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Saturday, April 19, 2014

I was getting dizzy!

When I started SP last May I had a "plan" The American Diabetes Diet- I figured it must be a good "low carb" diet. After all I had Type 2 now. But it wasn't for me.

I soon realized I'd have to do Atkins if I really wanted something low carb to help my blood sugars. But I did not want the sugar alcohols this time around. Previously on Atkins in the 90s I depended on Atkins products to help. This time I wanted fresh clean food. Organic, farm raised, fresh. I wanted to support a farmer.

On the Low Carb Living Team (best Team in the world- shameless plug!) I learned about good fats (coconut oil was new to me) and moderate protein and all of the other veggies, besides my old stand by cauliflower, that are delicious as well as low carb.

And the best thing I learned on the Team- it's not a diet. It's a life style!

Quickly I was introduced to Wheat Belly and Grain Brain, and Dr Terry Wahls MS diet for mitochondria. New Science for why those carbs really don't nourish or help us.

There was so much to learn and try. And so many good books to read-and read and read!
The trouble was I was reading- no dairy-yes! dairy. Carb cycling or calorie cycling. Re-starts. Elimination starts. No decaf coffee, yes decaf coffee. So much contradiction! And the info on supplements was also overwhelming! I started losing my way. I felt lost and confused.

I knew the basics, I changed from LC to LCHF moderate protein. I added a little from primal, paleo. But I couldn't find my "groove". I questioned all of the contradictions and then developed a what the heck attitude. Carbs creeped up to 150. I didn't lose for months.

Going through my piles of new books I decided to donate most of them. Less is more! I kept the bare basics. Atkins, Science of LC, Jonny Bowden, wheat belly, grain brain, Dr Wahls. The rest, even the brand spankin new stuff just published- OUT!! and donated. Lesson learned.

Something kept drawing me back to Jonny Bowden. He keeps it simple. And I'm a simple kinda gal. In my 9/6/13 blog entry here, I wrote that my new plan was to list his 150 best foods (from the book-same title) and eat from that list daily. But I had wandered miles away from that. Why?

Because I kept thinking there was always something better, easier, smarter. Just like in my younger days when I bought any magazine or book that said "weight loss" on it. As if I'd lose weight just buying it! And I didn't.

So I re- typed my 150 most nutritious foods list. And I am back where I started. I get it now. There is no magic book/diet/article/Dr. There is just me and clean LCHF eating.

I can do this.
Next time one of the Drs I enjoyed reading writes a "new" book. I will plug my ears and sing "la-la-la-la-la-la!!" Because this IS simple! We can do this without hundreds of dollars spent on cutting edge information.

Whew! Feels great to be off the merry go round and back on terra firma. emoticon

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    I looked this up (thank you) and thought I would share the list here, for your friends.
    Study Guide to The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth, Jonny Bowden, Ph.D., C.N.S.

    The Healthiest Foods List:

    Vegetables
    Artichok
    es
    Arugula
    Asparagus
    B
    eets
    Bok Choy
    Broccoli
    Broccoli Rabe
    Brussles Sprouts
    Cabbage
    Carrots
    Ca
    uliflower
    Celery
    Collard Greens
    Dandelion
    Eggplant

    Endive
    Fennel
    Green Beans
    Horseradish
    Jerusalem Artichoke
    Jicama
    Kale
    Kohl
    rabi
    Leeks
    Mushrooms
    O
    kra
    Onions
    Peppers Ð hot
    Peppers Ð sweet
    Pumpkin
    Purslane
    Spi
    nach
    Squash
    Sweet potato
    Swiss Chard
    Tomatoes
    Turnips
    Wat
    ercress
    Parsnips
    Rutabaga
    s
    Snow PeasGrains
    Oatmeal
    Quinoa

    Brown Rice
    Beans & Legumes
    Beans
    Garbanzo Beans
    Green Peas
    Lentils
    Fruits
    Apples

    Apricots
    Avocados
    Ban
    anas
    Blueberries
    Cantalou
    pe
    Cherries
    Coconut
    Cr
    anberries
    Dates
    Figs
    Goji Berries
    Grapefruits
    Grapes>Guava
    Honeydew
    Kiwi
    L
    emons/Limes
    Mangoes
    Orang
    es
    Papya
    Peaches
    Pinea
    pple
    Prunes
    Raisins
    Ra
    spberries
    Strawberries
    Watermelon
    Bitter Melon
    Pears
    Persimmons
    Qui
    nce
    Star Fruit
    Nuts, Seeds, & Nut Butters
    Almonds/Almond Butter
    Brazil Nuts
    Cashews
    Hazelnuts
    Mac
    adamia Nuts
    Peanuts/Peanut Butter
    Pecans
    Pistachio Nuts
    Pumpkin Seeds
    Sesame Seeds/ Sesame Butter/Tahini
    Sunflower Seeds
    Walnuts

    Soy Foods
    Edamame
    Tempeh
    Miso<
    BR>Natto
    Dairy
    Butter/Ghe
    e
    Cheese
    Raw/Organic Milk
    Yogurt


    Meat/Poul
    try & Eggs
    Free Range Poultry
    Grass Fed Beef
    Lamb
    Liver (CalfÕs Liver)
    Wild GameFish/Seafood
    Crustacea (crayfish, prawns, shrimp, lobster)
    Mackerel
    Mollusks (clams, mussles, scallops, oysters)
    Sardines
    Tuna
    Whi
    te Fleshed Fish (cod, flounder, halibut, orange roughly, Pollack, rockfish)
    Wild Alaskan Salmon
    Specialty Foods
    Bee Pollen, Propolis and Royal Jelly
    Dark Chocolate
    Licorice
    Sauerkraut

    Olives
    Sea Vegetables
    Green Foods and Drinks (cereal grasses, barley grass and wheat grass; and microalgae, spirulina, chlorella, and wild blue green algae)

    Kimchi
    Sprouts

    Umeboshi Plums
    Wheat Germ
    Whey Protein Powder
    BrewerÕs YeastBeverages
    Acai Berry Juice
    Coffee
    Cranberry Juice
    Fresh Vegetable/Fruit Juice
    Noni
    Pomegranate Juice
    Red Wine
    Tea (green, black and white)
    Water
    Aloe Vera JuiceOils
    Almond
    Coconut
    E
    xtra Virgin Olive
    Flaxseed Oil
    Hempseed Oil
    Macadamia Nut Oil
    Red Palm Oil
    Sesame OilHerbs, Spices & Condiments
    Cardamom
    Cinnamon<
    BR>Cloves
    Cumin
    Garlic>Ginger
    Mustard Seeds
    Oregano
    Parsley
    Rose
    mary
    Sage
    Thyme
    Turmer
    ic
    Vinegar
    Sweeteners
    Black Strap Mollasses (from Unfiltered Honey (the harder the better)
    Unsulfured, organic cane sugar

    9 RULES for Lifelong Healthy Eating
    Eat 3 servings of fruits and 6 servings of vegetables from the rainbow of colors per day. 3 snacks of fruit and 2 servings of vegetables per meal is an easy way to remember.
    Eat Organic fruits, vegetables, and dairy. Eat organic, free range or wild meat/fish only.
    Drink filtered or spring water only.
    Absolutely no Hydrogenated Oils or Transfats in the diet.
    Avoid refined sugar and grains (except oatmeal, quinoa and rice) as much as possible!
    Use only Stevia or Xylitol as natural sugar substitutes (no Splenda, Equal or Nutrasweet).
    Eat while sitting in a relaxed environment. Never eat when upset.
    Base diet around the foods on the 150 Healthiest Foods list.
    A whole foods diet high in organic fruits, vegetables, beans, legumes, spices, balanced fats and good quality protein provides the most nutrient dense meals.



    Fruits and Vegetables You should NEVER buy unless they are organically grown!
    Strawberries
    Bell Peppers
    Spinach
    Cherries (grown in the U.S.)
    Peaches
    Cantaloupe (grown in Mexico)
    Celery
    Apples
    Apri
    cots
    Green Beans
    Grapes (grown in Chile)
    Cucumbers
    Pears
    Win
    ter Squash

    ~ Foods found to have the lowest levels were apple juice, bananas, broccoli, canned peaches, orange juice, and canned or frozen peas and corn.

    When Buying:

    Bread: should contain 3 grams fiber per slice, sprouted grains and no hydrogenated oils. Refrigerate bread to maintain freshness
    Oil Ð Use only expeller-expressed, unrefined coconut oil or sesame oil for high temperature cooking. Extra virgin Olive and Flax seed oil in opaque containers are a healthy choice for salad dressings. Keep all oils refrigerated to prevent rancidity.
    Eggs: buy cage free, organic eggs (preferably high in omega-3 fatty acids)
    Butter: buy only organic butter.
    Milk: always buy organic, choose almond or hemp milk as a healthy alternative to cowÕs milk
    Buy Sardines packed in their own oil or second choice is olive oil
    Olives: buy Òoil curedÓ, Òbrine curedÓ, Òwater curedÓ or Òdry saltedÓ

    Easy Ways to make a quick healthy meal:
    Smoothies:
    Always a great snack or meal. A great way to get your servings of fruit and/or vegetables each day.
    Liquid base: water, milk, nut milks, yogurt, diluted 100% fruit juice
    Fruits: any
    Vegetables: 1 leaf of kale or a few leaves of spinach or romaine, carrot, celery, or parsley
    Nuts & seeds: any (almonds and sunflower seeds always work well)
    Miscilaneous: 100% pure vanilla or almond extract, nutritional yeast (full of B vitamins), blackstrap mollases (high in calcium and iron), raw egg (wash shell before breaking, great source of protein), ice
    Supplements: dehydrated greens powder, probiotics, flax oil

    Salads:
    Great meals for lunch and/or dinner.
    Vegetables: combine all different greens, carrots, celery
    Fruits: grapes, apple, pear, peach, avocado, tomato, dried fruits (e.g. cranberries or raisins)
    Nuts & Seeds: any and all
    Cheese: favorite kind (good ones are feta, blue cheese, gorgonzola, and chevre)
    Meat: cut up leftovers from previous meals (organic chicken, turkey, ham etc.)
    Misc.: hard boiled egg, corn
    Salad Dressings: best to make fresh with olive oil, flax oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic, salt, pepper. Store bought should be without hydrogenated oils, preferably only olive oil.
    Soups:
    Great meals for any time of the day. Warm soups excellent on colder days and cool soups work great in the warmer times.
    Base: water, organic chicken or vegetable broth, organic milk or cream, tomato juice/sauce
    Vegetables: and all
    Grains: rice, barley, amaranth and quinoa (have more calcium and protein than milk)
    Slow cooking ingredients is a great way to Òpre-digestÓ the food so it will be easier to digest. Food combining rules do not apply to meals that are slow cooked.

    What counts as a serving?
    Bread, Cereal, Rice, and Pasta Group (including whole and refined grains)
    1 slice of bread
    About 1 cup of ready-to-eat cereal
    1/2 cup of cooked cereal, rice, or pasta

    Vegetable Group
    1 cup of raw leafy vegetables
    1/2 cup of other vegetables, cooked or raw
    3/4 cup of vegetable juice

    Fruit Group
    1 medium apple, banana, orange, or pear
    1/2 cup of chopped, cooked, or canned fruit
    3/4 cup of fruit juice

    Milk, Yogurt, and Cheese Group
    1 cup of milk or yogurt
    1 1/2 ounces of natural cheese (such as cheddar)
    2 ounces of processed cheese (such as American)

    Meat, Poultry, Fish, Dry Beans, Eggs, and Nuts Group
    2 to 3 ounces of cooked lean meat, poultry, or fish
    1/2 cup of cooked dry beans or 1/2 cup of tofu counts as 1 ounce of lean meat
    1 egg counts as 1 ounce of lean meat
    1/3 cup of nuts counts as 1 ounce of meat


    Helpful Websites:
    www.EatWild.com Ð information on grass fed beef
    http://www.westonaprice.org
    / - food, farming and the healing arts
    www.oceansalive.org Ð find seafood/fish that are and arenÕt low in contaminants






    2420 days ago
  • KICK-SS
    I have donated most all of my "diet books" to the thrift store. Like most of you, I've kept a few of the basics that I go back to from time to time. "TheArt & Science of Low Carb Living", "Protein Power LifePlan",and other books by the Dr.'s Eades couple.

    One can have too many - and I tend to bounce around from plan to plan, so eliminated all of those that were too - whatever... ones that didn't interest me, etc. I probably had about 10 that went that I'd had for years and years (yeah, it's been an almost lifelong thing with me)...

    Just trying to keep things K.I.S.S. - works best for me.
    2420 days ago
  • WOUBBIE
    Good for you! It's easy to get information overload, especially when the subject is, like low carb, still being researched and discovered.

    My "go back to" author is Gary Taubes: the science without the "diet plan". Sure he finally bowed to pressure and put Dr. Westman's diet in the back of newer editions of "Why We Get Fat...", but his books are really still science books, not diet books.

    I think the most interesting discussion out there right now is "what constitutes an "ancestral diet"? And the answer is, "a lot of things do'; but what they all have in common is that they're all whole, real foods.

    You're on the right track, Eliz!


    2420 days ago
  • MJEFFERSON23
    emoticon emoticon Thanks for sharing, you are so inspirational!
    2420 days ago
  • NEWSPARKDEBBIE
    I blogged on this same subject a long time ago.... LOL, I can see myself with my fingers in my ears, my eyes squeezed shut, humming to myself, and rocking back and forth!

    I just got through boxing a huge amount of my books for the garage sale and you are 100% correct that it starts and stays with the basics!
    YOU GO GIRL!
    2421 days ago
  • VIADOLOROSA
    Would you check the name of your team again? I searched for "Low Carb Living" and nothing came up.
    2421 days ago
  • VIADOLOROSA
    Thank you for posting this. I'm fairly new to this and you've helped me eliminate some of the same mistakes! I'm going to check out more of your writings, and join the team you're on.

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    2421 days ago
  • TWESTEN1
    That is awesome and I agree with everything you wrote! A lot of people think the low carb lifestyle is too hard but once you start it really is easy. Im glad its working for you too... I will have to look up his list of foods!

    Great job!
    2421 days ago
  • IMLOCOLINDA
    Sounds good to me!
    2421 days ago
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