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December, 2012 - CALP Low Carb Diet Journal

This will be my daily journal for the month of December!

This month brings Christmas and we are happily entertaining our family members at our house. This year we will be celebrating our holiday on Christmas Day. I have a small immediate family that includes both of my parents, my sister, my husband, and our three kids. My husband also has a small immediate family that includes his mom, and two brothers. Our families began to expand a few years ago when our oldest daughter married her high school sweetheart. With the addition of our son-in-law, our family continued to expand when my son became involved with a lovely girl that soon became his girlfriend. When they got together, she did not realize she was pregnant so we actually got a two for one deal when our lovely granddaughter was born into our family in April of this year. Our family is expanding slowly, and it will continue to expand when all of our kids settle down and begin to have families of their own.

My folks began a tradition of cooking certain foods on Christmas Eve and even though we have changed our celebration to Christmas Day, we continue to make the same foods that have become our tradition.

Our menu will include:

Snacks: potato chips & onion dip*; tortilla chips & salsa; spinach dip* & sour dough bread.

Main Meal: bone-in ham*; buffalo wings*; barbecue hot dogs*; green salad*; potato salad*, macaroni salad*, yams*, and bread*.

Desserts:

Candy: fudge*, toffee*, dark chocolate almond clusters*, dark chocolate coconut clusters*, dark chocolate peanut clusters*, milk chocolate coconut clusters, and milk chocolate peanut clusters*

Cookies: chocolate chip cookies*, oatmeal raisin cookies*, and peanut butter cookies*

* All of these items will be homemade.

Of course, it is only the beginning of the month so my menu is subject to change! Click here to continue reading, or leave a comment »

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My Transition to Paleo/Primal Eating

I ventured into the Paleo/Primal way of eating not too long ago. Because of my long time desire to lose weight, I found the right program for me. No big story there, but the only way I ever found to lose weight and keep it off, was to begin the Carbohydrate Addict's LifeSpan Program. It took me a little less than four years to lose over 95 lbs., and I never felt deprived, even once. This way of eating was the perfect way for me to transition into healthier eating habits because it taught me how to limit my carbohydrates to once a day. I followed the three simple guidelines of the program and most of my weight disappeared. CALP, as it is referred to, was the best way for me to eat and lose weight because I did not have to give up any foods. The thought of giving up any foods was out of the question because every time I had to give them up in my past, it would be the beginning of another yo-yo cycle.

Following CALP was easy for me. Limiting carbohydrates while still allowing them every single day will always be my perfect way of eating. I stayed strict to the guidelines of the program and I believe that is the reason I lost most of my weight. After beginning this way of eating, I did not become hungry in between meals and I even looked forward to my other meals that were limited to protein and vegetables. The best part of my journey is that one meal each day will always include any carbohydrate I choose to put in it. Chocolate is a food that I love and I have never been able to live without it. Healthy or not, I actually lost most of my weight by using chocolate as one of my major food groups. Click here to continue reading, or leave a comment »

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Weight Comparison – Then & Now

I have always been close to a petite size with my height of 5'3” tall. Before I got married in 1982, I had turned 23 years old a few months before, and my weight had been hovering around 140 lbs. This was the heaviest weight I had ever reached and I believe I never saw a higher number because of my success at yo-yo dieting. The only diet I had ever tried during that time was a low fat diet and because of my hunger, it took every bit of willpower I had for me to be able to stay on it.

The day of my wedding, I had reached a low weight of 118 lbs. I was successful in dieting myself back to a normal weight, but I only went from a tight size 10 to a loose size 8. Back then I did not exercise, so the weight that I carried was mostly fat since it did not include any lean tissue or muscle mass.

Only two years later, 1984, my weight was right back to hovering around 140 lbs., which was around the time I got pregnant with my first daughter. The day of her birth, my weight was around 210 lbs., and six weeks later it stabilized around 170 lbs. I continued to fight my weight using a low fat diet and every ounce of willpower I had. I gained and lost several pounds over the years, actually reaching the 160s at one point. I was really good at yo-yo dieting by the time my second daughter was born almost four years later, and even better when my son was born only fourteen months after that.

Over the years, I continued with my yo-yo dieting, usually losing around ten pounds at a time before I would stop. The pattern continued, I would get tired of being hungry all the time, feel deprived, and would resume eating the foods that I thought were healthy, eventually gaining more weight than I lost. Since my pattern had always been to gain more weight than I lost, my weight kept creeping higher. Click here to continue reading, or leave a comment »

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November, 2012 - CALP Low Carb Diet Journal

This will be my daily journal for the month of November!

This month brings Thanksgiving and we are entertaining our family members in our home. We will be cooking a meal that will not contain many gluten free foods but that does not mean I will be eating them. We are going to keep to tradition and include our usual homemade foods like bread, cranberry sauce, gravy, mashed potatoes, salad, turkey, sour dough bread stuffing, vegetables, and yams made w/brown sugar & marshmallows. My plan is to remain wheat and gluten free so my menu will include salad, turkey w/gravy, and some vegetables. I will be skipping all the other carbohydrates for a piece of my wheat and gluten free chocolate pecan pie made with a coconut flour crust. I will also make my lemon layer cream cheese pie with a coconut crust, but my pumpkin pie will be made in a traditional white flour pie crust.

Last year on October 28, 2011, I became wheat and gluten free. I am quite happy to go without those foods and continue to make every attempt to avoid them. Wheat is not something I have missed this past year since I actually began limiting it in my diet almost five years ago.

Apparently, October is the month when I make changes to my eating program, including the one I made last year. This year, on October 21, 2012, I began to pay attention to my hunger. I discovered that I was eating even though I was not hungry and found myself limiting some of my evening meals, and even skipping a few. The next change came on October 26, 2012, after eating my dark chocolate almond bark, when I decided to limit it to once a week. I made one more change on October 28, 2012, when I decided that I did not need to fill my entire one-third portion with carbohydrates, and began limiting them. Click here to continue reading, or leave a comment »

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Going Primal?

As some of you know, I have been following a book called the Carbohydrate Addict's LifeSpan Program for almost five years. I found the three guidelines of the program extremely easy and believe it is the perfect way of eating that I can follow for the rest of my life. I am close to losing 100 lbs. and I am really excited to be wearing a much smaller size than when I began.

Last year my husband bought us a book called Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health. After reading the book, I was ready to drop the wheat immediately. I had a little bit of difficulty at first, only because wheat is hidden in many other foods, but I became aware of the foods that include it and found no problem finding the same or similar foods without it. It has been over a year since I have intentionally consumed any wheat and I have found it is not a desired or necessary part of my diet.

I have been changing my eating habits since beginning my program and have always included the foods I want to eat. The changes have been good for me since, over time, I began to eat whole foods and my choices became healthier. I have been maintaining my weight the last year, even though my scale has been jumping up and down, and have been including my homemade dark chocolate almond bark made with coconut sugar, coconut oil, and special dark chocolate cocoa, on a regular basis. One of the guidelines of my program has me dividing my plate into thirds, I do this mentally, placing the same amount of protein, vegetables, and carbohydrates in each section. From the beginning of my weight loss journey, the most important guideline I felt I needed to follow was to keep my portions balanced, and it always worked. Click here to continue reading, or leave a comment »

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Exercise and Weight Loss

I was surfing the net the other day and I stumbled across a forum where someone was disappointed in the weight gain that they experienced as the result of introducing exercise into their program. This person wanted to know if exercise is necessary for weight loss? I took the time to read the responses and found that some of them were for it and others were against it. The worst part about wasting my time reading the responses was how disrespectful some of them were to the other responders when they did not agree.

If I were to answer the simple question, my answer would be that exercise is not necessary to lose weight! However, I have never heard of anyone beginning a “diet” or “weight loss program” for the one day results their scale would provide the following day. As far as I am concerned, there is much more to weight loss than the fluctuating numbers our scales provide on a given day. The fact is, a pound of muscle and a pound of fat weigh exactly the same since a pound is a pound, but the major difference is density. Fat takes up more volume, or space, than muscle, which results in the flabby look of fat instead of the lean look of muscle. For that reason alone, I believe exercise is a good idea!

My goal from the beginning of my journey has always been to become fit and healthy. On 3.03.08, I was 48 years old, only three months away from my 49th birthday. I was the heaviest weight I had ever been and I was disgusted with myself once again. My desperation in losing weight had me looking into every diet possible, including a liquid diet and bariatric surgery. Since my common sense told me that all of the diets I considered would be expensive as well as temporary, I needed to find a long term solution that I could follow for the rest of my life. Then I remembered a diet that I had tried several years prior called the Carbohydrate Addict's LifeSpan Program, and not only did it work well for me back then, it was really easy for me to follow. Click here to continue reading, or leave a comment »

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What Really Works for Weight Loss?

Most weight loss articles I read want to sell me something.....prepackaged food, supplements, vitamins, etc. I have nothing to sell and I did not write the book I follow, but it works for me. The battle of the bulge will always be a fight left to the individual since we all know that what works for one person may not necessarily work for another. A couple of articles I have read recently suggest eating protein, vegetables, and fruits five days a week, leaving the weekends open to include carbohydrates. One of the programs suggests consuming carbohydrates of your choice over a twenty four hour period, and the other one allows whole grains on the weekends.

As a longtime fighter of my weight, with pure determination I continued to fight my battle of the bulge. Along the way I would give up, become frustrated, and then I would begin fighting again. My fight lasted over twenty five years and I can honestly say that I am finally winning. I am selfish and don't want to have to wait until the weekend to enjoy carbohydrates. I want to be able to include carbohydrates on a daily basis and found the right program for me over ten years ago although I only began to take it seriously 4-1/2 years ago. In my case, desperation lead me back to the only program that was easy for me and I actually enjoyed following. I eat whatever I want and follow the three simple guidelines of the Carbohydrate Addict's LifeSpan Program. I have lost a considerable amount of weight over the years and have always eaten what I love. I found something I can stick to and soon after beginning this plan, I accepted CALP as my lifelong way of eating. Click here to continue reading, or leave a comment »

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Severe Diet Doesn’t Prolong Life, at Least in Monkeys -- NYT

Interesting news blurb in the New York Times:

For 25 years, the rhesus monkeys were kept semi-starved, lean and hungry. The males’ weights were so low they were the equivalent of a 6-foot-tall man who tipped the scales at just 120 to 133 pounds. The hope was that if the monkeys lived longer, healthier lives by eating a lot less, then maybe people, their evolutionary cousins, would, too. Some scientists, anticipating such benefits, began severely restricting their own diets.
The results of this major, long-awaited study, which began in 1987, are finally in. But it did not bring the vindication calorie restriction enthusiasts had anticipated. It turns out the skinny monkeys did not live any longer than those kept at more normal weights.

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Dark Chocolate Almond Bark

Dark Chocolate Almond Bark using 5 ingredients: coconut sugar, water, coconut oil, Hershey's Cocoa Special Dark, roasted almonds

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8.27.12, Low Carb Diet Journal

I packed the food I wanted to eat and left my house on Friday to spend the weekend dog sitting at my folks house. My middle daughter lives nearby so I invited her to go to garage sales with me the following day and was hopeful she would join me. Fortunately for her, she declined the following morning so I went by myself. I feel as if I wasted my morning and most importantly, my gas since there was nothing I found that I could use. Since I was out, I stopped at the $1 store and picked up a couple of birthday cards I was going to be needing and made one more stop at the local farmers market. I could not resist purchasing a flat, twelve baskets of strawberries for $10, and returned to my folks house to enjoy a few with my lunch.

I planned on finally getting started with my exercises this month by catching some laps in the pool but when my daughter arrived later that afternoon, she had on the swimsuit I had left at the house for me. Since I didn't know to pack my other one, lesson learned. Next time I will take a suit along with me but let me tell you how nice it is, after being overweight for all those years, to be able to wear a small, cute, suit, that my 23 year old daughter also wants to wear.

When I returned home on Sunday I arrived with eight baskets of strawberries after leaving the other four baskets with my daughter and my folks. By Monday, these strawberries were slowly disappearing and the remainder needed to be eaten. My husband made a simple recipe of homemade strawberry ice cream using cream, salt, white refined sugar, strawberries, vanilla extract, and water. I grabbed the remaining three baskets and disposed all of the soft strawberries into the chicken bucket and put the firm, edible ones into an overflowing single basket and gave it to my son and his girlfriend. Click here to continue reading, or leave a comment »

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