Thursday, August 27, 2009


I've been really bad about keeping up here. So very busy at work and organizing the move to the new house.
My eating has been very clean. I did have a corndog at the state fair but that was planned and planning a meal that is not low carb, is not a cheat in my book.

This post is going to be short. I just wanted to start getting back into the habit. I have a couple of ideas on topics I want to pursue in the next few days. I've been following Jimmy Moore's menu blog and waiting for him to unveil this new eating plan he's embarked upon. He says he's really losing quickly, so I'm happy for him. His menu's seem low calorie, low carb and a good amount of fat. That among other things really has me thinking about how much calories matter in the later stages of a low carb weight loss diet. I don't think they matter much at all in maintainence. But perhaps for weight loss. Once our bodies have adjusted to this way of life, I'm thinking calories may take on more significance.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Menu - Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Fasted until 3 or so.

Broke fast with cheese, ham slices, and macadamia nuts.

D: Bacon cheeseburger on a revolution roll. Lettuce, Mt. Olive no sugar added bread and butter pickles.

That was it for food yesterday. I'm not eating enough, but I'm not inspired by anything right now. Too much stress at the moment.

I feel the need to post something more than just a few lines or this is going to be more like a journal than a blog.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Today's Beautiful Thing

Part of the back yard of what looks like will be our new home.

Menu- Tuesday, August 4, 2009

No breakfast.
First meal was at 3. The meat from 4 very thin pork chops. The chops were 4 oz total with bone, raw, so I'm going to guess 10 oz of meat. 2 LC tortillas and 2 tablespoons salsa.

Dinner was 1/2 a NY steak, some mushrooms and maybe a 1/4 cup of mashed cauliflower, and 4 cherry tomatoes with blue cheese dressing. I was not hungry after having eaten all that meat when I got home.
I glass of red wine.

The scale is moving again.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Menu - Monday August 3, 2009

No Breakfast of lunch today. I'm trying to go back to intermittent fasting to get off of this plateau. (I'm having trouble typing this morning for some reason. I'm feeling really shaky)

When I got home from work I was totally exhausted not having slept the 2 previous nights. I had 1 oz. of cheese, a handful of mac nuts, and a protein bar until dinner.

D: Small serving of meatloaf
Dreamfields pasta Mac and Cheese (by request from my dinner partner)
1 glass of wine.
Went to bed and slept finally.I know once I fully wake up I'll be fine.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Today's Beautiful Thing

Menu - Saturday, August 1, 2009

B: Blood sausage

L: Lettuce wrapped bacon cheeseburger at Carl's Jr.

D: Slow roasted garlic chicken
Leftover scalloped rutabagas
1 glass white wine

S: Cheese
Macadamia nuts

After listening to Jimmy Moore's podcast with Dr. Tea. I've started experimenting with tea drinking to the level he recommends for weight loss which is 6-8 cups per day. There was lot of information in that podcast on tea and I found it very interesting. Especially the suggestion of using tea bags more then once. Not only making it cheap, but rendering the tea virtually caffeine free by the third use. Otherwise it's a lot of caffeine. Certainly more than I'm used to. My coffee limit is usually 2 mugs in the morning and that's it except for an occasional Pepsi Max to get me going on a slow morning.
We'll see. I've been stalled for quite awhile and need something to bump my weight loss. I need to lose at least 25 more pounds to feel I'm close to being at my best.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Today's Beautiful Thing

Working in beautiful Half Moon Bay, CA gives me the opportunity to buy flowers for very low prices. This is my attempt at floral design. The whole bunch cost me $12. The orchids were only $3.

Menu - Friday, July 31, 2009

Pork Steaks

Scalloped Rutabagas

B: Blood Sausage

L: Chicken salad sandwich on revolution roll

D: Pork steaks with mushrooms and bourbon sauce
Scalloped Rutabagas
Glass of white wine

I've decided to include pics as often as possible.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Menu - Thursday, July 30, 2009

B: 1 Blood Sauage, broiled

L: No lunch today

D: 10 oz. Hamburger, lean meat 93/7
2 oz Sauteed onion
2 oz Irish Cheddar
3 olives
Very small field green salad with blue cheese dressing
1 glass red wine

S: 3-4 oz Macadamia nuts
2 large Vodka martinis

Menu's and Recipes

OK, I've decided to start taking the time to post my menus and recipes. I get a lot of requests for recipes and although I don't really use "recipes" I can always write up what I cook. There are some things I cook all the time and I can relay the technique and list the ingredients without posting it as a formal recipe.
So that's what you'll see most of the time. I will be posting each days menus the afternoon or morning after. I'll start with yesterdays menu later today.

There will always be things that I eat that will not be on the menus. That would be the food that I taste as I cook at work. They really are tastes, but some dishes require a number of tastes as I cook and they can add up to almost a small serving. Most of these dishes have more carbs than I would normally eat. This may even account for the stall I've been experiencing. So, if I've had quite a lot of something I'm cooking I will post it.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Zero Carb Part 3

I began investigating the Zero Carb lifestyle more out of interest in using it short term to lose weight quickly or in case of a long stall. I was thinking that going ZC made some sense because if Low Carb is good Zero must be better. That's always been my mentality unfortunately. If one pill is good 2 must be better, etc. At least I felt it would be harmless in the short term no matter what people say about the need for plant matter in our diet as a source of nutrition. And of course, fiber.

There are some who claim that there are superior health benefits to eating ZC as opposed to a Very Low Carb (VLC) diet. They believe that eating carbs in any form is the root cause of all diseases of civilization. While it's clear to me that eating refined carbs, grains, and some fruit cultivars is responsible for the diseases of civilization and the symptom of obesity, it's really not necessary to avoid vegetables and fruit completely to achieve optimal health. Hunter-gatherer societies of the past and present included some forms of carbohydrates other than those found in meat. The exception seems to be the people of the far north where no plants were available. Otherwise, these people ate from plant sources, as well as the very lean meat available in the wild. Granted, most of these people ate one or just a few wild staples from the plant world. And no cultivated fruits and vegetables at all.

In conclusion to this little series on ZC, there seems to be only one reason, and one only that I can see, for eating ZC. It eliminates cravings for a lot of people. I've never had a problem with craving carbs or any food in particular. Those that do, might want to look to ZC for an answer if the cravings are unmanageable. But in the long run I doubt that it would be a sustainable diet for life. Boredom has always been the bane of weight loss diets that rely on one or two foods only. A few folks will be able to remain ZC for a long period of time. But most of us need more than just meat and water to keep our spirits up as well as our waistlines down.

Today's Beautiful Thing

My Aunt Josephine, my mother Ann, and my Aunt Agnes.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Zero Carb: Part Two

The following quote from Charles Washington says it all for me.

This is the most frustrating aspect for me trying to run this type of forum. So many people think that the answers lie in Science and perhaps it does. However, we know that science and the results can be easily manipulated in such a way that every conclusion is ambiguous. ZC is all about experiencing it on the individual level. We are our own control group so you can't come in here and tell us how it doesn't work or what science says based on some results concocted in a laboratory or some metabolic ward. We are science, we are evidence and we are history. Our experiences mean everything. We've done it (or are doing it) and that is the most important factor.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Zero Carb: Part One

My recent experiences on a Zero Carb (ZC) forum is essentially what prompted me to make the effort to begin blogging again. First a short history of how I ended up on that forum at all.
I was at one time a regular poster and had my own journal on Jimmy Moore's low carb forum. I was fairly active on that forum, posted a lot, and really enjoyed the folks I met there. I had joined in December of 2008, only 1 month after beginning my low carb diet, this time around. (That's another story for another day). My weight loss at the time was great. I was losing at a good clip and happy with my progress. Then came my first true stall. Weeks of no weight loss was frustrating although I new I would never give up. I did however start trying various strategies for getting my weight loss going. One of the strategies I looked at was lowering my daily carb intake to zero to get the weight loss going again. I was familiar with the meat and egg fast so popular on Low Carb Friends (LCF) forum which is essentially zero carbs. Only a few from the eggs. I began having an occasional day of zero carb eating. So my diet was Very Low Carb (VLC) and an occasional ZC day. I posted this in a message saying something like "Well I eat very low carb and sometimes zero carb" When I viewed the message I had posted it read "Well I eat very low carb and sometimes very low carb" The filter on JM's site had changed the words in my post. The phrase now made no sense. And I was very upset. Some questioning led me to the reason. The banishment of the ZC folks from JM's site. And the ZC forum that was created as a result.
I became increasingly dis-enchanted with JM and his forum and blog as I began reading his menu and the kind of food this man was consuming everyday. This is a low carb leader. Someone people look to for advice on eating right to lose weight and gain health. Some of his days food was nothing but pizza topping and ice cream with diet sodas thrown in. I was appalled. It was how a child left to their own devices would eat. I stopped posting on his site and went back to LCF. The censorship of thought and the bad example left me completely disillusioned. It also got me to start reading at the ZC forum.
I was still flirting with the idea of eating some form of ZC diet. I knew that I would never commit to eating that way forever. Or maybe I would. I was undecided. I would occasionally read the ZC forum but didn't really jump in until I registered and discovered and entire thread dedicated to JM's menu blog and his eating habits. It was almost 500 pages and read like a soap opera. I read the entire thing in a little over a week to get caught up, posted a couple of comments, but really stayed out of site for the most part. My interest in that way of eating led me to do some research on the First Nation people in Canada and Alaska. Specifically the Inuit of the west coast. They are probably the most famous of people who's native diet is completely based on consuming animals. They eat no plant material. They eat fresh killed meat, usually seal, and consume the entire animal. Raw. Meat, fat, and organs. Although their diet is ZC, it's quite different from the diet advocated on the ZC forum which is beef and water. I brought this up in a thread in the Newbie section of the forum and that's where I caught a glimpse of how the people there view their diet.
My first post on that thread:

Inuit food
I just looked at a site featuring the food of the Inuit people and I have to say no one on this forum that I've seen so far is eating their diet. They eat every part of every animal they kill with the exception of Polarbear liver and feathers.

It seems to me the nutrition they get from eating raw liver, kidneys, brains, eyeballs, blubber, etc. is not contained in a diet of beef only.

Please correct me if I'm wrong. I'm a newbie and still trying to figure this out for myself.


One of the first responses:

RE: Inuit food
sfpolarbear Wrote: OK that's fine. But where can I see the evidence that all the nutrients required by humans is contained in conventionally raised beef?
I say you can see it all over this forum, with so many people who are fit and in perfect health, and many others well on their way there, from an all-meat diet.

I don't need no stinkin' studies to call it "evidence"

End of part one.

My Before and During Shots

I thought I would add these. I've come a long way. Down 75 pounds since November 1, 2008. I feel so much better.

Today's Beautiful Thing

My God-daughter Lily and her brother Jack at their baptisim.

I'm going to start blogging again.

I've let this blog languish for months on end and it's time I re-started. I'm going to make an effort to post to it daily. I will include menus from time to time but I won't commit to doing that on a daily basis.

I spend a lot of time on forums and other blogs and feel that I have a lot to say. Forums drive me nuts most of the time. One little comment taken the wrong way and people start getting their feelings hurt, then others come to their defense, more people trying to clarify what was originally said, more hurt feelings, sniping, and foolishness. I know you've seen it if you follow any LC forums. Or really any forum for that matter.

So, what can a person expect here? This will be a place for me to share what I see as interesting in the world of health and nutrition. The world of health and nutrition from a Low Carber's point of view for the most part. I've come across some great people, and some not so great people, since I began this Low Carb way of life on November 1, 2008. It's been an interesting time in my life.

I'll also share some of my personal experiences outside of weight issues and weight loss. What that means, I can't say at the moment. That will reveal itself as time goes by.

I will also continue my "Today's Beautiful Thing" feature. It's important to see and appreciate something beautiful every day.

So there you have it. Let's see where this goes this time around.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Today's Beautiful Thing

Is this not the sweetest thing you've ever seen?

Jimmy Moore's Forum

For those of you who don't know about it, Jimmy Moore has a great Low Carb forum that I can recommend highly. The people are friendly, non-judgemental and always eager to help with questions. You cannot ask for a greater source of support if you are starting a Low Carb way of life. 
Check it out here.

Low Carb Carnival

Kelly at is hosting a Low Carb Carnival on Wednseday, January 7 2009. She asking folks to come and read and post Low Carb recipes and ideas. Sounds like fun.
You can get there from here!

Sunday, January 4, 2009

How to Stay Sane

I read this and had to post it. It made my day!

1. At Lunch Time, Sit In Your Parked Car With Sunglasses on and point a Hair Dryer At Passing Cars. See If They Slow Down. 

2. Page Yourself Over The Intercom. Don't DisguiseYour Voice!

3. Every Time Someone Asks You To Do Something, ask If They Want Fries with that.

4. Put Decaf In The Coffee Maker For 3 Weeks . Once Everyone has Gotten Over Their Caffeine Addictions, Switch to Espresso.

5. In the Memo Field Of All Your Checks, Write ' For Marijuana'

6. Skip down the hall Rather Than Walk and see how many looks you get.

7. Order a Diet Water whenever you go out to eat, with a serious face.

8. Specify That Your Drive-through Order Is 'To Go'.

9. Sing Along At The Opera.

10. Five Days In Advance, Tell Your Friends You Can't Attend Their Party Because You have a headache..

11. When The Money Comes Out The ATM, Scream 'I Won! I Won!'

12. When Leaving the Zoo, Start Running towards the Parking lot, Yelling 'Run For Your Lives! They're Loose!'

13. Tell Your Children Over Dinner, 'Due To The Economy, We Are Going To Have To Let One Of You Go.' 

And The Final Way To Keep A Healthy Level Of Insanity


Today's Beautiful Thing

Today is a Good Day

Today is my best friends birthday. We started out at a family owned local pancake house and I had steak and eggs. My friend had an orange juice, an omelet, hash browns, sourdough toast and pancakes. When I told the waitress that all I wanted was the steak and eggs. No fruit, bread, potatoes or pancakes, she looked at me like there was something wrong with me. But who had the healthier meal? 
We're going out to my favorite restaurant tonight, Boulevard,  and I'm looking forward to an extraordinary meal. There are so many choices that are good choices for someone on a low carb diet. 
All the meats and fish are from the best possible sources. I'll avoid the higher carb sides and have a taste of birthday dessert, but I'll have cheese from the cheese menu for my dessert.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Eye Opener

I'm a big fan of Jimmy Moore. I think he's done a lot, and continues to do a lot, for the Low Carb world through his blog, forum and podcasts. I post on his forum regularly and was just over there ranting about how I need to learn patience because I'm not losing weight fast enough. Jimmy's advice? 
"Consistency in a persistent manner, Bear. That's what will get you there. Be encouraged, my friend!"
I realize now that I've been trying to tweek my diet to get fast results, instead of sticking with one plan that will work for me over the long haul. This is not a diet that I will go off of after having lost the weight I want to lose. If I want to keep it off it has to become a lifestyle. I guess in some ways we all tweek this WOE so that it suits our needs. But at some point we have to settle in on a plan and stick with that plan. I'm wondering if I need to do that for awhile, without trying too many new things. Make a commitment to follow one plan for at least a few months and see where it takes me. 

Now to decide just what that plan will be. 

Friday, January 2, 2009

Another IF Day

I'm very hungry today. I've noticed that IF is much easier on days that I work. I'm busier and have less time to think about my own stomach.
Maybe I need to talk about what I do for a living. I'm the Chef and Nutrition Coordinator for the Meals on Wheels and congregate meal program for seniors for a small Northern California coastal community. 
So since I cook in the morning, I'm surrounded by food. Although very little of it is food I eat, I still can and must taste the food I'm preparing. I write my own recipes for the most part so tasting is essential. I pride myself on preparing wholesome food that does not look or taste institutional. I use fresh ingredients whenever possible but I'm limited by space in the amount of foods I can have on hand. We have very little storage or refrigeration. I cook for between 70 and 120 people per day, 5 days a week. 
So tasting even small amounts of food does have an impact on my appetite and satiety.

Today's Beautiful Thing

I took this photo of Koy at the Buddhist Temple on Oahu. I love this shot.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

IF and Weight Loss

I'm down nearly 5 pounds from Monday. Although I woke up hungry, I did not eat and will not until 3 o'clock. 
The hunger has passed anyway but I do find myself thinking about eating not because I'm hungry but because it's something to do. Always a bad reason to eat. This way I can look forward to breaking my fast with something delicious and with the knowledge that tomorrow I will be a little farther along in my journey. 

Today I will be cleaning out the refrigerator and throwing away all the old stuff, and all the bad stuff. This is the best thing about the new year to me. The fresh start. Having said that, I'm so glad that I made my dietary changes in November rather than waiting for today as so many people do. 
Doing that has made it feel like a real life change rather than a New Years Resolution. I've seen too many people fail at those resolutions because they are not ready for that commitment. They're doing it because of the day and they feel they have to. I need to research how many people are actually successful at their New Years Resolutions. I have feeling the number is pretty small. 

Happy New Year

Today is the Lovely Sophie's 1st birthday. 
Happy Birthday Sophie!
This is Sophie shortly after coming to live with me.