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Constant Flow of Discoveries

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When I started eating VLCHF, now referred to as Keto, I slowly became aware of its health benefits, beyond my initial weight loss. This blog is filled with those stories. That was over 10 years ago, when eating this way was considered “crazy” and “stupid.” Times they are a changin’.

There have been a series of reports on a recent study about the benefits of eating a ketogenic diet and Type 1 Diabetes. Here is the link to the New York Times report: How a Low-Carb Diet Might Aid People With Type 1 Diabetes.

Even with the positive results, you get the concept – “Oh that’s all well and good but nobody can follow that diet.”

Dr. Joyce Lee, a diabetes expert at the University of Michigan who was not involved in the study, said the findings were impressive and merited further follow-up, and that patients who wanted to explore a low-carb approach might do so while being monitored by their health care team. But she also noted that the patients in the new study were a “highly motivated” group, and that it would be difficult for many people to adopt the restrictive regimen they followed.

“The reality is that it’s really hard to do low-carb, given our cultural norms,” said Dr. Lee, a professor of pediatrics at the University of Michigan.

Maybe our “Cultural Norms” need changing.

Recently there was a study on mice indicating that a ketogenic diet might help prevent or glaucoma. Here is a link to one of the reports on that study.

The results, published in the journal JNeurosci, found that feeding mice, genetically modified to develop glaucoma, a ketogenic diet composed of nearly 90 per cent fat for two months protected retinal cells from degeneration by increasing energy availability.

Although further research into this intervention is required, these findings suggest that a ketogenic diet may help to maintain vision in patients with glaucoma, the researchers said.

Ok – let us see if our cultural norms get in the way of our seeing clearly.

 

Dinner with Friends

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We had friends over for dinner. She has a multitude of health problems which restricts what she can eat. The thought of going out to dinner with her was way too painful. So I invited them for dinner.

Aside from a multitude of limitations – the biggest was salt. She is on not just a low salt – but a – are you kidding me – super low salt diet.

There are a number of Portobello Pizza recipes on line. Here is my mashed together one.

Portobello Mushroom Pizza!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup shredded Mozzarella Cheese – (I had to shred my own to find one low salt enough for her.)
  • 1/4th cup Parmesan & Romano Cheese
  • 1 can Diced Tomatoes
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 4 Portobello Mushrooms
  • 2 Green Onions Chopped – I used Vedalia onions – about one cup chopped.
  • 2 Tbsp Italian Seasoning – a mix with no salt.
  • 4 Cloves Garlic – shaved.
  • 2 Tbsp Olive oil or more.
  • Fresh Basil Leaves
  • Pepper – Salt (used none this time) – ground red pepper to taste.
  • Optional: Mushrooms, bacon, sausage olives – whatever makes you happy.

Directions:

Chop and Mix all the Ingredients accept the Cheese…save that for later. Add Olive Oil to pan and bring to a Med-High heat. Add the Mix and simmer until it is almost a pudding like consistency. I simmered it for close to an hour.

While that is simmering….take a spoon and GENTLY scrape out the middle of the Mushrooms – that includes removing the stems and the “gills,”

Cover Baking sheet with foil  and lightly spray with Olive oil spray.

Spray the caps with olive oil. Bake the mushroom caps face side down for 8 minutes at 375. If you have a rack they can sit on – even better – helps them dry out a bit.

Fill the caps with the tomato mixture. Then add the Mozzarella cheese and top with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese. Top with chopped fresh basil.

Bake for 20+ minutes at 375.

I’ll Drink to That!

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There are so many articles online – against VLCHF eating that it is nice to find one that is either humorous and/or interesting. I found one that links the effects of alcohol on  those that are eating VLCHF – Ketogenic diet. Check out this Article. 

Now follow that up with this Article on Vodka – which is a VLC adult beverage.

End result – the original TNT Diet book – which said that 2 shots of Vodka a day falls within the parameters of eating a ketogenic diet. – wasn’t wrong.

 

Chicken Wings & Riced Cauliflower with Cumin and Cilantro

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Chicken Wings and Riced Cauliflower with Cumin and Cilantro
by Jacques Pépin
Parade.com/pepin

Found this recipe in the March 18, 2018, Parade Magazine on Page 14. Except for the Rice,  it is Low Carb. Switched to Riced Cauliflower. Really worked well. Tasted great. Worth the effort.

chicken wings

Active Time 30 – 45 Min. 
Total Time 1 Hr. 30 Min.

INGREDIENTS:

3-4 lb chicken wings
2 Tbsp or more olive oil. I used avocado oil since it cooks at a high temperature without smoking.
2½ cups coarsely chopped onion
¼ cup coarsely chopped fresh garlic
¼ cup coarsely chopped fresh peeled ginger
2 12oz packages of Riced Cauliflower
1½ Tbsp ground cumin
1 (14.5-oz) can diced tomatoes
1 Tbsp salt
1 Tbsp Sriracha or other hot sauce
Since we were not cooking rice – I used 1½ cups red wine instead of water.
1½ cups chopped fresh cilantro stems
1½ cups chopped cilantro for garnish
Lime wedges, for garnish

DIRECTIONS:

Pat wings dry with paper towels. Remove and discard wing tips, if attached. Cut each wing into 2 pieces.

Heat oil over high heat in a skillet large enough to hold wings in a single layer. Place them in pan; brown, uncovered, 6-8 minutes on each side or until golden. I needed to do this in two batches. Added more oil before second batch. Transfer to a large bowl.

Add onion, garlic and ginger to pan; cook 2-3 minutes or until tender. Stir in cumin. Stir in tomatoes, salt, Sriracha, wine and cilantro stems. Return wings to the pan. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low and cook 30-40 minutes or until wings are cooked through.

Add Riced Cauliflower, stir and simmer for 5-10 minutes until Cauliflower is cooked but not reduced to mush.

Serve garnished with chopped cilantro and lime wedges.

March 12th – 2018 – 11 Year Anniversary

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11 Years – Can you believe it? Never thought I’d be able to maintain my weight this long. Never thought I’d be able to eat Low Carb this long. It is amazing – just amazing.

No – I am not a Low Carb fanatic. Yesterday – went to a grand niece’s eight birthday party. There was an overwhelming amount of carbs and a paltry amount of protein. I relaxed and enjoyed – but did not overindulge.

Got up this morning and put on a pair of pants that I bought years ago – still fits.

Most all of my clothing fits. The only problem – working out – and having some clothing no longer fit my body – but not because I gained weight.

Still exercising. Still doing 50 push-ups a day. Still doing 240+ chin/pull ups a week. Still making progress. Still recovering from two hip replacements and a bad knee.

This is not just me – this can be you. Just set your mind to it and realize you can turn yourself into the person you want to be.

See you at the 52 DC Starting Line on Wednesday.

Spring 2018, 52 Day Challenge – Count Down

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The Spring 2018 –  52 Day Challenge – starts this Wednesday, March 14th.

Are you ready?

Have you joined the 52 Day Challenge Facebook Group?

Have you read the FAQs?

Have you set your Goals?

Have you Signed-Up for the Challenge?

Time to make things happen for yourself. See you at the Starting Line.