Wednesday, August 22, 2012
This is a six-part talk by Dr. William Davis recorded on video about "Wheatbelly". Enjoy!
Sunday, August 19, 2012
We went to a party last night.
I didn't think it was going to be that bad. I had only had about 10 grams of carbs that day before dinner.
At the party I had a little more fruit than I would usually have, maybe 2 cups total. I also ate a few tiny pieces of chocolate frosting, probably no more than 1 teaspoon. I also had about 1.5 cups of regular Breyer's vanilla ice cream and 2 servings of a low-carb dessert I had made with coconut flour, Xylitol and rhubarb. In addition I ate a bunch of raw veggies with 1 teaspon of hummus and a tiny piece of puff pastry which probably contained wheat. All in all I probably consumed no more than 100-150 grams of carbs, about what Mark Sisson recommends in his book "The primal Blueprint".
Obviously for me it was still far too much.
This morning I woke up after 8 hours of sleep with no energy. I managed to do some light outdoor chores but definitely functioned on auto-pilot, no thinking required, and I did NOT feel like exercising. Now, 10 minutes after finishing breakfast and a cup of coffee I'm starting to wake up. My brain is still only in first gear, so I'm beginning to wonder if everyone thinks I'm crazy to consider all this worthy of writing a blog about but I'm not energetic enough to care.
I still have less energy than I do after a low-carb day without coffee.
I do remember that I considered all this normal half a year ago: decreasing energy levels due to getting older, mild hypothyroidism, lack of sleep (brought on by eating carbs at night as I now know).
I am now thinking about the people who have heard about low-carb eating and have heard some success stories. Some of them may not have been able to process the information they were getting because their brain was only in first gear, kind of like running a car that requires premium gasoline on regular?
For those of you who have also made the transition to low-carb and feel much healthier because of it, you may know what I'm talking about. We need to be willing to take the time to share what we have learned with patience, respect and great kindness, even when we feel that nobody's listening. Maybe sometimes actions speak louder than words. Inviting people to a well-prepared, tasty meal in our home or to a picnic in the park, rather than preaching is a great way to start.
Friday, August 17, 2012
I found this on Gary Taubes blog today:
If you nobody anybody who has struggled with cancer or obesity, please feel free to pass on the link and discuss it in on any spark team where you feel it's appropriate.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
... and so much has changed.
Here are the links to my blogs from February 2nd and 3rd of this year:
As you may have guessed, I am now 100% sure that the book "Wheatbelly" is not a new diet scam but rather one of the most important books on health of the century.
It has been just over 6 months since I first stopped eating wheat. Yesterday was the first day this season that I walked my dogs through a wheat field that had just been harvested the day before. The grain trucks make nice wide paths lined with wheat straw as they haul off the precious gold to the closest grain elevator. There could not be a nicer running or hiking trail than this. I just heard the combine up the hill, will take a short break to take some pictures.
- Here are the results:
Combine harvesting wheat
Wheat transferred to truck
Truck dumping wheat at grain elevator
Blue Eagle in her pasture with combine in the background
A picture from a few days ago showing the dust in the air during harvest. The ridge in the background is only about 8 miles away and can usually be seen crisply against the blue sky.
In the front there is a harvested wheat field from last year that was sprayed with roundup for weeds. In the back a partially harvested field.
Tomorrow I will be riding my horse through the field in the photos. It makes for a great galloping hill. The owner gave us permission to ride on his land. He knows that we are responsible and will stay out of the way of harvesting equipment and out of the fields while the wheat is growing. He's a nice laid-back guy who inherited the farm from his dad. I talked to him just the other day as he was preparing to spray weeds. He let me know when and what he'd spray so I knew when to keep my animals out of the fields.
I have not talked to him about "Wheatbelly". I did not feel I knew him well enough for that. I did tell one friend whose husband is a local wheat farmer several months ago. She acknowledged what I said but did not raise the issue again on her own. Did she think I looked at her like a drug pusher?
I'm wondering what these farmers think, if they have heard all the health risks related to wheat. Maybe they have no idea? Maybe they think there are commercial interests here, some anti-farming lobby? Maybe some of them don't eat wheat themselves but see it as a good way to feed millions of hungry people around the world who have very little to eat?
I wonder how many of them have celiac disease or gluten-intolerance and don't know it, how many have severe arthritis in their joints, autoimmune diseases and inflammatory diseases in their body and they don't make the connection.
I wonder if they have considered growing other crops or turning their fields into prairie to graze cattle on it, the way it looked 150 years ago when the buffalo still roamed here.
Many cowboys currently work on dude ranches and would not mind returning to their old way of life...
I'm hoping something will change as the wheat market changes over time and the information about wheat gets out. I hope there is a way for things to change without farming families getting hurt. The average wheat farm in our area is several thousand acres with large sums of money invested in equipment, hoping for a good harvest to pay the enormous bills. Switching to a completely different crop would not be easy, if possible at all in the short run. Maybe switching to a gluten-free grain would be a great start.
There are some things that only God can change. Maybe this is one of them.
In the meantime I want to say that I am very grateful to Dr. Davis for writing his book. It has changed my life. I have gone from eliminating wheat to eliminating gluten to eliminating all grains and beans and my health and energy level are much better, not to mention that the last 10 lbs. came off for good while being able to eat as much as I like. I am very glad that there are cardiologists who help people to prevent heart disease rather than just treat it and hope that the medical profession as a whole will shift their focus in this direction. It would save lives and a lot of money.
Please spread the word in your community about "Wheatbelly". You will save lives!
Thank you Dr. Davis for setting a great example.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
This is not the first time I've had these thoughts so for anyone who has read this before I apologize in advance and hope to be adding something new this time around. These thoughts about maintenance come around every couple of months, usually prompted by reading about weight maintenance somewhere, sometimes by the concept of maintaining in another arena of life: fitness, health, finances, knowledge, relationships etc.
On the surface it seems like maintaining is a good thing, definitely better than going downhill (whatever the hill is) and probably also better than going uphill too fast.
But still, maintaining sounds an awful lot like stagnating, which sounds an awful lot like stale which sounds a lot less desirable and possibly very boring and even harmful.
When it comes to maintenance of weight most people don't really mean just weight. They often assume that health and fitness are included and related. They may even think emotional/mental health as part of the package. The reason is that many people feel overall healthier and happier when they lose a significant amount of excessive body weight/body fat. While losing is improvement, not just maintaining the status quo, maintaining means staying the same. But don't we always want to improve?
So how does someone who reaches their goal weight continue to improve? Maybe they will set a new goal weight, a little lower than they previously thought reasonable or possible. But at some point weight loss is no longer desirable and healthy. So what to do next? Just staying in the same place? Is some of the difficulty of weight maintenance due to the fact that weight loss is a MAJOR LIFE GOAL, sometimes life saving, that takes a huge amount of attention and energy and can give us a long-term focus and purpose. It can be somewhat like raising children. While they are at home they are all-consuming, taking first priority a lot of the time, sometimes to the detriment of other important aspects of life. When the kids are raised and ready to leave the nest, there is an emptiness, a lack of purpose and a lack of focus for a while. This may not be a lack of goals and desires at all, but mostly an emotional state that is brought about by the change. The goals may be there but the desire to reach for them may still be lacking. Maybe we feel that we deserve a long break and treat ourselves well (not always in healthy ways).
So how do we get from that phase in life to the next one, one of being passionate about new goals, new purposes, new joy in life?
For me it has to do with giving to others, sharing what I have learned, being an example when I can be, sharing my struggles to make it easier for others to accept their own.
Weight maintenance is no longer a goal for me, no more than maintaining a regular exercise routine. It has become a natural part of me, in a different way than for someone else as we are all different. It does not require conscious planning and thought any more. It is as natural as driving my car without thinking about pushing the gas pedal and break pedal down, turning the steering wheel right and left or turning turn signals on and off. I am now teaching my 15-year-old daughter the principles of healthy eating just like I will teach her how to drive a car in the coming year. Teaching someone else will bring those things that I do naturally now back into my conscious mind where I reflect upon them again, maybe tweaking small things here and there. But I feel free to go where I want to go. And that freedom is what it is really all about. I had it to start with and now I have gained it back, knowing that I will never lose it again.
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