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7/18/18 8:16 P

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Deborah,
you will run out carbs at the end of this day, or perhaps somewhere in day 3. Be ready for that. Weak, dizzy, ... headache.

If you get a headache take extra water and salt, in fact you might want to do that to avoid a headache.

Hope you feel well, the toughest part for me was over by about day 5.

As for brainwashing on the carbs (like people tell you that you need them and you are crazy to not eat them) have a look here on Wikipedia:
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carbohydrate
where it says:
"Carbohydrates are a common source of energy in living organisms; however, no single carbohydrate is an essential nutrient in humans."

Yup.

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7/18/18 12:49 P

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Day 1 - done
Day 2 - in process

Focused on low carbs and increasing fat; tracking in Spark people and watching ratio. Fat with limited protein will be a learning curve for me. Eating less carbs - well that will be a brainwashing! :-)

You have brains in your head, You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any way that you choose.
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Just a tip for quick morning bacon, if you have a microwave, BETHUMZ.

I didn't believe you could get good bacon from a microwave, but I was wrong. And it has made it possible for my mornings. (I'm not a morning person but I HAVE to eat breakfast or I will pass out at work!) Just put 2-4 slices on some paper towel on top of a plate. (You can also put one more on top to prevent splatters.)

In my case, I love using bacon fat for cooking so I try to save my bacon fat. By doing this, there is not really a great way to rescue it from the paper towel. (Has anyone tried without the paper towel underneath?)

There's nothing better than the smell of bacon first thing in the morning!

Here is a link to more details about the process if needed. www.wikihow.com/Cook-Bacon-i
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I don't like Day 3 at all. I do feel confused/dizzy and not quite right. I actually had a doctor appointment last night and my doctor explained that the brain runs on carbohydrates/sugar, so that's where the brain fog comes from while your body is looking for another fuel source.

Has anyone actually fainted while doing this? LOL

Also, I think the irritability has kicked in.

I did have the most amazing dinner last night. I had tomato meat sauce (homemade) with lots of ground beef and pork. I then added ricotta & parmesan. It tasted like lasagna without the noodles. It was really yummy, I ate it with a spoon.

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5/30/18 9:42 P

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Day 2 for you BETHUMZ, you are just running out of stored carbs right now. I went for a walk, not a power walk, just a walk, on day 3. I felt light headed, about 4 blocks from the house I wasn't sure I'd make it back home. I felt dizzy and "unwell".

Now I know that my body was starving for carbs, and my body chemistry wasn't up to the task of burning fats.

You think that food is food, and calories are calories, but they aren't the same. You can eat a "mixed" meal of carbs and fat and protein and think its all just calories, but one's body doesn't actually treat all calories the same. So at this point, you are out of carbs, and your body chemistry isn't up to the task of burning fat, not efficiently anyways. That will take another week or two.


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Had another hot flash this morning and am pretty light-headed today. I'm guessing that's pretty normal.
I went for scrambled eggs with lots of butter and bacon for breakfast. Wow, that was yummy! I did much better with not being hungry until lunch today. I'm planning on eating that for now for breakfast, at least until I know what I'm doing.
I've been sipping water with Dr Berg's electrolyte supplement in it all morning. I think that's helping too.
I'm a little worried about the headaches because I get migraines as well and we are expecting thunder storms and that's also one of my triggers. I guess I'll wait and see.

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5/29/18 7:36 P

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I don't know about hot flashes or similar on day 1, or early on, but later on yes. My wife had some problems. I think it is because body fat is used as a place to store toxins, and get them out of the way.

So some of the resistance to loosing body fat is a resistance to face those toxins. When that happens though, and body fat is reluctantly burned, then the toxins are released, and one gets hot flashes, or skin rashes, and things like that.

My 2 cents.

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5/29/18 3:35 P

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No problem. I find that for me, personally, a lot of the keto sites and recipes are a bit too high carb still. Again, I recognize that many people count net carbs, which does make the pudding only 1 or 2 carbs. But since you said you were still hungry, Im going to guess that.

Obviously, you are free to keto however you find works. My personal experience was such that trying to make "keto recipes" in the first few weeks didn't do me any favors. I was a dive right in and get going on it kind of person. Not everyone is. But I truly believe the first few days set you up for success or could be a poor experience that makes you want to give up. Since you tried this recipe and it wasn't successful, I'd try something else, and come back to it later on if you want to give it another shot. Give yourself the best chance for this to be successful, and then experiment. Again, just my opinion.

I had a similar experience with a smoothie recipe. It ended up not filling me up at all, and I misread and had too much of it, so it was way higher than I wanted it to be. So for me, that was a lesson learned early on. If I had looked close enough to see the macros before I ate it, I would have realized it was off from what is ideal, even though it came from a Keto site and was a Keto recipe. Many of them labeled keto are still too high carb for me.

I hope the eggs (and bacon) work for you. Add cooking fat. My fav way is to make scrambled eggs and then after I take them out of the pan, add a pat of cold butter. It makes it creamy without being melted butter messy. So tasty!

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5/29/18 3:23 P

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Thank you, PIPPAMOUSE.

Tomorrow I'm having eggs for breakfast and maybe bacon if I have time.

I made the recipe off of a keto site. It was pretty straight forward and had no sweetener. 2T chia, 3/4 cup unsweetened coconut milk, 1/2 tsp vanilla extract. I added the whipping cream and a few blueberries, but you could be right. Thank you again.

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5/29/18 2:59 P

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@BETHUMZ I didn't experience hot flashes, but I have read from others they did.

The recipe I looked up for chia seed pudding is too high in carbs in my opinion. I know a lot of people count net rather than total carbs, and thats ok, but 12 g of carbs (in the recipe I found), plus blueberries is likely causing a blood sugar spike, especially if you felt hungry. The recipe I saw also says 5 g protein. That may not be enough for you starting out. If you used a sweetener, that could also be an issue.

My best advice is keep your meals starting out really simple. Eat foods you really like. Make bacon and eggs, or egg salad, or a serving of meat with a dipping sauce. Something that is higher fat, mod protein and very low carb. Not knowing the recipe you used, I can only go off the one I found, which is higher carbs, then fat, then protein. Again, I know some people count net carbs, but still assessing the recipe for the macros, that isn't ideal in my opinion.

Once your body is good at using fat for energy, its easier to play around with what foods work for you or not.

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5/29/18 1:04 P

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Thank you everyone!
I'm on Day 1 today. Okay, yesterday was sort of half a day. ;)
Are hot flashes normal? I had a big one this morning and it wasn't very fun. I also was hungry all morning. I'm not sure if it's just my blood sugar messing with me or if I didn't get enough fat for breakfast...

For breakfast I made chia seed pudding with unsweetened coconut milk. I added a few tablespoons of whipping cream and a handful of blueberries.

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you know you best. my first go round was horrible. i took it way to seriously and a bit obsessive about it all and that didn't work out so well for me, lol. this round is going great. just keep it simple and you'll be fine. so much info to learn right away it can kinda make ya nuts.


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5/27/18 9:49 A

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TNGRANNA,
great going!

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Go Angie Go!!!



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Wow Angie, that's great...Congratulations! emoticon

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5/25/18 10:49 P

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I agree with all of the previous posts. I too wonder if I had slowly reduced carbs if that would have been easier, or if cravings would have made it harder.

I just cut the carbs one day to the next, took extra salt and water and made it through the first days. I did just about pass out going for a walk on about day 3, thats because I had no idea what I was doing, I didn't even know it was a low carb diet (I was doing "Ideal Protein").

All that said, I think you should just go for it, and focus on just cutting carbs first.

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5/25/18 2:44 P

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I agree with PIPPA - eat what you like. Replace your carbs with fat. Don't worry about your macros right now. Limit your carbs to 20, eat some protein, all the fat you want. This will get your body used to using fat for fuel. It'll transfer over from using your food fat to your body fat, although that transition from being a sugar burner to a fat burner sometimes take weeks.

I went out for lunch with hubby today. Schlotsky's. I asked them for an original (meat and cheese and olives, etc.) with no bun and throw it on top of some lettuce. It was the best salad I've had in a month. How many carbs/protein/fat? I have no idea. Sometimes it's hard to measure, and you just do the best you can. I just know I'm super full and it was delicious.

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Welcome BETHUMZ. I think the route you take is totally up to you. Some people do best with easing in over a few weeks of reducing carbs. Others do best to just dive in. I dove in. It worked best for me. I have a tendency to want more carbs when I eat carbs, so it made sense to me to just limit them right off the bat and be done. But you may be wired where a decrease over some days/weeks make more sense.

As for what to eat, go for something you really like. I always suggest people keep it as simple as possible for the first weeks. Make things you already love, just make them very low carb. Grill burgers or steak or make your crockpot chicken, whatever you normally really love to make/eat. Like bacon and eggs? Eat bacon and eggs. And then cut back on carbs as much as possible, and add some fat to feel like youve had a great meal. Add fat in the form of butter or olive oil, or a dip/sauce, etc. After the first week or so, and you get the hang of low carb, then start working on getting protein and fat correct.

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I will be 3 weeks in tomorrow. I kinda just went for it! Ive lost 13 pounds so far!

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Hi everyone! I'm about to start on keto and I'm really looking forward to feeling better but I'm a little unsure about what do you think would be a good suggestion for a first day to eat on keto?

Any and all ideas would be great. Do I just throw myself into it or start gradually and let my body sort of go into carb-shock? How did everyone do it?

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