Living into the circle: QWL

“Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose” – words attributed to Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr (1908 – 1990) and translated to “The more things change, the more they remain the same.”

True. As the self-proclaimed poster child for fat-to-fit, with congratulations, high regard, and apologies to Marshall Ramsey, et al, I write today toward closing the circle to my personal and earliest-ever-remembered dieting/releasing the pounds strategy.

From my previously posted “detox, cleanse, & choosing a lifestyle,” I’m happy to report that I released about eight pounds – trouble is, five of those were muscle pounds, and that’s not good; but the loss buoys me no less. I’ve broken one of those “milepost weight barriers,” and I can advance.
Now I’m on to yet another nutrition plan, under the able supervision of Enhanced Wellness, and – Voila! – it’s essentially the same diet I followed four decades ago, successfully and happily though not as healthfully.

For many months, except for interruptions of vacation, holidays, and detox/cleanse, I’ve done the FirstLineTherapy® Therapeutic Lifestyle Program, which promises to “dramatically reduce your risk of chronic diseases.” Those chronic bad-guys-of-accepted-everyday-living include high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, diabetes, high cholesterol, metabolic syndrome, osteoporosis, stroke, heart disease, cancer, and Alzheimer’s disease. Please, God: I don’t want any of those diseases, ever!

Now that I’ve successfully transitioned to a new phase of my healthy lifestyle, and now that I’ve completed the protocol scientifically designed to provide nutritional support for healthy metabolic function, specifically targeting the gastrointestinal-neuroendocrine-immune system, I’m ready for a new program.

Turns out that program’s almost exactly what I practiced during and for about 10 years after college, sometimes more successfully than not. Kelly Engelmann sent me home Wednesday with three dozen single-spaced pages titled the “Empower U Get Fit Plan.” Words of motivation, detailed information on how the program works, foods and beverages to eat and to avoid, suggested menus, and pages plus pages of recipes. Over the past two days, I’ve carefully hole-punched and bound those pages into a green three-ring binder with a custom-designed cover page that includes the motivational blurb from Girlfriend Susan Marquez: “Doing It For The ‘Holy S***! You Got Hot.” We all need inspiration, and that works for me.

Beyond, I’ve read and studied the content, boiling it to the succinct and overarching daily plan: four proteins, six low-glycemic index vegetables, five ounces greens, only one cup of coffee or tea and half my body weight in ounces of water plus a “medical food” shake and one scoop of Fiber Boost after dinner. The unstated protocol also involves snacks both morning and afternoon to avoid “sugar slump.”

So, I’ve thought about it and planned menus and shopping lists only to finally realize this morning – and thank goodness I can still remember some things from my early days! This is essentially the high-protein diet I did in the 70s. Created by Irwin Maxwell Stillman, MD, in 1967, the diet gained fame as “The Doctor’s Quick Weight Loss Diet” and featured a high-protein, low-carbohydrate, low-fat diet. My goodness, I could drop 30 pounds a month on that regimen! Can I still? We’ll see. I’ll call it my QWL diet.

Knowing I can do the QWL diet, except for a VERY few planned lapses to enjoy fruit-of-the-vine, I also know I must ramp up the exercise, and I have a new tool to help me do that, too. Yes, I’m investing in me.
My sister (sister-in-law if you must quibble) got one for her birthday and sings the praises of FitBit One. The company promises their family of products can motivate users “to stay active, live better, and reach goals.” MizrizBaboo’s definitely in!

Yesterday marked my first fling with my own FitBit, and I’ll officially start the QWL Sunday or Monday – more to come on progress after the next official weigh-in on tax day, April 15. Today I’m off to The Club to resume treadmill time, to get in my 10,000 steps today!

More later, but let me know about your health and nutrition efforts. And, oh, help me get the word out about You Can Fix The Fat From Childhood – & Other Heart Disease Risks, Too; we all could have avoided this and must assure our grandchildren do!

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Detox, cleanse, & choosing a lifestyle

Coffee – celebrating Day 22 and 23 of my 21-day detox and cleanse effort with cups of hot, strong coffee. Ahhhhhhh.

Going first for the coffee surprised even me. Surely, I would kill for a food or beverage with more obviously sinful properties!

For 21 days, I forewent “foods to avoid:” high sugar, syrup-packed, and artificial fruits and juices; corn, canned vegetables in sauces, and soy; refined flour and gluten-containing grains; peanuts and soy; milk and dairy-based products; fats except extra virgin olive oil, flaxseed oil, and nut oils, except peanut; beverages beyond purified water, 100 percent fruit or vegetable juices and organic green or herbal tea; processed condiments; and eggs, fish and shellfish, non organic meats, fried foods, and all artificial flavors, colors, and preservatives.

Partnered in the detox/cleanse with fellow writer friend Susan Marquez, I started with a three-day fast. We “held hands” and bolstered each other’s efforts via email, Facebook, and phone calls. For the first three days, we had no solid food. Instead, every 10 or 15 minutes we sipped what I called our “jungle juice,” a mixture of purified water or organic green tea, Grade B organic maple syrup, and organic lemon or lime juice. Sounds awful, tastes fairly good. And except for sinking spells near the end of days one and three, not terribly much hunger!

Why did we choose to do this intensive program? The protocol is scientifically designed to provide nutritional support for healthy metabolic function, specifically targeting the gastrointestinal-neuroendocrine-immune system. All this we accomplished under the supervision of Enhanced Wellness.

Clinic Provider & Owner Kelly Engelmann explained: “This three-week elimination diet can help clients avoid commonly antigenic foods that might otherwise cause inflammation and blood sugar issues, including adrenal gland physiology. Secondly, by eating a whole-food diet, clients will likely have an easier time consuming glycemically balanced meals, which can support a healthy blood sugar balance. Lastly, after the three-week elimination diet, many report having an improved relationship with food and fid it easier to comply with a healthy diet.”

The next seven days we consumed nutritional supplements sold as Core Restore BT, a powder-based drink mixed with purified water, Alpha Base capsules, and PhytoCore capsules. On Days Three through Seven, we added vegetables only. Fortunately, the Core Restore kit came with a patient guide that gave both a solid list of foods that increase detoxification and tasty recipes. Finally, we could add fruits, grains, nuts, and extra virgin olive oil as well as organic beef and poultry; I decided to forego the meat.

So what happened on Day 22? I had coffee: hot, strong, black coffee, decaf. But it did not taste nearly as delicious as I had anticipated. Day 23 I added some caffeine. Still, not so wonderful. Have my tastebuds changed? Independently, both Susan and I decided to continue the whole food, clean eating routine. This is a lifestyle, a choice, a deliberate decision to eat foods that benefit bodies for good health.

Did we lose weight? Probably yes, but that’s really not the point. The objective was to position ourselves for a comprehensive diet, lifestyle, exercise, and supplement program designed to support healthy metabolic function. How much damage can a few cups of coffee do? A glass or two of wine on occasion? And how much better will we be with exercise added?

Time will tell, and MizrizBaboo will report more progress in a few weeks.