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Grizzly Mama

There's a Grizzly who has escaped the City of Brotherly Love..(and she's going back to homeschooling!!)

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"All who have meditated on the art of governing mankind have been convinced that the fate of empires depends on the education of youth." Aristotle - Greek Philosopher.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

'Hope' and 'Change' in the Grizzly Household

Besides working nights and dealing with mountains of laundry, Old Grizzly Mama has been making some changes in the hope of making us a bit healthier and happier.

Three weeks ago, I instituted some dietary changes for Troll and myself. We have embarked upon an adventure in the form of an eating plan called Protein Power. We have severely limited our carb intake and upped our protein intake. Keeping in mind that we must also get as close to 20 grams of fiber p/day as well. No - it's not all red meat and fat, in fact, we are eating MUCH more fresh veggies than before and attempting to increase the consumption of good fat over nasty fats.

Before starting on the new eating plan, I was 30 lbs. + overweight, and so was Troll. Blood pressure for both of us was creeping up. Cholesterol was so bad for both of us that our doctor was considering putting us on cholesterol lowering meds. Although Troll's ability to deal with sugar is comparable to some sort of super-heroic power in my mind, my body's ability to do so had almost completely broken down. I was consuming sugar like some sort of junkie and although my body produced copious amounts of insulin to deal with it, my blood sugars continued to rise. Insulin resistance, I believe, is what they call that.

It's bad, and as I especially have a family history of diabetes, heart attack and stroke - something needed to be done. I am a big fan of dealing with physical disorders without the use of pharmaceuticals. If possible. I like using herbals for illness. (Although, for the record, I do make sure the girls get traditional medical care for illness - supplemented with herbals to help in healing...) And now I am attempting to deal with this myriad of problems using diet. Oh - and exercise.

So - while most Grizzlys are in the process of fattening up and preparing to rest for a long winter sleep, we are dieting and starting to exercise. I have considered the government pushed 'food pyramid' to be a bunch of crap for many years. The incidence of obesity, diabetes and heart disease becoming what is desribed as 'epidemic' in America is a result (in my opinion) of citizens attempting to follow that diet plan. I have had friends over the years harping on me constantly about no fat this, and no fat that, all in the face of my insistence that the proper amounts of the right kind of fat are necessary for the proper functioning of our bodies. Did they listen to Grizzly Mama??! Ohhhhhhhhh Noooooooooooo. It's okay, though. It's part of what makes America great. We have a difference of opinion and although my opinion seems to be in the minority, thankfully I have the freedom to follow my own path. Atleast for now. I am very disgusted by all of the 'no fat' 'low fat' labeling of food out there in the world. No fat - sure. Carbohydrates? Through the frigging roof. That's NOT good for you. Period.

I had fasting bloods done in March of 2008, and fasting bloods done 2 weeks after instituting our new eating plan - which was done October 6th. I have lost 12 pounds. My blood pressure went from 125/85 to 102/60. (Back to my younger days' normally low BP) My total cholesterol went from 252 to 215 - with only a very slight improvement in the ratios after 2 weeks on the diet. LDL dropped 18 points - although HDL dropped a bit, too. My fasting blood sugar went from 119 to 106. My triglycerides went from 125 to 99. Ratios of total cholesterol to HDL stand at over 4, and LDL to HDL stand over 3 still. It's improving though - and I am quite happy with the improvement after just 2 weeks on the diet. My after meal blood sugars are in the range of 100 - 115, which is expected as I only eat 10 to 12 grams of carb per meal.

Not only have we changed our eating habits, but I have started to exercise. Not much. Only a little - I HATE exercising. I think the Army did it to me, and I especially hate running. So - I'm swimming laps once a week and I took up Yoga. Yes - Yoga! This is my favorite pose:

NOT! LOL. I think I like the 'dead-man' pose the best. ;-)

It takes a lot of planning ahead to stay on this eating program - and in that sense we aren't in the best of shape yet. On those days, we throw some meat on the fire, eat a cup of steamed broccoli and some lunch meat rollups - throw a salad together, too. I haven't cheated with sugar yet, although I have eaten a couple of peanut butter crackers here and there - putting my daily total carbs up to 45 grams or so. I'm not kicking myself, though. It's a hell of a sight better than the 300 to 450 grams of carb p/day I was eating before.

I have found some excellent recipes and will be happy to share them in the future. My favorites involve the use of heavy cream - of course! Don't be shocked - it really won't kill you. It's the excess consumption of carbs that you should be concerned with.

Wish us continued luck. The holidays are coming up - lots of candy and sweets will be around. Although no matter what time of year we start the program, there is always some sort of candy/food/eating holiday just around the corner.


Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

Good luck with the exercising and eating!

28 October, 2008 15:00  
Blogger tweetey30 said...

Yes good luck with the new diet. Let me know how its going. We are looking at making changes too but not sure how yet..

29 October, 2008 03:05  
Blogger Grizzly Mama said...

Thanks you guys!

29 October, 2008 08:33  
Blogger DirtCrashr said...

Congrats and mucho encouragemanto! I had a sugar problem too - it was fairly easy to quit, as long as the beer stayed! :-) Good luck and longevity! As my wife says, "When I grow up I wanna be an old Woman."

29 October, 2008 17:57  
Blogger tshsmom said...

Good luck you two!

I've never been much of a carboholic. I'm not much for breads or pasta, but I do like a serving of potatoes at dinner. Sweets, I can take or leave...except for chocolate. Chocolate doesn't count, does it? ;)

29 October, 2008 19:20  
Blogger Grizzly Mama said...

Thanks DC - and that is what I'd like to be when I grow up, too!

Tshsmom, I could live on bread and pasta. It's terrible not to have it! lol. I think that a bit of chocolate is absolutely necessary, and when I get through this restrictive intervention phase, it will most certainly be a part of my diet. I've heard that women, especially, NEED chocolate! :-)

30 October, 2008 08:49  
Blogger CA said...

That picture of you doing yoga does show you have succeeded somewhat with your diet. If I use the same diet plan as you, will I have a body like that?'chuckle'

In all cerealness, I did the Atkins diet,-high protein,-no carbs, in 1992 and lost 18 pounds. That was 34 pounds ago. Thanks for the encouragement, I'm about to do it again! Good luck!

31 October, 2008 10:15  
Blogger Grizzly Mama said...

LOL, CA! Thanks. I only WISH that was me in the pic. lol.

Good luck to you - I cheated on Halloween. Those Reese's cups are just toooooo good...

02 November, 2008 08:30  
Blogger frjohni said...

I will persist and get my comment in here Griz!!! The oder I get, the more I hate passwords...

The toughest exercise is pushing away from the table. I've kind of mastered that. Swimming laps does not work here in the bog. I keep running into cattails, turtles and that pesky Albert the Alligator.

60 pounds ago I noticed that the folks getting off the elevator and streaming into the office made the hallway traffic look a bit like the Macy's Christmas Parade. I decided that if I had to be in the Parade anyhow, that I wanted to be one of the guys on the ground with ropes. I did not want to be up in the air with Daffy Duck!

Persist! Raising the Girlies and home shooling is tougher than dropping a few pounds. Do both. I called the youngest boy when he turned 40 and told him that he could come out of his, that he was not on restriction anymore.


Kermit the Green

02 November, 2008 09:28  
Blogger Grizzly Mama said...

Kermit!! Glad to hear from you again. I was worried about you, but glad to hear that you're still paddling around the bog.

Thanks for the words of encouragement and you take good care!

02 November, 2008 13:20  

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