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Definitely back in ketosis this morning

Saturday, December 22, 2012

I'm sure glad it did not take very long. The problem is that I still don't know exactly how low my carbs need to be to stay there. I will limit my exercise to some long walks this afternoon with the dogs and maybe do a few upper body and core exercises.
We still don't have any sunshine but at least it's not too cold and not raining.
Hope everyone is having a peaceful and fun-filled weekend.

  
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ERIN1957 12/23/2012 6:04AM

    Just getting outside seems sometimes to be enough to fill the body with energy.
Hope you too are having a great week end.


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12/21/12, Day 2 and winter solstice

Saturday, December 22, 2012

I'm really looking forward to the days getting longer again.

I'm hoping that after this second day of less than 20 grams of carbs that my energy will gradually start to improve. Today was what I hope to have been the all-time low in my running, which was expected after lowering my carbs further but it was still somewhat of a shock. After one mile of uphill walking for warmup I ran only two miles, my pulse was 135 bpm and my average tempo was 3.84 mph.
I was soaked in sweat and cut my strength training down to only about 15 minutes.
I am wondering if I was actually producing any significant number of ketones on 50 grams of carbs/day. I still won't bother measuring ketones because my energy level and/or weight loss will tell me how I'm doing and the blood ketone meter plus test strips is more money than I can spend right now.

Things went better on the eating front. I have to say right now it helps to know that I'm only planning on doing this for 2 weeks. The funny thing is that I'm not having a hard time giving up chocolate or Xylitol but fruit so right now I'm planning on introducing small amounts of fruit again first. But I'm also keeping the possibility open to continue longer if I get used to eating only veggies instead of fruit (with the exception of avocados and some lemon slices in my water).
I'm making progress in the sleep department, mostly by going to bed earlier. This is fortunately easier over the holidays.

  
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WEARINGTHIN 12/22/2012 2:01AM

    There were some studies in recent years on the effects of protein vs carbs on exercise. Results showed that some marathon runners actually did better on the protein than they did with carbs before their runs. I think it was articles by Gary Taubes that pointed this out to me. I'm very happy with my low carb diet. It makes weight loss so much easier, at least for some of us. Glenn

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STILLHERE1111 12/22/2012 1:29AM

    Not sure what you are eating. I am doing extreme low carb also. Keep in mind that any excess protein turns into carbs, or is burned as carbs.

I make up the difference with coconut oil, butter, cream, brie, sour cream, bacon, olives, nuts, ....my nutrition pie chart looks like almost no carbs, 10-20% protein and the rest fats.

It did take awhile for my body to adjust, I feel fine now.

Good luck, I really find it works for me.



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Back to ultra-low carb

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Today was a rest day. I spent the morning at the dentist's office after only a cup of decaf with cream.
Lunch was a big piece of brie cheese and a plain full-fat yogurt with another cup of decaf with cream.
Dinner was a large portion of ground beef with red cabbage cooked in coconut oil.
I don't think my net carbs went over 20 g so this was a good start.
I talked with my doctor's nurse about te results of my blood work today and she confirmed that everything looks great and LDL is not a concern at all. She said they could do a particle test for the LDL if I wanted one but it seemed more to reassure me rather than because it is important. So I think I'll wait 3 months to find out if any more blood work is advisable.

Tomorrow I'm planning on running and a little strength training.

  
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ARTEMISTHEGREEK 12/23/2012 9:01PM

    Good work, houndlover.

Neptune: healthy fats can go into any necessary carbs in the body, as needed.


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NEPTUNE1939 12/20/2012 10:05PM

    Strength traning requires carbs as well as protein (bodybuilding.com), Earl emoticon

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Surprising bloodwork results - but feeling quite optimistic

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

There are only 3 tests that I had done.

Vitamin D level, which is at goal after 6 weeks on 5000 mg/day so I may cut this down a little to 2000-3000 mg/day.

Hemoglobin A1c was just a tiny bit lower than last time down from 5.9 to 5.8, technically still in the pre-diabetic range, nowhere near the level of 5.0 that I would like to see.
Given that I did not lose any more body fat and have gained a little weight since I started exercising more again I have to assume that I am still insulin resistant to some degree. I may have no choice but to cut the carbs down even more if I want to lose more body fat. I will give it a try for a little while, maybe 2 weeks, to see if I can keep my net carbs under 20. My hope is that if this works that I can maintain on more than that.

The biggest surprise (for me, not my doctor) was the result from my cholesterol levels.
My total cholesterol went up from 243 in June 2009 (before low-carb) to 361.
LDL went up from 146 to 227
HDL went up from 89 to 124
Triglycerides went down from 52 to 51

This puts my TG/HDL-C ratio at 0.41.
Let me at this point share a short excerpt from Peter Attia's blog, who has described the significance of cholesterol in his post "How a low-carb diet reduced my risk of heart disease (Part 3)":
"Combining HDL-C and TG into a ratio (i.e., TG/HDL-C) is probably the single best predictor of cardiac risk you can derive from a standard cholesterol test. The lower the ratio, the lower your chances of having an “adverse cardiac event,” as the medical community describes it (e.g., a heart attack). Despite what doctors tell you, LDL-C is pretty much useless for predicting your risk of heart disease. In fact, it’s not even part of the risk assessment for metabolic syndrome, which everyone agrees is the central link to heart disease (and virtually all other chronic diseases we’re afflicted with)."
He then goes on to explain that there are better tests to determine risk, including a test that measures particle size, something I may look at having done at some point.

I have to say that high LDL cholesterol levels run in my mother's side of the family so I don't know if the cause is a low-carb diet. Either way, I have not had a chance to talk with my doctor yet but from her remarks she does not seem to be concerned (she is fully on board with low-carb eating). Her comment was "Continue as you are (with low-carb) and I 'll see you in 3 months (to check body fat percentage)". I am so thankful I found this physician because I know that most physicians would have immediately insisted that I start taking statin drugs and go on a low-fat, low cholesterol diet. Thankfully I had plenty of time to do my research and know that the cause of heart disease is not high cholesterol levels but inflammation, which is caused by too many carbs.
Just in case I needed some extra information on the topic, a book that I ordered just a few days ago came in the mail a week earlier than expected:

www.amazon.com/Great-Cholesterol-Myt
h-Disease--Statin-Free/dp/1592335217/r
ef=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=13559762
47&sr=1-1&keywords=the+great+cholesterol+myth


Please take a quick look at the reviews for this book. I'm very happy with my purchase so far.

So overall I feel I'm moving towards better health, even though I feel a little like pouting because I have to give up my little Xylitol and fruit treats, at least for a while.
I am also beginning to realize that the fact I had to take 2 months off from running late in the summer because of surgery means that my cardio fitness went in the tank a little. My resting pulse was up from about 60 what it was in August to about 70 now. But I know what to do to fix it, running 5-6 times/week at an easy pace. At least I'm carrying a few pounds less than I did a year ago when I was preparing for the same Half marathon.

  
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-LINDA_S 12/21/2012 10:29AM

    Hmmm...sounds like my ratio isn't very good. But I've also read that LDL is calculated by a formula which may not be accurate and not directly measured. Saw the Dr. Oz with these guys and have followed Jonny Bowden for a long time. Hope this myth can finally be exposed.

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LMB-ESQ 12/21/2012 9:55AM

    Yup... that's exactly what my doc did. Recommended statin drugs and a low fat low cholesterol diet. It pissed me off because she just *assumed* I would automatically take what she said as gospel. She even had her prescription program pulled up on her computer and asked me what pharmacy I wanted to go to. I said no drugs and walked. I think I am going to have that particle test done after new years (I can't remember what it's called, I think it's a type of specialized cat scan). Most insurances won't cover it, but it isn't that expensive either, maybe $100 - $130. I did tweak my diet a little, but it's still low carb. I haven't had my cholesterol rechecked yet, so we'll see what happens. My numbers were a little lower than yours, but not much.

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UNIQDRGNFLY 12/21/2012 8:25AM

    I ordered the kindle version of the book and it is already loaded with highlights! It could not have come at a better time either cause my DH doc wanted to put him on a statin.

Thank you Birgit!!! emoticon

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JAZZID 12/21/2012 3:50AM

    I, like you, am happy that I found a nutritionist that is in agreement with me following the paleo/low carb diet.

Good luck in finding that balance, it sounds like you are on the right track and it's good that the doctor is monitoring you. Hang in there. emoticon

~ Dee emoticon

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ITGALLO 12/20/2012 7:40PM

    You are smart to avoid the statins and to inform yourself about heart disease and cholestrol. You are afterall the best source for your own health. I went off all Diabetic, Hypertension, and Cholestrol drugs with my bariatric surgery 2 years ago, and despite protests from my doctor (numbers are great, but he wants them as a precaution), I am not going on them again. It is diet that saves us in the end. Best of luck on your journey.

Ilene

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HEALTHY4ME 12/20/2012 11:33AM

    I am having my annual in March so have to get my bld work etc. done Feb early March and my dr is not low carb or any thing other than mediterranean diet after I talked to him. So thinking if I have "poor" results he better not insist on statin etc. I will not go on them and will have to bring in info to show as he will not agree nor b elieve. I have yt to find a dr here that is agreeable to any diff diet...sigh

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LILY_SPARK 12/20/2012 9:32AM

    Good luck! I'm posting my blood panels today. After all the tests on my heart and carotid arteries from this year's fiasco, I was really curious.

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KRISZTA11 12/20/2012 7:24AM

    I hope your very good HDL levels + active and healthy lifestyle will balance out the risks of high LDL! It is good you checked them. Take care!
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GOPINTOS 12/20/2012 6:56AM

    Thanks for sharing!

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2ABBYNORMAL 12/20/2012 12:38AM

    Thank you for the web site about the book. I have read the information on the web site. I cannot afford the price of any books right now.
I have MS and MGUS and after my last set of tests they called me and determined that I should take 6,000 vitamin D supplements instead of the 5,000. Of course, I didn't mention that I was not routinely following my 5,000 dosage on a daily basis so I decided to take that routinely.
Any suggestions, please send me a comment. Thank you for the advice.

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JIBBIE49 12/20/2012 12:28AM

    Great. My triglycerdies were 350 at my last check.

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KACEYSW 12/19/2012 11:43PM

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DIET_FRIEND 12/19/2012 11:35PM

    That's a lot of info to digest. I was able to successfully lose weight via low carb eating. I really love carbs though, so I'm trying to do it the Spark way this time. I can go without carbs for a long time, but then I crave them.

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Top 10 movers and shakers in the low-carb world 2012

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

This is Jimmy Moore's list, and he knows what he's talking about:

livinlavidalowcarb.com/blog/top-10-l
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TERRAMATER 12/20/2012 10:55AM

    Thanks for sharing! I bookmarked it to read later, when I can take notes!
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GOPINTOS 12/20/2012 6:57AM

    Thanks for sharing!

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HEALTHY4ME 12/19/2012 5:45PM

    Thanks more info liked the last blog and sent the info to a spark friend.


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SUSIEMT 12/19/2012 5:42PM

    Thanks for the info. I read some of it and find it very interesting.

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-LINDA_S 12/19/2012 4:01PM

    Thanks, Birgit!

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JOGBIKEWALK 12/19/2012 3:20PM

    Thanks for sharing! Very interesting....
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KELTIC-CARA 12/19/2012 1:32PM

    Thanks for the link; I looked into it and copied the info to read later. I am also going to get the 'Wheat Belly' book from the library and read more about it.

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