Finding and keeping the changes that work for you.

English: Boardwalk to Keeping Marsh birdwatchi...

English: Boardwalk to Keeping Marsh birdwatching hide, Beaulieu River Beyond this gate the boardwalk leads to Keeping Marsh birdwatching hide – as the sign on the gate says. The boardwalk and hide here are fairly recent (within the past year). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The insightful Meghann Douglas has once again posted a gem on her wonderful blog Meghanns Meltdown.

A short excerpt:

“That is indeed the path I’m following.  I see my cane in the storage closet several times a week: I ain’t going back to it again.  Figuring it out for myself.  I won’t follow any diet with a name or a marketing budget.  Learning about nutrition all over again.  Which brings up another  tangent……  I’ve been kicking myself for not figuring this out before, considering all the fancy certiffikats I can legally hang on the wall.  It didn’t occur to me to question.  I accepted on faith that the mainstream health information would be grounded in scientific fact and not politics.  Now I know better.  Wisdom.  It comes from experience, which is a fancy word for doing it wrong in the first place!  LOL”

For the full post: http://meghannsmeltdown.squarespace.com/blog/2013/2/9/the-hard-way-every-time.html

About finding for yourself the changes that work for you and then keeping at it. Requires motivation – yeah, but then discipline is what gets you the goal outcome.

I really enjoy visiting her blog on a regular basis. There is a lot to be learned there.

Eat Less or Eat Different?

A tad over-simplified, but the basic message is spot-on.

Unfortunately, despite his enthusiasm, this approach will not provide a full answer for all people who are wanting to improve their weight health. There are some people who could follow these recommendations and still find that they have a level of hunger that prompts a food intake amount that does not allow for achieving their weight goals.

Many of the basic concepts he reviews, though, are important parts of the individualized journey of self-exploration that is crucial to long-term success.

If chronically feeling hungry didn’t matter, then, yes, it wouldn’t matter what calories you ate less of – if you ate less enough, you would lose weight. Going chronically hungry is not a tolerable or enjoyable way to live one’s life, so telling someone to eat less, without a strategy that avoids extra hunger, … misses … the … point … entirely.

Insight into Childhood Obesity and Food Cravings

This presentation gives some real on-the-ground insight into what kids who are struggling with their weight actually feel about their food and their eating.

No proposed intervention should fail to take into consideration the problems reported by these kids.

Much thanks to the kids who shared their information and first-hand experience.

Asking kids what they need — who would have thunk it.

This presentation was by pediatrician and obesity expert Dr. Robert A. Pretlow, from his blog Childhood Obesity News

It was presented at the 2011 International Conference on Childhood Obesity in Lisbon, Portugal.

Addiction to Highly Pleasurable Food as a Cause of the Childhood Obesity Epidemic

Sounds like the biggest resource these kids need is help with cravings and knowledge of how to put in place abstinence from their food triggers. Sounds like, for many of the kids he included in his survey, their lives could be changed by knowledge that abstinence from their food triggers can be done in a safe, viable, enjoyable and fulfilling way.

Janis – what we lost …

If you think you know Janis Joplin, check out this clip. If she had managed to get through those rough years, I wonder if we would have seen more like this? It hints at what we lost – not what we know of her – we have that – but what she never got to produce at later decades of her life. Can you imagine??

The trouble with loosing such an artistic talent – no, no we can’t imagine it at all. There is an empty void where what she could have brought to us could have been.

A Doctor with diabetes relates his health recovery with low carb nutrition.

In relation to the previous post regarding the video of Dr Tim Noakes, here is a short video of the Doctor mentioned by Dr. Noakes.

This video also communicates the points very well. Both videos were made by “karen skinny”, and I hope she keeps up the good work.

A comment I would make is that this does not at all have to be a high protein diet. In fact, some people do not get the full benefits of low carbohydrate nutrition if they embrace a high protein intake. A moderate protein consumption is usually best.

Also, note that he needed to pay close attention to his medications as he started the change in eating pattern. It would have been very dangerous if he had not reduced the diabetes medication and blood pressure medication as needed as his food intake changed.

Finally, I do not recommend the Dukan diet.

At 8:40 minutes, this video is also a good choice for helping you communicate with friends, family and your health care team about low carbohydrate nutrition.

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This video communicates well about metabolic syndrome and carbohydrates

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Tim_Noakes_TEDxCapeTown_Ross_Hillier_lower_res (Photo credit: TEDxCapeTown)

Professor Tim Noakes MD is very well known internationally as a runner and expert in sports medicine.  In this well done video, he describes how eating the recommended “prudent diet”, emphasising low fat and high grain intake, for 3 decades was accompanied by increasing weight and lack of sense of well-being, despite being an active athlete.

His health and sense of well-being have been turned around by adopting a low carbohydrate lifestyle. You can see in the video how happy he is with the results.

This is a good video to share with family, friends and your health care practitioners.

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Peter Attia series on ketosis

Peter Attia MD has started a series of posts on ketosis.

This is important because he does a great job of producing highly informative, detailed, well-researched posts.

Part 1 is up, on The Eating Academy  http://eatingacademy.com/

Ketosis – Advantaged or misunderstood state? (Part I)

It was on Dr. Peter Attia’s blog that I first learned of the existence of a home blood ketone monitor, about last March, as I wrote about in a previous post.