, except maybe I was a little tired the last two days in the afternoons.
There are still some questions about "Why we get fat" so I'm hoping to go through the book again this weekend and write down some questions.
I hope to do one more long run sometime in the next 3-4 days before I start tapering. Tomorrow we may get some snow so maybe I'll finally have a chance to try my snowshoes.

  
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TAMPATINK67 2/18/2012 10:25AM

    Thanks for blogging your educational journey - some things are confirming what I've learned/experienced, and others are new for me as well and helping me anticipate potential factors for my future as I continue to loose weight and become more active.

Having a diabetic family (serious genetic disaster), I'd always been fairly certain that my genetic profile left me disadvantaged from a hormonal perspective. Looking at the foods that were our family favorites though, I really started to wonder about nature vs nuture. This eating style has been a dream come true for me - I feel fabulous, no cravings, and loosing weight without much effort from exercise. Changing my eating patterns may indeed help me find a healthy weight and lifestyle that I never dreamed could be possible....

As I continue toward my goal weight, I want to make exercise a larger part of my life and have heard different things from athletes with reference to energy requirements. Obviously I will first need to define my fitness goals, then determine the type(s) of exercise to achieve these goals, then identify the energy requirements to support goals.......

All of this is very foreign for a woman who has been obese for her entire adult life - but I'm willing to learn - from personal experience, scientific experiments, and from the personal experiences of others curious about learning more about how our incredible bodies actually work.

Thanks again!



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NDTEACHER1 2/18/2012 10:23AM

    Good for you!

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Gary Taubes book

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

I am almost done reading the book by Gary Taubes "Why we get fat and what to do about it" which is a simplified version of his much more comprehensive book "Good Calories, Bad Calories". Gary Taubes talks about the connection between overeating and weight gain in a different way than what most of us are used to hearing: Prompted by hormones, primarily insulin, our body will store calories we eat, regardless of whether they are carbs or fat, in the fat cells in our body. Insulin can cause this to happen regardless of whether we need these calories for energy at the moment or not. According to Taubes this means that if our insulin levels are high enough and our body needs to use energy we will get hungry because all the available calories are put away in the fat cells where they are unavailable for use. Therefore obesity is the cause of overeating, not overeating the cause of obesity.
Taubes makes the comparison of a young person growing. To say that a child is growing because they are overeating is obviously ridiculous. We assume that growth and physical changes during adolescence are the result of hormonal changes and that teenagers eat a lot BECAUSE they are growing.
Increasing insulin levels are caused by consuming carbohydrates and those carbs with the highest glycemic index are considered the worst. There are other reasons given for why some people seem to store a lot of calories they eat in fat tissue while other people seem to deposit them in muscle tissue where they are used for energy. Genetics play a role here.
When I look at my dogs I know that this is true. My whippets were bred for racing and they have probably no more than 3 percent body fat. People who don't know and understand the breed will occasionally ask questions about how often and how much I feed them and are suprised to hear that these dogs eat huge amounts and get one of the most expensive dog foods on the market.
My Beagle Honey is on the other end of the spectrum. When she came to us she weighed 47 lbs. at 2 years of age. I know that she was part of a research colony for a nutritional study but I don't know what her diet consisted of before we got her. I put her on a low-fat, high-fiber diet and fed her small portions, 1/4 cup of food twice a day. This was 8 years ago and I had never questioned the wisdom of cutting fat and calories and increasing fiber and activity for weight loss. In this case my approach worked. Honey lost 20 lbs. in 3 months, rivaling "Biggest Loser" results. She is now on 1 cup of high-quality food a day, about 30% carbs, 40%fat and 30%protein. Not ideal for a dog but she maintains her weight with the help of portion-control and regular exercise. Beagles commonly have hypothyroidism but this one does not, she's just a glutton who would eat 40 lbs. of food a day if I let her and regain all the weight she lost very quickly. Unlike the whippets she is not very fast (well, still faster than I am) but she can go all day for 20 miles or more easily, an incredible endurance athlete. Most of my other dogs are also more built for endurance and have a fairly slow metabolism which allows them to maintain weight on most foods. Dogs, more than many other species have been bred for extremes in looks and in function and are a good example to see how diverse their needs are in the area of nutrition. There is no reason to assume that there aren't major differences in the ways people's metabolism functions. I know some people who will not put on weight regardless of what they eat. Of course this does not mean that they are healthy regardless of what they eat, but calories in-calories out is not the same for everyone. Most people with thyroid issues struggle far more to lose weight and keep it off. There are dozens of hormones in our bodies that may play a role in what our bodies do with food. Jillian Michael's book "Master your metabolism" is a good introduction to endocrinology for people who are not in the medical profession and explains how more than 10 different hormones affect our weight.
I'm not sure where exactly I'm going with all of this, I want to do more research. But I think I have enough evidence to give a low-carb diet a try over the next few weeks. I'll make it even a little lower-carb than originally planned, shooting for under 50 grams of carbs. What percentage of my fat and protein intake will be animal (dairy, meat) and what percentage will be plant-based (nuts, coconut, olive oil, avocado) I don't know yet. But I will cut out all grain and beans and some fruit for a few weeks and see what happens. I will also continue to eat large amounts and a wide variety of raw vegetables and will eat mostly organic food, animal-protein from pasture-fed animals.

  
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HOUNDLOVER1 3/5/2012 6:01PM

    JACKAAT,
I think going off a low-carb diet will lead most people to regain the weight. Eating low-carb IS a normal diet, while the typical North American Diet is not "normal" if you look at results. I do think that some people can increase the carbs they eat a little bit when they reach their goal weight while other people have messed up their body enough to where they have to stay on low-carb for the rest of their lives to stay healthy. Also, some people need to exercise more to get to a healthy weight. Eating low-carb will allow your body to utilize the energy (calories) in your muscle cells rather than storing them in your fat cells. Once you eat low-carb you can actually benefit from exercising by drawing on your body's fat stores to fuel your workouts. emoticon

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JACKAAT 3/5/2012 2:10PM

  I really liked the book and I am in the process of reading it again. Reality is it isn't for everyone. My office mate and I both read Taubes book and started following the low carb diet. I lost 15 pounds rather quickly and my office mate lost 20. I went on vacation and went back to my normal eating. I did not regain any weight (it has been 6 months) however I find it is harder to give up the carbs the second time around. My office mate has religiously stayed with the low card diet but has not lost any more weight.
If one thing worked for everyone the diet industry wouldn't make a fortune off those desperate to try the latest and greatest.
Find what works for you and stay with it. We didn't get this way over night and nothing is going to take it away in a few weeks or days.
I was raised that if something was worth having it was worth working for and nothing worth having is going to be given to you for free.
Find what works for you and stick with it. You're worth it!

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DIVEGODDESS 2/21/2012 1:57AM

    Your reference to the dog breeds is a really great way of explaining the difference needs we all have in terms of genetics. That's why low carb does not work for me and I can gain muscle on high starchy carbs while many people can not. The important thing is to keep trying different thing until you find something that works!

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PATTYCAKE17 2/17/2012 11:54AM

    This is such an informative blog. I wrote down the name of the book and author, and will add it to my reading research list. I also love researching health and nutritional information, and if i were younger and starting over, I would definitely enter the health field. Where were you going with this blog, you ask? Well, right at me, thank you very much. My blood work just came back with high sugar numbers, so I am going to nutritionally avert Diabetes, because i know i can, with the help of the Lord, and getting a good education on the subject. I love to follow your blogs. Yoiu're such a sharing person, God bless you for that. emoticon emoticon

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MZLADY77 2/17/2012 9:42AM

    Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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BOBBIENORTHERN1 2/17/2012 9:31AM

  Sure makes a lot of sense to me. But, please remember we do need some carbs and some grains, but, veggies are carbs aren't they?

It is also very true we have to learn our own personal needs for losing weight because we are all different and one plan for losing weight does not fit all.

For me so far it has been trial and error figuring out what works for me that's why I like this blog because it is so true and thanks for sharing this.

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MARTHASPARKS 2/16/2012 7:43PM

    Your blogs are always interesting and informative. I'm cutting my car s, too because I'm stuck. I have always recognized that I had to keep my carb to protein ratio lower than Spark said but this helps me understand why.

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-LINDA_S 2/16/2012 7:17PM

    Very interesting stuff! We probably are all quite different like the dogs. And yet another book I should read! I'll add it to the list...

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 2/16/2012 6:57PM

    It is hard to get less than 100 g of carbs.

I eat no grains or starchy vegetables or legumes or added sugar and only two pieces of fruit a day (medium sized apples) and lots of leafy greens and I usually end up with ~100-150g of carbs anyway. About 30-50g of them are fiber, and about 60-80g are sugars.

I will be interested to hear what you are actually eating, in order to manage less than 100 g of carbs per day.

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HOUNDLOVER1 2/16/2012 12:47PM

    Thank you for all the feedback. emoticon
I hope to find time later today to respond to some of your very interesting comments individually.
Birgit

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KWILLIAMS55 2/16/2012 12:26PM

    emoticon for sharing.

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DEC2DEC 2/16/2012 11:12AM

    Great book -- and I'm excited by the changes you're making!!

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FREELADY 2/16/2012 11:11AM

    Wow, this is fascinating! Thanks!

It has been true in my experience that keeping the carbs low takes care of the hunger problem. After Noah's Flood, the Creator told people to eat meat, and I am finding it very satisfying (with non-starchy vegetables and some fruit).

I have been doing the Leptin Reset prescription recommended by Jack Kruse for a month now; I do use a small amount of raw milk, cheese, and yogurt. My weight is holding steady as predicted for this stage, but I feel great. Joint pain is gone and energy is excellent (I'm in my fifties).

I'm very glad to get this info and book referral with more data about the insulin mechanism. You are a great researcher and I hope you'll keep passing this valuable stuff on to us!
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HEALTHY4ME 2/16/2012 8:45AM

    I have started that since Jan and was doing great. I still am proud to say haven't had any grains other than every 3rd day have a med bowl of oatmeal.... I am struggling to get enough protein and fat and in the right ratio. This past week or so I have been very hungry more for junky stuff and am tired even after sleeping for 8-9 hrs.
So will get back down to the proper carbs, as I am getting too high, eeven though I don't eat grains finding too many higher carb/GI index fruit I guess.
Anyway do feel better, was losing wt only a lbs a week most time but will see Sat how I have done I would say this has been my worst week. Which is really a great thing for me as it is still way way better than before. I read why we get fat and agree, am waiting for a few more similar books from library.
Also I do very limited exercise other than house renos. Just got my knee brace which I am hoping will allow me to walk better and further.
HUGS and keep letting us know how this works out.

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KANOE10 2/16/2012 8:03AM

    I just finished reading that book also. I learned a great deal. I have been eating low carb for over a year and like it. Where I have trouble with his book is that he promotes high fat foods like butter, cream, and high fat cheese.

Nice blog. Have a great day.

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CONRADBURK 2/16/2012 6:10AM

    Very interesting blog! I am reading "Why We Get Fat" too! I just started reading it and like it a lot! Good luck with the low carb diet and getting rid of beans and wheat! If you do both these things, you will lose weight very fast, possibly too fast! The "sweet spot" for loosing weight is 50 to 100 g of carbs per day according to Mark Sisson in "Primal Blueprint."

Keep sparking!
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APED7969 2/16/2012 5:18AM

    I like your comparison to your dogs. I'm a vet so regularly have the 'your dog is too fat' conversation and constantly see similar dogs from the same family who are fed the same amount of the same food and one will be fit and the other obese. I also consistently see fit owners with fit animals and fat owners with fat animals, it isn't the rule but it is interesting to note.

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EBLOOMING 2/16/2012 1:07AM

    emoticonInteresting...lower those carbs..fruit...wheat/breads/sugar..
.sounds like a winner. emoticon

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JANETELIZABETH1 2/16/2012 12:51AM

    Thanks Birgit for your thoughts on this subject.
I agree we do have very complicated bodies and that's why 'one size' does not fit all.
I'll be interested to hear how your experiment on 'you' goes. IMO any radical change will have an effect and you should see some results. I think most people can't sustain it for too long if it's totally against their 'normal, or desired' way of eating. Good to hear you have healthy dogs and you've taken the trouble to watch over them too.

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AMYNYNJ 2/15/2012 9:51PM

    Great analogy to use the dogs as an example. emoticon

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