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Saturday, March 14, 2015

Carbohydrate Curves... An Informative Breakdown on Carbs

I am not a Doctor, or a Health Practitioner, but I read a lot of health information, and some of my dearest friends are health coaches and nutritionists.

This information is from "marksdailyapple.com" - a site full of information on the Paleo Lifestyle.(I'm not a true believer in the Paleo or Caveman eating plan for various reasons, but that's another blog)

Primal Blueprint Carbohydrate Curve.” These are not my words - I read it - and found it very informative, and wanted to share. There are many misleading recommendations by the USDA - and "labeling" is also one of my pet peeves. (For example - the "recommended daily %" on the labels? This is for a 2000 calorie per day diet - which is not ideal for many.)

I digress...
More about the carbs....


He sees carb intake as a "curve"... ranging from "allowable” to “desirable” to “unhealthy”.

Have a read, and take what you like from this. What I took from it? Yes, we need carbs - but not a whole whack of them...I am sure the majority of my "curves", came from "carbs", so, this chart will help inform my carb choices somewhat, going forward. (as always, talk to your own Doctor if you have concerns or questions...)

300 or more grams/day - Danger Zone! Easy to reach with the “normal” American diet (cereals, pasta, rice, bread, waffles, pancakes, muffins, soft drinks, packaged snacks, sweets, desserts). High risk of excess fat storage, inflammation, increased disease markers including Metabolic Syndrome or diabetes. Sharp reduction of grains and other processed carbs is critical unless you are on the “chronic cardio” treadmill (which has its own major drawbacks).

150-300 grams/day – Steady, Insidious Weight Gain Continued higher insulin-stimulating effect prevents efficient fat burning and contributes to widespread chronic disease conditions. This range – irresponsibly recommended by the USDA and other diet authorities – can lead to the statistical US average gain of 1.5 pounds of fat per year for forty years. (WOW - just sayin')

100-150 grams/day – Maintenance Range This range is based on body weight and activity level. When combined with exercise, allows for genetically optimal fat burning and muscle development. (when at goal)

50-100 grams/day – Sweet Spot for Effortless Weight Loss Minimizes insulin production and ramps up fat metabolism. By meeting average daily protein requirements (.7 – 1 gram per pound of lean bodyweight formula), eating nutritious vegetables and fruits (easy to stay in 50-100 gram range, even with generous servings), and staying satisfied with delicious high fat foods (meat, fish, eggs, nuts, seeds), you can lose one to two pounds of body fat per week and then keep it off forever by eating in the maintenance range.

0-50 grams/day – Ketosis and Accelerated Fat Burning Acceptable for a day or two of Intermittent Fasting towards aggressive weight loss efforts, provided adequate protein, fat and supplements are consumed otherwise. May be ideal for many diabetics. Not necessarily recommended as a long-term practice for otherwise healthy people due to resultant deprivation of high nutrient value vegetables and fruits.

What are your thoughts on reducing carb intake, and this information in general?

Sunday, March 8, 2015

A Re- Do on a Little Telephone Table

This little end table sat in my childhood home for decades.  It was fondly referred to as "the telephone table".  Yes, the telephone sat on it (remember those?).

But, it's main purpose, was the central communication hub!

The top drawer held the notepads, and pencils and pens to use when you went out somewhere, 

Heaven forbid, you didn't leave a note when you left.. 

This was also where notes for potential callers were left...i.e. "If so, and so calls - I'm at this location" or, "I'll be back at 5"

The bottom drawer held the phone books, and a dust cloth or two...

When mom moved to her new residence, I scored the "telephone table". 

It sat in the basement, it sat in the spare room, it sat in the living room, back to the basement again... 

Then a friend refinished a little table with chalk paint recently - so I thought HEY... I'm going to give the telephone table some new life...

So here it is...

To enjoy for another few decades perhaps?





The Things You Find on Kijiji - Buffet Hutch

I have been on the hunt for a hutch for my dining room (to refinish, or paint, re-tweak...) and I came across this photo.  

It makes me chuckle when people list things for a decent dollar, and they don't take the time to spruce it up...even a little bit?

Seriously..

If you are interested in this "junk holder" for $300.00

- visit Kijiji and search for
Ad ID 1042536237

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Not one more minute please

6:00 am at the emergency room with partner...recurrence of stomach pain...

Woman across the hall coughing incessantly. ...nurse puts her on oxygen for ten
More coughing. ..

7:15 am Gentleman coughing up a lung kitty corner to our vestibule. ..not sure if its from smoking or a cold...

Woman complains to nurse that she forgot about her...not so

8:45 am Gentleman arrives by ambulance...bleeding...distressed, on oxygen and is, to be blunt. ..obese...i look over and catch a glimpse of his feet. They are engorged. ..and quite frankly. .blue.

More coughing,  and vomiting

Another ambulance. ...hernia issues. ..he is  lethargic, not well.

Woman on oxygen is coughing...Gentleman continues to cough up a lung. ..

900 am ...Partners blood work back...amalyase count elevated. ..ultrasound scheduled for 930.

Coughing from three or more v estibules...where are the face masks?

1015 am back from ultrasound. ...waiting... More moaning,  coughing,  and distress from surrounding cells.

Bells and alarms sounding....
There are many nurses...a Dr. or two...a resident.  And they are all busy.

Partner sleeping. ..morphine is quite effective apparently.

More coughing,  hacking, and moaning.

The obese blue footed gentlemen  is whisked away...somewhere down the hall, through the ominous doors. .. wishing him well.

More coughing. ...

4 technicians are obsessively cleaning room 13 (where the blue footed gentlemen was) good to know

The only good thing about this is that all the "inmates" seem to be here for a reason. ..and i know that i dont want to be here for one more minute.

Take care of yourself people.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The Things You Find on Kijiji - Couch

Glancing around for a couch for a friend and I came across this ad.


Seriously? Are you selling the kids and toys? or the furniture!?
Cute kids, but I'm not in the market. Interested in the couch and chairs? Go to Kijiji and look for Ad ID 1003106384

Some people need lessons in Marketing...

Monday, January 13, 2014