Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Great Simple Green Smoothie

I am not a huge green smoothie fan, but now I found one I LOVE. I must also qualify that I really do not love cucumber...  And now do love this smoothie with the main ingredient of cucumber-- life just gets curiouser and curiouser. Try this:

Large cucumber (peel skin off)
3/4 stick of celery
Fresh ginger to taste (maybe 1/2 tsp)
Stevia to taste (I like liquid stevia)
A little water (maybe 1/4 cup)

Put all ingredients in a Ninja, a Bullet, or other good blender. Enjoy!

Monday, December 22, 2014

The Best Thing?

The very best thing about following this well-defined food plan has come to light. Finally, finally, finally travel without the bloat.

It's so easy to put weight back on after a diet. Establishing a way of life and never straying is amazing. I've had people suggest that Christmas or my birthday would be a good time to stray... the answer is no! If I change what I do then the results will change.

I thought it was great going on vacation without gaining any weight. It's even better going on a road trip for over a week and not gaining an ounce! Not only that but I drove 3800 miles and went into countless greasy spoons without any G.I. symptoms! Does it get any better than that?

Friday, December 19, 2014

Cracker Barrel - On the Road Favorite

ImageThe national chain, Cracker Barrel, is a great place for me on the road. Not only can the be found all along the interstates, but I can get vegetables. More importantly I know what I can eat without the horror of getting symptoms on the road. For sides I tend to get the turnip greens and green beans. I go for a double order of green beans as they are just so darn good!

There are a large variety of meats to choose from including trout or steak and sometimes turkey (on Thursdays I think). Just stay away from gravies and other carbs such as biscuits and cornbread or starchy sides. They really do give us a delicious way to feel like we've had a real meal while traveling (or when you just don't want to cook). It's about twice as much as a fast food stop... but often provides a much needed respite.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Read Up!

My new favorite book is Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter. It is rather eye opening in terms of brain health in relation to the foods we eat. I find the recommendations in this book to be compatible with The Body Ecology Diet (BED). Dr. Perlmutter recommends eliminating grains and concentrated sugars.  In terms of differences it involves limiting carbohydrates more than BED and does not mention probiotic foods. I read the Kindle version of this book on a Kindle app on my smart phone - it was a good way to read this book

I recently watched a PBS special featuring Dr. William Davis, the author of Wheat Belly. In his talk he discussed the reasons that modern day wheat is the culprit in so many modern disorders. It was very interesting. Dr. Davis recommends eliminating grains and concentrated sugars and does recommend taking probiotic supplements. Again I believe BED is compatible with Dr. Davis's recommendations.

The Paleo Diet is another diet that is essentially compatible with BED, Dr. Perlmutter and Dr. Davis. In Paleo grains, sugars and other processed foods are avoided. Because each of these approaches to food come at the problem from a slightly different perspective the recommendations are also slightly different. On balance I find the essence of each to be in line with each other.

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Monday, December 15, 2014

On the Road Again

I am on day four of a road trip. The two biggest challenges I face are internet access and eating on the road. If you find yourself in this situation may I suggest vigilance.  I brought sprouted nuts and seeds to help get me going in the mornings along with a few berries.

I experimented with both kefir grains and a kefir starter culture. This meant two jars of milk andone for each method. I am sad to say the grains are not performing well (though this may be because they were frozen before the trip and need to be revived). Good news ... the culture starter is stellar. I started with one pack in a quart of milk in a mason jar and am using a bit of the kefir each day to start a new batch. I am working hard to keep them warm enough while "brewing" as December is cold almost everywhere. A cooler is a must!

For fast food I generally get a plain side salad (hold the croutons, cheese and dressing) and some kind of animal protein -- like a burger or chicken sandwich (hold the bun, cheese, ketchup and onions). Its fast cheap and decent. Try not to have expectations about the perfect meal. Enjoy the journey and fuel yourself the best you are able. Oh, and don't forget the water... Staying hydrated is half the battle.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Crazy Hungry

I used to get sort of crazy hungry. That doesn't happen anymore. It was like the food was controlling me. Stress or fatigue always meant reaching for sugary foods and refined carbohydrates. Then whatever I purchased I would compulsively eat until it was gone and I felt worse and worse. Interestingly the worse I felt the more I wanted to eat that junk.

Now I don't get psycho with hunger anymore. If I wait too long to eat I still get attracted to carbs. I have a few strategies that keep me on track
1) I absolutely do not eat sugar or grains, so if I wait too long to eat and get overly hungry I won't go
    really crazy with my choices.
2) I plan and bring snacks with me, snacks with fat that fill me up
3) I have a game plan for fast food places, things I can eat without getting off track. If I run out of
    snacks, I am hungry and far from home I have a plan.
4) I eat things that taste sweet, but are not sugar or artificially sweet. Stevia is my friend. Just
    bringing Sobe with me can make all the difference.

Be good to yourself and have a game plan!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Suspect Foods

When you cannot keep it simple or be your own chef, there are a number of things to watch for on the label... or just plain avoid in a restaurant.  
Note-- I do note touch most of the things on this list, but if you are still indulging be afraid, very afraid...

Suspect Foods  
ale, baking powder, barbeque sauce, beer, breads, broth, casseroles, cereals, chocolates, chocolate bars, coffees (flavored), cookies, crackers, condiments, deli meats, drinks (flavored), gravies, grilled fish, grilled meats, hamburger patties (unless stated 100% beef), hot dogs, ketchup, lager, licorice, meatballs, potato chips and french fries, ice cream, imitation bacon bits, imitation seafood, marinades, meats, medications (check with your pharmacist-- even for topical medications), pastas, processed meats, processed foods, sauces, sausages, seasoning blends (herbs, spicing, and other agents), salad dressings, sauces, sausages, seasonings, seasoning packets (generally have thickening agents with hidden grains), spice mixes, stews, stir fries, soups, soup bases, soy products, soy sauce, syrups, taco seasoning, teas (flavored), Worcestershire Sauce.