I am all about minimizing spikes in insulin production in order to keep my insulin level low and increase my insulin sensitivity. Since we have to have a lab blood draw to measure fasting insulin, using a blood glucose meter is a tool we can use to gain insight into how our bodies are reacting to the food we eat. Continue reading
My favorite “diet” podcaster Elizabeth Benton now has a Daily Motivations Podcast. Check it out!
I completed my first 5 day extended fast! I have read a lot of research and anecdotal information regarding therapeutic fasting, intermittent fasting, and the difference between fasting and starvation. A number of reference links are posted at the end of this post. I chose to do an extended fast for fat loss and to promote autophagy as much as possible. Continue reading
I am sugar free. In more ways than one. My challenge was to create affirmations for myself. The real challenge was expressing affirming statements of reality, not unicornville.
A good place for reminders is the lock screen of your phone. This is the result of my recent experiment of creating a custom quote graphic. I had to fiddle with it to get it to fit the phone, but the original was cool so I decided to post it. Continue reading
I have been inspired by the recent availability of frozen riced cauliflower in the regular grocery store. When I first became aware of the product, it was spotted at Trader Joe’s. Every time I looked for it they were out. Not that making chopped cauliflower rice from a fresh head of cauliflower is hard to do using a food processor but I just wanted to try the ready made. Continue reading
Many folks that are diagnosed diabetics self-measure blood sugar once a day, if at all, using a blood glucose meter at home. When you have labs drawn at the doctor fasting blood sugar is a standard measure. Commonly, your hemoglobin A1C (HBA1c), which reflects your average blood sugar level for the past several months, may also be measured. If these values are slightly out of range you may be labeled pre-diabetic. These snapshot values are partial indicators of how your body is processing and tolerating carbohydrates. Continue reading
I would be surprised if any reader has not heard of Body Mass Index (BMI) and it’s near universal use as a gage of health. BMI has long been useless for persons with very low body fat like bodybuilders and not very predictive of health in normal folks. More recently, BMI is being replaced with a ratio of measurements: Weight to Height (WHtR). Continue reading
So close is good enough! I am 0.2 pounds from officially hitting the 50 pounds lost milestone. In the interest of good mathematics, I shall round down, lol. The past month encompassed the holidays and I did maintain my dietary lifestyle resulting in a loss of 2.4 pounds. Continue reading