Last Thursday of January 2014 – meals had

Breakfast cm:
Protein:
4.5 Oz. Dickie’s Barbeque Smoked Turkey Breast (not sauced)
1 Savory Citrus Pepper Oopsie Roll
1 oz. half and half
1/2 tsp. unsalted butter

CM Veggie:
1/2 yellow sweet mini-bell pepper
1 whole white mushroom

Lunch cm:
Protein:
1.44 Oz. Dickie’s Barbeque Smoked Turkey Breast
1 oz. Dubliner cheese

CM Veggie:
1/2 serving fresh Kale
cooked with Miracle Noodles Rice (review coming soon)

RM Dinner:
Salad:
3 cups Romaine
1 scallion
1 stalk celery
1 serving Litehouse Opa Caesar dressing

CM Veggie:
1 cup riced cauliflower

Protein:
3.78 oz. grilled chicken
2 oz. Liverwurst
1 oz. capicolla

Carbs:
1 serving Kitchens of India – Hyderabadi Korma (Rich Cashew & Cumin Cooking Sauce)
1 Bumblebar Chai Almond

Slow week

My weight this morning is the same as yesterday – 223.6.  I hope for a bit lower over the weekend, so I can post a slight loss on Monday, the day I average 7 days of weight.

This has happened before – a slow week, then the next I have a whoosh.  I’d love to see a whoosh next week – so close to being under 220!

Meals had on Wednesday

Breakfast cm:
Protein:
3.2 oz. raw weight ground turkey breast
1 slice Pepperjack cheese
2 oz. half and half

CM Veggie:
1 pasilla pepper

Lunch cm:
Protein:
1 tin smoked oysters

CM Veggie:
1 serving raw kale, boiled

RM Dinner:
Salad:2 cups romaine
1 scallion
1 stalk celery
1/2 small yellow sweet mini-bell pepper
1 serving Litehouse Opa Caesar Yogurt dressing

CM Veggie:
1 cup boiled broccoli

Protein:
9 oz. Dickies Barbeque Smoked Turkey Breast (no sauce)
1 slice Finlandia Deli Slices Swiss cheese
1 oz. half and half

Carbs:
3 slices (really was 2 and a tiny thin “heel” piece) Udi’s Gluten-Free Multi-Grain bread
1 serving Jason’s Maple Almond Butter

Article on health benefits of low- carb and ketogenic diets

I do not feel that CALP* is low-carb, and it is not a ketogenic diet, but I found the list of benefits listed in this article  very interesting.

I’ve experienced several of the 10  benefits listed in the article, by following CALP. Specifically my Triglyceride and HDL levels improved, as did my Triglycerides:HDL ratio (and other ratios done to estimate cardiac risk).

What do you think?  Have you experienced some of the 10 benefits listed in this article?
* Here is a list and explanation of the abbreviations I commonly use.

Meals had on Tuesday

Breakfast cm:
Protein:
1 egg
1-5th Street Grill Turkey Sausage (Italian style with onions and peppers)
1  slice Finlandia Deli Swiss
1 oz. half and half
1 tsp. Kerrygold Irish butter

CM Veggie:
1 scallion
1 white mushroom

Lunch cm:
Protein:
1 tin smoked oysters
1 Kitchen Table Bakers Aged Parmesan Cheese crisp

CM Veggie:
1/2 serving raw kale
with 1 serving Newman’s Own Olive Oil and Vinegar dressing

RM Dinner:
Salad:
2 cups romaine
1/2 serving yellow sweet mini-bell pepper
1 scallion
1 stalk celery
1 serving Litehouse Opa Caesar Yogurt dressing

CM Dressing:
1 cup zucchini
1 cup cabbage (with 1 tab. mayonnaise and the rest of my recipe for sugar-free coleslaw.  Will post the recipe soon).

Protein:
12 oz. raw weight fresh Cod
1 wedge Laughing Cow Original Swiss cheese
1 oz. half and half with my decaf coffee

Carbs:
1/8th cup gluten-free Panko style bread crumbs
1 serving Dark Chocolate with organic almonds (60% cacao)

My thoughts about an interesting article on an interesting experiment

Twin Brothers Put Diet Crazes to Ultimate Test is quite an interesting article, and I found it a fascinating experiment.

I also found that my experience is drastically different from the twin who “opted for a high-protein diet that ditched all forms of carbohydrates, from table sugar to flour to fruit.”

I think that most of the reports today seem to focus on Atkins, or  Protein Power & South Beach Diet when the topic is high protein, low carb diets.  CALP (or the original version by the Hellers, known as CAD) is rarely, if ever, mentioned.

I don’t see CALP (for a list and explanation of the abbreviations I use go here) as fitting in the description Xand gave of the diet he trialed.

When I read about Xands experience ” eliminating sugars had some nasty side effects. His breath stank and he felt constipated. Moreover, he was sluggish and tired, and his brain was in a fog.  ”  My first thought was he’s badly dehydrated! If you don’t drink enough water, you will have both of the issues he listed (and potentially more).

I don’t experience this, and consider fluid intake an important part of my daily “diet”.  I also eat plenty of fresh raw veggies. To be sure I don’t have any issues, I take a Magnesium Citrate supplement daily.
(This is my favorite  brand  Solgar)

I found this bit in the article also vastly different from my experience: “Nutrition expert Angela Lemond explained to Yahoo Shine that high-protein diets produce chemicals called ketones, which promote weight loss but can lead to kidney failure. “We recommend staying above 100 grams of carbohydrates per day to avoid going into ketosis,” she said, adding, “We know people cannot sustain this way of eating and therefore, they regain the weight.”

Per the program I use to track my daily intake of protein/carbs/fats/sodium and calories (My Fitness Pal ) I am rarely if ever above 100 gms of carbohydrate.  This is not by design,  it is just what I see as a total at the end of a day.

I am going to celebrate 3 years of strictly following CALP soon, it has been easily sustainable. I know of at least one person who had a large weight loss following CALP, and has used CALP for maintenance,  for more than 7 years.  I intend to do the same.

The changes I’ve experienced since beginning CALP, are a clearer mind, more energy, and a feeling that my body is working as it should.  I eat when my tummy growls and don’t get sleepy after a meal.  I am satisfied until the next time my tummy grumbles, hours later.

That is the way it should be, and it hadn’t been that way for me in years.

I do not find CALP an extreme approach to lowering the carbs in one’s diet!
There is no counting of grams of carbs and sticking to a super low level of them.
I choose from a list of CM (craving reducing) vegetables for my CM meals, and while lower in carbs (no sweet potatoes outside my Reward Meal!) they do have some.
At my Reward Meal I do have complex carbs – choosing from fruits, grains, or dark chocolate and nuts (and yes, on occasion ice cream or a special baked good).

CALP does not forbid a thing – but it does require timing and balance.  It is not a diet (nor a craze!)  but a way of eating that is a change for life.  A better, healthier life.  One I look forward to maintaining.

 

Monday’s meals

Breakfast cm:
Protein:
1-5th Street Grill Turkey Sausage (Italian style with onions and peppers)
2-Savory Citrus Pepper Oopsie Rolls
1 oz. half and half

CM Veggie:
1 fresh scallion

Lunch cm:
Protein:
1 serving Kitchen Table Bakers Aged Parmesan Cheese
Paneer cheese (is part of the Kashmir Spinach)

CM Veggie:
Tasty Bite Kashmir Spinach 

RM Dinner:
Salad:
3 cups romaine
1 scallion
1 celery stalk
1/2 serving yellow sweet mini bell pepper
Dressing: 1 serving Litehouse Opa Caesar 

CM Veggie:
1 cup fresh zucchini, boiled

Protein:
1 serving Bolani Garlic Mint Cheese (on zucchini)
12.7 oz. raw weight boneless, skinless chicken thighs
1/2 oz. prosciutto (in salad)
1 oz. half and half

Carbs:
1 serving Udi’s Gluten-free Multi-Grain bread
1 serving Stonewall Kitchen Chocolate Raspberry Jam
under 1/2 serving Humus Chips with Sea Salt