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Lowcarbcompatible's Homemade Vinaigrette Dressing

In a 16 oz. jar add:

  • 2 tablespoons of coarse grain mustard (we use Plochman's Stone Ground, which is gluten free)
  • salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut vinegar, stirring well
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut oil, stirring well
  • 6 tablespoons of olive oil, one at a time, stirring well
  • In order to get a good emulsion, put the lid tightly on the jar and shake vigorously for 30 seconds.

    Can be used immediately or refrigerate. When removed from refrigeration, stir until smooth.

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Updated book review: Wheat Belly

Just a quick note: I've updated my recent Wheat Belly book review–I've added a few paragraphs addressing the skeptical position and the need to challenge the modern dietary guidelines issued by the USDA and other organizations.

Whether you've read my review previously, or have yet to read it, you might want to visit the review and share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Grilled chicken breast fillets with mushrooms and mozzarella cheese in heavy cream sauce

Here's a rich and tasty dish I threw together today for lunch. It's great over rice if your diet allows. It's great by itself, too!

This recipe is a bit more complicated than most I've posted here, but still qualifies as a 30-minute meal if you work quickly. 45 minutes if you work slowly.

Serves the two of us, with leftovers to spare.

Ingredients

  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, sliced into 4 fillets.
    Season chicken breasts on both sides with:
    • Granulated garlic to taste
    • Sea salt to taste
    • Paprika to taste
    • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • Thin sliced Mozzarella cheese (enough to cover each fillet)
  • 2 cups sliced mushrooms
  • ½ onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, peeled and finely chopped
  • 4 slices of bacon, lightly cooked and chopped into small pieces
  • Oil for cooking: we use bacon drippings but you can use olive oil, butter, ghee, etc.

Sauce Ingredients

  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • ⅛ tsp. turmeric powder
  • ⅛ tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp fresh ground pepper
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp parsley flakes (or fresh if you have it)

Preparation

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Getting Rid of My Wheat Belly!

My husband has been reading the book Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health out loud to me recently. It started last week when we took a road trip and after five hours and a hundred and fifty pages of mind blowing information, I am anxious to take another car trip so I can hear more.

I am such an extremist that I was ready to go wheat free that same afternoon, but I made a huge mistake at the Chinese restaurant we went to for lunch. I ordered honey walnut chicken and accepted my mistake of not thinking about the chicken being breaded. I enjoyed every bite of my meal and even though I had to postpone my desire to go wheat free, I had no problem following the guidelines of CALP.

My next wheat free mistake came from soy sauce. I wanted our recipe of homemade Chinese marinaded ribs and discovered the soy sauce in the marinade contained wheat. Since the ribs were already marinading in the sauce, I postponed my desire to become wheat free again. I enjoyed two meals of this delicious recipe, delaying my wheat free desire two more days.

I never had any problems giving up flour and bread since my preference has always been to eat chocolate as part of my reward meal. There was a time when I mistakenly thought bread and wheat products were a healthier alternative than the dark chocolate and nuts I was eating. I purposely chose to include wheat in my program until my husband convinced me that my choices of avocado, chocolate, fruit, and nuts, were actually healthier for me. Click here to continue reading, or leave a comment »

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Teri progress photos October 28, 2011

Here are photos of me @ 139 lbs.

After over three and a half years of following the Carbohydrate Addict's LifeSpan Program. I am close to losing 100 lbs., and I feel great!

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Book Review: Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health

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Updated: Oct. 31, 2011: Paragraphs added (see below).
Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health, by William Davis, M.D., is an eye-opening and provocative book. Davis examines the history of modern wheat, and the health problems associated with its consumption.

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Dr. Davis describes the evolutionary path from ancient wheat to the human-engineered varieties found in modern products. The bad news is that humans have engaged in genetic engineering of wheat over the last fifty years, much of it done without concern for potential human health impact.

When seeking a likely cause of the recent rise of obesity, diabetes, and other health problems, it seems reasonable to look at what's changed in the typical American diet.

Wheat has come to dominate the typical American meal. Official health guidelines and other authorities tell us to put "healthy grains" at the bottom of the food pyramid, and many if not most people have. A trip through the typical supermarket shows us just how much the American diet is dominated by wheat-based products. Pasta, cereals, breads, rolls, muffins, cakes, snacks... the list seems endless. Click here to continue reading, or leave a comment »

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My Blood Test Comparisons

My blood test comparison results at 205 lbs., five months after beginning CALP at the age of 49, and 146 lbs., after almost three years on plan at the age of 51!

TEST RESULTS

GLUCOSE
7/26/08, Glucose, fasting 96
2/01/11, Glucose, fasting 96
Normal Range: 60 – 99 mg/dL

LIPID PANEL
7/26/08, Cholesterol 190
2/01/11, Cholesterol 179
Normal Range: <239 - mg/dL

7/26/08, Triglyceride 83
2/01/11, Triglyceride 92
Normal Range: <199 - mg/dL

7/26/08, HDL 43
2/01/11, HDL 40
Normal Range: >45 – mg/dL

7/26/08, Low density lipoprotein calculated 130
2/01/11, Low density lipoprotein calculated 121
Normal Range: <129 - mg/dL

CREATININE, SERUM, WITH GLOMERULAR FILTRATION RATE
7/26/08, Creatinine 0.78
2/01/11, Creatinine 0.75
Normal Range: <1.11 -mg/dL

TSH
7/26/08, TSH 1.1
2/01/11, TSH 2.14
Normal Range: 0.10 – 5.50 uIU/mL

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Motivation: Health!

My mother, 71, has COPD and she has been off and on oxygen for the last ten years. Breast cancer entered her life over five years ago and she has been dependent on oxygen ever since her surgery. Her breast surgery went well and she remains cancer free, but there is no recovery for COPD. Over the years the amount of oxygen she requires has risen, but I am happy to say that she remains active.

Two weeks ago, mom was hospitalized with respiratory failure. I packed an overnight bag and stayed with her at the hospital and when she was discharged, I helped her at home. She is recovering well and when I left to return home, she was playing her weekly Mah Jong game with her friends.

My motivation in beginning this program was to take control of my health since my genes are not something I can depend on. Before I began this program, I could not control my sweet tooth. The worst part was that I loved food too! Both of my maternal grandparents lived with diabetes and due to my lack of control, I suspected I was heading down the same road.

My paternal grandparents both died from heart attacks and cancer took both of my maternal grandparents. My father, 75, ended up having two heart attacks several years ago and he was diagnosed with diabetes last year when he was hospitalized in a diabetic coma. The emergency room staff were unable to get a glucose reading for the first three hours he was there and when they did, it was 1141, not a typo, eleven hundred and forty one! Needless to say, it took him three days to become aware of where he was and when he was released from the hospital, he was sent home with insulin so he could give himself injections. My father was able to stop giving himself insulin injections after the first month and since he quit eating sugar, he has been able to keep his insulin levels under control. As a matter of fact, he has been doing so well that he no longer believes he is a diabetic, although he continues to monitor it. Click here to continue reading, or leave a comment »

First Time Blogger

I'm new to this blog business but not to low the carb diet. This is probably a little longer than a blog post should be. I'll be briefer in the future.

I guess the gist of this entry is: don’t follow a diet plan that is not realistically sustainable. I know… it’s not a diet; it’s a way of eating for life. I have had to tell this to all of my relatives.

In 1995 I tried the Atkins diet. I was a traveling "road" musician at the time and had horrible eating habits. We would play our gig for the night, go out and eat a dinner-sized meal at 2:30 in the morning and then go to bed. I ate lots of rich hotel food and my weight in fast food! Although I have always eaten whole grain, skim milk, etc., all of the other goodies packed on the pounds.

Standing in front of crowds every night, I had to do something about my weight! In 1994 I decided to give the Atkins diet plan a shot. I went from 205 to 180 in 6 months. In fact, my whole band tried it. Fast forward to 1987. My 25 lbs is back on with an additional 20 lbs more. However, the Atkins diet was the best diet I had ever tried - to that point.

I married in 1987 and since then my wife and I have tried every diet known to man, i.e, South Beach, Mediterranean Diet, Jenny Craig, etc. We have eaten funky dried food, have had food shipped to the house in freezer containers – you name it. At the end of the day, the only real loss was to our bank account!

In December of 2010, my wife showed me an article by scientific writer/reporter Gary Taubes. I read it, bought his book (Why We Get Fat and What To Do About It) and 10 months later, I have lost 35 lbs. My wife lost 20+; I’m not sure exactly because she won't tell me what she weighs. I do know she has gone from pushing hard to a size 16 to, as she puts it, to a comfortable 12.

The Taubes book (see web site links below) isn’t a diet book but a treatise on the subject of why and how carbohydrates affect your body. Click here to continue reading, or leave a comment »

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Natural Fat Burning Foods

I have been following The Carbohydrates Addict's LifeSpan Program, "CALP" for over three and a half years and I have been successful in losing a substantial amount of weight in that time. I made the decision to take my health into my own hands and tried this weight loss program at the age of 48, loving the freedom of including the foods that I love, every single day.

The success to any diet is to be able to make it permanent and I found CALP to be the perfect program for me. I have been trying to make healthier food choices over the years so I went searching for a list of fat burning foods and found myself successful when I found this list at http://www.letsloseweight.net/best-14-fat-burning-foods.

Turkey & Poultry
Berries*
Oranges*
Whole Grains*
Salmon & Tuna
Meat (article suggests lean)
Oatmeal*
Pine Nuts*
Milk*
Beans*
Eggs
Cheese
Hot Peppers*
Water Rich Foods (broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, grapefruit*, lettuce, radishes & spinach)

*Carbohydrate rich foods according to CALP!

Whole grains are foods that I will continue to avoid since I have found that the more I eat, the more addictive I become. I also noticed that grains cause my appetite to increase and it takes me a few days of avoiding them in order to get it back under control!

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