Sunday, August 31, 2014

Molly Galbraith - Body Acceptance- Summer Shorts 2014, #4 -youtube video







I love Molly Galbraith's take on body acceptance.



Here are my "notes" below:

From someone who has been all over the scale, this is worth 20 minutes. Great messaging- IMO.

Pick one trait: When I lost weight, I don't look like the super skinny minnie's. That's okay, I'm the short curvy one with a little lose skin and stronger muscles. I'll take that.

Food as fuel: Yes, as long as it doesn't trigger. And, not using food to "numb out"

Find your must have: Good quality fat- avocado, coconut oil, etc.

Aesthetic goals: my strength training is for my bone health, it gives me a nice look, too- IMO.

Scale: doesn't make me crazy, I use it as a tool. Photos, too.

Measures: Water jug at work!!,  Inflammation- hs-CRP is low,

Other people: If people say bad things about you, it's about how they think about yourself.

Train because you love your body: for me, I love my bones and good bone health.

Start on this blog post if you do the 28 day love your body challenge




Saturday, August 30, 2014

Elimination did not equal Restriction - thoughts about no sugars no grains in weight maintenance


2012  to 2014  Weight maintenance
 Elimination did not equal Restriction - in my food template in weight maintenance

(***I realize that for some people, eliminating foods may equal triggering a path that is not healthy... that's something between you, your doctor(s), and your higher power... you know yourself. You may want to skip this post***)

I've had 40 years of on and off overweight, obesity, and even morbid obesity. That's a long, long time. I can only speak for myself here. I'm new to the "New Normal" - aka life without sugars and grains.

When I chose to eliminate grains and almost all process sugar, I was very deliberate in calling it an elimination. I needed to eliminate one or more of the root causes (or contributing factors to the process) of my obesity. Deep, deep down, I knew sugar was my primary trigger food.

I could look back to many times as a child and the only time I was not hooked into food was when I stopped eating processed sugar. Rather than feeling "deprived", I felt well for a few days, weeks or maybe even a month.

Elimination: Wheat: When I eliminated gluten during my loss phase , I felt so much better! GI problems gone. Joint pain gone. Fewer cravings, Puffy face, going away. I learned this about 6 weeks after I started my weight loss plan. It took awhile to learn.

Elimination: Sugar: When I eliminated sugar, cravings - the most intense ones, went away. I still had cyclic cravings as part of the cycle of withdrawal, but more manageable. I was free to have some non-food thoughts for a few hours, days, and then weeks. Oh! Hello regular life... it's nice here in the new normal. Not going back to the old.

Have I restricted in the past, yes! I did when I was young (as a kid- I didn't know better), I did when I was older as an adult because I believed the calories in, calories out theory ONLY. That worked for weight loss for me several times. It never ever worked for weight maintenance. EVER.

For my long term weight maintenance:

The food template that works for me is elimination
1. Eliminating Grains, Sugars = Food sobriety, meal in meal out, day in day out.

2. Choosing to eliminate the other foods (dairy, legumes, nuts) are the proverbial "frosting on the cupcake that I don't eat any more" = lower inflammation, better GI health, little acne, better sleep and stopping headaches- cluster and migraines.

In the past: What didn't work:
1. Eating moderate grains (whole wheat, whole wheat cereal, muffins, pancakes, waffles, oatmeal, pasta, or attempting to eat gluten free processed food).

2. Eating dairy, legumes, and nuts in my diet: I knew that dairy made me feel funky. I realized I could not stop eating nuts. I knew it but I just was too far down the denial mile to accept that elimination could help me feel, sleep and look a whole lot better

So glad I listened to my body and not to a any plans that had me trying to eat all things in "moderation". *Many thanks to Barbara Berkeley, MD and her book Refuse to Regain who "normalized" the idea of being tough, not moderate around grains, processed sugar for me * Also a shout out to the No Sugars No Grains group (#NSNG)  over at Vinnie Tortorich and Anna Vocino where I can be "one of the crowd".

I needed that mind-shift.  Glad to have my life back! More time to spend with my family and hiking at the beach. Life is better off the yo-yo.  Elimination for me = my best health.  Love the new normal. No restrictions from the awesomeness!
Point Dume, near Malibu, CA

Friday, August 29, 2014

Summer Shorts 2014, #3 Why I don't use the the word "healthy" anymore

Summer Shorts 2014, #3 Why I don't use the the word "healthy" anymore 

I don't use the word "healthy" anymore to describe foods. It's so over used, has no standard definition and big food and poor science tosses the "healthy' label onto everything and anything to sell, sell. Snack bars filled with processed ingredients. (be sure to check out the name of the boat...;) )

Even places like health care institutions, weight loss brands using the word "healthy" on canola, rapeseed oil. Out of date, high inflammatory oils, in my opinion.

"Healthy Low-Fat" but lets turn our eyes away from the chemical storm 20 other ingredients. Whaaat??!! Science out dated much? How about real, whole, fresh food rather than processed food product.

Even a very popular brand of coconut milk in the Paleo Space has organic guar gum. Organic Guar gum triggers me to binge eat. Is that "healthy". No, not for me. but maybe guar gum is okay for the masses. Good for them. Not so much for me.

Healthy will depend on the individual molecular genetic make up of the person, your age, your susceptibility to processed chemicals.

I hope all of you reading this are not still using the word "healthy" on package to determine your food choices. I'll bet most of my readers are way smarter than that, but have a look around on your foods. Do they really decrease your harmful biomarkers and increase the lower risk gene expression?

Thanks for the inspiration from my bloggy friend, Marion over at Affection for Fitness and her Health Halo recent post.

What's working now:
1. Eating real, whole foods that are not packaged
2. Eating low inflammatory foods (for me)
3. Observing how my body feels after eating a food
4. Reading more up-to-date information that what is published by big food/poor science

What did not work in the past:
1. Eating frozen diet dinners, bars and other things with the "Healthy" label- they weren't
2. Eating oatmeal, grains, and muffins because they were "Heart Healthy". A high hs-CRP made me sick, by the way. Kicking these foods to the curb was the healthiest thing I could ever do.
3. Feeling so sick all the time, I had no idea that massive amounts of bloating, gas, pain and puffiness was really a sign I needed to stop eating those food products. I never had a day off for many years to feel well.
4. Not reading enough current information to make good decisions about my health and body.

I'll bet that in the past my readers have been drawn into the "healthy" food "brand". Cereal, Cereal bars, baked chips, low fat , Canola Oil, and muffins, were all my smug health halo foods. What where yours? Here's to eating real food!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Sustainability in Weight Maintenance (and loss)- food and mindset

The sun is setting on season 23!
 Sustainability in Weight Maintenance , and Weight Loss

Sustainable: that word gets tossed around a lot in weight management. And, in weight loss.

I think one of my successes was letting go of what I saw in my minds eye as what was "sustainable" for the super long term and more for the short term.  I saw my foods and activities as dynamic.

I like that idea- Michael Hyatt talks about it as "seasons" in a recent podcast. Season 0 was in beta... I can relate.

This time I made an early decision not to sustain the food template that I lost weight on for more than just losing weight. I used package foods knowing that what got me through weight loss would NOT get me through weight maintenance. "This is for weight loss only and that is OKAY" What got me through early maintenance would NOT sustain me through later weight maintenance. What gets me through my late 40's now (I'm 48) won't get me through my late 50's. It's going to change up, so will what sustains me.

I saw it as phase 1 and I also could see, in my minds eye, that I would need to experiment, develop, and work on the next phases- 2 transition. Phase 3 the first year of weight maintenance. I hear "I HAVE to be able to do this for the rest of my life". Nope, maybe for the next 6 months to a year. Yeah, probably that long. That's it.  There are some basic things that, yes, I'll have to do for life. Abstaining from wheat, sugar, and dairy. Yes.

Then vs Now: The foods I ate in weight loss are not the foods I eat now in long term maintenance. The foods I ate in early weight maintenance are not the food template of now.
The foods I ate in the second year of weight maintenance are more like the template of now.
I was a lot more snacky and moderate carbs. That sustained me then. The transition to year two brought a tighter carb window. Rightly so with all my hormonal changes.

During the first 1.5 years of weight maintenance, I had to really fine tune my food template to deal with my emotional/binge eating. So many people say it's not about the food. Well, for me, it starts with food, then with my mind. I can't get a clear mind to work out long term weight maintenance without a clear food template. In that order. No other order is sustainable for me.

Rightly so, my brain chemistry and genetics , life in general demand it, as far as I can tell. Some of it I choose, some of it I get without a choice. I can choose to change up or I can choose to stay the same. I choose this! As best I can.

My 2 cents: Be willing to keep an open mind about sustainability both in weight loss and weight maintenance. Seeing it as a dynamic process and not static. I found THAT to be sustainable. Keep an open mind. Always. Tricky, challenging, but rewarding.

What's working now:
1. Lower carb window 40-50 grams per day for weight management and good sleep
2.  Letting go of what worked early in weight maintenance and loss
3. Abstaining from wheat, most processed sugar, legumes, dairy, and nuts
4. Keeping a very open mind for the future steps (known and unknown) for a sustainable weight management plan

What did not work in the past:
1. Trying to maintain my weight using a higher carb window 70-120 that I used in year 1.
2. Trying to go back to my old moderation habits during my WW days in weight maintenance
3. Not connecting the food connection to my long term sustainability for body and mind.
4. Just looking at the short term and not changing to match my aging body, health conditions, etc.

What ideas about sustainability have you found? Does it pan out to the long term or do you change it up. Are you willing to change it up to meet the challenges- known and unknown? Here's to developing and being willing to change what is sustainable for yourself. In all life's seasons.



Saturday, August 16, 2014

Podcast recommendation - Tips of the Scale

I'd really like to recommend another! great weight loss and weight maintenance podcast- Tips of the Scale.

The podcast interviewer, Sam Lomeli, asks the very deep questions of long term maintainers and others who have had to navigate a lot of personal road blocks to achieving long term weight maintenance.

Here's the link in iTunes

There's also a 1 million download challenge. 999,999 by 9/9/2014.

I'm off to download a few episodes and listen while I get some home projects done this weekend. I really do enjoy hearing how others have overcome obstacles to reaching their long term weight loss and weight maintenance goals.

It reminds me I am not alone and I can appreciate different ways of arriving at the same place.
 I listened to Heather's episode (Half Size Me- Heather) and really enjoyed it. Episode #81
Let me know if you have some favorite episodes. 

Friday, August 15, 2014

Summer Shorts 2014 #2 - Fasting for Blood Draws has never been easier (now that I'm fat adapted)

Summer Shorts 2014 #2 - Fasting for Blood Draws

Ah! Fasting for routine blood draws. Now that I'm what Mark Sisson refers to a "fat burning beast" as compared to a "sugar burner" and I can rely on my own body fat to burn, fasting in the morning for routine blood draws has never been easier.

What a huge difference this makes! I can get up, do my normal routine and feel totally fine. Very level headed, stable, energetic. I still have body fat to burn and that's what my body switches over to use for fuel for the morning. At least that's what I think is going on until I have my blood draw.

I've been on both sides of the fasting blood draw phlebotomy chair as a Medical Technologist. Asking patients if they are fasting, telling patients to fast, and of course, now - being the patient doing the fasting.

WOW!!! What a difference eating a lower carb, higher natural fat diet makes. Like a bonus of long term weight maintenance, many areas of my day-to-day life have been improved.

 What is working now:
1. Eating a lower carb diet to maintain my weight loss, long term and staying leaner & fat burning.
2. Waiting to eat in the morning, some mornings ,until I feel hungry to eat- especially weekends
3. Abstaining from most processed sugar and all grains
4. Putting a note on my coffee maker to remind my brain not to brew any coffee
5. Post blood draw: Making up my usual breakfast- Eggs and Avocados, and taking it to the coffee shop for post blood draw.

What didn't work in the past:
1. Eating lots, and lots of high carbohydrate meals, I maintained obesity pretty well as a sugar burner.
2. Waking up food seeking thinking " I can't wait to rush down and prep... oatmeal, waffles, fruit" almost to the point of obsession. Getting Hangry (hungry and angry) and very, very shakey and felt unwell.
3. I used lots of sugar with plenty of fruit (It's natural!), little blue packets of Equal (It's low calorie and in my coffee!), and ate TONS of Kashi Go Lean (colon blow), Oatmeal (vehicle for brown sugar- it's natural and heart healthy), and Van's Toaster Waffles (vehicle for cool whip and fake margarine- it looks cute and low in points... so what if the margarine melts watery... that's the sacrifice I was willing to make... because it's low in points).
4. Occasionally, I would forget and brew coffee, messing up my fasting... (sigh)
5. Post blood draw: Going to the cafe at work and ordering the "Big Breakfast"- eggs and bacon, yes plus lots of potatoes (add ketchup!) and toast slathered with real butter ( I deserve it! I almost passed out)

Yeah! Totally different experience and one of the bonus items of getting off sugar and processed carbs.

I feel better now! Okay, anybody experience fasting blood draws a different way now that they've changed up their diet? Anybody pass out while waiting for their fasting blood draw. I know it can happen.


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Summer Shorts 2014 - #1- Food Photos as a Trigger for Emotional Eating

Exposition Park, Rose Garden with photo bomb


Summer Shorts 2014 #1- Food Photos as a Trigger for Eating

(no actual food photos, a few food names below... pass if it's a trigger....you can thank me later... ;) )

I'm fresh back from vacation with a ton of topics swirling around in my head. I'm going to try a new series "Summer Shorts 2014". Short, to the point, what works for me now.

Topic #1 Food Photos are a Trigger for me for emotional/binge eating.

Photos of my former binge foods can really start my slippery slope thinking. I have to be careful

1.Social media streams I view
2.What blogs I subscribe and place in my reader
3. What magazines I read or even pick up to glance through.
4. What TV shows I watch.

To get my binge/emotional eating under control, I HAD to address this topic. Sometimes a blogger will post a food photo and I can breeze right through it. Sometimes a weight loss or weight maintenance blogger will post many photos of cookies, the dessert or tee-hee-hee the indulgence/cheat/sweet because one will not hurt me (YES!! One hurts me and knocks me out of food sobriety- I'm THAT person!) that they had on vacation, or some other baked cake/frosting delight that is "clean". Paleo, non-Paleo... who cares. It can and will trigger me.

Now that means that I  (aka- what's working for me)
1.Get my head on straight and get back off the slippery slope.
2. Unsubscribe from a single or whole feed on Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook
2.5 Set my preferences so those photos don't appear.
3. Re focus my efforts on non-food projects, thoughts, etc

It does NOT mean I (aka- what did not work for me in the past)
 1. Troll Pinterest or blogs for ingredients that are "on my food Template" to make compliant treats.
2.  Subscribe to food based blogs unless the treat recipes are less than 1-2% of the plan.
2.5 Randomly follow Instagramers, etc
3. Spend huge amounts of time researching "lite" recipes for baking. I stopped baking all but for roasting  meat and veggies.

If I've unfollowed anyone over the last 6 months, it's me. I've got to put my food sobriety and my wellness first. It's so not personal about the blogger themselves. One or two photos and I'm fine. More and I have to do what's right for me. They are free to bake up a storm and do whatever.  I have to be real about me, my plan, what works, and baked goods don't work. Food sobriety comes first.

I feel better recovered. 

How about you? Are there feeds that you once read that you had to unsubscribe from due to food photos or other triggers?