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Everything in moderation - really?

Saturday, April 07, 2012

Everything in moderation can mean two very different things:
Everything is bad in excess. This is often what many people mean and this is usually true. But another meaning has crept in:
Everything is ok, as long as it is in moderation. This is another piece of conventional wisdom that I find in many places on Spark and I think it can be right or it can be dead wrong (pun intended) and is worth exploring in some detail.
I agree that moderation in the second sense can be a good thing in many cases. But there are clearly many exceptions as well. Nobody nowadays would recommend smoking in moderation, not even smokers who are not ready to quit. Nobody would say crack in moderation is a good thing, either.
Then there are all the things that seem to be good (or at least neutral) regarding our health when consumed in moderation: coffee, many pain pills, alcohol, thyroid medication, vitamin and mineral supplements, salt, even sugar... we could add many things here.
There are also many things that might be better in moderation than in excess but they may still be better to avoid completely.
The real question is how to judge if a substance, food or even an acitivity contributes to our physical, mental and emotional health by helping our body to be in balance.

Have you ever heard the sentence: I couldn't live without... (a person, a food, a drug, a habit, a hobby, a sport)
This, again can have several meanings.
It could mean " I can't do without this and survive or at least be reasonably functional", like "I couldn't live without my dentures" or "I can't live without less than 5 hours of sleep a night". This one is about physical necessities.
It could also mean "not having this in my life would be really difficult, inconvenient, or simply would put a crimp in my style, like" I couldn't live without running water, convenience foods, my car. This one is about comfort and convenience and often time-saving.
Then there is another category and this one has to do with our emotions. Things like "I get really unsettled, emotional, stressed, panicked, tense, worried, tired, depressed, wired, desperate, out of control, angry, irritated, jittery or illogical when I have to do without this. What "this" is depends on the person.
I used to think that food addictions are in one sense harder to break than many other addictions. We have to eat to survive. I don't think this any more. There are lots of foods that nobody has ever gotten addicted to. Natural foods are not addictive, even natural sugars are not by themselves. If you don't believe me try to eat a cup of honey and see how that works for you. Sometimes we crave natural foods that are similar to foods we have become addicted to, like very sweet fruit for sugar addicts, and we have to abstain from them at least for a while. My drugs of choice were definitely sugar and wheat and possibly other grains that are not very natural any more. There is a threshhold below which I can consume sugar and probably grains and it is very low, maybe a teaspoon of sugar a day, maybe a teaspoon of wheat flour a day, I'm not sure where it is. I'm not allergic to either. But there is no more reason to find out than there is a reason to find out how much Tylenol I can take before getting liver damage.

At this point I'm going to stop because everyone can write their own ending. What would you say if someone asked you: What can you not live without? And even more important: Are you sure what type of "not being able to live without it" it really is?

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JANNEBARN 6/6/2012 8:51PM

    Birgit, exactly on the mark!

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DRAWNTHISWAY 4/9/2012 10:21PM

1. the quality of being moderate; restraint; avoidance of extremes or excesses; temperance.
2. the act of moderating.

adjectiveR>1. kept or keeping within reasonable or proper limits; not extreme, excessive, or intense: a moderate price.
2. of medium quantity, extent, or amount: a moderate income.
3. mediocre or fair: moderate talent.
4. calm or mild, as of the weather.
verb (used with object)
5. to reduce the excessiveness of; make less violent, severe, intense, or rigorous: to moderate the sharpness of one's words.
6. to preside over or at (a public forum, meeting, discussion, etc.).

Where does moderation fit with being healthy? Well I can see how when one moderates their diet (definition #1 moderate) You are capable of acquiring the healthy benefits you desire. I know I have read on your blog numerous times now about how you moderate your (in this instance definition #6) diet. In fact I have to argue that in order to achieve a healthier lifestyle one *must moderate (#5&6)* their consumption.. Why without moderation in a diet one can easily fall prey to gluttony.... So "moderation in all things"... Well, depending on the definition you are using, and the specific activity you are addressing.. It could be a very accurate phrase. The importance here is to know how one is defining it. ( I admit to not reading the article on this site, many times I walk away shaking my head thinking "Either they really have this wrong or I do." )

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EGALITAIRE 4/9/2012 8:23PM

    Thinking about how to do moderation in moderation?

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ARLENE_MOVES 4/8/2012 5:34PM

    A lot to think about here - and see if I can come up with an answer for me.

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CONRADBURK 4/8/2012 5:26PM

    I enjoy the philosophy of Aristotle who said, "Moderation in all things." I read the Cliff Notes on Nichomachean Ethics, which gives a summary of his philosophy. He stated that a virtue is the Golden Mean between two opposite extremes. For example, courage is the Golden Mean between cowardice and reckless abandon. The Golden mean is not necessarily in the middle between the two. It may be closer to one extreme than the other. In this example, courage would be closer to reckless abandon than cowardice.

I totally agree that there are things to be completely avoided and that is the virtuous path. The Cliff Notes also say that there is an exception to "Moderation in all things," and that is virtue, which should be pursued completely. So it is "Moderation in all things--except virtue."
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GRACEMCDOG 4/8/2012 11:43AM

    Good stuff, Birgit, and thoughts I have also pondered. I keep thinking how lucky your daughter is to have you as her teacher.

What could I not live without? Nourishment. Clean air and water. Two things I'd struggle living without are love/companionship/friendship from fellow humans and the company of dogs. Creativity and artistic/intellectual expression would be next. Music.

I remember reading in a book by Joseph Campbell about a retreat where they did an exercise. They were asked to meditate upon and then decide what five things were most important to them in life. Then, for five days, as they entered a room, they would symbolically surrender one of those five important or cherished 'things' until, on the last day, they finally gave up the thing most important to them. He said this exercise was enormously powerful, emotional and difficult for him, much more so than he had anticipated. My health would be the last thing I would be willing to surrender. Would I give up my life before I gave up my health? What a conundrum.

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MAGGIE101857 4/8/2012 7:03AM

    Your thoughts certainly got me thinking today!!! Thanks for sharing - putting it in this perspective can help in so many ways - starting with my decluttering process - "love it but don't use it", "can't live without it (why??)" or "someone else will love it more"!!!

Happy Easter!!

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FEB_SHOWERS16 4/8/2012 12:05AM

    Great blog!

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YICHE12 4/7/2012 11:17PM

    Great blog! I enjoy your analytical mind. emoticon

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SUPERDUPER26 4/7/2012 9:40PM

    I love the analysis of the different types of "I'd die without..." I tend to take things very literally, and it blows me away when people say things like "I can't live without my 64oz Diet Coke from the gas station every morning." Really, thats all it would take to kill you? Shut off the Diet Coke supply?
Anyhow, thanks for sharing, you said all of that much more clearly than I had been thinking it! emoticon

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GOPINTOS 4/7/2012 6:20PM

    Enjoyed this! Thanks for taking the time to share!

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RUSSELL_40 4/7/2012 6:19PM

    I agree with everything except the part where you say " even sugar ".. I would say , ESPECIALLY sugar.

I think as a society we want things easy, but easy isn't always healthy, or obvious. It isn't easy to break carb, and sugar addictions, but after that, it is easy to stay on plan, since you don't have cravings. If we avoid everything that is a little bit tough, we usually end up unhealthy.

People love to hear they can have chocolate once a week, or bread on holidays. Sometimes, you can never have a certain food ever again, rare, but people just are afraid to say this. So instead they write a diet book, and make millions, and hope a majority don't develop diabetes, gout,cancer. heart disease, or alzheimers. As in baseball.. a 30% success rate puts them in the hall of fame..lol. Plus no one thinks they are mean.. loved and famous!.. who cares if you may be killing people?

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Controlling cravings - not how I thought it would work for a long time

Saturday, April 07, 2012

I only had two meals today. Breakfast was around 10 am, and then I was busy until about 7pm because my husband and daughter are out of town so I was doing all their animal chores (and we have a LOT of animals, dogs, cats, rabbits, ducks and a horse. I also was trying to do at least a little clean-up for Easter. In any case, my last project of the day was to go shopping at our co-op for an Easter meal and at the same time to eat dinner at the deli there.
On the way there, around 6:30pm I saw that my daughter had left some gluten-free licorice on the seat of the car. The stuff is yummy but very high in carbs and full of sugar. But I decided to have one piece to hold me over until I could have dinner about 1/2 hour later. I enjoyed it a lot and let it melt in my mouth. There was really no temptation to have another piece, maybe in part because licorice has such a strong flavor. When I got to the co-op there were many temptations waiting, most of them organic or natural foods, but many pastries, candies, dried fruits and then all the entrees, salads and desserts in the deli. I loaded up on the salad bar with lots of raw veggies, some chicken, nuts, cheese, and vinaigrette and olive oil. I was looking forward to eating but still not feeling starved. To my surprise I found myself eating slowly, enjoying every bite, contemplating half-way through if there was any reason to have dessert afterwards but finding that I really was not hungry for it.
I used to have to use my whole bag of tricks to stick with the healthy food every time I went in there. I'd always seen my cravings as partly a sugar addiction, but that I had overcome "or so I thought" quite a while ago.
I thought most of what was hard to change was emotional eating, patterns of unhelpful behaviors, habits like eating too fast, never putting the fork down, telling myself that I "deserved" a treat, eating instead of drinking, eating because I'm cold or tired, eating because I feel bored, discouraged etc.. I was often frustrated with myself for being so slow in making progress on these issues. I knew this had nothing to do with will power, but being very familiar with principles of behavior modification I knew exactly what to do. I just did not succeed in doing it, because my impulse to eat usually won out, not to the point of gaining much weight other than seasonal changes of about 10 lbs., but enough to where I was always "managing" my eating behaviors.
So today I realized that I did not need behavioral and cognitive techniques any more, well, maybe I should say I hardly needed them any more. Eating slowly, tasting my food, not overeating, not thinking about the next meal all came naturally. It was so obvious to me today that eating would not work to fix the problem when I'm really tired or bored. I could only feel amazed that I ever looked to food for the answer to these situations before.
Being able to eat only two meals a day without getting hungry is great, too, on days when I'm short on time.
So much of what I thought was emotional eating patterns turned out to be physiological, the drive to eat or at least think about food every few hours. I have to assume increasing insulin levels from eating carbs were the primary cause. In any case, I like not having to control/manage/stay on top of cravings. For me if this means to go without grains and beans and sugar for the rest of my life that's worth it because I will be able to enjoy food when it's there but can stop thinking about it the rest of the time.

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EXOTEC 4/28/2012 5:51PM

    Great for you!
Isn't it an amazing thing to no longer be a victim of food!?! Nearly everyone who sticks with it long enough to make the initial conversion reports the same relief. Food starts to be a pleasure, and manageable ... no longer a controlling force. I feel really guilty when people tell me how strong I am for resisting all these "temptations", because, honestly .... I'm just not really tempted. There's no "strength" to it at all!

I hear the same things from the wheat-free folks. Although, if you think about it, wheat (and ANY grains) are carbs, too. So they've gone low-carb, just in a slightly different manner. Like many of US go "wheat-free", but in a different manner. :-)

Those who are on the Primal or Paleo versions don't necessarily limit carbs (or grains) the way we do, but they (and "we", since many of us follow that healthier lifestyle, too) do rely more on meat and fats and lots of good veggies - which, similarly, reduces the carbs and grains. I just can't understand why all this various evidentiary information doesn't trickle down better into the nutritional info base. I still get dire warnings every day from my feedback tracker about how dangerous my diet is, based upon my carbs. Amazing. The myths continue to be perpretated.

I also feel such sadness for those who are struggling. If they only knew. I try to gently reach the ones who seem open - mostly out in the "real world". I still see the doubt and wariness in their expressions as soon as the phrase "low-carb" comes up. But some of them continue to listen, and hopefully will research it a bit more on their own. It's a start.

I'm so glad it's working for you, and that you're hearing your body talk to you, and are talking back! Life is good, and getting better all the time!

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BEAGLEMAMA2 4/10/2012 3:03PM

    Your self control is great! I am getting there...I know I have a ways to go though! Thank you for the encouragement!

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PAPAMIKIE 4/9/2012 12:21PM

    Gramie has been exploring this (Type 1 Diabities) and I am beginning to explort it. It might be nice for us to eat reasonabely similar diets for having common meals.

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ARLENE_MOVES 4/7/2012 9:35PM

    Good for you! That is such a wonderful feeling, isn't it! I haven't had any wheat, knowingly, since the end of February and I feel so much better. I think I'm going to try the sugar next as I'm still using artificial sweetner and it may be causing me problems.

Anyway, thanks so much for sharing your experience. I definitely enjoyed reading it!

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  Your blog and all the comments are going to take me time to meditate and see what this all means to me personally because all of these words just resonate in my spirit and soul.

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CONRADBURK 4/7/2012 4:51PM

    emoticonSounds like you have made some good progress with the low carb diet. Congratulations on your new way of thinking about food!
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GRACEMCDOG 4/7/2012 11:56AM

    As always, your writing is a joy to read.

I suppose I may gain more insights along this low carb pathway, but so far, I think for me it was definitely the elements of appetite stimulant and addiction in wheat that kept me battling the cravings and the inability to feel sated as well as the constant thoughts of food. (I've never been a sweet-oriented person--salty crunchy is my downfall) I'd already gone fairly low carb when I cut out the wheat and suddenly, magically, the cravings, feelings of hunger, dwelling on food were gone. At the same time food began tasting wonderful to me and a small serving left me feeling satisfied for many hours. Of course that serving has to contain enough protein and fats or the process falls apart. I'm listening to my body and can tell now when I need to make small adjustments. I walked 10 K yesterday and only needed to up the berries in my breakfast from 4 to 10, add 6 cashews and I felt no tiredness or hunger during or after the walk. The Trouble Trinity for me, in this order is: 1.Wheat 2, High GI carbs of any kind 3. Overly Salty or Sweet All those things will trigger the desire to overeat again, even dairy unless it is full fat. Cutting out the wheat made such a drastic and immediate change in me that I am never tempted to backslide. I honestly feel such sadness and pity for people who are still trapped in the low fat/high carb/grains mindset because I know how they have to struggle. I also know that, although it's possible to lose weight that way, it is not sustainable so their lives are going to be a battle with food that leads, eventually to all the illnesses of a low fat diet. It doesn't stop me from trying to get the message across, though. It's frustrating because, of course people are going to believe what their doctor tells them over what I tell them. The information, the science and testimonials by the tens of thousands are out there but you have to get people to take the time to read, research and have an open mind. I'm so looking forward to reaching my ideal weight so that I can have an accurate blood work panel done. Then I'll have something concrete to show people, something irrefutable.

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MOTIV8TEDMOM23 4/7/2012 9:38AM

    Isn't it amazing how slowing down and tasting/savoring your food can curb those cravings? I've found that now my cravings are for those healthy foods rather than the cake or cookies or candy that I always thought I craved. I was given a chocolate mint at a restaurant recently after we paid for our meal. It was the first candy I'd had since the New Year began. I began nibbling it as I started walking out of the restaurant and was still enjoying it as I buckled my seat belt in the car. It tasted great and I enjoyed it, but had no desire for another one or for any other junk over the weekend following.

Keep up the great work!

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HEALTHY4ME 4/7/2012 8:50AM

    WOW you write so much better than I, and you do 110% better at managing ( read my blog today) on how I didn't manage to stop the physcological hunger and really don't know what made me eat this week.
I think I am still having problems eating properly on primal and not sure why. I am making it harder than it should be. This week was the snacking argh. good food but why and how come I can't get that connection to just not need it. Anyway back to making greenish smoothies cos seemed more satisfied then and as hubby said, make one that still tastes good in fridge and then when you get really munchy have a half glass. So guess trying to figure what I am missing that is making me hungry either mentally or real stomach hunger.
Glad you had a great week and off I go to a busy Sat.
hugs happy Easter.

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KANOE10 4/7/2012 8:47AM

    Excellent blog. I have found that my cravings also have decreased since I am eating low carb and no sugar. I agree with you..if it means going without sugar, high carbs for the rest of my life..I will do it.

Inspiring blog. I am glad you are doing so well and have made so many good changes in your life.

I am not turning towards food either for emotional problems anymore.

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RKJ1969 4/7/2012 7:22AM

    Excellent! That is a great demonstration of self-awareness!

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FREELADY 4/7/2012 6:21AM

    This is so encouraging. I rejoice with you!

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RUSSELL_40 4/7/2012 5:00AM

    It amazes me that this is not the goal of all dieter's.. CONTROL. Ho do people stick to a diet when they are craving certain foods, or just food in general? I know I didn't.

If we just didn't control ourselves, we have to think of ourselves as weak-willed, and that is why we beat ourselves up.

I prefer to think of the billions of people who eat when they want, and are at a healthy weight. They don't work at it, and instead of being envious, I wonder .. WHY? Sometimes it is best to copy success, than struggle to find a new way, but we sit here in America, half of us overweight, and never ask why. In my mind we are fat because we have unnatural cravings, and we just need to fix what is causing them

If you get past the cravings by eating a diet that will do this for you, then it is just as easy for you as for the others who aren't even thinking about how to stay thin. Seems like you figured that out.

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Ice skating day - going out to lunch - going to Costco

Thursday, April 05, 2012

Today I had an ice skating lesson after I had a rest day yesterday. I was on the ice for about two hours and got a good leg and core workout.
After eating a breakfast of yogurt, cranberries, 1/2 banana and nuts I did not feel the need to eat again until 3 pm. We went out to lunch after ice skating and I was happy to see that the restaurant we went to had a gluten-free, lower carb menu. I ordered steak with broccoli, peppers and zucchini cooked in olive oil with lemon and a mixed side-salad also with olive oil and lemon. The veggies were cooked a little too soft and could have used some seasoning, I'm not used to eating plain vegetables, but overall not a bad experience. Dinner at home is an omelett with onion, broccoli and cheddar cheese with some hot sauce added and a big leafy salad on the side. I'll probably have more of the blueberry ice cream I made two days ago for dessert.
Yesterday I had a late breakfast and did not get a chance to eat lunch before 4pm. I ended up having only blueberry ice cream for dessert.
The good news is that I was able to buy an ice cream maker at Costco today, the kind that makes ice cream in about 20 minutes without salt. Can't wait to try it out this weekend. A friend gave me some extra raw milk because she is out of town so I will get to experiment.
I was happy to see that Costco now carries organic lettuce as well as organic carrots. Going to Costco the first time since going low-carb was interesting. We used to gobble up all the free food they offer and for the first time I turned down 90% of it. I did indulge in some yummy double cream cheese of different varieties. Also stocked up on fish oil since I rarely get the chance to buy fish at a reasonable price. Unfortunately none of their nuts are raw and very few items still are organic, so our food co-op and local farmers and our garden are still my main source of food.

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FREELADY 4/6/2012 7:35PM

    I enjoy the reports and it's valuable to me, to hear how you handle these things!

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GRACEMCDOG 4/6/2012 6:54PM

    That's odd your Costco doesn't carry raw nuts: mine has almonds, filberts, pecans, walnuts and pine nuts. Great you found an ice cream maker there. That's where I got mine, too.

I am in 7th heaven that one of my new dog boarding clients is a local fisherman and likes to barter with fresh fish. He brings us a big chunk of salmon or halibut--otherwise I would rarely buy fish.

I know! The only samples we ever try are the cheeses, too. Oh, and one time they were sampling their wild blueberries, which were quite nice.

I made it through my 24 hour fast with no trouble as far as hunger. I didn't ever feel hungry and had only green tea and lots of water. BUT I have had a pretty intense headache at the base of my skull for three days now. Not sure what that's about...possibly I'm burning fat and dumping toxins into my blood stream.

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RUSSELL_40 4/6/2012 9:26AM

    I like the idea of hot sauce.. After 472 days of scrambled eggs or omelettes, I started using spicy mustard to give it a kick. ..lol

It is a good idea to cook up some meat beforehand for snacks HISTORYRUNNER. I eat dinner at 11:00, but cook it in the afternoon, but if you work midday, cooking up some meat while cooking breakfast and eating will not be as fresh, but is good enough. better than eating off plan because it is easy.

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TAMPATINK67 4/6/2012 7:37AM

    Had to laugh - the warehouse "free food" became my nemesis first because I too am primal/Paleo, but also because I had/have a significant amount of weight to lose, and "free" extra calories were something I just didn't need - but the food samples had always been part of the "experience". Sounds like you are in a much more confident place related to your diet and exercise and that you passed these things with ease!

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    Sounds really tasty. You made me hungry, and now that I've read The Primal Blueprint I know I should fry up a steak of my own at 10:35 pm. Bummer that I'm too tired to do so and don't want to do the 15 mile round trip to procure meat! But really, it looks like you are doing well. I hope the ice cream is yummy. emoticon emoticon

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Low-carb is getting very comfortable again

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Since getting back to low-carb yesterday my body has already adjusted again. My weight was down a pound to 137.6, mostly water loss probably. Of course this time I was just dropping from about 80-100grams/day of carbs to under 50grams/day since I just cut out the sugar. Yesterday I felt a little tired at the end of the day. Today my energy level is back to (my new) normal.
Today I probably ate a little more than yesterday and exercised a little less.
I did about an hour of walking, 20 minutes of strength training and just 15 minutes of jogging, total calorie burn about 600.
Breakfast was plain yogurt with blueberries, flaxseed meal and nuts
Lunch was a big plate from the salad bar at our food co-op with spinach, romaine lettuce, tomato, radish,, cucumber, red onion, mushrooms, walnuts, smoked mozzarella cheese, chicken (dark meat), and vinaigrette with at least 5 tablespoons of oliveoil.
I enjoyed a cup of coffee (half decaf) with lots of half and half afterwards.
Dinner was browned ground beef, stir-fried kale (in coconut oil) and a hard-boiled egg, all with generous amounts of melted cheese on top.
I decided to experiment with making low-carb ice cream again. I added almost a quart of heavy cream to pack of frozen blueberries in a metal bowl, added about 2 tablespoons of Xylitol for sweetener and stuck it in the freezer. The frozen berries make the cream freeze faster. To keep it smooth I stirred once about every 20 minutes and after 2 hours I had ice cream.
I may eventually buy an ice cream maker if I can find one that does not require the use of a ton of salt.
In any case, I had a big bowl (about 1 ) of homemade blueberry ice cream for dessert.
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My guesstimate for total calories for today is 2500.

I have been thinking about low-carb eating a lot lately. When I tell people that I'm on a low-carb diet nobody even blinks and everybody acts like that is a completely normal thing to do. But when I tell people that I don't eat any grains or beans I get surprised looks and people ask me why. This tells me that many people don't really understand the reason for eating low-carb. They may have heard about the Atkins diet a long time ago and even believe that it works but they can't imagine anyone eating that way long-term. In fact, sometimes I can barely imagine it myself, not because there are any foods that I miss, just because I'm surrounded by foods that are high-carb everywhere. Just today I walked into a Starbucks and realized that there is NOTHING that fits into my eating style. I also intentionally walked into a local bakery and asked if they carry any gluten-free items. The sales lady told me, "yes, but only on Wednesday". I asked what the ingredients in the bread are and she said she had no idea. I thanked her and left.
I also ate at a Chinese restaurant the other day and asked what gluten -free choices they had. Surprisingly they told me a couple of dishes I could order and said that if requested they can use a soy sauce without wheat in it. We ended up ordering green bean chicken and hot and sour soup, both very tasty and the portions were enough to take some home. There was probably a little sugar and a little corn starch in the soup.

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BEAGLEMAMA2 4/13/2012 11:38AM

    Thanks for sharing...I always love to see what you are up to! emoticon

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CAJUNTAM 4/6/2012 12:13PM

    I actually make a version of ice cream every night. I use a handful of frozen strawberries , frozen blueberries or whatever I have. I use a Magic Bullet and add enough heavy whipping cream to come about an inch below the top of the fruit. I usually use vanilla stevia (sweet leaf) to sweeten. Sometimes I add cocoa powder or dark chocolate nibs. blend and serve. It isn't as hard as ice cream but more like a soft serve. We love it and eat it almost every night. It wouldn't fall under Paleo b/c it is dairy but definately Primal allowable!

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CAJUNTAM 4/6/2012 12:05PM

    wow! looks like you are doing great! Food shouldn't be boring!

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PAMAPPLE 4/5/2012 10:03AM

    I have tried eating low-carb but felt dizzy and light-headed, so I had to add grains, then felt better. Maybe, I didn't eat enough calories since I noticed how many calories you consumed.

Congrats on losing weight! Looks like low-carb is working for you, and thanks for sharing your diet:))

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GRACEMCDOG 4/4/2012 7:35PM

    I used to have one of those Donvier hand cranks. It worked pretty good for a single or small double serving. I have a CuisineArt electric now that is great. They have them during the warmer months at Costco for much less than anywhere else I've seen. I'm going to play with making a custard-based stevia recipe when the strawberries ripen. Exciting to think that one can eat as much as you describe and maintain or even continue to lose as long as the carbs stay low. I had steak cooked in coconut oil and a poached egg with asparagus slathered with butter and a slice of almond butter toast for breakfast. My usual breakfast is the same as yours except I include more protein. I ate a more robust one than usual because I wanted to try fasting today for 24 hours. Funny, I ended up in a bakery today, too, as my husband wanted to try having a hot cross bun (he had two) and is now paying for it with the first bad outbreak of rosacea he's had since going wheat-free. I was quite content with a cup of herbal tea, though the aromas were really lovely. I always feel nostalgic in a bakery, rather like I've come home, since I worked in them for so many years. It's been 9.5 hours since I ate anything and I'm not hungry yet. No exercise today other than a 2.5 K walk with the dogs.

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CONRADBURK 4/4/2012 3:59PM

    I too have noticed that everything at Starbucks is made from wheat. It is very popular here in the USA! It is wonderful to be eating whea- free! I will try limiting my carbs better and maybe I will have more energy. I am aiming for 80 g gross carbs per day. Wish me luck!
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CARLA-216 4/4/2012 1:36PM

    Your food choices sound really GOOD!

As for an ice cream maker that requires no salt.... I once borrowed a friend's Donvier and it is awesome! I bought my parents one and would love one for myself. This little gem takes no salt or electricity. You freeze the bowl that you make the ice cream in. Then you pour your ice cream ingredients into the bowl, put it in the outer container, put the lid on with paddle attached and sit it on the table. Every so often (like once every minute or two) you turn the crank. In 15-20 minutes you have ice cream. Check it out if you're interested: http://www.amazon.com/Donvier-83740

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LADYJAKE1 4/4/2012 12:23PM

    Sounds like you are doing great.

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HEALTHY4ME 4/4/2012 9:54AM

    Awesome and again thanks for the food ideas. I do find that like you I go to Tim Hortons for dad every morning and I am having no problem not getting anything.
I ate well yesterday, now today have to go take dad to dr, and must get some groceries bought especially at the veggie store ( much cheaper and fresher than grocery store).
Have a super day. I have my walk with dog done later on will walk on my own, eliminating the down hill and go a bit farther to help these knees out.

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MYLADY4 4/4/2012 9:35AM

    Sounds delish!!!

Can't wait till I am done training for my half. Get to cut back on the carbs, granted I am not going over board on them but upping them a bit has helped my running. I do like the oven sweet potato fries though but the bananas, I wount miss.

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EGALITAIRE 4/4/2012 7:06AM

    Its actually fun to experiment with what works and what we can eat. I don't miss the grain or processed carbs at all - now ice cream - that was always my addiction. Will have to look into making my own - commercial ice cream has too much junk.

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Back to running - this time while eating low-carb

Monday, April 02, 2012

Today the weather was finally spring-like.
It was time to get back to running after taking about one month off to mostly devote to ice skating.
I'm going back to running at least 3 times/week, maybe as much as 6 times depending on how I feel. I will also do more horseback riding again after the ice-skating season is completely over next week.
Today I ran for 30 minutes, 2.3 miles, average heart rate 134.
I also spent about 2 hours walking and 20 minutes strength training so my total calorie burn was about 1000.
My carbs are back to under 50 net carbs for the first time in a while today.
Breakfast was some blueberries, plain full-fat yogurt, walnuts, ground flaxseed
Lunch was a hard-boiled egg, some pumpkin seeds, a piece of cheese and a small glass of full-fat raw milk.
Dinner was a duck-egg omelett with mustard greens, tomato and cheese.

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FIT_MAMA_2_FOUR 4/3/2012 8:17AM

    Exercise plan sounds great and the menu sounds yummy:)

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HEALTHY4ME 4/3/2012 6:59AM

    Thanks for putting your meals on, cos I have a super hard time keeping my carbs that low. Seems even when I eat salad ect something bumps it up by days end.
Have a great day and I am back to evening walking now that it is light out longer.

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HOUNDLOVER1 4/3/2012 1:58AM

emoticon you did not see my portion size. My rough guesstimates for calories are 600 for breakfast, lunch about 400 calories, dinner probably another 800 calories since it was a 4-egg omelett.
I have to say I don't always exercise that much, but today was a nice day and my day off so I had the time.
You are definitely right that it is important not to undereat and end up burning muscle.

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SUPERMOUSE35 4/3/2012 1:56AM

    I finally got back on track today, as well. Here's hoping we both keep it up tomorrow. :D

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DIVEGODDESS 4/3/2012 1:07AM

    You burn 1000 calories and that's all you eat? Wow, I would die!! I don't do cardio or run and I eat about 5 x much as you!! Be careful not to lose muscle!

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GRACEMCDOG 4/2/2012 11:56PM

    You're amazing and such an inspiration to me when I start to wimp out, like I did today. I just couldn't face the torrential downpour. It didn't let up for one single minute today. My driveway is so flooded I'd have to wear Wellies to get to the road. Gonna do some Zumba and ride the steel pony.

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TAMPATINK67 4/2/2012 9:41PM

    Menu sounds gourmet!

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