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3/3/09 1:12 P

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I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow, but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing. Agatha Christie
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.STEPH. Posts: 67
3/3/09 11:03 A

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I was on Atkins before and yes, done properly, I think it is a good diet as well. Though, doctor's just see "Atkins" and "think 10lbs of bacon." So that is what I was referring to when I said they probably confused it with Atkins.

Interesting about the gallstones. I wasn't on a low fat diet and they aren't even sure if it was a gallstone. But it doesn't surprise me.

Thanks for the welcome everyone!



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3/3/09 9:30 A

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3/2/09 10:35 P

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Actually Atkins and South Beach are both good diets. Many experts feel that gallstones are actually caused by low fat diets.

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.STEPH. Posts: 67
3/2/09 11:46 A

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Thanks Jay_Dee, I am definitely feeling better and ready to conquer this once and for all.

I can imagine some of the words you used when finding out about your cholesterol. Probably similar to the words I used haha.

Thanks for the pep talk. You really motivated me.

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3/2/09 11:32 A

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Great attitude Steph!

When we are sick, EVERYTHING is more difficult. Sometimes, a little self-pity is unavoidable. We all need, from time to time, to allow ourselves to wallow a bit. The trick is to dust ourselves off and get going again. Sounds like you've managed to do that.

One thing I do know is that when we first begin to lose weight, some really strange things can happen in the body, and with our body chemistries. Then after those chemistries rant and rave for awhile, they settle down and behave.

I'm a case in point. I have all the high cholesterol nightmares. After MONTHS of eating healthy, I looked forward to having new bloodwork done, expecting wonderful results. NOT! All my numbers were through the roof! Much higher than they had ever been. You don't want to know my reaction to this news. I'm sure your ears are far too tender!!

Doc had to have a talk with me and clue me in to what happened. Also made me understand that it isn't all that uncommon.

Those probable gallstones had been, most likely, sitting there for awhile waiting to launch their attack. Did the change in eating habits escalate this or was it coincidence? Won't even try to guess on that one.

The main thing is that it's great that you're feeling better now and that you feel comfortable getting back to your healthy eating.

Now...go have a snack...and be sure to include some protein....lol

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.STEPH. Posts: 67
3/2/09 11:21 A

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Yes, I defintiely think they lump SBD in with Atkins and others. I actually quizzed my doctor. I said "so is it ok to eat lean proteins, lots of veggies whole grains, healthy oils" etc. She said, "of course," I said, "that's SB."

Then she agreed it was healthy. Doctor's don't have any idea about nutrition in most cases (my opinion) so I don't often follow their rules for nutrition.

I didn't think I ate that drastically unhealthy before. I did eat a lot of carbs so it could have been a shock to my system.

It was probably waiting to happen, I agree.

That said, I am now ready to start again. I think I was just really down about doing so well and then getting angry that I was doing something healthy for myself and then that happened.

I felt sorry for myself I guess.

I'm back at it now. I had a great breakfast and need to get some lunch soon as I find the first day I am most hungry.

Good luck to everyone on the beach!!

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3/2/09 10:36 A

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To me Atkins is so much more drastic than SB. I'm wondering if they were confusing the two diets.

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3/2/09 10:33 A

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Who am I to argue with your doctors? So I won't do so.

However, eating healthy can't be the wrong thing to do, can it?

Maybe the drastic change in eating habits (were they THAT drastic?) did shake things up a bit, but I'm wondering if this situation wasn't sitting there waiting to happen anyway.

Keep us informed (within your comfort level, of course). Seems to me that "blaming the diet" is a bit off course due to a lack of understanding of exactly what the SB plan really is. LOTS of mis-information out there.

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3/1/09 7:13 P

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Hi everyone,

I lost 15 lbs in January doing SBD. I did a clean phase 1 and was a week into phase two when I woke up one night with the most blinding pain I have ever experienced.

I ended up in the ER and was diagnosed with fatty infiltration into my liver. They don't think that caused the pain, that itself might have been me passing a gallstone (so the Ultrasound person said) but they could not find anything pointing to that fact.

So I went off the diet for awhile because I was scared to eat anything I did before the pain began. It was all in my head because I have been eating horribly the last month. Nothing close to the healthy food I have been eating with SBD.

The doctors of course blamed the diet or at least maybe the "drastic change" from the way I used to eat but I know I was eating so healthy. I felt amazing until that night.

Now my ravenous hunger and sluggishness is back with a vengeance. I have gained back 5lbs which I think is actually great since I have gone back to eating the way I did before SBD.

I have been trying to eat healthy the last few weeks but I have been so hungry, I end up eating way too much in the evenings and ruining my whole day.

I am ready to do this again and I hope to find some great advice on here.

Thanks for reading :)

Edited by: .STEPH. at: 3/1/2009 (19:19)
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