Sunday, October 21, 2012
For those of you who are not familiar with it the 80/20 rule goes something like this:
Try to spend 80% of your time doing the 20% that is most important to you. This rule is a great way to prioritize when life gets too busy and when we are tempted to make wrong choices leading us down wrong paths in the future. I think of it often during my daily time of prayer and meditation. It reminds us of what's important: to take enough time with our family, to pay the bills on time, to get enough sleep, to eat our vegetables, to acknowledge our loved ones on the way out the door in the morning, to flush the toilet every time, to exercise, to leave in time to make it to work or a doctor's appointment on time (knowing that we can fit in a little breakfast on the way or at work). - I know that at this point some people were starting to argue with what I said in their head, because we all have to do the other 80% as well, and with only 20% of the time left that can create it's own pressures if not correctly managed. There are a lot of variables here depending on individual needs.
My dogs do it like this: Find a soft, warm spot:
Sleep ALWAYS comes first. That's at least 9 hours right there, plus 2 more for napping. I strive for this because every time I get too little sleep I eat an extra meal.
For dogs what comes next is relationship building/maintaining friendship, something that dogs do through touch and vocalizations, but primarily through sending and receiving scent messages, their very sophisticated form of instant messaging that allows detailed communication about all aspects of their environment and their emotions, worth a whole blog by itself. Building and maintaining relationships is critical to our survival and well-being. We all need to rely on many other people to function in life and the people in our community are the ones we depend on in time of crisis and to live sustainable lives.
Then comes exercise and food. The last two often go together and are called hunting. Not kidding, my dogs enjoy nothing more than to run in the fields and catch mice. I do think that the connection of exercise and eating in their lives is what many humans are missing. It can take the form of hunting/gathering or the form of gardening, but if it only takes the form of grocery shopping we are mssing out on a lot. We need the often missing link frequently of where food comes from and this should be taught in elementary schools and by parents to young children everywhere. Here's a little encouragement
Now to the other 80% that doesn't make it to the top of the list as often as it should:
In my house that is the laundry piling up, raw fruits and veggies that need processed before they go bad, the dust everywhere (that comes back every day because our roads are not paved), the dishes in the sink, cleaning out the closets and taking stuff to the dump and the thrift store, cleaning my desk so my computer has room, finishing harvesting plums and building the duck barn before a hard frost, record keeping for homeschooling and finances, steam-cleaning the carpets (again), working a few more hours for money, reading and researching more about nutrition, for instance which minerals I really need to supplement.
And then there are things that I've completely given up on for now: ironing, fixing small corners of dry wall that my dogs have chewed on, washing windows (that's what the rain is for right?) etc.
Back to the low-carb lifestyle:
My weight is holding steady at 129.4 lbs. . To apply the 80/20 rule, I need to decide how much effort I should put in to get to the ideal of health, body composition. I suspect that I'm still pretty far away from getting diminishing returns for my effort, given my recent H A1c level of 5.9 but only time will tell.
Exercise is what I need to make time for. So I will get it by moving lots of laundry around, picking plums, walking dogs and working on the duck barn. If the chores all get done I might stop at the pool for a little swim late this afternoon.
Time for breakfast. I think I'm going back to bacon and eggs and veggies today knowing that will keep me full much longer than any combo of berries, yogurt, cream and nuts. Those will have to be a special treat until I'm ready for weight maintenance again. Since I have not had enough time to read up on minerals I added some that I'll take just twice a week until I have time for further research: some selenium, some zinc, some iodine, some chromium in addition to the magnesium, fish oil and Vitamin D that I take every day. And PLEASE nobody copy what I do, just read up on these things on your own, these are minerals that my body needs as discussed with my doctor, it is only the amount that is in question.
Time to get off the computer and start cooking breakfast.
Sunday, October 21, 2012
Please read this blog post from Oct.20, 2012 by William Davis about the healing power of eliminating wheat from our diet:
Saturday, October 20, 2012
My weight was 129.4 today.
I started the day with a cup of coffee and cream, a half cup of berries with 2 oz. yogurt and more cream and a few brazil nuts.
We had an early lunch with a friend at noon and I ate a big plate of leafy greens, radishes, celery, onion, peppers, walnuts, chicken, gorgonzola cheese, bacon and vinaigrette with lots of olive oil. I enjoyed 2 or 3 small pieces of dark chocolate and a cup of decaf for dessert.
Dinner was around 8 pm, a kale - duck egg scramble with hot sauce cooked in coconut oil with sesame oil. I love sesame oil for flavoring.
I still did not have much time for exercise except walking dogs so today was pretty much a rest day.
I further reduced my caffeine intake today and it did not bother me at all.
It's hard to believe that one week is already over. It will be interesting to see if weight loss will continue at any significant rate. I guess adding more exercise would really help at this point. My guess is that I will lose about another 2-3 pounds in the next 10 days.
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.
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.
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