Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Chef serves gluten filled pasta to gluten-free requesting customers...


So this guy is a chef in a restaurant somewhere, some say in Colorado Springs, and he posts on his Facebook that he knowingly serves high gluten pasta to people who ask for the gluten free stuff...Why? Because he doesn't believe Celiac or Gluten Intolerance is real...

Seriously?!? I so hope you get fired, sued, or at least come down with a nasty case of a stomach virus that even somewhat mimicks what Celiac and Gluten Intolerance can do to ravage and screw up your GI tract, and whole body.


Here's the link to the idiots Facebook post...

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Dukin Diet...what's up with that?

There has been LOTS of articles online about this diet recently, with word that it is what Kate Middleton's family does for weightloss. I was intrigued, I mean Kate is already pretty skinny so I wondered why the heck she would want to be on this, and what the heck is it all about? Well, here ya go, straight off ...
The initial Attack phase consists of pure protein products and creates a stunning kick-start to the diet. During this phase, you can eat 72 high-protein foods enabling immediate and noticeable weight loss.

The Cruise phase will take you to your True Weight. During this phase you will gradually but steadily lose weight by alternating Pure Protein and Protein & Vegetables days. The average length of this phase is based on a schedule of 3 days for each pound you want to lose.

During this time you are at your most vulnerable stage when the body has a tendency to quickly regain lost pounds. Consolidation phase is designed to prevent the rebound effect by gradually returning previously forbidden foods and allowing for two “celebration” meals per week. This phase follows a strict timeline – 5 days per every pound lost in Phase 2.

This phase is the rest of your life! To keep your newly found body for the rest of your life you must follow these three simple but non-negotiable rules:

Eat three teaspoons of oat bran per day.
Choose to take the stairs whenever possible
Have one pure-protein (Phase 1) day per week.

Okay, so sounds KINDA like Low Carb because it promotes protein and veggie eating, but then in the last phase you can go back to eating the crap that made you overweight in the first place, and then eating one total protein day a week. Well, how does that promote a permanent life change? This diet, I'm sure, works great to drop weight fast, but I can't see believing in something that lets me go through all the phases, drop a bunch of weight, then go back to eating Twinkies and Sugary cereal bars in the last phase as long as I go a full day with just protein.

I think the key to any permanent "way of eating" is to 1) Practice it regularly. I mean if you are wanting to do it for life, it can't be done here and there. 2) In order to do it for life, IT HAS TO BE DOABLE. One cannot keep up a low cal/low fat diet because the body will go into starvation mode, and will force you to eat. That is why those diets work, but you most always will gain the weight back. You can do a Low Carb way of eating for life because you will feel fulfilled with all the food choices and not yearning for things you can't can eat some fruits, some dark chocolate, nuts, veggies, meats, bacon, eggs, cheese, dairy, butter, and oils and the best part is that the foods that are the WORST for you, aren't allowed anyway, so NO MORE PROCESSED JUNK!! thoughts on the Dukin Diet...Fine if you want to drop weight fast, which isn't very healthy, but it's not sustainable for life.

Plus, anything that you refer to as a "diet" is not going to's gotta be a "way of eating", or it won't work :)

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

2 months Amino Acid Supplements update!

Okay, update on the supps after 2 months of use...

I am currently taking the following per day:
L-Tyrosine 1000mg when I wake up
L-Glutamine 1000mg after breakfast and mid afternoon
Coconut Oil Caps 1000mg after breakfast and mid afternoon
L-Tryptophan 500mg before bed

The L-Tyrosine give me a boost throughout the day. I can definately feel when it kicks in, and keeps me going throughout the morning. It must be taken 30 minutes before food enters the body, so that it can be absorbed into the system alone to get the best results. The first few days I had a headache while taking this. I know, because I cut out the Tyrosine for a few days and my headache disappeared. I was determined to take the Tyrosine though because of the awesome benefits I kept reading about(search it in WebMD's site!), so I upped my water intake(which I needed to anyway), and headaches were gone.

The L-Glutamine ROCKS!! I have completely KICKED MY SODA HABIT!!! I have been a Diet Mt Dew drinker for years, and have been heard saying that you will have to pry a Diet Mt Dew out of my cold dead hands to get me to stop drinking it! I'm talking having one every morning for breakfast for sure, and then maybe 1 or 2 more throughout the day, then maybe some Diet Sunkist before bed. I started taking the supps, and about day 4 I realized I hadn't drank, wanted, or craved a soda. I threw out/gave away my soda stash in the work fridge. Aspartame is a terribly addictive substance, and for Glutamine helping to kick my addiction, I will tout it's awesomeness forever!! It has also cut down on cravings and snacking in between meals. I mean, I'm okay with a handful of almonds or such, but the want for desserts or chips are null, and we have a ton of that at work everyday. YAY!! I even converted 3 people at work to try it out too! It does wonders to rebuild cell breakdown, especially for those who work out hard and train for marathons.

The Coconut Oil caps are purely an extra dose of fat to keep me satiated in between meals and to up my healthy fat intake. It is also suggested that CO helps fight off illnesses and protects the liver. Sounds good to me! I can really see it's effects along with the glutamine. In between meal snacking is uninteresting!

The Tryptophan has also done wonders for my sleep. I take it around 9:30, no later than 10:30, and it provides restful sleep...not like Ambien/unconsious sleep. If I wake up to use the bathroom or check on the kiddo, I can fall right back asleep, but not be in "another world". I wake up at 6:15, and sometimes feel a little groggy, but as soon as I'm up and going (before the Tryrosine dose even), I feel ready to go. Tryptophan is good for restful sleep AND promotes Serotonin...I've even been told I'm not a crabby morning person anymore!

All in all, I love them. I love Julia Ross and her book that inspired me to try out the amino acids supps, and to inspire others to also read it and try them out!

The book recommends doing the supps for a few months, then going off to see if you body has stored up enough to produce the correct levels on it's own. Once I'm out of the supps I have, I will see if I'm good to go or need a lil more time on them.

As far as dropping weight...I haven't weighed in quite awhile. I'm not a huge fan of the scale because I tend to get scale obsessed and that's not good. I can tell you this much though, I feel A LOT better, so even if the scale doesn't show me results, I can feel them. I guess we'll see when I decide to weigh one of these days.

Here are links to the goods if you want to check theme out for yourself :)




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