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Playing with our food - a really weird dinner

Friday, May 25, 2012

Today we ate the strangest dinner I've had in a long time. I did not feel like cooking so I pulled out a bunch of things that were relatively low-carb and we had a Sushi-making party. We don't usually eat Sushi, definitely not the type with raw fish.
So this one was different. In addition to sheets of Nori (a kind of seaweed), we had hard-boiled duck eggs, Bergenost triple-cream cheese, carrot sticks, avocado slices, hummus, cream cheese and cooked Sauerkraut. We experimented with all kinds of combinations to make Sushi rolls and found a number of them surprisingly tasty.
This was better than any dinner with rice, potatoes or pasta, and much lower in carbs. emoticon

  
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FRAN0426 5/26/2012 3:15PM

    Sunds like you had a great time doing your own food meal and interesting too

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HOUNDLOVER1 5/26/2012 12:03PM

    I have to admit that these were NOT neatly wrapped Sushi-rolls, more like 5-year-olds making Sushi-rolls, LOL. It got us in touch with our food, literally. How does mashed avocado compare to sliced avocado; how easy is it to spread cream cheese on a sheet of nori; how does liquid (from the Sauerkraut) change the consistency of the nori etc.

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WOUBBIE 5/26/2012 11:59AM

    My kind of cooking, though definitely not ingredients you'd find in my fridge in general! (My kids claim that I'm the best "leftovers chef" out there!)

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HEALTHIERKEN 5/26/2012 11:34AM

    Intriguing blog title--pulled me right in : )
Sounds like you had all kinds of fun and ended up with a really nutritious meal.
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REJ7777 5/26/2012 6:58AM

    That's a very interesting meal. I'm kinda wondering how you put it together. (Ex.: how you used the Nori, how you served the cream cheese (dip for the carrot sticks?)) Anyway, sounds delicious and nutritious! emoticon

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HICKOK-HALEY 5/26/2012 3:26AM

    Experimenting can be fun, especially when the food turns out tastier then one would have thought. Good for you! emoticon

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I.M.MAGIC 5/26/2012 1:38AM

    Sounds like fun! LOL

I'm with you on the sushi... it's fine without the raw fish! LOL I have a hard time chewing Nori (my teeth are "charmingly mismatched" LOL) so I do this experiment of yours with the low carb low sodium tortillas--though I do love California rolls, with crab and avocado and cucumber...

And you're right, some of the oddest combinations can be very tasty indeed! LOL

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GRACEMCDOG 5/26/2012 12:27AM

    I love eating that way when I don't want to cook. But I don't keep nori on hand because I've never made sushi. I have pickled ginger and wasabi, though. :-) I think your combos sound really yummy. Duck eggs are awesome. We've been having one for breakfast sometimes.

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SUNNYWBL 5/26/2012 12:19AM

    Why did you have duck eggs in your fridg? emoticon

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HISTORYRUNNER 5/26/2012 12:18AM

    This is so creative! I can kind of imagine the combination of flavors ... the sauerkraut would make the real difference, I think, by adding a tangy edge to the softer but flavorful cheeses. The carrots, in contrast, would be sweet and provide a nice crunchy texture to offset the softness of the other ingredients. And total nutritional value must be pretty good - lots of proteins, fats, and the good stuff that seaweed has (iodine and vitamins, right?).

I can guarantee you that you were the only family in America - maybe the world? - to have this particular combination for dinner tonight. Maybe ever in human history.

Can't wait to hear about your next adventure with on-the-edge cooking! And keep having fun! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Low-carb - a lifestyle to enjoy the benefits, not a diet

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

I was reminded several times this past week how many people still think of eating low-carb or eating primal, paleo, ancestral etc. as a diet, something that we do temporarily until the extra weight is lost.
But of course as soon as people go back to a "normal" diet, which really is very abnormal for our body they gain all or most of the weight back. High carb foods like sugar, grains and legumes will do the same thing that they did in the first place to make a mess of our bodies. Insulin levels will be all over the place, as will levels of various other hormones. Food cravings will return, leaving us nothing but will power to fight the constant urge to eat. For a while we will try to play mind games, drink a ton of water, micromanage out calorie-intake, count every move we make as exercise, trying to control what we can't control any more because it is impossible to fight this carb addiction.
The only thing that will work long-term to keep the weight off and to give us high energy levels to exercise is to skip most high-carb foods, get our carbs from large amounts of much lower-carb veggies and some fruit and dairy) and eat much higher fat levels that keep us feeling full. Insulin levels will drop again, cravings will stop, energy goes to muscle cells instead of fat cells, our body is getting closer to balance and feeling normal.
Low-carb is a life-style, call it low-carb, primal eating, paleo eating, ancestral eating, the basics are the same: cutting out large amounts of carbohydrates that were never natural to our diet to begin with, replacing them with healthy saturated and some healthy unsaturated fats (omega 3's and olive oil). The result is being able to enjoy good food without constantly thinking about and looking for the next meal, having plenty of energy throughout the day to exercise in ways we enjoy, not to lose weight but because we feel the strength in our body to do it that comes from providing healthy fuel. emoticon

  
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SUNNYWBL 5/25/2012 1:11AM

    I don't call it low carb eating, I call it eliminating simple carbs and upping my intake of complex carbohydrates.

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MYLADY4 5/24/2012 9:36PM

    So agree!!!!

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BEAGLEMAMA2 5/24/2012 9:32AM

    This is so true..I fell off the wagon and boy did I feel it! I'm back on track and this morning I'm feeling emoticon!

Had a pear and a string cheese for breakfast!

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FLEUR71 5/24/2012 6:14AM

  Yes low carb is wonderful and ive lost 30kg.enjouing new foods and to drink water water.
In some areas limited by choice as i live in a small country so can get very expensive.
I do have a few berries as i grow my own vegetables and some fruit.


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ADZY86 5/24/2012 6:07AM

    You are so right. I will never go back to the way I used to eat. Why would I?! Obviously there will come a point where we don't want to lose any more weight, at which point we'll just up the amount of carbs we get from veggies and low carb fruits, rather than rice, pasta, sugary rubbish etc. This in no way feels like a diet; in fact, quite the opposite. And I love love love it.

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KENDRACARROLL 5/24/2012 12:53AM

    Oh, I don't know. I've lost all my weight while eating plenty of carbs, both good and bad, and have been maintaining for many years now. I certainly strive to greatly limit processed foods, but by no means am i counting carbs. I guess each individual has to find their fit.

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ARLENE_MOVES 5/23/2012 10:26PM

    So true and so well said. Not a diet - just a wonderful way to enjoy life! My dh should be doing this but alas, he's not there yet. He wants/needs to eat often and I can go seemingly forever! I love it.

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CINDYTW 5/23/2012 8:45PM

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GOPINTOS 5/23/2012 8:44PM

    You are so right. When ppl ask me what I am doing, I basically say I have gone back to eating the way I was raised. Meat, lots of veggies, some fruit. The way it was before fast food and take out, took over.

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Smile and Enjoy the Rest of Your Day!
Melinda (gopintos)
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GRACEMCDOG 5/23/2012 6:50PM

    Well put, Birgit! I did a little test yesterday to see if I could tolerate a small amount of rice. BIG mistake. I had about 1/2 cup with a Thai curry because we were in town and had to eat at a restaurant and that was the least bad option. For the first time since I started low carb in February I had a scary and upsetting episode of hypoglycemia about 3 hours after eating the rice (there were also some carrots). I couldn't go back to eating high or even moderate carb even if I wanted to. And I certainly don't want to! I don't think of this as a diet. I think of it as finally getting to eat in a way that makes me as healthy and energetic as I can possibly be. I wish I'd discovered it 30 years ago but...better late than never. I love having food and nutrition relegated to a minor portion of my life. I love having so much more time to do other things because I can skip a meal so often.

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SOCDIRECTOR 5/23/2012 2:34PM

    So true! Thanks for telling it like it is!
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WOUBBIE 5/23/2012 1:59PM

    I've had people ask me when I'm "going back to eating normally" and I have to explain to them that this IS normal. The wheat and rice and corn and sugar bombs are the NOT normal that I'll never go back to. It will be nice someday to be able to add back some of the fruits that I avoid like the plague right now (I actually felt guilty eating berries last week, but *shrugs* I'll live.) XD

It may take me 2 years to lose the amount I want to lose (60 pounds total), and I may even want to go lower once I get close to goal. Or not. But I will NEVER go back to starchy side dishes and pizza pigouts.

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RUSSELL_40 5/23/2012 1:26PM

    Amen. I found out the hard way this week. So glad to be back to eating healthier. It is amazing how quick you feel better.

Barring cheats though, I have stuck to it for 3 years with good results, and can't understand why anyone would think that at GW one should quit the diet that got them there. What do you eat then? lol

I plan to eat low carb for the rest of my life. I will simply add a few carbs to slow down weight loss as I near GW.

An interesting note: I heard that saturated fats cause a rise in you HDL, a problem I have(low HDL). Since adding butter and eggs, my HDL has gone from 24 to 33, and my overall cholesterol is down to 104, so it isn't just an overall increase. Only my HDL went up. The rest of my numbers are low.. VERY low. Low HDL puts me at risk of a stroke. I will continue to take 2 pats of butter a day to keep the doctor at bay.

Every health benefit I heard of about low carb, I have experienced, after years of SAD failing me. Low blood pressure, low cholesterol, stable blood sugars. All easily done with low carb. I have no idea why people are struggling to stay with SAD ( and with their health ), instead of just accepting that low carb works, and SAD does not.

Plus the food is awesome too..lol emoticon Enjoy

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40ANDTHIN 5/23/2012 1:13PM

    You got it! I'm loving my new life! I've lost 27 lbs, and will lose another 100 before I'm done. And I'm never gaining it back either.

:) :):)

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Hard workout - almost like a stress test

Monday, May 21, 2012

I've been eating low-carb for a while now with just a few exceptions (usually consuming sugar and/or a few non-gluten grains). So I thought it was time to see how my body's ability to exercise has changed.
Unfortunately I forgot my heart rate monitor so was not able to know exactly how high my heart rate went.
I did this test on the treadmill at our local gym. I started walking at 3 mph and increased the speed by 0.1 mph every minute for as long as I could.
The first part, going from 3mph to 4 mph served as a warm-up.
It may have helped to not wear a heart rate monitor because I was not distracted by the numbers.
I ended up running for 31 minutes, covering 2.3 miles and going up to 6 mph.
My usual running speed (aerobic) had been around 4.1-4.2 mph with a target heart rate of about 132 but I really did not have time for regular runs since my last half-marathon in early March.
Today 18 minutes of my workout were over that and 10 minutes were above 5 mph, a speed that I have never exceeded for more than a few minutes before.
My pulse was back to 132 about 2 minutes after I finished and went back to walking at 3 mph.
I may repeat this test about every two weeks and see if there is improvement.

  
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ALL4THEMUTTS 5/25/2012 9:16AM

    Interesting test! Will be good to see ongoing results.


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EDDYMEESE 5/22/2012 12:15AM

    Nice! This sounds like a great way to work on increasing running time and speed. I think I'll adopt it :)

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GOPINTOS 5/21/2012 8:53PM

    Sounds awesome! I know I had gradually been lowering it since January, so by the time I went Primal in Mid-March, there really wasnt any kind of an adjustment period for me. :)

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Smile and Enjoy the Rest of Your Day!
Melinda (gopintos)
Wheat Belly Team

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GRACEMCDOG 5/21/2012 6:30PM

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Cool!

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Weight all over the place

Monday, May 21, 2012

My weight has been ranging from 132 lbs. to 137 lbs. this week. Part of it seems to be the time of year. My weight always goes down when the weather gets warm and up when the weather gets cold. I'm curious to see how my weight is going to change this summer since this is my first spring/summer on a low-carb diet. The last two years the lowest my weight went is 132. I suspect I will end up under 130 lbs. by mid -summer this year and probably will have more muscle than I had two years ago as well. I may actually enjoy clothes shopping for a change. emoticon

  
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GRACEMCDOG 5/21/2012 12:15PM

    Yep, I usually have that same kind of fluctuation though in the past 15 years or so I haven't had the summer loss, just the winter gain. Between my husband and me we have lost 60 lbs since February. Me 40, him 20. We are both at 40% of our goal. With summer coming I plan to eat a bit less fat and a bit more carbs by way of lots more fresh veggies and a little more fruit. I love working outdoors and am planning to do a lot more PLAYING outdoors, too, this summer. The weedeater is going to be my friend.

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-POLEDANCEGIRL- 5/21/2012 9:36AM

    I do the exact same thing! I have a 5 lb range and I lose when the weather gets warmer. i think its because I love to be outside in the sunshine :)

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ROBINT63 5/21/2012 9:35AM

    Isn't it funny how weight changes! Keep up the good work! emoticon

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GOPINTOS 5/21/2012 7:03AM

    Gosh those numbers sound so good!! emoticon

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MAGGIE101857 5/21/2012 6:34AM

    You are doing great with your new program!

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SWAN47 5/21/2012 3:20AM

    Sounds all good to me. Weight always fluctuates! More muscle is emoticon

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Look at the new wheatbelly blog

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

This is report about a low-carb cruise and there are some great resources given:

www.wheatbellyblog.com/2012/05/lesso
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ARLENE_MOVES 5/18/2012 6:32PM

    I've read about the cruise on many different web sites, but not WheatBelly yet. Will be on my way later! Thanks!

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JUSTBIRDY 5/18/2012 6:20PM

    looks like everyone had a great time at the cruise

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SUNNYWBL 5/17/2012 7:11PM

    Thanks for the link! emoticon

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GOPINTOS 5/16/2012 8:59PM

    Thanks for sharing!

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Melinda (gopintos)
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HYATTI1 5/16/2012 5:28AM

    thanks for taking the time to post the links.

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-LINDA_S 5/15/2012 2:40PM

    Thanks! Lots of links to lead me astray once I get there!

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REJ7777 5/15/2012 1:23PM

    Thanks for the link... which leads to a lot of other links. emoticon emoticon

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JAMGIRL8 5/15/2012 8:36AM

    Interesting, thanks!!

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EGALITAIRE 5/15/2012 7:39AM

    thanks for the link Birgit

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HEALTHY4ME 5/15/2012 7:18AM

    Interesting and thanks, now to hope that I can find most of these in my area.
I am still not doing well at sticking to this, finding breakfasts still so hard, I don't eat the cereal, or bread but just what besides eggs can I think of. Don't usually have too many left over suppers.
Have to get back on this better, as when Primal I felt much better and was slowly but was losing now gained back 3 lbs. eeeek. slippery slope!

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