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March 8: 2014: A big apology to my friends and followers.  Since last May (2013) when I went to Nunavut for 5 months to work as a chef/manager in a small hotel – I have neglected both my diet AND my blog!

At any rate I am now back on track with both and plan to have more relevant and helpful offerings.

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Sept 30/2012

This blog has a focus on diet and nutrition which has been a lifelong interest of mine.  I  have a health /science background as well as coming from a 3 generation medical family and I  have always been able to readily absorb, interpret, understand  human biology, physiology, health and medical information of which diet and nutrition is a child. It seems to be in my genes – so to speak.

Although you will find links and some recipes and cooking tips, (I work as a chef/cook, have done internet based research/writing as well as other things. ) Here I am the science nerd and love researching the details and fine points on the science of food-low carb, grain free and ketogenic diets.
I am actually a good cook but I am not good at following or writing down recipes so I leave that to the ones who love to do it.. Gourmet Girl Cooks. I guess you could say in that way my cooking is  spontaneous and impulsive as my artisan dabblings are. ( I saw an opening and I took it  🙂 )

My mother being a very avid “old style-European” cook, I developed a keen understanding of ingredients when I was young.  Most of my cooking skills..like many of my generation..were learned at home when “real” food and “home-made” was a given.

My natural curiosity about body stuff and understanding how it all works and needing to know and share has led me to blog after much procrastination.
…… planned for some time and finally in the works ……. another resource and source of support for anyone on a low carb journey to health and a better way of eating. I believe the growing trend towards grain free, low carb, purer food is absolutely the best way to improve and maintain health and it is here to stay. It is not a fad.

Two years ago 2010/11  I did a total 360 on my thinking about what was a “healthy” diet via Gary Taubes Good Calories Bad Calories. Although I had never had the fear of fat-including saturated fat-that most people did/do. The other healthy items, such as many fruits,  suddenly did not seem healthy at all and I cringed at the thought of the number of bananas I had consumed on a weekly basis.

My health is restored and improved since I have given up many of the healthy foods. Grains, fruit, other sweet things (honey) and “starchy” foods such as potatoes have been off the table for 2 years now. (ok I have fallen off the wagon a bit now and then but I get back on)

…………very brief background on how I got here

In January 2010 I began to look into “diet” in terms of weight loss. In the previous 10 years (post menopause) my weight crept up,  and after giving up a 45 year smoking habit (cold turkey) I had gained another 25 lbs to my 30 post menopausal pounds.  This was very different and distressing for me, having been slim and healthy most of my life. ( I am a 5′ 8″ female so my ideal weight is around 145 ish give or take.) High blood pressure and ..wow..fat! I can’t believe it. Something has to change.

As I had never “dieted” in this way,  I began my normal habit of researching my topic of interest.

Friends had mentioned in the past something about giving up white foods and bread and losing weight, and that is how it all began.

My thanks go to the late Dr. Robert Atkins, Gary Taubes , Dr. William Davis for being the people they – strong advocates of truth.

To Mark Sisson and Jimmy Moore for providing scads of information and resources leading and supporting people on their journey to health. And to Dr’s Jeff Volek and  Stephen Phinney for their comprehensive books:  Art and Science of Low Carb Living and Art and Science of Low Carb Performance.
There are many others with blogs and websites being added daily. It truly is a movement, a moveable feast of websites and pages offering support and information from which I continue to gather and share myself.  I thank all of them for their contributions to a healthier human race.

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