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Day 6 of ultra-low carb - or is it not ultra-low carb anymore?

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Some readers of my blog may have asked this questions all along.
My carb levels seem to be creeping up a little.

8am: decaf with 1/4 cup cream

12 noon lunch: double quarter pounder w/cheese, no bun

1pm dessert 3 oz. sugar-free frozen yogurt with 1/3 cup mixed berries and 1 oz. almonds

2:30pm snack: 1/2 cup full-fat yogurt with 1/2 cup strawberries

5:30pm snack: 2 oz. jalapeno cheese, pickle slices

8:30pm dinner: frittata made with duck eggs, red cabbage, mushrooms, onion w/coconutoil
dessert: 1/2 cup berries with full-fat plain yogurt and 1 oz macadamia nuts

exercise: 1/2 hour dog walking

Tomorrow our daughter has a swim team dinner where parents are invited. The menu is pasta with garlic bread. I guess I better eat ahead of time and see if there is any salad I can have.
I'm going to try to reduce my carbs a little more again tomorrow if I can as I suspect I may already be out of ketosis tonight. Since I don't need to lose weight this is no big deal, but it will keep me from getting hungry if I can stay in ketosis and it will probably help get my A1c down faster.

  
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DS9KIE 10/31/2013 1:24PM

    what ever diet you follow just eat lots of fruits and veggies.

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VK2Z10 10/31/2013 12:26PM

    i just simply want to say that i think all carbs are okay in moderation. but congrats on the pre-planning for the dinner coming up. i hope it works out for you

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SKATER787 10/31/2013 12:26PM

    How are you so blessed to get duck eggs? They are very expensive here, almost a dollar each. emoticon

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PASTAFARIAN 10/31/2013 10:53AM

    I'm surprised you patronize McD given that they allow antibiotics in their supply chain (which I think is a significantly bigger threat than GMO foods). And what's their cheese made of? I couldn't find any statement on their website about their cheese but here's the link to their (embarrassingly weak) policy on antibiotics:

http://www.abou
tmcdonalds.com/mcd/sustainabili
ty/library/policies_programs/su
stainable_supply_chain/product_
safety/antibiotics.html (Sorry but SP gives no way of making links clickable in blog post replies.)

That 1st sentence of the 2nd paragraph is a huge hole.

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JSTETSER 10/31/2013 10:45AM

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ERIN1957 10/31/2013 8:41AM

    Birgit, I admire that you are doing this for health reasons, the best reason of all.

After I was doing a very low carb high fat routine FOR HEALTH I found a sweet spot for some length of time adding back greens(carbs) and other vegetables, I could still stay in ketosis.
It was when I added to much protein and fruit that knocked me out of ketosis. I had numbers up to 80g of carbs and still stayed in ketosis, very low though.

I do believe ketosis for health reason is a wonderful solution to many diseases and conditions. I wish the naysayers could read or even look on line to some of the work many have done in these areas. People like Dr. Perlmutter, Dr. Seyfried, Dr Wahls and follow their trails to many studies, as well as many others that have adapted their programs and have had wonderful life saving results. Not even counting solutions for us who suffer with things like MS, diabetics, seizures, Alzheimer's, depression, ADHD, just to name a few.
Our life quality is better, our health conditions improving.
I use to be the same and couldn't wrap my head around the concept, it seemed so wrong and so many said so. But when I actually took the time and effort to find a real solution for my MS, I found ketosis and beyond my old low carb diets. I found a place I could truly work on me.
It is a personal choice and what we value more. But as well I know, that what I am doing is helping me and my quality of life. The journey is not easy finding where we can do and be our best. As a person gets better, as a person loses weight, there is a constant commitment to adjust and readjust the diet and gauge how you feel and as well how your health numbers are. I strive and take responsibility for my health and will not allow others to influence me on what I know works for me.
Birgit, kudos! Kudos for being brave enough to step outside the box that is structured by rules to experiment and find what makes you healthy and as well makes you happy.
My Best For You,
Erin

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CINDYTW 10/31/2013 2:36AM

  Yeah I hope you didn't take my comment the other day as judgemental...I was actually not doing that at all was just informing you since you said you arent tracking and I wanted to see what I could get away with carb wise.

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WEARINGTHIN 10/31/2013 1:09AM

    I give up. I hope you ARE right about all of this low carb, high fat stuff. May you live a long and happy life. Best wishes, Glenn

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DOVESEYES 10/31/2013 1:02AM

    Great work !!!

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TIMOTHYNOHE 10/31/2013 12:38AM

    Someone gave me the misguided advice to try it to lose some extra weight by going ultra low carb.

When I did that I was so carb starved. I was constantly sleepy and absolutely starving! I had enough calories from other sources, but I was still starving my system apparently.

Evidently, as I was later told, if I didn't *need* to do it, I shouldn't have done it.

So from my point of view, Great for you for sticking to it.

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Research study on ketogenic vs ADA diet for type 2 diabetes

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

I'm glad that more research is being done. They are looking for study participants. Looks interesting. Pass it on if you know of anybody who might be a good candidate.

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NAYPOOIE 10/31/2013 5:46PM

    We all know how it will come out. I'd do it, but I'm a long way from any of the sites, and I'd probably get assigned the ADA diet.

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SHADOW38 10/30/2013 6:08PM

    Ketogenic for the win!

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WOUBBIE 10/30/2013 5:06PM

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ERIN1957 10/30/2013 3:58PM

    cool

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LOWCARBRENEE 10/30/2013 3:05PM

    I've lost 210 pounds on low carb and have an unmedicated blood sugar of 80 now. Non diabetic. It was 300. Yay for ketosis!

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Yet another good reason to keep blood sugars low

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Here is a story from today's LA Times.
This is not entirely new information for many but there seems to be more and more research confirming it. This is just a small study, but nevertheless significant:


www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/l
a-sn-blood-sugar-brain-20131023,0,6183
465.story#axzz2jB6bidRs


I can tell that my memory is improving as my blood sugar levels are getting lower. It's a pretty good motivator for me. emoticon

  
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TIME2BLOOM4ME 11/2/2013 9:27AM

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SKATER787 10/30/2013 10:54PM

    Yes, I've seen this and kept the link. Thanks.

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AKHEIDI 10/30/2013 12:58PM

    Another small step forward for LC'ers everywhere!

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HOUNDLOVER1 10/30/2013 11:40AM

    Woubbie, you are right, saturated fat is only a problem when eating together with high levels of carbs. I eat over 100 grams of saturated fat every day (in the form of coconut oil, butter, meat etc.) and my cholesterol levels are so good that my doctor sees no need to check them more than once a year, and then only on my request.
Glenn,
we have been misinformed about this for years but all the more recent research points to carbohydrates as causing the inflammation, not the saturated fat.

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-POLEDANCEGIRL- 10/30/2013 11:07AM

    Keeping my sugars is key. Thanks for the link

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JSTETSER 10/30/2013 10:34AM

    I just posted the article on my Facebook page. Thanks.

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JSTETSER 10/30/2013 10:32AM

    I agree. Thanks for the post!


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WOUBBIE 10/30/2013 10:23AM

    @Glenn - Most studies looking at saturated fat in the diet do not control for other variables, particularly carbohydrate content. Saturated fat stuck to wheat flour and coated in sugar will increase inflammation. Natural saturated fat on a low carb diet will just make you healthier.

Birgit, that looks like a very promising line of research! I've liked how I've felt mentally on low carb since Day One, but now that I'm adding a tablespoon of coconut oil every day I can see a DEFINITE improvement in memory and focus.



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1CRAZYDOG 10/30/2013 7:42AM

    Thanks for sharing this! Alzheimer's is often referred to as type 3 diabetes for the reasons described (i.e. high glucose affects on the brain).

Any sugar level over 140 causes damage to arteries, veins and nerves. So, for me, definitely extra reasons to keep it in check!

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JANET552 10/30/2013 7:21AM

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ERIN1957 10/30/2013 6:57AM

    I so agree, and Dr. Perlmutter and many other experts prove this time and time again through their studies, research and practices.
I always find it almost laughable, when people just don't get it, what makes them unhealthy. The combinations of so much, create their issues not just one factor. Saturated fats are not the evil cause by it's self, it is the sugars(CARBS) and junk we eat along with it.
Healthy fats are a healthy solution for so much when we eat it correctly and is such a wonderful aide to health (especially brain health), when used for health, not obsessing pleasures along side a horrible diet of empty killing carbs.
Thanks Birgit for adding a positive message in this battle of health and sad to say it will be a battle until people(me included) get the true message and stop allowing food to kill them.

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YMWONG22 10/30/2013 5:04AM

  Great. Thank you. emoticon emoticon

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REJ7777 10/30/2013 3:54AM

    Good to know! emoticon

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THE_SHAKESHAFT 10/30/2013 3:34AM

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NOWYOUDIDIT 10/30/2013 1:18AM

    Very interesting- and I know first hand that high blood sugar made me tired, lethargic and therefor how am I able to think well and remember things? Makes sense to me! I've experienced it.
Thanx! emoticon

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WEARINGTHIN 10/30/2013 1:08AM

    It's kind of funny that you are citing studies to come out of who knows where about blood sugar, when it is studies from all over that link saturated fat with inflammation, and thus greater risk of heart disease, and those are "flawed" studies. But maybe I'm the only one with the clogged arteries. (PS I do honestly believe that lower blood sugar, to a point, is good for the brain.) Glenn

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NASFKAB 10/30/2013 1:05AM

  thanks for the link

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Day 5 of ultra-low carb

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

8am breakfast: decaf with 1/4 cup heavy cream, 2 brazil nuts

11:30 am 2nd breakfast: full-fat yogurt with 1/2 cup blueberries, 1/4 cup coconut flakes

2pm lunch: 6 oz. pork steaks with pepper jack cheese, 1/2 cup clover sprouts

4:30pm snack: 1 1/2 oz. Lilly's dark chocolate sweetened with erythritol and stevia (under 1 grams sugar), net carbs about 3 grams

8pm dinner: hot turkey sausage with collard greens topped with sour cream

dessert: 1/3 cup berries with 1/2 cup full-fat yogurt

I am not sure yet if the low-carb chocolate will work for me to stay in ketosis but wanted to try it.
Exercise was minimal again because of lack of time, about 40 minutes of walking dogs. I also spent some time hauling 50 lb. bags of poultry feed around. The good thing is that they don't feel very heavy any more.
Now looking forward to some quiet reading.

  
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LILY_SPARK 10/30/2013 9:41AM

    If that doesn't work for you, here's my recipe. http://lilyreed.wordpress.com/2012/
09/01/chocolate/


And this is LILY'S dark chocolate! emoticon

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ERIN1957 10/30/2013 7:08AM

    I love the Hobbit practice of second breakfast LOL

50#, my lord woman your fit!

Dark chocolate (one square 86%-90%) never bothered my ketone levels.
It has always been sugar for me to knock me out of ketosis, fruit and extreme high protein. Greens and vegetables(non starchy) have some affect, but I can still hang in there, low but still grabbing onto that thread.

Good Luck Birgit!

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NASFKAB 10/29/2013 11:45PM

  great job

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Day 4 of ultra-low carb

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Today was another day off for me, still some chores to do at home, but not too many, mostly weather-proofing the barn before the cold hits tonight.

8 am Breakfast: 3/4 cup yogurt with 1/2 cup blueberries, 1 oz. almonds/brazil nuts

noon: 1st snack: 1 oz. cheese

2pm 2nd snack: 1oz. cheese, 1/2 cup decaf with heavy cream

4 pm 3rd snack: 1/2 Granny Smith apple, 1 cup decaf with heavy cream

5:30pm lunch: 3 egg omelett with a cup collard greens and 1oz. cheese

8:30pm dinner: 1 baked chicken thigh, 1 serving kale, squash, 1 cup decaf with 1/4 cup cream


Exercise: walking the dogs for 1/2 hour, fixing fences for 1/2 hour
My carbs were a little higher, but I'm still in ketosis tonight

  
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STRONG_SARAH 10/29/2013 3:37PM

    Like JSTETSER asked, how do you know you are in ketosis? Is there a test for that?

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PASTAFARIAN 10/29/2013 1:18PM

    I recall that you earlier said "I will not make any attempts to limit my calorie intake" however I am having difficulty understanding how you can possibly stop at 1oz of cheese for a snack, particularly after such a spartan breakfast.

I don't eat many calories a day either (1500c) and I'm used to small meals so I can understand if "I'm used to it" is your response. Nonetheless, if I availed myself of cheese with no caloric limits, I'd think I'd happily consume 8oz, no problem! :-P




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EJOY-EVELYN 10/29/2013 9:52AM

    Very good! These foods also make for some eye-catching platings. Yummy!

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LILY_SPARK 10/29/2013 9:08AM

    This sounds great (but I can't do dairy)! I'm so proud of you for working your program.

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ERIN1957 10/29/2013 8:22AM

    Good for you, ketosis is a place to burn fat and it will bring you to a keen mental place as well.

Love reading what others do! Especially you, you are unique! I absolutely love that you are showing here; ketosis can be obtained outside of the norm of dropping fruits. It is about the final number no matter how you get there. Your combination is interesting, do you think ahead of how you will combine foods?

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RUSSELL_40 10/29/2013 7:37AM

    SKIRNIR - I love Granny Smith apples, and I am not sure if it is more acidic or whatever, but I find that if I put the other half in a ziploc bag, and put it back in the fridge, it tends to stay overnight, without browning, like the red apples do.

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SKIRNIR 10/29/2013 7:17AM

    what do you do with the other half an apple, if you eat half an apple? I would love to be able to have a quarter apple in my salad, but unless I make my son eat the rest, which he often doesn't mind, I can't have just a 1/4 or 1/2 apple.

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JSTETSER 10/29/2013 5:43AM

    How do you know that you are in ketosis? I don't understand what that is.

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