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Grain Free for 30 Days!

I have been following the Carbohydrate Addict's LifeSpan Program for the last three years and I have lost around 90 lbs. I feel as if I am in complete control over my food choices so I am at the point where I am curious to see how some of the foods that I choose to eat may be affecting me.

I just celebrated my 52nd birthday and I will admit that when I began this program, menopause had already become a part of my life. My hot flashes are getting worse and since the doctor confirmed last year that I am at the end of menopause, I am wondering if it is something that I am eating. I stopped drinking coffee after drinking it for over thirty years and I have been avoiding tea, blaming the caffeine in both of them for my flashes. I have been taking Estroven hoping to alleviate the severity of my problem, but they don't seem to be helping.

My husband and I were discussing my weight loss, or more precisely, my progress chart. The fact is that I have been losing weight at a nice, steady, pace, keeping my weight under the trend line, and since I deliberately began eating more grains, I have noticed that I have been hovering above the line instead of under. Since I believe that grains may have an effect on my diet and my hot flashes, I am going to be eliminating them for awhile.

On June 11, 2011, my weigh in was 146-1/2 lbs., and it was the first day that I eliminated grains from my diet. My plan is to avoid them for 30 days and see how it will affect me. I am so happy that I have never had a carbohydrate addiction to grain based carbohydrates because eliminating them will not be a problem for me. I am looking forward to my experiment and will continue to weigh myself daily.

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Big Fat Fiasco Videos

Big Fat Fiasco Videos

'Fat Head' producer Tom Naughton on how the misguided fear of saturated fat created a nation of obese diabetics.

Interesting presentation on how we got to where we are. Covers the bad science behind the lipid hypothesis (fat causes heart disease) and how public policy turned us into a nation of diabetics.

Watch them on YouTube (below) or order Big Fat Fiasco DVD online. Click here to continue reading, or leave a comment »

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How "Heart-Healthy Whole Grains Make Us Fat" (gnolls.org)

Fascinating study results involving obese teenage boys. Feed them three different breakfasts, with identical caloric value, but composed of different food types (low, medium, and high Glycemic Index foods). Monitor blood chemistry and subjective hunger perception. Feed them the same meal for lunch. Let them eat anything they want after lunch. Measure how often and how much they ate. Monitor total caloric intake.

These results speak for themselves:

“Voluntary energy intake after the high-GI meal (5.8 megajoule [mJ]) was 53% greater than after the medium-GI meal (3.8 mJ), and 81% greater than after the low-GI meal (3.2 mJ).”
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“In addition, mean time to the first meal request after lunch (2.6, 3.2, and 3.9 hours for the high-, medium-, and low-GI meals, respectively) differed between test meal groups (high GI vs low GI; P = .01; high GI vs medium GI, not significant).”

That’s not a misprint. People consumed 81% more calories during the five hours after eating instant oatmeal than after eating the same number of calories as an omelet and fruit—and 19% more calories after eating steel-cut oatmeal than after eating an omelet and fruit. (Note that the hunger curve for both kinds of oatmeal was rising precipitously at 5 hours, whereas the omelet + fruit curve flattened out. Do you ever have to work late? Is dinner always five hours after lunch?) Furthermore, the omelet-eaters took 50% longer to request any food at all.

Source: How “Heart-Healthy Whole Grains” Make Us Fat

So, according to the study, the modern "heart-healthy" oatmeal breakfasts that we keep hearing about, can make us hungrier, want to eat more often, and consume almost twice as many calories following the meal when compared to the shunned egg omelet.

Go read the article (and the original study, if you have time). Click here to continue reading, or leave a comment »

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The Washington Diet (City Journal)

Here's an interesting article in the City Journal.

Steven Malanga writes about The Washington Diet, particularly the political battles surrounding the government's health guidelines issued in the 1970s.

Definitely worth the read if you think the dietary guidelines you grew up with were the results of scientific consensus and solid scientific evidence.

And it's worth the read even if you already know that the guidelines are bogus.

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Commercially prepared ranch dressings and hidden carbs

Teri and I had dinner at a local Mexican restaurant the other night, and she ordered a chicken salad with Ranch dressing, which we shared.

Teri used only a small amount of the Ranch dressing on the salad, but I noticed it had a detectable sweetness to it. Then I remembered that most Ranch dressings have added sugar as one of the ingredients.

It's funny, but now that we've switched from prepared mayonnaise and salad dressings to homemade, we can now taste the added sugar in products we once consumed on a regular basis–products that we'd never before perceived as having a sweet taste!

The moral of the story: read your ingredients lists, folks!

Too many prepared foods have added sugar and even though the caloric load of the sugar may be low in the individual servings, the cumulative effect can have a negative impact on your weight loss and health goals.

Another interesting point: You don't realize how we've grown accustomed to the added sugars in our daily diet, until you start to eliminate them.

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Wordless Wednesday: Lazy Dog Day

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Photo of dog sleeping in the sun
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Teri's Before and After Photos

Update 10/28/2011 - LATEST PROGRESS PHOTOS

You can see Teri's latest progress photos here.

I have already posted before and after photos, but I posted them on two separate blog entries.

Since my after photos are still in the making, I will be keeping this blog entry current with my new photos every once in awhile!

More before the diet and current photos at Pictures current 9/19/10 and Pictures - before plus two more.

Update 10/28/2011 - Current progress photo added

See below.

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Photo of woman who lost 90+ pounds on a low carb diet
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Grilled Herbed Chicken Fillets with Monterey Jack Cheese

Need something simple for dinner? In a hurry? Here's a quick and easy meal. All it takes is a couple of boneless chicken breasts, some seasonings, and Monterey Jack cheese.

These can be part of any low-carb diet plan. They taste great!

Ingredients

  • Two boneless, skinless chicken breasts, sliced into fillets
  • Thin sliced Monterey Jack cheese (enough to cover each fillet)
  • Pappy's Seasoning (or use whatever you like)
  • Oil for cooking: we use a tablespoon of bacon drippings but you can use olive oil, butter, ghee, etc.

Preparation

  • Heat the oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat
  • Lightly season both sides of the chicken and place them in the skillet
  • Cook for about 4 minutes on one side, or until golden brown
  • Turn over and cook for a few minutes on the second side until chicken is almost cooked through (almost completely firm)
  • Lay strips of Monterey Jack cheese over the chicken, then reduce heat to medium, cover with a lid to retain heat and cook until chicken is cooked through (about 2-3 minutes)
  • Remove from heat and serve

Alternatives

Try sprinkling crumbled bacon bits (fresh, homemade) over the cheese during the last few minutes of cooking.

Leftovers? Chill in refrigerator, slice remainder into small strips and use them to make a Chicken Caesar salad. We just did this and it was fantastic.

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Cutting calories can make you crazy

Here's an interesting series of articles by Emily Deans, M.D. (Dr. Deans also blogs at Evolutionary Psychiatry -- see our Educational Resources Links, below).

She describes the strong similarities between the restricted calorie diets recommended for weight loss today, and the Minnesota Starvation Experiment carried out during World War II on a group of conscientious objectors.

Among the symptoms experienced by the Minnesota Starvation Experiment subjects:

  • Lethargy
  • Dizziness
  • Cold intolerance
  • Muscle soreness
  • Hair loss
  • Reduced coordination
  • Edema
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Loss of sex drive
  • Food obsession

Four of the original 36 subjects dropped out of the experiment. Failures included: eating scrapings from garbage cans, stealing raw rutabagas, and eating clandestine sundaes at the local soda shop. One man became suicidal, and another cut off three of his fingers. (These two men ended up in a psychiatric hospital.)

Some of those symptoms may sound disturbingly familiar to you if you've ever been on an extended low-calorie weight loss diet. Food obsession is just one.

Dr. Deans points out the similarities between the study diet and the standard weight-loss recommendations of today:

What strikes me the most about this study is how close it is to the standard recommendations for weight loss today (500-1000 calorie deficit daily for goal of 1-2 pounds lost a week, plus moderate exercise). The difference is by degree (1700 calorie deficit daily for goal of 2.5 pounds lost a week), and the fact that the men were normal weight when they began the study. But this strict diet sent 6% of the participants to the psychiatric hospital - and these were highly motivated, healthy young men!

Cutting calories can result in weight loss. But at what cost? Are starvation diets a recipe for failure? I think so. Teri's experience with the standard diets supports my conclusion.

Read more at:

Dieting Can Make You Lose Your Mind

Part two of the article describes similar problems with the Biosphere 2 experiment, in which 8 humans lived in a 3 acre, hermetically-sealed ecosystem in Arizona from 1991-1993. The subjects had no choice but to eat a calorie-restricted, mostly vegan diet. The results: "hunger, fatigue, mental fog, licking each plate rather obsessively and elaborate food rituals, and depression". The door to the 'banana room' (where the bananas were kept) was the only locked room in the structure–the succulent bananas were too tempting, it seems.

Dieting Can Make You Lose Your Mind Part 2

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Gary Taubes on low carb vs. low fat diets

Here's an interesting article about Gary Taubes on SFGate.com (home of the S.F. Chronicle). It is a pretty good overview of the "low fat" vs. "low carb" camps.

Gary Taubes on "Why We Get Fat"

The diet Taubes recommends is eerily similar to the carbohydrate addict's diet Teri follows.

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