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Casseolets and The Better Than HCG Diet

I wish you people would quit prying into my private life but if you must know how became so obsessed with rapid weight loss I will tell.

You know how it all started for me? The HCG protocol. Did it work? Absolutely it did. It is strict, insanely strict and MUST it be medically supervised as far as I am concerned. It does.  1-2 pounds a day if you are precise with execution.  From 290 to 245 on this protocol I went, but I zig-zagged up and down. If you are not precise it can be disastrous, the opposite affect can occur.  But for those who nothing else seems to work, maybe you should give it a shot.  If nothing else you will learn about portions, high quality proteins, and what the body is capable of under disciplined conditions.

Now that ladies and gentleman is a fit pastor, humbly speaking of course

Now what HCG helps with during the extremely low calorie diet phase (P1) is the hunger and cravings. The first phase is fairly easy (for me at least). However the difficulty for me was transitioning from (P1) to phase 2 (P2).

I normally stray from controversy or at least keep it to dietary cholesterol, kale, and egg yolks, but today I want to mention a hypothesis that I can never test.  A pregnant woman could survive off of body fat alone because of the miraculous power of HCG in her system.  She would receive all of the necessary nutrients for her body fat as directed by the hypothalamus using the HCG hormone.  Research for yourself.  That is just a hypothesis.

(P2) of the protocol is the No Sugar, No Starch phase seems to give many people trouble. I had already been experimenting with a group who were diabetic and using a modified protocol to achieve their weight loss goals in the Pacific Northwest. Since I was deep in throws of ADHD as usual, I could not stick the protocol and I felt compelled to experiment with modifications myself. How bout a little more food, and adding exercise (which is not recommended on the protocol).  Self experimentation has taught me so much over the years and I was driven to learn more so I tinkered, and landed with a high protein, high fat, low non-fiber carbohydrate (NFC) protocol. We named it “The Program”.

Experiment I did.  I discovered maybe you don’t have to do the protocol at all. How bout if you do the no sugar no starch (P2)  and don’t ingest any HCG at all?  Just start with no sugar no starch (P2).  Instead seek to your fill of your carbohydrate deficiency you experience on many high protein diets, with fiber rich carbs (complex be careful here non-white refined carbs).  Add a 1000 calories of fat and NFC.  Get that load from beans and lentils, avocados and nuts?  What a hypothesis.  Many of you are just starting to realize that I am not only judiciously humble, but formidably intelligent as well!

Well their you have it – the Leanergetix motivation.  That coupled with the 93 other diets and workout programs I had tried that just didn’t quite work (I had by then abandoned the Coors Light Diet).  I just self experimented, did a phenomenal amount of research, and I found that “The Program” works. 

I discovered the life changing La Croix at this time

What about your obsession with the little fiber rich, nutrient riddled ground dwellers? Let me tell you how this came to pass!  I was searching on the information superhighway for recipes for lentils and beans and I found a little information on why beans and lentils had fallen from popularity in the mainstream.  One of the many reasons was that they were considered peasant food in many cultures. That stigma, coupled with the methane that can be created in the low abdomen from eating non-soaked or non-rinsed legumes was the death sentence for this lovely little creatures.  They faded from popularity.

 
Ok, we could brush it under the rug, but it just might linger there.  I know from experience if you prepare legumes improperly, or eat a lot of sugar alcohol, you will diminish the population you have of family and friends.  While experimenting I received plenty of calls from the boys at Berkley, asking questions about the seismic activity in my drawers. It doesn’t have to be this way.  Simply rinse your beans thoroughly or soak them overnight if you are using dried.  Also, eat “THE BAR”, only one per day, and stay away from anything with sugar alcohol in it.  There you have been warned.  Back to the captivating story.

Additionally I found several recipes for a dish called casseolettes.  They are simply dried beans, a meat, and vegetables placed in a roasting pan in the morning, and taken out at upon returning home from work.  A complete nutritious kick ass tasting meal.  Take that Jenny.  Well that is how it started.

As a result of this quest I also had to find a meal replacement with high protein, high fiber, high vitamins, high healthy fat, and low NFCs (WFC). I went looking for a bar I could eat as a supplement that had the same characteristics as the casseolettes. And this was wonderfully eye opening exercise.  I searched high and low.  Near and far.  Low Fat, High Fiber, No Sugar, All Natural, Pure Protein, recommended by Dr. Oz., blah blah blah.  Its all shit!  SUGAR, SUGAR ALCOHOL, SUCRALOSE, CANE, you name it they all have sugar.  443 bars later I had almost given up.

It wouldn’t be one of my posts without a couple of significant digressions,  so here it goes again.

I went with my pops into a GNC today in Santa Clarita, CA (actually several because the first ones didn’t carry “THE BAR”).  Well, I met two gorgeous and knowledgeable young ladies (yes they were crazy about us, can you blame them?  They are only human), Dera and Gaby.  They were so bright so positive, they even wished us a happy 2013 – extra-specially awesome customer experience!!!!!

Anyway Dera had tried “THE BAR” and we shared enthusiastic notes.  Well those of you that know my dad know know he needs to be on “Leanergetix, “The Program””. Granted he has lost 20 lbs over the last few months, sometimes it is just a matter of someone like me teaching him what to eat and when. So I asked him to give me a week and that would be enough to get the momentum going.  Trips back to GNC down the street to see Dera and Gaby notwithstanding.

In previous attempts to show dad the joys of Leanergetix I had led him astray.  I recommended a bar that was awesome tasting but full of sugar and non-fiber carbs.  (NFC)  Bad me, bad.

Back to the epicurean BAR experience at the GNC.  So Dera and I agreed that we favored chocolate the best, although Vanilla Almond and Cinnamon Roll are certainly badass.  (Ouch 6 grams of sugar alcohol in Cinnamon roll) I also tried the sugar alcohol infested Banana Nut Bar, and I must say definitely in the badass category,  but not an acceptable nutritional profile for the Program.  We then talked of the bliss and joy experienced when placing “The Bar” in the microwave for 10 seconds.  STOP ME STOP ME – Dera, try a little almond butter on it when it comes out – are you fuckin joking me?

I had found “THE BAR” – Finally I could snack on a delicious treat that met the rigorous demands of “The Program”.  I am absolutely giddy about these bars.  You can bet those marketeers at Quest will want to place a photo of yours truly on their boxes one day just like La Croix does!  I think it goes without saying.

If you haven’t heard of Quest Bars KNOW ABOUT IT!  just check the label for the proper ones.

If you would like me to be the poster child on one of your products please call me at 208-615-lean.

In closing, Jennifer Aniston if you are reading this, I will be your personal trainer and chef for no charge!  THE PROGRAM WORKS.

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I was Beyond Hope Last Night!

I really was.  I went on an impromptu trip to the Northern Idaho – I received a call Wednesday proposing an adventure to North Idaho. After that phone conversation with a remarkable friend, I found myself at the crossroads in Hope, ID 400 miles from home.

I finally made it to my newly adopted second home, to my ultimate destination. It should be noted, I made a right turn at this sign and not a left.  Why?

Not long ago, I was in fact myself, beyond hope (I thought).  Think about this word: hopeless (without hope).  I had talked myself into the fact there was nothing I could do to change things.  Sad isn’t it?

This sign moved me to reminisce of my not so happy days.  I was a bit broken, a lot heavier, and I lacked energy and drive.  Life sucked pretty bad. 

Things have changed, haven’t they?  Yes they have, dramatically.

How? Just a little decision and subsequent action. A small behavior change or two has brought me to the place I am today! WOW.  Small changes can make a profound impact on were you are today, and most certainly where you end up.

One day while laying around feeling a smidgen of self-pity,  I just thought if I can just start eating right, take care of my body, and do a little more exercise each day, I can see myself in control of my life again (hope).  I know this is cliche’ but I have not turned back since.

Many people when moving at the speed of life these days, can feel overwhelmed by many things. They do not want to think about health and wellness.  They do not have time to prepare meals.  They don’t know what to eat nor when to eat it. Exercise or focus on diet; what should I do they ask.  These unfortunate people just have no hope in this part of their lives.  They default to the simple, the quick, and the convenient.  This can be devastating.  It also can be quite sad.

I am here to report it does not have to be this way.  The only call to action here I am suggesting is, to make a little change for the better and your life.  It will get better, a whole lot better.  If you are beyond hope just give it whirl and let me know how things improve.

“Most people paralyzed by fear. Overcome it &; you take charge of your life & your world.” ~Steve Case~ @stevecase

Yes I am Happy in this picture I just have a mouthful  of  food in this amazing Lentilscape!

This is a climb I could not have made 2 years before, and notice no sweat on my hat like there is on my buddy’s. Oh, and a similar climb slightly before two years ago sent me to the doctor for an EKG, a stress test,and a couple simple changes.  What do you think?
“I’ve decided I must live THIS life for some time to come.The liberty and majesty is too remarkable to pass up.” ~The Lentilchef~

Indian is what my 100 year old Aunt demanded!

And boy was she right.   When the only “centurion” in the family reco’s a restaurant – that is where we are going. And I am dead serious when I say this, IF YOU ARE EVER IN BOISE, GO HERE Remarkable Indian Cuisine .

Doesn’t she look great for 100?  I will print any comments I receive on this post. I will take them to her since she officially retired from the Blogosphere at 98 and cannot type any longer.  That is not to say she doesn’t move like a cat, she is smart like a fox, and she has a bit of that Leanergetic style going for her.

Teresa who was with us of course, went on to ask her if she had had a great life so far.  And she responded with a resounding; “Oh Yes” and a big Aunt Vera smile.  It was a joy and a blessing to get to live through tonight with such an extraordinary woman…Thanks Vera.

How does all of that tie in to your weight loss program?  Well it’s about bang for your buck.  Leanergetix is about health optimization, social fulfillment,  family, and flavor.  It is about doing it right the first time and living in it!

Usually, when I’m on The Program I do not eat anything out of my control (almost nothing).  So if I do go out it is going to be HUGE and at least a better on the GBB scale.   Tonight it was best!  So before I bore you to death here is what we had to eat already.


It was baked spicy chicken served on a sizzling skillet fajita style, curried vegetables, (Hold it Hold it) CHICK PEAS in a tamarind sauce, and tangine baked chicken in turmeric sauce?  (Yes you see a few grains of rice on the plate but they were not necessary to make this dish complete by any stretch of the imagination). It was insanely nutrient rich, and even better on the palate.

I wanted to eat everything in the center of the table and we had ordered family style for 4.  We at every last Lentil!

I could rant until the sun comes up, but I have to prepare a post on ketosis and glycogen depletion and re-read Lyle McDonald’s The Ketegenic Diet.  In my opinion Lyle is arguably the foremost authority on ketegenic and flexible diet plans (until I reared my little head).

Did I say eat until sunrise?   Well this is what I saw first thing this morning after I grew weary of wee hour glycogen research.  I drove up to a high vantage point to watch the sunrise.  Would I have ever been awake to see this, let alone have the energy to get here before my life turned  leanergetic?…I think not!  Enjoy this photo. I must submit it was wildly awesome.

AMEN


If it was easy then everyone would be doing it.  For Teresa, many of our founding members, and myself it has become easy, but it took practice.  Lots of practice. Look, I wasn’t all that happy about brushing my teeth when I was 5 but I learned to do it pretty well.  And now it’s easy.

My dogs Ruben and Annie, the rambunctious weimaraners, were not all that happy about “going to their spot”.  However with enough repetitions of success they got it.  Actually, they really like “their spots” now.  Can you blame them?

So getting lean and growing your energy levels is going to take some work and it is not easy; at first.

But Christopher you are a chef, it has got to be easy, right?  Well,  not always.  That is why we approach the Program with the Good Better Best approach (GBB).  It is all about choices really. 
Some days you do well, some days you do great, and some days you just nail it. You have to live your life.  We have built the program with a few things in mind.  Sustainable weight loss, affordability, taste and comfort, ease and convenience.  Also I make myself available to all participants for help and support.  Anyone not agree?

Anything you hear out there that creates profound results quickly in my opinion is not easy and can not be done over night.  If you want to look great for an event, a reunion, you want to train for  hockey tournament, I can get you there in a hurry……but it is not going to last without some foundation.  What we provide hear at Leanergetix is a cornerstone, a support system and enough repetitions of success to keep you moving an full of engergy!

Shoot at the Right Target – The Body Fat Test

As we have gone through the quest together to be leaner, more nourished active members of society, we have many people lose over a ton of weight.  Weight is a great measure and gives most a real boost when they come out of the gates.

The problem is the minute we add exercise to The Leanergetic Program we gain muscle.  Why?  Being that the program is slightly ketegenic, extremely protein rich, and the fact we bring ourselves out of the catatonic state into anabolic so quickly each day, weight becomes a tricky unit of measure.

In order to be successful you have to measure though a “portal” into what is really going on in your body.  For instance, I have a subject who is losing body fat % but not weight at the rate he would like. He knows he is gaining muscle but still must live in a posture of doubt.  And really, weight loss game theory sort of goes out the window if you are having a competition to get jump started. Muscle takes up less space but the scale says different.  You get it.

You must know your body fat percent because I believe your body fat tells you more about your body than any other test outside of huge set of chem screens. Body fat percentage tells you of course how much blubber you have (I have 17.2 right now), your muscle mass and what exactly you need to gain or lose. All this being said, here are couple of ways you can accomplish this measurement.

  1. Go to your gym and get a body fat measurement.
  2. Find a bod pod near you. – Submersion tanks if you are the Altered States type.
  3. Buy a body fat caliper – try Walmart or your local gym outfitter.
  4. Because we have a love hate relationship with Tony at P90x – click on the link below: