Tuesday, April 15, 2014

140415 Diet Pattern

Last week, I received what should be my final copy of AARP Magazine. In another post, I may explain why it is my last. One reason is the misinformation they promulgate. In the latest issue, there was an article on diabetes. In the very first paragraph, it said that "...following a low-fat diet can significantly reduce your odds of getting the disease."

Excuse me? What does dietary fat have to do with blood-glucose levels? Unlike carbohydrates, fat is glucose neutral. Body fat affects glucose, but dietary fat on a low-carbohydrate diet? I quit reading, because they would be quoting the same old spin on flawed study from the 1980s. 

When I do a Google search for diabetes, it gives me pages and pages that vilify dietary fats. This article is a discussion of actual studies from this century of low-carb, high-fat diets.  This diabetes forum has a lot of anecdotal evidence for the benefits of the low-carb lifestyle for diabetics. Natural fats are not evil, but Crisco, margarine, trans-fats, and anything used to simulate real fats are dangerous.

This study done by Temple University School of Medicine has one of my favorite quotes:
He discovered that study subjects did not eat less because they were bored with the food selection, and their weight loss was not attributable to water loss, two common speculations about low-carb diets.
Some people may do well on low-fat diets, but one of the worst parts of being overweight is the constant hunger. It has nothing to do with need, but ends in nausea and pain if not fed. The feeling of hunger demands constant input of carbohydrates. The Atkins and other high-fat diets kill hunger by removing the need for carbohydrates.

So my diet is this:
Breakfast:  eggs and bacon with stewed tomatoes
Snack:       beef and kale salad
Lunch:       chicken with mashed pumpkin, or other vegetables
Snack:       consume with salad greens, Atkins product, or other low-carb snack
Supper:      fish with cooked broccoli or other vegetables

I vary the spices and cooking methods daily to avoid boredom. Sometimes, I switch the order of meals, but this is basically what I have eaten for the last ten days. I have been mentally alert with no more blood sugar incidents. Also, I lost seven pounds in the first week. I weight on Sundays.

Monday, April 14, 2014

140414 Diabetes Oils

These oils are good for Diabetes, and also happened to be in my stock:

Each day, I take one capsule three times per day. Each 00 capsule contains:

Three drops of Lemongrass
Three drops of Fennel
Three drops of Di-Gize
Four drops of Christmas Spirit

With this capsule that I fill myself, I take one capsule of Chromium Picolinate, which I bought at the Vitamin Shoppe. I chose Di-Gize, Lemongrass, and Fennel because the Essential Oil Desk Reference recommended them. Christmas Spirit simply smells great and has another oil in it that EODR recommended. So, in summery, I take two pills before breakfast, two pills between lunch and supper, and two pills before bed. I am not sure what it is doing, but I have not had any more incidents.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

140412 Diabetic Athletes on a Low Carb Diet

From an athlete's discussion of low-carb diets:
What if someone’s afraid of fat, but they understand they need to cut back on carbs.  So they eat a 14 ounce steak at night to get energy from the protein in the steak.  Are they doing what you recommend.The Inuit were not a literate culture, meaning they didn’t write down what they ate.  But people who lived among the Inuit and, I think, accurately recorded it, pointed out that the Inuit avoided actually eating lots of lean meat.  They had a name for an illness that happened if they ate too much protein and not enough fat.  The English translated the name of that sickness as “rabbit illness,” because, if the Inuit had run short of their winter supply of food, the spring rabbits they could hunt were extremely lean, and eating too many made the Inuit feel sick.  If the Inuit killed a caribou that was not yet fattened up in the Spring yet, they would preferentially eat the tongue and the bone marrow and the liver, which are the fattiest parts of the animal.  They would save the roasts and steaks, which we consider the delicacies, those were saved for the dogs, because that was more lean, and a dog’s metabolism is more suited to handling a high protein meal.  The Inuit instinctively understood that.  They saved the fat for themselves, and they gave the lean to the dogs.  That way they saved themselves from gastrointestinal upset, swelling, malaise and in the most severe cases, kidney disease. -- Steve Phinney

Primitive cultures don't have a lot of time for philosophy; they usually stick with what works. Our modern diet is based as much on philosophy as evidence. The latest dietary recommendations put out by the US government cite global warming as a reason to eat or to avoid certain foods. "Nutrition be d*****!" they seem to say. I am not liking this. I used to joke that people of the future would look back at these times, point, and laugh. Now I am sure of it.

The body's storehouse of carbohydrates is limited to about 1500 calories. Fat stores are limited to the amount of fat a person has, which for the average person at his recommended weight is 40,000 or more. This man was talking about how low-carb diets take two weeks to transition the body from burning sugar to burning fat. Once that point is passed, however, one never again 'hits the wall' during extreme exercise. Good to know. That means I have another seven days before I can assume that my blood sugar won't crash during exercise. Yesterday, I ran out of steam after an hour of low impact aerobics. This is still much better than I was a couple of weeks ago.

Two weeks ago, I had another low-blood sugar incident. I was shopping and almost collapsed. I had to be helped to the car. Agent Em said I smelled sickly sweet. It took me three days to recover. After talking with some of my diabetic friends, I learned that all my symptoms were similar to theirs. My last blood glucose analysis some years ago had me borderline. I am proceeding as if I were indeed Type II diabetic like my mom and grandmother were. I've also slipped into Stage III of obesity. More on that later. Time to swim.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

140323 Trusting God by Praying: Prosperity

Do you trust God for prosperity? There are two ways of looking at prosperity: having a lot of money and having no need.

22yo worked for Phillip Anschutz in 1980s. Mormans tithe. I am prosperous, too.

Phil 4:6,10-13
This is how I know I am prosperous. How can I claim this? My income is below the minimum for ACA. I don't even have to file taxes. By worldly standards, I am sunk. Let us look at what God calls 'prosperity'
From a compound of εὖ and ὁδός; to help on the road, that is, (passively) succeed in reaching; figuratively to succeed in business affairs: - (have a) prosper (-ous journey).

Romans 1:8-10
  First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world.
  For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers;
  Making request, if by any means now at length I might have a prosperous journey by the will of God to come unto you.

What gets us on the road to prosperity?

1 Corithians 16:1-3
  Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye.
  Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.
  And when I come, whomsoever ye shall approve by your letters, them will I send to bring your liberality unto Jerusalem.

3 John 2-4
  Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.
  For I rejoiced greatly, when the brethren came and testified of the truth that is in thee, even as thou walkest in the truth.
  I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.

Ephesians 1:5,9
5  Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,
9  Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:

God wants the best for us. Who has better intentions than God?

2 Corinthians 9:5-15
  Therefore I thought it necessary to exhort the brethren, that they would go before unto you, and make up beforehand your bounty, whereof ye had notice before, that the same might be ready, as a matter of bounty, and not as of covetousness.
  But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.
  Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.
  And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:
  (As it is written, He hath dispersed abroad; he hath given to the poor: his righteousness remaineth for ever.
  Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness;)
  Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God.
  For the administration of this service not only supplieth the want of the saints, but is abundant also by many thanksgivings unto God;
  Whiles by the experiment of this ministration they glorify God for your professed subjection unto the gospel of Christ, and for your liberal distribution unto them, and unto all men;
  And by their prayer for you, which long after you for the exceeding grace of God in you.
  Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.

We are blessed. Develop the attitude of gratitude.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

140306 Food and Where to Find It

No, I am not an expert at this. If I couldn't go to the grocery store, I would seriously test whether ragweed was indeed edible and probably raise or try to trap small animals. Thus, I have been following some pages: "Foraging Texas", "Living the Rustic Life", and "The Fish Tank".

One of the authors, Kasper, has done a lot of footwork on Aquaponics. After a year, he declared it to be too much work for too little produce and is returning to a traditional garden. I suspect that I would have the same opinion, but my sister wants mr to give it a go anyway. She's pretty gung ho about this survivalist stuff. She has an impressive garden, solar panels, and a greenhouse. My 'man friend', on the other hand, is into freeze-dried foods and bought me a dehydrator. I just want a steady supply of tomatoes and okra that does not depend on my 'brown' thumb.

Maybe, I should befriend a farmer. Coaxing my garden-raising sister down here has not been successful.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

140203 Happy Independence Day?

Well, yeah! On this day in 1836, a group of volatile Texians declared independence from Mexico. Most people don't know that some of those people were tejanos. It wasn't just an Anglo thing, but Anglos do have a bit of fire when it comes to independence. Modern historians with an agenda claim that the fight was started by Anglos to promote slavery. Actually, it was against what they perceived as their own slavery to Antonio de Padua María Severino López de Santa Anna y Pérez de Lebrón. Even the Mexicans in the area were a bit perturbed with Santa Anna. He mistreated everyone north of the Rio Grande.

The writings of the time indicate that most of the Texians wanted to keep their own method of worship. Taxes figured into this, too. Santa Anna decided that everyone had to be Catholic and support the Pope in Rome. This didn't set well with the growing Protestant population. He also demanded that everyone support his lifestyle as "The Neopolian of the New World". The people of El Norte questioned this.

Texans love their history. We see ourselves as unique, special, feisty. Local elections happen on Tuesday, March 4th, and the airwaves are full of ads. I've lived all over the country, and this is one of only two places where candidates claim linage by state:

"I am a fifth-generation Texan..."
"I've lived in San Antonio all my life!"
"I was born in Larado, so I know..."
"My [ancestor] fought for Texas independence."
"I will put Texas first, and Washington second!"

Here, it's all about Texas. We merely lend ourselves to the rest of the country. I'm praying that the unemployed Californians moving here to find work adopt our ways, and leave their freedom destroying ideas at the border. Our ways are why we have work and they don't. California and the West Coast have plenty of oil, but their governments do not allow them to drill. Our government has allowed freedom. Nationwide, real unemployment is in double digits, but down here jobs go unfilled for lack of skilled personnel. One may trace the economic divide by the political policies in place. Sad. Very sad.

Well, to be happy and cheerful, let me post my favorite version of the Alamo. It is accurate as the Texan director could make it. Texans stared in it; Texans were used as extras, and it was filmed in Texas. It's not perfect, but it's about as close as it gets to the heart of a Texan.

The Alamo