Tuesday, April 19, 2016

M, N, O and now P is for Proust Update


I HAVE A REALLY GOOD THEME 

IT’S LOW CARB, HIGH FAT (On Twitter #LCHF)

And right now I’m entrenched in a book titled The Autoimmune Solution, by Amy Myers, MD. 

I can’t put it down. I highly recommend it TO EVERYONE.

BUT today...


My good buddy
and 
proud new Papa
is doing a repost for P.

So I’m doing one too.

So there.

Back on July 14, 2014 I posted my answers to a PROUST QUESTIONNAIRE I was asked to fill out...

by…

well, I’d rather not say…

it would mean I’d have to resort to being a MEAN GIRL (that’s my M)…

and possibly show my NASTY SIDE (definitely my N)… 

which might cause me to throw out a few OBSCENITIES (my O my)…

if I was forced to tell you who “insisted” I fill out this PQ as part of the prerequisite for “joining” her little writers club…


BELOW are the questions and my original answers.

The stuff added in blue is what my answers would be if I was asked these questions today.


1. What is your idea of perfect happiness?
My idea of perfect happiness is reading in bed, Wee Dog snuggled close by, and rain playing on the roof and decks. Bliss!

2. What is your greatest fear?
I can’t say I have a ‘greatest fear’ - at least not yet.
When I wrote that answer I already knew about my PBC diagnosis.  Now, in light of my friend getting a quadruple bypass the other day I think losing a loved one would indeed qualify as a greatest fear.

3. What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
Procrastination 
My inability (or lack of desire) to filter utterances that qualify as “not very nice” when someone annoys me.

4. What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Procrastination
Being ungrateful, and thankless.

5. Which living person do you most admire?
I admire three - Me, Myself and I - they have never let me down.
I now admire four - the aforementioned three, and Miss CP (aka my daughter, Courtney) who stepped up to the plate when the going got tough.

6. What is your greatest extravagance?
Living vicariously through the lives that have graced my space.

7. What is your current state of mind?
Determined
Still determined - but more so.

8. What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
I didn’t know virtues could be overrated - if anything I think many are underrated. 

9. On what occasion do you lie?
When asked a question were the truth would hurt.

10.   What do you most dislike about your appearance?
Nothing - I like what looks back at me in the mirror, always have.
Damn, I do get better looking the older I get - so… I really still like my answer. I hope you all like what looks back at you too!

11.   Which living person do you most despise?
I prefer not to despise people.

12.   What is the quality you most like in a man?
Humour

13.   What is the quality you most like in a woman?
Humour

14.   Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
“Hmmm, really…”

15.   What or who is the greatest love of your life?
My daughter and Wee Dog - they both get top billing.

16.   When and where were you happiest?
I am happiest in the NOW.

17.   Which talent would you most like to have?
The ability to carry a tune. 

18.   If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
Preferring my own company when I have been privileged to have friends that would like my company. Bless them!

19.   What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Getting this far in life without doing life.
Looking at life now, I consider “having an open mind”(with something in it) and “the willingness to break from convention” (without killing anyone) to be my greatest achievements to date.

20.   If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be?
I’d come back as me - better the devil I know…

21.   Where would you most like to live?
With grandfather in the Alps.
Well, that Alp thing hasn’t worked out so… hmmm… give me a minute.

22.   What is your most treasured possession?
A childhood doll.
And, my mind.

23.   What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
The state of unhappiness.

24.   What is your favourite occupation?
The one I’ve done for 33 years - being my own boss.
Being right. Oh, and there’s that frank outspoken thing I failed to mention earlier.

25.   What is your most marked characteristic?
My sense of humour tied for first place with my optimistic outlook on life.

26.   What do you most value in your friends?
Loyalty, compassion, and patience - mostly patience; I can be a trying friend! 
The above still holds, but as for being a trying friend… what was I thinking! You’d be damn lucky to have me as a friend. 

27.   Who are your favourite writers?
J M Barrie, Jane Austen
J. Bushman - damn fine writer. Note the first initials of my favs - all J's. 
Hmmm J. Pearson is also a fav of mine, hehehehehe, What? One should be proud of their accomplishments. 

28.   Who is your hero of fiction?
I don’t have a particular hero of fiction.

29.   Which historical figure do you most identify with?
Cleopatra 
Beryl Markham - remarkable woman, and free spirit.

30.   Who are your heroes in real life?
In real life my mom and dad are my heroes; they taught me to work hard, pay my dues, show gratitude, and to value integrity.

31.   What are your favourite names?
Moo-tastic and Lucky Lucky Pow Pow

32.   What is it that you most dislike?
Questions that are vague - and dishonesty.

33.   How would you like to die?
In a fit of laughter.

34.   What is your motto?
“She who helps herself is in good hands.”-JW Pearson



Question for this post - Have you ever answered these questions? (feel free to cut/paste/and answer them in a post some time)







PS - for those of you dropping by and leaving comments - thanks. I’m sorry for the lack of reply. I will do proper posts to make up for those that are missing. Fear not… the Low Carb High Fat saga does continue.

I could make up some lame assed excuse, but let's just be frank, shall we, I'm just way busier than you. Or was that way lazier than you… hmmm… busier really does sound better… so, that's what I'll go with. See, that's what I would say if I didn't filter my utterances. Just sayin'...



Note: For those of you really interested in taking responsibility for your health I have a blog roll called TO YOUR HEALTH - start there. You’ll soon be feeling empowered. These are serious doctors and researchers whose work will change your life.


Thursday, April 14, 2016

L is for Lucky...


My theme is Low Carb High Fat. 
(#LCHF on Twitter)

But, that’s not all - it’s about a journey to better health. 
It is about two women. 
One at death’s door, the other not far behind.

As you follow this journey you will be surprised by what you read here. I hope it impacts you and causes you to question what mainstream medicine is doing to you, and those you love.



Here we go… 

L is for Lucky... 


The day is almost done - I had a post lined up but today has been a day and a half.

My daughter, the ever interesting Miss Courtney, who is also participating in this year’s A to Z Challenge HERE, turns 29 today at 11:28pm.


WOW - hard to fathom where the time goes.


She just let me know she’s arrived at her birthday destination (Harrison Hot Springs Resort - a family favourite) and is enjoying the chocolate dipped strawberries I ordered to go with the champagne I sent along for her and her hubby to enjoy.


How lucky. 


Lucky for me to see my daughter turn 29. To be part of her life and know she is thriving and prospering. What more can a parent hope for. 

Lucky for me to know she works in an industry that stokes her passionWe both agree you don’t really work at a job if you love what you do.

Lucky for me to know she is happy in her relationship. Again, what more can a parent hope for.


Today I had some sad news… I'm still digesting it.


A longtime friend is facing open heart surgery. She went in for tests this morning, found out she has 90% blockage in the main artery, 75% blockage in almost everything else.

No options - she was booked right then and there - her operation is tomorrow. I don’t know how she’s coping.

But.

How lucky.

How lucky we live in Canada where right then and there something like open heart surgery can be booked. 

How lucky to have another chance at living. 

Because, until she has this operation she’s not. 

In fact, she’s lucky this was caught, it could have gone in such a different direction.


How did this affect me?


It made me realize how really lucky I am

And how thankful I am for all the abundance that surrounds me.


How about you?


What does it take for you to realize how truly lucky you are?


Looks like this little car ride took an unexpected turn into uncharted territory. Good thing it’s an all-terrain vehicle - but, more importantly, good thing I’ve got you along to make this ride a little less daunting.


Thanks… 








Wednesday, April 13, 2016

K is for Ketosis - how it works.


My theme is Low Carb High Fat. 
(#LCHF on Twitter)

But, that’s not all - it’s about a journey to better health. 
It is about two women. 
One at death’s door, the other not far behind.

As you follow this journey you will be surprised by what you read here. I hope it impacts you and causes you to question what mainstream medicine is doing to you, and those you love.



Here we go… 

K is for Ketosis, how it works.

What is Ketosis? - a quick overview… this information comes from Lindora Clinic, a website that simplifies the learning curve.

The carbohydrates you eat are converted to glucose, which is the body’s primary source of energy. Whenever your intake of carbohydrates is limited to a certain range, for a long enough period of time, you reach a point where your body draws on its alternate energy system, fat stores, for fuel. This means the body burns fat and turns it into a source of fuel called ketones. (Ketones are produced whenever body fat is burned.)

When you burn a larger amount of fat than is immediately needed for energy, the excess ketones are discarded in the urine. Being in ketosis means your body has burned a large amount of fat in response to the fact that it didn’t have sufficient glucose available for energy needs.

To read the rest of Lindora Clinic’s explanation go HERE. (it’s worth reading)

During my 27 days of fasting I was in ketosis - I was a fat burning machine. Seriously, the fat was literally melting off me. And, in all the right places too. Which for me, was that visceral fat around my organs - oh so glamorous! 

NOTE: if you really want the game changer on how KETONES affects your MITOCHONDRIA read this paper... Click on the pic, it links to the whole article.


Source - which is also a link.


NOW…

Let’s talk about DIABETIC KETOACIDOSIS - NOT to be confused this with KETOSIS


DIABETIC KETOACIDOSIS - is a life-threatening complication which predominately affects people with Type 1 Diabetes. It is often the first signs indicating a person is diabetic. It is triggered by several factors, of which an underlying illness  often the cause.
More on Diabetic Ketoacidosis can be found HERE - and is definitely worth a further look.

Again, this transport vehicle is slow on the uptake and though one could blame it on the building an epic KUCHEN (aka cake) for a special occasion (my daughter’s birthday) I can also blame it on lack of being ready with this topic. Eeekkkk, bad Jenny, bad!

Question for this post - Do you understand the difference between being “in ketosis” and experiencing “diabetic ketoacidosis”? I hope so!











Note: For those of you really interested in taking responsibility for your health I have a blog roll called TO YOUR HEALTH - start there. You’ll soon be feeling empowered. These are serious doctors and researchers whose work will change your life.


Tuesday, April 12, 2016

J is for Juice - what's in yours?


My theme is Low Carb High Fat. 
(#LCHF on Twitter)

But, that’s not all - it’s about a journey to better health. 
It is about two women. 
One at death’s door, the other not far behind.

As you follow this journey you will be surprised by what you read here. I hope it impacts you and causes you to question what mainstream medicine is doing to you, and those you love.



Here we go… 

J is for Juice - what’s in yours?


Do you drink fruit juice? 

Do you juice your fruit? 

You throw out the pulp and keep the liquid, right? 
Cuz it’s good for you, right?

WRONGO - You get the booby prize if you think drinking the liquid (sugar water) produced by juicing fruits is good for your health.


Here… look at this chart comparing CocaCola to Apple Juice and Orange Juice:



Look at the amount of sugar in what we normally think of as healthy juices.

Shocking, eh!

So what about juicing your own? Is it better?

Well - the trick is to focus on the GREEN stuff. Mostly green veggies - mixed with a handful of berries - make great juices. 

Green juices are full of living micronutrients, vitamins, minerals and enzymes that give a healthy boost to your immune system.

Kids are the ones that suffer the most because parents are not paying close enough attention to beverages passing themselves off as healthy.

Some of the so-called Healthy Juices are nothing more than glorified sugar water which we pay a small fortune to the following companies that pressure us with powerful advertisements targeted at our children.

Oxfam International has made this graphic showing how a handful of corporations control nearly everything we buy at the grocery store.
SOURCE

The graphic focuses on 10 of the world's most powerful food and beverage companies: Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Unilever, Danone, Mars, Mondelez International, Kellogg's, General Mills, Nestle, and Associated British Foods.
Time to take back control of what these companies pass off as nutritious and wholesome. 
If it is sold in a bottle and has sugar in it - it is BAD for your health.
Here are other names for SUGAR: 
The following lists is complements of a post called How To Spot Sugar on Food Labels.
Sugars ending in -ose include: Sucrose, Maltose, Dextrose, Fructose, Glucose, Galactose, Lactose, High fructose corn syrup, Glucose solids
Just because it doesn't end in -ose, however, doesn't mean it isn't sugar. There are plenty of other names as well that may or may not sound like sugar. 

Regardless of how they sound, the following are all sugar:
Cane juice, Dehydrated cane juice, Cane juice solids, Cane juice crystals, Dextrin, Maltodextrin, Dextran, Barley malt, Beet sugar, Corn syrup, Corn syrup solids, Caramel, Buttered syrup, Carob syrup, Brown sugar, Date sugar, Malt syrup, Diatase, Diatastic malt, Fruit juice, Fruit juice concentrate, Dehydrated fruit juice, Fruit juice crystals, Golden syrup, Turbinado,  Sorghum syrup, Refiner's syrup, Ethyl maltol, Maple syrup, Yellow sugar

Okay, wasn’t that a little scary - NOW you’ll look at water in a whole different light. 

Question for this post - Do you have a favourite green juice recipe you’d like to share?









Note: For those of you really interested in taking responsibility for your health I have a blog roll called TO YOUR HEALTH - start there. You’ll soon be feeling empowered. These are serious doctors and researchers whose work will change your life.


Monday, April 11, 2016

I is for Intermittent Fasting


My theme is Low Carb High Fat. 
(#LCHF on Twitter)

But, that’s not all - it’s about a journey to better health. 
It is about two women. 
One at death’s door, the other not far behind.

As you follow this journey you will be surprised by what you read here. I hope it impacts you and causes you to question what mainstream medicine is doing to you, and those you love.



Here we go… 

I is for Intermittent Fasting

Do you ever take a break from eating?

Is fasting part of your lifestyle - religious or otherwise?

Back in July 2015 I introduced IF (Intermittent Fasting) to my daily routine by following a 16/8 program.

16 hours of NOT eating, followed by an 8 hour window where I could eat. 

This translated to 12 noon - 8 pm being my eating window where I usually fit 2 meals in this time frame. (Lots of flexibility as needed, if I was eating later, the fast ran later the next day.)

Then, from 8 pm to 12 noon I DON’T eat. I have water w/ACV (apple cider vinegar) first thing in the morning, followed by coffee (black w/cinnamon). 

When I first started IF, I would have a Rocket Fuel coffee, or two, until noon. Now, I’ll have the Rocket Fuel after my 16 hours are finished - before I have my first meal. It’s great when I’m on the go.


This is the Rocket Fuel recipe I use:

2 cups freshly brewed coffee (can be instant or even decaf)
1 Tbsp MCT oil (MCT is derived from Coconut Oil - only consisting of the 2 smaller molecular chains C8/C10) or you can simply use Coconut Oil
2 Tbsp Coconut Milk (full fat, at least 11%)
1 tsp Vanilla Extract (non-alcohol) or Vanilla Bean
I don’t add a sweetener - if you need to, please be mindful of what you choose - Erythritol or Xylitol would be preferred.

Add all the ingredients to a blender and blend for 1 minute, then enjoy! 

One of the first sites I found, back in July 2015 when surfing the net for stuff to help Mom, was Healthful Pursuits - Leanne is funny and her videos crack me up; she does have some interesting insights I liked, and used.


For serious IF folks the fasting state is all about having nothing but water and black coffee

Dr. Ted Naiman’s Intermittent Fasting page is one of the best out there. I am a huge follower of his advice.

Another guy I think is brilliant is Martin Berkhan (on Twitter @MartinBerkhan). He’s website, LeanGains is one of the founding sites dealing with all things related to Intermittent Fasting.

Through Martin I came across his buddy - Dr. Bojan Kostevski. He wrote his PHD thesis on The Effects of Intermittent Fasting on Human and Animal Health.

I have read a ton of excellent information about fasting and personally just come off a 26 day fast where I existed on water, coffee, marrow bone broth and chicken broth, and the occasional cup of tea. 

I lost 18 lbs and 19 inches, of which the bulk of those inches were from around my waist (4 inches around the thickest part).

Yup, I loved it. Just started one day, March 11th, and everyday just kept going. 

First two days were odd - felt sort of lost with not eating - like I should be doing something with my mouth besides talking. Then there was the bit about feeling lost with not chopping and dicing.

But once those first three days passed I was cruising along. Weird to say the least. Anyway...

Finally, on April 6th I decide to reintroduce food to my life around 3 pm. 

Quite frankly, I really liked fasting and will start adding a week here and there as needed.

The thing most notable for me was the results seen in my liver tests - total reversal of numbers that has spiked in February. My liver specialist was quite surprised with the improvement. I’ll be seeing him again at the end of April. It will be interesting to see how the numbers hold up.

Not that one can fast indefinitely, but I will say this - my head space was excellent, clear, focused and tuned in. So much so that I managed to get all my tax related paperwork sorted and filed without the usual stress that comes with that chore.

Also, given my car accident, my overall sense of optimism was improved. Though I am in lots of physical pain, my head space is much more positive then it was pre fasting.

And… as a funny note - it’s really affordable. Hahahaha! 

Anyway - it was an experiment that I will be undertaking again, probably starting April 15th, after my daughter’s birthday. I’m baking a coconut flour cake and look forward to helping her celebrate by having a slice.

Since I still have a few more inches to lose and one of my liver enzymes still needs to come down a few points I want to do another fast to jump start those issues.

INTERMITTENT FASTING IS QUITE LIBERATING TOO! 


Okay… that’s all for now, seems things are moving along smoothly  as we make our way toward the middle of the month. But don’t get too relaxed, some tight hairpin turns await you.


Question for this post - Have you tried Intermittent Fasting?


Cheers, Jenny


 Note: For those of you really interested in taking responsibility for your health I have a blog roll called TO YOUR HEALTH - start there. You’ll soon be feeling empowered. These are serious doctors and researchers whose work will change your life.

Saturday, April 09, 2016

H is for Hormones - 2 in particular.


My theme is Low Carb High Fat. 
(#LCHF on Twitter)

But, that’s not all - it’s about a journey to better health. 
It is about two women. 
One at death’s door, the other not far behind.

As you follow this journey you will be surprised by what you read here. I hope it impacts you and causes you to question what mainstream medicine is doing to you, and those you love.



Here we go… 

H is for Hormones, 2 in particular.

My latest read is The Obesity Code, by Jason Fung, MD. He’s a nephrologist - that’s a doctor who specializes in the diseases of the kidneys.

Dr. Fung is also the founder of the Intensive Dietary Management (IDM) Program, based out of Toronto, which provides a unique treatment focus for type 2 diabetes and obesity. His website houses his blog, with info-laden posts. This guy is brilliant - he can be also found on Twitter @drjasonfung. The thing I liked right away - he's funny and he gives a damn. 

Well, I got to know of Dr. Fung’s work by watching this video - from the Low Carb Vail 2016 Conference. 

To see other videos from that Conference, click HERE

First off, the fact Dr. Jason Fung is from Canada was enough to having me doing the happy dance. 

YOU HAVE NO idea how frustrating it is to be going it alone as Mom’s advisor in a city like Vancouver. It may be a “pretty” city, but not progressive regarding medicine.

YOU’D THINK that I would have an easy time finding a doctor who would embrace the changes I’ve helped Mom make - and be excited to be part of those changes. NO LUCK, though Mom’s GP is doing his best be appear supportive.

In fact… Mom’s doc has given his lukewarm blessings on having Mom sign up to be part of Dr. Fung’s Long Distance IDM Program.

My GP, was a little harder to sell on the idea, but has reluctantly given her approval too.

Geez, you’d think this was a request to be on the next shuttle to Mars, I actually think they’d have given us their approval in an instant. Anything to get me out of their line of vision. LOL

Okay… I’m here to talk about HORMONES, and the effect they have on weight gain.

There are two worth discussing:

INSULIN (Chapter 7 in The Obesity Code) Dr. Fung provides much of the same info from his book in this article on his blog - HERE.

and

CORTISOL (Chapter 8 in The Obesity Code) Dr. Fung provides much of the same info from his book in this article on his blog - HERE.


Dr. Fung has been researching the question:

WHAT CAUSES OBESITY?

And, after many years of researching he has found this answer - 

OBESITY IS CAUSED BY INSULIN, and Insulin’s very best friend, CORTISOL. 

Hand in hand, these two hormones wreck havoc on our bodies.

First, we totally mess with our body by giving it an energy source (carbohydrates) that require insulin to be utilized. 

By over indulging in carbs we are in a constant state of spiked insulin. Over time this causes insulin resistance which in turn is given outside intervention by a doctor, who prescribes more insulin - RATHER THAN LOOKING AT THE FUEL SOURCE.

Second, we all live stressed, harried, busy lives and our built in fight or flight hormone, Cortisol, is in constant state of overdrive. 

We don’t get enough sleep, we are plugged into our gadgets literally as we go to bed. 

We have little or no down time that helps recharge our Cortisol battery pack. This leads to weight gain.

NOW… I have given you very basic overviews of TWO of our most important HORMONES. 

Dr. Jason Fung gives detailed explanations of each and by the time you finish reading Chapters 7 & 8 you’ll be heading to bed an hour earlier and unplugging yourself two hours before that.

Sleep is one thing we need but do our utmost to avoid lest we miss out on a stupid episode of some lame sitcom or reality TV show. 

A fixed bedtime is a thing of the past - even for kids.

Obesity, metabolic syndrome, GI issues, type 2 diabetes, liver disease, kidney failure… not to mention all sorts of neurological problems like early onset Dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, MS and even things like ADD and ADHD are results of hormones going afoul, and are all affected by out of control cortisol levels.

Understanding how these two hormones, Insulin and Cortisol, work has made it easier for me to work with Mom. We both understand, because of Dr. Fung’s commitment to his research, how we get fat and stay fat.

We also understand the way to reverse that trend. We are both excited about submitting our applications into Dr. Fung’s program. (there's a bit of a wait list…)

NOTE: In the last month, Mom has reduced her need for Lantas, that long acting insulin again. She is doing an evening injection of 8units. She’s nervous to outright quit because of the the many years of being told “diabetes is progressive” and “you’ll only need more insulin, not less, as you age”.

I’m happy to say, Mom’s doing amazing. She was out with her walker and now manages to make it 3/4 of the way up the block. And, that is epic!  

Sorry for the delay in getting this ride moving - been slow on the uptake. (Let’s call it a flat tire, shall we.)
Having some rough time with my physio treatments. Back on Feb 4th I was in a very serious car accident and lately my neck and shoulders (left side) are giving me no end of grief.  


Question for this post - How many hours of quality sleep do you get each night?


Cheers, Jenny


Note: For those of you really interested in taking responsibility for your health I have a blog roll called TO YOUR HEALTH - start there. You’ll soon be feeling empowered. These are serious doctors and researchers whose work will change your life.