Monday, March 24, 2008

So what do I do NOW????

I have completed the surgical portion of my accident recovery and things are going well! The experiences of this last year have been extremely enlightening to me. So much so that I have decided to take my newfound passion and inspiration to a new level. I will be returning to college shortly to obtain a degree in health and nutrition. I would encourage anyone who is following a diet plan with such restrictions as Kimkins supplies to consult their doctor or a nutrition specialist to determine the proper way to add foods back in and re-gain a healthy manner of eating. Don’t go anywhere folks... There is still a battle to be fought, and healthy eating habits to learn and regain. Let us press forward to a happier healthier lifestyle together!

6 comments:

Laura said...

Thank you for sharing this information with us, Christin.

We've heard how many people are struggling with maintenance after Kimkins, so thank you for giving them some hope.

I definitely look forward to reading the next installment.

2BIG4MYSIZE said...

Christin I have some questions i'm hoping you can clarify.

First off everybody knows kimkins as written is deficient in EFAs and dietary fats so why isn't some health Omega fats part of the first addition back? those lean protein items are not adding back better fats and if the kimkins proteins have been eatten at her 70-90 gram limits during the diet then most kimkinettes are close to their final protein needs already.
real cheese, EEOV, nonhydrogenated oils would be much healtheir and much needed.

Next could you check your sources for those caloric projections cause 10 times goal weight is usually used as weight loss target cals not maintnenace cals.
Wouldn't finding their basal metabolic rate cal number and then adding in their exercise factor be a better place to start their targets as they work to repair the metabolic damage and body tissues damage done eating Kimkins as written by Kimmer? that would better balance the caloric needs of say a 25 yr old 5'9" 130 pounder and a 50 yr old 5'5 130 pounder as even at the same weight their BMR will be different but not in your formula.

Next what criteria did you use in selecting your veggies for the first list? was it micro nutriants they contained as the blood sugar impact of your addtions higher for week one then week 3? why save the dairy for after fruits as the calcium, potassium, and Omega fatty acids in real dairy products is something kimkineets will be in real need of quicker then fruit sugars.

I have some more questions likw why are grains before complex carbohydrate veggies?
I know understanding the reasons for those selection will help folk be able to repair their metabolism, replenish missing nutriants and heal their bodies and minds coming off the road to an ED that kimkins as written is.

Thanks

Christin said...

2Big - how ironic that I was actually in the process of editing my blog for some of the very things that you mentioned at the time I received your comment!

In answer to some of your questions however:

You said:
"First off everybody knows kimkins as written is deficient in EFAs and dietary fats so why isn't some health Omega fats part of the first addition back? those lean protein items are not adding back better fats and if the kimkins proteins have been eatten at her 70-90 gram limits during the diet then most kimkinettes are close to their final protein needs already.
real cheese, EEOV, nonhydrogenated oils would be much healtheir and much needed."

I completely agree with you. I have edited to add some additional healthy fats. The reason that I included those proteins that you see listed is that most Kimkins followers are under the impression that things such as pork, beef, and deli meats are "bad" and will cause stalls. I was actually repremanded once or should I say given "suggestions" for things that I would be better off eating rather than pork. So that is why I am encouraging to explore into those territories in step one.


You said:
"Next could you check your sources for those caloric projections cause 10 times goal weight is usually used as weight loss target cals not maintnenace cals.
Wouldn't finding their basal metabolic rate cal number and then adding in their exercise factor be a better place to start their targets as they work to repair the metabolic damage and body tissues damage done eating Kimkins as written by Kimmer? that would better balance the caloric needs of say a 25 yr old 5'9" 130 pounder and a 50 yr old 5'5 130 pounder as even at the same weight their BMR will be different but not in your formula."

Again in theory, I completely agree with you. However someone coming off of a 500 cal a day diet simply cannot increase their calorie level to those amounts that quickly. I would highly encourage anyone to learn their BMR and work from there and you are right that those cal leves would seemingly be for weight loss... However w/ the damage that my metabolism (and many KK'ers like me) has taken, those calorie levels are not possible at the beginning (and even now after a year) without consequence. My goal here is to encourage in adding healthy foods... getting a good calorie level... and getting there without causing scale panic. After a year of maintenance I cannot eat to my BMR yet. According to the calculators for myself even being sedentary my daily caloric intake need is 1777. I am getting there... but it takes time and lots of TLC to my body.

You said:
"Next what criteria did you use in selecting your veggies for the first list? was it micro nutriants they contained as the blood sugar impact of your addtions higher for week one then week 3? why save the dairy for after fruits as the calcium, potassium, and Omega fatty acids in real dairy products is something kimkineets will be in real need of quicker then fruit sugars."

Well... first off.. I did do some re-arranging based on my own experience that agrees with your point about dairy before fruit so that's addressed :). As far as the veggies go, I picked lower glycimic foods that were for lack of better words "less scary" for KK followers to incorporate first. This is not supposed to be a set in stone maintenance plan per se... especially since I am not a nutritionist (yet! ;) ) But just an idea of what I did and a hope to help those who have no idea what to do next.

You said:
"I have some more questions likw why are grains before complex carbohydrate veggies?"

They are at the same time... not necessarily supposed to be followed in that order, but both a part of step 4.

Thank you again for your comments 2Big and I hope I answered them sufficiently. Please anyone else do ask me questions too because I'm still learning this too!

BamaGal said...

Christin,

I applaud you for attempting to form some type of maintenance plan for those who have followed Kimkins.

I do want to interject some much needed info here.

You state that you are still unable to eat at your lowest level BMR with out causing "scale panic".

"Scale panic" is why so many people fell for Heidi's lies in the first place. They place way too much importance on a scrap of metal.

Everyone's first and foremost thought should be the healing of the damage to the body by following such a VLCD.

To do this everyone has to grasp just what BMR is. It is the number of calories a body HAS to have to just carry out everyday bodily functions like breathing. If someone is not even taking in this required amount---the deficit calories must come from somewhere, like your muscles. So they would still be causing harm to their bodies.

The number on a scale should not be more important than a person's overall health. The weight gain is inevitable while someone is healing their damaged body and metabolism.

Sherrie said...

Hey Christin, may I add a non diet related suggestion that I think may help?

My suggestion is regarding exercise, one important problem is bone and muscle loss on very low calorie diets. With that in mind I think slowly easing into a weight resistance program rather then an aerobic form of exercise would be a really good idea and hopefully help to restore bone and muscle loss, maybe even help to gain a little more which is all good for increasing your metabolism :)

Sue said...

Christin, If using deli meats then make sure they are nitrate free. I wouldn't include grains.