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Yum! Sounds great!

As I was going to St. Ives,
I met a man with seven wives,
Each wife had seven sacks,
Each sack had seven cats,
Each cat had seven kits:
Kits, cats, sacks, and wives,
How many were there going to St. Ives?


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Hi, I just ate a whole pizza made with Cauliflower Crust. Wasn't really easy to eat like a pizza, but a fork helped a lot. Mind you, it was only about 8 inches, but mm mmm good.
For breakfast I enjoyed a low carb mock Danish. Now I am looking for something with more fiber and not a lot of carbs. Got a little heavy on the vegs.


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7/22/14 9:18 P

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Great quote!

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Quote of the day, which it came up with, but which surely must have been said before ...

"Eating low carb goes against the grain."

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7/22/14 5:21 P

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Think I will pass on it.

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The verdict is in. After randomly picking chocolate flavoured Reddi-Whip as an example, I looked into in. The nutrition comes out as a 20 gram serving having 5 grams of carbs, so 25% carbs by weight.

Sadly I won't be eating this.

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Update on KETO diet.
Weighed this morning.
I lost 2.5 pounds in four days!
Thrilled with results.

Today I will add lean pork loin (4 ounces).
That is the only change I will do for the next few days.
If I am doing well then I will add romaine lettuce.
And so on until I am on low carb Atkins phase 2 or 3 diet plan.

Am almost at my goal weight! emoticon

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Oh, yes, it exists alright...

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Two for four dollars, on sale at Giant Eagle every few weeks. My kids look at me like I'm a zombie eating brains, because I put it into a bowl and eat it like mousse. About 10 tablespoons will do nicely (5 servings). 5g of fat, 5g of carb, 75 calories total. 50% carb, so not OK on James' plan, but 5g of carbs or less, so OK on mine.

Nutrition Facts
Reddi Whip, Chocolate, 2 Tbsp
Serving Size: 1 serving
Amount Per Serving

Calories 15.0
Total Fat 1.0 g
Saturated Fat 0.0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.0 g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.0 g
Cholesterol 5.0 mg
Sodium 0.0 mg
Potassium 0.0 mg
Total Carbohydrate 1.0 g
Dietary Fiber 0.0 g
Sugars 0.0 g
Protein 0.0 g

As I was going to St. Ives,
I met a man with seven wives,
Each wife had seven sacks,
Each sack had seven cats,
Each cat had seven kits:
Kits, cats, sacks, and wives,
How many were there going to St. Ives?


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7/22/14 8:33 A

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I didn't even know it exists!

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I just picked something totally at random. "Chocolate Reddi whip".

For goodness sake I don't want to lead anyone in the wrong direction, especially for the wrong reason.

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7/21/14 9:31 P

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Only a few more days of KETO diet.
Looking forward to adding leafy greens and more foods later.
Not sure I will add gluten products anytime soon.
IBS is well controlled and want to keep it that way.

I will add vegs slowly to see what my carb limit will be.
Still want to lose the last few pounds.
Just want to slow down the process to one pound a week.
Have a feeling I am metabolically challenged.

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7/21/14 7:43 P

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7/21/14 6:40 P

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Well, I have good news! The scale moved down 2.5 lb. Sure-it's not the most important thing in the world, but it certainly brightens a day. emoticon

You have been a big help.
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Now I will cook up some tasty chicken liver for dinner. Then I will go shopping for a vat of chocolate Reddi-Wip.



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It better be - I always have a can or two in the fridge for de-stressing purposes! Yes, it has actual sugar in it, but then again, I'm not a purist about foods. I go, more or less, by the 90/10 rule - 90% of what I eat is the best quality I can afford, and the other 10% is somewhat less. As long as it doesn't cause cravings or other side effects I'm OK with it.

Before someone comes along and says how 85% cacao chocolate is God and Science all wrapped together, let me point out that not all of us can eat it. I can tolerate 50% as long as it comes packed with nuts, but higher percentages put the caca in cacao.

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Edited by: WOUBBIE at: 7/21/2014 (13:35)
As I was going to St. Ives,
I met a man with seven wives,
Each wife had seven sacks,
Each sack had seven cats,
Each cat had seven kits:
Kits, cats, sacks, and wives,
How many were there going to St. Ives?


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SQUEEGEE
Three weeks of low carb can lead you down your most common items, but questions always come up. Is it OK to eat chocolate Reddi whip.

Edited by: -JAMES- at: 7/21/2014 (13:14)
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7/21/14 7:46 A

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I'm with you! Stickin' to it.
I am using the nutrition tracker as a guide to KETOing.
It is working and slowly seeing the scale inch down.
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The last few pounds are really stubborn ones.

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7/20/14 11:47 P

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Thanks, to you all. I am not tempted-at all- to eat wrong foods. I truly believe that if I eat extra carbs that my body will start to work the way it did before. I am sticking to this. Tomorrow is weigh in day, and I am starting to feel really good about the way I look and feel, anyway. So--even if I don't lose again-I'm still here.

My page is open , but I haven't been using it much lately. First 3 weeks taught me how to do this. Will go back to it if I keep having trouble.



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7/19/14 4:00 P

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Great post, James.

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SQUEEGEE,
Eating low carb is healthy, even without the weight loss. What are the alternatives to eating low carb?

Eat like before and ...

Edited by: -JAMES- at: 7/19/2014 (15:40)
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Having a grateful day today.
Am on the fat fast and it was tough the previous 2 days.
Today my mind is made up... It will be a good day.
Not even hungry today but will eat my planned foods.

Thanks SPers for all the support!

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Excellent explanation, Maw.

That's one of the reasons we tend to celebrate NSV's on the team a lot. That's Non Scale Victories. That covers things like looser clothes and rings, better medical numbers, visual progress, comments from others, not needed the belt extender on the plane or the amusement park ride, not caving in to cravings at a social occasion, and on and on.

The scale is only ONE of MANY ways to measure success! Just like the number in your checking account doesn't tell you if you're happy!

As I was going to St. Ives,
I met a man with seven wives,
Each wife had seven sacks,
Each sack had seven cats,
Each cat had seven kits:
Kits, cats, sacks, and wives,
How many were there going to St. Ives?


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I didn't gain over 80 pounds overnight.
I won't reach goal weight overnight!
Keep my eyes on the end result.

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Actually, Squeegee, I'm surprised it took you so long to stall!

When a person loses a lot of weight quickly, by whatever means, the body goes into a holding pattern until it figures out what's going on. With low carb, you're still losing fat, but the fat in the fat cells is being replaced with water to prevent them from shrinking/collapsing too much too quickly. After the body understands that it is still receiving all the calories and nutrients it needs, it releases that water it's been holding and there is a big, sudden weight loss.

There's even a name for it - the Post Induction Stall, followed by a Whoosh! It's perfectly normal, absolutely common, and extremely annoying! My guess is that the temporary stall is what causes people to give up. "It works for a couple of weeks and then you quit losing weight and when you quit eating low carb you gain back all the weight you lost." Sound familiar? Yes, it works for a couple of weeks. Yes, after a couple of weeks (a few weeks in your case!) you quit seeing a weight loss on the scales. And yes, you gain back the weight you lost if you go back to eating your old way. (Duh!)

If people would only stick with it, they'd see that it's still working. And they'd see it immediately if they'd take their measurements instead of just looking at the numbers on scale. Fat takes up more room than water, so even though the fat cells are being refilled with water, they take up less space and so most people continue to lose inches. How about you? Have you checked your measurements? Are your clothes fitting more loosely?

The Post Induction Stall can last up to a few weeks. In the meantime, make sure that you are eating properly and that you haven't allowed Carb Creep to sneak in and that you haven't added "just a bit of this - it won't hurt" or "a bite or two of that - after all, I've been losing so much and I deserve it" and so on. If you're not losing inches and your Stall lasts more than two or three weeks, make your food tracker public (don't know if it is or if you're using it) and we'll go over it with a fine tooth comb and see if we can see anything that might be causing problems.

In the meantime, congratulations on the 20 pounds! That's wonderful!

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Hi, thanks for your replies. I am still living low carb. This is day 48, and I have lost 20 lb. Only thing is--nothing lately. Seems awfully early to plateau, but I am sticking until I get those blood tests at 3 months. Actually I am thrilled about the 20 lb, but it would always be nice to lose regularly.

I am just starting to look around for different low carb foods. Any great ideas?

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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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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.
www.examiner.com/article/sweden-repl
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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!

Edited by: WOUBBIE at: 6/24/2014 (20:49)
As I was going to St. Ives,
I met a man with seven wives,
Each wife had seven sacks,
Each sack had seven cats,
Each cat had seven kits:
Kits, cats, sacks, and wives,
How many were there going to St. Ives?


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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.

Edited by: WOUBBIE at: 6/22/2014 (23:56)
As I was going to St. Ives,
I met a man with seven wives,
Each wife had seven sacks,
Each sack had seven cats,
Each cat had seven kits:
Kits, cats, sacks, and wives,
How many were there going to St. Ives?


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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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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

Edited by: SQUEEGEE at: 6/22/2014 (21:20)
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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!!!

As I was going to St. Ives,
I met a man with seven wives,
Each wife had seven sacks,
Each sack had seven cats,
Each cat had seven kits:
Kits, cats, sacks, and wives,
How many were there going to St. Ives?


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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?

James


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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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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.

James

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Thanks for sharing! That was helpful.

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5/7/14 4:33 P

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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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5/7/14 3:47 P

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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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5/6/14 8:33 A

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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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5/6/14 4:08 A

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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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5/5/14 9:37 A

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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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5/5/14 9:04 A

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

As I was going to St. Ives,
I met a man with seven wives,
Each wife had seven sacks,
Each sack had seven cats,
Each cat had seven kits:
Kits, cats, sacks, and wives,
How many were there going to St. Ives?


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5/5/14 7:58 A

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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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5/4/14 9:04 A

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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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5/4/14 7:47 A

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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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5/4/14 6:51 A

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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!

As I was going to St. Ives,
I met a man with seven wives,
Each wife had seven sacks,
Each sack had seven cats,
Each cat had seven kits:
Kits, cats, sacks, and wives,
How many were there going to St. Ives?


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5/3/14 8:01 A

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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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5/3/14 6:08 A

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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.

As I was going to St. Ives,
I met a man with seven wives,
Each wife had seven sacks,
Each sack had seven cats,
Each cat had seven kits:
Kits, cats, sacks, and wives,
How many were there going to St. Ives?


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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.

James

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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.

James

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

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