Saturday, January 31, 2009

The sweet-free challenge has ended!

My self-imposed sweet-free challenge has ended after 31 days. I accidentally ended it last night when I ate a strawberry at a reception without even thinking. It started on December 29, 2008, and lasted more than the full 30 days until January 30, 2009. I stuck with it today but bought some Diet Rite raspberry-flavoured soda tonight and am having some now. (No sodium, sweetened with Splenda!) I am so freakin' bored with just water, I could just scream!

I will definitely try my very best to stay away from anything with aspartame and stick with Splenda/sucralose or other sweeteners. Aspartame - or as low-carb guru Jimmy Moore calls it, "nastytame" - is just not good for ya. Gives me a headache if I take too much of it into my system.

So the weigh-in is on Monday and we'll see how I made out this week!

Wish me luck!

No excuses!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Dr. Jonny Bowden's Top 10 Subversive Nutrition Facts

1. The food pyramid is not for everyone. The idea that we need 6-11 daily servings of grains, breads and cereals is patent nonsense for most people. For many people the overconsumption of these foods leads to bloat, fat and ill-health.

2. There is no perfect diet. Some people do fabulously well on vegetarian diets and some people crash and burn. One size only fits people who come in that size.

3. All lower carb diets are not the same. There are many ways to get the healthful, weight-reducing benefits of a lower carb diet besides the original Atkins plan.

4. Stress can make you fat. The stress hormone cortisol leads to carbohydrate cravings and overeating, as well as to abdominal fat.

5. Managing insulin levels might just be your most important anti-aging strategy. Balance this all-important hormone and you will almost always see improvement in cholesterol and blood pressure, and reduce your risk for Type ll Diabetes. Protein at every meal, good fats and less carbohydrates can help accomplish this.

6. There are different metabolic types. Some of us are Jaguars and some of us are SUV’s... you need to match the right kind of gas (food) with the right kind of engine (metabolism).

7. The idea that a balanced diet will provide you with everything you need is woefully out of date. It’s possible to have “minimum wage” health without supplements, but it’s virtually impossible to have optimal health without them.

8. Blood type can make a difference (but it’s not the only thing to base a diet on). Some blood types are far more likely to be allergic or sensitive to certain foods. Type O’s for example, are far more likely than other types to be hypersensitive to dairy.

9. When it comes to heart disease, we’ve been way overemphasizing cholesterol. Cholesterol is not the whole picture- it may not even be the most important part of the picture. The ratio of triglycerides to HDL, for example is a much better predictor of heart disease than just your cholesterol number.

10. Doctors generally know no more about nutrition and supplements than you do. The average doctor knows less about nutrition than you do. Most medical schools teach zero hours of nutrition, and in fact, subtly communicate an anti-nutritional bias.

To read more on Dr. Jonny Bowden, click here.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Week #84: Stayed the same for a total of -116.5 lb

Well, I'm throwing my hands up in the air and announcing that the sweet-free challenge has not given me the weight-related results that I wanted, but I have to admit that my energy levels are up now that all that nasty aspartame is out of my system. So that's good!

I stayed the same this week. It's looking like that final 0.5 lb I gained during Christmas is taking its good old time to come off!

Patience is the name of the game! Repeat that 100 times!

The kicker is that I was nearly perfect this week on all fronts. Grrrrr...

One more week on the sweet-free challenge! Hopefully, I'll see some significant movement at the scale next week.

Until then, keep up the good work, everyone!

If I can do it, so can you!

No excuses!

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Low-carb success stories


I found this very inspirational link to a bunch of wonderful low-carb success stories at Lowarb.ca. Click here for more!