10-26-14 – Sunday – A day of learning

Today is just about 5 days since my last workout and although it is becoming pretty frustrating I have to admit that it has become a lot easier to stay on the Paleo path. I believe that once my finger is healed enough to where a rise is blood pressure would not disturb the healing process I will return to just 3 workouts per week. With maybe just simple walks and 1 day of sprints. I don’t know yet, but we shall see.

Jason Seib in his book, “The Paleo Coach” encourages his clients to stay away from the scale and simply be mindful of the way they feel along with how their clothing fits. The obvious reason for this is that muscle weighs more than fat and there really isn’t a way to figure out how much fat you have burned and how much muscle mass you have built. Although I absorbed this fact I still found myself on the scale this morning. Ahh. Yes, it is hard to give up old habits.

Another lesson that I learned from Jason’s book is that before you put something in your mouth, stop and think about that food. Is this a positive thing that I want to enter my body, or is it a negative thing? Learn not to give in to social pressures and eat things that are not healthy just because you feel that you should because it is expected of you. One of the techniques I use is simple letting your host know how delicious that cake they baked looks, but because of diabetes, I just can’t eat it.

I am learning that all grains are poison and will disrupt the digestive system and raise blood sugar. It is not always bad to raise your blood sugar on occasions, but is better to do it with a piece of fruit. Grains do not taste good unless we add something to them. How many people would sit down and eat a plain plate of pasta? Yuk!

I am learning about the viscous carb cycle. Eating carbs for energy so you can burn 600 calories on the treadmill which makes you hungry for more carbs that you will have to burn off on the treadmill, simply doesn’t work. The key is to avoid the carbs and allow the body to do what it has been doing since the dawn of human existence – That is burning fat for energy. This process is called ketosis and yes, it is a natural state for humans.

I have also learned that when food choices are slim pickings or time is a factor there is always a roaster chicken not to far from home in one of our favorite supermarkets already cooked, hot and ready to be eaten. Getting home late yesterday and simply not wanting to cook led me to purchase one of these chickens. It was delicious and relatively inexpensive when you consider that you can get multiple meals out of it including saving the bones for chicken soup.

5:00 AM – Blood Sugar – 113, Weight – 171.2

About SimpleLivingOver50

At 53 years old I am starting to realize how life changes both physically and emotionally. I strive for a life of simplicity. I am winning the battle with type II diabetes, created a plan to have all debt paid off in 4 years including the house, taking advantage of every opportunity to live life to it's fullest through adventures in nature, hiking, biking, loving and learning.
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