New Year, New You . . .

It’s a new year so that must mean it’s time for a new me. I have to admit  it’s been time for a “new” me for a while now. Or, rather, a return to the old me. . . . What can I say? . . .  I’m a procrastinator. But, when two someones I love recently underwent emergency open heart surgery, it was a wake up call for me. No more time to procrastinate. The time is now to get busy. “Ideas are cheap. Execution is everything.” according to Chris Sacca, the newest member of ABC’s Shark Tank. He’s right. So, what’s the best plan for me to get back in shape and maintain my health? Diet and exercise . . . . that’s always the answer.

Shall I Shred with Dr. Ian Smith?  Nope. I gained 5 pounds in the first month from all the fruit smoothies a couple years back. Too many carbs for me. Low fat diet? Recent research indicates it’s not high cholesterol that causes heart disease but too much sugar. (Which explains hubs issue.) Give up sugar? I DO love me some chocolate. Fortunately, cakes, cookies, and other pastries rarely call my name. It’s the potato chips that know each and every one of my weaknesses.  Oh the crunchy saltiness!! You know what I mean, don’t you?

What was it that cardiologist said? Limit carbohydrates. And didn’t my sister-in-law start a low carb diet last spring?  Yep. Turns out that a low carbohydrate, high fat diet (only good fats, of course) is the ticket that helped my SIL lose 90 pounds and drop 105 cholesterol points. And, did you know that the most recent government commission that met to determine cholesterol guidelines couldn’t find any science to support the idea that cholesterol is bad for you? Yep, that’s right. The culprit that causes heart disease, and a whole host of other issues, is actually high blood sugar from, among other things, soda, pastries, pasta, rice, and any starchy vegetables. The carbs in these foods quickly convert to glucose in the blood stream. The resulting high glucose levels cause inflammation in the body. It’s this inflammation that leads to plaque build-up in the arteries. And my SIL’s experience proves that fat, the right kind of fat, doesn’t elevate cholesterol levels after all. It actually REDUCES them.

So, it looks like the “new me” will be following a low carbohydrate, high fat diet. I’ll be talking more about the low-carb, high fat (LCHF) diet often in the coming days. And, since I’ve found a local doctor who advocates such a diet, I’ll be able to share some things from the medical perspective as well.

In the meantime, I’ll be making some Parmesan and Pepper Jack Chia Seed Crackers to help me when those potato chips start chipping away at my weak spots. Check out the recipe from Swanson’s Vitamins here: http://bit.ly/ParmesanPepperJackChiaCrackers

 

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