Sunday, September 21, 2014

LCHF Diet for T2D

Photo from here.

First, let me tell you about this cheap gasoline station located several blocks away from my house. We all know that gas prices differ every day. This cheap gas station, however, is always ten, sometimes, twenty cents cheaper. Who wouldn't want to save twenty cents per gallon, right? Plus, it's very convenient to pass it by after work, before arriving at the house. I always try to be frugal and practical. I'm not a rich kid. So, for several months, I did that routine whenever I need gas for my car.

The health condition of my car became weird. I never suspected that it's because of the cheap gas. However, the shop mechanic told me that the cheap gas contributed to its condition. It's like feeding junk food to my car. It made my car sick. After expensive repairs, my car is now back in shape. I avoided that cheap gas station like a plague. I go to either Shell or Chevron. My car is now happy and healthy.

Consider our bodies like cars in need of good gasoline. Our food is our fuel. We feed ourselves in order to function, every day. However, there's also that cheap fuel for our system that makes us sick. We actually ignore it because we are used to the cheap fuel we ingest. Our parents showed and taught us about that particular fuel we got comfortable with. We never broke the family routine. In my case, all my years I've eaten rice as a part of every meal. I'm not saying it is a cheap fuel that makes me sick. The only thing that's bad about it is my belief of if I don't eat it, I don't know what else to eat. That is, because I grew up with it and got used to it.

Of course, my body is not like the same as it was twenty years ago. Just like my car, it's not like as it was when I first bought it. For years, I fed my car cheap fuel. For years, I've eaten rice. My car got sick. My family history of Diabetes came out in me. I had to change my car's fuel and repair its damage. I had to change the food I eat to maintain my health and eliminate Diabetes. This is where I start LCHF.

Photo from here.

What is LCHF? It means Low Carb High Fat. I eliminated the fuel I grew up with (carbohydrates or starchy food). For now. Unlike the car, I don't want to use that cheap gas anymore, but for my body, carbohydrates aren't really that bad as long as it's not taken more than the allotted grams per day. That depends on goals. My goal is to eliminate my T2D, that's why totally no carbs for me, for now. For a week, I have been doing LCHF. I won't complain about it. I've learned that I can live without the starchy food I'm used to. Who wouldn't be happy with bacon all the time? And, instead of potato chips or nachos, pork rinds or chicharones are my snacks.

Photo from here.

No carbs at all, no artificial sweeteners, and as much as possible, no sugar. It's a journey I recently started for more than two weeks ago. I already feel good about it. I have more energy. I feel lighter. I doubled up my cardio routine to one hour every day. I do take a day of rest, but I try to add up the one hour I missed into the other days. It's a matter of organizing my schedule and managing my time. Not only my cardio, but my reading and writing as well. It's great!

Grilled Sausages, Red Cabbage, Pickles, and Cherry Tomatoes

For this weekend's activities, we went to an Oktoberfest themed party yesterday at one of our band friends' house, and I felt great being able to know how to treat food like I did. Lots of meats and veggies. I love hotdogs/sausages! No starch! Bottled water instead of soda and alcohol. (I know, no beer. I'm not really much of a beer drinker anyways.) I'm allowed to drink red wine and dry white wine, though. I had a great time! It was nice to see some of our wonderful band friends, and we also met several new ones.

Earlier today, We went to Lake Elizabeth for the first part of my cardio. (The second part is at home doing my one hour elliptical. I took a rest yesterday.) At the park, there's a lot of sign saying, "Don't feed the birds." Still, a lot of people threw chunks of bread into the lake. Why is bread bad? People think it's bird food. Of course, it is in fact food, but for the birds, it expands in their system and they get sick. Don't you realize that when you eat carbs, it does the same thing. Don't feed the birds. No carbs. That's what I do for my body nowadays. I love it! Besides, the birds are supposed to hunt for their food. Don't make them be lazy by spoon-feeding them! Unless you are feeding them bugs and green grass, anything else is not okay. I know, I know. Enough ranting. LOL.

We went grocery shopping afterwards. I revamped my list and bought lots of fatty stuff: lots of bacon, pure butter, pure cream cheese, full cream for coffee, whole milk, chicharrones, and veggies. No starch! Tonight, I'm pan-searing London Broil steaks with butter and rubbed with some of my favorite spices. I'll saute the veggies in butter, too. Yum!

So, how's your weekend so far?

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Hui Ilima 55th Annual Lu'au

Time flies quickly and another lu'au happened. One of my favorite events of the year, the Hui Ilima Lu'au occurred this evening. We just got home from it. This year, though, they had a new venue in San Jose instead of Mountain View. The event was held inside IES Portuguese Hall in Santa Clara Street. And, this year, my parents-in-law, my sister-in-law, and stepkids accompanied me and my husband. It was one big happy family event.

I love the new venue. Lots of parking, because they allowed us to use the nearby church's parking lot. We did get in line early, and we had front row seat. Unfortunately, we were at the side instead of the middle. Still, we were closer to the stage compared to our last year's seats.

My plate

My husband's plate

Please excuse my photos for being blurry. I did not bring my DSLR camera with me. I felt lazy. In fact, I even forgot my phone and used Shaggy's phone instead. HeHe. Anyway, the wonderful members of Hui Ilima served us delicious All-You-Can-Eat Hawaiian food: Kahlua Pork, Lomi Lomi Salmon, Chicken Long Rice Soup, Poi, Sweet Bread, Sweet Potato, Baked Fish, Steamed White Rice, Cocunut Pudding, Pineapples, and Fruit Punch Drink. We prepared for this. I only ate apples for breakfast and lunch, and I worked out real good to free up space for this Hawaiian goodness. HaHa. I'm serious! The food overflowed. It's all you can eat, and you wouldn't say no to everything, especially the Chicken Long Rice Soup. It's my favorite! I honestly need to get the recipe, so I can cook it at home.

In the past, I mentioned that I was not a fan of Poi. However, someone told us this evening that it shouldn't be eaten by itself. It's partnered together with the Kahlua Pork. I tried it this time, and boy oh boy it was great. The saltiness of the Kahlua Pork blended well with the light sweetness of the pasty Poi. What a delight! They were both great together added in Steamed White Rice. Yum!

After dinner, the dance show commenced. Great performances! I adored the keikis (little girls) dancing Tahitian. I kept thinking, "Where did their spines go?" HaHa. They can shake it real good!

Hawaiian dance is fascinating and captivating. Hui Ilima's Lu'au is the closest thing to being in Hawaii. What a lovely culture to experience! Filipinos are considered Asian Pacific Islanders, that's why Hawaiian is somewhat close to my heart. I danced Tahitian when I was a little keiki myself. However, don't ask me to dance now, because I don't think I can do the grass skirt thing. LOL.

If you have no plans of going to Hawaii yet, but you are interested to experience a Lu'au, I highly recommend that you visit Hui Ilima's Lu'au next year. It's totally worth it. There are raffle prizes in store for you, too, aside from the magnificent food, the friendly hospitality of the members, and the excellent dance show. Someday, I'm positive I'd be visiting Hawaii, but for the meantime, this lu'au is my fix.

So, how's your Saturday evening?

Friday, September 12, 2014

Berry Berry Ber

Photo created by Beth Sobel of LEP

Aside from school starting for the kids and American tackle football commencing, everything else is a blended smoothie. Yeah, I know, "Why the hell would everything be a blended smoothie?" It's my way of saying that everything is a mix. It's a smorgasbord of movie types: comedy, drama, action, adventure, and perhaps fantasy can be sprinkled on top of it. Just be glad there's no horror, murder mystery, or even zombies. Well, hopefully, not yet on the latter. Can you imagine zombies roaming around your neighborhood? Sheesh. Oh, sorry. I write too much metaphor.

Officially, I can say that my writing studies would soon say, "Adieu!" It's a matter of getting my final grading from my professor, and of course my certificate/diploma. So, more time for me to read books, write letters and blogs. Aside from that, I can now edit my novels and finally finish them. I'm still undecided whether to take the traditional route of publishing, or go all out indie and self-publish. Meh, I'll cross the bridge when I get there. My focus is to finish them first.

So, what's been going on? Lots of letters to reply to, but I'm getting caught up. My pile is down to 20+. HaHa. It used to be 30+, so that's quite an improvement. Lots of old pals dropped out from snail mailing due to postage costs. Some dropped out just because they want to. They didn't want to write anymore, maybe because they found some other things to focus on. Though, I don't think they should be considered authentic snail mailers. How can you drop it off? Creative stationeries, colorful pens, adorable stickers, remarkably designed washi tapes, crafty envelopes, magnificent postage stamps, and handwritten letters ... aaahhh! I can never imagine not being around those, especially when I'm a plannerholic. They're a part of me for life. Jot down this here, jot down this there, jot it down, jot it down, everywhere! LOL

Okay, I'm going to stop talking about snail mail. Let's talk about fitness and health. I've set up my everyday workout around 8pm or 8:30pm up to 9pm or 9:30pm. After sweating it all out, sleep drags me to bed. Well, after cleaning myself, that is. It's funny because after a good cardio and a sound sleep (thanks to my CPAP), I forget I have to go to work the next day. LOL. Actually, I forget to activate my alarm clock. I'm so forgetful, that I sometimes suspect that Alzheimer's is knocking at my door. I hope not! I'm not that old! HaHa!

It's that time of year when Filipinos play Christmas songs starting this month of September. It's a tradition I'll never forget. I grew up with it. This year, though, I haven't heard one single Christmas song. Is it a good thing or a bad thing? Who knows? Music is music, and I do like Christmas songs. However, I'll admit that it gets a bit too much sometimes. I get watery eyes hearing some of the classics, especially Merry Christmas Darling by The Carpenters. When my husband and I were dating, we were apart during Christmas Eve. We did speak over the phone, and I sang that song to him while he was driving. I think, I made him cry. So, if I hear it now, I'm the one who gets teary-eyed.

Oh well ... At this point, I'd say that I'm comfortable with my blended smoothie. The flavor is right; the mix is quite acceptable. The temperature doesn't give me brain freeze, at least. It goes down smoothly without any issues at all. It's comfortable. Although, I know that someday, I need to pick up a different kind of flavor. Maybe, a totally different kind of drink. Bloody Mary, anyone?

How about you, what's been going on with you?

P.S. Thanks to my penpal Beth Sobel who is also a member of League of Extraordinary Penpal for creating my LEProfile Photo. Beth, you're awesome!