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5/6/19 10:29 A

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Great ideas. If you have something opened (like a jar or box) sometimes family will take it!!

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5/5/19 1:09 P

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why not donate the food Suzanne? or give it to neighbors? i gave all mine away when i figured out i was keto for life and had no need for it. some to a neighbor with 4 kids..some to my mom..the boxed and canned with good dates to the food pantry...

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5/5/19 12:56 P

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Thanks so much all - I think I am going to work on working in Intermittent Fasting as well because I have heard excellent things about it and I have never really been a breakfast person so I think the 8 - 16 thing might suit my pretty well. Oh and one thing that totally sold me on keto is that I can have butter on everything and cream in my tea!! Yum!!

I grabbed a keto meal prep book from Amazon and I am hoping to set myself up with a bunch of quick heat meals in my freezer because my life is insane and when I am pressed for time I eat whatever junk is handy ...

So I am cleaning out my pantry today and I HATE throwing away "perfectly good food" since I was raised with the "clean your plate - don't waste food - there are starving children in Africa" mantra in my psyche but I am reminding myself that anything with high carb counts is NOT good food for me now.

Well begun is half done right? Thanks for being here with help!
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5/5/19 12:28 P

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All of the advice below is excellent!!

One thing I would add is try and figure out tasty food and make it keto. It's so much easier to stick to a new way of eating if you like the food.

The macros are suggestions. Try and get close without stressing out over it. We all go under and over the suggestions, it's IMPOSSIBLE to eat to the exact gram of macro every day.

If you find a range that is working for you, keep with it. If it stops working, then tweak something until it starts working again. Our bodies process food/ketones/carbs/fats differently. Not extremely differently, but not exactly alike. We are all N=1. (your own personal experiment)

It's a journey, not a race.



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5/5/19 11:59 A

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I use Cronometer to track my macros because I like their database of foods best -- I don't worry about the settings I just go by the totals. When you are starting it is best to keep your carbs as low as possible and definitely under 20 gms per day. As you get into ketosis and eventually become fat adapted you may be able to increase your carbs as long as those carbs come from healthy natural sources like nuts and veggies (and even some berries) but to get your body used to burning fat instead of carbs, keep those carbs low. Fat can be eaten until you are satisfied -- there is no need to go hungry on this program. The main thing is to get your body into a state of ketosis so that it can burn the fat that your body has stored.

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5/5/19 11:12 A

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try my fitness pal..lots of ketoers on that and you can set your macros there!

i would aim for carbs under 20 g total..
and most of the older info, like in keto clarity, has protein set way high..you dont need more than 70 gm and more like 60.

the rest of your calories should be from fat. its not too hard..use butter on everything..olive oil and coconut oil liberally.

i can guarantee you you CAN do this...i own a bakery and havent had so much as a taste in 2.5 years of keto. the first 2-3 weeks are difficult..stay strong and keto on...you can do it!!

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5/5/19 10:48 A

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Hi - brand new and still really trying to figure this out. (about 1/3 of the way into the book)

To start with I am trying to change the settings in my spark nutrition tracker.
I set Carbs to 20 - 30 to try to get into ketosis
I put protein at 100 - 120 to not go over
but what should I put the fat grams at?

I currently weigh 202.4 - definitely have some freaking reserves to burn and I want to take this serious enough long enough to at least see if I can do it.

Any advice and suggestions would be appreciated.. SP does not seem very keto user friendly to me- no options for keto diet suggestions. :(

THANK YOU for reading this and for any help you can offer.

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