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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Low Carb Happy

Christmas 2015.  231 pounds.  I was miserable unhappy eating all the time. And I. Did. Not. Know What. To. Do.  I didn't want to be overweight.  I didn't want to see the scales go up every time I stepped on them.  But I didn't want to be hungry either.  And changing my eating had always meant being hungry.  I love you Oprah, and I love bread too, but every time I went on Weight Watchers I was HunGrY.  And mad about it.  Oh wait--that's another blog post. 

Through some unknown way, I found a couple of facebook groups that told me about a low-carb-high-fat way of eating.  Yes.  Low Carb and High Fat.  And now I'm down 32 pounds.  My husband is managing and reversing a serious case of diabetes.  Seriously, those groups and this information changed the course of my life.

Here are my two favorite LCHF facebook support groups:
Ketogenic Success  (11,000+ members)

I'd also recommend the book  Keto Clarity by Jimmy Moore. 
The New Atkins book. 
And Dr. Sarah Hallberg's Ted Talk   
And Butter Bob's Butter Makes Your Pants Fall Off .  
Pinterest is full of low carb recipes.  If you have a favorite high-carb food, there's a low carb version of it out there.  It may take a while for your sense of taste to adjust, but  it will.
And one last link for now:  MyFitnessPal a free app where you can track carbs, fat, & protein.

Some doctors are on board with LCHF way of eating.  My doctor is.  I hope yours is too, but don't be surprised or sidetracked if you hear the 50-60 carbs per meal message--that's still part of the ADA's food pyramid.  See Dr Hallberg's video above for more on that.   

We don't have to be overfed or starve and feel deprived.  It really is possible to be Low Carb and Happy. And if you need some help along the way, join me in the support groups, read and watch the links above.  And let me know how it goes!  I wanna hear about your journey too :)

Saturday, April 09, 2016

And That Was March

I got to spend a few days with Judson and the kids last week.  We had a great time.  Here's Bets with Bo-bo.
Off to school.
We made gummy bears.  I'm ready to go back to visit again!
And a little update on our Skye girl.  Here she is with a new toy.
And here she is in puppy class.  She's my little therapy-dog-in-training girl :)

Monday, March 21, 2016

ISFA 2016

Inspired by the class led by Rene Van Rems this past weekend at the Illinois State Florists' Spring Show.  This was originally a hand tied, but I always want to take class projects apart and put them back together once I get home. The compote is very in these days and this one was grandma's.  Rene's work is gorgeous and some of those bouquets were absolutely breathtaking.  Like this one with hyacinth & ruscus, so simple and it smelled like heaven.
  Deborah de la Flor is an ambassador for florists everywhere.  This was my favorite of her bouquets, roses & tree fern. 
I made a floral necklace for the banquet Saturday night, inspired by Francois & Susan with some of PJ's beautiful vintage finds.  Wish they had all been at the show with me  too :)