Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Here is a story from today's LA Times.
This is not entirely new information for many but there seems to be more and more research confirming it. This is just a small study, but nevertheless significant:
I can tell that my memory is improving as my blood sugar levels are getting lower. It's a pretty good motivator for me.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
8am breakfast: decaf with 1/4 cup heavy cream, 2 brazil nuts
11:30 am 2nd breakfast: full-fat yogurt with 1/2 cup blueberries, 1/4 cup coconut flakes
2pm lunch: 6 oz. pork steaks with pepper jack cheese, 1/2 cup clover sprouts
4:30pm snack: 1 1/2 oz. Lilly's dark chocolate sweetened with erythritol and stevia (under 1 grams sugar), net carbs about 3 grams
8pm dinner: hot turkey sausage with collard greens topped with sour cream
dessert: 1/3 cup berries with 1/2 cup full-fat yogurt
I am not sure yet if the low-carb chocolate will work for me to stay in ketosis but wanted to try it.
Exercise was minimal again because of lack of time, about 40 minutes of walking dogs. I also spent some time hauling 50 lb. bags of poultry feed around. The good thing is that they don't feel very heavy any more.
Now looking forward to some quiet reading.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Today was another day off for me, still some chores to do at home, but not too many, mostly weather-proofing the barn before the cold hits tonight.
8 am Breakfast: 3/4 cup yogurt with 1/2 cup blueberries, 1 oz. almonds/brazil nuts
noon: 1st snack: 1 oz. cheese
2pm 2nd snack: 1oz. cheese, 1/2 cup decaf with heavy cream
4 pm 3rd snack: 1/2 Granny Smith apple, 1 cup decaf with heavy cream
5:30pm lunch: 3 egg omelett with a cup collard greens and 1oz. cheese
8:30pm dinner: 1 baked chicken thigh, 1 serving kale, squash, 1 cup decaf with 1/4 cup cream
Exercise: walking the dogs for 1/2 hour, fixing fences for 1/2 hour
My carbs were a little higher, but I'm still in ketosis tonight
Monday, October 28, 2013
I have heard the above and similar questions in various forms a number of times by now and I do think it is one the we low-carbers may want to think about, so I'm viewing this blog post as a starting point for discussion. Here are some possible answers:
- Low-carbing is like any new life style/eating style, it takes a while to get the hang of it, both in the sense of avoiding mistakes and also in the sense of changing habits that may have existed for a very long time. Most people have some ups and downs until results are consistent.
- Low-carb has gotten a reputation for working even for people who are so heavy they can barely do any exercise. This is a reason why a higher percentage of extremely obese people start low-carb. Someone who started out at over 300 lbs or more may have lost 100 of those, but is still in the obese or overweight category. To lose a lot of weight takes a lot of time.
- Low-carb is not always easy to practice in a society where low-fat is preached at every corner and on display in most public places and on advertisements high-carb fare is much more common than high-fat/low-carb fare. Learning to negotiate social situations and triggers to eat carbs may take a while in this environment.
- There are a number of mistakes that people make when they first start eating low-carb because this way of eating works so differently from other forms of eating. Only learning the basics of low-carb eating will bring good results and during the learning process progress may be slow.
My favorite resource is the book by Phinney and Volek "Art and Science of Low-Carbohydrate Living" and it's companion "Art and Science of Low-Carbohydrate Performance".
-Some people who started out obese and/or insulin resistant and had been for a long time may have damaged their metabolism through years of sugar abuse (I'm one of them) and while low-carb works better than anything else it may still not be possible to reach "normal" weight without additional means (i.e. very active lifestyle, drugs to improve insulin sensitivity).
-Regardless of weight, most health markers for people on low-carb lifestyle diets are much improved, many after only a few months, including but not limited to blood sugar and insulin levels, blood pressure, HDL/Triglyceride ratio, thyroid hormone levels, energy levels, sleep patterns, brain function, overall activity level. There are reports of low-carb and/or ketogenic diets improving, preventing or eliminating autoimmune diseases, heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimers, seizure disorders, cancers and even depression. Many of these benefits may be linked to the reduction of inflammation in the body. All these benefits are even more important than reaching "normal" or "ideal" weight.
Monday, October 28, 2013
8 am Breakfast:
1 cup of decaf with 1/4 cup of heavy cream, 3/4 cup yogurt, 1/2 apple, 1 oz. almonds
3pm Lunch: 3/4 cup yogurt, 1/2 cup blueberries, 1 oz. macadamia nuts
5pm Snack: 1 oz.cheese, 1 cup decaf with 1/4 cup heavy cream
8pm Dinner: 1/2 pound ground beef with Kale and squash, 1 tbsp. olive oil, 3 tbsp. sour cream
10pm decaf with 1/4 cup heavy cream
exercise: walking for about 30 minutes, moving dirt for about 40 minutes
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