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2/6/18 8:15 P

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Also be aware that your brain fog and other symptoms could be possibly be from an allergy or intolerance to something you are eating frequently. The 6 week plan is likely to get you away from your major allergens, though. It would have probably done that for me in grad school, since dairy and egg are my major allergens; I could have been arrested for driving under the influence of an egg salad sandwich. Really!)

But you can be allergic to anything, not just high protein foods. Eliminating a suspected food (including specific herbs or spices) for a while and then reintroducing it should help track it down if you still feel foggy during the six weeks. Keeping a food/symptom diary can help if you have no idea where to start.

Most allergic people have non-life-threatening allergies and intolerances rather than the dramatic anaphylactic shock kind, and the effects can be delayed and masked by other things you are eating. Lab tests are expensive and limited in scope. There's a simple rotation scheme for dealing with both discovery of problematic foods and handling foods you can eat occasionally but not all the time. But first try the nutritional boosting from the six week plan to see if that makes you feel better. If so, just add in any other foods gradually and pay attention to how you feel.

In any case, make sure you are eating enough. The guidelines are just general, you may need more or less food. If you're hungry, eat more. The idea is to boost your nutrition, not starve yourself.

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2/6/18 7:58 P

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It's perfectly normal to get tired while working on a Ph.D. (that's a doctorate degree for those wondering). Mine is in a joint physics/chemistry program and took five years, many people need six years if their research takes longer than expected. My cat got so disgusted with me coming home from the lab in the wee hours that she put me on a strict feeding schedule and didn't budge from it until the day she died long after I got my degree: she didn't care if I had already fed her and had fallen into bed at 4am, at 5am she absolutely insisted on being fed AGAIN. I had to keep a sealed metal container of Purina Cat Chow plus a bowl by my bed, so I could shake some out and go back to sleep. (She would have chewed a hole in bags of boxes.)

So just be gentle with yourself, you're in an intensive program, and try some simple changes.

You will likely feel better if you just add more veggies and fruit to your daily eating and don't worry so much about weight loss. Your weight will likely take care of itself if you improve your eating. You can look at the less nutritious parts of your diet and experiment with just cutting down on portions or frequency. Are there things you can just save parts of for another day? This is true for high nutrition fruit and veg (even greens in portions for cooking or smoothies) but also low-nutrition pastry stuff as well. Donuts, cookies, cakes, pies can all be cut into the right portions for you and frozen in little plastic bags. Likewise for high-nutrition sections of citrus fruit and banana slices and grapes and sliced strawberries etc as well as whole berries and seedless grapes. Pull those out and instant sorbet! No need to blend, just eat them. If you do have a good blender, you can cut up any veg or fruit in advance, freeze the bag with them, and just dump it into the blender (minus the bag, of course). Such things can be used in cooking also.

Zip lock bags are your friend. If you can, buy bagged raw veggies that you can eat without cutting up anything to make your life simpler. Eat some of those when you get home while unwinding enough to eat more. If you have refrigeration available at school, take little plastic bags of veggie munchies and fruit with you. Small amounts of peanut butter or other spreads can be used as a dip if needed. Also get canned and frozen veg and beans that you can just add to things you are already eating. If storage is a problem, look for cans that will be used in full (like small cans if needed). Bagged lettuce comes in a lot of varieties. If you eat a lot at once, storage will not be a problem...

The increased fruit and veg might actually reduce your carbohydrate cravings. My theory is that the body knows that it gets needed vitamins and minerals from carbohydrate foods (fruit and veg) and so when deficient, it sees a bag of Oreos on the table and starts screaming:"Carbohydrate! Me want!".



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1/14/18 7:33 A

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To Springforever. I want to congratulate you on your decision to take care of your health. I'm pretty new at Dr. Fuhrman's programme too, but I really enjoy it and I feel better.

As far as your Phd is concerned, that's a huge challenge! Why do you want to get a Phd? Because it's expected of you? or do you have a big "why" motivating you? If you don't want to get a Phd, just choose to drop it and forget about it. But if you really do want to get the Phd, put your pedal to the metal and go for it! Every. day. until you reach your goal!

As far as your taking on too much, I don't know. But I do know that eating well and taking care of your health can only help in achieving all your other goals.

Here's a pertinent quote from Denis Waitley:
Procrastination is the fear of success. People procrastinate because they are afraid of the success that they know will result if they move ahead now. Because success is heavy, carries a responsibility with it, it is much easier to procrastinate and live on the "someday I'll" philosophy.


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Thanks for your reply. I think it is helpful. I tend to be an all or nothing person. probably why I fail at dieting and other things.

Also thanks for your helpful mail when I joined. I tried to respond to say thanks but it said I needed to verify my email address and when I did that it said you have no requests to verify your email address.... so annoying... will figure it out eventually. I think it had something to do with my settings.. now I cant find where my mail is... ahhhh so annoying... I'm such a technophobe i don't how I manage at all (lol)

But thanks, anyway

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Start off easy and take it one day at a time.

I'm not sure what Phd is

Its better to exercise 10 minutes than not at all

Its better to eat canned or frozen veggies, beans, soups, etc, than going out to fast food or if you don't have time to cook

Just try your best. When you stop trying then that is when you give up.

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Hi all, I wasn't sure where to post this; didn't like the idea of hijacking a thread. And then I thought, given its January, there are probably a good few of us newbies around facing similar issues.

So I was just wondering if anyone had any advice or tips to give for someone starting out? And I was also curious as to what to expect the first few weeks.. will I be starving?tried? ect.. I know everyone is different but I am just curious as to what other people's experiences were and how they coped with the challenges.

My story (i'll try and be and brief) is that I am starting a 6 week plan from the end of dieting book. Naturally the plan is to continue, but I feel 6 weeks is hopefully enough time to fully adapt.

I am not giving up coffee, for now. though I do find when I exercise and eat well, i naturally reduce caffeine.

I need to lose about 4 stone (50-60 lbs) but my main reason at the moment is that I am in the cycle of craving carbs, eating lots of them, but feeling crap. I have this feeling of brain fog and I hope to improve my energy and mental focus.

I am trying (and failing emoticon ) to finish up a Phd, and hoping this will help with mental focus and also just give something to feel positive about. I sort of like the idea of a whole fresh health start.... but then do worry I am taking on too much?? Any more experienced people have any thoughts on this?

I am really struggling with the Phd, as I have generalised anxiety disorder and also I am a lazy bum. So anyway I have 4 months deadline to finish up, so naturally weight loss isn't a priority for me,right now, but I would just like to feel better. I am hoping improving my diet, exercising and meditating will help with the anxiety and chronic procrastination.

Any thoughts form more experienced members? Am I taking on too much??


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