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4/1/15 3:33 P

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They're adorable! And you're a good photographer!

Don't feel bad. I had a run in with some "healthy" coconut oil chews from GNC. I ate 2 and wanted more. So in they came to the workplace!

The great enemy of truth is very often not the lie--deliberate, contrived and dishonest--but the myth--persistent, persuasive and unrealistic. Too often we hold fast to the cliches of our forebears. We subject all facts to a prefabricated set of interpretations. We enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.


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4/1/15 3:26 P

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Did not have the greatest week......bought some granola bars thinking they might be healthy. Not if you eat them excessively so I gained .4 of a pound when I had actually lost some when I weighed the day before. Up & down....story of my weight loss history!

I lead a very dull life so I really enjoy all my pets so am going to post a few pictures of them. They are my dogs.....Gracie my 11 year old German Shepherd/Malamute mix and LuLu my 4 year old little Beagle. Love them both so much. Also have two kitties, Wheezie, the fluffy calico & Marilyn, our kitty we found in the road at 4 weeks old! Love them ALL.









And this is my furbaby family. Hope y'all have a great week. Happy Easter to everyone.

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Joshua 24:15 But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.

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Glad y'all liked the HALT thingie I shared, but thanks Woubbie for adding stress. I think that factors in a lot for many of us. I know I eat when I'm stressed or trying to figure out something!

Cynthia, we are about the same....hips and butt where we store our excess and weight is also quite close. I'm at 254 today and do want to lose more. Back around the mid 2000's, I weighed as much as 360 but then more health problems forced me to get things under control and get serious about losing. I've been between 260-290 for the last 3-4 years so need to work on losing some more again. I have always done my very best doing the low carb.....maybe not 100% according to Atkins, but close enough to see some progress.

Hope everyone has a good weekend.

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Phillipians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Joshua 24:15 But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.

We often suffer, but we are never crushed. Even when we don't know what to do, we never give up. � 2nd Corinthians 4:8

Exodus 15:26 ....


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Cynthia that's excellent weight loss in a couple of months. Took me a year to drop 20 lbs. I'm 61 and on meds for blood pressure and bipolar so I guess that is why. I really have to stay with induction and push myself regarding exercise. Once again..
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3/22/15 11:43 A

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Ginger, LOVE the HALT thing - and I like adding the S too to represent STRESS.....it has put a lot of pounds on this old body throughout the year. Thank you for sharing!!! We weigh just about the same, and I carry my weight in my hips and butt too! Ugh...but it's slowly starting to shape up some. I started January 5th at 270.2, and am down to 255.4. I'm NOT a fast loser....I'm afraid those days are long gone!

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HALT is a great reminder. I've had a hard time over many years just figuring out the H! So many times I've found myself eating when I'm actually thirsty. Man, you can put away a lot of food before you get enough liquid to make you hydrated!

I'd add an S to the end and make it HALTS - Are you Stressed? All winter, as I grind through our busy season I find myself grinding through bags of nuts too. I found out this year that I actually clench my jaw and grind my teeth when I'm overworked, and it's soothing to chew on almonds to relieve the tension. Unfortunately, that's a LOT of calories!

The great enemy of truth is very often not the lie--deliberate, contrived and dishonest--but the myth--persistent, persuasive and unrealistic. Too often we hold fast to the cliches of our forebears. We subject all facts to a prefabricated set of interpretations. We enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.


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So happy to see that spring is finally here. It has been a long winter for everyone across the country but "happy days are here again" and our dieting should go better for us.

I love the idea of celery with cream cheese! When I was doing low-carb before, I used to eat tons of celery with pimento cheese but now I can try it with cream cheese. Yummy.

Woubbie, guess we'll continue carrying on and on and on and on....but that's good. Also, FYI, have not had a gout attack in a long time either so that is good. Just have to get the weight off as it seems to like it right here on my hips and butt!

Was watching Dr.Oz this afternoon and he had two things about what he calls "mindless eating" which might help me so thought I'd share with y'all if you didn't watch him today.

First, he says to use the word HALT to assess why you are wanting to eat. HALT stands for:
H - Hunger (Are you hungry? Really?) A - Anger (Are you angry about something?)
L - Lonesome (Are you lonely?) T - Tired (Are you tired?)

Secondly, he says to use snack size baggies and to fix yourself some pre-made snacks that you can grab when you want something to eat so you don't just grab anything, regardless of calories or if it is a healthy choice.

He suggests nuts, raisins, frozen strawberries and blueberries, popcorn sprayed with coconut oil and then sprinkled with cinnamon (for something sweet) and other things that are healthy. Portion control is the basis of this so we don't eat too much.

Lastly, he suggests something hot to drink because he says sometimes we just need something soothing and something warm to get by that moment when we just want to eat.

Hope this might help someone.

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Phillipians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Joshua 24:15 But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.

We often suffer, but we are never crushed. Even when we don't know what to do, we never give up. � 2nd Corinthians 4:8

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3/20/15 12:32 P

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I love those mini bells (peppers) with cream cheese and celery too....YUM! And mixed nuts of course, but I have to careful with those, they are so high in calories!

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3/18/15 8:51 P

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(Dang! That's the only bunny in the emotes!)

Funny, though, it's you who I think of as someone who keeps going and going and going! Challenge after challenge, and you keep getting back up and getting back to it.

If there's anything the team can do to help you out, just say so!

My best (relatively) low calorie snack is bell pepper (any color) with cream cheese, or celery with cream cheese. It has a nice crunch to it too, which is so hard to come by in low carb foods.

The great enemy of truth is very often not the lie--deliberate, contrived and dishonest--but the myth--persistent, persuasive and unrealistic. Too often we hold fast to the cliches of our forebears. We subject all facts to a prefabricated set of interpretations. We enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.


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Hi Team,

It's been a VERY LONG TIME since I have visited the team page but decided today after yet another gain on the scale, that I need to get back to following the low-carb plan again because that is how I lost 60+ pounds back in 2011 getting ready for some really big surgery.

Special greetings to WOUBBIE who has never given up on me all these years we've been on Spark People. You are like the ever ready bunny who just keeps going and going and going! So a very special Hi to you and a big, heartfelt Hi to all the other team members who I hope to get to know this time around.

We are all in the same battle of the bulge and I;m confident I can get the support I need here plus ideas for snacks, etc. that are low carb and low cal. I need all the help I can get.

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Phillipians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Joshua 24:15 But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.

We often suffer, but we are never crushed. Even when we don't know what to do, we never give up. � 2nd Corinthians 4:8

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3/18/15 12:30 P

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Don't forget that pork rinds (and chicken skins/cracklins too, for that matter) have a fair amount of protein in them, nearly 50%. If you're not getting your energy from carbs, then it's not a bad thing that the other 50% of the pork rinds is fat, it's a good thing!

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The great enemy of truth is very often not the lie--deliberate, contrived and dishonest--but the myth--persistent, persuasive and unrealistic. Too often we hold fast to the cliches of our forebears. We subject all facts to a prefabricated set of interpretations. We enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.


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Roz & William, thank you for the response. I figure the pork rinds are not too bad when they are what works to keep me living the LC lifestyle!

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Cynthia, the pork rinds have some versatility too. I found a pancake recipe using them as the main ingredient, and I use them as breading in some fried recipe applications. And, of course, they are awesome just to crunch on.

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whom you will serve,.... But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord."

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3/15/15 7:31 A

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Cynthia, I just discovered them at our fleet store. I like them and they are a good alternative to the crunch of chips. The nice thing is they have 0 carbs.

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Woohoo! That's a win!

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The great enemy of truth is very often not the lie--deliberate, contrived and dishonest--but the myth--persistent, persuasive and unrealistic. Too often we hold fast to the cliches of our forebears. We subject all facts to a prefabricated set of interpretations. We enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.


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3/4/15 8:39 A

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Good Morning LLC friends, how's everyone doing this on this fine hump day???
My husband pointed out to me that earlier this week I wore my favorite denim skirt that I've not been able to wear in a couple of years, so that's good!

Question, what are your thought on pork rinds? I love salty and crunchy, so I've been using them in moderation for an occasional snack....is that a bad thing?

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3/3/15 2:28 P

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Think about it - do you really care what number the scale says, if you look better and your clothes are loose? We really only care about fat loss, not weight loss.

The great enemy of truth is very often not the lie--deliberate, contrived and dishonest--but the myth--persistent, persuasive and unrealistic. Too often we hold fast to the cliches of our forebears. We subject all facts to a prefabricated set of interpretations. We enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.


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Thank you guys so much for your kind words of wisdom! I do think I'm losing inches, and my husband says he feels me shrinking and just generally shaping up. I will give this until the end of the month with no more complaining....but that will be 12 weeks so surely there be some scale movement by then! I've had my husband hide the scales, it was bumming me out too badly.
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3/3/15 12:57 P

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Welcome! You are stuck in Post Induction Stall. Annoying, isn't it? It's also very common. Normal, even.

What happens is that your body goes along fine losing weight, and then it says "Hey! What's going on here? I'd better hold on here while I figure it out!" (Sorry, I tend to personalize things. It makes it easier for me to understand and accept things.) So you stall while your body cogitates for a bit. In the meantime, you're still losing fat, because of the way you're eating, so your body replaces the fat in your cells with water. And you stall. And it can easily last a couple of weeks or even a month or more. Then, your body decides that everything is OK, and it releases that extra water, and you have a Whoosh. Otherwise known as a visit from the Whoosh Fairy. And then you go along losing regularly (though not as fast as you did when you began), and one day you stall. Your body is figuring out what's going on again. And you gripe and complain and bich and moan and, if you stay with it, eventually your body decides it's all right and releases that extra water. And the cycle repeats itself.

Annoying? Yes. Discouraging? Absolutely! Normal and to be expected? Unfortunately, yes to that, too.

By the way, check out the Stalls and Plateaus thread at Challenge Central here on this team. www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_mes
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You're probably just experiencing the "post-induction stall". It can easily last several weeks.

The scale is not always your best measurement method. Take measurements and look for other signs of fat loss - visual, for instance.

Make sure you're drinking enough water. There's no gold standard for that, but you're usually good with eight 8 ounce glasses a day.

You may actually be too low in calories on some days. Here's a good calculator to help you hit your marks:

keto-calculator.ankerl.com/

Also, some days you might be higher on protein than you need to be. Excess protein can be converted to glucose and can stall you.

The best advice I can give is to have some patience and remind yourself of all the other ways you're feeling better, whether it's improved blood pressure or blood sugar readings, steadier energy, better sleep, cleaner teeth, what have you. This is a lifelong change and not a race with a finish line. Enjoy the good food.

There can also be other things that slow you down, mostly in the form of other hormones - low thyroid can keep your weight loss crawling, as can menopausal changes.

Edited by: WOUBBIE at: 3/3/2015 (13:02)
The great enemy of truth is very often not the lie--deliberate, contrived and dishonest--but the myth--persistent, persuasive and unrealistic. Too often we hold fast to the cliches of our forebears. We subject all facts to a prefabricated set of interpretations. We enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.


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Welcome Cyndi and Cynthia. I have only been low carbing since December. I lost 12-14 pounds really quickly and then stalled too. I take a long time to lose too, and have been wondering the same thing. Are you continuing to lose inches Cynthia? I have lost more inches and think maybe the old body is reconfiguring? There are some really experienced people here and someone will look at your trackers and be able to give some good advice.

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hi my name is cyndi and im new to the group cwomack138 you could be on a stall from the atkins goodies its something i read on the atkins site have a good day everyone emoticon

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I was wondering if one of you long timers would do me a favor. I have been low carbing it since 1/5, and really have adapted easily to the lifestyle. My dad has lost over 200 lbs. living the low carb lifestyle, so I decided to give it a try. I want to lose 60-70 lbs. myself. Within the first month, I lost 10 lbs. which was good for me, I tend to be a slow loser. I used to weigh 333 lbs. but about 5 years ago went on a calorie journaling program on my own and lost right at 100 lbs. Anyway, my favor is, if I make my food journal public, will some of you go on and look to make sure I'm not missing something??? I do cardio workout 5-6 days per week, and lift weight 3 days per week. I've not really lost anything more since the first of February, and it's getting beyond frustrating! Have any of you guys ever experienced anything similiar to this? I can see a week or two plateau, but a month long one??? I feel good, and I feel like I'm doing the right things for my body, but the scale is not showing me any confirmation.

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3/1/15 1:06 A

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Wellllll..... most of us eat a boatload of saturated fat. There are no credible studies that link saturated fat in the diet to heart disease.

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Conclusions: A meta-analysis of prospective epidemiologic studies showed that there is no significant evidence for concluding that dietary saturated fat is associated with an increased risk of CHD or CVD. More data are needed to elucidate whether CVD risks are likely to be influenced by the specific nutrients used to replace saturated fat.

My numbers are excellent, and I eat approximately 70-80% fat. The really scary number - the triglycerides - is directly related to carbohydrate in the diet, not fat.

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I am concerned about the amount of saturated fat in Turkey. I may continue low carb into the next month (March) but may make it only chicken and fish. My Doctor had told me to watch saturated fat. I was shocked at how much there is in Turkey. Has anyone still continued to eat Turkey as part of their plan, and still were able to see good numbers in their blood test reports? I won't be getting more tests until about 4 months from now. I don't eat red meat at all. Even before I was diagnosed with diabetes 2.


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Hey, Kitty, That Ghiradelli 86% cacao dark chocolate is really delicious, and 1 square is only a carb or 2. The bars are only 2 dollars and some change at most groceries stores. They REALLY help my sweet cravings!!
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A while ago, someone said that she posts occasionally on facebook and was doing well. I miss her, too.

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has anybody heard anything about Suzanne who was such a big part of our group a few years ago? she had a baby and dropped out of sight and out of site. I miss hearing from her.


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I did so well over the holidays and then went sugar crazy on after holiday candy. now I'm back to eating right, but now and then a tiny dark chocolate Hershey bar. I want to get busy and find a mold cause I could cut out the sugar and milk and make my own. LOL I found a recipe I liked and seemed to be pretty healthy if I can make the tiny bars so I am able to gauge the serving size.

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I think in my case, the next lab report will determine if low carb is the way to go. They say it's the best way to handle diabetes. I am still going to do the raw diet this March, but after all I have learned will watch how many carbs are in that as well. I am truly enjoying this journey. I have had no cravings, since I started on January 1st this year. I actually ate a little
sugar over the holidays, and I was proud of the fact it was a little, not a whole lot, like I have been known to do in the past. I really really love low carb, and have learned a lot from the people on this team, and other Sparkers that I have become friends with. Keep sparking. What would we do without this website? I keep telling people about it, and honestly? They really have to apply themselves to it, that's a fail on most. emoticon I am hoping some day they too will come to the realization, to become healthy. I love my Spark!!!!! emoticon

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CWYNN01 (Cassandra), Way to go on staying positive and staying within your calorie range. I broke my leg in 2000, very severe compound break, took four surgeries to get me back up and walking...I was in a wheel chair for 6 months...I know how difficult this time can be for you. I did want to suggest one thing, my mom bought me a "chair exercise" video that I did everyday while I was chair bound, that way when I did hit the crutches stage, I had more upper bod strength...and the more muscle we have, the higher our metabolism. BTW, great improvisation on the pizza! I made a low carb pizza out of George Stella's cookbook this past weekend...YUMMY!

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The first thing my Dr. said, was drop anything white (sugars flours mainly) And of course to lose weight. I was never really obese, 40 lbs over at the most, but BMI still categorizes one as obese, I mean really? Lol. He was more interested in seeing the glucose numbers go down, wasn't that truly interested in the triglycerides numbers. They both seem to go hand in hand one goes down, so does the other. I don't eat red meat, because it's the hardest to digest plus I don't really care for it and the smell arrrggghhh. And I do eat the good fats, avocado, Olive oil etc. A lot of fats in nuts, but the good fats. Actually that is what most of us have to determine, good and bad fats. Dropping sugar was the best thing I could have ever done, and processed foods.

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MJLOVESANIMALS. when my doctor said my triglycerides were high and I asked what to do for that, they said they give up eating Sweets and bread and white potatoes. so cutting out fats or red meat aren't the answer, eating low carbs is. This was about 20 years ago.

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It can definitely be done with all the tools that Spark provides. I wouldn't know what to do without my nutrition chart. It keeps me up on whether I am getting enough protein, and of course fiber. Love to see that others use this. It's priceless. They have so many different versions of pizza's more on the healthy side. Your version sounds pretty good. I just don't eat breads of any kind.


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Happy Thursday!!

I have been doing good & have been so happy for the support from Spark. I told myself that I can stick to my 1,200 calories a day (since I have broke leg & can't exercise). I have been logging all of my foods. So, last night I wanted a pizza and really love the "California Bbq chicken pizza" however there are tooo many calories in that. I decided that hey, I can make my own by using an whole wheat wrap, grilled chicken, onions, red bell peppers, various seasonings (but no salt), reduced fat cheese, 1 tbsp. of bbq sauce, 1 tbsp. of real bacon pieces, 1 tbsp. grated parm cheese. that totaled to just 405 calories. This still kept me within my calories.

This meal was very filling & was proud of myself for measuring everything out instead of guessing because that would've been more calories. This was way healthier than 2 slices of regular pizza which would've been 800 calories or more. Go to my Blog today if you want to see the picture of the pizza.


Today's Goal: Drink more water (track) & Stay within 1,200 calories.

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I am so happy that age is not the problem in losing weight, it's all about the plan, your activities and what you apply to it.
I am adding another mile of walking and will continue to follow this path. So any of you over 60 or so, it can be done. And it doesn't slow down progress, because you may be on this side of senior. That theory doesn't work for me. I am proof that it can be done!!
Weight loss is not my only goal here, it's the plus side of it. My goal is to be so healthy I can run rings around these younger people! And to stay healthy. Kicking diabetes 2 to the curb!! I think I will blog this! lol
Thank you WOUBBIE!! I hope I can help others to work on their health, not so much weight, it all goes hand in hand. And another thing, ditch the scale, day to day measuring weight can drag u down. I weigh in on the first of every month. I see it in my clothes faster than I do on the scale. 13 lbs down in one month! As they are saying age is just a number, it's up to us to be healthy.

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How awesome!!! That's terrific progress! I'm so glad this is working well for you!

The great enemy of truth is very often not the lie--deliberate, contrived and dishonest--but the myth--persistent, persuasive and unrealistic. Too often we hold fast to the cliches of our forebears. We subject all facts to a prefabricated set of interpretations. We enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.


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Lost 13 lbs total this month! Thanks to low carbing it, and added exercise. I have kept my carbs minimal for a total of 31 days, the lowest being 14, the highest being 43. I just have to figure out how to get more fiber without botching my low carb plans for this month.

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Wow...just been hours on these sites that have been recommended....loving it...lol emoticon

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I like this calculator:

keto-calculator.ankerl.com

They allow you to choose your range. And you can always go back and readjust if, say, you have to cut back on your exercise regimen, or you decide to increase it. Or you want to step up weight loss or dial it back.

The great enemy of truth is very often not the lie--deliberate, contrived and dishonest--but the myth--persistent, persuasive and unrealistic. Too often we hold fast to the cliches of our forebears. We subject all facts to a prefabricated set of interpretations. We enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.


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1/23/15 2:14 P

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Thanks for all the info! It's making this a lot easier to do. What is the ideal amount of carbs to take in, other than what Sparkpeople has charted for me. I have kept them around 14 - 50 mg. tops. My protein intake is great, I had a tough time with that when I cut back on meats to follow a Vegan plan (that failed, way too hard to do) Geeze, what a puzzle trying to stay healthy. Thank you James for that article, a little too scientific, but I get the basis of it.

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MJLUVSANIMALS,

Dr. Williams (author of "Wheat Belly") has this little page on the connection between carbs and cholesterol:
www.healthcentral.com/cholesterol/c/
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Cholesterol in the body is mostly manufactured, not directly from diet. Avoid the carbs and avoid the manufacture of cholesterol.

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If you feel that cutting out red meat and dairy and limiting eggs is restrictive, then you might want to consider seeing if you can lift the limitations and still keep your diabetes and cholesterol under control. Many of us have found that we actually do better if we eat more calories and more fat! Counter-intuitive, I know, but true. If your blood work comes out good, you might talk to your doctor about it.

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1/23/15 11:26 A

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When I was first diagnosed with diabetes 2, my triglycerides were at 312 this was in March of 2013. I managed to drop them down to 85 by Sept '13. I did this solely from dropping processed foods, all dairy, no red meat, no sugars in anything. And I kept my calories at 1200 and managed to lose 46 lbs.
I had a blood test this past December and don't have a print out for it, but my Dr. is monitoring my diabetes, and he said I have that conquered. So I don't remember what my cholesterol was, need to get that report.
I am trying the low-carb just to keep the diabetes under control.
Thanks for the input on SP I was sweating that one! lol My Dr. just said way back when. When my cholesterol was charted high, to keep eggs at a minimum of 3 a week.

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Ohhhhhhhhh! Then just ignore that, lol! SP is calibrated to non-low-carb plans. If it were your doctor's advice that you were going against then you'd be rightly concerned, but SP is not capable of custom-tailoring any of their recommendations to your unique body. They are very general guidelines, and your own experience trumps their suggestions most of the time.

Going one step further, the idea that the USDA could make specific eating recommendations for all people is sheer madness.

Edited by: WOUBBIE at: 1/23/2015 (11:55)
The great enemy of truth is very often not the lie--deliberate, contrived and dishonest--but the myth--persistent, persuasive and unrealistic. Too often we hold fast to the cliches of our forebears. We subject all facts to a prefabricated set of interpretations. We enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.


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Actually I was referring to the cholesterol that Sparkpeople set for us as goals and limits, it seems mine is always over that goal, since I started low carbs. Mine is set at 0 - 250mg. Yesterdays was almost 700 mg. I haven't had a blood test since I started this on Jan. 1st.
I was planning to do my next test, at the end of March. Just a little leery of that high of cholesterol counts at end of day, and my calories were @ 1206.

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MJ, if your budget or your medical plan allows you might seriously consider getting a more thorough cholesterol test done. One option is a VAP test:

"The VAP (vertical auto profile) test is a cholesterol, lipid and lipoprotein test. The name "VAP test" was coined by the privately held cardio-diagnostic company Atherotech[1] to identify their direct-measurement method, which categorizes not just total cholesterol, high-density lipoproteins (HDL), and low-density lipoproteins (LDL), but all lipids and subclasses, with an LDL measurement accuracy unaffected by triglycerides."

The particle size of the LDL and HDL are pretty critical and the standard tests don't go into that much detail:

www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22659528

Another important question for you - how do your triglycerides look? Even old-school doctors will sometimes concede that that is the most important cholesterol-related measurement. And guess what? Triglycerides are made from carb, not fat in the diet.

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Eating low carb should reduce your cholesterol, even if you are eating high cholesterol foods. My cholesterol went from borderline high (I think it was around 230, which was only considered borderline at the time) to about 180 in just a couple of months. The last time I had my cholesterol checked, my HDL was in the 90s and my triglycerides were in the 30s.

Someone here should be able to point you to medical and/or scientific articles that say that cutting carbs should reduce your cholesterol. Either take the article to your doctor and rework your agreement, or else just eat low carb and high fat behind his back for a month or two and then get retested. It isn't fat or cholesterol that causes high cholesterol. It's the carbs.

That being said, there are exceptions. There are some people for whom cutting the carbs doesn't do it. It's possible that you are one of them. The only way to find out is to try it, and then get retested in a couple of months.

One of the best things about eating low carb is that it is generally high fat! What wonderful foods that allows us! And we still drastically improve our health markers!

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It's been easy to keep my plan at low carb eating. But my cholesterol is way out of hand. I was diagnosed with high cholesterol, and I refuse to take medication for it. I prefer to do it with diet and exercise alone. How do I keep cholesterol low, along with low carbs as well, and maintain a 1200 calorie goal? I worked on the menu today, and cut back on the high cholesterol foods, but can only come up with 799 calories? I only eat 3 eggs per week, an agreement I made with my Dr. Anyone with some ideas, on keeping it low, and maintaining 1200?

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i am visiting my daughter in fl. my granddaughter is celiac and i am very gluten intolerant. my GD brought me a box of gf goodies from a very expensive bakery dedicated to celiacs. what was i to do? i have ruined my low carb streak of 22 days in ketosis. bummer!!

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They sneak into the darnedest places!

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In case you need to know. I'm not a spam fan because it sorta upsets my stomach, but I like to keep something like it in my cupboard for times when I don't have anything handy for a quick meal. so I usually buy Treet. well, I couldn't find it in the food tracker so I got my can and entered it for anybody who does use it... and guess what. it has carbs for each 2 oz serving. the can is 12 oz, I can't cut the slices thin enough so I usually eat at least two servings. SHOCK AND AWE! each 2 oz serving is 4gm OF CARBS!! I'm going to be checking more closely the "meat" I buy for my storage cupboard FOR SURE!.

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still looking for the jelly jars. my grandaughter isn't much for returning stuff, since her mom isn't eiuther. so I saved a load of jelly jars. but hubby hid them.


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never got any. I did get invited to a cookie exchange but I didn't even sign up since I'm gluten free, dairy free AND sugar and starch free. LOL I'm going to make us some almond cookies I found a recipe for, as soon as I make some jam for my granddaughter's christmas present.


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Hi, Kitty, we've missed you too! Hope you're withstanding the Western PA onslaught of cookies and non-stop baking!

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