Monthly Archives: September 2012

Fatter by the Minute

The scale is moving the wrong way. After some positive steps with the Insanity program, I have gained several pounds since being on Les Mills PUMP. NO, it is not muscle. I have been doing 25-30 minutes HIIT workouts in addition to teaching my six Zumba classes a week. Obviously, this is not enough. So….the only option at this point is to go back on Insanity, still keeping my PUMP workouts and it’s time to try HCG again. I have a modified HCG plan called Slender Plus where you do 1,000 calories a day. I guess I will try that first, instead of the regular HCG. I know HCG works but someone needs to try Slender Plus and see if it works. The protocol is low carb, it calls for 2 5-oz servings of meat and a protein shake, low carb veggies, and 1 or 2 fruits. Fun days ahead…(not!)

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The Trouble with Carbs

CarbEaters Anonymous

Me: My name is Kim and I am a CarbEater

Members: “Hi Kim”

Yesterday at 4:30 pm, I opened a package of Glutino Vanilla Sandwich Cookies. I ate half the package yesterday and today I ate the other half minus 3 cookies. I was saving the last three cookies for after Zumba. After class, disgusted with myself, I threw the last three cookies out of my car window. It was symbolic.

I have let my eating get out of hand since Zumba convention. I haven’t been logging my food on myfitnesspal, which hasn’t helped. I haven’t been getting enough protein and I have been eating sandwiches again, which makes me crave carbs like crazy. And last week, I had two full packages of Against the Grain bagels. [sigh] The neverending cycle.

Every time I get like this, I bear in my mind my metabolic types: parasympathetic dominant, Thyroid body type, Kapha Dosha, Type O Blood. Sugar is the worst thing for parasympathetic dominance, thyroid type, and kapha dosha. Low carb diets are recommended for parasympathetic, thyroid type, and Type O. Fats and sugar causes Kapha imbalance (I overeat two things, nuts or sweets). WHY IS THIS SO DAMN HARD?! Clearly, I need to follow some combination of the diets, so here goes (YES, again – this is a diet blog, if at first, I don’t succeed…).

Most authors I have read in the past  several years (and I have read a lot) find some validity in the blood type theories, but specifically with the “avoid” foods. They haven’t found much validity to the “beneficial” foods. When I was thin, I religiously avoided my avoid foods. Perhaps my body likes beef more than chicken or walnuts more than almonds, but it definitely I could tell my body didn’t like avoids like sunflower seeds or wheat (which I later found out I was severely gluten intolerant). A few years ago, D’adamo came out with the Genotype Diet, supposedly an improvement on the blood type diet, but I just found it distracting and inconsistent with his earlier books. I prefer Live Right for Your Type or Allergies: Fight Them With the Blood Type Diet.

Following a Kapha Dosha inspired plan alone would cut out nuts and all sweeteners.  It would also cut out sweet, heavy fruits like dates, bananas, avocadoes, oranges, pineapple, grapes, grapefruit, and melons. Both the Kapha Diet and Type O Diet are pretty restrictive of dairy. I have done a lot more dairy lately because it hasn’t bothered me for the first time in about 7 years, but it’s also very easy to cut out. Grains are very controversial, they are not helpful for any of my body types. The Kapha diet specifically discourages oats, rice, and wheat but recommends millet, corn, buckwheat, and rye. My parasympathetic dominance plan from metabolictypingonline.com recommends avoiding corn, millet, and buckwheat. Go figure. So I consult other sources. Protein Power Lifeplan recommends avoiding, wheat, corn, millet, and rye because they are inflammatory and have connections to autoimmune disorders. The Blood Type Diet pretty much recommends cutting out all grains save for Ezekial bread, which of course is always out. This is exactly why a person should follow one plan, so to simplify things I am just going to focus on the Kapha recommendations, I can always fine tune it later. As far as my overall intake, as “protein type”, I should eat 40-50% of my calories from protein, 20-30% from carbs, and the rest from fat. That basically breaks down to a max of 50 grams of fat and 112 grams of carbs. Not hard, just need to execute.

Dear carbs,

We must stop this on-and-off again relationship, we clearly cannot be friends. I will need you to leave me alone. I will do my best to ignore you, but if you keep insist on stalking me, I will be forced to take more drastic measures. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Yours Truly, Kim

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Low Carb Friendly Foods that Taste Good

I am developing quite an affection for Artic Zero “ice cream

“. It isn’t real ice cream; it is largely frozen whey protein. I wasn’t crazy about it when I first tried it a couple of years ago or even a few months ago when I tried the bars. But I am now on my third box of bars (chocolate/vailla) and I tried the cappucino pint today and I liked it pretty well. I ate less than a serving and a half cup serving is only 37 calories! The bars are only 85 calories. You can find low calories fudge bars in several brands (most have horrible ingredients) but not a chocolate coated ice cream bar. They either have good ingredients but a lot of fat, hence a lot of calories, or they are artificially sweetened with Splenda or Nutrasweet. Yuck! No thanks. This is exactly why I will NOT try Skinny Cow. Sucralose gets nowhere close to my mouth, nor do any of its cousins.

I have also become a fan of Greek yogurt. I prefer flavors over plain even though they have more carbs, but most brands aren’t too bad. I LOVE the Noosa brand, I think it has the best flavor; it’s some Aussie recipe with milk from local farmers. Taste like dessert so of course I like it. On the more low carb friendly front, both Oikos and Chobani have vanilla flavors with more protein than carbs.

PB2 is still awesome, especially the chocolate. I actually prefer Betty Lou’s Powdered Peanut Butter over regular PB2 because it is organic and sweetened with coconut sugar instead of the plain, white drug. Rabbit trail: I actually made some pretty good cookies with almond flour and coconut sugar a few weeks ago. It was my first time cooking with coconut sugar. I like it but I need to do some research on it to see it is really a better alternative or agave 2.0

For salty snacks, seaweed snacks are great. Seasnax and Annie Chun’sare my favorite. They are gluten-free and not all seaweed snacks are, many have soy sauce in them. My favorite flavors are the Annie Chun’s Wasabi and Seasnax Toasty Onion. They are not meant to be filling but at 16-50 calories they are a much better option than chips or nuts when I get the munchies (and I’m not really hungry) or I need a salt fix.

And finally my new favorite milk for all my protein shakes (the current favorite is Bluebonnet Whey Protein-grassfed and very tasty) is Good Karma Unsweetened Flax Milk. It has a great texture and the flavor goes well with any protein. It actually has some Omega 3 and at only 25 calories a cup, it’s a near perfect food.

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Killer Workouts

Today’s Workout:
Les Mills PUMP Pump & Burn
Cathe HIIT 40/20
Jillian Michael’s No More Trouble Zones

no Aqua Zumba, off for Labor Day

Enjoyed my day off (a RARE day off). Spent most of the day watching a Pawn Stars marathon and US Open tennis. Got in three tough workouts and my right knee is feeling it. It is not getting better. Mh last two PUMP workouts have been killer. I increased my squat and chest/back tracks and I am spent by the end. Cathe Friedrich’s 40/20 HIIT is tough. Forty seconds on, twenty seconds off but I liked it much better than the 30/30 HIIT and it was easier to follow. I am not used to step workouts so I get a little lost in the warmup but surely I will get the hang of it. And Jillian…damn, she is no joke. This workout reminds me of Insanity because ten minutes in I am already dying and wondering when it will be over and then at the end I am like, “I made it!” That’s the kind of workout that will change your body. If I like Killer Buns and Thighs as much, I will seriously have to get Six Week Six Pack or her new one, Killer Abs.

Failing miserably getting in my yoga. At this rate DDP Yoga will be collecting dust. I will have to abandon the three month plan and just try different workouts until I find one that I like. Then maybe I will do it three times a week. I can go back to Biggest Loser Weight Loss Yoga, but I didn’t pay $119 for that 😮

I have been using Bluebonnet Nutrition’s new Extreme Edge line of sports nutrition products. I have been using the Pre- and Post-workout drink mixes. I think it helps. Time will tell tor sure, stay tuned.

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