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I'm surprised that I didn't put this combination together for a snack before, pork rinds and unsweetened peanut butter.

Pork rinds - 6 grams per 100 of net carbs
Peanut butter - 12 grams per 100 of net carbs

Who knows in what ratio it is after I put a dab of peanut butter on a pork rind, maybe 8% ? A little beyond my 6% rule, ... but so tasty.

Let's face it, potato chips are about 50% net carbs, so 8% is pretty darn low.

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6/25/14 1:29 A

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SQUEEGEE,
Yes it seems unhealthy. But the more you research it, learn about it, the healthier it looks, and the scarily unhealthy the standard diet looks.

We've all heard the expression "empty calories". That is exactly what carbohydrates are.

Sweden recently adopted dietary guidelines of high fat, low carb.
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I think you made a great observation - it still seems unhealthy based on what the conventional wisdom tells us, but the conventional wisdom seems to be making most of us fat and unhealthy, and it's only BEEN conventional for 40 years. Before that, everyone knew that the things that were uniquely "fattening" were sugar, bread, pasta, rice, beer, etc. If you wanted to fatten a cow or pig you "finished" it on grain, not grass. If you wanted to train as a Sumo you ate huge quantities of specially prepared rice.

You know those poor geese that are force-fed to produce foie gras? Foie gras is literally and figuratively "fatty liver", which for all animals is a disease; they're force-fed grain to achieve that fatty liver. Thank goodness the whole practice is slowly being outlawed.

Sorry, didn't mean to get so grim!

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Thanks, so much for your help. I am trying to read the whole book, but have been working the plan at the same time.

So far, 3 weeks=13 pounds down.

It still seems so unhealthy, but the book has excellent points. I have arranged for blood tests after 3 months. And my doctor did not say NO!

I'm excited.

Edited by: SQUEEGEE at: 6/24/2014 (18:57)
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A few people around here swear by the original Atkins book, because it was pretty simple and pretty effective.

The Rules of Original Atkins

The Diet Revolution Rules (Level One)
1. Don’t count calories
2. Eat as much of the allowed foods as you need to avoid hunger.
3. Don’t eat when you are not hungry.
4. Don’t feel you must finish everything on your plate just because it is there.
5. Drink as much water or calorie free beverages as thirst requires. Don’t restrict fluids… but it is not necessary to force them either.
6. Frequent small meals are preferable.
7. If weakness results from rapid weight loss, you may need salt.
8. Everyday take a high-strength multivitamin pill.
9. Read the labels on “low-calorie” drinks, syrups, desserts,. Only those with no carbohydrate content are allowed.

The First Life-Changing Week, eat nothing that is not on the list.

Meat: Steaks, Corned beef, Lamb chops, tongue, Hamburgers, Bacon, Any kind of meat in any quantity—except meat with fillers such as sausage, hot dogs, meatballs, most packaged “cold cuts”

Fowl: Duckling, Turkey, Chicken, Anything with wings, No stuffing

Desserts: Gelatin with artificial sweeteners (e.g., D-Zerta [is that still around?])

Condiments: Salt, pepper, mustard, horseradish, vinegar, vanilla, and other extracts; artificial sweeteners; any dry powdered spice that contains no sugar

Drinks: Water, Mineral water, Vichy, Club soda; Beef or Chicken broth, bouillon; Sugar free diet soda; coffee*, tea, decaffeinated coffee

---------*Special note on caffeine and Diet Cola. Because most heavy people have some hypoglycemia, coffee, tea and diet colas, which contain caffeine, should be limited to six servings a day (cups). If you know you have low blood sugar, better limit it to three.

Fish: All fish, including canned salmon, tuna; any kind of seafood, including oil-packed and smoked, except oysters, clams, muscles, scallops, and pickled fish

Eggs: Boiled, fried, scrambled, poached, omelet – any style and without limitations

Salads: Two small green salads a day (each less than one cupful, loosely packed) made only of leafy greens, celery, or cucumbers and radishes. Dressings with vinegar, oil, salt, dry spices, herbs, grated cheese, or anchovies. Or else a sour pickle in place of a salad. Plus… green olives.

Butter & Mayonnaise Fats: Butter, margarine (head New Diet Revolution & eat no margarine with trans fatty acids), oils, shortening (not such a great idea), lard & mayonnaise (fats have no carbohydrates).

Juice: Juice of one lemon or lime

Cheese: Four ounces a day of any hard aged cheese. No cream cheese or cheese spreads.

Heavy Cream: Four teaspoons a day. (Cream has less carbohydrate than milk – so don’t use milk)

Diet Revolution Salad Material: Celery, Chicory, Chinese Cabbage, Chives, Cucumber, Endive, Escarole, Fennel, lettuce, Olives (Green or Black), Onions, Pickles (Sour or Dill), Parsley, Peppers, Radishes, Scallions, watercress.

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6/22/14 9:44 P

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When starting Atkins I spent lots of time at the library and bookstore researching and reading everything I found. Some of the info was read more than once.

That is what helped me a lot.

Wish you the best.

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6/22/14 9:16 P

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Hi Folks.
I am pretty new at this. Biggest problem is reading the Atkins plan. I am just now finishing week 3. Should I eat more vegs? Add berries and melon? So far, I am having no trouble. Weigh in tomorrow. Last week was -10.

Perhaps, I will go do some reading. emoticon

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YMMV - Your Mileage May Vary. I buy the ALDI brand knockoff bars and don't have a problem with them as long as I don't have more than one per day. (I took two with me one day when I had jury duty. By the time I left at 4:30 I was so bloated I had a hard time driving home, lol!) They don't cause cravings or seem to spike my blood sugar levels, and I don't get a crash afterwards, but the artificial sweeteners overfeed my gut flora!!!

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Mr. Six Percent (me),

I try to buy things that are 6% carbs or less.

Went to buy coke zero today. I came out of the store with more than that. But here is how I did on carb percentages (by weight).
- Coke Zero (0% carbs)
- Bottled water (0%)
- Cranberry/raspberry Mio (0%)
- Danish blue cheese (0.5%)
- Eggs (1%)
- Cheddar cheese (1%)
- Greek Yogurt (3%)
- Blackberries (5%)
- Whipping cream (6%)
- Dried sausage sticks (7%)
- Peanut butter (12%)
- Atkins bars (34%)

Quite good except for the last two, my weaknesses. I don't believe the "Net Atkins Count (TM)", but if I did a 55 gram bar would gave just 2 grams, making the last on my list go from 34% to 4%.

Anyone have opinions on "Net Atkins Count (TM)", or on how Atkins bars impact their carb load, weight loss, blood sugar?

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I eat boiled eggs cut up a little with mayonnaise. Sort of like devilled eggs.

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Seen a lot of people were posting that they were eating their eggs with mayo on them so I tried it and It was yummy! Wanted to share one thing that helps me get thru the day sometimes....
I call it low carb delight.
2 or 3 tsp of Cream cheese-
No calorie/no carb sweetener ( 1 little pack should do)
2 or 3 tsp of Butter ( you can use I can't believe it's not butter which taste better
Cinnamon ( which is good for you)

whip it all together and it's so yummy! So easy to make!!! You can even add nuts to it.

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5/14/14 1:25 A

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Welcome ROBBGIN,

here is some old advice for a new member. Calories come from carbs, fat and protein. However carbs have nothing essential in them that you can't live without. This is unlike protein which you need for muscles, and fats which you also need.

So, since carbs have an insulin reaction, more so than fats and proteins, and insulin is a storage hormone to protect you from high blood sugar, do the simplest thing, cut down on carbs. You can live healthily with none, but the problem is that lots of healthy foods have small amounts of carbs, so allow yourself 30 to about 60 grams of carbs a day.

I've controlled my type 2 diabetes this way for 2 years.

Secondly, if you want to loose weight it is much easier when eating low carb, because without the insulin, your body fat is chemically available. You are less hungry than before because of that.

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Thanks for sharing! That was helpful.

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You're certainly welcome to post here, and we're always glad to hear about people's progress! But most of the action comes on the daily threads (with original and creative names like Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and so on!) and on the challenge threads at Challenge Central. Come on over and post there, too!

The challenges are probably not what you're used to. There are three ongoing challenges, each of which gets a new thread each month.

The What's Your Food Budget Challenge is just that. Several of us are trying to save money and we find that using the challenge thread helps us. We each set our own budget based on our own situations, and report on how we're doing. No pressure at all. It just helps us to remember to watch our pennies - or at least it's supposed to.

The FlyLady Challenge came out of the fact that when we set monthly goals for ourselves that didn't have to be food or exercise related, many of us chose tidying/cleaning/decluttering. Especially decluttering. Woubie (thanks, Woubbie!) passes on the day's column from FlyLady. I definitely don't do everything, but things are a bit better around my house because of this challenge.

The main Challenge varies from month to month, or at least the name of the challenge does. This month it's Get Moving in May. What stays the same, though, is that we each chose our own challenge. For some of us it's food related, as in keeping under a certain carb level, or avoiding certain foods, or eating strictly on plan. Whatever we each want to/need to work on that month. For others it's exercise related, as in working out so many minutes a day or a week, or doing certain exercises a certain number of times per day or per week. Other than that, anything goes! For some of us it's getting to bed on time, or getting up on time. Or doing special things to take care of ourselves, like pampering or reading for fun or whatever. Or decluttering. Or whatever. However many goals each person wants.

You'll notice that there is nothing imposed on us by any of these challenges. We each make them individualized to our own situation, needs and wants. And they are not goal related. With just a few exceptions the focus is on the process, not the result. (We're each in charge of what we do, but our bodies are in charge of how much weight we lose!) The challenges are just a friendly way to encourage each other in what each person needs to work on, and to make ourselves accountable to others. For some reason, being accountable to others seems to work a lot better than just being accountable to ourselves!

So, come on over to the daily threads and the Challenge threads, and keep up the good work!

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Ok I think this Low carb thing is working In a week I have went from 197 to 193.3 even with one bad day!
So thankful to be back on track and sticking to it! I just need to work on eating more healthier carbs like chicken salads and not burgers. I know other's probably struggle with that also.
I have found that the Adkins shakes are such a lifesaver! I mix them with coffee and ice. So yummy.
Ok thanks for all your support everyone. Hopefully everyone don't mind that I post on my progress here. It's nice to talk with others that are on the same plan as you.

Have a wonderful day!!!

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Yup, one day at a time. Just because you eat something high carb and "blow it", shouldn't lead you to the thought that you failed today, so you might as well ...

No no no. That kind of thinking can turn the rest of the day to high carbs. Then, since you only weigh yourself on Mondays, and Monday is far away, you might as well....

No no no.

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Thanks for the advice everyone. I am starting today again. I did feel like I already blew it yesterday kinda attitude but next time I'll just still eat low Carb for the rest of the day.

Have a good day everyone!

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Lots of good advice and I agree with them F70176555, just get back on track. Eating 'light' can often make you feel punished or deprived and lead to more slip ups. Just get on track with your next meal or snack. Don't beat yourself up or punish yourself. Aim for progress and not perfection. You can do it! I hope you get some sleep tonight.
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Same advice from me. I'm you fall off the low carb wagon don't say "I blew it today" so I might as well keep going today. I'll start on Friday, or next week, or next month.

Nope. Do what you can right away, immediately. My idea of falling off the low carb wagon is eating too much cheese, and that's still low carb.

James

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5/5/14 9:09 A

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Don't "eat light for the rest of the day." Eat "low carb normal" starting immediately! With, as Woubbie said, some extra fat to start you out.

Tell us about your babies? People babies or fur babies? (Lots of fur babies on this team, and they can be good about keeping us up all night, too!) Hope you have a quiet night tonight.

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My rule of thumb is, if I mess up I go eat some fat and get right back on track.

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Well the babies were up half the night and I have messed up today already. Going to just start back again tomorrow and eat light for the rest of the day. It's hard when you are up all day and half the night.

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F70176555,

I make my food choices by looking up the percentage of carbs by weight. I googled "nutrition brownie" and found that they are about 50% carbs. You are right to stay away from that. But cashews are 27%. I'm attracted to them too. Did you weigh the cashews to calculate your carbs there too?

Most nuts are about 6%, like Macademia nuts. Make alternate nut choices for snacks, but just not cashews.

James

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Thanks, Woubbie. That sounds a lot like I understand the old (like several hundred years ago) Catholic fasting rules. No meat or dairy on fast days, and half the year was fast days. That's why cod became so popular - it was plentiful and allowed! I guess the fact that your church keeps the old fasting rules is part of why it's Orthodox!

F, I think coffee is allowed. Just use moderation. And yes, so much of our eating is mindless habit! Way to go, putting that brownie back down! It's hard enough not picking it up in the first place, but to put it down again is terrific! You might try making your own iced coffee. Heavy whipping cream is better for you than the Atkins shakes, which are full of chemicals and junk. However, if they help you stay on track, go for it! Just be aware that they stall some people.

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Working on my fifth day and now it's just a mental thing not a physical thing. I am not craving sweets and the shakes from carb withdraws are gone. But last night I wasn't even really hungry and picked up a brownie ended up putting it back and not eating it. It's just habit to snack on bad foods. Instead I had some cashews.

I know coffee is supposed to be a no no with low carbing but it gives me energy and helps me. I love mixing it with the Adkins shakes and ice and there you go you have ICE COFFEE! it's yummy too. Only 4 carbs.

Thanks for everyone's support and hope everyone has a great Sunday!

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No, fasting laws are still very strict in the Orthodox church - fully half of the year is a fast of some degree or another:

~ All Wednesdays and Fridays except for 8 designated holy weeks are no Meat, Dairy, Fish with spines, Olive Oil, or Wine. (Shellfish, fruit, vegetables, and vegetable products are unlimited).

~ The Advent Fast is November 15 through December 24 (13 days later in the Slavic churches), and does allow fish with spines, as do the other fast periods below.

~ The Holy Apostles' Fast is variable length because it's tied to the date of Easter, so it runs from the 40th day after Easter through June 28th.

~ The Fast of the Holy Birthgiver of God is the shortest one, from August 1st through the 14th.

~ Then there is Great Lent, which is the pre-Easter fast, it is, in total, 7 weeks long.

There are other individual days, however, which have special fasting rules, especially the "Eves" of major holy days. One of the most interesting is the fast in honor of St John the Baptist. You are encouraged to not partake of cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, or any other vegetable that is sold by "the head".

There are also a few other prohibitions; for instance, the Advent Fast is stricter in the last two weeks before the Nativity,

Today's modern "Mediterranean Diets" are spinoffs of the Cretan Diet that fascinated Ancel Keys. Of all the countries analyzed in the original "Countries" studies, the Cretans had the lowest incidence of heart disease, and some of the greatest longevity.

Of course, being an American scientist, Keys tried to distill it into a simple "eat this, not that" recommendation, so he came up with "eat more fish, use olive oil, drink red wine" takeaway. However, these folks ate abundant amounts of saturated fat, they ate seasonal foods that were locally available only part of the year, ate virtually NO processed foods, and..... as devout Orthodox Christians, most of them fasted 180 days per year. THAT was not in the recommendations, lol!

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Is that a Daniel fast at your church, Woubbie? I had never heard of it until this spring when it seems like every other person was doing it.

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emoticon to the team. Never give up. I always try to see why I have trouble sticking with low carb and then work on solving that issue. It allows me to make progress each time. Sometimes it was cravings, so I found ways to address those. Sometimes it was feeling bored, so I found new & interesting things to try. Each time I fell off the wagon I looked to see what caused it and how to fix it. Life is about progress and not perfection. Keep trying and don't give up.
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Hi and welcome!

There are several people at my church who are low carb as well, which both surprised and pleased me! Our fasting rules are very grain-centric and it's a challenge for some of the more dedicated members (not I! I don't follow the fast) to do low carb AND fast.

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F70176555,
Welcome!

Day 3, the hardest part is almost over. A few more weeks and you'll be less hungry as your body fat is "available" and not locked up due to insulin.

Stick with it. It is 2 years for me now. That was supposed to be about 6 months but I never went back to carbs except what occurs in some vegetables and nuts.

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So glad to see there is a active Low Carb Team! I didn't realize.
I am on my third day and hoping to stick to this. I have in the past lost a lot of weight with low carbs and wish I'd stuck to it.

Seems like all the people in my church are loosing weight on this plan so I will have support there too!

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I've got some kiwis that have gotten a bit too ripe.

Don't ask how they got in the house because they didn't have a key. I'm going to make my banana bread with kiwis this morning. Kiwi bread I guess. They are going to get blended in and only add a gram or two of carbs per slice to something that would otherwise be pretty much zero carbs.

I hate to throw out food. One of my earlier weaknesses, I'd rather eat something that isn't good for me than throw it out. Blending it into the protein powder bread should soften the blow.

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Wow, This information was so helpful. Thanks so much!

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Being stuck for 2 weeks is not at all uncommon. Stick with it and look for other signs of progress. It wouldn't hurt to bump up your calories a couple of days a week if you're exercising that hard, just make sure it's fat, not carbs or protein.

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ANGELALYNN35,

You've got your carbs and calories low enough. Exercise might or might not help with weight loss, but do that if you enjoy it. It will make you fitter.

I'm surprized that you can exercise, that is find the energy, on so few calories.in any case I'd expect you should loose about 2 to 3 pounds per week. If you have a few days or a week where you don't then it is probably just water, or perhaps your monthly cycle. Take it easy, you are absolutely on the right track.

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Hi, AngelaLynn, and welcome!

Wow! 17 pounds is great! Don't worry about being stuck for a while. Dr. A said that it's not a stall or a plateau unless you've gone a full month without losing either inches or pounds. Have you checked your measurements other than weight? Many people find that they alternate losing weight and inches rather than losing both at the same time. Also, it is very normal to go for a few weeks without losing weight after a big weight loss like yours. Your body is naturally set to keep things fairly consistent, and when you have a big weight loss, it fills up the fat cells with water while it thinks things over and decides whether this change is good or bad. Once it decides that all is well (you're feeding it appropriately and giving it plenty of water and so on), it decides that all is well and let's go of that extra water. There's a thread here somewhere called "Why the scales lie" or something like that. I'll see if I can find it and link to it.

OK, I found the thread. I'd forgotten that folks had had trouble getting the link to work. Here's a link to an article on Netrition that's probably about the same. low-carb-news.blogspot.com/2014/01/w
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Hi All,

I'm fairly new to the LC diet I started March 17 and I'm down 17 pounds, however I've been stuck here for about 2 weeks. I'm feeling very frustrated. I do cardio 3x week and ST 3 x a week and 1 rest day. I weighed this morning and it said I gained 4lbs :(. I haven't logged my food in while but i'm pretty consistent on what I've been eating. I stay under 1300 calories and don't go over 30 carbs.

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Be careful that you check the water content figures as well. If you're only counting the volume of the coffee itself, the carb content looks high, but "prepared with water added" it's only slightly higher than brewed coffee.

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I like that database, thanks!

It reaffirms my beliefs. Brewed coffee is 0 carbs, but instant coffee powder is 75% carbs.

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James, I think the other databases generally get their info from the USDA base:

ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/search/list

Type "instant coffee" in the search box, or try this link:

ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/foods/show/4292
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It looks to still be less than 1g carbs per serving, so still rather low.

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Does anyone have an idea about the carbs in instant coffee? My daughter left behind Tasters choice instant coffee. As near as I can tell brewed coffee is pretty much zero carbs, but instant coffee is somehow different. Perhaps 50% carbs.

Enlighten me. Help.

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yes it was awful.. I can not take many pharmaceuticals.. mostly vitamins & supplements neurologist recommended (and new internist said to take B6 - not doing much since april 1)
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Spiritseeker, have you tried Lyrica? It gave my Dad some good relief for his neuropathy.

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So true, marijuana oil is great for so many things. It's all about greed. There's only 21 states where medical marijuana is legal and as a retired RN I am so disgusted with our government. All states will eventually legal but a lot of people can't wait. I also believe this Herb can kill cancer also.

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thanks - still extreme pain - and took all my arsenal ... emoticon up & down all night



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(((hugs))) Fluffy. Wish there was something we could do to help.

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I'm sorry to hear that, Fluffy! I'm sending lots of healing thoughts your way.

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WOUBBIE,

Those Dutch potatoes are not GMO, but they are low carb. The joke is on me.

But after 2 years of low carb the thought of eating potatoes is not appealing at all. I've eaten too much food with life in it, like peppers, tomatoes, broccoli, ... you name it.

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I have marched against GMOs and Monsanto....... most of us know all that



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We tend to think of hybridization as benign, but when we breed for certain characteristics we also breed AGAINST others, and we certainly don't know anywhere near enough about optimal nutrition for humans or any other organism at this time in history to be messing about to the degree that we are. Add genetic modification into the mix and you are simply asking to be crushed by unintended consequences.

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not much going on here after that



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Not sure I feel safe with a potato that has been created in a lab. I understand the say is not GMO, but the other name for the process sounds like a fancy rewording of the concept. How do people feel about this?

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JAMES, you really ought to use Google a bit more:

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/n
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And on this page, see the entry for "Adora":

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GMO's are no joke!

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APRIL FOOLS!

Who on earth would put genetic engineering into making potatoes low net carb? That market is too small.

No GMO labels. I didn't eat potatoes of any kind. No stomach pains either.

Now the gummy bears on the other hand,.... that looks real.

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If we can ever get legislation passed to Just Label It I think we'll be seeing a horrendous amount of altered food out there. Hybridization is a hinky enough process, with all kinds of unintended consequences. Tinkering on the genetic level is REALLY letting the genie out of the bottle. Hubris on a world-wide scale! We don't yet even know all the details of how human metabolism and digestion works and we're throwing even more crap into it.

As to the gassiness, the general suggestion is to add ANY prebiotic very gradually and in very small doses. Don't make the Haribo Error!

http://www.amazon.com/Haribo-Gummi-Bears
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No GMOs for me -- glad you told me ... but I rarely eat a potato anyway



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I did a little Internet research and found out that there was a brand of potato "Yukon Gold", named because of its slightly yellowish interior, that is genetically modified to have resistant starch, resistant to being digested.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Resistant_star
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Instead of 15% carbs and 3% fibre it has 15% carbs and of that 9% is fibre. I guess that is because resistant starchy is technically a fibre. It was supposed to be at Safeways supermarket. Sure enough I found it. It had a little dark green "gmo" sticker that I'd never noticed before. But quite a number of products had the sticker.

They tasted great, but about 4 hours after supper I started getting gas. Maybe I can't eat that starch, but bacteria in my digestive track sure can.

www.gmo-compass.org/eng/grocery_shop
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Awesome day!

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emoticon Everyone I'm new to the forum, but not so new on Spark People, exactly. I joined in October. I've lost 11 pounds since then and I switched to Atkins in February, because I know it works! What I had to do is continually tweak it until I find the right balance for me. In the beginning, I was such a chocoholic that I bought all the the Atkins products that I could! Well, I know that I went overboard, so now I am committed to sticking faithfully to the Induction Phase. Of course that means no nuts, and sticking to the very low carb foundation veggies. Today was very good. In all my three meals and two snacks, I only ate 11 carbs, even with my two cups of FVs. Later, I had a Kroger Carb Master yogurt but that's only 4 carbs and I can have at least 2 more carbs, but right now I'm stuffed!

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Subject: strawberry shortcake

I had a great dessert today, sort of like strawberry shortcake.

I put some whipping cream (but not whipped) sweetened with a squirt of cherry flavoured Mio in a bowl. I had cake made with protein powder rather than wheat flour. I cut some of that in cubes and added that to the bowl, and added some sliced strawberries.

In terms of carbs the worst thing in it was the strawberries, but even those are just 6% net carbs by weight. My personal goal is to only buy/eat things that are at most 5% net carbs by weight, but some exceptions need to be made otherwise I can't eat strawberries

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No rest for me today. Younger son's Boy Scout troop had its annual Spaghetti Dinner and DH and I ran the salad table. Fourth year for him and second for me, so we knew what to expect. SOOOOOO glad it's over. Forever. This is son's last year in Scouts!

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Well.., I didn't get my gist if planning and making meals fir the upcoming week done today...we bought two more cows and have been dealing with them all day...that makes 6 cows. We sent the most of the day at the barn....cleaning stalls, brushing animals, moving animals, etc. Getting ready to sow grass this week. Will be nice to have grass...hopefully!!! I hate having to deal with the mud!!!

Tonight I am going to plan the meals and tomorrow evening will try to get some of the things made and in individual serving bowls to put in freezer.

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Me too. I just read Birgit's blog (HOUNDLOVER) and she writes about cutting back calories just a bit. I'm going to cut back as well the next few weeks, and I think I'll accomplish that by portion-controlling my lunch and snacks. So tomorrow will be a long "kitchen day" but hopefully worth it!

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3/8/14 7:37 P

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Hello everyone...new to the team and already learning s much!

Protein shakes...I love them. I have recently started doing green smoothies. I use a cup of fresh spinach with almond milk (which I recently tried), add some protien powder and a feww strawberries. It is a great on the go breakfast for me to drink on the way to work.

My goal thisnweekend is to get my meals and snacks planned for the week...that way I (hopefully) will stay on track this week!!

Kelly :) from Kentucky

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3/8/14 6:29 P

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Thanks so much for the info...it really gave me some encouragement! I guess I should not weigh myself so often as to not get discouraged. I do not drink enough water...I know that...so thanks for reminding me how important it is for the scale! So glad I found this low carb message board and thanks again for being so helpful.
Diane

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3/8/14 12:54 P

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Great point, yes, it often does!

There are a number of reasons why (and eventually your scale may well "catch up" to what you're seeing in the mirror) but the main one is that your body composition is actually changing, particularly if you also added exercise or increased your previous exercise. (I've had many frustrating experiences when my scale number continued to go higher and higher, even as my pants started falling off, lol!)

A quick checkpoint is to make sure that you're drinking enough water. If you're drinking other fluids (especially coffee or diet soda) instead of water, focusing on two or three days of 80-100 ounces of water per day might lead to a WHOOSH of "scale" loss! Your body often retains water in the fat cells that were just emptied, so the scale looks kind of stuck, but when you drink some extra water your cells are encouraged to let go of the water and you'll see a number that looks more like what you see in the mirror.

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3/8/14 12:24 P

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Hi All: Just started low carb a couple of weeks ago and doing good. My question is (lost 6 lbs so far) does this low carb way of eating weightloss seem to progress faster VISUALLY on the body, rather than the scale. I look like I lost 15 lbs or so but scale takes a while to register. I have a digital scale.Any info on this will help.

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off topic ..
fitbit might fall apart after a year and they will not replace it - have to buy one every year ... I am not !! mine is and they told me to buy another one



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