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Final Results. Logan Speaks with Carlee (The Dietitian) About His Time With NutriSense

November 22, 2021
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Logan
[00:00:00] Well, hey, Carly, thank you very much for joining me today. It's been quite an adventure. The last three months or 12 weeks on NutriSense, I've learned a ton, but I just wanted to gather with you and talk about my experience a little bit. And on top of that, what you've seen with my journey from your perspective. How do you think that I did?

 

Carlee [00:00:20] Awesome. Well, first of all, thank you so much for having me. It's been—I cannot believe it's been three months already. It's been really fun working with you. I think you've done really, really well. And so, looking over your data and kind of all of the things that you've established in your lifestyle habits these past three months, it's actually really cool to see. So you came kind of with that goal of supporting weight loss and really finding a diet or just meals in general that work really well for you. And I think we've done a pretty good job of establishing, kind of achieving, that goal. There were definitely some barriers and some things that kind of threw us for a loop along the process. But that's part of any journey with health, right? And I think the big thing is that you were able to overcome those barriers and we were able to address and think of ways and strategies to address those if they were to happen in the future. But it seems like a lot of the habits we've developed are kind of just staples in your lifestyle now. And that's what I think of when I think of success with any goal.

 

Logan [00:01:19] I agree. I think that there are definitely some weeks that were harder than others. The week where I moved and the weeks afterwards where I didn't have a kitchen, or any time that I saw friends and family. But I think one of my biggest takeaways that I've had so far is the fact that even if I have like a week where I don't do as well as I wanted to, I still got back on my normal schedule and the schedule didn't really matter as long as I was keeping in mind: "now, should I eat this? Should I go walk after I eat and anything else that I learned during the process?" I think that at this point I can get through anything. I even can go on vacation now and not have too much of an issue without having a kitchen or a firm schedule that I'm on.

 

Carlee [00:01:59] Exactly. And there's so many times where I feel like people think that they have to do these fad or really, really restrictive diets, and those might work for a short amount of time. But as soon as you go back to "normal life," right, because we all know that those are not sustainable forever, then whatever progress you achieved when you were on that strict diet is going to come directly off or you're going to be right back where you started and you avoided that at all costs. So we were able to, you know, when you had a barrier like your move, we were able to pivot a little bit and see that big picture like, OK, things might be off right now, but here are some things we can do in the meantime. And then we'll get back on kind of your normal habits when your life gets back to a normal place. And that is the mark of a sustainable health plan, and that's the mark of continued health throughout the lifespan. So like you had mentioned, we found that there's a couple of things that really, really helped keep your glucose and your weight in a great place. One of those was timing your meals or your carbohydrates for earlier in the day and when your schedule was off, that might have been a little bit more difficult. We didn't stress about it. We didn't say, "Oh, well, if you can do this, there's nothing you can do." We were able to identify that OK might not be able to do that right now, but maybe we can go for a walk after your meal instead. So those little things, those little kind of ways to incorporate healthy habits no matter what is what I think is going to be successful for you in the long run.

 

Logan [00:03:16] Yeah, I agree. I've been on plenty of diets in my lifetime and weight is something that I've struggled with and almost every diet I've been on has been pretty strict. And the problem with that is after a month or two months, I hate it and I'm like, "Oh, I'm going to eat a cheat meal." And that's never just one. I go out and I'm like, "I'm going to have a milkshake and a cheeseburger." And then it's like two weeks of just me eating the most terrible food as I possibly can because I'm sick and tired of being on a diet. I haven't had that here. I haven't had the, you know, I've eaten things that I probably shouldn't have here and there. But it's not like I've gone down that hole of just eating terrible food because I want to. I'm consistently thinking about what I eat, when I should eat it. And yeah, I feel better than I have in years. So, I'm still trying to get down to my goal weight of two hundred. But I'm close to losing 20 pounds in this so far in three months, which is pretty good. And yeah, I'm really happy to see where it goes from here.

 

Carlee [00:04:13] Yeah! One thing that I thought was cool, for example, kind of to go on your point, you had a really high like longer glucose spike to a burrito when you had it at night. But then we were able to shift and have it midday and you had a really good response. So I think sometimes and I guess you can kind of let me know, did that help you feel like you weren't as restricted or that you could have your favorite foods, but there was just a better way to do those? Or there was a small hack or a small change in which you could really enjoy those foods and not have to cut them out and then have them as a cheat day later.

 

Logan [00:04:39] Yeah, exactly. So like the burrito thing was one good example. Another one is I really like chicken noodles, which I've eaten a lot. The great thing is, I've known, eat it earlier in the day or take my dog for a walk before or after pretty much solves a lot of the issues that I was having beforehand. I work at my desk nonstop and getting up and moving has definitely helped keep things in line. So, yeah, learning little tips and tricks has given me the ability to eat the things that I wanted and want to eat, which is fantastic. You know, I'm not going to eat those all the time. I need hopefully healthier meals than that, but I still can't eat the things that I want to eat when I choose to eat them. So that's fantastic. It's a lot easier to stay on if you're allowed to eat the things that you like eating versus not. 

 

Carlee [00:05:21] Exactly. I mean, I always say that your diet should be 80 percent, you know, good nurturing foods for you, but 20 percent of that needs to be something fun, something that you really enjoy eating and trying to kind of merge those two is the way that you can continue that forever. So I love to hear that. Did you feel like seeing the data... Because one other thing with weight loss right is the scale can be really slow to move. So sometimes that's a really frustrating metric to monitor, right? You're doing all the right things but the scale, maybe only moved a pound or didn't move at all, or even if it went up. I think sometimes that can be really frustrating and you can wonder why you're doing all this hard work at all versus seeing it on your phone right in real-time when you're making a good decision or a bad decision and kind of having that reinforcement at the time that you're doing it. I think that can be really helpful. Did you find that in your own journey?

 

Logan [00:06:07] Yeah, I did. It almost seemed like a game to me at this point where I eat something. I want to figure out how things, how it's going to affect my glucose, and then I look at it over the two-hour period, three-hour periods and see. So yeah, I mean, I forgot what the number is, but like people look at their phones all the time. A majority of the time I was calling my phone out to look at my glucose, to see what it is. I would scan it like every 30 minutes after I ate just to see like, "Oh, did I mess up or did I eat what I'm supposed to?" And like, it seems like that could be stressful, but it's not because it gives me the knowledge of what I can and cannot eat. And then I know that there's certain foods after that point that I'm like, "This does well with me at this time," and I'm good with that and I don't have to worry about it anymore. So I think it did really help me. And also the gamification of being able to see that data almost instantaneously really had me hooked on, you know, continuously scanning. And on top of that, figuring out what food is best for me.

 

Carlee [00:07:02] You're not competitive at all with yourself, are you Logan [laughs]?

 

Logan [00:07:06] Just a little bit. It's... yeah, I'm very competitive, which is a good thing. But who knows? But yeah, I mean, I don't know. I think this is a product for people that are both competitive and not competitive, right? Because like, the numbers really helped me. But there's also people like you who are there to explain what they mean if other people don't understand. And then on top of that to be there for support if questions are asked, which is great. So thank you for that.

 

Carlee [00:07:32] Of course, you were super fun to work with. I'm glad that we found some staples in your diet. You know, we tested a lot of your mainstay foods and there are some that worked well and some that didn't work well. But I think together we were able to identify, OK, these are a big handful of dinners that work really well for you. It's like kind of aim for those. If you do have one of these higher response, meals will try these things. So I think that's a really, really helpful thing as well, because there's less guesswork. You have kind of your staple meal items, things that you know, work well for you. And that way, even if you're not wearing a CGM forever, which most people don't need to wear that forever, you still have that information. You have that kind of motivation to choose those because of the data that your body gave you.

 

Logan [00:08:10] Yeah, exactly. One upside downside to this whole thing was I had multiple people commenting on how much I eat tacos. But the good thing is that I found out tacos don't affect me that much glucose-wise so you can eat the things that you still like, which I'm happy about.

 

Carlee [00:08:28] I love it.

 

Logan [00:08:29] Well, thank you. Thank you for jumping on the call and thank you for the NutriSense Program in general. It's definitely changed my life. I think I've been able to help my father as well. I don't know if we talked about much, but my father is a diabetic and I was able to give him some tips and tricks; he's type 2. And I actually saw it firsthand. And my mom has been telling me that he's been applying those to his day-to-day life. So not only this program helped me, but it's also helped my dad, hopefully, so... Thank you very much for that.

 

Carlee [00:08:52] That's amazing. I'm so glad to hear that. I commend you for all of your dedication and hard work, that does not go unnoticed. You've done an amazing job over the past three months, and I think it's only going to keep going. So I'm so happy to hear that.

 

Logan [00:09:02] Awesome. Well, thank you again.

 

Carlee [00:09:04] Thank you.


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Understanding the Causes and Symptoms of Endometriosis
Understanding the Causes and Symptoms of Endometriosis

Endometriosis is a common yet often ignored condition. Learn more about the symptoms to watch out for, how you can seek treatment, and read first-hand accounts from two women who have dealt with endometriosis.

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Understanding Hyperglycemia vs. Hypoglycemia and How to Recognize the Differences
Understanding Hyperglycemia vs. Hypoglycemia and How to Recognize the Differences

Quickly understand the differences between hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia, how to recognize the signs, and key prevention tips.

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Triglycerides and Blood Glucose [+Tips to Lower Triglyceride Levels]
Triglycerides and Blood Glucose [+Tips to Lower Triglyceride Levels]

Learn everything you need to know about the relationship between triglycerides levels and blood glucose.


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Tips and Tricks for Staying Healthy in the Summer
Tips and Tricks for Staying Healthy in the Summer

If you're gearing up to travel or spend more time outdoors this summer, here are a few tips to help you stay safe and hydrated in the sun.

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Tips for a Healthy, Happy Purim
Tips for a Healthy, Happy Purim

Purim, a joyous occasion celebrated around March or April every year, is just around the corner! Read on to learn more about the holiday and the delicious foods that accompany it.

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Thoughtful Valentine's Day Gift Ideas from NutriSense Dietitians
Thoughtful Valentine's Day Gift Ideas from NutriSense Dietitians

Still haven't settled on the perfect gift for your Valentine this year? Take a look at our Nutrition Team's favorites for some thoughtful ideas.

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The Warning Signs of Nerve Damage You Should Watch Out For
The Warning Signs of Nerve Damage You Should Watch Out For

Because nerve damage can have many silent symptoms, it often goes undiagnosed in the early stages. Read on to learn more about what causes nerve damage and some warning signs to watch out for.

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The Ultimate Guide to Fiber and its Effect on Metabolic Health
The Ultimate Guide to Fiber and its Effect on Metabolic Health

Ready to learn all about fiber beyond just the basics? In this post, we dive deep into the different kinds of fiber and health benefits of each. From functional fiber to fermentation, we break down all the jargon into a layman's language.

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The Relationship Between Cardio and Blood Sugar
The Relationship Between Cardio and Blood Sugar

Did you know that cardio can help you lose weight as well as optimize your health and blood glucose? Here's everything you need to know about cardio and its relationship with blood sugar.

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The Side Effects of Unhealthy Weight Loss
The Side Effects of Unhealthy Weight Loss

Find out what unhealthy weight loss is and learn more about its side effects and what you can do to prevent them.

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The Relationship Between Low Blood Sugar and High Blood Pressure
The Relationship Between Low Blood Sugar and High Blood Pressure

Learn about the warning signs of low blood sugar and the relationship it has on blood pressure.

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The Positive Impact Weight Lifting Has on Blood Sugar
The Positive Impact Weight Lifting Has on Blood Sugar

Here is everything you need to know about the relationship between weight lifting and blood sugar.

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The Relationship Between Cholesterol and Blood Sugar
The Relationship Between Cholesterol and Blood Sugar

Cholesterol plays a very important role in the human body, contributing to the structure of the cells, helping with vitamin D synthesis, and also promoting the production of steroid and sex hormones, like cortisol, aldosterone, testosterone, and estrogen. But how exactly is cholesterol connected to blood glucose levels?

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The Link Between Sleep Apnea and Diabetes
The Link Between Sleep Apnea and Diabetes

NutriSense dietitian Katrina Larsen, MS, RD,N, LD, CDCES discusses the risk factors for sleep apnea and how this disorder is linked to other health conditions.

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The Paleo Diet and Blood Glucose Levels
The Paleo Diet and Blood Glucose Levels

The premise of the paleo diet is that the body can handle a mix of meats, fruits and vegetables, eggs, fish, and complex carbohydrates better than processed meats, refined fats, grains and simple carbohydrates because it evolved to eat the first category as hunter-gatherers.

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The Health Benefits of Winter Squash
The Health Benefits of Winter Squash

A common ingredient in cozy winter recipes, winter squash is one of our favorite foods this time of year. Read on to learn more about how it can benefit your health.

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The NutriSense Holiday Gift Guide: Stocking Stuffers We Love
The NutriSense Holiday Gift Guide: Stocking Stuffers We Love

Haven't finished your holiday shopping yet? Pick from this list of NutriSense-approved holiday gifts to find some great last-minute stocking stuffers for everyone on your list!

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The NutriSense Holiday Gift Guide: Health-Focused Gifts They’ll Love
The NutriSense Holiday Gift Guide: Health-Focused Gifts They’ll Love

Still haven't bought all your holiday gifts this year? Don't worry—there's still time to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list. Read our guide for some great ideas!

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The Link Between Inflammation and Blood Glucose
The Link Between Inflammation and Blood Glucose

Learn more about inflammation, how it affects blood glucose levels and what you can do to prevent and manage it.

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The Health Benefits of Adding Fermented Foods to Your Diet
The Health Benefits of Adding Fermented Foods to Your Diet

Fermented foods have a range of health benefits. Read on to learn more about what they are and why you should be adding them to your diet.

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The Health Benefits of Potatoes, Yams, and Sweet Potatoes
The Health Benefits of Potatoes, Yams, and Sweet Potatoes

Potatoes, yams, and sweet potatoes are similar in usage, but pretty distinct in taste, texture, appearance, and even nutritional content! Read on to find out more about each one.

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The Health Benefits of Living With Pets
The Health Benefits of Living With Pets

Did you know that living with a pet can do more than just put a smile on your face? Read on to learn all the ways living with pets improves your wellbeing.

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The Health Benefits of Cooking With Herbs and Spices
The Health Benefits of Cooking With Herbs and Spices

Herbs and spices are a great way to add flavor to dishes, and also have a range of health benefits. Learn more about a few of our favorites.

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The Health Benefits of Beans
The Health Benefits of Beans

Learn about the health benefits of beans and how they can help you live a healthier, longer life.

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The Guide to Metabolic Diets: What Are They, Do They Work, And Who Should Try Them?
The Guide to Metabolic Diets: What Are They, Do They Work, And Who Should Try Them?

Review our guide to metabolic diets to help get a better understanding of what they are and whether they might be right for you.

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The Foods and Traditions of Kwanzaa
The Foods and Traditions of Kwanzaa

Learn about the traditions and nutrient-dense food commonly enjoyed during Kwanzaa. 

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The Blood Sugar and Joint Pain Connection
The Blood Sugar and Joint Pain Connection

Have you ever wondered how your glucose levels might be connected to joint pain? We'll take a deep dive into this connection and share tips for reducing pain.

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The Best Diet for Non-Diabetic Hypoglycemia
The Best Diet for Non-Diabetic Hypoglycemia

This article explores hypoglycemia in non-diabetics, how to manage symptoms through diet, and the advantages of glucose monitoring.

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The Effect of Aging on Your Blood Glucose Levels
The Effect of Aging on Your Blood Glucose Levels

Take a look at how aging can affect your blood glucose levels.

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The Best Diet to Increase Your Vitamin D Levels
The Best Diet to Increase Your Vitamin D Levels

Read on to learn more about vitamin D-rich foods and what you should include in your diet to make the most of this vitamin’s health benefits.

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The Best Diet for Menstruation
The Best Diet for Menstruation

When it comes to your menstrual cycle, what you eat can significantly impact how you feel. Read on to learn more about the best foods to add to your diet to help during that time of the month.

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The Benefits and Risks of Popular Ayurvedic Herbs and Spices
The Benefits and Risks of Popular Ayurvedic Herbs and Spices

Ayurveda is an ancient Indian holistic healing system that dates back over 5,000 years. In the second installment of our series on the practice, review the benefits and risks associated with popular Ayurvedic herbs and spices.

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The Beginner’s Guide to the Low FODMAP Diet
The Beginner’s Guide to the Low FODMAP Diet

In this article, we break down what a low FODMAP diet looks like for beginners, and its potential benefits and drawbacks for gastrointestinal health.

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The 6 Worst Foods for Osteoporosis
The 6 Worst Foods for Osteoporosis

When it comes to bone health, good nutrition is absolutely critical. Read on to learn what osteoporosis is and why some foods may increase your risk of or worsen the condition.