I'm finally crawling out from under a pile of graded papers to post and let you know that I'm still here. Why couldn't I have taught something other than English? Harrumph.
As an update, I had to stop the 6-week Cure for the Middle-aged Middle. After the initial six-pound loss, I started gaining weight again. I felt tired, and shaky, and far crankier than any wife, mother, and teacher should be.
Inspired by one of my favorite sites, Hyperlipid, I checked out the Optimal Diet, a high-fat, adequate protein, and lower-carb regimen developed by a Polish doctor by the name of Kwasniewski.
According to his assertions, dietary fat is the key: Butter, egg yolks, fatty meats, lard, and lots and lots of cream.
After computing my lean body mass , and using Dr, K's ration of 1 P: 2 F: .5 C, I came up with a lean body mass of 122 lbs., giving me a daily requirement of 55 g. of protein, 110 g. of fat, and 27 g. of carb.
A sample menu for me is:
B: Half-caf coffee with 1/2 c. cream, 3 T. coconut oil, and Splenda
L: 4 oz. cream cheese wrapped in 8 slices of dried beef
D: 3/4 c. crock-pot chicken with 1/2 c. sour cream and 2 oz. shredded Cheddar cheese
Dessert: 1 c. frozen blueberries with 1/2 c. cream and Splenda
App. 80% fat, 15% protein, and 5% carb, with no more than 1,800 calories a day.
I have followed Dr. K's nutritional ratio for three days, and here are the results:
1. My craving for sweets has completely and utterly disappeared. I was single-handedly destroying two large bags of sugar-free toffee squares (maltitots!) every weekend while on the high-protein program.
2. My ketosis-induced insomnia has disappeared, thanks to the higher-carb consumption.
3. I used to be ravenously hungry well before lunchtime, and wake up "sick-hungry" in the morning. None of that happens now. My blood sugar seems to be much more stable.
4. I've lost a pound a day, with no cravings or hunger.
5. I also seem to be experiencing a wee bit of GI-tract upset. I just completed a week of a strong antibiotic, so I can't completely attribute the "problems" to my dietary change.
I am a happy camper.
Fat is much cheaper to buy than protein, and much more filling, to boot. We'll see how the rest of the week goes.
In closing, the picture at the top of the blog is a part of Youngest Son's dinner last night (minus the mound 'o' bacon). The photo sums up how I'm feeling lately: High-fat fantastic.