Saturday, February 12, 2011

Amino Acids update...

I had no expectations really when I started this "trial", but after 3 days, I've come to a few conclusions.

First off, they work. Yay!

In what ways? Well, the L-Glutamine is the shining star as far as I can tell. I took the L-Tyrosine and the L-Glutamine together on Thursday. Felt great, diminished cravings, felt a "shift" in energy when they hit the system. On Friday I took just the L-Glutamine, and had the same results. I'm not saying the L-Tyrosine doesn't deserve props on it's own, I'm just interested in seeing and feeling each amino for what it's worth. I'm considering upping the L-Tyrosine dose in order to see if it will make more of a difference mood wise. The L-Tryptophan is AWESOME! After abouit 20 minute after ingesting, I was super sleepy and ready for bed. I slept solid all night, but not drugged up and unable to wake when my 4 year old was up coughing. It has much improved my quality of sleep, and I am thankful The Diet Cure has led me to it.

I'm really looking forward to seeing more results from the L-Glutamine. I have read many articles touting it's awesomeness. For me, it really seems to control cravings in between meals, especially for sweets. Proof positive, I just realized tonight that in the last 3 days I have only drank 1 diet soda. I'm generally a 1-2 a day kinda gal(bad, I know, it's a vice to work on).

My doses as of today: L-Glutamine 500mg, twice a day, between meals. L-Tyrosine 500mg twice a day, 30 minutes before meals. L-Tryptophan 500mg before bedtime.

Here's what I take:

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Next book up on my list to read...

Put it on my library queue :)

Day one of Amino Acid Supps...

After finishing reading The Diet Cure, I felt confident, and curious enough, to see if what they propose works.

I have plenty of proof in the fact that they run addiction recovery centers that focus their treatment around amino acid supplement therapy, and it has been proof positive that it is successful.  Will it work any magic on me?

Here's why I'm taking them...

I've been depressed before, and was on anti-depressants for about 3 years. Now, I wouldn't say I'm in that same funk I was then, but I could certainly use a boost to keep me motivated and focused. I also have an addiction to diet soda/aspartame and carbs, obviously because they are they first things I want to grab when I'm having a bad day...can you say emotional eater much? I also have interrupted sleep, and often times can not fall back to sleep after a few hours, causing me to be tired during the day, relying more on my caffeine addiction.

Well, I want it all to stop, and perhaps this will help...

L-Tyrosine for mood stability, focus, appetite suppressant, and for PMS symptoms.

L-Glutamine to control sweets and caffeine cravings and level out mood.

L-Tryptophan to promote serotonin increase and better sleep.

Will update with my day one findings later!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Professing my love of whey protein isolate powder...

I spent much time last week researching a good protein powder to buy, that encompasses all things I was looking for...that being: gluten free, low carb, no crazy additives, and not nasty tasting. I had made a firm decision to order a certain brand via an online store, when in chatting with my super fit, health enthusiast, co-worker Kristi about my choice where she recommended I try this certain brand that is made locally and sold at a local grocery chain. The next day I went to scope it out.

I was stunned! It was everything I wanted, and more! *cue sappy music...haha*. Was cheaper by weight than what I was going to spend, no shipping fees, no gluten, no crazy additives like creatine or chromium, has added amino acids, 22 grams of protein per scoop, and sweetened with Stevia so it has less than 1 carb per scoop, AND it's made locally! Buying local is such a better choice!

Okay, so the outside was pleasing, but was the inside going to be? Proof positive, I've been drinking a shake every morning for breakfast, sometimes again at night for dinner, and the kiddo even asks for a little bit when I blend some. Soooo good. The big dose of protein helps to keep me from getting snacky in the morning, and it's super easy to throw together in the blender.

Typically, I blend 8oz water, splash of cream, 1 scoop vanilla flavored powder, 2 drops vanilla extract( I'm a sucker for vanilla!)...makes the perfect amount.

Excited to try some other flavors and use it to made LC ice cream or pudding too!! It's such a nice addition to low carb life, feel like I've opened up another option for meals and foods!

Another reason to despise, or at least be iffy about, processed yuck...

CNN ARTICLE LINK: Study shows link to processed foods lowering IQ's in kids.

Basically, studies have shown that processed food can lower kiddo's IQ's. I don't doubt it, not for one second. In fact, I'm sure in the years to come, we will be stumbling upon many negative and harmful ramifications from shoveling processed foods into our and our loved ones faces.

It all starts with making better choices, starting now :)
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