Is Metformin the New Lifespan Longevity Wonder Drug?

Is Metformin the New Lifespan Longevity Wonder Drug?

Is Metformin the New Lifespan Longevity Wonder Drug?

As I have continued along my sugar free journey and continued to educate myself on weight loss, health and all the other things that go along with that, there is one bit of information that comes up over and over again.  There is one thing that has been consistently proven to help you lose weight, have lower incidences of heart disease, Type 2 Diabetes, and Alzheimer’s, and help you live longer.  That one thing is eating in such a way that you restrict your body’s insulin response by avoiding sugar and anything your body can quickly convert to sugar like simple carbs, grains, potatoes, etc.

Well what if there was a drug that would give you all these benefits, even if you ate carbs?  New research suggests that Metformin might be that drug.  According to S. Jay Olshansky, an epidemiologist at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health, it appears that people who use Metformin show fewer signs of aging than non-users and appear to age slower than non-users.  It looks as if this is possible because Metformin increases the body’s ability to quickly metabolize sugar, (blood glucose) reducing the body’s need to secrete as much insulin as would normally be needed.  In other words, it makes insulin more efficient, reducing the load on your pancrease and quickly reducing your blood glucose level after eating.

I would definitely take the time to read through the AMA he did on Reddit because it is full of absolutely fascinating information, including his 4 rules for a long life.

  • 1) choose long-live parents (begin there – guess what, it all begins with genetics);
  • 2) exercise every day (this is like an oil, lube and filter for your car – you don’t have to do it, but when you do, the machine operates better);
  • 3) eat less and have smaller meals more often (this is a way to control your insulin levels – perhaps one of the primary gatekeepers of rate of aging); and
  • 4) have sex every day (this may not make you live longer, but hey, it’s not about life extension, it’s all about the journey along the way ☺)

Seems like simple, common-sense advice.

As promising as this research is, wouldn’t you like to live longer without having to rely on a pill?  It’s worth pointing out that this pill works by essentially making sugar less harmful to your body, what if you just remove sugar from your diet all together?  I’m all for shortcuts but anyone can enjoy these benefits just by cutting out the carbs and sugar from their diet and eating more healthy fat, veggies, and protein.  Remember, insulin is the key.  Keep your insulin levels down and good things happen.

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Is Metformin the New Lifespan Longevity Wonder Drug?

Sugar Free Meal Plan for April 18th-April 24th, 2016

Sugar Free Meal Plan for April 18th-April 24th, 2016

Here’s this week’s Sugar Free Meal Plan!  We’ve some delicious yet simple ideas ready to go to help you feed your family nutritious and sugar free meals.

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Monday April 18th

Hamburgers and Rutabaga fries

Tuesday April 19th

Fried Pork Chops with Onions and Steamed Carrots

Wednesday April 20th

Grilled BBQ Chicken with Garlic Green Beans and Steamed Broccoli

Thursday April 21st

Sausage and Peppers over Cauliflower rice

Friday April 22nd

Grilled Salmon with Green Side Salad and Grilled Brussels Sprouts

Saturday April 23rd

Grilled Steak with onions and mushrooms and Vegetable Medley

Sunday April 24th

Slow Cooker Chicken with Cauliflower Mash and Zucchini Spears

 

Instructions:

All recipes are for 2 people.  Just double recipe for 4 people or triple for 6.

 

Meats

½ Lb Hamburger Meat

2 Pork Chops

2 Chicken Breasts

2 Salmon filets

Sugar Free Sausage

2 Steaks

Whole Chicken

Fresh Produce

Rutabaga

Tomato

Lettuce

Carrots

Onions

Garlic

Green Beans

Broccoli

Brussels Sprouts

Avocado

Zucchini

Yellow Squash

Lime

Mushrooms

Celery

Spices

Salt

Pepper

Garlic Salt

Paprika

Onion Powder

Garlic Powder

Thyme

Oregano

Other

Cheddar Cheese

Mustard

Sugar Free Ketchup

Coconut Oil

Almond Meal

Eggs

Milk

Butter

Olive Oil

Sugar Free BBQ Sauce

Apple Cider Vinegar

Parmesan Cheese
Steamer Basket

Cookie Sheet

Food Processor

 

Monday April 18th

Hamburgers and Rutabaga fries

  • Peel one Rutabaga and cut until French Fry shapes and place on cookie sheet
  • Put a few pats of butter in with the Rutabaga fries and season with salt  (Or your favorite fry seasoning like garlic salt or parmesan)
  • Bake on 350° until soft, approx 30 minutes
  • With 10 minutes left on the fries, pat out 2 ¼ lb hamburger patties, season with salt and pepper on both sides and fry in skillet or on grill for approx 5 minutes on each side until done.
  • Serve with Cheddar cheese slices, lettuce, and tomato slices and mustard or sugar free ketchup

 

Tuesday April 19th

Fried Pork Chops with Onions and Steamed Carrots

  • Heat up ½ cup of coconut oil in skillet
  • Slice an onion into rings
  • Whisk an egg with a splash of milk on a plate and pour out a little almond meal on a second plate.  Have a third plate empty to set chops on
  • Season chop with salt and pepper, then place in almond meal on both sides, then place in egg mixture on both sides, then back into almond meal on both sides.  Finally set on clean plate and repeat.
  • Place chops in hot coconut oil to fry and scatter onions around pan, cook until internal temp of 165° is reached, approx 7 minutes on each side depending on thickness
  • Chop up 3 carrots and place in steamer basket over boiling water, cook until soft.
  • Season carrots with salt and butter

 

Wednesday April 20th

Grilled BBQ Chicken Breasts with Garlic Green Beans and Steamed Broccoli

  • Cut ends off green beans and place in ziploc bag with 2 Tbsp of olive oil, garlic and salt or garlic salt.  Shake vigorously to coat and lay aside to marinate for at least 20 minutes
  • Place chicken breasts on grill and cook until internal temp of 165° is reached, flipping once.  5 minutes before chicken is finished, brush a sugar free BBQ sauce on both sides
  • (If you don’t have access to a grill, oven bake the breasts for 25 minutes at 350°)
  • Cut a head of broccoli into individual florets.  Place green beans in steamer basket over boiling water with broccoli on top, steam until soft.
  • Place broccoli in separate bowl and grate a little cheddar cheese on top

 

Thursday April 21st

Sausage and Peppers over Cauliflower rice

  • Slice a sausage that contains no added sugar into ½” thick slices and place in skillet with sliced onions and bell pepper with a pat of butter, fry until onions and peppers are soft
  • Shred a half a head of cauliflower and place in steamer basket for 5 minutes
  • Serve sausage and peppers over cauliflower rice

 

Friday April 22nd

Grilled Salmon with Green Side Salad and Grilled Brussels Sprouts

  • Heat up  2 tsp of olive oil in skillet
  • Cut a dozen Brussels Sprouts in half lengthwise
  • Place 2 salmon filets, skin side down in oil.season with salt, pepper and a squeeze of lemon.  Cook until salmon is flaky
  • Place sprouts in skillet around salmon.  Flip sprouts when brown on bottom, about 5 minutes in.
  • Place a handful of spinach, a diced tomato, and a avocado cut into cubes in bowl.  Cover with 2 tsp of olive oil, 1 tsp of vinegar, salt and pepper and toss.

 

Saturday April 23rd

Grilled Steak with onions and mushrooms and Vegetable Medley

  • Grill a steak of your choice (I prefer NY Strip but to each his own) over open flame until desired level of doneness.  Season with salt and pepper
  • Put a sliced onion and a ½ cup of sliced mushrooms in a skillet with a tbsp of butter and a squeeze of lime, saute until onions are soft
  • Thinly slice a carrot, a zucchini and a yellow squash.  Place in second skillet with butter and saute until soft
  • Serve the onions and mushrooms over the steak with the vegetable medley on the side

 

Sunday April 24th

Slow Cooker Chicken with Cauliflower Mash and Zucchini Spears

  • Dice an onion and 1 stalk of celery, line bottom of slow cooker with onion and celery
  • Place 2 tsp paprika, 1 tsp each of black pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, thyme and oregano in bowl and stir until evenly mixed.
  • Remove giblets from whole chicken and discard
  • Coat exterior of chicken with spice mix, pouring any extra in body cavity
  • Cook on low for 4 hours
  • Cut zucchini into long spears and place in small casserole dish
  • Season with Salt and parmesan cheese and put 2 Tbsp of butter in dish
  • Bake on 300° for 20 minutes
  • Cut up a head of Cauliflower and steam until soft
  • Place in food processor with butter and salt and blend until smooth

 

4/13 Weightloss Wednesday: 26 Lbs Down!

4/13 Weightloss Wednesday: 26 Lbs Down!

It’s time for another Weightloss Wednesday!  I’m beginning to love doing these because my scale has been so kind to me these last few months.  As of this morning I’m at 273.4 lbs, which means I’m 26.6 lbs down for the year!

As someone who has struggled with their weight their entire life, it is so cool to see steady, sustained weight loss over a 3 1/2 month time frame.  I think if I had known about the effects of sugar on the body a few years ago, I would have maybe been a lot healthier than I am now.  As it is, I’m thrilled with the results, especially the energy levels.  My wife was just reminding me of how often I took naps during the day when I was up around 400 lbs but now I have energy to spare.

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What’s Sugar Free at the Grocery Store: Progresso Soup Edition!

What's Sugar Free at the Grocery Store: Progresso Soup Edition!

What’s Sugar Free at the Grocery Store: Progresso Soup Edition!

Our What’s Sugar Free at the Grocery Store series continues and hot on the heels of our look at Campbell’s Condensed Soups, this week we are looking at Progresso!  Of the 2 soups, I’ve always preferred Progresso because I like a soup with chunks of stuff in it, those cans of Campbell’s Condensed are almost all liquid.  Which is fine if you are eating tomato soup but sometimes you want recognizable pieces of meat and veggies.

Listed below are the Progresso soups that contain no added sugar with fructose.  There are a few that have added sugar without fructose and those are marked as well.

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Progresso Creamy Tomato and Basil

Progresso Creamy Tomato and Basil

Progresso Light Vegetable and Noodle

Progresso Light Vegetable and Noodle

Progresso Light New England Clam Chowder

Progresso Light New England Clam Chowder

 

Progresso Light Chicken and Dumplings

Progresso Light Chicken and Dumplings

Progresso Light Beef Pot Roast

Progresso Light Beef Pot Roast (Contains Maltodextrin)

Progresso Vegetable Classics Tomato Rotini

Progresso Vegetable Classics Tomato Rotini (Contains Matodextrin)

Progresso Traditional Wedding Style Soup

Progresso Traditional Wedding Style Soup (Contains Corn Syrup and Dextrose)

Progresso Traditional Chicken Rice and Vegetables

Progresso Traditional Chicken Rice and Vegetables

Progresso Rich & Hearty Hearty Chicken Pot Pie Style

Progresso Rich & Hearty Hearty Chicken Pot Pie Style

 

Low Carb Chicken Fried Steak Recipe!

Low Carb Chicken Fried Steak Recipe!

Living in the South, there are some meals that are so culturally ingrained in your life that the idea of removing them from your diet is a bit painful, like you are losing a bit of your history.  For me, that meal is Chicken Fried Steak. (Or Chicken Fried Chicken, but that’s a recipe for another day I think.)

As much as I love that meal and it is 100% my go-to whenever we go to a “Southern Home-Cooking” restaurant like Black-Eyed Pea or Cracker Barrel, I just couldn’t do it anymore.  Every part of it was determined to make me fatter.  From the flour in the batter and the gravy, to the heaping scoop of mashed potatoes I always had on the side, to the vegetable oil it was cooked in.  So, the hunt was on.  I needed to come up with a way to cook this meal and have it taste awesome but get rid of all those carbs.

Step one was the batter and that turned out to be the easiest to deal with.  Sub in Almond Meal for flour and it makes for an awesome coating for the steaks.  It gets crunchy when you fry it and tastes amazing.

The next part was the oil.  I haven’t really talked too much about the different oils on this site but ever since I read David Gillespie’s book Seed Oil many years ago, I only use saturated fats in my cooking so that means butter, coconut oil, or olive oil.  There are a few others but those are the big 3.  Sometimes I cook my steaks in coconut oil, sometimes olive oil.  There’s no difference in the taste but sometimes I think the gravy tastes a little better with a coconut oil base but that varies on the quality of the olive oil I use.  For some reason, the cheaper the olive oil, the better the gravy tastes.  I have no idea why that is.

Finally, I needed to tackle the gravy and I have to say, this was tough.  To the point that I thought it was going to be impossible.  I tried every single low carb or gluten free flour you could possibly think and nothing would make the dang gravy thicken.  That is until my Walmart started carrying Arrowroot and out of desperation, I picked it up.  I’m happy to say that it actually works!  It doesn’t work very fast and you have to whisk the gravy constantly but if you will stick with it, it comes together pretty nicely.  Don’t use too much though, you will have a gummy mess on your hands.

Also, just as an aside, I also bought a plastic whisk so I could whisk to my heart’s content and not worry about scratching my pan with a metal one.  Also, if you want a low carb mashed potato substitute, check out my recipe for mashed cauliflower.

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Low Carb Chicken Fried Steak
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Recipe type: Main Course
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 4 Servings
 
A tasty, low-carb Chicken Fried Steak recipe
Ingredients
  • 4 Cube Steaks
  • 1 Cup Almond Meal
  • 1 Egg
  • 1½ Cup Milk
  • Olive or Coconut Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Arrowroot
  • Salt
  • Pepper
Instructions
  1. Salt and pepper steaks liberally
  2. Place Almond meal on a plate and whisk together the egg and ½ cup milk on a second plate
  3. Coat steaks with almond meal, place in egg mixture, then put back into almond meal
  4. Heat up oil in skillet over medium high heat, enough to cover half the steak's thickness
  5. Cook steaks about 7 minutes on each side until done
  6. To make gravy, pour off all but about 2 TBSP of the oil, keeping any of the almond meal that flaked off the steaks in the skillet
  7. Pour in one cup of milk and 1 Tbsp of Arrowroot and whisk constantly. If gravy doesn't thicken, add small amounts of arrowroot until it becomes the consistency you like.

Low Carb Chicken Fried Steak Recipe!