Saturday, November 9, 2019

New Book recommendation- Stall Slayer- Amy Berger

Hello All,

Quick post to recommend:

The Stall Slayer- by Amy Berger

1. The book is not out yet, but soon!
2. The "book" will be in PDF format and available in Kindle
3. Keep watching Amy's blog for the release (as of 11/9/19, it's not out yet..)

There is a preview on Amy's blog, so check it out. She is often the sense of reason in the Low Carb & Keto Community. There are many stumbling blocks to work through on any diet plan. Low Carb and Keto are no different.

For me: Add in being post Hashimoto's and needing to stop 40 years of food addiction. A lot of "experts" tell you oh, 3-4 days of tough. Oh, 6-8 weeks of binge urges.

For me- TRY 2-3 years. Years. Okay, so a lot of work, but this wave of the hand and boom LCHF is the end all-be all, No, not for me, it was just not enough.

In a way that is good, though. It allowed me time to "practice" weight maintenance and food sobriety. In a way, it was tough, though. All of us were sold an "It's easy, just a few days/weeks".

Time to hone the skills and deal with the real roots. The real stumbling blocks.

 I got stressed out, and I had a few binge urges over the last week or so. Exhausted. Cutting back on my side hustle. Getting better sleep, taking care of myself- walks, time with friends.  No, I don't need food to soothe. Just to slow down a bit, take time.

Play with the furry beasts
Tortie, furry goof balls!

Anyway, I'll be obtaining the whol the Stall Slayer book when it's published ,and I will give a full review.

PS-Proof of weight maintenance. I don't use time off the blog to back off from my weight data and making small adjustments. Consistency is super key!  So is self-talk, self-sabbotage and other food addiction TRAPS. No. Nope, no thank you. The next 40 years are mine.

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Food Sober Halloween 2019- Nine years into remission, my best tools

Food Sober Halloween. It really started here for me. Bite size.... Bite me... The disease was full swing with those little bars. Sad. If you can moderate those, please have empathy for those of us who dive deep into disease. It's a disease, not a lack of willpower.

My best tools

1. I don't keep or give candy out at Halloween. I go dark. I love the kids all dressed up. I refuse to enable childhood obesity, diabetes and fatty liver. Personal choice. Move along to the next house, the munchkins are not sugar deficient. I promise. LOL. It's not funny though. It's so heartbreaking.

Seriously, we have a global pandemic for adults and kids. NO WAY will I fuel this monster. PS- I'm getting a roll of quarters today for my besties. I'm not the Halloween grinch, but I do care that kids are getting liver transplants and teens are getting gastric bypass. It doesn't have to be this way. Preventable. I know, I was an obese kid. I stopped myself from getting sick. I want others to stop easier than the way I did it.

Oh and no, I'm not into giving out plastic crap trinkets. They wind up junking up the yard and going down the drain to the beach where I pick them up again and again. So no.

Lots of non-food ways to celebrate the season.

2. Manage stress: OMG this week will be off the stress chain. Planning by batch cooking my food, sleeping as well as I can, and meditation.

Low tide just north of Swami's Beach, Encinita

3. Abstaining from all binge trigger food. No grains, no sugar, no guar or xantham gum, no nuts. I predict no binge urges. So much easier to manage if I don't open my brain up to stinking thinking.

4. Hopping on the scale, daily. It doesn't lie. It's data. Hop on, record the number, move along. Make choices that will change the number if you decide you need to do that. No shame, no blame. Just data management. Be scientific. Be Processed based. Be hopping into food sober living because it is a choice made with a clear mind.

2 months of daily weight data

I'm abstaining this week. I'm doing my part to end childhood disease. If you are local, stop by for a quarter and tell me that you are, too. If you are far away. Virtual 25 cents in your box. :)

Onward and use the power of the tool abstinence is, as needed.

Kind of glad the doorbell is broken!

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Proof of Weight Maintenance October 2019

October 2019

PROOF of weight maintenance: (DUDE's notice somewhat flat line!!!)

What's working

1. Meat off the bone- really gets me awesome  food full signals
2. Abstaining from binge foods: sugar, grains, nuts, emulsifiers- guar and xanthan gum
3. Better sleep
4. Meditation
5. Taking time for me
6. Doing things I love

What didn't work in the past

1. Eating meat substitutes. Caused Auto Immune flares, never full. EVER.
2. Moderating my binge food. My WW leader was 100% WRONG. Yo!
3. Sleeping very little, thinking it wouldn't matter
4. Using food to get food high, all I got were fat pants. Sad and painful.
5. It's easier having a functional, awesome daughter who is an adult. Single/Co-parenting is hard.
6. I used to to things to please other people. I uncovered my inner Upholder and have never been better. Still some obliger tendencies

That's it. * COI statement: I'm employed (side hustle) with Joan Ifland, PhD, Food Addiction Reset, LLC

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Voice of My Readers- Food Addiction Vs Weight Maintenance Sept 2019

Hello All,

Quick check in with my readers.

Background Info: 
1. I'm about to dive in super deep on studying food addiction.
2. There is a lot of overlap between food addiction and weight maintenance

Question for my readers:

A. Would it benefit THIS blog- to keep it focused on weight maintenance with links to food addiction?

My Why's:  Insurance Discount for Weight Maintenance and Health Risk Reduction = My Best Life

Girl's gotta get her insurance discount and keep her risks low for future avoidable illness.  Plus, I like the mental clarity of Food Addiction Remission. Just to live my best life.

Another Why: Potential Side Hustle:

As of early September 2019: I still remain non-commercial, although I may, very soon get a very small payment for some food addiction work. It hasn't happened yet, although I'd love to keep my weight maintenance resources with links to a new Karen Parrott's Food Addiction page.

My Plan is to link over to a page about Food Addiction with full disclosure on Conflict of Interest (COI).

Comment in the links below. Moderation is on, so if you leave a comment that is constructive, I will post it. :)

Next Steps:

I'll be reading this text book, and taking notes. :) Continued Education is key for wellness- IMO.

Process Food Addiction Text Book, Dr Joan Ifland

Proof of Weight maintenance
Long Term Weight Maintenance graph

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Food Addiction Resources from Dr. Ifland- Part 2 from Low Carb USA 2019 San Diego

Food Addiction Resources

Dr. Ifland spoke at Low Carb USA 2019 San Diego. Brillant!

I have so much more to say about 

Loved meeting her, having lunch with her .

Okay, Surf over to all the links provided above. Much more to come. MUCH MORE. So much. Can't wait. So rich. Foreshadowing here.... can't wait.  Happy Dancing. 

Dr. Ifland taking a break from talking to Low Carb USA 2019 Attendees

Dr. Ifland and Karen Parrott (me) Low Carb USA 2019 San Diego

Dr. Ifland's Text Book for Food Addiction and recovery- lots of reading in my future

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Low Carb USA 2019 recap part 1- Fat: A Documentary preview!

Low Carb USA 2019, recap part 1

FAT: A Documentary Preview night. at Low Carb USA San Diego! 

Here's the story and one of my favorite parts of the conference was :

Watching those in the movie , watch themselves in the preview. SO RICH.

If I had this movie and the No Sugars No Grains tool, I wouldn't have been 70+ 
pounds overweight, living in active food addiction for so long.

HEY! No would have, could have, should have. Eating saturated fat has saved my life
by having less processed food and more meat and vegetables. Saying #yes2meat helps a lot.

Thank you Vinnie, Serena, Peter Pardini, and all the subject matter experts listed in the film.
You are saving lives and I will never forget the outfits you wore that day and the
help you've provided to the sickest patients. Forever grateful for those who will soon
join me in the next year or two on long term weight maintenance island.
Vinnie Tortorich speaking at Low Carb USA San Diego 2019

The gift that gives.

How to see the film:
Order on Amazon, Vimeo, or iTunes: Link to Amazon here

Favor to ask my readers, if you watch this movie, comment below. Thanks!!!
Also give it the highest ratings on Amazon, IMBd, iTunes, Vimeo and any place
it's released. Thank you!!!  If you don't like it, that's okay, don't review it. Thanks!

Onward and please test, don't guess your glucose, hs-CRP, triglycerides, insulin.
Measure and you can manage. I use natural fat to manage binge urges. My binge urges are
almost totally gone. I remain in long term food addiction remission. 

More photos from pre-view night at Low Carb USA San Diego (use this link to attend Low Carb USA SD 2020) not a sponsored link Thank you to Doug and Pam for getting Vinnie on stage and the movie preview.

Outtakes from July 25, 2019
Me escorting Vinnie to get miked up at Low Carb USA 2019

Dave Feldman watching himself in Fat: A Documentary

Gary Fettke, Jill Rieder, and Belinda Fettke at Low Carb USA San Diego 2019

I wore a little black dress to the movie premier!! 

7.5 years in long term Weight Maintenance, NSNG, LCHF , #yes2meat

7.5 years in long term weight maintenance NSNG #yest2meat LCHF

Serena  Scott-Thomas and Vinnie Tortorich

Vinnie, Peter Ballerstedt, and Dave Feldman

Pam Devine and Doug Reynolds- Conference Owners Low Carb USA
Not pictured but at the preview was Brett Scher MD- The Low Carb Cardiologist, Gary Taubes, Andreas Eenfeldt, MD

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Long Term Weight Maintenance check in June 219 keeping 65 pounds OFF!

Hello All,

Long time no post. Dudes (In SoCal, everyone is a Duuuuuude) , I can post once a month. Let that be my goal this year. LOL. Catch me over on Instagram (link to the right on my profile)

 Photos, updates and what's working now. Short story, I'm staying very stable within my maintenance range. That's a real win!

May 2011 and May 2019

May 2011 and May 2019

Keeping 65.6 pounds off for Since Feb 3, 2012

What's working now

1. Prioritizing red meat, with vege. This brings Zero binge urges and accurate hungry and full signals.
2. Managing stress. Yeah, May was higher stress zone, but that happens. Red meat has my nerves calm, cool, and happy. There's definitely a connection for me. #yes2meat
3. Abstaining from binge foods and high inflammatory foods (NO grains, sugar, nuts, dairy)
4. Vacation time. I had some in May and it was fantastic. And playing pokemon means socializing.

What didn't work in the past

1. Eating fake meat, meat substitutes, tofu and trying to bulk up my stomach with veggies. NOPE! But hey, it fit my WW points and that was key no matter how terrible I felt. I weep for the old me.
2. I would soothe with candy and junk food. Didn't work and I was miserable. And 70 pound overweight.
3. Ate in moderation. This is a big NOPE in food addiction recovery. I stopped kidding myself.
4. Vacation time is about the same, although I can hike further and don't eat my binge foods while on vacation, so no guilt, just happy travels. And visiting with people in real life is just memorable and fun.

Goals this month: Start to get into a home body weight routine. Push ups, planks, etc.
That's it. Staying food sober, day in and day out. No excuses. Onward and hope you are all well

Graphs, then funny photos. Scroll down.

Keeping a nice maintainable weight range 

last 2 months, more of the same

One month! 

get used to the SAME stuff 

PRO TIP: Ribeye is on sale. $4.99 and ground beef. Found some on quick sale for $3.00 per pound. Not grass fed, do care but need to prioritize my bills to keep my body and finances well. 

$4.99 per pound ribeye!!! Stater Bros.

My cat when I cook Ribeyes!

Me when I play community day on Pokemon!