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Ktrosper
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Handyone wrote..
I went from 195 pounds to 170 pounds..
Heh. That's my story too. At 6'2" I've always had a slim/athletic build. I didn't know I had 20+ lbs hiding on me but sure enough, I'm back in my HS pants..

Don't mean for this to sound like an infomercial for low-carb lifestyle, but I'm not jokin when I say I'm healthier and stronger and mentally sharper, etc. etc. than I think I ever have been. I'm 45 and I'm a number of years into this lifestyle now..

I think when you cut carbs and you replace those lost calories with the right stuff your body ends up getting all the crap it needs for maintenance and repair that it just wasn't getting before in the high-carb/low-fat diet and after a while, damn near everything heals itself...

dandruff - gone
dry skin - gone
acne - gone
red flakey nasty looking eczema type **** all over my legs - gone
visceral fat around mid section - gone
gout - gone!!! halle-****ing-lujah!!!
wrist carpal-tunnelish type issues - gone
eyes - sharper vision
brain - sharp, clear and alert (was cloudy and honestly was worrying me)
joints feel tight, not sloppy
can't remember the last time I was sick, I'm not kidding..

To be fair, as most do, I made a number of lifestyle changes as I changed my diet.. But I'm convinced that simply stopping the daily damage of the high-sugar/carb diet and givin my body what it needs for optimal health has been the biggest factor..



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Drifter
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Incept: 2016-02-11

Pacific Northwest
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My sinus issues are gone. Chronic sinusitis, almost underwent sinus surgery... and about a year ago I noticed that now I can breath out of my nose. For ten years it was almost impossible.

I never saw a cause and effect between between the alleviation of sinus blockage and my diet change, but the timing is quite interesting.

A lot of good recipes here... http://www.ibreatheimhungry.com/

A friend of mine is struggling with the start of his carb-free journey. This is what I told him: "You want to be there for your kid... right?" He agreed. "You want to look out for him, protect him and would sacrifice your life to save your him... right?" He agreed. "Well then, what would you sacrifice so you could maybe save the life of your future grandkids, which you will never meet if you don't get your **** together?"

Being with future generations of your family is more important than a ****ing baked potato.

Mooreupp
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Ohio
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What do you guys tend to go with for milk? All the standard gallons of white milk seemed to have too many carbs. I tried an unsweetened almond milk without caring too much for it. Will look through others there next trip.

Social aspect is proving hardest part for me. Eating on my own, this isn't as hard as I thought so far, but I have a lot of food with friends/family and those parts are very ingrained.

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Tickerguy
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What do you guys tend to go with for milk? All the standard gallons of white milk seemed to have too many carbs

None. I simply don't use milk.
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Social aspect is proving hardest part for me. Eating on my own, this isn't as hard as I thought so far, but I have a lot of food with friends/family and those parts are very ingrained.

If they can't be bothered to have something I can eat around when the social "things" happen they will only have me attend said "social" things once. I consider their continued refusal to take into account my desire not to poison myself as equivalent to having a bowl of peanuts on the table when inviting someone with a known peanut allergy into their home.

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Dennisglover
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Huntsville, AL
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Seldom have I been invited to the "social occasions", and that's always been fine with me, as I prefer time spent with myself to any other sort. So this hasn't been a challenge. I've explained to the few who have invited me how my lifestyle works (the even fewer who have taken interest), and they've uniformly been understanding and gracious about it. The minuscule few I truly enjoy talking with have made accommodation, so I have another sign of who the true friends are.

I think they all know I can instantly and without external inertial forces go from "harmless teddy bear" to "red-eyed prowling monster". Possibly that helps with the social interactions.

Milk? Don't need it, don't use it. Heavy whipping cream for coffee, and you can make a fine mousse from heavy cream, some cocoa, and artificial sweetener, and if thickener is needed, add a little coconut flour or arrowroot powder.

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Cerich
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Incept: 2008-12-17

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be a good guest and bring a gift of a cheese and meat platter, then enjoy.
Ckaminski
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Mass-Hole!
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I need something for low carb clam chowder. I was hit with a sudden urge to make some tonight after passing a local restaurant.

Mtdm
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NH
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low carb clam chowder


Clam chowder is low carb, so long as you don't fill it up with potatoes. Heavy cream, fish stock, clams, salt pork, onions, and heavy cream.
Dennisglover
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Or use a substitute for potatoes: Tofu, cauliflower, turnips, rutabaga, celery root, and jicama can all work in some applications. Assuming one doesn't want to overwhelm the clam chowder, I'd recommend tofu, used as in this recipe for "gnocchi": http://vegetarian.about.com/od/italianfo....

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Thesev
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So, just hot water then?


(sorry, I haven't made a smart remark lately and I was getting twitchy)

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D1david
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Incept: 2008-02-20

Seekonk, MA
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I wish you would allow access to all your posts about personal health from prior years. I am trying to convince my wife, but she has believed the medical propaganda for too long... I need to find all the links to the studies that you cross referenced so I can help her see the light.

Thanks and my health and my kid's health depends on it.
Tickerguy
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There are no plans to re-open the archives.

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Hstella
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Incept: 2009-08-18

Colorado
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I haven't had a response to artificial sugars, but that's because I don't eat them. I mentioned it because Dr Nally on Keto Talk has mentioned as an issue a few times in his patients, as well as Dr Fung with his Intensive Dietary Management website. I think the most useful appproach is to view artificial food ingredients as suspicious unless repeated blood sugar readings show no impact. That's where the rubber hits the road anyway. N=1 only works if you test carefully and calibrate the results to your own body. And the more you look down the rabbit hole of poor methods and statistics used in major published nutritional studies, the more likely you realize it is that the vast majority of what we "know" is wrong to completely wrong.
Tickerguy
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I have no insulin response to artificial sweeteners. I prefer stevia in my coffee simply because it's an extract of a plant, but there's no science behind the preference -- just convenience (a very tiny amount goes a long way, so a purchase of it lasts nearly forever) and I have it here.

For nearly anything else I simply don't add sweetener because I don't like it, and after getting sugar out of my diet it smells bad in the container (medicinal, and not pleasant.) Why would I eat something that smells like death to me?

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Hstella
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Sometimes people do miss their little treats and indulgences in life. So where can you indulge without going off the rails? Fancy sparkling water with artisanal bitters? One bottle of bitters goes a long way and LaCroix tastes great - substitutes well for cocktails. Prosciutto and egg wrapped asparagus with bechamel sauce? Make a meat and cheese board, Trader Joe's has the best prices on fancy cheeses, go to Costco for the more mainstream options. Coppa, Serrano ham and prosciutto are fabulous on their own and make a wonderful addition to an omelette. It is quite possible to home cure a pork belly into your own prosciutto. Good use of herbs and spices make a difference as does not overcooking meats and eggs. Whipped cream is lovely on espresso. But there's only so much caffeine that any of us can take, so what about some fancy teas, lady grey or hibiscus and lemon? They are not all that expensive. Can you make great soups like Pho, just leave out the noodles?
Zk118
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Los Angeles
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I have used chayote (it's a squash) in place of potato in many recipes. I have even made a mock apple crisp using chayote for the holidays and people could not tell the difference that it wasn't an apple crisp.
Dennisglover
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Helen--There are some angel hair and spaghetti products available at medium-to-large chain markets, based in tofu, and I've found them to be extremely good. The brands I have on hand are Miracle and House Foods, available I believe, at Kroger or Publix and Whole Foods. Carbohydrate ratio is 1/85 and 3/113 per serving respectively, with a lot of fiber and zero sugars. I used one of them for my first foray into Pho last Summer, and it came out very enjoyable, far from perfect certainly, but I'll be working on that.

As far as fancy teas and the other things you mentioned--you almost can't go wrong unless you let a sugar, sugar alcohol (sorbitol, mannitol, xylitol, etc.) on the label sneak in. I like aspartame, Stevia, sucralose, for sweeteners, and I sorely miss sodium cyclamate since the ***** industry paid that test lab to feed 100 long tonnes of it to a lab rat that then presented a tumor or whatever it was!

Zoltan--Thank you for the hint about chayote. I'll be looking for that. By the way, plain old crookneck (yellow) squash, when it's young, sliced thinly, then chilled in ice water and patted sort of dry, will fry in lard or any other safe oil and come out kind of like potato chips. The thinner the slices the better, and adding some thinly-sliced onion helps a whole lot, and of course, bacon. Maybe chayote will be better.

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Ckaminski
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>There are some angel hair and spaghetti products

I had to ban pasta and rice from the house simply because I'm addicted to the stuff. The only rice I keep now is vacuum sealed in buckets as part of my emergency food stash.
Venetiancafe
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Karl,
I have been trying to loose weight for at least 25 years. Every time I lost weight, the hunger would become extreme and the weight came back. Since June 2013, I have gone from 245 lbs. to 168, waist from 48 to 32, total cholesterol from 215 to 160. The frustration and pain has been considerable, but I never gave up especially when people told me to just accept it. Thanks for your posts that helped me fire my dietitian. She just stared blankly at me when I told her every time I ate any carbs that I shoveled them down without any control.

At first I rid my kitchen of all processed foods, as mono sodium glutamate and other additives seemed to be lurking everywhere. Then I slowly made the connection between carbs and uncontrollable hunger.

I'm between vegan and vegetarian. However, the thought of munching on raw vegetables is less appealing to me than beef. So, my daily diet consists of a blender full of various mostly green vegetables, chia seed, hemp seed, flax seed, tofu, seaweed, whey protein, pea protein, almonds, hazelnuts, pumpkin seeds, small amounts of fruit. Also, avocados, middle eastern type food like hummus (chick peas), baba ganoush (eggplant), butter, olive oil, coffee, and coconut oil and some cream. Black beans once in awhile. I had to stop cheese since the body odor became extreme! It's difficult to know what to eat when I'm vegetarian and looking out for additives, GMO's, bovine growth hormones, possible over growth of candida, and keeping carbs less than 50 grams per day. I'm not a food "nut", but I refuse to go back to the way things were.

My questions are:
1. Is coconut oil OK?!
2. How important is not putting the above food into a blender? (Eating all those vegetables and whole seeds is virtually impossible without a blender.)
3. Any other advice? Thanks for any comments!

Tickerguy
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Coconut oil is pretty much ok, provided it's NOT hydrogenated (look at the label!)

Blending foods radically increases their absorption rate -- in the case of anything containing carbohydrate the conversion rate may be accelerated by as much as a factor of 2-10! One of the things that always befuddled me is why eating a fruit smoothie containing nothing other than actual fruit and ice could be trouble in terms of sugar absorption -- well, that's why, and it is.

It is extremely difficult to obtain a balanced and complete protein complex on a vegetarian diet. It's not impossible and some people pull it off but it's really, really hard. It is virtually impossible to NOT obtain a complete protein complex if you eat meats. Humans, like most mammals that lack a long, vegetarian diet-optimized digestive tract, simply do not carry the genetic coding for efficient internal synthesis of all of the amino acids. We do not have the sort of fatal (literally!) error in our genes that felines have (they are literally unable to synthesize Taurine and thus will all die on a strict vegetarian diet) but amino-acid deficiencies are extremely common among those eating vegetarian simply because of the inefficiency of our metabolic system in being able to generate them.

In short our metabolism is designed around obtaining amino acids from what we eat instead of manufacturing them.

The problem is that NOT obtaining a complete protein complex from your diet is very bad news over time and results in all sorts of VERY difficult to diagnose disorders in your metabolism. There's no reasonably-inexpensive and easy test to disclose that as the cause of the problem which doesn't help things one bit.

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Hstella
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Colorado
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Venetiancafe: have you seen any of these recipes?
https://www.dietdoctor.com/low-carb/reci....
Do pay attention to the "moderate low carb" vs "ketogenic low carb", each one has a macro nutritional breakdown under the stars to give you an idea of what your consumption should be. Also look into avocado oil, as well as coconut. Costco has it at the best price I've seen so far. Candida typically gets better on a HFLC diet as it starves without sugars and starch.

Gen: vegans have horrifying cavities (0 to 60 in no time flat)and terrible, friable gums. This is even in people with excellent hygiene. The gums will pretty much bleed if you so much as look at them. Unfortunately, dietary discussions don't go well.
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