For best knowledge absorption- Apply topically

I decided to turn today’s post into a topical post. Hope that’s ok with you all :)

Based on the fact that I’ve been working 60+ hours a week at my ‘regular’ job, I think it’s important to talk a little bit about how to fit low carbing into a busy (read: normal!) lifestyle. It’s actually much easier than you think! If I had one sentence to tell you how to do it, it would be- Always come prepared. But thankfully, I have a whooooooooole bunch of sentences at my disposal, so I am able to elaborate for you. (Lucky you!!)

As you may or may not know, I’m quite the advocate for eating when you’re hungry. Sounds pretty common sense, right? You’d be surprised how many people think that not eating is the secret to losing weight, it’s totally not. It’s actually counter-productive because, uh… it sucks? Who the heck wants to be hungry? That’s where people get messed up. I love food and I love to eat, so if my tummy rumbles, you better bet your ass I’m going to feed it! The key is, in a busy lifestyle when hunger strikes, you have to have planned ahead. If you’re on the go a lot, Atkins bars are a life saver, or those single serving packets of nuts (just regular salted is best, but if you need more flavor, just watch the carb count. I stick to peanuts, but almonds are good too). Keep one in your car, your purse, your backpack, your desk at work, anywhere. EVERYWHERE. Then you know if you need to eat something, you have something that not only fits your life; it fits your ‘diet’.

(Please note: Low carbing is not a diet, it truly is a lifestyle, but for the sake of this discussion not getting too confusing, I’m saying your ‘diet’, but by that I just mean how you eat. But you’re smart, you already knew that.)

Make sense? It should. Seriously, eat. Especially if you’re first starting out while you’re adjusting to everything in your body switching gears. Don’t deprive yourself of food in general, just cut out the white crap (kidding, read the books, but really that’s the jist of it.) Don’t worry about too many calories in the beginning, you likely won’t have to watch those for a while, as you will find yourself being hungry less often anyway (barring you’re eating enough fat) and your body will regulate itself to only wanting enough calories to sustain your activities.  True story.

I, myself, actually do what people call ‘intermittent fasting’ or IF, but not really on purpose. When I stick to a low carb style of eating, my body naturally adjusts to only wanting one meal a day. I drink coffee (black w/Starbucks sugar free syrup) and water all day, if I get hungry, I’ll grab one of the above mentioned snacks or an Atkins shake and then between 6-10pm when I’m actually hungry I make and eat a big ass dinner. It just works for me. Plus I’m lazy and have no desire to plan and prepare 2-3 meals for myself a day, I’m not much of a cook. Just putting a little extra thought into it and you can make this thing idiot proof, I promise.  For example, cook up a pound of bacon on Sunday night; throw it in the fridge in a Ziploc and woohoo! Snack for the week! Or do the same with hard-boiled eggs, etc. 3 meals a day even on a busy schedule is easy!! Exhibit A: Jimmy Dean Omelet for breakfast, ham and cheese rollups and a small salad for lunch, Atkins bar/shake or a pack of nuts for snack and a big old juicy burger with a side of broccoli and cheese for dinner. Sound easy? Yep. Sound good? It is.

So what the hell are you waiting for??????????

12 thoughts on “For best knowledge absorption- Apply topically

    • I gave away all my other trashy high-carb foods back in February, to my work cegolalues – everything immediately disappeared. How sad. I hung on to the Atkins shake since I didn’t think anyone at work would benefit from it. But maybe I’ll take it in on Monday and set it out anonymously. I don’t worry about starving people in Africa, I worry about starving teachers in Australia. :)I can’t compost since I’m renting, but either way – looking at the ingredients list, I actually doubt it would ever rot… It barely dissolves in water as it is. Plus, it was expensive, so it might as well do some foolish Weight-Watcher some “good”.Thanks for the comments guys – personally, I already give generously to a couple of charities, but hopefully other readers might be inspired by these comments. I’m guessing smartbykrae gives to Oxfam? I just hope my money goes towards meat and veg rather than sickly grains that contribute to the growing obesity and malnutrition problems…

    • Wow! That’s so easy! I looooove bankig and although I am not on the Atkins Diet I am on Weight Watchers this will help me greatly. I already have a million ideas for trying this because it looked so similar, in texture, to bread. I already do the cauliflower rice and mashed potatoes and the spaghetti squash so I’m really excited to give this a try! Thanks so much!

      • Not at all. For me it is a lifestyle chagne. If you follow Atkins, you’ll see that they do it in stages or phases. So does South Beach Diet. You add in good carbs and more good foods in these phases such as berries, which are full of great vitamins, antioxidants, etc. I have not veered that much from my original eating plan. I’m still keeping it below 20 net carbs most days, but not every day. And I’m still losing weight. In the beginning the goal was to lose 20 pounds. Now the goal is to continue eating great, feeling great, reaching my ideal weight (according to MY body) and of course maintaining that weight. I’ll never add back in bread, pasta, french fries (lol), etc but I will continue adding in more good foods (fruits vegetables) so long as I’m losing or maintaining and feeling good.

    • Tried this today after getting ulemld flax from my local health food store. Never even heard of flax before lol. Anyway I followed the recipe and was pleasantly surprised. Really does have the consistency of bread. Tasted great with my chicken breasts with piri piri sauce and cauliflower rice. Thanks for sharing this great and easy low carb recipe!

    • Finally tried this!!! Great. I did it in a round, straight-sided Corningware bowl. Sliced it in two like a bun. Buttered one side and added some gairlc powder and bit of salt, grilled it in the skillet then turned it over and topped with cheese, covered til melted amazine gairlc/cheese bread. Thanks.

      • I’ve been doing the Atkins diet for a couple of weeks now. Do some reacsreh on it! For the first 2 weeks you limit yourself to 20 grams of net carbs. You can stay at that rate until you’re within 5-10 lbs of your goal weight and then increase your carb intake by 5 grams every week or two until you figure out how much your body can take in without gaining weight. Good luck.

    • First of all low carb should never ever be low fat that would be a low iraolce, high protein plan that will force your body to not only catabolize it’s own lean tissues but would use protein as a fuel source. Lean protein as fuel is very dangerous in itself. Too much of the byproducts of turning protein into fuel can overwhelm the body with nitrogen ammonia this isn’t healthy. Eating carbs on weekends is fine, you won’t lose weight but it’s fine to maintain weight. I would suggest staying low carb for breakfast lunch or most of the time not make it a binge. You can lose more body fat eating protein fat (don’t eat protein alone) than not eating AT ALL. To lose weight fast, eat all you want, but nothing but meat, eggs, healthy oils, mayo, butter half an avocado a day (for added potassium). Keep the iraolces high the fat percentage high, at least 65% of iraolces. Green vegetables some cheese will continue weight loss but at a slower pace.The first 2 weeks eat several cups a day of (mostly) lettuce celery, cucumbers, radishes, mushrooms, peppers more variety of vegetables thereafter add 5 grams per day additional every week (20 grams day first 2 weeks, 25grams 3rd week, 30grams 4th week etc) til you gain weight, then subtract 10grams. That will be your personal carb level (everyone is different depends on how active you are.) Start with meat, fats salads for 2 weeks and then slowly add in more green veg, wk4 fresh cheeses, wk5 nuts seeds, wk6 berries, wk7 legumes, wk8 other fruits, wk9 starchy veg, wk10 whole grains. You will learn how your body reacts to different foods. The first week is just water weight but fat is lost thereafter if you keep your iraolces high enough. Otherwise the body will strip it’s own lean tissue for nutrition. Although that may look great on a scale it will make it MUCH easier to accumulate fat in the future (since all that pesky lean tissue burning up iraolces will be gone). The body won’t release fat stores if you lower iraolces below what it needs. It will slow metabolism to compensate store every spare ounce as fat. If you continue lowering iraolces, it will continue lowering the set point, til it can survive off nothing store fat on anything. The body will only release it’s fat stores if it knows there is plenty of nutritious food.Eating carbs while trying to lose body fat is terribly inefficient. When in glycolysis (burning glucose as fuel) you have to lower your iraolces (which slows your metabolism) exercise heavily to deplete your glycogen stores before burning body fat.The core of Atkins program is converting the body from glycolysis (burning glucose as fuel) to ketosis (burning fat as fuel). Dietary fat levels need to be at >65% of total iraolces, if not, the body will still remain in glycolysis by converting 58% of excess protein into glucose (via gluconeogenesis). It takes minimum of 3 days to convert a body to ketosis, (but only one bite to convert back to glycolysis). People feel sluggish the first week but most feel better than ever thereafter.Simple carbohydrates (sugar, flour, bread, cereal, pasta, potatoes, rice) trigger the fat storage hormone insulin. The more protein the more the fat burning hormone glucagon is released.Simple carbs are addictive can be disastrous to health. The best way to break the addiction is NO carbs for 3 days. Make a huge batch of deviled eggs, eat one every time you want something have huge omelets with bacon, sausage, peppers, mushrooms cheese. Pork chops smothered with peppers, mushrooms cheese pork rinds dip or tuna/chicken/turkey/egg salad steaks a huge sugar free cheese cake. Eat so much you won’t feel deprived of anything. By the 4th day, the addiction will be gone you can start making healthy choices.High insulin levels promote inflammation, weight gain, hunger unbalance other hormones. Controlling insulin levels will balance out other hormones allow human growth hormone (HGH) to be produced naturally so lean muscle will be gained even without exercise.Ground flax seed (2 Tbsp) 1/4 cup water, artificial sweetener, mix in a raw egg let sit 10 min. to absorb liquid, put some cream cheese in the middle nuke 2 min for daily fiber needs.As long as you have <9grams carbs per hour, you will maintain insulin control shouldn't gain weight, no matter the iraolces because insulin, the fat storage hormone is not activated. Many people gain weight on high carb, do low carb to lose weight then are shocked when they return to high carb gain weight. Many people can return to moderate carb levels but very few can really eat all they want of sugar maintain weight or health.I am adamantly opposed to low iraolce dieting because most people lose a good portion of lean tissue (including vital organs like the heart) along with fat stores. There is no nutrition in fat stores, only energy. Most people get impatient

    • Breakfast:Your breakfast could dnlteiiefy be made better. Forget fruit and vegetable juice, they are processed, you want to avoid processed foods when on a diet and even if you aren’t trying to lose weight. Processed foods aren’t healthy, period, nor necessary for humans at all. Your breakfast lacks sufficient protein, a better breakfast would be oatmeal mixed with 2-3 tablespoons of peanut butter (you need the healthy fat), and an egg or two. I would recommend you remove the toast also. Also, you want fruit with your breakfast, preferably high GI. Usually you aim for low GI carbohydrates, but post-workout and upon awakening are when high GI carbohydrates are fine and won’t be stored in adipose (fat) tissue. This is because glycogen (sugar) levels in the muscle and liver are depleted during the nighttime when you aren’t eating, and when liver and muscles are empty of glycogen, glycogen is stored there first, rather than as fat in adipose cells.First Snack:Canned fruit isn’t healthy. You want fresh fruit, not canned fruit. Canned fruit is processed. By the way, processed means that man adds chemicals and preservatives to the food that are unhealthy, nor necessary for the human body. A better snack would be oat bran bread and a serving of lean chicken. Lunch:That sounds pretty good, I would replace the sourdough bread with oat bran bread. Also, when you consume meats, they should be lean, so the beef should be lean beef. Truly, I would recommend you have lean beef alone for lunch, you could have a larger serving if you are still hungry. You don’t want to go overboard with carbohydrates (from the bread).Second Snack:I would recommend that you either have a small serving of fish here, or you can have a protein supplement (Whey is the best) mixed with all natural peanut butter, water/milk, and possibly fruit too, especially if this is after a workout. By the way, if you decide to take this snack post-workout, Whey should be mixed with water, not milk, milk makes it slow-digesting, and water makes it digest quickly. Post-workout you want protein delivered to your body quickly.Dinner:Your meal for this is fine, remove the potatoes though. I wouldn’t really recommend yogurt, again, yogurt is processed. I would also add a serving of nuts and seeds for healthy fats. >Please note, I’m not sure exactly how many calories and fats and carbohydrates and protein are in all of these foods (I don’t memorize things like that, lol). If possible, try and read the ingredients of these foods when you start the diet like the one I just listed above. Note the total amount of grams of fat, grams of protein, and grams of carbohydrates. A gram of fat is equivalent to 9 calories, and a gram of protein/fat is equivalent to 4 calories. Using this, you can figure out if your diet is or is close to 40% protein, 30% carbohydrates, and 30% fats. Don’t worry about bothering to check the types of carbohydrates and fats the foods contain, the foods I listed are all the healthy type (primarily low GI and healthy fats).

  1. A low carb diet needs to be high fat. I usually cook 20-30# at a time and feerze. I don’t cook often but I have a rotisserie that I love love love and will do a turkey then a roast for one clean up. Steaks, chops, eggs are all easy. The stores have frozen hamburger patties, nuke add cheese. It’s best to have a lot of food prepared ahead. The core of the Atkins program is converting your body from glycolysis (burning glucose as fuel) to ketosis (burning fat as fuel). You need to keep your fat levels at >65% of your calories, if you don’t your body will still remain in glycolysis by converting 58% of excess protein into glucose (via gluconeogenesis). You can have several cups a day of (mostly) lettuce and celery, cucumbers, radishes, mushrooms, peppers the first 2 weeks and more variety of vegetables thereafter add 5 grams per day additional (20 grams day first 2 weeks, 25grams 3rd week, 30grams 4th week etc) Keep your carbs at less than 9grams per hour to control insulin.It takes minimum of 3 days to convert your body to ketosis, (but only one bite to convert back to glycosis) you will probably feel sluggish the first week but most people feel better than ever thereafter.Ground flax seed (2-3 Tbsp) 1/4 cup of water, cinnamon, artificial sweetener, mix in a raw egg let sit 10 min to absorb liquid, put some cream cheese in the middle and nuke for 1.5 min. for hot cereal or 2 min. for more of a muffin type thing. Great low carb, high fiber treat.Faux tapioca 2 cups of water, 5 scoops of low carb whey protein powder, stir together add cup of chia seeds, after they have started to absorb the water, add in 2 cans of coconut milk (substitute a cup of cream and another cup or 2 of water for induction) artificial sweetener if you like and mix it all in. Can be eaten after an hour but will be better tomorrow. …I recommend the new plan but you have to follow it specifically read the book or the website. This is closer to the original (1972) plan, but its very simplistic:You will lose more body fat eating protein and fat (don’t eat protein alone) than not eating AT ALL. To lose weight fast eat all you want but nothing but meat, eggs, healthy oils, mayo, butter and half an avocado a day (you’ll need added potassium). Keep the calories high and the fat percentage high, at least 65% of calories. Adding in green vegetables some cheese will continue weight loss but at a slower pace.Your body won’t release fat stores if you lower calories below what it needs. It will slow your metabolism to compensate and store every spare ounce as fat. If you continue lowering your calories, it will continue lowering that set point, til you can survive off nothing and store fat on anything. The body will only release it’s fat stores if it knows there is plenty of food.Simple carbohydrates (sugar, flour, bread, cereal, pasta, potatoes, rice) triggers insulin which can store the calories you eat into fat. The more protein you eat the more the fat burning hormone glucagon is released. The more carbohydrate you eat the more the fat storage hormone insulin is released.Simple carbs are addictive and can be disastrous to our health. The best way to break the addiction is NO carbs for 3 days. Make a huge batch of deviled eggs and eat one every time you want something have huge omelets for breakfast, with bacon, a lil onion, peppers, mushrooms cheese. Pork chops for lunch. Get pork rinds and eat them with tuna salad. Steak for dinner. Make a huge sugar free cheese cake for dessert. Eat so much you won’t feel deprived of anything. By the fourth day, your addiction will be gone and you can start making healthy choices.High insulin levels promote inflammation, weight gain, hunger and unbalance other hormones. Controlling your insulin level will balance out other hormones allow human growth hormone (HGH) to be produced naturally so you will gain lean muscle even without exercise. Any exercise will greatly increase your muscle mass with high HGH levels.Once you get near your goal, you start adding 5 carbs every week til you gain weight, then you subtract 10 carbs. That would give you your personal carb level (everyone is different and it depends on how active you are.) As long as you remain <9 carbs per hour, you will maintain insulin control, and shouldn't gain weight. Many people gain weight on high carb, then switch to low carb to lose weight then are shocked when they return to high carb that they gain weight. Many people can return to moderate carb levels but very few can really eat all they want of sugar and maintain weight or health.Reducing body fat and increasing muscle mass will have you in awesome shape in no time. Good luck!

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