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Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Oh no, you groan. Colleen is NOT on another diet. Um yes. And I'm having great luck with it. I stumbled across some talk about leptin resistance. Leptin is a hormone and since I have all kinds of other hormonal issues, I was intrigued.No matter what I've done, it's been hard to lose weight. I can exercise till the cows come home. Nada, not a pound lost. I can starve myself to no avail.

The interesting thing about this whole leptin resistance is that inflammation in your body makes it impossible to lose weight. And fat puts off inflammation so isn't that interesting? I already knew my inflammatory factor is high so I was intrigued at the idea of how to turn that around. Both my parents have had heart attacks in spite of low cholesterol (cholesterol doesn't mean a THING about heart disease, it's all about the inflammation) so I wanted to figure out a way to get that down. This diet lowers inflammation and turns leptin resistance on its head.

But Denise, our resident vegetable hater, isn't going to like it. It's all about the fruit and vegetables and getting the right kinds of fats and protein. Lots of fish, 9 servings a day of veggies and fruit. Low fat yogurt. The only eggs that are allowed are boiled or poached, cooked somehow with the yoke unbroken or else egg whites only. Cutting out as much saturated fat as possible with red meat eaten only once a week and then marinated in pomegranate juice. Blueberries, pomegranates and cherries are key to reducing inflammation too so I'm eating blueberries every day.

And tada! I'm down 6 pounds this first week! I know it won't continue that fast, but I feel great and it's about time something worked! I'm happy to be proactive about the inflammation thing mostly. I'm hoping you won't recognize me soon! Here's more information about the diet:
Colleen Coble  
posted at 7:44 AM  
  Comments (28)
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At 12:59 PM, Blogger Jaime said...

Congrats!! That's way cool!! And probably rewarding too, after being discouraged on past diets. Yours sounds very similar to what I've been doing - in fact almost exactly, minues the pomegranate marinade for red meat. I also have lots of water retention issues and hormone issues, so this super healthy eating is amazing stuff! I've lost 10 lbs in 4 weeks, so keep it up!!! The cool thing is the ENERGY I've felt from cutting out so much dairy and meat and carbs and really hitting veggies and fruits hard along with cod liver oil (since I don't like fish)

Anyway - in the words of me - ROCK ON!

At 1:02 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Wow, Jaime, that's awesome! I'd be happy with 10 pounds a month!

At 1:06 PM, Blogger Jaime said...

You know the BEST food - if you like Mexican - is pinto beans on brown/wild rice with green leaf lettuce chopped up, red tomatos, green peppers, and just a teeny tiny bit of cheese. Wrap it in a tortilla, warm it up and chow down. I follow that up with dessert of grapes, strawberries, and blueberries and I dip them in vanilla yogurt. Anyway, i just had to share my favorite healthy meal with you! :)

At 1:20 PM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

That's interesting, Colleen. Where did you find that? My noraml diet is high in veggies and fruit. I eat blueberries every day, so I'm interested in seeing more of this. :D Can you tell me where you found it?

At 1:27 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

The link is in the post, Ane. Did you see it?

At 1:33 PM, Blogger photoqueen said...

Wow, good for you! I'm starting Weight Watchers for the...ahem...sixth time next week. No way could I do all those veggies, but I'm envious of your no-point-counting diet ways! I hope it continues to work for you!!

At 1:46 PM, Blogger Mocha with Linda said...

I like what Mark Lowry said on a Gaither video: "I'm on 3 diets right now...I can't get enough to eat on just one."

At 1:49 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Um, photoqueen, you might be in for a shock. I hear Weight Watchers is very similar now! LOL

Good quote, Linda! Maybe I should try that. LOL

At 2:43 PM, Blogger Kay Day said...

wow. That is very interesting. I'll have to read about it. It must help with arthritis and stuff, too?? Not that I have it, just curious.

Congrats on the success, too! Doesn't it feel good? I just have to have NO refined sugar and I can do ok. But that's hard, too.

At 3:20 PM, Blogger Andrea said...

Can I eat my blueberries in a muffin?? :) I am with Denise. I don't care much for veggies. I make myself eat a few because I know its the right thing to do. I read through the link. It seems like a lot of diets-common sense and good food choices. Of which I seem to have neither when it comes to food. If it is bad for you, you can guarantee, I will like it!

I go in waves when it comes to diets. I get on a roll and watch like crazy -that lasts for a few weeks, then I stop because I'm tired of it. So I eat whatever and don't care. Then I just try to accept myself as I am. Then I start all over! It's never ending cycle.

Good luck! Congrats on the 6 lbs. I hope you found something that you can live with. That is the most important part!

At 3:23 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

No wheat, Andrea. LOL

And it is like some other diets except it's more what you DO eat than what you don't. You have to have that many veggies and fruit and you need to eat blueberries, cherries or pomegranates.

At 4:44 PM, Blogger photoqueen said...

Oh nooooo! Just kidding.

I'm pretty sure WW has two plans - the regular counting points plan (where you can eat junk if you want, as long as you don't go over your points allowance) or the flex plan where you eat off a list of foods (similar to what you're doing). As much as I'd love to do the food list thing - and I do actually realize it's better for me - I just can't quite manage.

But if I find out I'm stuck with a diet that forces me to eat healthy, I might lose 6 lbs in one week, too! ;)

At 5:21 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

I'm laughing, photoqueen! :)

At 6:35 PM, Blogger Suzanne said...

Great job Colleen!

By the way, I read Anathema today. Yes, in one day. NOTHING in the house got done but I had a *great* time reading :)

I do feel sorta guilty though for reading it (and other books) so fast knowing how long it takes to write one!

It was a great read.

Everyone out there in GWO land...GO BUY IT!

At 7:19 PM, Blogger Andrea said...

AHHH shucks!! I saw 9 servings of veggies. I think my body would go into shock with that many veggies. I don't think I like that many veggies!I keep trying them hoping one day I will see what's good about them! I bet you fill up on with that many servings. Do you feel like you eat all day to get it all in?

Just up the road from me is a u pick blueberry patch! We have been there a few times to pick. Someone told me they are great frozen. Mine ended up in muffins and pancakes before I could find out! :)

At 9:10 PM, Blogger hotcoffeenow said...

Good for you! Since I try to eat blueberries daily, I stock up in June/July when they're in season, and not so expensive, and freeze them for the winter when they are hard to find. They thaw out perfectly! I may have to look into your link...I put on 10-15 lbs after my girly surgery in the fall and it won't budge! lol Keep up the good work!


At 10:00 PM, Blogger WK said...

Congrats that is soo cool!

I hope it works for you.

Way to go!!!


At 10:23 PM, Blogger Krista Phillips said...

Denise sounds like she and I would get along famously. I too am an avid vegetable hater. There are a few I eat just to have a semblance of health, otherwise vitamins are my friend!

My diet is eat less and do more. I just have to start following it!

Kudos to you though for sticking with it!! I know it is the GREATEST feeling to step on the scale and see the numbers inch lower.

The hard part for me is not going and celebrating with chocolate!

At 11:43 PM, Blogger Kay Day said...

Oooh, I love to drink Naked Juice Blueberry Pomegranate. Does that count? It's soo good.

I don't like blueberries otherwise. I'm weird that way.

At 12:00 AM, Blogger Ausjenny said...

You had me right up til the 9 servings of veggies and fruit a day.
I could do a little fruit but besides beetroot (you call it beets) i dont really like any veggies, (i know chocolate doesn't count and tomato is a fruit)
but i glad its doing well for you.

At 9:25 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Tomatoes count, Jenny! And Kay, that juice is super good for you. Keep drinking it!

Krista, would you believe I've lost my craving for chocolate? I can hardly believe it. LOL

Cheryl, I should do that freezing thing. If I weren't so lazy I would. LOL

Thanks for the encouragement, friends! Suzanne, glad you liked Anathema! Wendy gave it a terrific review on her website, doll that she is!

At 11:42 AM, Blogger Tiff (Amber Miller) Stockton said...

Woo-hoo, Colleen! That's awesome news. I recently realized that I've gained about 12 pounds since I got married--all thanks to a little thing called a pill. But that's gone now and I'm focused on shedding that plus more.

Walking and drinking water for me always helps. And with this new dry climate where I live, drinking water is easy. And I normally shed 3-4 pounds every week when I focus. Back at pre-wedding weight is awesome. Took me a year to gain it and a month to lose it. YAY!

But I love fruit and veggies and fish, so I might take a look at this leptin thing. I could use all the help I can get.

At 9:43 PM, Blogger Crystal Laine Miller said...

I've been losing, as you know, using a combo of blood type diet and Fat Smash. I do best if I do some sort of exercise for at least 30 minutes a day. (I'm up to an hour.) I need low glycemic index and nuts, yogurt, fruits and veggies. I try to stay away from flour products and tomatoes. (by the way--THE best new yogurt I found in Indiana is a Greek-style yogurt called Fage (fa-yeh.) YUM!

But I am always interested in a new way to lose because this is my theory--we are all made differently and the same thing does not work for all people. You have to find what works best FOR YOU. It might help someone else,too, because someone is going to be like you.

People used to treat those on a "diet" strange (and some people would try to push food you were restricting--mean!) But these days it is easier to change your eating habits and not feel that you are either a martyr or ostracized!

Keep going! If you had initial success like this, my feeling is that it has hit your body's metabolism/trigger. Yes, it will slow down and you may need to shake it up here and there, but it sounds good.

I'll be looking at it, even if I don't do it.

At 3:15 AM, Blogger Anna Marie said...

Dose potato chips count as one of my veggies? j/k
You go girl!

At 11:20 AM, Blogger Kayla said...

I'm sure you've seen acai berries marketed in some way because it's starting to pop up everywhere. Find something that has acai in it, because it has ten times the antioxidants that blueberries do. :)

At 11:21 AM, Blogger Margo Carmichael said...

Ooh, I'll check this out. For me, I'd hate to give up olive oil or avocado, though, natural fats that are good for us. So many schools of thought out there! And the French paradox. I even blogged once about being "The second-fattest woman in Paris."

At 11:24 AM, Blogger Margo Carmichael said...

PS--Isn't chocolate a veggie? Filled with vitamin Ch? :d

At 12:25 PM, Blogger Margo Carmichael said...

PPS--4:44 a.m.?


This is interesting, too. I rarely get a good seven hours:


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Kristin Billerbeck
Kristin Billerbeck is a proud Californian, wife, mother of four, and connoisseur of the irrelevant. She writes Christian Chick Lit; where she finds need for most of the useless facts lulling about in her head.

Colleen Coble

Colleen Coble writes romantic suspense with a strong atmospheric element. A lovable animal of some kind--usually a dog--always populates her novels. She can be bribed with DeBrand mocha truffles.

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