Monday, September 26, 2016

Spudtember...Day 26!

It's just a short stretch to the finish line now! Still doing great, but weight loss slowed to a creep due to the large amount of spuds I have been eating. I calculated I am eating about 1700-2000 calories (5-6 pounds) of potatoes daily. While this amount makes me feel good, it has definitely hampered my goal of losing a couple more pounds.

So, for the next 5 days, I will be keeping my potato intake down to 3 pounds per day max, in an attempt to hit my goal weight of 170 pounds for the month. I've been sitting at 173-174 for the last 10 days, so even if I lose no more weight, I'll be happy.

Wish me luck!

Also of note, I've been chatting with Karl Seddon of Elixa Probiotics. He's got a few new products up his sleeve that I think you will be excited about.  More to come next month, but for now, check out Karl as he talks about FODMAPS in this most excellent video:

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What do you think?

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Spudtember...Day 20

How'd I do this week?  Great...until Sunday.  Jackie was lamenting the lack of regular meals, so I decided to cook a big Sunday roast, figuring I'd just eat the potatoes and gravy portion of it. This plan worked well until I was carving said roast. One nibble led to another and before you know, I had eaten several off-plan food items.

I nervously checked every few minutes, but the potato-police never showed up to take me away.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Spudtember 16th

Friday update on my month-long potato diet experience.

Everything is going great, I derived probably 95% of my calories the past couple days/weeks from potatoes. The odd dipping sauce or foraged tomato were my only deviations. I haven't weighed in a couple days, but I assume the weight is slowly going down still.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Spudtember 11th

Just a quick update after 10 full days of all-potato.

Starting weight: 182lbs
Today: 174lbs

Starting Fasting Blood Glucose (FBG): 99mg/dl
Today: 79mg/dl

Energy level: Excellent; Running 2-3 miles per day plus several rounds of pullups.  No decline.

Potato repulsion: Minimal

Freshly dug spuds

Saturday, September 10, 2016

New Oat Study

A short-interlude from potato-posts for breaking news on oats!

I've been seeing this study from China mentioned several times recently, so I thought I'd take a look at it. Short- and Long-Term Effects of Wholegrain Oat Intake on Weight Management and Glucolipid Metabolism in Overweight Type-2 Diabetics: A Randomized Control Trial (free full text).


...short- and long-term oat intake had significant effects on controlling hyperglycemia, lowering blood lipid and reducing weight.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Want Fries With That?

I love French fries, but was always unimpressed how they turned out when baking them in the oven. I then bought an air-fryer. This little thing works great, it's like a mini-oven. It circulates high temperature air around a metal basket, simulating an oil deep-fry.  However, my French fries were still not what you could call "marketable." McDonald's would go out of business selling my fries.

Not any more!  I figured it out.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Spudtember the day!

How I wish I had done the SpudFit challenge prior to writing the recipe section of my book!  When eating potatoes-only for 3-5 days, you can get by on the traditional roasted, baked, boiled, mashed presentations, however, after a week, it really becomes a chore to fix potatoes in a way that you get excited about eating them.  Wait 'til you see what I just did!

Potato Pizza