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The Dukan Article I Read & What I Feel Is True for Me

Thursday, August 04, 2011

I don't pay attention to diets, and never have. But the other day, I read an article on the origins of the Dukan Diet and how popular Dr. Dukan's book has been since its 2000 publication date.

Well, as I read the details, I could see what was being described is exactly what I've called my "forever plateau" and I feel this info pertains to me and will be helpful.

In a nutshell, the metabolic syndrome (insulin resistance syndrome) goes like this (from First for Women magazine):

"We eat a meal, which releases glucose into the bloodstream. In response, the pancreas produces insulin, which tells receptors on cells to allow glucose to enter. Once in the cells, glucose is burned for energy. All too often, though, this process runs amok. Years of high-carb eating can result in the cellular glucose receptors becoming deaf to insulin's orders to open up. That causes glucose to build up in the bloodstream, where it can end up damaging blood vessels and the organs they supply."

Now, here's the paragraph that really hit home for me:

"To sidestep this damage, the pancreas secretes more and more insulin in an attempt to get cells to open their doors. If cells don't respond, the insulin that's now flooding the body shuttles the lingering glucose into body fat to be stored. And once the body enters this fat-storage state, it essentially gets stuck, points out Dr. Ken Fujioka, director of nutrition and metabolic research at Scripps Clinic in La Jolla, CA. He says, "When you're in this mode, you're shoving fat into cells and it's really hard to go the other way - to burn fat and lose weight."

Okay, being the former carb and sugar queen of the universe (as far as my consumption), it is no wonder I've been on a "forever plateau." I'll continue to work on resolving this.

Wishing all a good day.

  
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MILLISMA 8/4/2011 8:29PM

    Thanks for sharing....very interesting.

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LIBBYFITZ 8/4/2011 7:18PM

    Thanks for sharing.:-)

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FUTUREHOPE49 8/4/2011 6:45PM

    I think there is a lot of truth in that! I am diabetic and I find that eating a little less carbs than spark says on my diabetic plan is better. As long as I get enough to keep my blood sugar on an even keel. I have 45% instead of 50 if I can, but it doesn't always work out. I tried the Dukan diet before spark, but it made me ill. Not enough fruit & veg I think and way too much oat bran for my body. It brought my IBS on! I do feel better with a bit more protein and fat though and now I have about 50g fibre. After my next blood test I will know if I can come off the meds completely. I was taking 5 tablets a day, now only one. That is down to my Mediterranean diet, walking, running, yoga and strength training and losing weight! I have been told not to lose any more! emoticon

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CATLADY52 8/4/2011 2:31PM

    That is an interesting theory. emoticon

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 8/4/2011 12:33PM

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Interesting stuff!

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NATPLUMMER 8/4/2011 11:53AM

    Good luck!!

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SKYEFYR 8/4/2011 11:44AM

  I had never heard of Dukan before. I wonder if this is why people with Celiac tend to be on the thinner side - they can't have a lot of the carbs the rest of us just gobble down without thinking twice. Hmmmm....

Thanks for sharing!

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IAM_HIS2 8/4/2011 10:16AM

    Thank you for this blog--I am going to read more on this.

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Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity? A Clue to My Fatigue?

Monday, August 01, 2011

I have been wondering why I don't have the energy level I expect, and thought it was due to not having caffeine for the past three months. I'm healthy, eat well, exercise, etc.

Then I read (more like scanned) an article about Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity. Like it sounds, some people are ultra-sensitive to what is given off by cell phones, computers, etc. It literally drains your energy reserves.

I don't use the cell phone much, as it has always given me a headache when talking for more than 10 minutes. But computer? Well, my work depends on it.

I think this may be part of my energy problem; another reason was discovered in another article that talked about Dr. Dukan and his diet principle, corraborated by a scientist at nearby Scripps Institute. I'll write about that tomorrow.

Wishing all a good day.

  
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FLORIDASUN 8/4/2011 10:13AM

    I SO believe this! There is a guy next to me at the Farmer's Market and he has these bands that go around people's wrists with some kind of hologram in them. I have one that one of my Friday night friends sold to me and taunted them as the best thing since sliced bread. I did wear it for awhile but I'm the original skeptic about stuff like that and I didn't notice much of a difference other than the $35.00 lighter my pocketbook was. emoticon

But then, standing next to this guy I watch the demonstrations he does and there may be something to them.

He has the people hold their arm out pararell to their side up high then tells them to resist him when he pushs down on it. (Basic kineology testing).

Then he has them hold the hologram band in their other hand and resist. It appears that they are stronger.

Then he has them hold their cell phone in their other hand and does the test again. Their arms are weak, weak, weak. Then of course he has them hold the band with the cell phone and they appear stronger.

Makes you think huh? I've always said that these cell phones are going to produce mass brain tumors, it's SO scarey to think about.

But then I have turned down living in SO many houses that are near high voltage electrical power lines and I won't even do my daily walks under them.

Some day the truth will come out...electomagnetic smog is very real...AND very dangerous.

I think you can get mointor screens that are supposed to shield some of the effects from the computer...might check some of the health related sites for them...just a suggestion! emoticon

I absolutely DRAG myself around at the end of the day...and I'm wondering if it's because the consignment gallery that we are in all day was at one time occupied by Truly Nolen...the bug people with all the pesticides...could still have some residual traces? I'm always pooped! emoticon emoticon

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NANCY- 8/3/2011 11:00AM

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on being caffeine free for the past three months.

Sometimes my energy level is determined by my mindset. If I am looking forward to something I am energetic, If I don't want to do something I become a sloth. The brain is powerful.

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RAZZBABE 8/3/2011 7:56AM

    Very interesting - never heard of that but it makes sense!

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MPEACH87 8/1/2011 3:22PM

    That explains the low energy halfway through the day on the computer. Have a great day!

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IAM_HIS2 8/1/2011 2:38PM

    This is very interesting! I am going to look into this more. Thanks!!

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SKYEFYR 8/1/2011 2:12PM

  Try taking a weekend off from the computer and seeing if that makes a difference. That's about the only thing I can think of. I know I don't have that problem because I'm exhausted no matter what I'm doing.

Meant to tell you that I was thinking of you the other night down Seaside. Wish I could have grabbed up a bunch of that salty air and sent it to you!

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Wearing PJ's to Grocery Shop?

Sunday, July 31, 2011

I had to smile this morning, as I came out of the grocery store and saw yet another shopper entering in her pj's. This has become more common than you'd imagine. It lead me to wonder if anyone else lives in a town where this happens.

There are also a lot of people who wheel home the shopping carts and leave them all over the neighborhood. (I'm talking tons of them.) Isn't this special? (smiling)

Have a wonderful day.

  
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MUSIC66 8/4/2011 5:15AM

    yes i have had my pj on and gone shopping seen others do it too rfol.

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LIBBYFITZ 8/2/2011 1:08AM

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SKYEFYR 8/1/2011 2:20PM

  Considering what some people wear "out" I think I'd rather see them in pj's. Seriously! Have you seen what some people wear out in public? Makes you wonder if they have mirrors in their homes.

As for the carts, I actually like the places where you have to put a quarter in to get the cart because then it forces people to not just leave the cart there, but to put them back instead of watching them glide across the parking lot into other parked cars. Inconvenient? Can be. But not as bad as the lazy lumps who feel they are entitled to just leave them "wherever".

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RAINYFRIDAY 8/1/2011 12:15PM

    I haven't found a lot of shopping carts about, but I know that during the school year, some of the moms seem to have a uniform of PJ's. Even at 2:30pm for pickup. I'm often surprised by it.

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JLITT62 8/1/2011 5:35AM

    No shopping carts here, but the roads aren't real waljable either. Which is frustrating, because one of the grocery stores is within walking distance.

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JMCADE 7/31/2011 9:53PM

    I used to see it more often than I do now. And back then it was mostly teens. I have trouble going into the grocery store in my gym clothes, which are pretty discreet!

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IAM_HIS2 7/31/2011 9:34PM

    Many young people where PJ's shopping. Because I live in the country I don't see shopping carts around. However, in more populated areas they are all over, and the street people use them for there bags.

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TOTHEFUTURE1 7/31/2011 9:20PM

    I wouldn't do it but have seen others. Probably better than some bloke in just short pants.

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NATPLUMMER 7/31/2011 7:15PM

    I haven't seen anybody in the grocery store in their pj's but I don't think it's appropriate.
People in our neighborhood like to leave shopping carts on our lawn. Doesn't make us very happy.

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JENNYD97 7/31/2011 3:29PM

    OMG I see shopping carts all over the place mostly at bus stops! As for the pj's it is a very common thing and it doesnt even matter what time of day it is or even what day it is...i think they have become the new "lounge pants" lol

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ANNROMINES 7/31/2011 3:16PM

  I work in a convenience store and see a tremendous amount of people wearing their pjs. Thank goodness there aren't any holes in the wrong places!

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CRACKERJACK2825 7/31/2011 3:09PM

    I do see people in Wal-Mart in their pajamas, but as far as I know, nobody's theiving the shopping carts! :)

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JAGRIF 7/31/2011 3:01PM

    Haven't seen anyone taking the shopping cart home. However, I see lots of people shopping, walking, etc. in their pj's. Not me. Just can't do it.

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Hooray for No A/C Days!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

I appreciate a/c when it gets hot, but prefer natural air. This is day two of no a/c and I am loving it. Simple pleasures.

Speaking of which, I was thinking this morning of how many simple pleasures add to the quality of my miserable (okay, just a bumpy road) life. (smiling) This morning I found a luscious bath soap and bubble bath combination, and I enjoy my great, comfie night pillows so much. Natural fibers against my skin make me feel good as well. Just some of my favorite things. And, of course, berries of all kinds. Of which I got many at my fave store this morning. It's the basics that make me happy - for sure.

Wishing all a wonderful day.

  
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CHRYS13 7/30/2011 3:37PM

    How wonderful to read your up-beat blog! It is all about simple pleasures, isn't it?
Enjoy your weekend!! emoticon

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SKYEFYR 7/29/2011 9:57AM

  Oh look, something else in common. I LOVE days when I don't need the AC on. I am so sick of always being so cold I can't type at work and really wish we could turn it off here. At home though, it's windows open every chance I get.

Natural fibers too? Are you sure we weren't separated at birth?

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JLITT62 7/29/2011 5:48AM

    Our temps are on the rise again . . . no no AC days in the foreseeable future. Still not supposed to be as bad as the last heatwave, for which I am thankful.

At he moment I'm glad Simba isn't vomiting anymore & seems interested in food this morning . . .

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LIBBYFITZ 7/29/2011 4:38AM

    emoticonI love berries as well! And natural unpolluted air is a must! emoticon

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 7/28/2011 8:20PM

    I can't tell you how many times I've gotten in the shower and felt like it was the high point of my day....simple pleasures rock!

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NATPLUMMER 7/28/2011 4:39PM

    A Summer day without having to run the A/C is a beautiful thing :-)
I do love a good smelling soap and berries...berry scented soap is awesome.

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Where Did July Go?

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Hey, how is it that yet another month in 2011 has evaporated before my very eyes? Where did it go?

Wishing all a good tomorrow.

  
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MPEACH87 7/28/2011 2:21PM

    It's the warm. Causes brain lapse.

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JULESRULES78 7/28/2011 1:22PM

    Time flies when you're having fun emoticon And when you're really busy...and when there is a deadline fast approaching.

Comment edited on: 7/28/2011 1:23:22 PM

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 7/28/2011 12:57PM

    I know where mine went....dealing with my overly anxious mother and my dementia dad! There WILL be better months ahead!

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SKYEFYR 7/28/2011 11:49AM

  I have no clue, but feel the same way. July is the month without the boychild in the house and I look forward to it all year. I hate seeing it go!

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NATPLUMMER 7/28/2011 10:11AM

    Amazing, isn't it?

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CHERIRIDDELL 7/28/2011 12:24AM

    I am glad I am not the only one that thinks the year is speeding by!

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EJHEINRICH1 7/27/2011 11:48PM

    I would like to know where our summer is on the West Coast??
We haven't had one yet!
Good to see you my friend!
Take care of you!

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