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Fat and Fat

Friday, September 21, 2012

I couldn't think of what else to call this post.
I was thinking of two types of fat: The kind that is on our bodies and the kind that is in our food. For those of you who have not heard this before, there seems to be a correlation between the two, the more fat we have in our diet as total percentage of calories the lower the percentage our body fat will ultimately be, in other words fat does not make us fat, it makes us leaner in most cases. I've known this for quite a while now.
Fat in our diet, especially saturated fat does not cause heart disease, either.
Still, even among people who have been eating low-carb diets there is often some hesitation to fully embrace a high-fat lifestyle. We have all been indoctrinated by the "low-fat is healthy" myth for so long that our emotions sometimes override our knowledge. I realized this today when I felt hungry between meals, which only happens very rarely any more. I had already eaten a frittata with lots of eggs, cheese and mushrooms and therefore thought I could not be hungry, after all eating low-carb and high-fat is supposed to keep this from happening. My mind was searching for something to eat that was not very high in calories. I ended up eating a tomato. Now there's nothing wrong with tomatoes, except it did not solve the problem of feeling hungry at all. It took me another hour and increasing hunger to realize that more fat would help more, especially since my body is just switching back to ketosis. So I compromised and had a cup of decaf with a lot of half-and half, and sure enough, 10 minutes later I was not hungry any more. emoticon

  
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ARTEMISTHEGREEK 9/22/2012 11:54AM

    I've transitioned to the healthy fats when cooking, but I still feel like I shouldn't when I pull out the ghee or the coconut oil or the (home rendered) duck fat. There will probably always be some of this hesitation.

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LILY_SPARK 9/22/2012 11:05AM

    Since I'm still working on hunger-directed eating (not emotional), this is a tough one. I try something fatty/ with protein (hard boiled eggs are my friend--as are almonds; easy and ready to grab since I'm away from home a minimum of 13 hours a day...up to 20).

The past couple of days, I hit some grains ("safe" grains for my gut but NOT for my overall health...you know why and you know the roller coaster ride it is BUT it's what I craved...and I have to say that HAD to be mostly emotional but also I was completely exhausted).

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COURTNEY055 9/22/2012 11:01AM

    Wow..I feel like I have so much to learn. I too was always taught about "fats are bad" now I'm not sure. I'm just starting on the low carb diet so I'm sure I'll be embracing all types of different things. Keep on posting cuz I want to keep on reading what u have to say..U have some very interesting perspectives. It seems to be working for you! emoticon

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-LINDA_S 9/22/2012 9:30AM

    Mmmm...fat! I drifted a bit off from my hCG protocol maintenance and added a bit too many carbs and paid the price. So back to the protein/fat and no sugar/no starches while I hopefully stabilize! I love fat!

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ERIN1957 9/22/2012 7:43AM

    WooHoo, it has been a life changer for me. Tweaking and reprograming is my constant right now. Knowing my level has become a closer reality for me.
Have a wonderful time making your health choices for you, your way!!

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GRACEMCDOG 9/21/2012 11:08PM

    Well stated and something that bears lots of repetition because we have all been so brainwashed for so long about the 'evils' of high fat foods. I eat bacon, eggs, butter, avocados, 11% fat yogurt, full fat dairy/cheese, nuts, olives, coconut oil pretty much every day and the weight loss has been steady. No gains at all in the 8 months since I started. You are one of the few low carbers I know who really seems to embrace a high fat diet. I would probably still be iffy about it if it weren't for my husband who has always loved fat and is constantly reading me articles and research to back up the current science. I know the higher the percentage of fat I eat (80-90% total calories) the less hungry I am, the longer I go between meals, the fewer meals I eat and the more weight I lose. My personal N=1 says "Fat is Good for me." There's still a small voice in my head that whispers..."Are you SURE?" Yep, I'm sure.

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FLAMENM 9/21/2012 10:54PM

    Tomatoes with avacado. A yummy summer treat.

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WOUBBIE 9/21/2012 10:05PM

    Funny that the "good and healthy" tomato left you hungry, but the cream didn't. :)

When I started this lifestyle last summer I thought it would be a relatively straightforward change and I wouldn't have all THAT much to learn. Sheesh, how wrong I was! A year later and I'm still finding out how little I actually know about my own metabolism!

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HAWAIIANMAMMA 9/21/2012 9:52PM

    Super interesting! I've been brainwashed, apparently. Gonna have to research now. I know our bodies need fat, but *high* fat is not good (or so I've been taught). Hmmm....

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GOPINTOS 9/21/2012 8:45PM

    I know what you mean. We have all been brainwashed of sorts, and even sp, gosh I love 'em but their ratios are whacked up too. And though I lost weight when I started following them, I was hungry all. the.time. I it wasnt until I added more fat and less carbs, that I started to understand being truly full and truly hungry.

Love it!

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HEALTHY4ME 9/21/2012 8:34PM

    Boy I wish I could get this primal paleo down as well as you have. I still can't figure my ratios out well yet. and still having issue with breakfast eating other than eggs..... or leftovers.
I have finally copied a lot of the recipes I have found and realized majority are still sweets, albe it not the gf flour kind but almond and coconut flours.
I am sure that I am not getting enough fat and not sure how to figure my ratios. Went on one site and only was confused....


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ELECTRALYTE 9/21/2012 8:25PM

    mmm tomatoes are a great snack for me! This time of year the big, juicy beef steaks are so yummy.
I can cover a big plate with slices, then a drizzle of olive oil, some fresh feta and maybe some olives. Heck, avacado if I have some!
Dang, now I'm hungry! emoticon

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GOLFGMA 9/21/2012 8:13PM

    Fat is good in moderation just like any other food. Glad you solved the problem and had a good and a healthy snack. emoticon

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Getting back into exercising after 6 week break

Friday, September 21, 2012

The break was necessary because of surgery on my ribcage and then an infection in my arm. Now I'm ready to get going again. Unfortunately the break was long enough that I lost quite a bit of muscle. I needed to lower the weights for every exercise in the weight room in the last couple of days. Weight had gone up by 3 pounds, but one of them is already gone again.
Tomorrow I will have some blood work done, the first time since I went low-carb. I'm really curious what the results will show.
Today a lot of good things happened. We found a new home for five of our ducks, bringing our number down to a more reasonable 22 down from 36 two weeks ago.
I was able to purchase a 20 lb. box of nitrate-free bacon for a very reasonable price.
We had the chance to pick blackberries in a friend's yard and they have made it into our freezer by now.
If the weather is not too hot I'm hoping to go for a 5-6 mile run tomorrow.

  
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ROBYNLN 9/21/2012 10:39AM

    It sounds like things are looking up. emoticon

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GOPINTOS 9/21/2012 9:28AM

    Glad you are ready to get back to it!

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

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-LINDA_S 9/21/2012 9:21AM

    Best of luck getting yourself back on track. emoticon

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CHRISTINASP 9/21/2012 7:35AM

    Best of luck with the weights... take good care of yourself. I recently went back to the gym after six weeks due to the (dumb) summer schedule of the gym. I like to just focus on the fact that I'm using my muscles again...

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ERIN1957 9/21/2012 6:53AM

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JSTETSER 9/21/2012 6:20AM

    Take your time and build up slow. Good things will come.
I envy you picking blackberries. Our berry season is past here in NH.

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KRISZTA11 9/21/2012 4:01AM

    Take it easy and slow, my friend!
It is great you be active and you can run again.
Muscles will be back soon.
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JAZZID 9/21/2012 1:18AM

    I have experienced this too. It will take time but before you know it you will be back in top form again. Although you may have lost muscle with consistency you will be surprised at how fast your body will respond. Just take it slow and as HAWAIIANMAMMA says, muscles do come back fast.... it will happen!

emoticon on getting started again... emoticon ~ Dee emoticon

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HAWAIIANMAMMA 9/21/2012 12:18AM

    Sounds like things are going well for the most part! Take it slow getting back into things, but the muscle comes back fast, so no worries!

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Jimmy Moore from La Vida Low carb interviews Peter Attia March 2012

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

This happened before I was listening to Jimmy Moore regularly. This is a great interview, giving a lot of info that is not as easy to find on Peter Attia's blog.
Enjoy
www.thelivinlowcarbshow.com/shownote
s/6047/560-peter-attia


Birgit

  
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GOPINTOS 9/21/2012 9:55AM

    I enjoy snooping around Peter's blog. I wish I had faster internet, I can't really do the videos very well.

Thanks for sharing!

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

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LADYJAKE1 9/19/2012 3:47PM

    Thanks

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KELLYIM 9/19/2012 2:32PM

    Thanks for linking. I'm so interested in the work that he and Gary Taubes are hoping to do with their new Nutritional Science Initiative!

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GRACEMCDOG 9/19/2012 12:04PM

    I look forward to listening to this one when I have time. I like Attia and have read his blog from time to time. I find myself confounded on an almost daily basis by the 'fear and loathing' so many people seem to have about eating low carb without ever having tried it. I guess it represents too large an adjustment for many people to consider but that doesn't explain the overly-vitriolic and emotional comments and attitudes I see on a regular basis. I can only conclude that, on some level, those who are most vocal against the idea of low carb believe that it's probably the right thing to do for themselves but also find it too daunting, which results in an overly-defensive response to it. 'Me thinks the lady dost protest too much' kinda thing ;-) Actually, there was a time in my life when I probably would have been very dismissive of it simply because I had so much 'invested' in the consumption of grains and sugar as a professional pastry chef/baker. Unfortunately, I didn't know about low carb as an option until this year.

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JSTETSER 9/19/2012 6:08AM

    Interesting.

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ERIN1957 9/19/2012 5:53AM

    I have been looking for something like this...thanks.

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HOUNDLOVER1 9/19/2012 1:43AM

    I guess as long as what you do works for you there is no reason to change. emoticon It is good to keep in mind, though, that we can not always see the effects of our dietary choices on the inside of our body. A smoker may have only very minor problems for many years and still end up with lung cancer.
It is true that many people have trouble giving up carbs. This commonly called the carb-flu by low-carbers and Dr. Peter Attia mentions his very personal experience with this in this interview.

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SH9719 9/19/2012 1:35AM

    I have a friend who is a low carber. We have debated this option a lot. The bottom line for me is the balanced diet works for me and I think I would have problem with giving up carbs. If you cannot work with a diet it will not work for you.

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Unaccountable - New book coming out about our healthcare system

Wednesday, September 12, 2012


This book will come out in a few days. Take a look here: www.amazon.com/Unaccountable-Hospita
ls-Transparency-Revolutionize-Health/d
p/1608198367


Birgit

  
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GOPINTOS 9/15/2012 8:04PM

    Thanks for sharing!

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

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JSTETSER 9/13/2012 1:56PM

    I will look for the book emoticon

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-LINDA_S 9/13/2012 8:12AM

    Thanks, Birgit! I hope this gets lots of publicity and people really start thinking about solutions.

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ERIN1957 9/13/2012 7:10AM

    Thank you so much, I believe we should be aware of what will effect all of us sometime in our lives and also in our loved ones lives.
~Erin

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SANDYW1945 9/13/2012 4:11AM

    Thank you for the information. I look forward to reading this book.

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HOUNDLOVER1 9/13/2012 12:52AM

    The best I can think of is to exercise our right to free speech and talk about it EVERYWHERE. Here is one very good use of social media. emoticon

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2ABBYNORMAL 9/13/2012 12:38AM

    Thank you for the information. There was newspaper coverage in our paper at least two years ago that listed 20 doctors who had made major mistakes. It had there pictures and what each doctor's infraction was and all of them huge. None of these doctors were held accountable, did not have their license to practice revoked and are still working as doctors today. What are we as the little people really supposed to do about this?


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HOUNDLOVER1 9/13/2012 12:03AM

    Good question, maybe we'll have to wait for the first reviews on amazon but it looks from the table of content like it is written for the general public as well as health care providers.

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NANCYRUBIO 9/12/2012 11:42PM

    Will we be able to understand it?

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Barefoot Running - The movie

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

This is coming out in a few days and should be lots of fun to watch for any runner.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2Ob9NfOAvo

Enjoy!

  
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JSTETSER 9/12/2012 6:16AM

    Thanks!

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FLORENCEANN06 9/11/2012 2:39PM

    I can't wait to watch this movie. The preview looks so good.

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