Tuesday, May 03, 2011
What an eye opener!
Robert H. Lustig, MD, UCSF Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology, explores the damage caused by sugary foods. He argues that fructose (too much) and fiber (not enough) appear to be cornerstones of the obesity epidemic through their effects on insulin.
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Thursday, April 21, 2011
I just thought I may want to add a posting, in case anyone is reading this thing, about a few key days in this 17 day diet journey that I thought were significant.
DAY 3 - This day is significant cuz I spent most of it sick to my stomach with a headache and lying around. Upon further investigation I realized that this is the day that my body withdrew from carbs and sugar. I loved carbs and sugar. Give me potato chips with that crunch and salt and I'm yours forever. And dark, creamy chocolate...need I say more.
I watched a really good show on OWN network called Addicted to Food where there was an overweight 20-something year old who on Day 4 of eating healthful foods at this Texas clinic showed the same symptoms that I was having on Day 3 of eating clean. She had it bad...throwing up, nausea, cramps, headache, etc. Thank you, Lord, that I was not as bad off as she was. Made me realize that this carb/sugar American diet can't be very good for you.
Today is Day 19 for me and looking back I still readily remember my cravings for chips and chocolate ...okay I admit that I still have them every once in a while. I ate a few corn chips yesterday and they made my mouth feel gross then it hit my gut and did not feel good to me. Same with a couple of M&M's that I ate a few days ago...felt gross in my mouth and they made my teeth scummy. Hah! Who would have thunk! I am not sure how long this will last, but for now I don't have any interest in carbs/sugar.
DAYs 10 till now: That's when the heart palpitations started. Now, it could be that since I am on both thyroid (mine is too low) and high blood pressure medications may have something to do with it. (And, yes, I did go see my doctor who said that my blood work shows too much thyroid...so he cut back on my meds! Thank you, Lord!) I did a study of my food and nutrition intake since beginning the diet and realized a few things.
First, if you don't eat enough calories your body will go into starvation mode and it can affect your heart. Second, lack of potassium in your diet can affect the rhythm of your heart. Third, lack of magnesium in your diet can affect your heart as well as affecting elimination (fancy way to say poop).
With these results I purchased some vitamins, ate a banana, and upped my calorie intake even though I was not hungry.
Saturday, April 09, 2011
I posted a few recipes here on the website. recipes.sparkpeople.com/cookbooks.as
Friday, April 08, 2011
Day 5 and 5 pounds lost! Who would have thunk..and I had tried so many other diets (sorta) before. This one I can do cuz I actually like the food and the whole thing makes perfect sense.
This is basically what I have done...hope this helps you out, too....
Step one: Read the book...well, actually I got to the page where it talked about the Cycle 1 list of food, and I stopped and went out shopping.
Step two: Shop for some good food. List is in the book. Make sure you buy the Truvia*** (fake sugar made from Stevia) as it smells and tastes like vanilla cake frosting. It makes the plain yogurt and kefir taste like ice cream. Love!
Step three: Roughly, plan out your meals. I cheated and looked at SHERILEEAZ page where she listed out her food plan. You can look at mine in my Shared Food and Fitness Trackers.
Step four: Plan your drinks - Measure 64 oz of water in a pitcher and pace yourself to drink it all in one day. Also, plan on 2-3 glasses of green tea (decaf unless you want to be jittery all day). I had 2 cups of coffee and my Teeccino each w/ one tablespoon of half and half. (There are just some things that I won't give up.) Finally, plan on frequent bathroom trips. Oh, and you are supposed to drink your first glass of water with lemon juice, but I have yet to do this step.
Step five: Cook up some chicken breasts without the skin. Hubby marinated and barbequed 3 that lasted me for about 5 days. Slice them thinly and put them in a plastic container in the fridge. Used for snacking, on top of Mo's Dinner Salad (see my Spark Recipe), and with sauteed veggies.
Step six: Prepare veggies for several days so salads are ready to toss and veggies are ready to cook or snack on. I love veggies anyway so this diet is easy for me. Sauteing with a little olive oil, garlic (or some garlic salt) with a little Parmesan cheese (or feta)...yum!
Step seven: Start tracking your food. This is time consuming at first, but after a few days it is going faster as I make my usual food "my favorites" and "create group". It's amazing to study the foods that you put into your pie hole. I never knew that I ate so much sodium! And my potassium is real low. Good to know...time to adjust a few things.
Step eight: Set up fitness goals that are easy. They have the fitness plan you can use. I am briskly walking the dog (which has made him a very happy boy), work out at the gym, do Pilates, and hike. Mix it up or it gets boring. Sign up for classes to keep yourself accountable and forces you to go.
Step nine: First thing in the morning, weigh yourself and post your weight on a daily basis.
Step ten: Thank God that this free website is here and turn over your will to Him. You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you!
***4/23/11 Important Update: Today I watched an eye-opening lecture by Robert H. Lustig, MD, UCSF Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology called Sugar: The Bitter Truth (YouTube). Fructose is poison! High Fructose Corn Syrup is not only poison but linked directly to the obesity crisis in the western world.
The science behind Truvia may find that it is perfectly safe, but for now I am staying away. Currently, I am researching to find a safe and natural sweetener.
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