Tag Archives: very low carb (vlc)

VLC 9-12 and the end of this approach

This approach with its strict undertones does not seem to be working. Having a goal of VLC doesn’t treat the source well enough.

From here on out I’ll be approaching the program currently outlined in my “evolutionary living” page: starting out by centering my meals the right way, and that doesn’t leave any room for junk. It will be naturally VLC with the right habits.

Focus on the means to the goal, not the goal itself. It makes you crazy.

The last info from my VLC focus: Continue reading

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Chipotle: Ethical and low carb

I would hate but....I've been there.

Here’s a follow up post to the one I just did on Chipotle, which is essentially the only restaurant chain I ever eat at.

Sometimes you just don’t feel like cooking and you really want to do the whole paleo thing. I have heard about apps like PaleoGoGo but ha! I am too poor to want an iPhone, I do not want an iPhone, and even if I had an iPhone, these apps don’t usually pertain to folks like me in rural areas. I can do this work myself; and I kind of enjoy it.

In order of ethical standards at Chipotle, here’s the deal. The pork is 100% outdoor raised, the beef 85%, and they are working on the chicken. Use that into your decision-making if you wish.

Here’s an example of the “typical burrito” that I used to get a few years ago (calculated with this nifty tool that Chipotle fans put together). I was a vegetarian then, so this includes no meat. Continue reading

VLC Day 7-8: Information overload

Listened to Robb Wolf’s Podcast and a concept ironically leached into my day from them that they paradoxically made fun of. Greg Everett, Robb’s sidekick on the podcast (or frontkick?) made fun of one of the listeners’ questions. The listener commented to Rob and Greg that this Paleo thing “was working really well” for him,then proceeded to ask him if he should try training X or diet X. They laughed out loud. Why would you try anything else if you’ve reached something that works? If it’s not broke, why fix it? Greg commented that this seems to be a new phenomenon in the area of nutrition with so many different bodies and reactions to foods and dogmas, we are totally overloaded with information and not stopping long enough to look at ourselves. How am I reacting to this? Is this working for me? Have I given it long enough and pure enough to see if it’s working? Continue reading

VLC Day 6: Progress!

Sweet, sweet progress. I think Day 7 will be the charm.

  1. Less than 50 grams of carbs a day – so close!
  2. About a 10% or less macro carb % – so close!
  3. Eat whole foods
  4. No sugars – a coconut dessert and dark chocolate
  5. No grains
  6. Drink tons of water
  7. Very limited legumes – had some raw peanuts
  8. Very limited alcohol
  9. Sleep!
  10. Supplement with multi-vite, 2,000 IU/day, and fish oil as needed (when I may have an off-balance 3:6)

64g carbs

70%

In C territory. Nice.

VLC Days 4 and 5: Patience and Learning.

Still haven’t perfected it yet. Does that mean I am giving up? HA.

Taking out the “minus cheat” function. That’s just tantalizing. I’ve got to get into my range.

This is actually all strangely reassuring knowing what crud I have been putting into my mouth that makes my body react so negatively and the sheer volume of it that I have shoved into that orifice for so long. The only reason, I am coming to understand, that I am not grossly unhealthy and have a terrible body composition is that I absolutely love exercise and have thrived on rigorous cardiovascular activity almost all of my life. I am coming to understand not that this exercise was the silver bullet, but that it was burning off the excess carbohydrate that I was eating and masking the underlying issue. It was only when I could no longer keep up at the pace that I had been going that I realized diet was actually a problem. No, you cannot eat whatever you want if you exercise. Nor should you. You’re only masking a problem. Even if you are making your muscles healthy, you could be leaching calcium from your bones and teeth (case and point in the height of my stint as a triathlete 14 cavities!) and hurting the sustainability of your active lifestyle by risking injury and internal issues.

On to the 100% accountability. Continue reading

Day 3 VLC: Still just an attempt.

Long Island Iced Teas = bad bad bad. Dodged the drunk munchies but made a poor choice for dinner as a result. My social life seems to be my #1 obstacle at the moment toward reaching my goals. I’ve got to work on that one.

This was Day 3 of m Very Low Carb phase and I have not even gotten there yet.

  1. Less than 50 grams of carbs a day
  2. About a 10% or less macro carb %
  3. Eat whole foods
  4. No sugars
  5. No grains – had some rice
  6. Drink tons of water
  7. Very limited legumes – had some black beans
  8. Very limited alcohol
  9. Sleep!
  10. Supplement with multi-vite, 2,000 IU/day, and fish oil as needed (when I may have an off-balance 3:6)

Macros:

145g carbs

without cheat: 100g

70%

Still at C status.

VLC Day 2: Not as easy as I thought

Very Low Carb is hard. Not because of what you eat–it is delicious. The issues I ran into on day two were:

  • Complication of restaurant orders (had gone to Moe’s)
  • Lowered inhibitions i.e. “drunk munchies”.

Everything was going really well, even with the restaurant complication, until my lightweighted highness had a whopping two drinks which launched me into a carnivorous split-decision of getting Chipotle. Chipotle and Moe’s in the same night. I’m not even mad. Just impressed.

At the very least I didn’t eat wheat at all yesterday, which is great. However, I have quite a bit of bloating and digestive discomfort today, probably owed to the mountain of beans I ate yesterday. I tested myself with tofu in the afternoon eating a bunch of it, and I remained full and bloat-free. The beans, though? Punishing. Could be the corn chips, but I am thinking it’s the beans. I’ll have to do an isolation test on those ones.

So here’s how I did Day 2:

  1. Less than 50 grams of carbs a day
  2. About a 10% or less macro carb %
  3. Eat whole foods
  4. No sugars
  5. No grains – no wheat, did have a little corn
  6. Drink tons of water
  7. Very limited legumes – had lots of black beans, some tofu (which seemed good)
  8. Very limited alcohol
  9. Sleep!
  10. Supplement with multi-vite, 2,000 IU/day, and fish oil as needed (when I may have an off-balance 3:6)

Macro-ratios:

146g Carbs

Without cheat: 46g

My issue is obviously self-control. This is not as easy as I thought it would be! At least my baseline is good, but I will have to be doing better with the rest of it.

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