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Over is Passover

We've spent most of the last 8 days away, at various houses of varied friends. It was good to not be home during Passover, although we still cleaned...no cooking for us at our friends' houses. It was also bad to not be at home during Passover...my sleep cycle is still off kilter (due to working overnights/not working/not sleeping in my own bed), and I suspect that Karen's is as well.

So, the remainder of this week: three days of work (in the morning/afternoon vs. night) before the weekend should help the sleep cycle. Also, the previous three days have been rainy, which doesn't do wonders for diurnality...the rain's supposed to be over today or tomorrow, another help. Another partial fix is that we'll be staying home this weekend, so I'll be in our bed at bedtime, as usual. Hopefully there will be no more kvetching on this topic.

We put aside the South Beach Diet for Passover. It would have been doable, but incredibly difficult due to our being at other people's houses and the whole 'not cooking' thing. There's definitely a link between what I eat and how unpleasant my stomach wants to be in return...this morning it's complaining bitterly. *shrugs* Not much I can do...we haven't converted back to non-Passover foods yet, so choices are limited. We haven't gone shopping yet, and the small fridge froze the pre-Passover foods. No cereal for moi this morning.

A couple of Tums have lessened the roaring of the Gut Monster. Yay. Also, as a prelude to restarting South Beach (amusingly Freudian slipped by one of our hosts recently as the 'South Park Diet' - something I should write up when I get a chance) we should figure out what Passover carbs should be eaten and which trashed. No way we'll be able to get anyone to actually take them off our hands, as we did pre-Passover with our stored carbalicious goodness...no one's that crazy as to want Passover foods right now.

I'm caught up on LJ posts, but haven't replied much due to time constraints. If you would like my input on something, please let me know.


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Apr. 14th, 2004 09:05 am (UTC)
Last night I did very minimal emergency-post-Pesach shopping, and I happened to notice a new player in the breakfast-in-a-can aisle: Slim-Fast's "low carb" drink. 2g "net" carbs (8 carb, 6 fiber), 20 (!) g protein, 190 calories. You can drink it right out of the can, so the fact that you haven't switched your dishes back isn't an issue.

Just in case that helps any... I don't actually know much about the carb/no-carb/low-carb issues in the Atkins and South Beach diets, so I don't know if you care. (I picked some up for the protein aspect; sometimes I feel like I don't get enough with a mostly-vegetarian diet.)
Apr. 14th, 2004 09:21 am (UTC)
I've seen the Slim-Fast. It intrigues me.

I know all about the Atkins/South Beach carbohydrate issues. If you have questions, you can ask me. :)
Apr. 14th, 2004 10:41 am (UTC)
If you have questions, you can ask me. :)

Ok, something I'm curious about: With some dietary changes, a little is good even if a lot would be better (e.g. reducing sugar, reducing certain fats, etc). I have gotten the impression that with these diets it's different -- if you don't cut the carbs way down to the recommended levels, you might as well not bother at all. Is that really true? If so, why would that be?

What do they recommend for protein/fats/carbs as a maintenance level, after you've lost the weight you're trying to lose? I get the impression from friends who've done it that Atkins maintenance is still pretty strict (granted, I've gotten this from people who failed); I don't know about SB (too new for my friends to have gotten to that point).
Apr. 15th, 2004 05:08 am (UTC)
Atkins says: cut out all carbs except for dietary fiber. Total carbs (excepting fiber) should be less than 40 grams per day or so.

South Beach says: that's not gonna work. No one wants to cut out all carbs. It's just gonna depress you.

What they have is a three phase plan. I'll preface it by saying that what they recommend is following the concept of eating carbs with a low glycemic index: that is, carbs that your body absorbs slowly. Give up snorting powdered sugar, or that sugared soda, or white sugar, or white bread for that matter (because it's absorbed very quickly). Move away from potatos, especially the white ones. Avoid heavily processed foods. But vegetables are good. And most fruits aren't bad, if eaten in moderation. I could discuss more in detail, but you can find out more for yourself just by a simple Google search.

It all has to do with how the pancreas dumps insulin into your bloodstream after you increase your blood sugar...a yo-yo effect happens with hyperglycemia, then hyperinsulinemia, and then low blood sugar, which causes cravings. I could go on, but I need a donut. BRB. :)

Phase 1: No or minimal carbs, like Atkins. 2 weeks long. You'll lose weight like mad, but you'll be craving things you can't have.
Phase 2: Add back in carbs with low glycemic indexes. Whole grain bread is okay, for example, as long as you don't eat the whole loaf. You do this for as long as you want, as long as you like, and you should be able to lose weight. If you stop losing weight (because you're eating the wrong things, for example) go back to Phase 1.
Phase 3: Same as Phase 2, but more liberal. If you gain weight, go back to Phase 2 or Phase 1 until things are under control again.

So what's a maintenance level? Whatever you want, as long as you're not gaining weight that you don't need. (Muscle mass is obviously good...don't worry about gaining healthy weight.) Atkins is pretty strict, which is why it's hard to maintain. SB is easier, because if you step on the scale and it's not what you want to see, you switch phases until you're back on track.
Apr. 14th, 2004 12:06 pm (UTC)
Krispy Kreme/Moshiach
The Krispy Kreme almost made all the pain of Pesach worth it. I certainly appreciate doughnuts more than I did before. When the cleaning service arrived this morning I was so happy, I almost hugged them. The funniest thing, one of the ladies had a t-shirt on from Camp Mordechai. On the back it said "We Want Moshiach Now!". I asked her in Spanish where she got the shirt...turns out, Goodwill. Kinda odd for her to walk into our house with that on, don't ya think??

Apr. 15th, 2004 04:59 am (UTC)
Re: Krispy Kreme/Moshiach
It's a silly old world, and there isn't nearly enough to drink in it. :) I can't remember who I'm quoting...too early in the morning.

It was a pleasure spending chag with you and yours. I'm taking your brisket for lunch, so today will also be a happy day! :)
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