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9/21/13 10:06 A

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I use the tracker here on SP. Love it.

I use to, stick and pee on everything for everything LOL(like Jimmy Moore does).
I stopped. I just keep plugging away and try reaching my targets each day.
I plan ahead and figure out where I need to adjust my intake to make these numbers. I never go lower than 60% fat and target 20g net carbs. This has worked for me, I hate stressing about numbers and to add more tracking was frustrating, costly and time consuming.



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9/14/13 4:41 P

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Great article for someone starting out. I was really discouraged by those dark test strips at first, then I invested in the test strips that work with my glucose monitor (Abbot Precision Xtra) and found I was doing great. It was well worth the price. I got them on Amazon for about $2.50@.
The key to starting out is to lower glucose and increase you body's use of ketones AT THE SAME TIME. Monitor both your glucose levels and ketones while you are becoming adapted. It's worth the cost of the test strips. Once you're there, you don't have to monitor every day.
I found it easy to cut out carbs and sugars but it was a huge psychological challenge to eat so much fat. Literally, I was putting teaspoons full of butter on my little tiny almond crackers. On a bad day, it would make me cry. But because I while I was only decreasing sugars and not increasing fats, I was wandering around with low blood sugar and nothing else to burn. I felt terrible! You must balance the transition or you'll never stick with it.
The good news is, once you're there, you'll feel fantastic and you' re likely to live longer too!

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9/13/13 1:11 P

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Nice link! The book listed there is probably the best LC resource I've come across. I encourage everyone toward it.

The article mentions a blood monitor for ketones. I have one also, although not of the brand recommended there; mine is a Nova Max Plus, and I got it free on their website. I think they're still offering it. The warning about the cost of the strips is right, too. It's ridiculously expensive, although I think the strips for mine are a tiny bit (negligible) cheaper than the ones in this article. My meter also will test for blood glucose, which, although I'm not diabetic, still isn't a bad thing for people to know ... and since it's part of the options for the meter, I may as well use it.

Urine strips have never been the "gold standard." I don't know what my blood ketone meter is testing for, in regard to the types listed in this article, but I can check. I'm a bit disgusted that I can barely get my values up above 0.3 ~ but I've let my carbs creep into LC instead of keto, so that probably has something to do with it. That, and the fact that I've been at it a long time now, and my metabolism is probably showing the effects.

Do check into the free meter though - and get that book! =D

...the problem with people these days is
they've forgotten we're really just animals ...
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We did not create the web of life; we are but a strand in it.
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9/12/13 1:16 P

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Ladies, this article might be interesting to you: ketopia.com/why-you-need-to-stop-wor
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ing-about-the-color-of-your-ketostix/


I've only been doing this a few days so I'm consistently getting a darker color, but it doesn't necessarily mean you all will! Trust your judgement and your calculations. If you're making sure to eat under a certain amount of carbs you should be fine! :)

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KRISTINSGOALS's Photo KRISTINSGOALS SparkPoints: (30,549)
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9/6/13 2:26 P

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Awesome, Diana! I'm so glad to hear you are doing so well. Definitely try to forget that stupid scale. Take measurements though! Good things are happening, I am sure!

Goals aren't for sissies!

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9/6/13 2:24 P

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Kristin, I'm doing really well. I see more of a diff in my clothes than on my stubborn scale (which occasionally gets sailed across the kitchen floor when I KNOW it should be reading much less than the display indicates)! Got a little off-track for my bday - no cake or anything - but my nephew took me to a Chinese buffet. I avoided all of my favorite fried goodies, and chose mostly protein, but there is just so much MSG and cornstarch in that stuff. But I got right back on my program and was back in keto after 2 days. Down .5 pound this morning. Yay! (scale is safe for the time being) emoticon

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KRISTINSGOALS's Photo KRISTINSGOALS SparkPoints: (30,549)
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8/29/13 12:57 P

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One idea, Exotec, would be to take your fat higher and higher in small steps and see what that does to your ketone readings. The fact that you track so closely definitely makes it easier to know!! Awesome!

Goals aren't for sissies!

Kristin

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8/29/13 12:40 P

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I track every single item I put in my mouth: even my meds and supplements. I've also got an additional "food" set to track: net carbs. I'd be lost without my Tracker. I just have to ignore SP's recommendations!

I've never had any luck with the u/a ketone strips. I have a meter now which reads BG and ketones (the strips are ridiculously expensive), but I'm still only registering about 0.3 with that meter. Makes me annoyed! But my carbs are too high, it's my own fault.

I've been on this low-carb path long enough now that my metabolism is fighting me, so I'm having to get creative. I'm contemplating the Fat Fast... we'll see.

I'm glad to find this group!
Luck to all of us!
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Edited by: EXOTEC at: 8/29/2013 (12:42)
...the problem with people these days is
they've forgotten we're really just animals ...
(attributation forgotten)

We did not create the web of life; we are but a strand in it.
~attributed to Chief Seattle

We don't have souls. We ARE souls. We have bodies.
~C.S. Lewis


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8/17/13 9:09 P

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I like the SparkPeople Diet Tracker because when I stray by eating a something not on my approved list I need to know how much protein/fat I need to help compensate. Sometimes I just need to look something up to check the carbs.

Slow and steady wins the race.


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KRISTINSGOALS's Photo KRISTINSGOALS SparkPoints: (30,549)
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8/13/13 1:24 P

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Diana, how are you doing so far on the keto diet?

I love the pie chart too!!

Shel....I don't use the SP food tracker very often, unless I feel the need to answer to something! How are you doing??

Edited by: KRISTINSGOALS at: 8/13/2013 (13:24)
Goals aren't for sissies!

Kristin

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7/27/13 12:22 P

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Yes, I love the tracker and use it every day. I estimate as close as I can and I too love the pie chart :)) The general rule I'm following is 65% fat/ 35% and 5% carbs.

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DIANASAVOY's Photo DIANASAVOY Posts: 6
7/25/13 5:29 P

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HI! I'm new here and to the Keto Diet (5 days) so I use the SP tracker. Seems I have a very LOW tolerance to carbs. I was light pink on day 2 but yesterday back down to trace. I was so disappointed so today, so far, only 6 carbs. Maybe that'll put me back on track.

My tracker is set to track calories (I think it does that automatically), carbs, fat and protein. So far today I'm at 66.6%/31.8%/1.6% fat/protein/carbs.

Admiring your results and planning to see similar results myself!!

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5/21/13 6:43 P

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Just curious how many of you use SparkPeople to track what you eat, vs just counting carbs. I've been tracking, and created a separate spreadsheet to look at net carbs. I adjusted my macronutrient ranges in nutrition to values appropriate for a keto way of eating. I love it when my pie chart shows 75% fat emoticon

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