10th Anniversary – Missed it!


10th Anniversary


Yikees! I missed my 10th Anniversary. No – not my wedding anniversary – but – March 12, 2007 – the day I started eating VLCHF and Exercising.

Wait – 99% of all Nutritionists and Dietitians claim that no one can sustain this type of eating for more than a couple of months and then they put the weight back on plus some.

Missing this important date – tells me one thing – this way of life – has become my New Normal.

Thank you one and all for joining me on this journey. 

Spring 52 Day Challenge Starts Today!

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Today is Day 1 of the Spring 52 Day Challenge.

It is not too late to Sign-up and join the fun.

Make today the first day of the rest of your life.

Big Book of Exercises – Take 2

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I am a super big fan of Adam Campbell’s Men’s Health Big Book of Exercises. You can check out my exercise pages – in the right column – and understand that. The original book was published in December 2009. It has been my guiding light since it came out. I constantly refer back to it.

After going through many of the already designed workouts, I decided to Design My Own based upon the Template and information in the book.

Recently, Men’s Health has been sending out Ads for the revised and updated edition. This time – I got the Kindle edition. Why Kindle – because I have the paper edition – and – I wanted it immediately – while on vacation.

It is still the best book of it’s kind on the market. My suggestion – if you don’t have the original edition – buy it in paper – easier to use and flip through the pages. That bias may be because I grew up in a world of paper books and still favor them.

I am working my way through the Kindle edition – still love the damn book.

Summer Bodies – The Time to Start is Now.


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Squib – Short Description

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I have a love-hate attitude about News Gathering Services. They pull it all together and make it easy for you to see the information you want – but – and here is the VERY BIG BUT – The Squib or Short Description often is a biased lead in to the article. It is designed to hook you in to read the damnable article. On some services – they at least identify it as “Sponsored.”

Here’s one that got my dander up.

An Easy Way Diabetics On High Protein Low Carb Diets Can Avoid Early Symptoms Of Kidney Failure
The American Diabetes Association insists patients with type 2 diabetes should not go on a high protein diet as a means for weight loss because of the unknown long-term effects of protein intake on kidneys.

Please tell me where a VLCHF diet is a High Protein Diet. And tell me – what the hell is “high protein?”

The article from EmaxHealth is a prime example: 

Early signs of kidney failure often have no symptoms and can easily go undetected until they are very advanced, according to the National Kidney Foundation.

Poor Diet Recommendations Are The Cause

All too often with diabetic patients the primary focus is on blood sugar control when it comes to diet recommendations. Practitioners often recommend a high protein, low carbohydrate diet to keep glucose levels low and it’s killing the kidneys.
According to Mayo Clinic findings, some high-protein, high fat diets are stressful on the digestive system and the kidneys. These diets include animal protein and dairy products, which are high in fat, contributing to other factors of the disease such as non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, high blood pressure and heart disease.

The American Diabetes Association insists patients with type 2 diabetes should not go on a high protein diet as a means for weight loss because of the unknown long-term effects of protein intake on kidneys. High-protein diets worsen kidney function in diabetics because the body may have trouble eliminating all the waste products of protein metabolism. 

OK – I’m ranting. I’ll stop.

Low Carb impact on IBS and Colitis

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Luckily, I don’t suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) or Colitis. I can relate to the pain, since I’ve been Lactose intolerant since my late teenage years. That was long before they even knew about the condition or devised a method of dealing with it. At 19, I was misdiagnosed as having Colitis and advised to drink milk.

Living a VLCHF lifestyle for almost 10 years has had a myriad of impacts on my health. I’ve related most in this Blog.The only stomach/bowel issue that I’ve identified is that I no longer need to take antacids. I don’t even have a bottle in the house.

Why am I mentioning this? 

A friend went on the VLCHF diet about 2+ months ago. She did it for various reasons. She has reported back to me that she’s lost 20+/- pounds and if for no other reason is sticking with the program.

But one fact has stood out. She suffers from reoccurring bouts of Colitis. She has been very surprised that her insides have been quiet. Shocked is a better word.

I went digging. 

I don’t believe it is only from reducing the amount of carbs in her diet. I believe it is from the reality of limiting one of the main sources of carbs – grains.

A number of health conditions have been associated with changes of bowel flora, including multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, diabetes (both type 1 and type 2), irritable bowel syndrome, gallstones, acid reflux and esophagitis, irritable bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, and food allergies. Funny thing: Each and every one of these conditions has also been associated with grain consumption, especially consumption of wheat, rye, and barley.

Davis MD, William. Wheat Belly Total Health: The Ultimate Grain-Free Health and Weight-Loss Life Plan (Kindle Locations 1407-1410). Rodale Books. Kindle Edition.

We can not ignore the impact of sugar and refined grains which have become prevalent in our diet. The studies of various native societies as sugar and refined grains replaced their original diet and led to the the emergence of “Western Diseases” – the diseases we know so well and all suffer from.

Burkitt and Trowell based their provisional list of Western diseases on their surveys of hospital inpatient records worldwide, on the existing medical literature, and on the suggestions of the thirty-four physician-researchers from five continents who contributed to the book Western Diseases: Their Emergence and Prevention. They called it a “provisional list” because they acknowledged that such a pioneering effort was likely to contain errors, and because other diseases already appeared likely to be added to it— including irritable bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, and autoimmune disorders— but the evidence for those potential additions was not yet sufficient. The list was a much-expanded version of the diseases that Peter Cleave and George Campbell had called “saccharine diseases” in the 1950s, implying that refined grains and sugars were to blame (Burkitt and Trowell credited Cleave with being a guiding light in their work), and that Yudkin was discussing and referring to in 1963 as “diseases of civilization,” which was the more commonly used term at the time.

Taubes, Gary. The Case Against Sugar (Kindle Locations 3741-3749). Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

No matter in what direction you point your finger – eating a VLCHF diet has a multitude of positive health effects – as long as you don’t undermine it by (over) eating highly processed “fake” low carb foods.

Spring 52 Day Challenge Starts March 15th

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The Winter Challenge ended the day before I left on vacation. Timing is everything. Here are my results, which earned me a Platinum Medal.

Clean Eats: 98/102/96 (102.08%) 
Resistance Training: 20/20 (100%) 
Cardio Training: 20/20 (100%) 
Personal Goal 1 (Chin/Pull-ups): 585/500 (117%)
Personal Goal 2 (Push-ups): 1835/1500 (122.33%)

Question of the Day: What was your biggest success for the challenge, and what was your biggest hardship? Did you learn anything along the way?

Answer of the Day: My biggest hardship was the same as my biggest success – coming back from the hip surgery. Still have a lot more work to do on strengthening my legs and knees – but making progress. Got back to doing 50 push-ups and 10+ chin/pull-ups a day. Surprise success: down a solid 10 pounds from just before surgery. If I net out the extra weight from the prosthetic hips – it may be closer to 12 pounds. The scale said 175 this morning. Happiness Now – I just need to lock it in place – which is really the hard part. Hmmmm – I wonder what 170 looks like?

A 10 day vacation – did have an impact – but – not that much. I’m OK – still well below my goal weight and still wondering if I should lower my Goal Weight.

Don’t you think it’s about time for you to join the 52 Day Challenge. The Spring Challenge starts on March 15th.

The Sign-Up Thread has been posted.

There is a wealth of information in the FAQs.

Check it out. See you on the 15th.

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