Saturday, 28 June 2014

Hyperglycemic after sugar/ carbs

I've been living quite low carb the last couple of weeks. Sometimes if we're going to friends houses though or if the mood suits, I sometimes have some carb or some sugary treat.

That's what happened last night, I had some ice cream after dinner. Now I'm very active in my daily job and at the moment I'm quite low on my carbohydrates, only really getting them from some organic berries that we are growing in the garden, and some whole Greek natural yogurt.

The result to having some sugar and carbs?

Not good! I've written about this before, I feel drugged when I have sugar, like a child that you see wired, running around hyperactive! I really feel drugged but not in a nice way.
All last night I kept waking up feeling this way and also dry in the mouth and endlessly thirsty.
It was a real hyperglycemic reaction.

The answer for me isn't to introduce it more frequently into the diet so that the hyperglycemic events are minimized, but probably to stay away all together!

So at the moment I'm on a detox of water and some fats to try and clear my head of this weird feeling!

Monday, 23 June 2014

Cholesterol clarity - My Family's Cholesterol story

My parents have just had their bloods taken and their cholesterol has risen and as a result the doctor has given them the option of reducing it with diet or by taking medication.
Fortunately they have decided to do it with diet in comparison with taking statins to reduce their cholesterol.

That's where the good news ends though. The doctor gave them a couple of website to look at about diet and they have announced that they are no longer eating eggs, sausages, cheese and butter and are instead switching back to margarine. Yuck!

Now I also have slightly elevated cholesterol according to my doctor but my HDL was quite a bit higher than my LDL so she wasn't worried. However I hope my cholesterol is sky high!! Here's why:

The Benefits to Cholesterol

Cholesterol is needed for so many essential tasks in our body. It's needed for us to survive. 
It is used to transport essential nutrients around the body and it also helps in the production of many of our vitamins. Our body actually makes cholesterol, yes most of what is found in our body is made there. Because we need it. In fact it has been estimated that we can only control up to 15% of the cholesterol in our body by reducing our dietary amount. Our body makes the other 85%.
Cholesterol also helps us to ward off infections and for cognitive workings.
If Cholesterol is so important why are we against it so much?

A Brief Review of the War Against Cholesterol

So a man called Ansel Keys in the 50's came up with a hypothesis that argued that Cholesterol was the main culprit behind the clogging of arteries and of heart attacks. His argument was that we should remove all saturated fat from the diet to be healthy.
In the end this was adopted by government agencies into the food pyramid. 
However since the study has been seen to be flawed.

But like a sink downpipe clogged with grease, that's what our arteries are like right?!!!

Cholesterol blamed in the wrong.

Jimmy Moore has a fantastic book out only recently on the subject. He illustrated it this way. Blaming cholesterol for heath disease and coronary blockages is like blaming firemen for the amount of fires. 
They are always at the scene of a fire so it must have something to do with them?
This is the same as dietary cholesterol.

In fact in the USA a recent survey showed that 75% of admissions to A&E for heart problems had low to normal cholesterol. Not high.

Sure if someone has a blockage of the arteries there is going to be cholesterol there narrowing the passage ways. So how is it not cholesterol's fault?

Well what happens before that is what matters. 

Cholesterol only gathers onto an artery if the artery itself is sick and inflamed. 
Yes if our arteries suffer years of inflammation then they are more likely to pick up cholesterol that clogs.

So what makes the arteries inflamed? You name it! Poor diet that is high in sugar, eating processed un- natural toxic foods that damage us internally. Msg you lisn'n?

Another fine way to prevent clogging is to change the nature of the cholesterol itself. 
If you eat a poor diet - a western fast food diet full of poor oils and fats - man made, and eat lots of sugar and toxins, your LDL (so called bad Cholesterol) becomes smaller and smaller in nature. 

Instead of light and fluffy in the case of a very healthy person the LDL can attach themselves to inflamed arteries because of their mere size and characteristics.

So for me, I'm never going to take anything for my cholesterol. Statins have outrageous side effects in some people such as mental decline and achy bones and muscles. Business rules the world and there's a multi billion dollar lobby interest looking after the statin consummation. Your doctor is not educated and is under the same spell. In my experience doctors are only interested in seeing you for 10 minutes, prescribing a medication that a rep has given them and then moving onto the next patient. (This has happened to me too).

Eat real food and eat healthy. 

Cholesterol is an amazing tool for our body. 

No doubt you won't believe a blog post, and you shouldn't. But go and check it out or even read a book or two about it, like Jimmy Moore's Cholesterol Clarity. 
Your health should be in your hands and not big business. But, are you happier just popping a pill instead of changing your life? Rather eat rubbish and rely on tablets that may or may not be doing you harm?

Not for me...

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

So all that is said and done: My Diet and why

I've changed the way that I'm eating for the last 9 months now. As a result I'm 2 stone lighter.

I no longer believe the calories in Vs calories out hypothesis. I now know that food should be viewed as the chemicals that they are. But I'm afraid that to fully make sense of why I eat the way I do, there needs to be a bit of a biological discussion.

Different macro nutrients (Protein, Fat and Carbohydrates) have different calories per gram and different results on the body. An example that we know quite readily is that Protein is used to build muscle and restore our body.
Fat is used as a transporting agent, fuel for the body, and without it we can't extract the goodness from our foods.
Carbohydrates break down in our body into glucose. This provides energy for our body. We have no daily requirement though for carbohydrates the same way that we have for protein or fat, both of which as needed for us to survive and thrive.

So when we eat any form of carbohydrate our body it down into glucose for us to burn.
But our body has an ability only to store 5 teaspoons of glucose in the entire body at any one time. This is stored glycogen. We normally have about 2,000 calories worth.

But how does our body get rid of all the excess glucose? Well say you went to McDonald's and had a fast food dinner and shake, then your carb intake could be converted into the same as 50 teaspoons of sugar. No, I'm not saying your eating that much sugar, but your body will use the carbs to produce the equivalent.

So what can the body do to survive the carbohydrate onslaught?

Well what the body does is to secrete Insulin from the pancreas, and what that does is to transport and transform the glucose. The glucose is transported around the body to the muscles for immediate use, and the glucose that isn't needed is put into your fat stores as fat.

So fat doesn't make you fat, instead it's insulin that is the storage hormone in our body.

But wait there's more!

Insulin not only stores fat but it also prevents you gaining access to the store of energy. Instead it constantly stores.

So how can you lose fat? Well the best way, without forcing the body into it with starvation, is to cut down drastically on the amount of carbohydrates that you eat. Then, you can access that store on the body. That some 40,000 calories of fuel ready to use. Protein can give very small amounts of Insulin releases but nothing in comparison to the carbohydrate.

As we get older, and our bodies get pounded and pounded over many years of insulin production, our cells actually become immune to a certain extent to Insulin. They become deaf to it as it where.
Then our pancreas produces more and more to keep up with the load.
In the end our body becomes so deaf to insulin that the body can no longer produce enough Insulin for our body. So the only answer is to inject more Insulin. IE. Diabetes type 2!
But wait, what about removing the need for the insulin in the first place? If you have so little a need, then you won't need the insulin so much.

There's no surprise today that Diabetes and weight has become such a problem. People are downing carbs like at no time before. Do you think your grandparents ate the GMO, sprayed, and sugar full foods that we call food today? I don't think so.

That's why I'm so confused about diets today that claim to work, that starve people thin only for them to break their metabolism even more.
Pretend for a minute to believe the science I've told you, can you see why going on a low calorie diet isn't the answer. So today I've had 1200 calories you might say, of healthy whole grains and fruit juice.
Then I treated myself to a 200 calorie sugary snack.
But what really happens with this example, is your telling your body to stop and go at the same time. Your telling your body to store in a time of starvation. It doesn't make sense.

But it's a sacrifice. Carbohydrates by themselves aren't tasty, but add some fat and protein into the mix, IE a sandwich, and they can be Delicious. I'm not saying never eat carbs, but at least be safe in the knowledge of what it's doing to you.

So that's how Ive lost weight, but how do you eat this way and how do you fuel yourself?
Salads only diet? Always hungry?

That's all to come...

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Can I say no to homemade rhubarb crumble and custard?

Right now this minute my Mother In Law is preparing a Rhubarb crumble supper and some hot custard.
Looks, sounds and is delicious. The Rhubarb was grown in our veg patch and a lot of good ingredients have been used.

At the weekends I've been adding in some more Carbohydrates, which normally means some potatoes and very rarely some chocolate. So I'm not a total stick in the mud, but this can be a bit of a slippery slope for me. When does the odd bit of sweet thing or carbohydrate evening turn into every day of the week? A bit of processed food once off, but what if that continues the next day and then the next. Before you know it your 2 stone heavier. For me it's a bit of a slippery slope.

Hmmmm that Rhubarb crumble is really smelling good now, the oven will ping any minute I'd say...

It can be hard living a low carb lifestyle when the other people in your home don't. That's a fact. If you are giving up sugar for example its far easier if you don't have it in the house.

But we know what is "good" for us, we know what is "bad" for us.
Sugary food has been proven to light up the addictive part of our brain, the reward centre.
But how do you over come it? How do I say no to the now being dished Rhubarb crumble?

How do you force the common sense side of your brain to win over the impulsive compulsive nature?

I don't know the answer of the question. How do you replace want and desire with logic...
No doubt there are hundreds of chemical, physiological and psychological reasons behind what we do.

But here is how I'm going to say no to Rhubard Crumble at 22:43 Irish time. (ps If I was in bed then I wouldn't be having this problem).

This sounds fluffy but stay with me here and maybe even try it.

Acknowledge the desire. I want the rhubarb custard. There I've said it.
Next, let some time pass, don't go and grab that custard straight away, let a few minutes pass and distract yourself somehow.

Self narrative: If I eat a high fat and low carbohydrate diet I feel sharp, I feel light and I don't feel bloated, those skin reactions to wheat don't bother me.
If I eat high fat and low carb I can go forever without feeling hungry, I never have that emergency sugar low, but instead I can go on and on and on.
By eating this way I'm eating and being the healthiest person I can.
I look good now I'm thinner.

Verses: Eating this desert and liking it for a minute, only to feel rubbish and hungry very soon.

The Desert is on the table...

I'm afraid I'm having some...

Full fat greek yogurt and almonds...

Well after this blog post I could hardly go ahead and eat it!