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Day 6 of ultra low-carb

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Today I decided to start the day off with a little fruit. Breakfast was 1/2 cup of blackberries, 2 oz. yogurt and some heavy cream. I also had one cup of regular coffee with cream.
Throughout the next 6 hours I had a few small snacks of cheese and a few nuts and then a small lunch of 2 chicken drumsticks. In the early afternoon I had a second cup of coffee that was half decaf.
We had an early dinner around 6 pm. I was hungry and had a big salad with mixed lettuce and spinach, a few cherry tomatoes, lots of chicken breast and cheese, and olive oil vinaigrette.
After that I decided to have a cup of decaf with cream before we went to a concert.
When I got home tonight I had a small bowl of homemade vanilla ice cream. I'm really too tired to bother with counting carbs tonight but it must have been around 30 grams again.
Tomorrow we are going out to brunch, not sure where yet. I'm probably going to have an omelett, my easy go-to breakfast these days.

  
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-LINDA_S 10/20/2012 8:14AM

    Sounds like you're still doing great! Have a nice weekend. Omelets are my go-to brunch item also.

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ERIN1957 10/20/2012 5:47AM

    Sounds like you are doing good.
Have you ever tried chicory coffee?
We had some awhile back and it was pretty good with cream. I am thinking about drinking it again.
Have an awesome week end and enjoy!

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CHRISTINASP 10/20/2012 3:25AM

    I continue to find your reports interesting! Thanks for sharing.

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SAFETYSUE 10/20/2012 2:42AM

    Great job!
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Everything in moderation - why or why not?

Friday, October 19, 2012

This topic comes up on Spark from time to time and I wanted to discuss it in response to some of the comments on my last blog:
I understand the sentiment of everything in moderation, it sounds so normal and - well, moderate. I'd like it very much to be true. But EVERYTHING? Really? How about HFCS, trans fats, chewing tobacco? The question to me seems to be whether something is addictive and or damaging in small quantities for everybody. Some things are only toxic to the body in large amounts, some in very small amounts. The level of sensitivity may be different for each individual based on genetics and early formative habits that affect gene expression. For me sugar is most definitely addictive, for my husband it definitely is not, although he may be negatively affected by eating lots of it, too. I am convinced at this point that modern wheat is damaging to everyone, just like nicotine, even for people who don't have visible symptoms and for whom it is not addictive.
Alcohol seems to be addictive to a significant percentage of the population but not to everyone, judging by the fact that many people can drink in moderation without the slightest difficulty.
I assume that almost everyone consumes something that would turn out to be less than ideal for their health if we had the perfect screening tools. We need to find out which foods are the most dangerous/destructive to our body and be committed to eliminating them.
The argument that everything is ok in moderation could be based on someone's experience that they are not negatively affected by any food, at least not knowingly, a lack of information about nutrition or the justification of an addiction that has not been dealt with.
I guess we all need to decide for ourselves what the answer is.
Or is there another, better reason to say everything in moderation is ok that I have missed? Please feel free to comment or to blog about it and link your blog here so we can all learn more. emoticon

  
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GOPINTOS 10/22/2012 8:51AM

    Enjoyed this!!

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Smile and Enjoy the Rest of Your Day!
Melinda (gopintos)
Country Living Team

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EJOY-EVELYN 10/20/2012 3:56PM

    Everything is a lot like a couple other "buzz" words -- always and never -- that can lead to great angst at times. Glad when it becomes a positive learning experience.

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EJOY-EVELYN 10/20/2012 3:50PM

    I will continue to enjoy the energy boost in starting my day with a little coffee. I sometimes move into the day with a little green tea, and white, herbal tea in the evening. I do believe there is definitely room for me to cut back on some of my poorer caffeine choices. Good to keep up on the current research. Thanks.

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HOUNDLOVER1 10/20/2012 12:54PM

    Thanks to everyone who has contributed to this discussion. I'm excited to see how many people have thought this through. Now we just have to reach the millions who are still shopping the middle of the grocery store isles. emoticon
Or maybe it's time for another post about this on the spark message boards.

Birgit

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ONEKIDSMOM 10/20/2012 7:19AM

    Totally agree that we all have to figure it out! And then if we really want a healthy forever, we have to have the personal commitment to do "whatever it takes" for us as individuals. Good treatise on the topic!

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JSTETSER 10/20/2012 5:47AM

    You're right. I had to get extreme when I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. I gained the motto: "If I can't eat it, I won't cook it." It has saved me thousands of sugar filled calories.
Thanks for the post.

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KALIOPPE 10/20/2012 5:20AM

    In my pre Spark days, I heartily believed the 'everything in moderation' mantra, except of course i was indulging heavily in bad foods and a terribly sedentary lifestyle that made me fat and sick.

Now when I hear it - especially when someone is referring to my low-carb diet, which btw has done wonders for my spirit, body, constitution and weight, it makes me angry. Some of those foods I used to eat were so toxic. Why in the world would I EVER go back?? No way. Not me. I don't need them. I don't miss them. When I do think about occasionally eating something not in my current diet, it is ice cream, dark chocolate, rice, sweet corn (especially in summer), glass of white wine, maybe even the occasional potato or two.

Would I ever consider smoking or putting drugs in my body in moderation? Heck no. So why would I ruin it with terrible foods that are just as damaging? Can that junk even be called food?

I'm thinking about modifying the saying (which despite all the controversy is still a good one) to Everything GOOD in moderation. That way, I can have fruit but not so much that it makes me sick. emoticon Sorry diet coke, transfatty frenchfries and Doritos. You are not included in my future eating plans.


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CHRISTINASP 10/20/2012 3:55AM

    I agree with you about wheat being a problem for everyone also if they don't notice it (yet).
The only reason I can think of to have 'everything in moderation' (and I'm not talking about chewing tobacco here, lol) is if cutting things out clashes with the person's personality. If one's personality is so that they feel so 'deprived' when they decide to cut foods out that it will backfire and they will overeat the stuff, or get other problems and irregularities in their eating pattern, then 'moderation' is probably the best way to be as healthy as possible.
I haven't yet decided for myself if I have that type of personality or not.

I recently blogged about the topic here: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_p
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and here: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_p
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and here: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_p
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SAFETYSUE 10/20/2012 2:47AM

    Great post!
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KAPELAKIN 10/19/2012 10:43PM

    Great post! The "everything in moderation" mantra has started to drive me batty. There are many "foods" out there being manufactured that no one should eat, ever. If we all have a little bit of this and that and the other "in moderation" it squeezes out the room for all the good stuff that we should be eating, and we end up with a highly varied diet of junk food, all lacking in any nutrition save calories. I'm lucky to not really get addicted to stuff, so I can manage a little bit of sugar, and a little bit of wheat and dairy without going into a spiral, but I know I'd be better off not eating it at all, and know that there is no earthly reason why I need to have it "in moderation."

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ARTEMISTHEGREEK 10/19/2012 8:21PM

    Certain things in moderation really do not work for me. Great post! Moderation a great concept, and worth always keeping in mind, but it will not work for everything. I tried less-than-moderate amounts of nuts recently, and it became a decidedly TMI moment about an hour later.

Pastries and other sugary Continental breakfasts -- no NOTHING from that spread! That one I get seriously uselessly dizzy over. When threatened with one, I eat hard boiled eggs in advance, and stick with the coffee. I KNOW better.

I may not be addicted to sugar, but I know what happens to me when that is what I'm faced with eating. Thanks.

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HEALTHY4ME 10/19/2012 7:22PM

    I agree For me sugar is just so addictive, so was/is bread, the slash is cos when I am doing well and being primal compliant I dont' miss it or care. Once I have a few no nos for me, then out comes the wanting for bread, but nothing as strong as it used to be.
Alcohol has no bearing on me, I can have one drink every fri or none for years. Doesn't matter at all. I know someone that can go to the bar sat eve, smoke and drink then not do it again for ages... no it isn't good for her but it is moderation. lol
So me I would say that sugar is truly not a item I can say moderation for me. It is truly an addictive substance for me. Which makes me sanely think stay away from it DUH!!! LOL
thanks for more to think about and I am making headway to healthy again. Yes it is an excuse but super stress right now , way behind renos, and moving dad in end month no matter if they are done or not. hubby is working as long and hard as he can.
thanks


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CNTRYGL1 10/19/2012 7:00PM

    Absolutely agree with you!

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GOTTAPLAN4U 10/19/2012 6:05PM

  Only My Opinion: anyone who thinks they are 'entitled' to eat any thing that some TV ad, corporation, grocery store, friend, restaurant, vendor, or rancher calls 'food' is following someone else's agenda for their health.

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GORIANA 10/19/2012 5:51PM

    Other things to consider are enjoyment and fequency.

The ocean is full of the wastes of 'sea creatures', yet it is vast. Mostly it's salt water, and I'll still go in and swim with 'fish poo'

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-LINDA_S 10/19/2012 5:36PM

    I think most of us have triggers that could seem moderate, but lead to immoderate actions. Like today I met a friend for lunch and a movie and we ate at a Thai restaurant. I stayed hungry throughout the movie and afterward, which led me to eat things later that I knew I shouldn't. I need more protein and probably fat and fewer carbs than I could get at this place, which is why I need to be more discriminating about where I eat, even if it makes me annoying to my friends on occasion. So no, for me and many others, everything in moderation is not viable.

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ERIN1957 10/19/2012 5:17PM

    There are some things I will not eat and haven't for over 3 years; sugar brown or white, powder too. White bread or white flour products. Junk pastries, like boxes of Little Debbies, Twinkies and so on. Packages pastries, cakes , cookies and so on. No way, not even a nibble. HFCS/sugar beverages. I am not even tempted.
I continue to clean up my act and demand quality....I deserve it !! emoticon

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SCRAPPINPOLLY 10/19/2012 4:51PM

    Wonderful post today! Thanks!

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Effects of caffeine on the body - does this one have to go too?

Friday, October 19, 2012

I think so, after reading an article that a spark friend of mine, Conradburk, posted today. I am going to work on eliminating caffeine from my body again.
Here is the article:
www.articlesbase.com/health-articles
/caffeine-blues-ten-ways-caffeine-harm
s-your-health-and-how-to-kick-the-habi
t-424388.html?utm_source=google&utm_me
dium=cpc&utm_campaign=ab_paid_12&gclid
=CIqagIfRt7ICFQGDnQod_UcAHg


Here is the link to a good book on the topic:
www.amazon.com/Caffeine-Blues-Hidden
-Dangers-Americas/dp/0446673919/ref=sr
_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1350656304&sr
=1-1&keywords=caffeine+blues

  
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EJOY-EVELYN 10/23/2012 9:40PM

    Dr Oz had Chris Kilham, known as the Medicine Hunter on his show today (a form of alternative medicine). In addition to talking about the good effects of Tulsi and Reishi Mushrooms, red onions, curcumin (turmeric), and 5 yoga style positions, he talked about the health benefits of coffee with the following: “Coffee is rich in healthy compounds of all different types. WE know from decades of research that it significantly lowers the risk of colon and rectal cancers, it significantly lowers the risk of Parkinson’s Disease, it somewhat lowers the risk of Alzheimer’s Disease, it helps to stabilize blood sugar, and it has benefits to the cardio vascular system. Dr. Oz pointed out that some folks, himself included, have difficulty with the caffeine. Kilham said about fifteen percent of people are intolerant to caffeine and you can still get the benefits from coffee by drinking decaf. He recommends two to three cups of coffee a day, or about 300 milligrams of caffeine a day.”

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JALEPENOANN 10/21/2012 12:01AM

    I am another one who refuses to give up their coffee. I I don't drink a huge amount of it any more and I buy good beans that are a dark roast, so they have less caffeine than some of the cheaper supermarket types. I drink it black with no sugar and always have. I like the taste of it and yes, it gives me a bit of a pick me up. I figure there are a lot worse things I could be drinking.

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KALIOPPE 10/20/2012 8:19AM

    This sounds like the egg/cholesterol debacle. Too bad they can't make up their minds, Either way, I'm not giving up my morning cup of coffee! I've cut down my caffeine significantly over the past few years - going from 5 cups a day to 1. I really enjoy it too. I have it in the morning with a tablespoon or two of cream, no sugar and sometimes a sprinkling of cinnamon. Sorry, alarming reports. I'm drawing the line at caffeine.

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JSTETSER 10/20/2012 5:51AM

    I still like a small amount of caffine (green tea) in my waterpack. When I hike for 8-12 miles, the caffine keeps me moving.

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CHRISTINASP 10/20/2012 3:59AM

    I used to drink four to six cups of coffee per day. And regular tea. Don't do that now, haven't had coffee or black tea for years. Nor green tea as that contains cafeine too. I just quit 'cold turkey' and it wasn't much of a problem.

If you are thinking about quitting coffee, I'd say go off it for a while and then have one or two cups. You may feel so awful that from then on it's not hard to stay away from it. Only after you've not had it for some time can you judge just how (ill, restless, jittery, unpleasant) cafeine makes you feel.
I noticed this because a few times I was served tea that I thought was herbal tea but that turned out to have cafeine. Serve me one cup of green tea in the afternoon and I may have trouble getting to sleep at night.

I believe having coffee and regular tea frequently makes a person less sensitive. So having it will also make it harder to feel just how other foods impact your mind and your body, your health.

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HICKOK-HALEY 10/20/2012 3:01AM

    Interesting article!

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SAFETYSUE 10/20/2012 2:45AM

    I have gone to green tea and found some I really love! I buy it at the hair salon I go to that is all aveda products. They have it on their site.. Zplace.com.
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MJZHERE 10/19/2012 7:29PM

  I really agree with making up their minds. I am down to half caf, half decaf to make the pot everyday. When I have gone to totally quit,out comes another medical opinion that it
does have benefits. So my one to two cups in the morning are here to stay for now. I do wish they would agree on something though as I have found an energy drink that is all vitamins with a tiny bit of caffeine from gueva and I would really like to know if it is ok to order more of these. By the way, just now checked and the book is copyrighted 1998 - lots of research done since then and lots of the coffee benefits have been "discovered" after that date.

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RUNNERKDB 10/19/2012 7:15PM

    My doctor is a strong proponent of no caffeine and I trust her judgment on the conflicting research. In addition I had several incidents of my heart rate going up to 230! and staying there when drinking coffee right before running. That was scarey and since being off caffeine as the cardiologist recommended I have not had another incident. I drink decaf.
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TWAYGOH 10/19/2012 4:05PM

    I have to agree with MyLady4. It's too mixed for me. For example, see the following link describing the benefits of caffeine, some of which directly contradict the links above.

http://voices.yahoo.c
om/seven-health-benefits-caffei
ne-11677334.html

What really gets to me is the benefits against neural disease, which scares the bejeebus out of me.

For me, moderation too. I'm trying to kick my caffeine SOURCE which is primarily soda, because of the excess sugar. And I don't drink coffee without adding tons of sugar so it no longer tastes like coffee. Which leaves tea, like my mom Naypooie.

Interesting articles though, and worth the read.

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MYLADY4 10/19/2012 3:45PM

    I wish the "people" would make up their minds. One day coffee and some caffine is good for you and the next drinking it will lead to an early death. No wonder the average American trying to be healthy is failing.

My motto, everything in moderation and I will keep having my one (large) mug of coffee every morning on my way to work and remain pop free. Now, if I can just get the hubby to stop the pop, hmmmmmm.



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ERIN1957 10/19/2012 2:18PM

    I will be honest, I have absolutely no intention of stopping my coffee...none.
We have given up so much and we allow ourselves the treat it gives us. Not today at least.
Nope, to much to soon will defeat me. It brings me to much pleasure. My DH and I have a ritual we do; we shop for a new kind each week and we take such care in the hunt, the preparation and we enjoy a cup each morning together in bed. He grinds the beans and brings me a cup before he leaves and sits in bed and we start our day this way. Have for years and tried a few times to switch and it defeats us/ It is just to important the whole ritual...it is our thing. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FIT_MAMA_2_FOUR 10/19/2012 2:10PM

    crazy you posted this today. I was told by my doc yesterday to wean myself from coffee for breast health issues(#10). Thanks for sharing and I will be passing this one along:)

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HOUNDLOVER1 10/19/2012 1:38PM

    Naypooie,
I think you raise a valid question. I know that tea has less caffeine than coffee and even coffee varies tremendously. Even decaf has some caffeine. I think caffeinated pop is worse because it also contains sugar or sugar substitutes. I guess we are all different and by not consuming you'll probably know the answer as far as your body.
Thanks for the comment.


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NAYPOOIE 10/19/2012 1:32PM

    They don't say anything about amounts. They treat coffee and soda as the same, but I don't think they are. And they don't mention tea at all, which is my primary source of caffeine. How much in two cups of tea, and how much harm does that amount actually do?

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I would like to draw your attention to this blog and think about goals

Friday, October 19, 2012

I would like to encourage you to go to Kalioppe's blog and take a look because it raises a very important question. It inspired me to think some more about goals and success and how to make them happen.
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5104517


This is asking a very important question. As my response was getting long I decided I need to write a blog about this myself.
For me goals, success, motivation and rewards are all linked together.
Once I have decided on goals I put them in different categories. One type of goal I can't really control, at least not in the short term: what the scales will say tomorrow or in a month from now, what my waist measurement will be, who will be the next president, whether California will require GMO labeling... I may have strong opinions about all these topics but that does not give me the power to make decisions on these issues. Now, admittedly, I have more control over where my weight is going than who is going to be our next president, but this control is not linked to a certain time frame that I may desire.
The other type of goal is about behavior. I have much more control over my behavior than about my weight, although even my behavior I can't control perfectly. The decisions I make every day and the way I act are influenced by other people, by hormones (and I'm not just talking to the ladies here) and by brain chemistry, in other words physiological changes that are the result of how I sleep, my stress level, my diet, my exposure to toxins etc.
Still, overall I have a better chance in the short-term to change my behavior than the results of my behavior and sometimes it is critical to change behavior in spite of the results that come from it.
Here is today's example from my life: My weight was up from 128 to 129.6 this morning. Looking at my behavior last night that caused this weight gain (or maybe didn't):
- I home-cooked dinner , that was one of my goals, to eat at home more
- I used healthy, mostly organic ingredients that were low-carb, moderate protein, high-fat
- I used a few more tomatoes from our garden than usual so they would not go bad, raising carb level a little (tomatoes are a fruit and slightly higher in carbs)
- I made a meat sauce with quite a bit of salt, which is what my body needs on low-carb
- I took time to eat rather than rushing through the meal and I had seconds and enjoyed every bite
- I involved the whole family in meal prep, reminding everyone of where food comes from (this is my favorite emoticon )
- I made a new ice cream recipe from scratch that has a high fat content (cocoa butter added)
- I ate some of this dessert, increasing my calories for the day with hardly increasing carbs
All these were good decisions and the weight gain was probably healthy as well, as I had been losing a little too quickly, maybe a result of too little salt in my diet or just too little food because I did not feel hungry.
Had my goal been weight loss I would have been disappointed this morning, beating myself up because of having seconds, eating dessert, adding too many tomatoes to the dish, spending too much time eating...
Instead I know that my energy level will likely be higher today, allowing me to start building muscle again. I'm now looking forward to a harder workout knowing that I fueled my body well last night, while yesterday I stayed with low-impact cardio, feeling still a little more tired.

To sum up, the number on the scale will likely go down in the long run, but any goals I set in areas I can't control very well I hold lightly, ready to change them any day or even any hour. I do invest myself in changing habits and I pull out all the stops to motivate myself. Yesterday afternoon my big reward was taking my horse for a walk. She has this incredibly calming and relaxing effect on me as she walks or jogs calmly but very alert next to me, occasionally lowering her head to have a bite of grass. She is a horse without issues and together with my dogs, keeps me emotionally healthy.
Everybody has their own rewards and it helps to find them in all sizes, from very little ones for minor achievements to jackpot rewards for really big things, just make sure that the big things were things that took a huge effort rather than the things that yielded big results. Results are rewards in themselves.
I personally don't care much about spark points, but for many people they seem to be a reward. Hearing positive comments from other sparkers can be really helpful for most people. Writing a blog about my experiences can be a reward for me in itself. Reading blogs and getting ideas is fun, too.
One of the most powerful rewards for me is to see people's lives changed and knowing that I was a part of it. I know that in the long run this will stay with me much longer than the fact that I reached my ideal weight, ideal body composition, ran a race well or even stayed healthy without medication.
Maybe I'm old enough, almost 50 now, to realize that I only have one chance to make a difference, one life to live, and I want to look back and say I made a difference, my goals were not just about me, but I helped to make this world a better place. At the same time I want to focus on what I can change, myself, not other people and if I focus on that others have the freedom to do the same.
I'm learning from my dogs, several of which are getting older far too quickly. As their physical ability declines, even with healthy food and exercise, their eye sight fades and their coat gets grey I notice a gentleness of spirit, a kind eye, a conviction that they have earned their right to speak to my heart, by being themselves. emoticon

Birgit

  
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KALIOPPE 10/20/2012 5:11AM

    Great post Birgit. This goal/motivation/visualisation/rewar
ds thing is far far bigger than our combined posts & comments, but I hope to keep coming back to aspects of it as it becomes clearer how it impacts/reflects on my overall state of being, as well as (thank you for reminding me) the community surrounding us.

I am certain we are not the only ones who have questions and different takes on how goals affect our success. To me, it is the not-often-mentioned link that holds all of this together. There is plenty of advice out there on how to eat better foods and even more on exercising, but if you plan a long term/life long process, of course goals will have to be involved - and in a major way. So thank you for your take on it and the wonderful passages about the dogs. emoticon

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BLITZEN40 10/19/2012 10:24PM

    I love that one of your rewards was taking your horse for a walk. Makes me miss my horse and living in the country. Dogs are good too though, and I'm glad I have one of those now. Great blog!

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GLC2009 10/19/2012 6:16PM

    i love old dogs. and you described what it is about them so well. they know exactly what we are saying and how we feel. i often wonder if they had a longer life span....30 years instead of 15. how awesome they would be with all their knowledge.
the only negative about old dogs is too soon they are gone.

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HEALTHY4ME 10/19/2012 3:46PM

    Great blog and sigh your last bit about the dogs, made me tear up. I haven't been too sad since we put marlo down and we did get our new puppy. But the part about them slowing down ,going grey and the look in their eyes, yea that was all marlo. Actually she had been going grey aruond her eyes and the 2 wks prior even my dd noticed. Mum she looks more grey. So she is not in pain and all is fine, we have that busy Allie and she certainly has attitude to boot.
I have to be more diligent about keeping true to myself. I set goals even small and don't fufill them, who but myself am I failing. geesh.
Thanks for the thoughts, as always.

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Day 5 of ultra-low carb

Thursday, October 18, 2012

I ended up having breakfast at about 10:30 am. I had a nice fritata with zucchini, peppers and mushrooms.
I was able to get in a little jogging with the dogs but did not have quite my normal energy level for running yet. I had a few macadamia nuts as a snack 2 hours later.
Lunch was around 3:30 pm, a mix of various lettuces and spinach, walnuts, cheese, a little bacon, radishes with vinaigrette and lots of olive oil.
After having another cup of coffee with cream I'm going to use the next hour to go for another little run with my horse.
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Back from the run. It was beautiful outside, with everything being in fall colors. Blue Eagle loved to stop occasionally to munch on some green grass that is sprouting up again after the first big rain.
Now it's getting dark and time to make dinner.
I'm cooking up some ground beef with a lot of tomatoes from our garden and some garlic. It still feels funny to not have any beans, pasta, or bread with this. I realize that when I first started low-carb eating it was already spring and I've never done all my winter dishes the low-carb way. I will probably serve this with kelp noodles which only needed to be heated and some kale stir-fried in coconut oil on the side.
I'm very excited about a little dessert experiment I made earlier today: low-carb chocolate ice cream. Since I was a little short on cream and had raw milk to use up I used raw milk and melted some cocoa butter into it which I had originally bought to make chocolate. Then I mixed cocoa powder and Xylitol together and stirred it in the milk cocoa butter mix. Cocoa butter has a wonderful smell that comes through in the ice cream. I'm curious how my family is going to like it.
Dinner ended up being a little simpler. We put parsley on top of the kelp noodles and meat sauce instead of cooking up kale. All the fresh garlic made it really yummy. My daughter added a bunch of herbs like thyme and basil and some seasalt.


Total carbs may have been closer to 30 grams today.

  
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SAFETYSUE 10/20/2012 2:51AM

    Looks good! I am doing the South Beach diet and it cuts you of carbs and sugar for two weeks then starts adding things back. It is the only one that has worked for me.
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MEL27P 10/19/2012 8:59PM

    Your creations sound yummy. I have been low carbing (30 grams a day or less) since June 25 and have lost 30 pounds. I love this way of eating and do not miss the bread and pasta at all. I just find other good foods to eat.

Have fun finding healthy low carb meals.

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LYNLUMIA 10/19/2012 11:13AM

    Hello Everyone,
I'm on the liquid amino diet. I'm losing very slowly. I think that is because I have thyroid problems. I'm hanging in there and I'm going to go exercise!! Have a great day!
Lyn

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-LINDA_S 10/19/2012 4:42AM

    Sounds yummy! I'm never happy with my homemade ice cream. I can never get a creamy texture even with lots of cream.

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KALIOPPE 10/19/2012 4:30AM

    Looks yummy - glad your new eating plan is coming together. Creativity does play a major part in low-carb. Otherwise, the old standards could get a little boring. My new favourite is half of an avocado (less than 2 grams net carbs) stuffed with various fillings. Especially useful on early mornings when I have swimming and can't be bothered to do the eggs/bacon thing. I now understand what they mean about it being the perfect food: fatty, filling and feels like fruit. :) Hope you have something special planned for the weekend. emoticon emoticon


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CHRISTINASP 10/19/2012 3:50AM

    Sounds like you were quite creative with the ice cream. That's the nice thing about eating in a different way; it increases one's cooking skills and creativity.

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GLC2009 10/19/2012 2:21AM

    nice that the horse got a run too.

i have to go back to induction. i have been coasting. but, you and everyone still inspire me. i keep coming here, so, i know i will get back to the job and work on my weight loss again.

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