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Carbohydrate Addict's Lifespan Program (CALP)

The Carbohydrate Addict's Lifespan Program (CALP) was created by Drs. Richard & Rachael Heller as a way to help people overcome 'carbohydrate addiction'. It differs from Atkins-style low-carb dieting because the diet allows controlled carbohydrate portions and balanced eating, and thus makes it easier to stay on the diet long-term. For more info visit Teri's Carbohydrate Addict's Lifespan Program book review.
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My Current Experiences With The Carbohydrate Addicts Lifespan Program (CALP)

I have been writing a journal about my experiences with CALP and decided to put it in online "book" form. I will be writing a new chapter at least once a month and it will include my thoughts as well as my current stats.

If you are reading my blog and think this way of eating could be beneficial to you, read the book that got me started. It is called The Carbohydrate Addict's Lifespan Program and was written by Dr. Richard F. Heller and Dr. Rachael F. Heller. Click here to continue reading, or leave a comment »

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Physical Blood Test Results

On July 4, 2014, I went to the Lab and submitted my blood for my physical.

My results are as follows:

Glucose/Fasting
Standard Range 60-99 mg/dL - My Value 90

Fasting Lipid Panel - Cholesterol
Standard Range <=239 mg/dL - My Value 227

Fasting Lipid Panel - Triglyceride
Standard Range <=199 mg/dL - My Value 63

Fasting Lipid Panel - HDL
Standard Range >=45 mg/dL - My Value 62*

Fasting Lipid Panel - Low Density Lipoprotein Calculated
Standard Range <=129 mg/dL - My Value 152

TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone):
Standard Range 0.10-5.50 uIU/mL - My Value 1.10

ALT (Alanine Aminotransferase), Serum
Standard Range 0-36 U/L - My Value 10

Creatinine, Serum, with Glomerula Filtration - Creatinine
Standard Range <=1.11 mg/dL - My Value 0.66

Creatinine, Serum, with Glomerula Filtration - Glomerular Filtration Rate
Standard Range >=60 mL/min - My Value >60

CBC (Complete Blood Count) without Differential Rate - WBC Count
Standard Range 3.5-12.5 K/uL - My Value 5.2

CBC (Complete Blood Count) without Differential Rate - Red Blood Cells Count
Standard Range 3.60-5.70 M/uL - My Value 4.65

CBC (Complete Blood Count) without Differential Rate - Hgb
Standard Range 11.5-15.0 g/dL - My Value 13.2

CBC (Complete Blood Count) without Differential Rate - Hematocrit
Standard Range 34.0-46.0% - My Value 39.8

CBC (Complete Blood Count) without Differential Rate - MCV
Standard Range 80-100 fL - My Value 86

CBC (Complete Blood Count) without Differential Rate - RDW, RBC
Standard Range 12.0-16.5% - My Value 13.7

CBC (Complete Blood Count) without Differential Rate - Platelets Count
Standard Range 140-400 K/uL - My Value 145

Vitamin D, 25-Hydroxy
Standard Range 20-79 ng/mL - My Value 27

* Above standard range

All of my tests were within range except my HDL. Apparently my "Good Cholesterol" is not as good as it should be!

I just turned 55 in June and I am extremely pleased with my test results!

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Another Learning Experience!

Sorry for the long absence but I felt like my entire life was revolved around my diet, and I needed a break!

After wanting to reach my ideal weight and getting as close as I was, I began following the Paleo diet. I then began eating more fat thinking it would be more filling. I did well initially, but I began over eating and just like every other "diet", I began feeling deprived. The one thing about CALP is that I never felt like I was following a diet because I never felt deprived. I included the foods that I wanted which kept me satisfied each and every day.

Beginning Thanksgiving of 2013, I quit stepping on my scale and I also began eating more food than I needed. For the most part I followed the guidelines of CALP, but my carbohydrate portions were not balanced with the rest of my meals leaving me to gain some of my weight back.

When I stepped on my scale last month, I discovered that I had gained 20 lbs. The clothes that I could still fit into were way too tight and that is all it took for me to resume CALP, and CALP alone. Looking back, I allowed myself to become distracted by focusing on my weight instead of my health and derailed myself for the last time. The good news is that I have already begun losing some of the weight that I gained. I also began exercising by walking my dog a minimum of four days each week.

Sugar is still my carbohydrate of choice but with summer here I am consuming my sugar in the form of fresh fruit and nuts, which are both extremely satisfying to me. No doubt that I am a carbohydrate addict and I feel so much better following the guidelines of CALP! Click here to continue reading, or leave a comment »

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11.24.13, Low Carb Diet Journal

I stepped on my scale about thirty minutes earlier than I did yesterday and I am up a quarter of a pound, 140-1/4 lbs. Crazy, since I did not have dinner last night.

I enjoyed a full pot of decaf coffee and added heavy whipping cream to all four and a half cups.

Because I did not have any dinner last night, I was hungry earlier than usual. My husband started the barbecue and seasoned a New York steak for our lunch. I wanted a cabbage salad with my steak so I sliced the cabbage as thin as I could and my husband added mayonnaise, salt, pepper, & paprika to it. We split the steak and I also enjoyed the cabbage salad which I ate along with it.

My husband made me another pot of decaf coffee and I ended up drinking all of it. I drank another four and a half cups and added heavy whipping cream to all of them.

When I got hungry much later than usual, I made me a salad. My husband ate at dinner time and had some of his leftover toscano soup. My salad included romaine lettuce, avocado, bacon, celery, jack cheese, cucumber, toasted pumpkin seeds and some of our fresh homemade vinaigrette dressing that I had to make.

Sunday, 11.24.13

Weight
140-1/4 lbs.

Menu
Breakfast: Coffee w/cream
Lunch: New York steak, cabbage salad
Dinner: Salad of romaine w/avocado, bacon, celery, jack cheese, cucumber, toasted pumpkin seeds, vinaigrette dressing

Beverages: coffee, water
Carbs/Veggies: avocado, cabbage, celery, cucumber, lettuce, pumpkin seeds
Other: cream, dressing, mayonnaise
Protein: bacon, cheese, steak

Exercise
None!

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11.23.13, Low Carb Diet Journal

I stepped on my scale about an hour later than yesterday and I am down a half of a pound. I weighed 140 lbs. this morning.

I drank a full pot of decaf coffee and added heavy whipping cream to all four and a half cups.

My husband made some pork chile verde the other day so I wanted to eat some before we put it into freezer. He made me a two egg omelet and added the pork chile verde and jack cheese inside as well as a bit more over the top. I was so full after eating this meal that I did not bother making me any vegetables.

I wanted some coffee since I did not think I was going to be having any dinner because I was still full from my lunch. My husband made me a pot of decaf and I ended up drinking the entire pot, four and a half cups with heavy whipping cream added to all of them.

Saturday, 11.23.13

Weight
140 lbs.

Menu
Breakfast: Coffee w/cream
Lunch: Egg omelet w/pork chile verde & jack cheese
Dinner: Coffee w/cream

Beverages: coffee, water
Carbs/Veggies: none
Other: cream
Protein: pork chile verde, eggs

Exercise
None!

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11.22.13, Low Carb Diet Journal

My weight is the same as yesterday, 140-1/2 lbs. I stepped on my scale about an hour earlier than I did yesterday and I am going to begin paying attention to the time from now on.

I enjoyed an entire pot of decaf coffee and added heavy whipping cream to all four and a half cups.

From the time I woke up until I ate around 10 a.m., all I thought about were the pork ribs that I had for lunch yesterday. Instead of waiting until noon, my husband warmed them up for me and I ate the three ribs I had leftover as well as the small side that was also left. When I finished all of my ribs I was full enough to not want to make me a vegetable, so I didn't.

Later in the afternoon, I wanted more coffee. I made me another pot of decaf and over a short period of time I drank the entire pot. I added heavy whipping cream to all four and a half cups and enjoyed every single drop.

When it was time for dinner I made me a salad. My husband made his recipe of toscano soup this afternoon so he had it for lunch and again for dinner. Since there is kale in this soup, he did not want a salad. My salad included romaine lettuce, avocado, bacon, celery, cheddar cheese, cucumber, toasted pumpkin seeds, and the last of our homemade vinaigrette dressing.

Friday, 11.22.13

Weight
140-1/2 lbs.

Menu
Breakfast: Coffee w/cream
Lunch: Pork ribs
Dinner: Salad of romaine w/avocado, bacon, celery, cheddar cheese, cucumber, lettuce, toasted pumpkin seeds, & vinaigrette dressing

Beverages: coffee, water
Carbs/Veggies: avocado, celery, cucumber, lettuce, pumpkin seeds
Other: cream, dressing
Protein: bacon, cheese, pork ribs

Exercise
None!

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11.21.13, Low Carb Diet Journal

My weight dropped an entire pound and I weighed 140-1/2 lbs. this morning.

I enjoyed an entire pot of decaf coffee and added heavy whipping cream to all four and a half cups.

We defrosted a pork butt roast the other day and my husband made us chile verde this morning. It is being made in a crock pot so I will not be eating it until tomorrow since I will be eating another salad for my dinner again this evening.

When we were at the store yesterday, we picked up a couple of slabs of pork ribs. My husband seasoned one half of a slab and then started the barbecue. He soaked the smoke chips in water and when the barbecue coals were ready he added them to it and began slow cooking our ribs. We also picked up some fresh cabbage, mushrooms, and onions at the store so my husband made us a stir fry with a homegrown bell pepper, cabbage, mushrooms, and onion. He cooked the vegetables in coconut oil and also added some red wine vinegar to them. He placed the stir fried vegetables in a bowl and he also added several ribs to a plate and served them to me. Because he only made half of a slab of ribs, he cooked the small end. I ended up eating four of the small pieces that were boneless, and put away the three ribs with bones that were left on my plate. Since I love ribs and I have no problem eating leftovers, I look forward to eating the rest of them tomorrow instead of the chile verde.

When it came time for dinner I made me a salad. My husband had the chile verde and I also made him a small salad. My salad was made with romaine lettuce and it also included avocado, bacon, celery, cheddar cheese, toasted pumpkin seeds, and our homemade vinaigrette dressing.

Thursday, 11.21.13

Weight
140-1/2 lbs.

Menu
Breakfast: Coffee w/cream
Lunch: Pork ribs, bell pepper, cabbage, mushrooms, onion, & red wine vinegar stir fry
Dinner: Salad of romaine w/avocado, bacon, celery, cheddar cheese, toasted pumpkin seeds, & vinaigrette dressing Click here to continue reading, or leave a comment »

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11.20.13, Low Carb Diet Journal

My weight is down another quarter of a pound and I weighed 141-1/2 lbs. My weight may fluctuate because I do not always step on my scale at the same time each day. This morning I stepped on it an hour and a half earlier than I usually do and because I like to begin my day with coffee, I do not wait.

My husband made me a pot of decaf coffee and I added heavy whipping cream to each cup. I enjoyed four and a half cups over a four hour period and even though it is outside the guidelines of CALP, it is something that I have chosen to do.

We defrosted a London broil yesterday so my husband put it into the marinade this morning. After a few hours he started the barbecue and when the coals were ready, he put it on. He bought a large bag of broccoli when he went to Costco the other day and made some for our lunch. He then pre-cooked the rest so we could separate it into serving sizes and put it into the freezer. He also made some fresh bacon this morning. When our lunch was almost ready, I grabbed a piece of bacon and ate it. I also had a normal sized piece of London broil and a small bowl of broccoli with melted butter drizzled over the top. When I finished my meal, I wanted more meat but I knew that I had eaten enough so I just needed to wait the twenty minutes for my brain to realize it too. Click here to continue reading, or leave a comment »

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Expectations

At this point in my weight loss journey, I have come to the conclusion that the one thing that I really need to do is to change my expectations. I have lost an enormous amount of weight and because I am so close to my ideal weight, I will never give up on trying to reach it but I don't want to feel as if I am a failure if I don't. I need to continue to remind myself that I was obese for over half of my life and at the age of 54 years, I am in my golden years. I have been fortunate to reach a normal weight, and even though my scale fluctuates, I have been able to maintain it.

When I first started CALP, I joined a few support groups and in order to join I had to set a weight loss goal. Initially, I chose 125 lbs., but then I thought it was unrealistic because of my age and the fact that I was going through menopause, so I changed it to 140 lbs. The reason I chose 125 lbs. as my first goal was because it was a weight that I was happy with when I was a young adult. The reason I changed it to 140 lbs. was because it was a weight that my body used as a set point back then, and it was also the weight that I was before I became pregnant with my first child and never came close to reaching again.

I have tweaked my program a few times and even though my tweaks have been successful and resulted in weight loss, I have not been able to maintain the weight loss that I was able to obtain from them. I am extremely comfortable with following CALP and even with the tweaks to my program, I will continue to follow it. As far as I am concerned it has been a positive learning experience that I am grateful to have found. I am not perfect and I do indulge at times, but I feel better about myself than I ever did, and that is priceless!

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Recipe Links

I have been collecting links for recipe sites and have been adding them recently. They can be found at the bottom of every page on this site!

I hope you find them as informative as I have!

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