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Wow, we made it to Raleigh!. The weather was fine until we hit NC around Winston Salem, then we knew we were in a hurricane! The winds weren’t that bad, but the rain was torrential. I kept expecting to see the road closed ahead, but we were lucky and made it all the way to our hotel in Raleigh. I understand that I40 is closed just south of here, hope they have it open later in the day. We’re not sure yet if the roads are passable to Topsail, or even if our hotel on Topsail is open. Will call later and find out.

In the meantime, here is a blurry pic of dinner last night.

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We ate at a pretty nice place near our hotel called Page Road Grill, which advertised itself as Southern cuisine with an international flair. I had a delicious smoked brisket with sweet potato hash, grilled broccoli, barbeque demi and mustard sauce. I’m sure there was sugar in the sauce, but the sweet potatoes had no added sugar (why do people sweeten already sweet things? I don’t get it), so I think I did well. David had shrimp and grits – I tasted them and they were heavenly.  I also had a half glass of cabernet, couldn’t drink the whole thing. 

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Topsail island pier yesterday

Vacationing With a Hurricane Is No Fun

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Whew, crazy week at work with typical work drama and trying to get ready for vacation. Of course, Hurricane Matthew is planning to visit the east coast at the same time I am. Is my vacation ruined? The current models for the storm show it missing North Carolina entirely. Fingers crossed!

Here’s our plan. We’re leaving tomorrow (Saturday) as planned. We have a reservation at a motel near the Raleigh-Durham airport for Saturday night and  plan to have a nice dinner in Durham. There are so many great restaurants in that city, not sure where we’ll end up.

Sunday we will play it by ear. The manager at our motel on Topsail says they’re staying open. So, if the roads are passable on Sunday, we’re going to the beach. It may be raining like mad, I don’t care. If I can get there, I’m going! If all goes well, we’ll have a lovely 5 days at Topsail, then we’ll head for Greensboro where we’ll spend the night near the greyhound adoption kennel and visit my old friends there (I used to work/volunteer at GFNC, long story for another post.)

OK, so what does all this have to do with my eating plan? Nothing! I still plan to have 1 meal a day, with an evening snack and a morning bulletproof coffee.

Oh, and by the way…. I’m another lb down!!!

Hurricane Matthew 1 hour ago!

Making Progress

It seems that at long last I may be nearing fat-adaptation! All week I’ve been super strict, avoiding all cheese, increasing my fat, limiting my protein, and fasting (1 meal only) every other day. One of the first things I’ve noticed is that I’m not hungry! I knew this was a common effect of the ketogenic diet, but as yet I hadn’t really experienced it fully. Today, however, I ate some chicken curry and drank a couple of bulletproof coffees for brunch at around 11 am. It’s now 7 pm and I’m still not hungry. I may just skip dinner tonight. This is great.

Unfortunately, I forgot to test my blood glucose upon waking today. I seem to be susceptible to the “dawn phenomenon” (elevated morning fasting BG). A few times it had been well into the pre-diabetic range. That doesn’t concern me too greatly, as long as my BG is good for the rest of the day. Here is my BG reading one hour after my brunch (it was a big bowl of curry with coconut cream, broccoli, cauliflower):

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Pretty good, I think.

And here’s something that really made me smile:

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Until yesterday, I hadn’t been able to get much above a ‘trace’ reading on the KetoStix.

Now, if I can only get the scale to budge a little. I haven’t lost anything in a couple of weeks…..

Countdown To The Coast

 

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One week from today, I’ll be on the road with David, heading for one of my favorite places in the world – Topsail Island, North Carolina! Love going to the coast off-season… fewer people, cool weather perfect for marathon beach walks, cheaper lodging rates. This will be our first real vacation together in well over ten years, and I just can’t wait! Thanks, Ward and family for staying at our house to care for our menagerie. We couldn’t do it without you!

There’s only one fly in the sunscreen, so to speak: How on earth am I going to stay ketosis while on vacation??? We all know that everybody goes off their diet and gains weight on vacation, right? Well, I’m determined to be the exception to the rule. How? Here’s my plan…

 

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Intermittent Fasting!!!

Yes, I’m planning to eat only one meal a day. OK, I’ll be honest, I don’t think that’s going to be possible. More realistically, I will probably have one meal and one snack. I have no problem skipping breakfast, and for the past few weeks I’ve also been skipping lunch a couple/three days a week as well. It’s been surprisingly easy now that I’m securely in keto. So that leaves a big, fat-heavy, nutrient-dense, moderate-protein dinner at a nice restaurant every night. Since restaurants normally serve too-large portions, I can box up some leftovers for a bedtime snack (or breakfast/lunch/snack the next day). I also plan to bring fixin’s for bulletproof coffee (pastured butter, coconut oil) for mornings when I might feel a little hungry. Will I be able to stick to this plan? We’ll soon find out!

To get us in the mood, here are a few pictures I took the last time I was there, about 3 and a half years ago. (BTW, I’m sad to say that in the picture of me below, I was about 10 lbs lighter than I am now. Sigh.)

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Sunrise on the Beach

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Bailey the Diva  Dobie and Me

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Surf City Pier

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Storm Coming

 

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Storm Here!

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Sunset On The Sound Side

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The Ship Is Sinking, Man the Lifeboats!

 

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Why am I calling this blog “Low Carb Lifeboat”? Well, as I was surfing the internet the other day looking for inspiration, I came across a post in dietdoctor.com titled The Ultimate Guide to Low Carb Living In a High Carb World. It really grabbed me. It was written by Jeni Calahan who has a blog called Eat The Butter. Here are the first lines:

“America, like most modern nations, is like a bad cruise ship headed into bad weather. The buffets on-board are overflowing with processed food — sugary drinks, starchy snacks, and meals dominated by additives, refined vegetable oils, and more starch. The restaurants are always open and the all-you-can-eat buffets encourage large plates piled high with food.

The cruise director promotes the ever-present food and drink over the ship’s loud speakers, reminding you to head on over to the restaurants, anytime. Whether you are hungry, bored, or lonely, the answer is a visit to the ship’s bars, buffets, and snack stands. Occasionally the Captain ruins the mood — he picks up the microphone and admonishes, “Passengers should eat less and exercise more.”

And so it goes — the endless cycle of heavily marketed and ubiquitous bad food, weight gain, ill health, misguided scolding, and guilt. This is our crazy (dare I say hellish?) world…

The ship is sinking. Over half of adults in the US are overweight or obese. Type II diabetes is rampant. It’s no longer called “adult onset diabetes” because of the great number of children who now have it. Twenty years ago, that would have been unthinkable. As if that’s not bad enough, I’ve seen it predicted that 20 years from now, Alzheimer’s disease will begin to be seen in children as well because of it’s strong correlation with diabetes. And how about this for a total downer? For the first time in the history of humankind, today’s children are expected to have shorter lifespans than their parents. Un.be.leiv.able.

Why are we in this boat? I think a big part of the problem is our food choices. We stuff ourselves with sugar and chemical laden processed “foods”, we believe that grains are healthy, we believe that we can’t live without bread and pasta and cereal. We think butter is bad and canola oil is good. We went from eating 3 meals a day to 6+ meals. We followed our low fat diets and believed in the atrocious food pyramid, and in the process we got sicker and sicker and fatter and fatter.

I for one am jumping this ship! For 2 months I’ve been low carb. Since September I’ve gone Keto. I’ve lost a dozen lbs so far, my blood sugars have stabilized, I’ve lost my cravings for sugar, I’ve lost the desire to eat constantly. I have more energy than I’ve had in years. I’m sticking with this lifeboat.