Why Would I Ever Go Off Low-Carb?

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Well, I’d go off low-carb for the same reason you and a ton of other people do.  And the fact is I’ve done it a couple of times in my 18 months of low-carbing.  Now before you go thinkin’ I’ve fallen off the wagon and turned anti-LC, you can forget it!  I’m a diehard LC adherent but just like you I get some thought out of nowhere one day and decide to try “just one bite” of something that is “off-plan”.  You know all too well what I’m talking about, but neither of us understand the reasoning behind such impulsive, whirlwind like decisions.  Problem is, we never stop with “just one bite”!  We end up staying with the “off-plan” foods much longer than we planned and find ourselves trying to pull ourself out of our self-induced departure.  But, I digress, for I don’t have the answer why us humans err, for if I did I’d be rich and famous….but I’m not….so there you go!

Anyhoo, I found this wonderful blog post by low-carb author, doctor and blogger Dr. Michael Eades entitled, “Low-Carb Battles in Your Brain,” when I got up this morning.  It is an outstanding piece, as is always the case with Dr. Eades and I highly recommend you click over there and read it, or at least bookmark it so you can read it when you have more time.  I won’t steal his thunder, but I just knew I didn’t want any of my LC friends to miss out on this outstanding piece that gives us a little better insight into the science behind falling off the wagon!  Enjoy!

There Really is Life Without Donuts!

Ron, aka The Former Donut Junkie

What Can We Learn From Oprah’s Battle of the Bulge?

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According to the media the January issue of the wildly popular ‘O’ magazine will supposedly give us all the gory details of how Oprah has once again hit the 200 pound mark.  Yes, no matter how much money, fortune or fame one has, fighting extra pounds is still a part of life.  So, why has Oprah with all her unlimited resources and many diet and exercise programs managed to fall off the wagon once more?  In my opinion, and in the opinion of dietary experts it’s because she’s been on the wrong diets all these years.

What can we learn from Oprah’s ‘Battle of the Bulge’?  Plenty!  And there is no one better qualified to give us the details than Dr. Michael Eades, author of the award winning Protein Power Lifeplan.  He’s just blogged a post entitled Oprah’s Plight that will fill you in on the cause and cure of the popular daytime TV star.  There’s a lot to learn here, not just about Oprah, but about how we can learn from her mistakes.  This was a very enlightening post for me and I wanted to be sure all my readers were able to glean the wisdom that Dr. Eades can bring to light.  So, please check it out right here…you’ll be glad you did!

Low-Carb Payoff…Regulating Blood Sugar!

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Don’t turn me off too quickly just because I’m talking about blood sugar and you’re not a diabetic.  Fact is blood sugar levels have more to do with good health than you might think, even among folks who think there’s no way they could be a candidate for diabetes.  Insulin is the master hormone and its effects are far more reaching than just controlling blood sugar.  I’m not a diabetic, nor am I an expert on diabetes.  I am merely an adherent to the low-carb nutritional lifestyle which has been shown time and again to be one of the most efficient ways of regulating our blood sugar levels, diabetic or not!

Dr. Michael Eades, author of Protein Power, recently posted an excellent article on his Health & Nutrition Blog entitled More Supporting Evidence for the Sugar Hypothesis.  This article focuses on the results of a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine.  Dr. Eades begins with a surprising comment:

“The sugar hypothesis of heart disease triumphs yet again over the lipid hypothesis. A study presented recently in Rome and published in the New England Journal of Medicine demonstrates that efforts to lower blood sugar pay off better in lower rates of heart disease and longer life than do efforts to lower cholesterol.”

More proof of “The Great Cholesterol Con”.  Right there it is folks, efforts to lower blood sugar pay off in lower rates of heart disease and longer life than do efforts to lower cholesterol.” I know what the ‘establishment’ has convinced most folks to believe but that doesn’t make it the truth.  But the majority of doctors are of the Cholesterol Lowering Camp, you say.  And that makes them what?  The majority…not necessarily right!  Many of them may not really know the truth, and instead of doing their own research they just go with what the majority thinks is right.

Dr. Eades goes on to say:

“Researchers presented data from a long-term study (almost 30 years long) showing that subjects who lowered their blood sugar levels with drugs for a period of 10 years reaped large rewards in terms of reduced incidence of heart attack and reduced incidence of all-cause mortality long after the end of the study.”

Even using drugs to lower blood sugar levels, subjects still reaped large rewards including a reduction in heart attacks and, they just plain old lived longer with a better quality of life.  The low-carb nutritional lifestyle is the undisputed king at regulating blood sugar levels.  So, why not adapt the low-carb lifestyle instead of waiting until one has to take blood sugar regulating drugs?  It just makes good sense.

Dr. Eades neatly sums it all up by stating:

“The nice thing is that it’s pretty easy to tightly control your blood sugar levels without drugs.  How?  By taking blood sugar control out of the hands of your pancreas and turning it over to the liver.  You can do this by keeping your carbohydrate intake low enough to ensure that your liver has to produce glucose.  When the liver gets into the glucose production business, it turns it out in a slow, steady fashion, making just the amount necessary.  Blood sugars stay low, and glucose-induced damage to the vascular system is minimized.  If you follow a good-quality, whole-food, low-carbohydrate diet, your blood sugar will stabilize.  If you’ve already got type II diabetes, following such a diet might not completely solve your problem, but it will make it a lot better.  I have never seen any kind of therapy that works better than a low-carb diet to lower and stabilize blood sugar levels.  It truly is amazing.”

That’s it in a nutshell folks!  Controlling blood sugar is more important to a healthy lifestyle than is controlling cholesterol.  The low-carb nutritional lifestyle is once again vindicated, not by opinion or hearsay, but by years of documented research.  Be sure to check out the complete post by Dr. Eades.  He has a very informative blog and writes in a style that’s easy for all us non-medical folks to understand.  Thanks Dr. Eades!

There Really is Life Without Donuts!

Ron, aka The Former Donut Junkie