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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!


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

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

7/26/08, Creatinine 0.78
2/01/11, Creatinine 0.75
Normal Range: <1.11 -mg/dL

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

Turkey & Poultry
Whole Grains*
Salmon & Tuna
Meat (article suggests lean)
Pine Nuts*
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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Getting Started

I've given this a lot of thought. I'm 22 weeks into my pregnancy and I know without a doubt that I feel better and have more focus when I moderate my carbohydrate intake. The sugar cravings go away and I have a lot more energy.

I read CAD sometime last year but never committed to it. It seemed like a very reasonable plan and I wish I had stuck with it instead of letting myself go. Well, today is a new day! I have decided to do a loose version of CAD while I'm pregnant. As long as my doctor doesn't have issue with my weight then I will continue. I don't doubt that the program is healthy for me and the baby.

My loose version will go as follows:

1. 3 meals per day; no snacking in between

2. 2 CMs and 1 RM (dinner mostly)

3. RM foods I will allow during CMs in moderation: avocado, full-fat yogurt, raw carrots, tomatoes, onions, and raw nuts (as condiment)

As for exercise, I've been consistently walking three days per week and doing a toning routine 2 days per week. I'll continue with that for as long as I can.

I hope to document my progress here and maybe encourage someone else.

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Lifehacker: How to Get a Complete Workout with Nothing But Your Body

Here's an interesting article: how to get a full-body workout without gym equipment.

Topics include:

  1. Cardio
  2. Upper Body
  3. Core / Midsection
  4. Lower Body

If you want to get (or stay) fit but can't or don't want to spend money on gym equipment or memberships, this is worth reading and bookmarking.

Lifehacker: How to Get a Complete Workout with Nothing But Your Body

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Cardio may be hurting you

Here's an interesting study described by Dr. Harris (Archevore):

Among the interesting tidbits:

The more marathons run, the higher the likelihood of heart disease. The number of marathons run was an independent and significant predictor of the likelihood of myocardial damage.


It's time for some Kuhnian iconoclasm. Let's take the hammer to some "normal science".

I think that atherosclerosis is not caused by lack of sustained high-level aerobic ("cardio") exercise.

Just like I don't think lack of "cardio" is the cause of the obesity epidemic.

I think premature atherosclerois is mostly caused by diet. Our susceptibility to a bad diet is contributed to by genetics.

I think that not only does sustained "cardio" not protect you from atherosclerosis, I think it is quite likely that through repetitive shear stress with endothelial damage and promotion of an inflammatory state, that it may promote atherosclerosis and/or direct cardiac muscle damage.

Further, I think that excessive "cardio" might precipitate the thromboembolic and acute inflammatory events like plaque rupture - acute heart attacks, even if it does not directly contribute to atherosclerosis, which I think it does.

Source: "Cardio" may cause heart disease - Part I

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Grain Free Scale Results After 14 Days!

The last day that I included grains in my diet was on 6/10/11. I have made CALP my way of eating the last three years by including the foods I love and staying within the guidelines of the program. This is the easiest program I have ever followed and I know, with time, the rest of my excess weight will disappear.

I am more active and I feel great since I began taking my health seriously. I am in control of my diet and my goal is getting closer everyday. Exercise has become an important part of my life and getting myself fit and healthy continues to be my goal.

06/11/11...146.50, day 1, weigh in.

06/12/11...146.00, day 2, lost .50 lb., down .50 pound.

06/13/11...145.50, day 3, lost .50 lb., down 1 pound.

06/14/11...144.75, day 4, lost .75 lb., down 1.75 pounds.

06/15/11...144.50, day 5, lost .25 lb., down 2 pounds.

06/16/11...144.00, day 6, lost .50 lb., down 2.50 pounds.

06/17/11...143.00, day 7, lost 1.0 lb., down 3.50 pounds.

06/18/11...143.00, day 8, same, down 3.50 pounds.

06/19/11...144.00, day 9, gain 1.0 lb., down 2.50 pounds.

06/20/11...143.50, day 10, lost .50., down 3 pounds.

06/21/11...143.50, day 11, same, down 3 pounds.

06/22/11...142.00, day 12, lost 1.50, down 4.50 pounds.

06/23/11...142.00, day 13, same, down 4.50 pounds.

06/24/11...142.00, day 14, same, down 4.50 pounds!

Since I did not get a chance to post my update when I completed the first two weeks, here are the latest results I have.

06/25/11...141.00, day 15, lost 1.0 lb., down 5.50 pounds.

06/26/11...142.00, day 16, gain 1.0 lb., down 4.50 pounds.

06/27/11...142.50, day 17, gain .50 lb., down 4 pounds.

Still not missing grains at all!

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Dietary grains and their avoidance

I've been reading more about gluten, grains, and "paleo" diets–mainly in support of Teri's decision to go grain-free and her recent (and dramatic) results after cutting all wheat-based carbs from her diet.

I'll blog interesting articles as I find them. This is the first installment. If you know of additional educational resources, please drop a comment at the end of this post, and I'll include it in my next post, with attribution.

Why avoid seed grains?

Kurt Harris, MD argues for gluten/grain avoidance, and describes the effect grain feeding has on beef cattle and humans alike:

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