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Diets or “A diet that makes sense”

I think we’ve discussed before that weird diets don’t work. Sure, you might lose 10 or 15 lbs on the cabbage diet, then wham, a plateau and you’re stuck. That’s because your body adjusts to your new calorie intake and if it is too low your body shifts into “starvation” mode to keep you from starving to death and you lower your metabolism making you feel crappy and depressed because you aren’t losing weight. You need a diet that makes sense.


Most diets deprive you of something you need to be healthy. That’s why you can’t binge diet. To be healthy you need to:


Drink 80 to 120 oz of water per day

Yes, you can get water from coffee, tea, coke zero, etc, etc, but those other drinks add toxins and sugar that your system will need to fight to eliminate. Drink water. Actually, better yet, drink water with lemon in it. As much lemon as you want, just no sugar. Lemon in your water helps to neutralize your pH because even though lemon juice is acidic it is processed by the body making it a base.

Eat a diverse, well balanced diet 

We’ve heard that line all our lives, but what does that mean?  It means that you should have a protein at every meal.  Eat different proteins, mix it up.  Eat beef or pork for breakfast, chicken for lunch or fish for diner.  Don’t stop there.  Try new stuff.  Eat lots of vegetables.  All colors of vegetables.

Lots of fruit too.  Try eating vegetables or fruit for snacks.  You can almost eat a much as you can hold.  But its important to lower your desire to stuff your self to the gills.  You do that by not eating sugar or carbohydrates high on the GI scale.

Remember, sugar begets more sugar.  Yes, you do need carbs, but make sure they are complex carbohydrates, allowing your body to convert them to energy over a longer time, using more of the energy instead of storing it as fat.  That brings up the “f” word, Fat.  Don’t fear fat.  Eat natural butter, not margarine.  Eat lean meat but don’t worry about that too much.  Eat and use olive oil in cooking and salad dressings.  You get the drift.  We’ll talk more about it as time goes by.

Exercise when you can

Do what you can to exercise.  Take the stairs, walk the dog, etc. Exercise not only burns calories but also raises your metabolism making your body burn more calories even at rest.

Eat healthy foods

Most importantly, when you put something into your body, make sure it’s good for you.  Read the label, if you don’t know what the ingredient is don’t eat it.  Try to make your own food.  Don’t eat out as much.  If you eat packaged or processed food, don’t eat anything that has more than 5 ingredients on the label.

If you drink alcohol

Try to reduce your intake and drink more red wine than any thing else.  If you normally have a drink or two a night, don’t drink on Wednesdays for a couple of months.  You’ll be surprised at the difference.

It used to be thought that alcohol was treated by the body as a carbohydrate.  It isn’t.  When you take a drink, your body gives priority to metabolizing the alcohol first.  So alcohol is really treated like a fat in the body.

“This is because alcohol is oxidised by the body in preference to fat, thus ‘saving’ fat for storage. Therefore, alcohol affects the diet in the same way as an increase in the percentage of fat eaten. This is something to remember in your weight loss quest.” – BYC


In Conclusion

So, if you do all five of the things above and you still aren’t losing weight, the only thing left is portion control.  You are now healthy, just not at your ideal weight because of the stored calories in your past.

You only have one option:

1. eat fewer calories than you burn

But you can do that in two ways:

1. eat less

2. exercise more

Here at the Fat Farm we consider these suggestions as a diet that makes sense and recommend tracking your caloric intake at

Their online tracking method will tell you the number of calories you need and even calculate the nutrition for you. If you are diabetic they will track your glucose readings among other things.  Ask me how I use it to keep my recipes and normally eaten (grouped) foods charted.


Later – Jughandle

Eggs – Everything you need to know

Aren’t these eggs beautiful?

This would be a typical mix of colors from my wife’s sister Beverly and her husband Brent’s hen house.  I’ve never had a better egg than one fresh from the tap.

Ameraucana breed of chicken lays various shades of blue and green eggs, while around 90% of all white eggs we get in the store are laid by a strain of the Leghorn chicken.  Australorp and Rhode Island Red chickens lay brown eggs and Barnevelders lay very dark reddish brown eggs with a matte finish.  There are hundreds of chicken breeds, laying different sizes and colors of eggs.  Some chickens are layers, some are bred for cooking.  Some are quiet, some are loud, some lay a lot of eggs, some a few.

Did you know that a chicken is born with all the eggs she could ever lay already in her?  That is about 4000, even though most chickens rarely lay over 1500 eggs in their life and the average layer lays between 250 and 270 eggs per year.

More importantly eggs are almost a perfect food.  Read this from the Incredible egg site:


New USDA study shows eggs have 14% less cholesterol and more vitamin D.

The amount of cholesterol in a single large egg has decreased by 14 percent according to the new United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) nutrition data*. Consuming an egg a day fits easily within dietary guidance, which recommends limiting cholesterol consumption to 300 mg per day.


Eggs now contain 41 IU of vitamin D, which is an increase of 64 percent from 2002. Eggs are one of the few foods that are a naturally good source of vitamin D, meaning that one egg provides at least 10 percent of the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA). Vitamin D plays an important role in calcium absorption, helping to form and maintain strong bones.

The amount of protein in one large egg – 6 grams of protein or 12 percent of the Recommended Daily Value – remains the same, and the protein in eggs is one of the highest quality proteins found in any food. Eggs are all?natural, and one egg has lots of vitamins and minerals all for 70 calories. The nutrients in eggs can play a role in weight management, muscle strength, healthy pregnancy, brain function, eye health and more. At less than 15 cents apiece, eggs are an affordable and delicious breakfast option.

*In 2010, a random sample of regular shell eggs was collected from locations across the country to analyze the nutrient content of eggs. The testing procedure was last completed with eggs in 2002, and while most nutrients remained similar to those values, cholesterol decreased by 14% and vitamin D increased by 64% from 2002 values.


Jughandle is in the process of starting a back yard chicken coop with a starting flock of 6 chickens.  That should get me between 1 1/2 to 2 dozen eggs per week.  By the way, if you don’t like to hear that constant crow of the rooster, don’t get one.  You don’t need a rooster to have chickens lay eggs.

More to come-



Confessions of a Fat Man

I don’t know about you but my scale and the BMI say I’m “morbidly Obese”
Now, that is an ugly term. I don’t like it and I’d like to be just “obese”.

I haven’t always been this way. For most of my life I was an athlete. I lived and breathed it. Then in or around 1995 I was teaching a few 8th grade kids how to triple jump (My specialty in college.) I felt a pop in my left hip and to make a long story short, I’ve been on and off crutches ever since with a diagnosis of “Avascular Necrosis” of the hip. That is bone death and the only remedy is a $50,000 hip replacement. Since then my other hip has suffered the same fate. I only tell you this to explain that my weight gain is more or less food related and not due to lack of exercise. “What?” You say. “If you have a fractured hip you can’t exercise, please explain.” Ok, I believe that exercise is just a faster way to burn calories and an excuse to keep eating large. I love to cook and eat, I can’t stop. I can stop a lot of things cold turkey, but since we have to eat to live, it makes it hard to give up.  So I have to learn to eat and lose weight.  Don’t get me wrong, I believe in exercise, I just can’t do it like I need to.

I’ve tried most of the popular diets in the last 15 years.  I even lost 47 lbs 3 years ago by joining “SparkPeople” and counting my calories.  I hated it.  Since then I blossomed to my all time high last December at 287.  Wow, that is hard to write, but you have to own it to change it.

I’m an old 58 years, having had cancer twice, making me a survivor of sorts.  In January of this year I had a sit down with myself and decided I needed a permanent solution or resign myself to an early demise.  This blog is the result of my conversation with my alter ego, Jughandle, and also a way to give back to others for God allowing me to spend more time here on earth.

“Jughandle,” I said, “What the hell are we going to do about our ugly self?”

“Jerry”, Jughandle replied, “you know you can’t do a diet for more than a month, and you love to cook and eat too much to stop, you might as well go ahead and die…except for the fact that we both love living so much.”

“I’ve got it,” Jughandle snapped, “I’m going to read and study the interaction of the body to the food we eat and find the best way to lose weight while staying healthy and eating delicious meals.”  “Then we both are going to blog about it to share that knowledge with our friends and others who need it.”

Born from a mountain of fat is “Jughandle’s Fat Farm” and the NO Diet, Diet.

You might be asking, “Jug, have you lost any weight yet?”  Yes, I have, around 27 lbs since February.  Not anywhere near my ultimate goal of 87 lbs or 200 body weight, but a start none the less.

My point of all this conversation is that we can lose weight and stay healthy just by eating the proper type of food at the proper time of day in the proper amounts.

Will you join me.  I don’t care if you lose a pound, I just want you to be healthy.  And there IS a revolution in the making!

Jughandle and Jerry out.

This is a Food Revolution!

Within our life time our food supply and the way we eat are going to radically change.  It has too.

Isn’t it always this way?  We are at the beginning of a revolution and very few people in general even know.  I’m sure at the beginning of the American Revolution it was only a handful of people who knew what was going on and kept the ball rolling.  That is the case with the Food Revolution too.

Over the last 30 or 40 years, the world, and in particular, the United States has gotten into some very, very bad habits and unhealthy ways.  Sure, the 60’s promised that we’d have robots to do everything for us and that technology would solve all our problems.  NOT!

One very good example is that technology developed HFCS.  That is High Fructose Corn Syrup.  You may have heard some of the recent farm bureau adds saying that HFCS has gotten a bad name and that it is all natural.  Please.  EVERYTHING is all natural.  HFCS have undergone “enzymatic” processing to make it sweeter.  Since the 1970’s the sugar in all our drinks in the US have been replaced by HFCS.  Our kids are obese.  Might be a correlation?

I don’t want to make this post too long, because I could go on and on.  My point is that the country’s food supply has changed and we need to get back to our old ways.

If you haven’t been following Chef Jamie Oliver’s “Food Revolution”  please click on the link and watch a few episodes on line.  Jamie believes (correctly) that any permanent form of change must start with the youngest generation and in the schools or learning system.

Let’s teach our children the proper way to eat again.

More to come about this heavy topic.

Jughandle out.