Friday, March 07, 2014
Originally I wanted to post something more upbeat but upon logging in I was bombarded with non-sparker-related ads, such as for adult-content anime with a steroidal-breasted young thang bustin' out all over from her skimpy anime outfit, to H&RBlock, to furniture and appliances...
What is WITH Sparkpeople??!! Why all this garbage?
The longer I remain a member, the less I am getting anything out of being here. There's way too much emphasis on protein, and sooo not enough on complex carbs. Complex carbs, not fat or protein, fills a hungry appetite with fewer calories and more nutrients. The nutrition "experts" on this site are pretty much full of the bull that's been spoon-fed to them by big food industry lobbyists. Hungry? Eat a baked potato, don't waste your money on that garbage processed protein shake. A potato will fill you up better and more safely than the processed protein junk. Eat a bowl of rice. Eat a sweet potato. Heck, eat 4 slices of whole-grain low-fat bread! Even that is better for you than a protein shake. But the "experts" on this site won't promote that because there's no profit in it. They'd rather sell you a box of protein powder you don't need and that your body can't utilize anyway than tell you to go shopping at your local grocery store and stock up on produce-aisle starches.
I weighed in this morning, and am at 168 lbs. This whole week I have been pigging out on 3 bean mole, which I made from a recipe featured on Dr. McDougall's newsletter, over rice and greens. Lots of rice and greens, and lots of mole. Last night for my splurge meal I pigged out on a medium pizza with no sauce or meat or dairy, just fresh tomatoes, green bell pepper, and garlic on a no-oil crust. Yes, I ate the whole thing, even though I had snacked on a small baked sweet potato about 90 minutes earlier.
I am eating like there's no tomorrow. This is the easiest, happiest, healthiest, most doable diet in the world. And sadly, millions of people who can benefit from this diet will never even give it a try, because there's no fat, no meat, no dairy, and very little processed stuff on it. Every member of Sparkpeople can benefit from this diet, over whatever diet they're on right now.
Weight loss is effortless, and the health and life changes are almost miraculous. I stopped taking vitamin and calcium supplements weeks ago, and do not have any cravings that suggest a deficiency anywhere. I am training for a marathon in August and I have lots of energy and my runs are wonderful. Obviously I'm getting everything I need nutrition-wise, including protein and fat, from the whole food plant based diet I'm on, and I'm obviously getting full on what I eat as well.
I just wish, truly wish, that everyone could give this diet a try.
Friday, February 28, 2014
Wednesday this week I ate two packages of girl scout cookies, the cranberry citrus ones, because they were the lowest fat and vegan. At 4g fat per serving, however, they were NOT low fat; not one bit. But because I am who I am, once they came home with me, it was a foregone conclusion that I would consume all of them, every crumb. Moral of the story: It's fine to support the girl scouts but under no circumstances are cookies to come home with me ever again.
Today I weighed myself and I am down to 170 lbs, a one-pound loss in the last two or three weeks. And that is good.
This diet is working. I show a loss, never a gain (except that one, 1-lb gain which quickly went back down again), and no matter how long it takes, the weight I lose is permanent weight lost as long as I stay on the McDougall diet.
It's not a punishment. Rather, it's a true blessing. Eating this way makes me more aware of the rampant gluttony in American society. We are obese as a nation because we can afford to be, and how sad a statement is that. Finally, we are at a financial apex where we can afford to eat like royalty.. only now we are finding out that royalty are often fat, sick, and diseased, and eating like royalty is more of a curse than a blessing.
I still love food, only now it's honest. People who say, "I love to eat" aren't being quite honest. I don't know what's to love about food that has to be covered in grease, cheese, gravy, sauce, or be smothered in salt in order to taste "good" or even be edible. People who insist they love a good burger never eat a plain piece of meat. No. It's cloaked in bread, salt, mayonnaise, cheese, bacon, grilled onions, avocados, etc, in order to taste "good". In other words, no one can even taste the meat itself. The meat has been hidden, covered.
I can taste my food now. My food truly is delicious, because I'm tasting what I eat finally.
I haven't eaten any fruit for about 3 days now. I am going to try eating one piece of fruit after supper every day. That way, if it makes me tired, I can go to bed fairly soon, no harm no foul. I'm still getting plenty of fiber from the fresh veg I eat daily.
If I get my 2 mile run in today (weather allowing, it's snowing right now) it will make a total of 14 miles for the week. Monday is my 6 mile long run, so I hope the weather lets me get that done.
Life is good.
Sunday, February 23, 2014
I haven't shown a weight loss for a couple of weeks now, although I didn't weigh myself last week. Kind of a waste of hope, so I plan to go another week before weighing myself.
I'm still increasing my run distances, so each week is at least 1 more mile than the previous week. Today I plan a 5 mile long run, if my knee will cooperate. I went to a community barn dance last night and was having a lot of clumsy fun but at one point I kicked out my leg and felt my knee hyperextend. I'm not having any pain or decreased range of motion, so I don't expect any problems but will have to be careful.
I'm still pretty much on plan with the McDougall diet. The decrease in total protein each day, and the strict control of fat has helped me be stronger and better able to get my runs going. I'm struggling right now with fruit. I was eating an apple a day but realized that I'm getting sleepy every day when I sit for more than a few minutes. I tried grapes, and got the same reaction. I have to work my way through the fruit kingdom to identify fruits I can eat which won't tire me out from the sugar. Hopefully I'll find at least one fruit that works, as I don't really want to stop eating fruit altogether.
I'm still eating as much as I want whenever I feel hungry, and concentrating on grains and potatoes. Legumes are on the pyramid (for me) above the greens and veg, because they are higher in protein and sugars than other starches.
In any case, my body is reshaping itself. I guess this is my muscle-building period. I would really love to see some actual weight loss happening, though. Just to have the visual proof, just to know I'm literally getting slimmer.
The increase in my running distances hasn't caused an increase in food consumption. I'm still feeling strong and able, and recovery from the long runs is easy and quick. My breathing is nice and rhythmic, and I can think on the run, which makes them especially nice.
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Dr. Walter Kempner, back in the 1930's, developed the rice diet to help patients who were grossly overweight, had diabetes, and heart disease, and were basically at death's door. The rice diet was white rice (easier to digest than brown whole grain rice and tasted better so better compliance), fruits, and fruit juices. All of his patients on this diet reduced or reversed their conditions and all lost weight, with about half returning to a normal weight.
The rice diet is the basis for Drs Esselstyn, McDougall, Ornish et al and their respective diet plans, which are starch-centric, ultra low fat and whole food plant based. People who adopt these diets have had great lasting success (20 years and more for a lot of them) and all report a return to sickness and weight gain when they try to add in meat or fat or dairy, even occasionally.
There's something to this whole food plant based diet thing. Thousands of people have regained health and lost weight naturally after they committed to it.
Compare that with the statistics on people who fall into the corporate-funded scam of high-protein, low-carb dieting. Successful weight loss comes at a great price of compromise in health, and terrible cravings for carbs. They also have increased body odor, which makes producers of deodorants and antiperspirants happy.
Guess who's missing from the happiness and profit picture? Oh, that's right, the individual.
Jim Fixx was singlehandedly responsible for the upsurge of running for fun in the 1970's. He bragged about keeping slim and in shape while eating McDonald's all the time - burgers and fries and milkshakes - because he was a runner. You might remember that he died quite suddenly when he was out on a run and just fell over and died. He'd had a massive heart attack. He had ignored his family history of heart disease because he looked good on the outside and insisted that he felt good for his adoring public.
I know you've seen at least one video of some athlete doing what he does competitively and suddenly sustaining a freak and horrible fracture of one of the strongest bones of the body, the tibia. The femur is the only bone that's stronger than the tibia. But it begs the question - how can these meat eating fighting machines have these awful fractures? The truth is: eating meat leads to bone density loss, and if you're young and strong you don't even realize it until you sustain a freak fracture. It's a wake-up call that most of these athletes won't pay attention to, or deny that what they're eating is killing them.
On the Sparkpeople group on facebook an entire thread was deleted because I posted something about human breast milk being only about 5% protein, which is all an infant needs to grow and be healthy. So there's a brick wall of denial that's promoted by Sparkpeople. It's okay to talk about protein powder and eating more protein but it's not okay to say anything against a high protein diet, even though there are studies and peer-reviewed papers that prove a high protein diet is deadly.
I'm still increasing my mileage by doable amounts. I'm now a starchivore, and have been since I started my marathon training program. I've had no muscle soreness, and I have found that my times are getting marginally better as I up my mileage. I don't get the limb heaviness I used to feel all the time, and I haven't had any bathroom issues like I did when I was eating all that fruit every day. I limit myself to an apple a day and I'm fine with that. This morning I splurged and added 4 finely chopped dried apricot halves to my hot cereal along with the chopped apple. That's a treat, and not for everyday.
I was on call this past weekend and didn't exercise for four days. Tuesday I went for my postponed 3 mile long run and got 'er done with no problem! No stiffness or soreness afterward, either. I realize I'm not really up there in mileage yet, but I anticipate the next few months to be no different. I'm looking forward to the increases and the challenges of distance running again.
Tuesday, February 04, 2014
I ordered two books, the Maximum Weight Loss and the 2nd cookbook for the McDougall diet.
The MWL book has a lot of great information about how the body works and why people on low carb diets don't keep weight off and crave carbs.
I knew, from being a marathoner, that carbs are the body's first fuel choice. Protein is used only for muscle repair and skin and hair health maintenance, not for energy. People who are starving to death, who don't get enough carbs, lose muscle mass next.
The very last source of energy is fat, and that's only after the carb and protein energy are used up. If you eat fat, it goes straight into storage in the cells and in the body. Period. There is no such thing as a healthy fat. Fat is fat, and that is that. If you use olive oil in your salad dressing, that oil will go straight into cells for storage, it will not be burned off as energy for any reason at any time - not when you're working out, not when you're swimming, or climbing a mountain.
The ONLY way to get rid of body fat is to stop eating any.
As for protein, the average meat-based diet overloads the kidneys with far more of it than the body can possibly utilize. Protein is not stored in the body. What the body doesn't need gets processed as waste. According to Dr. McDougall, the kidneys leach calcium from the bones in order to process all that excess protein, and that's what causes osteoporosis and even kidney stones.
Anyway, tomorrow is weigh-in day for me. I haven't been hungry at all, not one bit, on this diet. I eat until I'm full, and I eat what I want as long as I incorporate the foods I need to eat every day. I eat mainly grains, potatoes, and legumes, and after that lots of greens and other veggies like bell peppers of all colors. I don't portion, or count calories, or weigh anything, and I don't crave what's not on the plan. I haven't wished for a nice pile of nuts or chips or lasagna or whatever. I splurge on bread once a week, but after that I don't wish to eat more bread. That one time a week is plenty, and I predict it will eventually stop being even once a week.
When I go for my training runs, I have no more issues with needing a bathroom... at least I haven't yet. Talking to other vegan athletes, I will try eating potatoes for on-the-run energy instead of energy goo or drink or whatever.
I'm so excited to be on this diet!! It's wonderful to be on a diet where I'm never hungry, don't feel deprived or punished, and it's effortless. Best - it costs no more than I already spend at the grocery, and I even save money because I'm not buying any processed food at all, it's all fresh or whole grain.
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