Archive | July 2011

I must not tell lies!

Any of you who know me know I’m a HUGE fan of the Harry Potter series. How does this relate to low carb? You’ll see. In the fifth Harry Potter movie there was a character called Delores Umbridge who tried to make a liar out of Harry Potter for saying that Voldemort, the Dark Lord was back. She was trying to make him look nuts and altogether bad in front of the rest of the students and the rest of the wizarding community. She even made him carve “I must not tell lies” on his hand with a magical quill. Ouch! Poor Harry.

How does this relate to my low carb life? The longer I eat a low carb, high fat diet and the more research I do, the more books I read and the more I talk to other low carb friends, and the more I realize from my own results and experiences, I realize I cannot pretend that the lipid hypothesis is true. The lipid hypothesis basically says that dietary cholesterol causes high cholesterol and heart disease risk in people. It says dietary fat, and specifically that saturated fat is bad for you. Whole grains are healthy too! Not!…..

There is a section in our first aid course for Ski Patrol which espouses the Heart Association’s standard advice of a low fat diet to reduce your heart attack risk. I’ve been teaching First Aid for Ski Patrol the last few years, since before low carbing. The last couple of years while teaching I’ve just kind of clenched my teeth while teaching this section as I usually do the lesson on medical conditions. This list includes Strokes, Angina, Heart Attacks and Diabetes.

After living the low carb way of life for the last seven years I can no longer tell lies. I can not in good conscience regurgitate the low fat lie which encourages “healthy whole grains” and preaches a low fat diet. I am now in a predicament. I might make a “caveot” statement with a half joke about “this is the standard wisdom but I have different experience” statement or just get another First Aid Instructor teach medical conditions this year. I will need to talk to my IT about it (Instructor Trainer).

The more I live and love this way of life…. the better my health improves, the more I realize, like Harry, who knew he was telling the truth about Voldemort despite all the naysayers and non-believers around him and knew himself he had to hold to one fundamental truth… “I must not tell lies”!!

LCHF <3,
Laurie

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This entry was posted on July 31, 2011. 6 Comments

Hypoglycemia: A symptom of bigger health problems

I am so thankful to the events and circumstances that brought me to to low carb eating. Looking back, one of my biggest health problems that was a big warning sign of poor glucose control was Hypoglycemia. In hindsight I had been suffering from this malady for years.

Hypoglycemia is typified of having a meal, a sharp blood sugar spike in the body then an even sharper blood sugar crash which leaves you irritable, shaky, headachy and faitgued. It is, for all intents and purposes, pre-Diabetes and thus part of a much bigger health issue. It is your body’s way of telling you your beta cells are burning out and your pancreas is having a hard time shooting out enough insulin to keep up with the carbs and sugar you are flooding it with. It is a warning sign more than just a health malady. If you don’t heed this sign it can progress to full fledged Diabetes. It is your system’s breakdown of the regulation of blood sugar control.

My “lightbulb moment”, realizing I had this condition occured when we had a pizza party on the bus on the way home from skiing the last trip of the season from Collingwood. Two friends and I split a pizza to ourselves. I felt great on the bus for about 10 minutes afterwards but by the time I got home I had the worst headache of my life from the blood sugar crash. I remember coming into the house, clutching my forehead, barely saying hello to my mother, dropping my ski gear on the floor and going up to my bed to sleep for the evening. I was in agony.

Hypoglycemia can be diagnosed with a Glucose Tolerance Test from your doctor, although many doctors, and my doctor at the time didn’t even recognize Hypoglycemia. I basically had to turn the trainwreck of my own health around and am grateful for the wisdom and guidance to do so.

Even now, after years of low carbing, I have to be mindful of eating every few hours because my blood sugar tends to run low. I listened with great interest on the low carb cruise a few months ago to Jackie Eberstein’s story of how she was diagnosed with Hypoglycemia by the late, great Dr. Atkins in his clinic while working with him. Her symptoms and history with the malady is practically identical to mine. She also turned her health around with a low carb approach to eating. It is amazing how many years people can suffer through Hypoglycemia without treatment. Even when they seek out a solution to their condition they are often steered wrong. When seeking a definition from Wilkepedia of Hypoglycemia their treatment was conventional and included drug treatment….

“Hypoglycemia is treated by restoring the blood glucose level to normal by the ingestion or administration of dextrose or carbohydrate foods. In more severe circumstances it is treated by injection or infusion of glucagon. Recurrent hypoglycemia may be prevented by reversing or removing the underlying cause, by increasing the frequency of meals, with medications like diazoxide, octreotide, or glucocorticoids, or by surgical removal of much of the pancreas.”

Frequent meals? Of what? More carbs and sugar no doubt which just exacerbates the condition and makes you Diabetic sooner. The “underlying cause” of the condition is insulin resistance. How about treating the condition naturally by eliminating sugar and insulin producing grains to control blood sugar spikes. What doesn’t cause blood sugar spikes? Fat and low carbohydrate foods. A Low Carb or Paleo diet is perfect for blood sugar control and getting off the blood sugar rollercoaster ride that is one ride you DON’T want to be on!

Those of us in the know in the low carb community realize that by eliminating blood sugar spikes from sugar and grains you can even out your blood sugars throughout the day and avoid the condition and fallout of Hypoglycemia altogether.

Low carb <3,
Laurie

This entry was posted on July 15, 2011. 2 Comments

I am so thankful to the events and circumstances that brought me to to low carb eating. Looking back, one of my biggest health problems that was a big warning sign of poor glucose control was Hypoglycemia. In hindsight I had been suffering from this malady for years.

Hypoglycemia is typified of having a meal, a sharp blood sugar spike in the body then an even sharper blood sugar crash which leaves you irritable, shaky, headachy and faitgued. It is, for all intents and purposes, pre-Diabetes and thus part of a much bigger health issue. It is your body’s way of telling you your beta cells are burning out and your pancreas is having a hard time shooting out enough insulin to keep up with the carbs and sugar you are flooding it with. It is a warning sign more than just a health malady. If you don’t heed this sign it can progress to full fledged Diabetes. It is your system’s breakdown of the regulation of blood sugar control.

My “lightbulb moment”, realizing I had this condition occured when we had a pizza party on the bus on the way home from skiing the last trip of the season from Collingwood. Two friends and I split a pizza to ourselves. I felt great on the bus for about 10 minutes afterwards but by the time I got home I had the worst headache of my life from the blood sugar crash. I remember coming into the house, clutching my forehead, barely saying hello to my mother, dropping my ski gear on the floor and going up to my bed to sleep for the evening. I was in agony.

Hypoglycemia can be diagnosed with a Glucose Tolerance Test from your doctor, although many doctors, and my doctor at the time didn’t even recognize Hypoglycemia. I basically had to turn the trainwreck of my own health around and am grateful for the wisdom and guidance to do so.

Even now, after years of low carbing, I have to be mindful of eating every few hours because my blood sugar tends to run low. I listened with great interest on the low carb cruise a few months ago to Jackie Eberstein’s story of how she was diagnosed with Hypoglycemia by the late, great Dr. Atkins in his clinic while working with him. Her symptoms and history with the malady is practically identical to mine. She also turned her health around with a low carb approach to eating. It is amazing how many years people can suffer through Hypoglycemia without treatment. Even when they seek out a solution to their condition they are often steered wrong. When seeking a definition from Wilkepedia of Hypoglycemia their treatment was conventional and included drug treatment….

“Hypoglycemia is treated by restoring the blood glucose level to normal by the ingestion or administration of dextrose or carbohydrate foods. In more severe circumstances it is treated by injection or infusion of glucagon. Recurrent hypoglycemia may be prevented by reversing or removing the underlying cause, by increasing the frequency of meals, with medications like diazoxide, octreotide, or glucocorticoids, or by surgical removal of much of the pancreas.”

Frequent meals? Of what? More carbs and sugar no doubt which just exacerbates the condition and makes you Diabetic sooner. The “underlying cause” of the condition is insulin resistance. How about treating the condition naturally by eliminating sugar and insulin producing grains to control blood sugar spikes. What doesn’t cause blood sugar spikes? Fat and low carbohydrate foods. A Low Carb or Paleo diet is perfect for blood sugar control and getting off the blood sugar rollercoaster ride that is one ride you DON’T want to be on!

Those of us in the know in the low carb community realize that by eliminating blood sugar spikes from sugar and grains you can even out your blood sugars throughout the day and avoid the condition and fallout of Hypoglycemia altogether.

Low carb <3,
Laurie