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Day 5 of ultra-low carb

Thursday, October 18, 2012

I ended up having breakfast at about 10:30 am. I had a nice fritata with zucchini, peppers and mushrooms.
I was able to get in a little jogging with the dogs but did not have quite my normal energy level for running yet. I had a few macadamia nuts as a snack 2 hours later.
Lunch was around 3:30 pm, a mix of various lettuces and spinach, walnuts, cheese, a little bacon, radishes with vinaigrette and lots of olive oil.
After having another cup of coffee with cream I'm going to use the next hour to go for another little run with my horse.
Back from the run. It was beautiful outside, with everything being in fall colors. Blue Eagle loved to stop occasionally to munch on some green grass that is sprouting up again after the first big rain.
Now it's getting dark and time to make dinner.
I'm cooking up some ground beef with a lot of tomatoes from our garden and some garlic. It still feels funny to not have any beans, pasta, or bread with this. I realize that when I first started low-carb eating it was already spring and I've never done all my winter dishes the low-carb way. I will probably serve this with kelp noodles which only needed to be heated and some kale stir-fried in coconut oil on the side.
I'm very excited about a little dessert experiment I made earlier today: low-carb chocolate ice cream. Since I was a little short on cream and had raw milk to use up I used raw milk and melted some cocoa butter into it which I had originally bought to make chocolate. Then I mixed cocoa powder and Xylitol together and stirred it in the milk cocoa butter mix. Cocoa butter has a wonderful smell that comes through in the ice cream. I'm curious how my family is going to like it.
Dinner ended up being a little simpler. We put parsley on top of the kelp noodles and meat sauce instead of cooking up kale. All the fresh garlic made it really yummy. My daughter added a bunch of herbs like thyme and basil and some seasalt.

Total carbs may have been closer to 30 grams today.

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SAFETYSUE 10/20/2012 2:51AM

    Looks good! I am doing the South Beach diet and it cuts you of carbs and sugar for two weeks then starts adding things back. It is the only one that has worked for me.
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MEL27P 10/19/2012 8:59PM

    Your creations sound yummy. I have been low carbing (30 grams a day or less) since June 25 and have lost 30 pounds. I love this way of eating and do not miss the bread and pasta at all. I just find other good foods to eat.

Have fun finding healthy low carb meals.

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LYNLUMIA 10/19/2012 11:13AM

    Hello Everyone,
I'm on the liquid amino diet. I'm losing very slowly. I think that is because I have thyroid problems. I'm hanging in there and I'm going to go exercise!! Have a great day!

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-LINDA_S 10/19/2012 4:42AM

    Sounds yummy! I'm never happy with my homemade ice cream. I can never get a creamy texture even with lots of cream.

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KALIOPPE 10/19/2012 4:30AM

    Looks yummy - glad your new eating plan is coming together. Creativity does play a major part in low-carb. Otherwise, the old standards could get a little boring. My new favourite is half of an avocado (less than 2 grams net carbs) stuffed with various fillings. Especially useful on early mornings when I have swimming and can't be bothered to do the eggs/bacon thing. I now understand what they mean about it being the perfect food: fatty, filling and feels like fruit. :) Hope you have something special planned for the weekend. emoticon emoticon

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CHRISTINASP 10/19/2012 3:50AM

    Sounds like you were quite creative with the ice cream. That's the nice thing about eating in a different way; it increases one's cooking skills and creativity.

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GLC2009 10/19/2012 2:21AM

    nice that the horse got a run too.

i have to go back to induction. i have been coasting. but, you and everyone still inspire me. i keep coming here, so, i know i will get back to the job and work on my weight loss again.


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Weight still dropping fast! Answering questions and comments

Thursday, October 18, 2012

The scales were at 128 lbs. today, my lowest weight since I was 14. Amazingly there is still a significant amount of body fat left on my belly and my butt, LOL.
I know now that I can easily go down to 124 and not be too skinny, although once muscle mass increases significantly those pounds would have to come back on.
Overall I'm amazed how fast this is going. I may switch to slightly higher carbs in about a week if the progress continues as it has been.
I forgot to record one food item yesterday, about 4 oz. of brie cheese, in case anyone was wondering if my calories were low yesterday.
My energy level was good yesterday, with brief moments of a mild head ache. I also figured out that I need to use slow-mag for magnesium on days I don't have time to eat breakfast because my stomach complains otherwise.
To answer some questions:
At this point I may shoot for a body fat percentage of 18% rather than 20%, but will judge more by how I look and feel and how my glucose and insulin levels are long-term. The reason for taking this step was improved function and being able to easily fit into size 4 jeans is an added benefit, not the goal.
Increasing protein may have the same effect as increasing carbs, but given the benefit it has for being able to build muscle I may increase it a little before the carbs (if I manage to do more exercise).
Concerning being able to tell the difference between organic vs. non-organic, no, I honestly can't tell the difference, at least with meat. But given my cancer history I should not take too many chances of eating food that has more pesticides in it.
The reason that it's harder to tell the difference with Mc Donald's is that the food is fairly heavily salted, which is fine when on low-carb, but it makes the lack of other flavors less noticable. They may also add other flavors, I haven't taken the time to look, hoping that going there will be a very rare occasion.
I can easily tell the difference between homegrown vegetables (organic) and even organic produce from the grocery store. Some locally grown (non-organic, but non-spray) veggies are just as good.
Now I'm heading out without breakfast again, but with coffee with lots of cream. I'm taking my daughter to an appointment with my new doctor who treats with nutrition before anything else. I'm thrilled that I found her and that my daughter will be able to prevent so many diseases that I had to be treated for, including cancer, pre-diabetes, thyroid issues and obesity.
Eating breakfast and packing lunch will start tomorrow. emoticon

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SHIRLANGEL 10/19/2012 1:11AM

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EBLOOMING 10/18/2012 9:40PM

    You are really a STAR!!! emoticon emoticon

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JANETELIZABETH1 10/18/2012 4:59PM

    I'm really getting interested in your recent blogs...
I haven't tracked my food for a very long time and think I should start again to see exactly how many carbs are passing my lips!
Just did breakfast, that small banana wasn't worth it!!
You are doing great Brigit!

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HOUNDLOVER1 10/18/2012 2:44PM

thanks for your comment.
Concerning getting up earlier to eat breakfast: I used to do that, believing that it is essential to eat breakfast. When eating low-carb, especially when in ketosis, eating breakfast is not as important in itself because your body is used to burning fat (and we know there's always plenty of that around emoticon ). In fact I could go on a long run any day without breakfast and not lack energy at all nor will skipping breakfast lead to binging or even increased hunger later in the day.
So now, when I have the choice, because of a tight schedule, to either get enough sleep or have breakfast I will always choose the sleep. emoticon
I have learned that quality sleep is a great asset in weight management and appetite regulation.
Of course ideally we should have time regularly for both breakfast and enough sleep. That's definitely my goal. emoticon

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DESERTJULZ 10/18/2012 1:52PM

    Congratulations on your great progress! What awesome results. :D

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KALIOPPE 10/18/2012 1:42PM

    Look at you! You'll be in those jeans before you know it. emoticon

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-LINDA_S 10/18/2012 1:36PM

    emoticon Thanks for the info!

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CHRISTINASP 10/18/2012 11:57AM

    That's great that you have found such a doctor!
I'm wondering about your not having time for breakfast... I'd assume that you could get up a bit earlier to make and eat it? Maybe I missed something.

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SCRAPPINPOLLY 10/18/2012 11:12AM

    Woo hoo! Congrats!! That's an awesome accomplishment!

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ERIN1957 10/18/2012 11:06AM

    Thank you
You are an inspiration!


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Day 4 of ultra low-carb

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

My weight was 129.2 pounds this morning.
I managed to get two walks with the dogs in but no time for anything else.

I did not have time for breakfast, only a cup of coffee with cream and my supplements. Being away from home for most of the day we had lunch at Mc Donald's again, another double quarter pounder with cheese minus bun and ketchup. I know this is less than ideal, the meat is not from grass-fed animals nor organic so I'm hoping not to repeat this too often.
After that we went to the mall and while there I had another cup of coffee at Starbucks and discovered their chocolate-covered almonds. I ate about 6 of those for about 8 grams of carbs.
The next meal in the late afternoon was at the Safeway salad bar, a big pile of mixed lettuce with some chicken breast, cheese and vinaigrette with olive oil, followed by another cup of coffee with cream. It's 5:30pm and I don't think I'll need anything else to eat today. If I feel like it I might have a little more homemade, sugar-free ice cream.
3 cups of coffee today was a little more than normal for me.
My hope is to eat most meals at home for the rest of this week, cut down on the caffeine and get more exercise in. I think given the circumstances I made decent choices today.
Tomorrow we'll go ice skating for the first time this season. I'm really looking forward to it.

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JSTETSER 10/19/2012 5:45AM

    McDonald's Chicken Cesar Sald is also a great choice.

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ERIN1957 10/18/2012 9:53AM

    I think you did OK. So what fat % are you targeting? I know when I have studied LC they talk a lot about the fat being the key to success, are you finding that true for you as well?
Old school high protein doesn't seem to cut it any more in the LC world, with proteins being to high convert into reactions just like sugar does. Another question for you, do you feel differently when eating non organic? Can you physically tell the difference or as well eating commercial produced food vs home cooked cleaner choices?
Thanks a lot for the great interesting blogs!

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-LINDA_S 10/18/2012 7:50AM

    It's really hard when you have to eat out. I'm not that great at planning ahead and taking something with me, but I do like Quest bars (the natural ones) and the protein is high enough and net carbs low. Good luck!

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CHRISTINASP 10/18/2012 7:05AM

    Maybe next time you have a day like that you can pack some foods that fit into your food plan to take along with you. Nuts, cheese, a boiled egg maybe. Vegetables like carrot or cucumber or tomatoes or peppers, maybe with a dip in a plastic container. (Not that I eat eggs or cheese, or eat low carb, just trying to 'think with you.')

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PASTAFARIAN 10/17/2012 11:22PM

    I don't do low-carb (doing CRON) but your diet sounds pretty yummy to me! McD buns are a worthless waste of calories anyway!

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VG1BLUE 10/17/2012 9:08PM

  I too am practicing a low carb lifestyle. (Notice I didn't say diet?) I am on day 12 of my first two weeks and lost 5 pounds the first week. I have had a pretty easy time and have not been too tempted,despite the fact that we keep having parties and birthday lunceons at work.

The first time I went low carb, I was on Atkins and they suggest no more than 20 carbs a day--that's really low--In fact my physician, who is supportive of a low carb lifestyle says 20 carbs is just too low. It causes you to have memory loss, weakness, fatigue, no energy, and just not feeling well. He suggests 30 carbs, only ten more, but it can help you to avoid all those problems. I know when I did do 20 carbs, I just didn't feel good. This time at 30 carbs, I have more energy, enough to exercise daily and am still losing at a good pace.

I see from your sparkpage that you are very active, and you are very wise to keep your weight under control now, and not let it get away from you like I did.

Ice Skating--wow-- I lived in New Hampshire once, and we got to do that a lot and I loved it. I'd be too afraid of falling now, might break something! Now I live in Oklahoma and it rarely gets cold enough to freeze anything to skate on without help from refrigeration.

I hope the rest of your week is good and that you stay motivated. Have fun ice skating!

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Day 3 summary and food

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

It's been another great day. My daughter's medley relay team made the required time of 2:02.50 for the State swim championships. She will be swimming butterfly for the relay and also still has a chance to qualify for IM (individual medley) or 500 m freestyle and 100 m butterfly.
I'm so proud of her knowing how hard she has worked to get there. emoticon

My eating pattern today was interesting. I only had time for breakfast later, around 11 am and felt like something other than eggs, so I had half a cup of frozen cranberries, one packet of Xylitol, 2 oz. of full-fat yogurt and some heavy cream on top. Total grams of carbs was only about 14.
It did not hold me as long as bacon and eggs would have so 3 hours later I ate a cheese zucchini duck egg omelett cooked in coconut oil. About two hours later I still felt a little hungry and added a double quarter pounder with cheese minus bun and ketchup.
After the swim meet I had a few carrot sticks and then we went out to a Thai restaurant. I was a little worried if I could find something very low-carb but ended up having a very nice dish, a red curry with chicken, peppers and avocado in coconut cream. To my surprise I was hungry for only about a third of what I used to eat in restaurants. I don't know the carb content but suspect that I stayed close to 30 grams for the whole day.
Overall I'm pretty happy to have stayed so close to target with eating away from home twice.
I do miss fruit and yogurt but it's not a craving.
Now a nice cup of herbal tea and time for bed.

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RUNNERKDB 10/17/2012 9:19PM

    emoticon It's hard to stay on track when out of our normal routine! Bravo to you!

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JSTETSER 10/17/2012 2:43PM

Healthy eating!!

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KALIOPPE 10/17/2012 10:06AM

    Nice work! I too find that eggs/bacon keep me full longer than other things. Although I'm experimenting on pool days with smoked salmon and cream cheese or half-avocado with a few cherry tomatoes and cottage cheese. I find it easier to give up fruit than dairy, although I don't drink milk. How are you finding your energy level? emoticon

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HEALTHY4ME 10/17/2012 9:15AM

    I agree with christina this is interesting. But I for one don't know how you do it!!! I can barely keep my carbs below 50 without not knowing what to eat. Boy you have this down pat. I am still floudering in the waters... Head is still above water but. lol

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CHRISTINASP 10/17/2012 3:03AM

    It's interesting for me to read what you eat! Thank you for sharing,

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Two brothers - one survived

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

This is a link to Jimmy Moore's blog which is about the loss of his brother 4 years ago. While it describes a very painful experience it also shows how many lives can be saved by eating low-carb.

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AMARILYNH 10/17/2012 3:16PM

    Thanks for this reminder that weight loss is about WAY MORE than vanity! A year or so ago it really hit me - I know a number of people over the age of 80 and not one of them is morbidly obese. I'm not sure why it took me so long to come to that realization.... But think about it. It gave me a whole new reason to stick to the health path!!

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EGALITAIRE 10/16/2012 3:46PM

    Thanks for posting Birgit - powerful message

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-LINDA_S 10/16/2012 3:35PM

    Thanks, Birgit. Kinda knew what happened, but not the details.

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ERIN1957 10/16/2012 3:24PM

    Thank you for sharing this. I had read it before.
Wish I could convince my eldest son, my 2 sisters and brother to look at this life choice for their own lives. All weigh close to 300 pounds each.
It scares me for them all and our families that we share.

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