According to Alpha Galileo.org "Low-carbohydrate diet has a good effect not only on blood glucose, but also on physical functions, bodily pain and general health, according to a diet study including patients with type 2 diabetes."
“The result is interesting; it provides an additional argument that a low-carbohydrate diet is beneficial in diabetes,” says Hans Guldbrand. “We also found no adverse effects on mental health with the low-carbohydrate diet, which an earlier study had indicated,”
The study was "led by Dr Hans Guldbrand, general practitioner, and Fredrik Nystrom, professor of internal medicine at Linköping University" So, as I suspected by lowering my carb intake I'm also helping my body eliminate pain and fight diabetes. How cool is that!?
For some reason over the last several years. My life changing cosmic truths have been delivered by beautiful women. I first noticed this phenomena in San Pedro when a beautiful Belizean lady told me about growing up on a tropical farm with no electricity. From her wisdom came the breakthrough I needed to come up with my Trucker Diet and lose over 50 pounds 354 to 297 in less than 6 months. Not long after reaching my objective I decided to celebrate my victory by starting a new career as a writer slash, (I know it sounds like a cliche)… taxi driver. I found sticking with My Trucker Diet hard to do while working graveyard. I did manage to follow it close enough that I didn’t regain more than fifteen pounds of the weight I’d lost. After a couple years driving taxi I purchased a very expensive food truck which to this day has become a very expensive lawn ornament. It was the same day I bought my food truck and ran out of money that I got a phone call offering me a job hauling cars again.
I jumped like a cat pushed into a bathtub, back into the more lucrative (than taxi driving) world of long haul trucking. I told myself this was only a short term change to build up a nest egg. I also told myself this was going to be my chance to continue where I’d left off by using my Trucker Diet to lose another 50 pounds. It didn’t work out that way though. I couldn’t get below three hundred to save my life. I’d hit a plateau and was stuck. I considered just starving to achieve my goal. But that would be cheating and I hate being hungry. Besides, I’d already bragged about my Hunger Free Diet and now it wasn’t working!?
"But I know my Trucker Diet works, I wheedled to myself I’ve lost over fifty pounds using it AND was hunger free doing it. Why wasn’t it working as good the second time?" I’d been puzzling about this dilemma for a year and had almost given up on finding a breakthrough when my information showed up… At two a.m. on a Tuesday, Hand delivered by… Yep, you guessed it; a beautiful woman.
Actually, it was Bonny (I changed her name for this story) and while she’s quite beautiful by anybody's reckoning, I’d grown to think of her as just a car hauler like the rest of us, except for the fact that she's stronger, more athletic, and work's harder than most of us guys. But I digress… We started talking, I told her about being stuck at a plateau. We commiserated about the hazards of trucking and getting older and trying to stay healthy on the road. “You look great! What have you been doing to stay so fit?” Says I
“I’ve stopped eating potatoes and grain based food.” She said as she gave her tie down bar a hefty pull, that made the frame of her truck groan in protest.
“You’re on the Atkins Diet?” remembering the diet that my mom had been on in the 80’s that allowed you to eat anything you wanted except carbs.
I’d heard of Paleo, but had never checked it out, couldn’t get past the vague idea my brain had come up with of hairy, un-groomed people running around picking berries, throwing rocks at rabbits, and eating them raw. She set me straight…Turns out most Paleos cook their food. Then she handed me a bit of “Paleo” zucchini bread that tasted pretty good and the run down. Paleo Diet In a nut shell according to Bonny, “no potatoes, no grains, no beans, no processed foods.” She also gave me the name of some books and some websites where I could learn more. I promptly forgot the names of the books and websites but one thing she said had stuck…”No potatoes, beans, or grain based food.” The next morning at the The Cottage Inn in Cle Elum I had an omelet with chili and sour cream, “no hash browns please.” I ordered salad and fruit instead. Wait a minute you might ask. I thought she said “No beans.” Yep, it’s true, from what I’ve read beans aren’t Paleo. However, I love chili and refuse to give it up. it's also a staple of most restaurant menu’s and in my opinion a low carb way to add some variety to an omelet or as a side dish.
Good Low Carb Meal at the Longhorn BBQ in Spokane Wa.
On my return trip from Spokane, I had dinner once again the Cottage Inn. This time I ordered their excellent chopped steak which comes loaded with fried onions and veggies, including squash and raisins. I also had a salad and substituted cottage cheese for the baked potato. I even remembered to ask my waitress to leave the croutons OFF my garden salad with ranch dressing and chose to ignore the garlic toast which was tough to do because I love garlic anything.
The first thing I noticed within a day of eliminating most carbs from my diet was that my vision seemed to be a lot clearer. I’m thinking my fuzzy vision was part of being pre diabetic. I also figured I'd start doing my Trucker Diet again in earnest to get the double whammy effect of coming at the problem from two angles. In some ways, now that I know more about the Paleo concept. My Trucker Diet was already part way Paleo. It just took another driver to point out the missing link to something useful that I'd missed. I like the idea of Paleo it seems balanced and healthy, I'm sure if I'm Paleo I'm a rather bad one, which is also what I used to say about myself when I was trying to be a vegetarian. The most important thing in my opinion is I continue to do my Trucker Diet AND stay away from carbs in general except for fresh fruit in moderation. I have no problem eating dairy and processed foods like hot dogs. Which I think is more Atkins than Paleo. Keep in mind I’m not an expert on Paleo or Atkins. Even my Trucker Diet is like myself a changing work in progress that will, I hope, allow me to drop more weight, not be obese, and live a healthier life. Anyway, Keep the sunny side up and make sure you talk to your Doctor before undertaking any diet...
A Delicious Lower Carb Breakfast: french press coffee, fresh fruit and heavy cream sweetened with stevia.
I’m cautiously optimistic that I’m back on track with my weight loss. Last time I checked a week ago I was at 304.
My DOT physical is coming up and they changed the rules and one of the changes is Doctors must be certified in order to do the physical. Well, my regular doctor at home isn't certified. I thought since I was in Portland why not walk over to First In Health clinic there at Jubitz. The receptionist told me they have an account set up with the company I work for. This is great because I don't have to pay out of pocket and get reimbursed later. The Dr. at First In Health was happy to talk to me before the actual physical and tell me the scoop on what I'd need in order to get my DOT medical card. Turns out since I have a C-pap machine (actually I have two) new DOT reg's require that I needed to get a print out of at least a 30 day period. On this printout I need to show that I've used my machine at least 4.75 hours per day avg for that 30 day period.
Well, of course I didn't have the print out. Also, since I'd bought my last two C-pap machines on Craigslist used and out of pocket (thanks to my ever weakening medical insurance and a six thousand dollar deductible.) my used C-pap machine didn't have the data card in it. The Doctor there at First In Health recommended Mill Plain Medical across the river in Vancouver Wa So, I took Radio Cab over to Mill Plain Medical, (Cab ran me around 27 dollars with tip one way), to talk to area expert on C-pap's Russ Thurgood. Well, thank goodness for Russ. He was able to find the data stored on the machine even without the card and for only around five bucks set me up with a new card. End of story right? Nope, turns out since I have two C-pap's one for my truck and one for the house, that the average I was showing for the last 30 days on that particular C-pap was less than 4.75 hours per day. Well, now my next step is... When I get by the house in Tri Cities is to see if my other C-pap has its data card and get someone to run a printout of it. I may end up just taking it with me in my truck until I get back to Portland. Then hopefully, I will be able to get my DOT physical done because time is starting to run out.
found this song called Diferente by Gotan Project on my iPod last night. Not sure where it came from but I couldn't stop listening to it. From the top of Meacham Cabbage Oregon to Tri Cities Wa...It flowed like buttered starlight, just a hint of Serrano, across the taste buds of my mind.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I did...I believe this musical genera is called Electric Tango. And in my opinion this song needs to be cranked up high.
Heres a link in case you want to know what the lyrics mean in English.
One thing I love about the Seattle area is the abundance of Blackberries. I picked these on my way to grab some grub in Renton.
Hard to beat some delicious Thai Steak Salad.
Add some Tom Kha Goong...Coconut soup with shrimp, limes and cilantro...This may be the perfect meal if you are trying to go "Paleo" or just trying to eliminate the carbs found in starches like potatoes and grains...I didn't order rice with this meal.
I save a lot of money by using my glass jug with a swing top lid and I know my water isn't contaminated with BPA from the plastic container it's stored in. Not to mention other petroleum distillates. Theres enough plastic in the world already. Using my glass Awake Bottle allows me to make a difference and not pollute. My customizable glass Awake Bottles are the perfect gift for a trucker or just about anyone. Added bonus...Each of these Awake Bottles has been sandblasted right here in America by a fellow Trucker...How cool is that!
I'm blown away by the the value in dinning I've been finding at truck stop restaurants and deli's. One of the best deals I've found for a soup and salad bar is at the Cascade Grill at Jubitz Truck Stop in Portland Oregon. $8.50 for an all you can eat soup and salad bar. Including whole, pickled Peperoncini ,(not sliced) so when you bite into them they explode like pickled pepper bombs. This salad bar also has fresh cut carrots, celery three different kinds of leafy greens including fresh spinach, they also have Artichoke hearts, black olives and even cottage cheese. And with a price tag of $8.50 + my drink, I could afford to leave a nice tip for the friendly server that brought me my iced tea. I could keep going but I'm not going to spoil the plot. Stop in and check it out for yourself.