Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Day 1 of Detox...

...and I feel like "ugh". But I know that it's normal. No sugar, no caffeine. No "cheating". I do know that I overate at dinner tonight, but I had dinner by 6 p.m. and have stayed out of the kitchen since. I will eat something light for a snack before bed, because I know that will help keep my metabolism going through the night.

I also took all of my supplements today, even though I did not prepare the night before. I ended up lugging all the bottles to work with me in a Publix reusable shopping bag with my lunch, lol. But I have bagged them all up for the rest of the week and tucked them in my purse. I have also already packed my lunch for tomorrow. Hopefully making it through day one will make it easier to be successful tomorrow. This is just something I HAVE to do.

I watched the Biggest Loser finale tonight, and the transformations always amaze me. Yes, I am skeptical of losing that much weight in such a short amount of time, but the fact is they still lost it and they look great. I was particularly impressed by Rebecca. I really like the little short dress, but the hair color made her look older...

So many times today when I was craving sugar or something "bad", I just tried to imagine how I would feel if I were thin. I've never been thin. Ever. So I don't really know how that feels. But I know how I feel whenever I am eating right and losing. My stomach doesn't feel bloated, my heartburn and knee pain disappears, and I can just FEEL my body running like a well-oil machine. I haven't had that feeling in several months, so I'll be happy when I just get back to that. Lol, it's okay if I AM fat, I just don't like to FEEL FAT. Do ya feel me?

And as promised - some information about why I take the supplements I take.


I bet you never thought that essential fatty acids (EFAs) were precursors to hormone-like prostaglandins, they regulate every body function at the cellular level. This includes water retention, sodium balance, and fat metabolism. When it comes to weight control, fat also:

* Carries fat-soluable vitamins A, D, E and K through the bloodstream
* Activates the flow of bile
* Helps the body conserve protein
* Slows the absorption of carbohydrates to balance blood sugar levels
* Is a building block for production of estrogen, testosterone, and other hormones
* Is a precursor for serotonin, which controls cravings and elevates your mood

Every cell in your body is protected by a membrane that is composed largely of fat. Even the brain is 60% fat.

The Amazing Omegas

Two of the most important types of fat are the polyunsaturates omega-3 and omega-6. Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) is the leading omega-3. It is found in cold water fish, such as salmon, tuna, and cod, and their oils; in oils made from flaxseeds, hemp seeds, and walnuts; and in soybeans, wheat germ, sprouts, sea vegetables and leafy greens.

Omega-3 fats raise your metabolism, help flush water from your kidneys and lower your triglyceride levels. These fatty acids also increase the activity of carnitine to help your body burn fat better.

Under ideal circumstances the body converts ALA into EPA and then into DHA and finally into prostaglandins (which, remember prostaglandins regulate every body function at the cellular level including fat metabolism). However, excess sugar, a high intake of trans fats, stress, vitamin deficiencies are among inhibitors of this transformation.

The omega-6 fat linoleic acid (LA) can be found in unheated, unprocessed safflower, sunflower and corn oil. The body can convert the LA into GLA and AA and then into prostaglandins but often as I mentioned above this process is inhibited.

It is advisable to rely on the GLA found in borage oil (24% GLA), evening primrose oil (8-10% GLA) or black currant seed oil (15% GLA). The omega-6 fatty acids stimulate your thyroid, thus raising your metabolism, and activate your brown adipose tissue (BAT) to burn fat rather than storing it in your white adipose tissue (WAT).

What is GLA that is found in Primrose Oil, Borage Oil & Black Current Oil?

The GLA found in evening primrose oil mobilizes the metabolically active fat known as brown adipose tissue (BAT). This special form of fat, if available in sufficient amounts, can burn off extra calories and boost energy. BAT is a special insulating kind of fat found deep within the body that surrounds the vital organs.

The series I prostaglandins created from GLA are believed to regulate many aspects of metabolism. GLA induced prostaglandins regulate BAT by acting as a catalyst to either turn it on to trigger calorie burning or turn it off by triggering calorie conservation. Prostaglandins are also connected to a metabolic process referred to as ATPase. ATPase is also known as the sodium pump, a biomechanical process necessary to keep the right amount of potassium inside cell walls and too much sodium out. GLA-rich substances such as evening primrose oil, by means of prostaglandin activity, control the sodium pump, which in turn revs up metabolism.

Here is how the sodium potassium pump works within (just so you can get a visual):


It was through research conducted by David Horrobin, M.D., at the University of Montreal, and M. A. Mir., M.D., a senior researcher and consultant physician at the Welsh National School of Medicine in Cardiff, Great Britian that demonstrated how the right kind of fat stimulates the body's metabolic ability to burn fat. Their work demonstrated that evening primrose oil was most effective for those who were overweight by at least 10 percent. The key to this calorie-burning mechanism appeared to be the way the GLA-rich evening primrose oil worked via the prostaglandin pathways, a network of hormones that control, (as we said before) virtually all body functions at the cellular level, including fat metabolism).

BAT is a high-energy fat. Its only job is to burn calories for heat. When properly activated, BAT can become your own fat-burning machine. The words being properly activated. In thinner people, according to researchers, BAT is quite active. However, in those overweight, tend to have more sluggish BAT. Age appears to be a factor as well, with BAT activity slowing down as we get older. Thermogenic vitamins, minerals, herbs, and amino acids can help stimulate BAT.

Omega-3 fats are burned off more quickly than other fatty acids, so when you diet you loose omega-3s first, unless you include EFA (essential fatty acid) supplements and food sources. Otherwise, if you lose weight at the expense of your omega-3 supplies, you'll find that you regain the weight easily and will have a hard time losing that regained weight. Your metabolism will have slowed because your body is less effective in using insulin when omega 3-fats are missing.

So, this is why I take evening primrose oil and flaxseed oil. Plus, these oils keep my skin soft and moisturized.


  1. Wow. This is very interesting. I think you just sold me on taking the evening primrose oil and flaxseed oil. I read through kinda quick so I need to see how much to take. Is there a minimum or max amount?

  2. Hi Hollie, I just found your site. I too am on this weight loss journey, so it's refreshing to find others who are going through the same thing right now.

    I completely understand what you mean when you say that you don't know what it feels like to be thin....I don't either. I've been heavy since I was a kid!

    Thanks for sharing all the info on supplements. Very useful!!

  3. I take 2 evening primrose pills each morning, and 2 with dinner. The flaxseed depends on which kind I'm taking... there is milled flaxseed, flaxseed oil, and pills. I try to include some with each meal. In the morning I will put milled flaxseed in my oatmeal or I put a tbsp of flaxseed oil in my smoothie. I usually take 2 capsules with lunch and dinner.

    The dosage I take was recommended by my mentor, who I trust to the fullest about supplements because she is an "expert", lol. But I would say that even going with the recommended dosage (which is usually less than I take of everything) would be good. If all else fails, ask your dr. I hear they can be pretty smart about this stuff, too :)

  4. The Detox is hard, but how you feel afterwards is great. I've done a number of detoxes over the last 3 years (and blogged about some of them on my blog), and the reason why I keep going back is no matter how lethargic and blah I feel going into the detox, afterwards I feel light and energetic.

  5. Yep, absolutely know how you feel when you have a day of "good" eating. Somehow, everything just seems to be chugging along a little more smoothly. Hang in there through all the nasty detoxing...you'll be happy you did! :)

  6. I watched the Biggest Loser finale too! That was crazy! 200+ pounds lost? Wow. I guess it makes sense since they're working out 6 hours a day. But i agree with you about Rebecca's hair! I wish she hadn't cut it and dyed it. Ah well. Apparently the next season starts January 5th! Hooray! I'm addicted.

    Hey! Have you ever thought of getting the Biggest Loser Wii game? I'm planning on getting a Wii and the game in the new year. I think it'd motivate me. What do you think?


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