So I have been seeing chia seed in the grocery store, on the internet, YouTube, but never really paid attention. So I started doing some reading. Apparently, it is considered one of the best “superfoods” on the market. It has a good source of protein, high in omega 3 fats, high in fiber and low in calories. And it’s easy to use and incorporate into the diet.
I intend to give it a try. It apparently absorbs 5 times it weight or size in liquid. A lot of people add it to coconut milk with fruit. It turns into a pudding-like texture. I’m guessing it pretty much takes on the flavor of whatever liquid added. It can also be sprinkled onto salads, cereals to add fiber and all the rest of that stuff I mentioned before.
It is also said that chia seed can stave off blood glucose spikes (I think that’s what I mean). I usually just refer to it as blood sugar. Mine is usually too high, but, that’s because I have not been eating the way I should. I guess I go in cycles. It feels like I’m swinging back around to a desire to eat better. For a while though, I just didn’t care anymore.
And it is not that I think this one product is going to do a magic trick and solve all of my dietary problems. It is just something new for me which I hope will enhance my arsenal of better eating habits.
On this coming Tuesday, I have a doctors appointment to go over blood work I submitted about a month ago. I don’t expect a good report. I have struggled unbelievably to stay on my diet this year. The last time I had this meeting with the doctor my numbers were, for the most part, pretty damned good. Well, at least my numbers were certainly trending in the right direction.
I don’t know what I will hear this time. I will take it in stride, whatever I hear. I will simply keep fighting. I won’t ever quit trying to improve my health. I do seem to have a weakness when it comes to resisting foods that I don’t need. My best defense is still not to have those foods in the house. However, when I’m at someone else’s home my defenses seem to go out the window.
I’m also afraid I’ve begun to gain weight again. I have been reluctant to weigh myself. So I won’t know if I have gained weight until I go to the doctor’s office on Tuesday.
Needless to say, I will begin the week with the best of intentions and eat the right foods. If I don’t end up eating some place other than at home I will be fine. Really, I should have more discipline. But I can never seem to find it when needed. I will keep trying though. I will let you all know how it goes.
Last month’s visit with the orthopedic surgeon, I was told that my carpal tunnel was a mild case. He also told me that higher blood sugar levels could cause the tingling & numbness in my fingers and other extremities. It does seem to have lessened since I began to be more diligent in watching the foods I am consuming.
The Doc also gave me braces to wear which immobilizes my wrists while sleeping. It seems to be helping. However, sometimes the braces seem to cause more pain than I had before. But I was told me to give it a couple of weeks to start improving. It has only been about a week and a half. I think they will ultimately help me to avoid surgery, which is always good.
That’s it for now, until next time.
Recipe: Baked chicken, Miracle Noodle tossed in a few tbsp of the chicken fat from the pan, and lightly seasoned with salt & pepper.
Meals on the ketogenic diet usually are not that complicated. I usually eat some protein with a good concentration of fat. The discovery of Miracle Noodles has allowed me to eat really low carb and get some fiber into my diet as well. They also leave me the room in other meals to eat more nutrient dense foods; usually broccoli or asparagus or spinach or something. And of course, they are great if I happen to get too close to my carb limit in foods I really shouldn’t be eating.
I have probably said it before, but, the easiest thing to do when trying to eat low carb is to stay away from anything that comes out of a box, has been processed, or man made in general. I usually eat with my protein some sort of whole food vegetable; things that steam, like broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, or even Brussel sprouts. To get my fat calories in I usually will pour olive oil, coconut oil, or even butter over my veggies.
My macro goal is 5% carbs, 20% protein, and 75% fat. I know it sounds like a lot. But this diet has been around for a very long time as treatment of epilepsy and other conditions. My blood pressure has come down. My blood sugar seems to be normalizing and I’m losing weight. I couldn’t be more satisfied, literally.
Fat satiates hunger like nothing else. The low amount of carbs doesn’t spike blood sugar, allowing me to go longer between meals, AND eat less, which is the real contributor to my weight loss. It’s almost fail proof.
The End of My Big Fat Life Week #1 from Tony Tate on Vimeo.
Today I feel very excited, and serious about my health goals. So to add a little more self-accountability, I have decided to add video documentation to this blog. When I do succeed, I want there to be a record of my progress. This will be a weekly update. I will of course post it here, but, you can also keep up with it @: The End of My Big Fat Life! on Vimeo.
I have lost 5 pounds this week. That’s a decent start. However, I find myself trying to keep up with increased hunger after eating. I have not limited the amount of food I’m eating in any way. I have only eliminated certain types of food; processed stuff from boxes, cans, sugar, fried food, etc. Basically just trying to eat natural fresh foods. But I think something is still spiking my blood sugar. Or maybe I’m just having trouble getting used to eating better food. I will try to do some adjusting.
I will not give up.
Its 10:33 and I’m still waiting. I have been fasting since around mid-night. I don’t know if it’s the food I’ve been eating, but I haven’t had a single hunger pain thus far.
I don’t feel weak. I just fel comfortable. I’m going to eat when I’m done here. I know exactly what I’m gonna eat. It’s gonna be good, and not even the thought of the anticipated meal is making me feel hunger, like usual.
As I said in my previous post, I think I’ve found the right stuff to eat, or rather the right stuff not to eat. I hope that’s true.
I’m not doing anything extreme. However, its a given that I have cut out processed foods. And now I have given up beans, lentils, and grains, and things made from grains. That has actually made a difference in the way I feel.
Whether it actually helps me lose weight remains to be seen. I’ll let you know.
I will not give up.
Today I did my chest workout. I had to be very careful doing exercises that involved using my shoulders, which was all of them. Working through the pain was not easy. I think the shoulder is going to be more sore than my chest later on. I will definitely be taking pain medication tonight.
Next week I will be in Louisiana for a friend’s funeral. Then I will be in Texas to visit my Dad. It will be a break from working out unless we find a gym we can go to. But if not it will give my shoulders some time to heal.
This is my 9th week in the gym. I have lost 10 pounds and am starting to notice subtle changes in my body. Over all I am feeling pretty good. My back pain flares up sometimes though. Its just the result of the back surgery. Of course it is not nearly as bad as before the surgery. I am feeling strong.
I have to say though, I am still not as disciplined when it comes to eating. It’s because fried foods taste so good, and so do sugary drinks. Anyway, there is nothing new in this area. I have repeatedly eaten the wrong things. I can’t seem to help it.
I have been worried about my mom. She has been in the hospital since friday night. They thought she was having an heart attack but she wasn’t. However, she hasn’t been feeling very well or very strong. Her blood sugar is high and they have not been able to bring it down. They have her on insulin but is hasn’t been effective.
My eating still isn’t under control.