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Tad Distressed That ‘Green Giant’ ‘Riced Veggies’ Are Not As Healthy As I Had Hoped.

by Anura Guruge


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I have been eating these microwavable ‘Green Giant’ veggie packets for years — as a part of my low-carb diet. They are convenient & kind of met my needs. I was delighted when they came up with the rice cauliflower offerings last year. I would fry it up with hot peppers, cilantro, scallions & leeks to make a quick vegetable curry. I would have this about 2 to 3 times a week.

3-weeks ago I had my blood work done ahead of my dreaded annual physical. While the numbers claim I am fine I wasn’t thrilled! I could have done better. So, over the last couple of weeks I have been re-reading all of the product labels — much more carefully. Hhhhmmm. Yes, this is NOT bad, but, I had not realized. I could do without the added sugar. So, I cut back on these. SMILE.


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I Had My Knee Surgery, Which Was Miraculous, A Year Ago.

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These pictures from a year ago & the screenshot below,
from today,
tell you all that needs to be told.



The picture above is a testament to my recovery. I never realized that I had walked that far. Nearly 2,000 miles.

Knee feels great. I feel great.

Dr. Charles Blitzer who performed my surgery was NOT a surgeon. He was MAGICIAN.

I sent him an e-mail today and thanked him, profusely. He responded and thanked me for my kind words.

IF you ever need knee surgery (and I hope you never do), make sure it turns out like mine.

Best thing that happened to me in YEARS!


I had my quadriceps tendon repair surgery,
at ‘
Frisbie Memorial Hospital‘ —
performed by Dr. Charles Blitzer
of ‘Seacoast Orthopedics
on Thursday, March 7, 2019.

There was no pain to talk about
— throughout, from surgery to now.


Click to ENLARGE. 2-months ago, Dec. 28, 2019.


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I Busted My Knee, Severely, A Year Ago Today; Since Then I Have Walked 1,947-Miles & Lost Exactly 30 Lbs.

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Click to ENLARGE. From my ‘Garmin Connect’ earlier today.


Click to access this post from EXACTLY a year ago.


Click to ENLARGE. 2-months ago, Dec. 28, 2019.


Thursday, February 28, 2019. I slipped on ice, in the morning, while shoveling snow after a snowstorm. Heard an almighty crack. Left knee was in pain and pretty useless. Did not know what had happened. Eventually got myself to the ER. I had totally busted my Quadricep Tendon. Never heard of it. Didn’t know I had one.

They were all set to operate on me the next day. I was not keen. I had a vacation booked in the Cape and, moreover, wanted some time to get my head around surgery. ONE OF THE BEST DECISIONS I EVER MADE. With a brace, I could walk and the pain wasn’t too bad.

Pain was never too bad, prior to or post surgery. Never took any of the 60 opioid pills that I was given! Most I needed was TWO Aleve.

I walked, sometimes a mile or more, in the week prior to surgery.

Was on crutches for 6-weeks. I walked with the crutches and my Garmin Fenix 5 NEVER COUNTED those steps. So, I really walked MORE MILES! Smile.

I had my major knee surgery on March 7, 2019.

The busted knee was a wakeup call. Though I ran most days I had let my weight creep up to 176 lbs. Not good. My blood glucose had also gone up to 103. That was it. I was going to get myself fit. I went on a much stricter low-carb diet (than I had been for the last 6-years) the morning after surgery. Lost 30 lbs. Down to 146. Trying had to get to 142. That would be my lowest adult weight. But, stuck at 146 lbs. Help.

I used to ‘run’ 3.5 miles a day. Now I walk/run 7 miles a day and do 23-minutes on an exercise bike.


I had my quadriceps tendon repair surgery,
at ‘
Frisbie Memorial Hospital‘ —
performed by Dr. Charles Blitzer
of ‘Seacoast Orthopedics
on Thursday, March 7, 2019.

There was no pain to talk about
— throughout, from surgery to now.


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I Now Fast For 15-Hours A Day, EVERY DAY, Without Trying & With Ease — It Is A Piece Of Cake.

by Anura Guruge


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Click image to access the original article. Google “16:8” for more, many more.


This 15-hour fasting was NOT an intentional part of my new diet — the one that I have been on for the last 11-months following my major knee surgery (to repair a busted quadricep tendon).

What I did was CUT OUT all snacking, cold turkey and with ruthless determination. I have 2.25 meals a day. A HUGE dinner around 8:30pm. A LARGE lunch just before 2pm and a miniscule breakfast around noon. That is it for solid food. NOTHING in between.

Though I was on a fairly strict low-carb diet prior to this snacking on raisins, nuts and cheese was my downfall.

I have totally (and I mean utterly & totally) given up nuts & raisins (and I (being a nut myself) am very partial to nuts).

I love cheese. I can live on cheese. But, now I restrict myself to a little amount of cheese every 4th day.

It has kind of worked. I have lost some weight — like 30 pounds (13.6 kilos, 2.1 stone). Still some ways to go. Really want to lose 3 to 4 more pounds to get down to 142 pounds (10.1 stones, 64.5 kg).

I had never heard of the 16:8 diet until last week. It amused I. I don’t think 1-hour makes much difference.

I am NO stranger to fasting! I used to, in my prime, fast 3-days a week! Yes, 3-days a week: Monday, Wednesday & Friday.

Then for about 15-years I fasted 30-hours once a month.

I don’t fast anymore! I do NOT consider my 15-hour break from solid food fasting. Just part of my routine.

Just thought I will share this with you in case you were considering a 15:9 diet. Piece of cake. Requires NO effort.

Oh, I go for a 90-minute walk/run in the morning which helps. SMILE.


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British Low-Carb Diet Advocated By The U.K. “Daily Mail”.

by Anura Guruge


Click image to access the U.K. ‘Daily Mail’ original.


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There was no surprises here. This is basically what I have been following for the last 6-years! Yes, 6-years.

Yes, I have cheated off-and-on. Not majorly. Went through a face of snacking heavily on nuts. I have cut that out since my knee injury since that has curtailed the amount of exercise, i.e., running, I can do.

As it says, this is not too hard to adhere to.

Just wanted to share with you.


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Sri Lankan Bowler Lahiru Gamage Wouldn’t Be Out Of Breath Bowling In Delhi If He Lost 20 Pounds.

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I have been meaning to comment on this for quite few months.

Quite a few of the Sri Lankan cricket team carry too much weight around their belly — classic Dahl belly.

Being even 10 pounds overweight makes a difference when playing cricket at the Test level. You are on the field, when fielding, for 6 – 7 hours.

Gamage is the worst — and he is supposedly a fast bowler (though I think he is more medium pace, than anything else).

Him getting sick in Delhi was understandable. He is too fat. Yes, I, given that I too am 20 lbs overweight, should not be complaining, BUT I am nearly 65-years old and no longer playing cricket. [Though to be fair I was fat when I played cricket.]

Anywho …

Gamage needs to go on a low-carb diet.

Suranga Lakmal

Rangana Herath


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Fats In Diet Is GOOD, Carbs Are Bad — YES, YES, YES, Per ‘The Lancet’ No Less!

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Click above image to ENLARGE and read here.

Click here to access the original August 29, 2017 “The Lancet” article.


Click here to read the original U.K. “Daily Mail” article that says it all in LAY terms.


Yes, yes, yes. This is MY DIET of the last 4.5 years. Low carb, HIGH in fat. Yes, of course, I am going to die but I will die in style.

Makes sense to me. I knew that fats had protective properties.

So, take note.

“The Lancet” can’t be scoffed at. Probably still THE premier medical journal in the World.


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Quaker Instant Oatmeal “Best Bowl” Finalist Flavors Are A Treat — Check Them Out.

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A bowl of oatmeal is a cornerstone of my near 4-year long v. low-carb diet. Few months into the diet I realized that I need some bulk and I like oatmeal (and it is supposed to be good for you).

Recently I have been using plain oatmeal BUT when I saw this box at Walmart (on Sunday when we were there to buy two Christmas trees) I could not resist.

Apple Cheddar Rosemary!

Vanilla Chai!

Lemon Ricotta Pancake!

I tried the ‘Apple Cheddar Rosemary’. It wasn’t very strong. Pleasant enough. I will have to try it again and make sure to be more attentive.

Just thought you might be interested. So I had to share. Enjoy.


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Low-Carb Diet Needed Modification After 3 Years.

by Anura Guruge


Yes, I have been on my low-carb diet, without exception, for over 3 years — having started it on January 22, 2013 when I was ‘diagnosed’ with prediabetes. I lost (close to) 30 pounds very quickly and until the start of this year, i.e., 2016, had no trouble staying at a steady weight, viz. 163 lbs, which represented a 26 pound weight loss.

This was not the first time I had done low-carb/Atkin. I had done it twice before, both with great success, albeit just for about a year each time. So this is the longest I have been on this low-carb diet. I am used to being on a specific, unwavering diet or regime for long periods. I was on my FASTING for 3 DAYS/WEEK for 10 years or so! NO, it is not a matter of ‘willpower‘. I do not subscribe to willpower since it conotes a power struggle between you and your brain. That is not good. What you need instead is 100% cooperation and harmony between you and your brain. Then things like sticking to a diet becomes a piece of cake. I just finished writing a book about this. It is called “Brain Meditation” since that is how you achieve that harmony. More about that later when I get around to publishing the book.

Anywho … I have no problem, whatsoever, with dying. Have always been like that. What scares the life out of me is living through the complications of diabetes! I was 7 years old when my beloved uncle, a renowned doctor, told me that it would only be a matter of time BEFORE I got diabetes. So in 1960 he pulled out this brown bottle of Saccharin pills and said “no sugar for you”. Use this. Though I ate a LOT of sweets — cakes, desserts and puddings in particular — well into my 30s I never took sugar (other than on my egg-hoppers). [Yes, of course, I know I am strange.] So now facing diabetes it is a choice. Low-carb to delay it, or living with diabetes. More I that is a no-brainer.

Up until the start of this year I had found that I could eat as much meat and cheese as I wanted without adding to my weight (or losing weight during the early days). So I snacked on ham, chicken/turkey/pork ‘hot dogs’ and cheese. I LOVE CHEESE. I can live on cheese, if I had to. So for 3 years I put no limits on my cheese, ‘hot dog’, ham and meat consumption. I was doing good and my cholesterol levels were beyond enviable.

Then this January things started to change. My weight started to slowly creep up and I couldn’t shed it. That was strange. I was also having digestion issues — despite my daily Metamucil regime (of 25 years) and above-average consumption of vegetables, greens & fruits. I was not happy. My weight went up to 169. I could have, if I wanted, stayed at that. That would have been the 20 pounds I was told to lose. But I did not like being at 169. I was happier at 162 – 163. So, as ever, I gave it a lot of thought. Finally realized that it had to be the cheese, ham and processed ‘hot dogs’. Yes, the salt was making me retain water. So I basically eliminated, ‘cold turkey’, the cheese and hot dogs — which had been daily staples for 3 years. Yep, I can do that (and so could YOU if you practice ‘brain meditation’). So now I just eat a little bit of real (unprocessed meat) at snacks and maybe less than an ounce of cheese. Make up for that with fruit.

Today, after 3 weeks of that modified diet I was at 159. I like 159. I am going to stay on this. Let’s see if I lose more weight. As an adult I have been down to 142 lbs — when I started my FASTING for 3 DAYS/WEEK diet. Went from 204 to 142 in about 6 months. At 142 I was a skeleton. You could see every one of my ribs.

Anywho …

Just wanted to SHARE with you. IF you are on low-carb for an extended period of time (and I hope you are) — then think about cutting way back (way back) on cheese, ham and processed meat. [I was never a big bacon eater though I eat a lot of pork.]


Coming Soon.

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egghoppers

Egg Hoppers — the only thing I ate with (raw) sugar since I was 7 years old. But I haven’t eaten one in 24 years! Sad isn’t it?

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Dannon’s ‘Activia’ Probiotic Yogurt — Effectiveness Appears To Plateau Then Peter Off.

by Anura Guruge


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Click to ENLARGE. ‘Activia’ carbs.

Until this past weekend I had been eating at least one ‘Activia’ Probiotic yogurt — typically the larger container — every day (bar maybe 4 days in total) since Monday, April 27, 2015. So that was 231 days of eating ‘Activia’.

To begin with it worked, as claimed, like a charm and I was signing its praises. I had started eating ‘Activia’ because I was sure that I would have been able to claim that the ‘Activia’ Challenge did not work and as such I needed my money back. But I was happy with ‘Activia’ for months. The Challenge Worked! I will gladly admit that.

What is even more interesting is that I was not a newcomer to eating daily yogurt. I had been eating a yogurt a day, bar a very, very occasional lapse, since 1998. So by the time I started eating ‘Activia’ I had been on daily yogurt for 17 years. And even with that I could tell that ‘Activia’ made a difference.

But of late I have been getting skeptical about ‘Activia’ benefits as it applied to I. The biggest problem being that the ‘Activia’ that we can readily buy in New Hampshire — i.e., regular ‘Activia’ — is VERY HIGH in Carbs. 18g of Carbohydrates per small container, 15g of that sugar. This was starting to impact my low-carb diet. Plus I had noticed that the ‘Activia’ was not as effective as it had been to start with it.

So, with reluctance, I decided to ditch the ‘Activia’ and go back to my Cabot Low-Fat Greek Yogurt, that I had been eating, daily, for about a year before I started ‘Activa’. One whole tub of the Cabot has about the same carbs as a small container of ‘Activia’. Yes, of course, it doesn’t taste anywhere near as good BUT I can’t afford to be this fat. Have to lose more weight. So that is my story.500_greek-vanilla-2lb


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