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Did you think fructose and sugar in general is the only problem?

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Then listen to this podcast where Jimmy Moore interviews Dr. Richard Johnson and you may change your mind:


This also explains why some people need to go low-carb to lose weight while others are ok to just skip the sugar.
And while you listen, you may want to pour your beer down the drain, too. emoticon

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GOPINTOS 10/26/2012 5:00PM

    Thanks for sharing!


Smile and Enjoy the Rest of Your Day!
Melinda (gopintos)
Wheat Belly Team
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Perfect Health Diet Team

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-LINDA_S 10/25/2012 7:33PM

    Glad I don't drink beer! Hope a little red wine is OK!

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ON2VICTORY 10/25/2012 5:35PM

    downloaded podcast... thanks for sharing. :)

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ERIN1957 10/25/2012 4:19PM

    I know ...sad to say even the good stuff from Germany.
Thanks a lot.
Many of these guys have been around for many years, and finally today more are catching on and more is being shared and believed.
Don't you just love his expert line up, some of the best. Even if I do always agree with everything all of them share. Jimmy should get him back on again and see how they both might have changed. But the facts are true, it is horrible.

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Day 12 of ultra-low carb

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Some things are starting to make sense.
I was hungry for fruit again last night and had two small apples and a few plums. This must have put my carb count around 80 for yesterday.
Fortunately my weight was at 129 this morning.
The reason my body felt the need for fruit may have been that I am on the border of a viral infection. Yesterday evening my throat felt a little sore. I do what I always do in these cases and take a teaspoon of elderberry syrup (adding 5 grams of carbs). Elderberry works so well for me that it cures viral infections within a few days. My husband had the same symptoms two days ago and feels fine now.
This morning I can still feel my throat a tiny bit but have more energy overall. So here may be my answer for not sleeping well and not feeling too energetic for the last couple of days, a cold virus.
Today I really feel like a big portion of bacon and eggs for lunch after having just decaf with cream and my supplements for breakfast. I'll add a few berries and cream, but no yogurt.
My next challenge is to make a low-carb dessert that we can bring to a potluck we are going to. I'm planning on a low-carb cheesecake with a nut crust. They are serving lasagna so I'll have to think of something else to bring as well.
Time to start cooking and baking.

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MYLADY4 10/25/2012 8:40PM

    I plan on making my low carb almond crust pumpkin cheesecake for Thanksgiving again. It is so yummy and nobody really says anything about it being sugar free.

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-LINDA_S 10/25/2012 7:36PM

    Been meaning to try a low-carb cheesecake but am unsure of what to sweeten it with since I don't do artificial sweeteners. Maybe erythritol and some stevia?

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ERIN1957 10/25/2012 2:26PM

    Zucchini lasagne, ask you host if you can bring a version. May not want to do that, but if they are cool they may welcome it. Or a Shepard's Pie made with whipped cauliflower ontop. Anti-pasta tray. Just somethings I have brought to pot lucks.
Cheese cake sounds so very yummy!

Hope you avoid a virus, take care!

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How to deal with appetite/temptations for specific foods

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

I realized that even when I'm not hungry or have physical cravings for something I can still be tempted to eat things that are not on my eating plan. I'm using the word "tempted" but this is really not the right word. It implies that there is good reason why I shouldn't have the food in question. The problem is that sometimes I really don't know whether there is a good reason, I'm just trying out what effect it has on my body to skip certain foods.
Some foods should obviously be off limits because I know that they will cause cravings. But there are other foods that have nutrients that my body may need. For me fruit may be in that category. After my 2 servings of fruit today I did get hungry faster than after many carb-free meals but I did not get cravings for carbs, quite the opposite, I felt like eating protein and fat with some salt for the next meal again.
So I need to learn to trust my body to be able to tell if my body is telling me I need certain nutrients. This is a matter of learning from experience and can take time, maybe several months. It is probably not possible until after we have avoided addictive foods for quite a while.
Foods that I know to always be harmful are best to not have in the house at all. More on this second type in another post.

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SAFETYSUE 10/25/2012 12:46PM

    I have always experienced these cravings. I have tried numerous diets but the recommendations for Spark have helped a great deal! I do use the South Beach diet and lost 40 pounds using it! It cuts Sugar and Carbs! After the first two weeks I not only don't crave my old favorite comfort foods, I learned I loved the taste of good foods again. I had a ton more energy, saw a great start in losing weight! After the first two weeks you can start adding good carbs, but stay away from sugar. I also did weight watchers years ago and had great success! When I shop I bypass the bread and bakery area and go straight to the veggies, I stay on the outside isle around the store unless there is something on my list in other isles!

Great job, keep up the good work!
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CHRISTINASP 10/25/2012 10:10AM

    My Fit for Life books said that fruit passes your stomach (if the stomach is empty) within 20 minutes (bananas take 30 minutes). No other food goes through so fast as fruit does. So if you have fruit on an empty stomach it will be 'gone' very soon and if you were hungry before you had it, you will be hungry again after those twenty minutes. Btw if you eat it on a stomach that is NOT empty, the books say that it will rot and cause bloating because it then cannot move through the stomach as fast as it should.
So combining fruit with other foods is, again according to the books, not a good idea. Then later I read that apples are an exception to this rule.. If all of this is true I don't know, but it does suggest that there's more to eating than just what you eat.

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KALIOPPE 10/25/2012 8:50AM

    I'm also going through the same thing, trying to decide if my body actually *needs* something or is being a big spoiled baby. Usually, if I'm shopping and my body says it needs Doritos or a big bag of chocolate croissants, I take it straightaway to the veggie aisle for a timeout. If it tells me that I need strawberries, coconut milk or lately, a big craving for tilapia and tuna, I tend to pay attention. Btw, I should point out that there was no way I could have read these signs some months ago with all those carbs getting in the way of my wires. So thank you for posting this. :) emoticon

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GOPINTOS 10/25/2012 8:35AM

    Loved this!

Thanks for sharing!


Smile and Enjoy the Rest of Your Day!
Melinda (gopintos)
Wheat Belly Team

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HAWAIIANMAMMA 10/25/2012 7:44AM

    When I was pregnant I read a book that said all the weird craving pregnant women report are actually their bodies craving a nutrient and their mind filling in the food that has that nutrient. It suggested evaluating each craving for nutritional value so you could sub something a little healthier. Ever since then that's what I do. I've found that when o crave a burger it's bc I need fat, so I eat a handful of almonds, etc.

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-LINDA_S 10/25/2012 7:39AM

    Males sense. I had an apple for the first time in a while yesterday, and it sure didn't fill me up! Made me more hungry, in fact. If I'd eaten it with fat or something, that might not have happened.

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ERIN1957 10/25/2012 6:42AM

    I agree.
Before I do eat fruit I eat something green and see if that takes the feeling away. Many times it does.
I have a clean home, clean from any junk or empty carbs. There is zero bad things here to tempt me. My eating incorrectly is an emotional issue. It is a slow process, but hey I didn't get here over night either or without work and renewing me...mind and body!

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JSTETSER 10/25/2012 5:48AM

    I go through the same thing. I have told me friends and family "If I don't eat it, I won't cook or bake it". This has cut down on a lot of extra calories!
If I want a desert, I go our to eat, and have just one.
Can't keep the stuff in the house.

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Day 11 of ultra-low carb checklist

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Breakfast did not hold me too long.
I had a double quarter pounder with cheese (minus bun and ketchup) for lunch around 1pm.
I was short on time and it was either buying lunch or not having time to go swimming.
I managed 40 minutes of running and 20 minutes of swimming.
At 4 in the afternoon I was hungry for fruit again so I got myself a small serving of mixed fruit at the salad bar at Safeway and bought some whipped cream to put on top. This had fewer carbs than yogurt. Afterwards I was able to get another 15 minute uphill walk in which hopefully used up some of the sugar from the fruit.
Dinner was 2 pieces of baked chicken with skin, cucumber salad with sour cream and vinaigrette, coconut milk popsicle

1. how much did I sleep last night: 9 1/2 hours with several interruptions
1. how many carbs did I consume: about 60
3. how much and what type of exercise did I do today: 1 hour walking/running, 20 minutes swimming
4. what supplements did I take today: Vitamin D3, 5000 I.U., fishoil 2000 mg, slow-mag 6 capsules, Chromium 500 mcg, Zinc50 mg, Selenium 100 mcg, Iodine 225 mcg
5. what was my stress level today: low
6. did I get enough salt (2-3 grams/day) and enough water (80-100oz.): yes for both

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GOPINTOS 10/25/2012 8:42AM

    I have been doing 2 or 3 eggs w/quarter cup of salmon for breakfast. DH can't wrap his head around the salmon, but I love it. I know all the goodness it is giving me in one wallop :)

Are you doing net carbs? 50-100 is a good place for me. Since adding safe starch, I go a little higher some days. I was way lower, like 20-30 range with way higher fat, and just not working for weight loss, but it will work just fine as I move into maintenance.... Some Day emoticon I realize yours is a different goal for diabetes. I was just curious if you are doing net carbs or if that makes a difference.

Thanks for sharing!


Smile and Enjoy the Rest of Your Day!
Melinda (gopintos)
Wheat Belly Team
Perfect Health Diet Team

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RUSSELL_40 10/25/2012 7:01AM

    quarter pounder, and whipped cream..lol. What a diet!

I have been eating 22 carbs a day for a week now, and lost another 1.4 lbs since yesterday. I didn't know you were at 60 grams a day. That allows for a lot more variety.

What was breakfast, since it didn't last long? Fruit? Try an omelette, and see if it helps breakfast last longer. Have the fruit alongside, if you like. After burning through the fruit, you have meat, eggs, and whatever veggie you put in the omelette to tide you over till lunch. I am eating black olive omelletes right now.

Eleven days is a good run. Three weeks makes a habit comfortable. You started with a goal of 16 days though. Are you still switching back to a " normal " diet, or just going to shift carb allotment up to moderate carb?

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HEALTHY4ME 10/25/2012 6:58AM

    I know I have probably read and actually do remember you saying not everyone is the same, but how did you decide what supplements to use. I use fish oil, vit d, cod liver oil ( cos you need the vit a to help use the vitd d efficiently and a b multi. I also take 3 med scripts 2 for nerve pain and 1 for arthritis. I take the arth. one when mostly having flare up, and one of the others we are weaning me off of. the dr then hopes to taper the 2nd. I so hope so but will get off one then go slowly.
I am amazed at how you are keeping your carbs low. So far seems to be working, you are still able to get exercise in etc.

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HOUNDLOVER1 10/25/2012 1:05AM

    Oops, thanks for pointing that out, I forgot to add that the double quarter pounder was minus the bun and ketchup, so was according to plan. I can't even imagine being tempted to eat the bun. emoticon
I'm going to have to add that.

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UMUCGRAD 10/24/2012 11:40PM

    emoticon Sounds like a pretty good day. Too bad about the quarter pounder, but you got your exercise in and had a healthy dinner. Balance, balance.

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Day 11 of ultra-low carb

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

I didn't sleep too well last night, kept waking up too cold, turned the heating on, then later woke up too hot, then a dog had to go out... you get the idea.
I don't feel too energetic.
My weight is at 129.2 this morning.
I'm hoping to take dogs for a run and then finally have time to go for a swim over the noon hour.
The caffeine issue is resolved. I had a cup of decaf with cream this morning and realized (again) that what I like about coffee is largely the smell when it's brewing and something warm that tastes good with heavy cream.
I don't like black or green tea that much and definitely hate it with cream, so decaf will work better for me. When I drink tea I'll drink mostly herbal tea, occasionally some white tea and they taste fine without sweetener to me.
This morning I was hungry for fruit and yogurt again. I'm not sure this has to do with the sugar in it since I have no cravings for candy or other forms of sugar. I decided to have 4 fresh prune plums with yogurt, heavy cream and ground almonds. Maybe my body needs the nutrients from the fruit. I will still avoid pears because with those it's hard to have only one and they have more sugar.
One of my plans for next week is to stock up on more foods I can eat if I should get hungry like I did yesterday afternoon. If there is a lot of easy and yummy choices in the house (and a few in my car when I'm on the road) I can avoid temptations of foods that I don't want to eat.


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