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6/6/12 11:49 P

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I'll have to let you know. Thanks again!



Edited by: HADDASAH7 at: 6/6/2012 (23:50)
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6/5/12 8:02 P

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Ahhh... come on... all the cool kids are doing it! LOL!

Yeah, I'm with you on that one!

Hope it helps!

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6/5/12 7:27 P

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Thank you very much, I just spent some time looking over the website and that very well could be a possibility! I'm going to look more into that. (May not do the colonic! emoticon )

Really, thank you for the advice!

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6/5/12 11:25 A

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So I had *duh* moment this morning... I remembered reading in stronglola.blogspot.com/ that she had a horrible problem with yeast die off symptoms when she did the Whole30/Paleo challenge, and another of my spark friends had the same thing when she switched to low carb, and sounds to me like you may have had something similar...

Here's the huge list of symptoms:
www.thecandidadiet.com/candid
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Amongst them: Panic attacks, Persistent extreme fatigue, Hyperactivity, Cravings for sweets and alcohol, Insomnia, Poor coordination.

Basically it sounds like your low carb time started the process, but you may not have finished it off. If it's been a long term problem that you didn't know about, and you were feeding it through bread, pastas, sweets, etc., it'll take longer than 21 days to get under control. Take in lots of Salt & fat, no yeasts/starches, and if you dare, cold therapy.

And candida/yeast overgrowth can also contribute to tummy bloating.

This is just my arm chair diagnosis, but think it contributed to your feeling like total poo instead of having the awesome energy other people talk about. I found it amusing that under 'misdiagnosis' is chronic fatigue, the fancy term for adrenal fatigue, it's not a misdiagnosis, it's usually co-occuring and a contributing factor, along with low iron stores, and low thyroid function.

It's a Catch-22: if you have one of the above, it weakens the gut lining (which is where most of the immune system lives), making for prime yeast growing space, making the above factors worse, which makes the candida grow more... vicious cycle.

Not saying that it is the problem, because there's also the potential for your electrolytes to have been way out of whack with fluid loss (again, salt along with potassium, magnesium & calcium intake need to be really ramped up), and some people just take longer for their bodies to adapt to being fat burners.

There's lots of factors to consider, and it's best to focus on one or two instead of trying to hit all of them at once.

And happy early birthday!!! :)

Steph

Edited by: LADYROSE at: 6/5/2012 (11:33)
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6/4/12 11:45 P

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Thank you, guys, for your replies and help. I do believe that this is a better way to eat and I wonder if I'm just one of those people that have to wait a lot longer than is typical to feel better.

I believe I'll continue another week. My birthday is a week and a half away and I totally plan on indulging in something I've missed then, but, I'll see how I'm feeling.

I'd really like this to work for me. I'd hate to think that this way is "just not for me" but that may be the case. Anyhow, I'd like to give it my best effort before I give up.

Thanks again everyone!

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6/4/12 8:52 P

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I agree with what others have posted here...low carb is not for everyone! Add in the least offensive carbs you can (potatoes, sweet potatoes, fruit, veggies, maybe rice).

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6/4/12 12:48 P

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Again, +1 on all the stuff Angelia.R said... you've had 2 kids so that alone is going to throw things out of whack, especially hormones, which contribute to where you're going to hold onto fat.

It is possible to get a flat tummy after kids, but it takes a lot of time and dedication. It may or may not be worth it, but in the mean time, keep focusing on your heavy lifting. :)

And yes, going down the adrenal path is NOT for wimps... trust me, I'm a wimp and I'm a year down that road... But it's made me a lot more mindful of what I can and can't do, and I now work to my strengths to not burn myself out.

For you right now, I'd suggest focusing on doing anything and everything you can to get back to sleeping well. With 2 young'uns at home, I know that's not easy, but make it your priority - getting to bed by 10and getting at least 7-8 hours of sleep (in a perfect world). That alone will go a super long way towards helping your body get the way you want it. :)

Steph
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Take the words “genetic freak” out of your vocabulary and substitute the words “hard working, committed, and focused” and you will have removed one obstacle to doing things you never thought possible. Top Dawg

The BOSS Rules: Train Beyond Our Self-imposed Strength Limitations.

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6/4/12 12:13 P

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Your body fat is perfectly healthy for your body!
For your belly and hips~ You do realize that you just had two kiddo's right? Your hips DO spread and change shape and your belly is gonna have a pooch of sorts because of stretched skin and muscles there. Do some yoga or pilates to strengthen and tighten your abs, but 'spot' fat loss is a myth.

Give yourself a week or two eating more carbs before you start to think that you have adrenal fatigue. That's a scary thing to deal with.

Sounds like you are on the right path to get your body working for you =) Keep it up!

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6/4/12 11:48 A

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Thanks for the input, guys. I really appreciate it. Yes, alas, I am trying desperately to get rid of the belly "pooch". I would like to feel confident about going out swimming. I tried Relora (I wrote a blog about it on my Spark Blog Page), but had to stop that because of what it was doing to my emotions.
I had a Dexa scan (gold standard of body fat percentage testing) and it was 20.8%. I'm happy with everything about my body right now except my belly and my hips (when I sit down).
It's interesting about the mentioning of adrenal issues as I've just checked out a library book on that very subject. I am a stay at home mom with two small children (2 and 4) and have no family near so I have no break. My husband is excellent in watching the kids if I need to do something, but his job requires a lot and I know he's tired.
I will try upping the carbohydrates with veggies and see if that helps with the energy.
Drat! I was hoping to find what I had read most people on this diet had found - boundless energy and flat stomachs!

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6/4/12 11:16 A

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+1 on what Angelia.R said... Honestly, it sounds like 2 things happened - 1) you went super low carb and 2) you maintained your activity level. I haven't done a really low carb plan to the point of my body adapting to being a fat burner, but when you first make the switch in eating, you need to either stop or greatly reduce your activity level because you'll burn through your glycogen stores, triggering a sugar craving.

It also sounds like it revealed some adrenal issues that the sugar was masking.

And I'm thinking the with Primal challenge, like paleo, low carb isn't a requirement. It's about making better food choices

Honestly if your profile pic is current, you don't look like you have much fat to lose, but I'm guessing you want more definition. That's gonna come with time and patience... eat more protein, eat more fat, eat 'safe' starches like potatoes (sweet, white, whatever), and if you need it, some white rice.

Steph

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Take the words “genetic freak” out of your vocabulary and substitute the words “hard working, committed, and focused” and you will have removed one obstacle to doing things you never thought possible. Top Dawg

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Was looking at your info~ If you are only looking to loose body fat~ go have your body fat percentage checked. See if you even NEED to loose fat~ women are supposed to have more fat than men. Its the way our bodies are made.
Up your carbs to closer to 'maintain' very close to 100g a day. Add sweet potatoes, even regular white potatoes. Not everyone functions on low carb as well as others. I've done VERY low carb and I've done moderate low carb. I do way better @ moderate low carb. You are eating in a way that your body thinks you are trying to loose weight, and I dont think that is your goal.

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Some people need MORE carbs~

add some~ keep it under 75g a day. I know that I started to feel WAY better when I did!!

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6/3/12 11:39 P

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I just finished Mark Sisson's 21 Day Primal Blueprint challenge and I feel worse than when I started. I use to sleep pretty well, now I wake up several times a night/sleep fitfully. I still have muscle fatigue that I've had since I started this way of eating. I now lift way less weight at the gym than I did when I ate my carbs. And I've never quit craving sugar or pasta.
I lift weights 2-3 days a week (30 minute or less sessions)
I do low effort cardio (walking) 2 days a week.
I hike outside with my family on weekends.
My point is I'm not over working myself.
I keep my carbs on average 40-50 per day.
I eat plenty of fat (coconut oil, olive oil, butter, fat on steak, skin on chicken, avacados..)
I eat my lean body weight number in protein grams per day.
I'm eating enough calories.
I keep reading all these success stories about people feeling better and their cravings going away (I'd settle for even diminishing cravings!).
So, where's this energy I'm suppose to have?? Where's the improved sleep?? Where's the "feeling the best they've ever felt"??
I'm sorry to be a whiner, but I was expecting even a LITTLE improvement by now.
If any one has been through this and can give me any advice I'd love to know.
Thanks! I feel like giving up.

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