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Boxing Day Promises

Ah, Boxing Day… I still don’t quite understand what this day is about apart from eating leftovers anf seeing people who couldn’t make it to Christmas Eve/Day. Fair enough. I had a good haul this year, new phone, hair styling thingy, stuff. As Christmas goes, this one wasn’t bad at all. And so here we are on Boxing Day, for unknown reasons (at least, unknown to me, originating from a non-traditional unreligious family) with a great pile of tasty high carb food and the ability to excuse cheating because its the season for forgiveness.

The thought that just zoomed through my head and set off this short and meandering post:

Now, Vee, if you have one more coffee your head will explode.

Happy holidays everyone!

December Celebrations! Woe!

The holiday season brings delight, laughter, family, and a certain amount of stress. Many of us on a new or existing diet flake out during this busy time; myself included! I tried, I really did, at the start of the month to maintain my control and keep going, but I decided in the middle of the first week that I couldn’t do it. There’s too much going on during this month, between catering to people’s Christmas needs at the Cafe and prepping all the baked goodies for home’s celebrating. We’re not doing expensive gifts this year – there’s just no money for it! – so instead I’m baking people surprises for under the tree. Much yayness! I love baking treats, especially for other people, and presenting them is even more fun. I’m not a great cake decorator, but I’ll try my hand at just about anything.

Long story short, this is a post about picking your battles. December is a battle I chose to forfeit rather than attempt, and I know some of you are in the same boat.

This Keto Life: early days and explanations

Those of you just starting out might benefit from reading this, imo it does a far better job of explaining a ketogenic diet than I ever did. Plus, it’s by a friend so you know, I HAVE to boost it. =^.^=

Clear skies,
Vee

The Fortified Sand Castle

I recently decided that I was tired of feeling sick after eating breakfast. Breakfast was a low G.I. (glycaemic index, for those of you not down with the lingo) fruit free, wheat free, nutty muesli. It was delicious. It was also topped with low fat vanilla yoghurt.

For most people, these would probably be reasonably healthy options. Not so for the Kate. For someone who is not technically insulin resistant (numbers leaned that way, last time they were tested, but weren’t over the line) or diabetic, I have a ridiculous response to sugar.

My breakfast choices have become more and more lean. First, no fructose. Okay, well, that cuts out wheat and a lot of grains, and anything with dried fruits… Then, low G.I. Well, that cuts out a lot of sugary cereal… anything with honey (also a fructose issue)… uhm…

And I stayed on my nutty muesli for a…

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Lifestyle vs. Diet

Today I want to ramble on a bit about what it really feels like to change your lifestyle from whatever it was before to a LC one. Please note that I use the term ‘lifestyle’ here; I know I’ve called this a ‘diet’ in the past, but I’m not comfortable with the connotations behind that word so I’m going to elaborate somewhat. For me, the word ‘diet’ infers either a temporary change of what you eat, or, to follow the literal definition, simply ‘what you eat’.

So what’s the difference then between a LC diet and a LC lifestyle?

Simply put: an LC diet is a temporary diet change that will – in theory – let you lose weight over a set amount of time before you go back to eating whatever it was that you were eating before. Like most ‘diets’, doing this is likely to cause you to regain the weight you’ve lost over time, but we don’t judge, so if you’re aiming to lose those 10kg before your wedding next year, by all means go for your life. A lifestyle change – no matter if it’s dietary, physical, whatever – is permanent. And by permanent I mean, ongoing for the foreseeable future. I’ve made a lifestyle change, as I know most of you have too. For me this means reducing the amount of carbs – especially processed ones! – that I consume for the rest of my life. It’s not just a passing fad for us ‘LC lifestylers’, but before any of you start to pity us, it’s okay. Just because we’re in this with both feet, we’re also in it with both eyes open, and if that means we’re going to need a cheat week once every six months, hell, let’s do it! It means that we’ve committed to a dietary lifestyle that aims to keep our blood sugar level by eating low carb and/or low gi. We – mostly – avoid caffeine, fight off cravings by dealing with their chemical and psychological sources, manage our constipation with high-fibre foods, and above all, aim to maintain a healthy weight – this is after we’ve lost the excess! It’s not a constant battle, per se, but rather, it’s something that we’ve chosen. It’s a way of life, just as say, vegetarianism, veganism, or halal choices are a lifestyle/cultural/religious choice, low-carbing can be a choice as well.

Some of us have made the switch for health reasons – like me, with the PCOS and the no-gallbladder thing – while others want to avoid certain processed foods and have made the decision to eat ‘cleaner’. Whatever the reason, it’s an acknowledgement that some things just don’t have quick or easy fixes and require a complete change of living.

When you start out, it’s important that you keep that in mind: what are you doing? Is this a lifestyle change or a diet? Are you going to be in it for the long haul or just the short term? No judging, just make sure you know what you’re going to be doing: this is a commitment thing. If you’re going to do this, make a plan for it. For example, last year in November (2013) I weighed in at 82.2kg. I set myself the rather steep goal of losing 30kg in a year. As I progressed, I realised this wasn’t going to be that easy, given the pitfalls and curve balls that life throws, so I extended that to a year and a half. It’s November 2014 and currently weigh 60.8kg. That’s a 21.4kg loss and that’s bloody awesome, but yes, it’s around 9kg short of what I’d aimed for in the beginning. I realised about half way through the year that I was losing weight too fast; I admit I kind of freaked out when I realised one week that I’d lost 3.4kg. That’s too fast, and not sustainable, so I readdressed the weight loss and now I’m more comfortable. Keep in mind that I’m not in a rush, sure, I’ve set myself a timeframe in which to lose the weight, but I’m more concerned about maintaining it when I get there than getting there as fast as I can.

So what does it feel like? I feel better! I feel awesome. It’s not just the clear headedness that comes from removing processed junk out of my system, but also from losing all that weight. I look at pictures of myself from a year ago and wonder how I didn’t notice that I was lugging all that extra around. At the time I didn’t think it made much of a difference, but golly gee wiz, it makes a difference! I feel more energetic, and yes, occasionally when I slip up some I feel dizzy or nauseous, but I know how to fix it now. I’ve become more in tune with my body, and I know what to listen to and what to ignore. I know that dizzy means I need some protein, nauseous means I need a low gi hit of ‘good’ carbs – usually a carrot or a tomato with some salt! – and I know that headachey means I need to eat now. I also know that I need to eat every 2-3 hours or those symptoms start. This means I now carry snacks around in my bag to avoid me turning to easy available things that might lose me my carb count. I’m being overly cautious at the moment, obviously, because I’m still in the losing weight part of this lifestyle. I’ll tackle the ‘maintaining weight’ bridge when I get there…

Clear skies,

Vee

Weigh-In-Wednesday

It occurs to me that I didn’t check in last week at all, which is probably because I was recovering from a carb binge…….

Anyways, back on target now. 59.5kg. The aim is to be around 56 by the start of December, but I’m in no rush. I find that the harder I go the more severe my occasional splurgea are so I’m applying a ‘steady as she goes’ method instead.

Clear Skies,
Vee

Scrambled Eggs with Bacon & Onion

Hey guys, I know I’ve been quiet the last couple of days! So busy at work and suffering through carb flu (yes, I’m re-applying myself!) so it’s been a miserable combo. Here’s something to wet your appetites and keep you thinking!

Clear Skies,
Vee

Buttoni's Low-Carb Recipes

Scrambled Eggs with Bacon & Onion Scrambled Eggs with Bacon & Onion

One of my most favorite flavor affinities is cured bacon and sweet onion, caramelized together.   I like to have this duo on creamy scrambled eggs occasionally.  I have even been known to put a smear of cream cheese between the eggs and topping for a slight variation.  🙂  Delicious both ways really!  Like them equally.  I am not so fond of mixing up my ingredients INTO the eggs, as that weakens their flavor punch greatly for me as well as altering the flavor of the eggs themselves.  This simple egg breakfast is suitable for all phases of Atkins, Keto diets and Paleo-Primal as well!  Hope you like this as much as I do!

INGREDIENTS:

4 slices bacon, chopped

2 oz. red onion, chopped (any onion will do, but red is best here)

4 large eggs, beaten

2 T. butter

DIRECTIONS:  Fry the bacon until…

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Hypertension and Insulin Resistance

Here’s something interesting to read about! Blood pressure, insulin resistance and some other interesting points; definitely worth a read.

Clear Skies,
Vee

Dr. Adam Nally (@DocMuscles)

Blood Pressure SurpriseHypertension (elevated blood pressure) is one of the triad symptoms of metabolic syndrome.  I see this to some degree a very large majority of the people seen in my office.  Many people are so used to having borderline or elevated blood pressure, and not successfully controlling it through caloric restriction, they are told it is a “genetic problem,” placed on blood pressure medication and sent on their way.  The problem is that most of these people will have a progressive elevation in blood pressure over time and these medications are continually raised until the person is on four or five different blood pressure medications at maximal doses.  Again, their genetics are blamed and that is the end of it.  Or is it?!

When I first started treating the insulin resistance problem in the human, rather than the blood pressure problem, I began to see immediate reductions in blood pressure…

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Low Carb Layla: Jalapeno Popper Chicken

Being just as serious about my chilli as Patty, this recipe just needed sharing.

Clear Skies,
Vee

PattyOpinion

I stumbled upon this recipe in my Facebook newsfeed this morning.. I am serious about jalapeno poppers, so I just gotta try this chicken…  I’ll bet this topping would be great on fish too.

Jalapeno Popper Chicken

Jalapeno Popper Chicken

Jalapeno Popper Chicken

I’ve been trying to be a bit more picky with giving recipes 5 stars but I just can’t find anything wrong with this chicken.  It just doesn’t deserve 4 stars.  It didn’t do anything wrong so it shouldn’t be punished!  I found this recipe on Mommie Cooks via Pinterest and boy am I glad I did.  I had some cilantro that I needed to use and I really love making cream sauces with cream cheese or Laughing Cow so this was right up my alley for the night.  It was only sort of jalapeno popper tasting but that doesn’t even matter because these are some fabulous flavors mixed together.  If you like jalapeno, cilantro…

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Just wanted to make a quick aside and say “Hi and Thank you!” to all the new followers that have managed to find me while I was down and out with the flu. Thanks for finding LCO, I’ll try not to bore you!

Clear Skies, Vee

“Weight loss is not a sprint race, it’s a marathon. Pace yourself. You’re not going to reach your goal in a day, a week, or even a month, but you will get there.  Don’t push further past the safety net. You’re in control, so take charge and make sure you’re doing right by yourself!”