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Well hello there! It’s been awhile, hasn’t it? Well, gather round, ‘cuz I got me some thoughts.

Now that I’m back on the low carb, no gluten, and newly-implemented no dairy food plan, I’m starting to feel quite a bit better. My blood sugars are down, and my endocrinologist lowered my insulin intake by a third. At the start of the year I was taking 50 units 3x/day; no I’m down to 25 units 2x/day. That’s a 66% reduction!

Anyway, as the title suggests, I want to talk about advertising. Sure, I know there are a ton of fast food commercials, Instagram posts, modal window ads, etc. But I didn’t quite realize just how pervasive this advertising is until I started getting super intentional about my food intake. The camera shots, colors used, and even the physical appearance of the folks eating the food are all meticulously designed to entice us into eating the food not just once or twice, but continuously.

This morning the TV in the office elevator (yeah, we’re high rollers over here) was playing an Olive Garden commercial, complete with the most amazing footage of manicotti, lasagna, and bread sticks. It was 7:30am, and I’m strongly committed to treating my diabetes with low carb intake, and I’m pretty sure I drooled. At 7:30am.

The power of these images is incredible, and if I’m not on my guard, the potential euphoria of McDonald’s french fries and Jack in the Box tacos will swirl in my head all day, until I finally give in.

So what ads tempt you? Haha, just kidding! This is a no-tempting zone! However, I do want to hear about your tactics for avoiding the pull to buy ridiculously unhealthy food!

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Progress Report – 7/14/2017

As you may have read in my previous post, I went gluten free this week (read: “forced to by my nutritionist”). I was apprehensive and more than a bit skeptical. I’ll be honest, the transition has been a bit rough. I’ve got a pretty decent bout of insomnia going, along with some odd cravings (who craves toast?!). But, I haven’t eaten fast food all week, and I haven’t even been thinking about it. That’s huge! I weighed in at 270.9 this morning, a 6.6 pound loss. A good chunk of that was water weight and my body freaking out a bit over the drastic diet shift. But, a loss is a loss! Here’s to getting back to where I was before the surgery and hanging right past it!

Eating Skeptic Crow

Today begins my journey of going gluten free. My nutritionist hasn’t said how long she wants me to do it for, but most of what I’ve read says you need a solid 3 months of zero gluten in order to conduct a true test of gluten sensitivity by reintroducing it into your diet. Luckily, it’s really not all that different from keto, with the exception of allowing grains. I don’t want to go high carb or anything, but I think I’ll keep integrating whole grains into my diet. Stuff like wild rice and quinoa in stir fries and whatnot. Turns out I inadvertently bought gluten free tortillas last week, so I’m good to go on that front. I’m going to make a burrito or taco salad. Ooh, maybe I’ll make and freeze up some breakfast burritos to have in the mornings. Or maybe I’ll stick with IF. The one thing is my nutritionist isn’t all about the high fat part of keto. Eating all the bacon isn’t looked highly upon, though it’s not the worst thing in the world. Ultimately, she wants me to find a balance that curbs cravings and allows me to kick my will power into overdrive.

So there you have it. This gf skeptic is now jumping on the bandwagon. What tips do you have for the newb?