Archive | June 2011

And the results are in……

Recently I got the blood cholesterol results back from my doctor. My results in a word…. stellar. My doctor said I had “the best cholesterol in town”. Considering my “town” has a population of over 400,000 I’ll take that as a compliment.

I have gotten, of course, blood cholesterol results since I’ve been on low carb which have been excellent but always manage to lose them. So before that happens again I will post them in this blog so I have a “cyber-record” of them. My overall cholesterol was 5.75 which according to the “experts” as Tom Naughton would chime is high. Overall cholesterol is meaningless unless you understand the TYPE of cholesterol it is.

Any medical expert, even those preaching a low fat high carb diet, will tell you that Triglycerides are the biggest predictor of a future heart episode… ie. heart attack. My Triglycerides were 0.75 mmol/L. In American numbers that would be 66.43 That is excellent!!! They recommend it be less than 2.30 mmol/L. So my Trig # is more than 2/3rds LESS than they recommend. As Dana Carpender would say, if I’m going to have a heart attack, when is this going to happen? Dietary fat is NOT related to cholesterol in the blood. Sugar and bad carbohydrates are!!

Of course getting these results is pleasing to me but it also fires me up to keep up with the cause of educating North Americans about the healthy high fat low carb lifestyle to lose weight, obtain health and eradicate metabolic diseases like diabetes, hypoglycemia and even Alzheimer’s which those in the low carb community are now calling Type 3 diabetes, caused from sugar and a high carbohydrate diet. Links are being established now in the medical community between cancer and high carb diets.

Back to my cholesterol results though….
My HDL, the “good cholesterol” was 3.37 The recommended number is over 1.30 so my results are almost TRIPLE the recommended number. HDL is raised by eating FAT, people. Not to mention eating a lot of real food like veggies and salads. A low carb diet such as Atkins includes real food.

My LDL number is 2.04 which my doctor says is amazing. Why would I want to eat any other way?! Besides regaining my health by getting off Pantaloc for heartburn and frequent antacids, Diflucan for IBS as well as a medication for depression (if you were as unhealthy as I was you’d of been depressed too!), losing 100 pounds and going from obese to fit, muscular and active; I get to eat real food like butter, eggs, cheese, steak, chicken, fish, veggies and salads, nuts & seeds.

Not only are sugar and grains evil and responsible for North Americans poor health, fat has been unjustly vilified by not only the medical community but by the media and the governments of Canada and the U.S. Are they afraid big Pharma and the USDA will go bankrupt? Yes!! If people ever figure out that a high sugar, high carbohydrate, low fat diet are killing them and decide to eat the way our ancestors intended, then a few industries won’t be very happy. It’s always interesting to me that the Standard American Diet has the acronym S.A.D. I was SAD a few years ago and now that I’ve gotten my life back I’m happy. Why would I ever want to go back to S.A.D.?!

It lights my fire to get results back like this because I know I’m on the right track and I can tell people like me that it’s ok… you’ve been lied to about diet. Fat isn’t evil. Sugar and bad carbs are!! Once people start realizing it they can start living the long beautiful life they were meant to live… full of vigor, vitality and full health.

LCHF <3,
Laurie

This entry was posted on June 22, 2011. 4 Comments

Fun new experiences!

If anyone had told me a few years ago when I was pushing 300 pounds that in a few years I’d get back into rollerskating and even be a derby girl on an awesome derby team I’d say “yeah, right!!”. Sometimes you amaze yourself. Of course I have to give a “shoutout” to my amazing derby sisters of LOCO. Hey girls!! :)

Not only did I amaze myself with getting healthy and losing all that weight but I am doing things I never thought I would be doing. In derby you need physical dexterity to maneuver around the track and agility to stop and start suddenly, transition from front to back, back to front, and muscle strength for balance and keeping low or as we call it “derby stance” in the pack so you don’t get knocked over. It amazes me what I have accomplished in derby in one year.

I used to rollerskate like a fiend as a kid but getting back into it was rough. I had to relearn my cross-overs on the corners again. I had to re-learn how to backwards skate and even now have to learn crossovers for that. What I love about life is that it’s the journey that is amazing. You can always amaze yourself.

I didn’t think I’d ever lose weight and keep it off, let alone get healthy and start a new sport requiring a muscular body and endurance. I didn’t think I’d ever meet not one set of friends (my derby sisters) but a whole new set of friends who celebrate my beloved Low Carb High Fat (LCHF) lifestyle, whom I met on the recent cruise. Not only that but I was recently on Jimmy Moore’s podcast show “Low Carb Conversations with Jimmy Moore and Friends” with his lovely co-host Mindy Noxon Iannotti.

So never doubt that you can accomplish amazing things in life. Life is full of possibilities and adventures just waiting for the taking. Have fun out there! :)
LCHF <3,
Laurie

Here is the recipe I added for the show. Hope you enjoy!

Low Carb Pancakes
1/2 package low carb pancake mix or 1/2 cup almond flour
Scoop of Vanilla Whey Protein Powder (low carb of course)
3 eggs
Tbsp. Vanilla
1/2 cup Splenda or your favourite cooking sweetener…. more or less depending on your sweet tooth. Keep in mind the berries have natural sugars in them and will sweeten the batter up.
1/2 cup of heavy cream or sour cream
1/2 cup blueberries or strawberries…. or mixed berries
1/2 cup walnuts or pecans (optional, but yummy!)
Tbsp. Cinnamon Tbsp

Mix it all together into a batter and fry in butter and/or coconut oil like you would pancakes. Have with low carb syrup, butter and/or s/f jam with a side of bacon and/or sausage. Enjoy!
P.S. I freewheel recipes so if you find the recipe too dry just add more heavy cream or sour cream. To up your protein just add another egg.

This entry was posted on June 7, 2011. 6 Comments