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Day 1/2 Atkins Induction (and new nickname!)

Monday, July 22, 2013

Wanted a new nick for my new program, so happyrambler is now cheerful-alt-3 (alt 3 is ♥ )

Yes..Atkins, the new improved version, but still Atkins. The program that has been demonized by conventional "powers that be." But you know what, the conventional advice has not helped me. What's one definition of crazy? doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.

Let me preface this by saying, I have tried many many diets. I have worked with doctors of many varieties, nutritionists, dieticians, personal trainers. shakes, bars, whole food, no food...and so on ad nauseam. The best results I have had have been from the lower carb diets.

I believe there is NO RIGHT WAY FOR EVERYONE. You have to experiment to find what works for you and your body. My family has a long history of diabetes. Great-grandparents on down to my brother. Pretty strong indication that carbs are not for me. But oh..I want them to be! I have found when I eat carbs, I want more carbs..and more and more. If I eat protein/fat and high fiber cravings.

Okay, after several weeks of research and reading everything I could get my hands on (reading list below) I have decided to give Atkins (the new improved version) a try.

I have been slowly weaning myself off carbs for several weeks. Today is my day two day of "induction" or the 1st phase of actual Atkins. So far, so good. Biggest change I am noticing is: I am so not hungry, itís funny. Before, I started getting off carbs, I was *always* hungry. I could eat a huge dinner and then an hour later want a snack. And now...I can forget to eat.

I am sharing my food tracker if anyone wants to see what this looks like. Not asking for critiques, just sharing if anyone is curious.

Reading list: His TED talk is what started me down this path:

then my husband came home with:Wheat Belly by Dr William Davis (which was a little to salesy and not enough science for my taste)

Then eating academy led me to these videos:
especially Sugar the bitter Truth

Love this much he dislikes having to say low carb works lol:
The Battle of the Diets: Is Anyone Winning (At Losing?)

Why We Get Fat: Diet Trends and Food Policy

then got:
Fat Chance by Robert H. Lustig, MD, UCSF Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology

The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living by phinney & volek

which led to
the new atkins books...

Also many online articles and blogs, both pro and con.

This was written over a couple of days. I hope it is not too disjointed!
013/08/sugar/cohen-text (thank you, Houndlover1)

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    Right with you in all this. For those of us 'aligned' to low-carb, there is always the story of following 'conventional' advice. After being put on a 'natural' high carb - brown rice, legumes, etc diet I bloated, gained weight and developed system candida that had to be treated with meds. But the big issue for me, here at my 3rd return to low-carb, is maintaining. I have lost weight and then drifted back to carbs. They may not be technically addictive, but for me, they do set off cravings. Anyway, now my intention is to embrace low-carb living, not low-carb dieting. Your sharing is very supportive and inspiring. I love my walking but so far a 'boot camp' feels daunting! emoticon

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2HAMSDIET 7/22/2013 9:23PM

    I have always thought some day they come up with tests to tell you what you need to eat for your body. But until then we just need to listen to our bodies and go with that. Thank you for all the information as I do find all so interesting. emoticon

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SHAMROCKY2K 7/22/2013 3:40PM

    I remember that with Adkins. Our daughter usually had to get out more food when she came home for dinner. We were just not hungry.

Only thing I would pay attention to is making sure you get enough calcium in your diet.

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WOUBBIE 7/22/2013 3:01PM

    Great choices in reading and watching!

There's a lot to learn when you cut the sugar and starch (and grains) from your diet. It's a grand experiment for each of us to find what combination both gets us the results we want, as well as giving us a palatable range of foods to eat. (I agree with Exotec that I admire Paleo but am not willing to give up dairy, even if eating it does slow down weight loss.)

Speaking of which, after 2 years on low carb I'm more convinced than ever that weight loss is just a cool side effect of eating this way! All the health benefits are worth more than just being thinner.

I'm very politically incorrect about low carb these days. I think it's pretty clear that for the vast majority of people a diet of whole, real foods with a minimum of sugar, starch, and grain makes them healthier and thinner as well. I think it's pretty close to the "universal healthy diet" for people.

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ALDEBARANIAN 7/22/2013 11:40AM

    I think you hit the nail right on the head. No two people are alike, and some are more not alike than others. That's one reason I like SparkPeople, you can get the support you need without being browbeaten to try to do things that aren't good for you, personally.

All that being said, Right on! emoticon

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EXOTEC 7/22/2013 11:09AM

    Congrats on your starting with low-carb! And you're right in the mindset of most of us: we research and adapt (within guidelines) - we don't just adopt! So you're going at it in a way that you will understand the what and why, and that's a big part of sticking with it (ANY nutritional plan) when you hit a bump. And you will hit a few bumps! But persevere. It does work, for a variety of intents.

I do like the Wheat Belly book. I also love the "Why We Get Fat" by Taubes. His "Good Calories, Bad Calories" is another insightful read. I've posted a lot of reviews on the Atkins site if you're interested in more background. I liked Nora Gedgaudas' book, and many LCers love "The Art and Science of Low Carb..." A book which has not only good LC info but some recipes is "Nourishing Traditions." All these are worth looking up on Amazon or in your local library if you want to check them before (or if) buying them.

I also frequent some other LC websites which have great info and good forums. Of course, you have to be discriminating; members run the gamut from fresh and green to long-time and experienced. And the hosts sometimes do have commercial interests. But you can usually corroborate things seen on one site with research or similar topics on other sites and make your own assessment of whether to take it to heart or not. But that's what we're all about: we're thinkers! we want and need to know. I love that about LC just as much as the health benefits I'm getting from it.

I follow a combination plan of LC with Primal. I can't do the Paleo... I love dairy too much! LOL I'm a terrible carb addict. I know what you mean about the more-more-more response! I think I will never get over being tempted by carbs. But I understand it better now, and I can make a conscious choice about it instead of just falling to it. It's a lot better than it used to be, in any case.

We look forward to seeing you on the Atkins and other LC forums! I hope you'll join in and share your journey with us!


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WALLINMW 7/22/2013 10:52AM

  Yay! Stay on track!

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