Showing posts with label Rationale. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Rationale. Show all posts

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Hubby wants to eat what I eat!

How cool is that? We watched That Sugar Film last night and while we've watched lots of similar documentaries lately, I think the message finally reached him. He has gained a little weight over the last few years, mostly in the abdominal region, and he'd really like to lose it. Watching how sugar affected an average Aussie bloke who started consuming it in amounts that the average person consumes (amazingly that's 40 tsp per day) after not having eaten it for years -- well it was enough to make him think. This guy didn't eat sugary junk food, either -- just normal, supposedly healthy foods from the grocery store that we often don't even realise have sugar in them. He even traveled to the US at one point and found it was much easier to hit the 40 tsp per day there. If you're an Aussie and you have Presto, you can watch the film there, and I think the website offers other ways to view it, too.

So after the film my hubby asked me if he could eat what I eat next week. What? Sure! I would love that! Not having to work around each other in the kitchen making different meals would be great, and I'd love to see him eating healthier anyway. He's a big bread eater, so I warned that is likely what he'll miss most, but he's going to give it a go. Hopefully he likes it as it sure will make meal planning easier week to week. For the first week I'll be sure to plan things I'm fairly confident he'll like. Some things he has already had with me, he's just added bread or potatoes to his portion so he won't be doing that this time. I told him he doesn't need to worry about following Dr Poon guidelines to the letter, just eliminating grains and sugar will be enough to see a difference I reckon. It's generally easier for men to lose weight, so we'll see how he goes.

After my huge drop, the next week I went up a bit, and then last week my cycle came around again -- I counted the days and was surprised to find it had been exactly a 28 day cycle, starting again on day 29. That is incredible. Could the cream be regulating me that perfectly? I don't know but again I'll discuss with the doctor soon. I was supposed to see him for the thyroid tests on the 29th but they called me a few days before that saying they had to reschedule, so now I go on the 3rd February. I am very much looking forward to this visit, and I hope I like him as he's accepting new patients. I've not been very happy with the doctor I have now, and this guy is easier to get to with better parking as well.  Anyway, I'll let you know how it goes -- wish me luck!

Sunday, May 24, 2015

OK, time to give ADF a real try.

I have done my best to stay focused on my goal despite the lack of progress. But there’s a limit to my patience and last week I messed up; I’m human. No, I didn’t eat sugar or grains or any of the other garbage carbs I’ve sworn off for the last two years.  But I haven’t fasted for the last week or so, and I have let myself overindulge in what are supposed to be occasional treats. Two or three Atkins bars in a week is one thing … two or three in a day is another. A handful of peanuts is one thing … a whole bag is another. After months of trying to change things up to try and get things moving again, I had had enough and I ate these things out of frustration – then I found myself back at 82 kilos (181 pounds) on Thursday.  I determined then and there that this ends now.

Hubby is always telling me I should be focusing on how far I’ve come and how much better off I am today than I was when I started, even if I never lose any more.  That’s true, of course and I am grateful to have lost the weight – but I’m not ready to throw in the towel. If I don’t find a way to get things moving again, I’m worried the stall will become a regain, and that’s simply not acceptable.

One thing I have been doing the last few weeks is reading heaps of different books and websites, listening to various podcasts and watching lots of video lectures by Dr Andreas Eenfeldt ( and Dr Jason Fung (a world-leading expert on intermittent fasting and LCHF, especially for treating people with type 2 diabetes). The more I learn the more I keep coming back to intermittent fasting as the way to go. Dr Fung’s video lectures on treating obesity and diabetes (or diabesity as he refers to it) are fascinating. Yes his series The Aetiology of Obesity is long (six parts), and each video is an hour to an hour and 20 minutes long, but they are well worth watching. He is a proponent of alternate day fasting or ADF. I have read many articles on how it doesn’t always work as well for women, especially those of childbearing age. Some say it can cause issues like those discussed in this article.

I contacted Dr Fung via his website about these concerns and happily he wrote me back. He said that he has perhaps 300 women in his Intensive Dietary Management (IDM) program and he’s noticed no significant difference between men and women in how they respond to intermittent fasting – he believes it works equally well in both. I’ve been very much impressed with his lectures and I think this guy knows what he’s talking about. You may recall I tried 4:3 fasting for a week and didn’t feel it worked any better than 5:2. Maybe I just didn’t give it long enough to decide. Maybe it was just a bad week, I don’t know. But I've decided I am going to try ADF.

I actually started already with a two day fast – hubby was concerned but I reassured him first of all, when I go in for colonoscopies they make me fast for two days, so clearly there’s no reason to be concerned if you don't eat for a day or two. In fact I found numerous references to a man who fasted for 382 days (1 year and 17 days) under medical supervision and went from 456 pounds to 180, losing over half his body weight. So a couple of days is nothing.

Secondly, I didn’t get hungry. After finding myself at 82.1kg (181 lb) Thursday, I fasted all day Friday and the next morning I was 80.2kg (176.81 lb). I had planned to start eating at lunchtime Saturday but I just wasn’t hungry! So I fasted Saturday as well. This morning I weighed in at 79.3 kg (174.83 lb) and more importantly, I feel great! I had some leftover soup that needed to get used so I assured hubby I would be eating today – I’ve had cabbage soup for brunch, and I’m having some Kielbasa soup tonight for dinner. I’ll even have a small no-sugar-added greek yogurt for dessert. Then Monday I’ll fast again and from there it’ll be alternate day fasting (ADF).

This time I’ll give it ample time to decide whether it works for me or not. One week just isn’t long enough to tell. Most programs allow eating up to 500 calories on a fasting day, but to me that’s not fasting, that’s just calorie reduction. Plus that's harder for me to do. Studies have shown benefits from fasting that you don’t get with calorie reduction. For example, people think fasting can lower their metabolism or lose muscle mass. My research shows that may happen with reduced calorie diets, but not with intermittent fasting. Dr Fung explained that if you eat less calories, the body thinks it needs to get used to less calories, so it starts conserving energy by reducing your metabolism. But if you eat nothing, your metabolism remains higher, you remain alert and have plenty of energy to hunt for food. He points out that our species would not have survived if a few days without food left us sluggish, lacking energy and losing muscle. Besides, I do much better eating nothing than eating less, it just works for me. I can eat none, but I can't eat just one. As I said, two days fasting was easy, I had no problem with it at all and I'm thrilled with the initial results.

We all have to do what feels right for us. Some may not think fasting is a good thing but people have practiced it for centuries – most religions emphasise fasting during certain periods. Research shows it’s not only healthy, it can extend your life expectancy. I’m not going to go into all the rationale here – I have done far too much reading and sat through too many video lectures to summarise it all for you here.  Do your own research if you’re interested. Start with and Dr Fung’s site, watch this video in particular, starting at 50:50 if you want to learn more about the benefits of Intermittent Fasting.

So that's my plan for the coming weeks. I’ll keep you updated on my progress. Wish me luck!

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Heart surgeon declares on what really causes heart illness

Fabulous article shared by Commando Steve Willis. I'll include the link but copy the article below as well. I love that they're finally admitting they were wrong and the low-fat high-carb advice is killing us, leading to heart disease, diabetes AND Alzheimer's disease!

by Dr. Dwight Lundell - from: PreventDisease

Heart surgeon declares on what really causes heart illness

We physicians with all our experience, know how and authority often acquire a rather large selfishness that tends to make it hard to accept we are wrong. So, here it is. I openly admit to being mistaken. As a heart surgeon with 25 years experience, having done more than 5,000 open-heart surgeries, today is my day to right the wrong with medical and scientific proof.
I trained for many years with other prominent physicians labelled “opinion makers.” Bombarded with scientific literature, continually attending education seminars, we opinion makers insisted heart disease resulted from the simple fact of elevated blood cholesterol.
The only accepted therapy was prescribing medications to lower cholesterol and a diet that severely restricted fat intake. The latter of course we insisted would lower cholesterol and heart disease. Deviations from these recommendations were considered heresy and could quite possibly result in malpractice.
It Is Not Working!
These recommendations are no longer scientifically or morally defensible. The discovery a few years ago that inflammation in the artery wall is the real cause of heart disease is slowly leading to a paradigm shift in how heart disease and other chronic ailments will be treated.
The long-established dietary recommendations have created epidemics of obesity and diabetes, the consequences of which dwarf any historical plague in terms of mortality, human suffering and dire economic consequences.
Despite the fact that 25% of the population takes expensive statin medications and despite the fact we have reduced the fat content of our diets, more Americans will die this year of heart disease than ever before.
Statistics from the American Heart Association show that 75 million Americans currently suffer from heart disease, 20 million have diabetes and 57 million have pre-diabetes. These disorders are affecting younger and younger people in greater numbers every year.
Simply stated, without inflammation being present in the body, there is no way that cholesterol would accumulate in the wall of the blood vessel and cause heart disease and strokes. Without inflammation, cholesterol would move freely throughout the body as nature intended. It is inflammation that causes cholesterol to become trapped.
Inflammation is not complicated — it is quite simply your body’s natural defence to a foreign invader such as a bacteria, toxin or virus. The cycle of inflammation is perfect in how it protects your body from these bacterial and viral invaders. However, if we chronically expose the body to injury by toxins or foods the human body was never designed to process,a condition occurs called chronic inflammation. Chronic inflammation is just as harmful as acute inflammation is beneficial.
What thoughtful person would willfully expose himself repeatedly to foods or other substances that are known to cause injury to the body? Well, smokers perhaps, but at least they made that choice willfully.
The rest of us have simply followed the recommended mainstream diet that is low in fat and high in polyunsaturated fats and carbohydrates, not knowing we were causing repeated injury to our blood vessels. This repeated injury creates chronic inflammation leading to heart disease, stroke, diabetes and obesity.
Let me repeat that: The injury and inflammation in our blood vessels is caused by the low fat diet recommended for years by mainstream medicine.
What are the biggest culprits of chronic inflammation? Quite simply, they are the overload of simple, highly processed carbohydrates (sugar, flour and all the products made from them) and the excess consumption of omega-6 vegetable oils like soybean, corn and sunflower that are found in many processed foods.
Take a moment to visualize rubbing a stiff brush repeatedly over soft skin until it becomes quite red and nearly bleeding. you kept this up several times a day, every day for five years. If you could tolerate this painful brushing, you would have a bleeding, swollen infected area that became worse with each repeated injury. This is a good way to visualize the inflammatory process that could be going on in your body right now.
Regardless of where the inflammatory process occurs, externally or internally, it is the same. I have peered inside thousands upon thousands of arteries. A diseased artery looks as if someone took a brush and scrubbed repeatedly against its wall. Several times a day, every day, the foods we eat create small injuries compounding into more injuries, causing the body to respond continuously and appropriately with inflammation.
While we savor the tantalizing taste of a sweet roll, our bodies respond alarmingly as if a foreign invader arrived declaring war. Foods loaded with sugars and simple carbohydrates, or processed with omega-6 oils for long shelf life have been the mainstay of the American diet for six decades. These foods have been slowly poisoning everyone.
How does eating a simple sweet roll create a cascade of inflammation to make you sick?
Imagine spilling syrup on your keyboard and you have a visual of what occurs inside the cell. When we consume simple carbohydrates such as sugar, blood sugar rises rapidly. In response, your pancreas secretes insulin whose primary purpose is to drive sugar into each cell where it is stored for energy. If the cell is full and does not need glucose, it is rejected to avoid extra sugar gumming up the works.
When your full cells reject the extra glucose, blood sugar rises producing more insulin and the glucose converts to stored fat.
What does all this have to do with inflammation? Blood sugar is controlled in a very narrow range. Extra sugar molecules attach to a variety of proteins that in turn injure the blood vessel wall. This repeated injury to the blood vessel wall sets off inflammation. When you spike your blood sugar level several times a day, every day, it is exactly like taking sandpaper to the inside of your delicate blood vessels.
While you may not be able to see it, rest assured it is there. I saw it in over 5,000 surgical patients spanning 25 years who all shared one common denominator — inflammation in their arteries.
Let’s get back to the sweet roll. That innocent looking goody not only contains sugars, it is baked in one of many omega-6 oils such as soybean. Chips and fries are soaked in soybean oil; processed foods are manufactured with omega-6 oils for longer shelf life. While omega-6′s are essential -they are part of every cell membrane controlling what goes in and out of the cell — they must be in the correct balance with omega-3′s.
If the balance shifts by consuming excessive omega-6, the cell membrane produces chemicals called cytokines that directly cause inflammation.
Today’s mainstream American diet has produced an extreme imbalance of these two fats. The ratio of imbalance ranges from 15:1 to as high as 30:1 in favor of omega-6. That’s a tremendous amount of cytokines causing inflammation. In today’s food environment, a 3:1 ratio would be optimal and healthy.
To make matters worse, the excess weight you are carrying from eating these foods creates overloaded fat cells that pour out large quantities of pro-inflammatory chemicals that add to the injury caused by having high blood sugar. The process that began with a sweet roll turns into a vicious cycle over time that creates heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and finally, Alzheimer’s disease, as the inflammatory process continues unabated.
There is no escaping the fact that the more we consume prepared and processed foods, the more we trip the inflammation switch little by little each day. The human body cannot process, nor was it designed to consume, foods packed with sugars and soaked in omega-6 oils.
There is but one answer to quieting inflammation, and that is returning to foods closer to their natural state. To build muscle, eat more protein. Choose carbohydrates that are very complex such as colorful fruits and vegetables. Cut down on or eliminate inflammation- causing omega-6 fats like corn and soybean oil and the processed foods that are made from them.
One tablespoon of corn oil contains 7,280 mg of omega-6; soybean contains 6,940 mg. Instead, use olive oil or butter from grass-fed beef.
Animal fats contain less than 20% omega-6 and are much less likely to cause inflammation than the supposedly healthy oils labelled polyunsaturated. Forget the “science” that has been drummed into your head for decades. The science that saturated fat alone causes heart disease is non-existent. The science that saturated fat raises blood cholesterol is also very weak. Since we now know that cholesterol is not the cause of heart disease, the concern about saturated fat is even more absurd today.
The cholesterol theory led to the no-fat, low-fat recommendations that in turn created the very foods now causing an epidemic of inflammation. Mainstream medicine made a terrible mistake when it advised people to avoid saturated fat in favor of foods high in omega-6 fats. We now have an epidemic of arterial inflammation leading to heart disease and other silent killers.
What you can do is choose whole foods your grandmother served and not those your mom turned to as grocery store aisles filled with manufactured foods. By eliminating inflammatory foods and adding essential nutrients from fresh unprocessed food, you will reverse years of damage in your arteries and throughout your body from consuming the typical American diet.

By Dr Dwight Lundell

Monday, December 30, 2013

Diet, Health and the Wisdom of Crowds

I urge you, dear readers, to watch the video below. I am so glad Lynda shared this, as I hadn't heard of Tom Naughton before. As Lynda said, he "talks about us... the bloggers who are out there making a difference.  We are the 'wisdom of the crowds' - the little people who are speaking up and telling the politicians and health professionals - 'the anointed' - that we are not going to blindly believe them any more!"

While the video is titled "Diet, Health and the Wisdom of Crowds", I prefer the longer title suggested at the beginning of the video:  "Why people looking for diet and health advice are turning away from doctors, nutritionists, government agencies, medical trade organizations, and other established authorities and are instead getting their information from bloggers, podcasters, independent filmmakers and countless other dedicated amateurs who communicate through social media."  OK it's a mouthful, but that's really what this video is about. That and why the experts won't admit their dietary recommendations are wrong and have actually made most of us fatter.

This video had me riveted from the start. This information needs to be shared, and he's right ... it will be, through the wisdom of the crowd on social media, including bloggers like us. So many of us have followed the experts advice and struggled for years, blaming ourselves for failing when in fact the experts got it wrong. They failed us.

There's a reason obesity is an epidemic now like never before and we can't sit around waiting for the government and/or medical experts to tell us the truth ... to admit they got it wrong. I followed the low-fat high-carb recommendations from the government and doctors (my own and popular authors) for years, and all it ever got me was fatter. I've also had the disapproving looks from doctors who were sure I was just 'weak' and wasn't 'doing it right' ... hell, I've had the disapproving blog commenters convinced of the same thing! For years I prayed I would find the diet that my body naturally preferred so I could stop struggling and reach a healthy weight. I believe I have found it and I'm now well on my way to realising that goal. If I'm so 'weak' that I 'just can't do it right' then why am I having no trouble what-so-ever sticking to this plan? How could I possibly have gone over 4 months without a single cheat!?  Because I'm not weak - I've found the way I'm meant to eat and it's so easy.

I hope you'll watch the video and share it with others. Hopefully we can turn the obesity epidemic around and spare the next generations so they can enjoy good health ... so obesity and diabetes are not a normal part of their lives. So they outlive their parents. That's really my goal, at the end of the day.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Dr Poon's Metabolic Diet has arrived ...

I may have been quiet in blog land for awhile, but I assure you I've been continuing my research into the right way to get this weight off. Having dieted most of my adult life, I've already tried so many things, and recent books, blogs and websites I've explored are all leading me to the same conclusion ... for me, it's all about controlling carbs and insulin spikes.  It's explained very well in this 4-part video series by Merritt Wellness ... all of my research is leading me down this new path.

I've been anxiously awaiting the arrival of Dr Poon's Metabolic Diet book, and it's finally arrived today! Having been inspired by Leigh from Poonapalooza, I had to get my hands on the book, and that wasn't easy. Amazon and other bookstores no longer carry it, so I had to contact Ontario Nutrition directly, and Doug was kind enough to arrange to ship it to me.  I don't have access to a clinic here in Australia, but I'm hopeful my local doctor can assist with anything the clinic would normally do, as it's a medically supervised program.

So that's where I'm at right now ... just weeks away from turning 50, and weighing more than I have in a very long time, I've got hope for a healthy future. Watch this space ... you ain't seen the last of me yet, though hopefully soon you'll see less of me.