Thursday, April 05, 2012
Mr. Sisson makes some good points in this response to the essay contest by the NY Times... that contest has asked people to respond as to "why it is ethical to eat meat". The whole thing seems fishy to me, and sure sounds like they are asking meat-eaters to defend and justify themselves.
Anyway.... here is the blog post on Mark's Daily Apple. Have to say his thoughts make a lot of sense to me.
Monday, February 20, 2012
I'm not in weight loss mode anymore... I got to within a few pounds of my goal (woohoo!) then found out I'm pregnant. That was 2-3 months back, and now I'm 19 weeks and starting to show. Also starting to gain some weight, up about 4-5 lbs total.
Still hanging out on SP to track my food, as BabyFit has an inferior tracker, with fewer foods in the DB. Also I don't have my paleo/primal support there!
Hope everyone is doing well and reaching their goals!
Thursday, September 29, 2011
I was so excited to try Biaggi's gluten free pizza last night. I ordered their sausage pizza and a salad ... Delicious! When I picked it up, they said that since the salad came with bread, they put some gluten free bread in the bag too. Yay right? Well they didn't tell me that they also put the regular flatbread in there. I ate the wrong one.
My fault... I should have been more careful. I realized my mistake today when I ate another piece of bread with the leftover salad for lunch. Immediate foggy feeling, then stomach cramps and anxiety.
Guess I need to stick with my primal way of eating... I had been feeling so great, but since I'm in the process of moving, I've been eating some junk & thought this would be safe.
Worst part is that I had been off my allergy medicine for a full week. Just a little background... I have had dermographism (basically i can write on my skin- any scratch swells up and gets bright red) since I was about 12, and it got progressively worse when I was eating a vegetarian, grain-based diet. It got so bad that about 12 years ago, I had to start taking Claritin every day just to keep the unbearable itchiness away and to keep from always looking puffy and swollen.
After cleaning up my diet more & avoiding wheat (and some vitamins/herbs to heal my gut), I was able to stop the medicine for a full week. Previous attempts only lasted 2 or 3 days before I finally gave up. I was so hopeful this time. Now I'm debating whether to take a pill just to stop scratching.
Did I mention the foggy brain? Oh yeah, I did. This makes life feel hard again... Energy levels plummeted and I'm grumpy and frazzled. Guess that's understandable What with the itchy skin, bathroom trips & general ill feeling.
Sorry for the rant and complaints... It's just frustrating to have progressed so far only to have it ruined by bread.
Bread hates me... Anyway, back to my plan. I'm determined to turn this around!
Friday, August 19, 2011
Sometimes I don't know how to take things... like when someone makes a comment like "oh you're losing weight" or "you look so much thinner!" I know these are supposed to make me feel better, but sometimes I think "Geez I must have looked really bad before!" Especially because I'm not yet at my goal.
Today I got such a statement from the boyfriend. As I was walking around in a state of half-dress and grogginess getting ready for work, he said, "You are smaller! Look at your waist!". He meant this in a good way, but my first reaction was immediately to take it as a criticism... We really are our worst critics!
Things that ran through my mind:
* I must have looked like a real cow!
* I could look a lot better than I do, just look at that flab on my thighs!
* I still have a LONG LONG way to go.
* Wait, didn't I have a waist before?
He must have thought I was crazy as I stood there in one spot with my brain working overtime. I think he was nervous that he had said something wrong.
Finally I said, "I better look smaller... I've been working really hard!" He responded that yes, he's noticed. Then I said, "Thanks."
Note to self: Next time, just say THANK YOU.
Thursday, August 11, 2011
You may have seen the recent headlines that say "EATING RED MEAT WILL CAUSE TYPE 2 DIABETES!". It screams at you on the screen. The burger-lovers are worried, and vegetarians are quickly bookmarking the webpages. But me? I'm just shrugging my shoulders. So here's why I'm not concerned:
1. I know how I felt without red meat.
I went without a single bite for 10 years, and when I added it back in I felt GREAT. Much of the time I was vegetarian, I craved beef. Not fish or eggs or chicken, BEEF. That tells me something.
2. My blood sugar was very unstable when I relied on non-animal sources for protein.
The authors of the study suggest eating low-fat dairy, whole grains, and nuts/seeds instead of red meat for protein. For years, I was on a blood sugar roller coaster when I tried to rely on beans, whole grains, and nuts/seeds for protein. No thanks, been there done that. It's not for me.
3. Red meat is the single best source of carnitine, which is shown to reduce triglycerides.
My family has a history of high triglycerides, and I'd like to continue to fight that battle with every advantage. All of my cholesterol levels have improved since I began eating meat again.
4. The biggest correlation the study saw was with processed red meats with sodium & nitrates.
If they do a study that differentiates food quality (processed meat without nitrates) and other foods eaten (account for carb levels, oils used, soda consumption), then I will pay more attention.
5. The study itself is observational.
Unfortunately there are too many variables to convince me. Even paleo studies have this fault, and it is unfortunate. I would love it if Denise Minger dug into the statistics and gave it a real analysis.
I read through the study, and it persuaded me to do my own observational study. Not scientific at all, and just for fun. I asked a few coworkers if they had red meat this week and found out what and how much. They think I'm weird, so they just laughed. I didn't judge, just took a note. Most times it was a hamburger or hot dog with fries and soda, 1 beef burrito and 1 person who had steak tacos. Ok, so always a processed starch with their red meat. Most of the time a junk food meal. Interesting.
Then at lunchtime, I went to the cafeteria and looked around at who bought what. My totally non-scientific observations as I sat there were: The people getting red meat were (1) always eating it with a processed bread product: hamburger, roast beef sandwich, beef taco w/flour tortillas; and (2) often with a side of french fries or potato chips. Yes, there were some people eating chicken sandwiches with fries too, so we will keep them as a variable. But the people who did not have bread or fried food? Those folks had salad, but no red meat in sight (lots of chicken though). I did not see anyonebuying red meat without a starch or fried food with it.
That makes me wonder three things:
* Do most people eat red meat on/with bread or with fries? Is that a factor?
* Do most salads have chicken? I know this is the case in restaurants, where most likely there is a grilled chicken salad, but what about at home - do people ever put red meat on a salad?
* Am I the only freak who asks for a hamburger patty on lettuce or beef burrito minus the tortilla & beans?
Ah well... I will keep to what works for me, and hope others will keep to what works for them, whether it includes red meat or not!
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