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Day 9 of ultra-low carb

Saturday, November 02, 2013

Today was a very unusual day for me. Both my husband and my daughter were out of town for a swim meet. This gave me time to do some things I don't usually have much time to do, including cleaning up my desk and cleaning the livingroom thoroughly (or whatever passes as thoroughly in a household with 8 dogs who live on the furniture, LOL.
In any case, I did enough moving around, vacuuming and dusting that I'm going to count it as a 90 minute workout. My reward will be some quiet reading with ME on the couch rather than the dogs (or maybe it will be me AND the dogs.

Eating was simpler because I only had to worry about myself.

9am breakfast: decaf with 1/4 cup heavy cream, 1 cup yogurt, 1/2 cup berries, 2 oz. nuts

3pm lunch: baked squash with ground beef and melted cheese on top
2 tbsp. almond butter

5 pm snack: decaf with 1/4 cup heavy cream

9pm dinner: scrambled eggs with whatever frozen green veggies I can find in the freezer
1/2 cup full-fat yogurt, 1/3 cup berries, 1 oz. pecans
1 1/2 oz. Lily's coconut low-carb chocolate

I'm proud of my 16-year-old daughter. She was part of two relay teams at the highschool district swim meet that beat a record for their highschool that nobody had touched for over 10 years. She also placed 3rd in 200 Free with a time of 2:08 and 5th in 500 Free with a time of 5:44 at the district meet. She has met requirements for the State meet in two weeks. Maybe she will even be able to get a swim scholarship after highschool.
I am especially proud of her because she has managed to keep her carbs relatively low doing all this, in spite of her teammates carb-loading around her. It is so good to know that she will not have to deal with all the horrible health problems that I had to deal with as a result of my carb addiction.

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GRANDMABABA 11/3/2013 5:49PM

    Good jobs everyone!

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RUSSELL_40 11/3/2013 10:08AM

    Lunch sounds pretty good. I always laugh when people try to stereotype the food selection on a low carb diet, or label it restrictive. There are plenty of fats and protein, and while we may cut out certain carbs, we probably eat a greater selection, especially in the vegetable category.

Your daughter sounds like she is pretty good, and she does it while eating low carb, which defies the low carb is low energy crowd. By starting now, she won't have to correct damage done, and probably won't have the need to go as low as people who start low carb to correct a disease. This will let her focus on healthy carbs, without being so worried about how many.

A scholarship would be a huge help too..lol.

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NASFKAB 11/3/2013 9:53AM

  congratulations to your daughter

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ERIN1957 11/3/2013 7:25AM

    Me too, I am so very proud of my daughter and her choices of food. I am as well so pleased that she too is on her way to a healthy life. Differently, but still healthy. You have the right to be proud and let's pray she does get that scholarship.
I have three little doggies I share my little life with. They are family to us and we love them so much. Our old man daddy dog passed two years ago on Christmas day, he was 16. His mate is now 15 and their LD daughter is 12. Together the ladies barely weigh 5 pounds. Small little Yorkie mix. We have my father's Boston and he is 4, got him 3.5 years ago when dad went into the nursing home. He is a hand full, but we still love him.
Many people cringe as they can not see how we travel with them. It works because we make it work. I wouldn't have it any other way.
Congrats again on your daughter and your diet plan...it is truly Ultra emoticon

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WOUBBIE 11/2/2013 10:58PM

    Hope you had a lovely day! Congratulations to your daughter all the way around!

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Recipe for crustless pan-pizza

Saturday, November 02, 2013

Our family really enjoyed our crustless pan-pizza last night. So I thought I'd share the recipe, as much as there is a recipe.
But I will start by saying that for anyone who answers this post by saying that this does not taste like REAL pizza. You are right, there is something missing. If you like something solid under the toppings to hold on to because you don't want to eat your pizza with knife and fork you can just get a piece of greasy cardboard and stick it underneath. It emulates the taste and texture of pizza dough quite nicely and will probably be healthier for you as well. emoticon

Now to the recipe:
I make this in a frying pan with a metal handle that can go in the oven but you could use a casserole dish/pan that can go on the stove and oven, too.
You can choose really any veggies you like for the base. In my picture from yesterday the veggies were hidden under the ground beef and the cheese, but they were a significant part of the meal.
I fried up the ground beef first in coconutoil with onions, and seasoned to taste (sea salt, garlic, herbs like basil, thyme, oregano, marjoram, etc.). Once that is nicely browned I set it aside and stir-fry some low-carb veggies (green leafies are my favorite, but cauliflower, cabbages, green beans etc. will work fine) until wilted or about 5 minutes. When they are done I treat them as the "crust" and top them with tomato sauce (not too much to keep carbs low), browned, seasoned meat, any other toppings you like (mushrooms, sausage, pepperoni, other veggies, hard-boiled eggs, fish ...) and then top with mozzarella cheese or other cheese that melts well. I love pepper jack. Now that the pizza is ready I put it in the oven at 350 degrees F until the cheese is melted. If yo want some crunch on the edges I recommend adding some ground nuts around the edge after baking.

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LINDAMARIEZ1 11/4/2013 3:47AM

    fantastic ideas! thank you!

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TWEETYKC00 11/3/2013 10:18AM

    Sounds really good!

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WOUBBIE 11/2/2013 6:29PM

    Cardboard! So true!!

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KAPELAKIN 11/2/2013 5:51PM

    Thanks, I'll be making this just as soon as I have a working oven again. I'm thinking the cauliflower crust idea could work well too if it was done in a hot cast iron skillet. Maybe brown the beef, then put in the cauliflower mixture, let it bake a bit before adding the toppings. Would still need to be eaten with a fork, but doesn't any deep-dish?

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NASFKAB 11/2/2013 1:46PM

  thanks a lot Birgit

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LINDIEMAE 11/2/2013 1:37PM

    sounds yummy but I would reverse the ground beef, and use the veggies as the topping and ground beef mixed with ground flax seed as the base ... good going !! AND I loved the cardboard box message haha emoticon

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GOOZLEBEAR 11/2/2013 1:27PM

    Thanks, sounds yummy!!!!!

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ERIN1957 11/2/2013 12:54PM

    Sounds good to me!
I can't even remember when the last time we had a traditional pizza crust. It has been awhile. I have made different kinds and this sounds like it could be one of my favorites as well. I love cauliflower cheese crust and as well just greens as a base. Pepper Jack, very interesting will have to try that.
Thanks for the recipe Birgit!

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Day 8 of ultra-low carb

Friday, November 01, 2013

8 am: decaf with 1/4 cup cream

10:30 am: scrambled eggs with sausage, prepared for me expertly at our food co-op, what a treat!

2:30pm: a few nuts

5:30pm: 1 cup yogurt with 1/2 cup blueberries, 2 oz. hazelnuts

9pm: crustless pan pizza, made with broccoli-rabe, mushrooms, ground beef cooked in lots of coconut oil, onions, tomato sauce, Italian herbs and mozzarella cheese on top

Exercise: I went for a longer uphill walk today, enjoying the sunshine and the dogs playing. I suspect tomorrow I'll get to enjoy sore calf muscles. emoticon

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GRANDMABABA 11/7/2013 10:40PM

    Yum! Thanks for sharing.

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JSTETSER 11/3/2013 6:13AM

    Crustless pizza...
I will have to try it.

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DOVESEYES 11/2/2013 10:43PM

    Great to see how you are going.

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HOUNDLOVER1 11/2/2013 11:54AM

the great thing about having carbs low enouh to be in ketosis is that you don't get very hungry. The best way I can describe it for me is that when you do get hungry the thought of food comes to your mind, but it's never urgent, because it is not caused by low blood sugars. Delaying a meal by a few hours is not a big deal, just this background thought that some food soon would be nice. Interestingly enough, my husband almost always feels that way, even on more carbs. emoticon

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-CHERYL 11/2/2013 11:05AM

    How was your hunger doing this? Was it a real struggle or just not really hungry?

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NASFKAB 11/2/2013 8:42AM

  how was the pizza made?

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-HEALTHYAMY 11/2/2013 7:53AM

    Your pizza looks so good. May have to try it.

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ERIN1957 11/2/2013 6:38AM

    Looks great Birgit! I mean really GREAT!

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JSTETSER 11/2/2013 6:14AM

    Wow! That is not much food. I am amazed that you feel strong on so little food.

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CINDYTW 11/2/2013 12:55AM

  emoticon That pizza looks great...I bet sausage would be good as a crust too! emoticon

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KAPELAKIN 11/2/2013 12:36AM

    Love the idea of crustless pan pizza! I've done cauliflower pizza few times, but it doesn't hold up to lots of toppings. Thanks, and well done on the ultra-low carb. Without really trying, I didn't have any carbs all day yesterday except for a pear, and was surprised at how good I felt. Will probably toy with lowering the carbs some more after my HM tomorrow. Thanks for your blog, I really enjoy reading it!

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Day 7 of ultra-low carb - feeling great

Friday, November 01, 2013

I'm getting in my groove now, altough I did not have time to eat for a while it didn't bother me.

8am: decaf with 1/4 cup cream

1pm: decaf with 1/4 cup cream

3pm: 3/4 cup yogurt, 1/2 cup raspberries, 1 oz. almonds, 1 oz. brazil nuts

5:30pm: 1/2 pound hamburger, 1/2 cup clover sprouts, lettuce, onion, 1 oz. cheddar cheese

9pm: 1/2 cup yogurt with 1/2 apple and cinnamon

exercise: 45 min. walking, mucking out at the barn

Since my first week is over and my body has adjusted well to ketosis again I will increase my exercise as of tomorrow.

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RUSSELL_40 11/2/2013 1:29PM

    Don't work out too hard, or your brain will shut down!!! You didn't eat enough carbs!

emoticon LOL

Weren't you supposed to have a DROP in energy? You seem to be doing well, and it works for you. I see you were wondering if the diet was " ultra low carb ", but in reality, whatever works for you to be healthier, and feel better is awesome. Keep up the good work.

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ERIN1957 11/1/2013 4:14PM

    All I can do is smile. You are doing so well with your plan.
My Best Birgit!

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144AUTUMN 11/1/2013 1:08AM

  keep up the good work!!

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JENNYDJENNY 11/1/2013 12:35AM

    Hey ....good to see that u are doing so well..... By the way is your caloric intake very less for the day esply if u want to exercise ???

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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:

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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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,

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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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